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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ April 14, 2012

Well, I did not mean to be absent from blogland for so long. It's spring break this week and I've been busy with projects and playing approximately 287 games of Settlers of Catan and other important things like that. But it's time for {phfr}, so here goes . . .

{Pretty} and {Happy}

I spent a good part of this week sewing, something which makes me {happy} and which I don't have a lot of time to do. I'm definitely a beginner, but I did finish two things this week and got started on a third.

First I whipped up this little diaper bag for Girl Out of the House and That Boy's baby which is due to arrive in mid-June. Their church hosted a shower for them last night, and we wanted to send some presents along. The nursery is being decorated in Classic Pooh (which I love!). I'm pleased with how this turned out, if I say it myself. We put a few gifts inside and added a tag which read, "A Useful Bag to Put Things In." (I got the how-to instructions a few years ago from Kelli's now defunct Seasonal Delights, but if you email her she might share the instructions with you.)

Girl of the House made a quilt from the same fabric. It was a big hit at the shower and I'm sure her little niece will spend many happy hours playing on it and being kept warm by it. She did a wonderful job!

She used the large polka-dot fabric for the backing and binding. Can't you just see the softness?

Later in the week, I made this skirt for Girl of the House. I've made many like it for her over the past several years. It's her favorite style! I follow the instructions on Anna's blog. It's easy and {pretty}! Here is Girl 2 wearing it whilst setting up a game of Settlers.

{Funny} and {Real}

So yesterday I head out for a walk in the early evening. I was walking along briskly and admiring the flowers in a particularly pretty yard and not really paying attention to the actual walking, being so taken up with the aforementioned flowers. Next thing I knew I was sprawled face-down on the road and feeling like every bone in my body had been rattled from its proper place.


I got up quickly and, seeing no one running out of his or her house to see if I was all right, I turned around and hobbled home under my own steam. The end result was bent glasses and a mighty sore right elbow, but considering what could have happened, I am grateful it's not worse. (And Man of the House fixed my glasses.) On one hand I'm sorry no one saw me and missed the chance at a good belly laugh, but on the other I'm glad to be saved that particular embarrassment. Obviously I have no pictures to share, but just imagine a middle-aged dumpling of a woman suddenly face down on the pavement. I'm sure it creates a {funny} picture in your mind, but the {real}-ity for me is some pain and inconvenience. (And it would have to be my right elbow!)

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  1. I'm glad you're okay, Martha, and that you can laugh at yourself. I try to be extra careful when I'm driving in the springtime as the flowers catch my attention, too. The home-sewn gifts are beautiful and I love the Pooh theme. Hannah's skirt is nice, too. I'm itching to get back to Andrew's quilt, but life has been too busy lately.

  2. I love that skirt! I have been saying that I'm going to learn to sew for years, but, alas, haven't found anyone to teach me, nor the nerve to go for it by myself (I so don't want to buy a sewing machine that will end up collecting dust!). Maybe by the timne I have grandbabies coming along...

    So sorry about your fall, but the telling of it was entertaining! ;o)

  3. I'm glad you're okay! Your sewing is beautiful!

  4. Thanks for the sympathy, everyone. :-) Sue, this skirt might be a good place to begin sewing. Anna gives very clear, encouraging instructions. Sewing with a pattern is still pretty hard for me, but I have had a lot of success following instructions and tutorials. Maybe you can find a used sewing machine? Mine was given to me. It's old, but it works well and is fine for my purposes. Maybe one day I'll invest in a new one.

  5. Oh gosh... you fall no matter where you're walking! Remember the time you fell on a leaf-covered sidewalk and lost your keys? Lol.

    Thank you for the baby presents!


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