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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ May 11, 2014

It's time for {phfr}!


Our little apple trees bloomed recently.  We planted these trees three springs ago, so they are still very small, but the blooms are lovely!
Is there anything lovelier than an apple blossom?

I always enjoy the initial exuberance of dandelions in spring.  They don't take turns to bloom; oh, no, they all burst out at once.  A poem on this phenomenon from my mother-in-law, Sylvia Spotts~

Spring Puzzle

Who threw all those
big yellow buttons
on our yard?
And what's that curve
of funny colors
on the sky?

They weren't here before.
I know, for I was
on guard.
But now, here they are.
Who did it, I wonder--
and why?


I am happy I finished this dress for my granddaughter.  I used Simplicity's New Look A6578.  Is it just me, or is sewing clothing much harder than any other kind of sewing?  The minimalist instructions included in patterns are little help to novices like me.  Thank goodness for Youtube!  


This was my first experience with interfacing, and I tackled my very first buttonholes with this dress.  They turned out pretty well, but I'm glad the buttons cover them.  They are functional, and that's the main thing.

Now tomorrow I'll put this in the mail for her.  I hope she likes it!


Speaking of growing things, our old rusty pick-up had some remainders of compost and soil in the bed leftover from the fall.  When the weather got warm, this happened:


Sorry for the awful light.  It was dark when I took these.
The last thing I did to the aforementioned dress was to sew on the buttons.  I was absolutely, positively sure I had two striped buttons.  But then I couldn't find the second one!  So I used a polka-dotted button instead.  The mismatched buttons are cute, right?  Right??

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  1. I love the mismatched buttons -- they match the whimsiness of the dress -- very cute. And the picture of your apple blossoms is beautiful. You are right, there aren't many things prettier than they are. I hope all is well with you.


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