Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cutie Cousin

My adorable cousin Heather came over from Iowa for a visit last week. I hadn't seen her for about 15 years and it was so great to meet again as adults. I've always thought she got lucky swimming out of our family gene pool with the tall/beautiful/smart genes and that she would make a fab model. So we threw together a quick impromptu photo shoot with a few new designs. 

Here's Heather in the "sugar" dress.

This is the "waterfall" top in black with the gold version of the "bird on a branch" skirt.

The "aqua polka" skirt.

I've been getting requests to do more of these so here's the first print in a new batch of capris.  

Here we are ready to go out on the town:)

We took a road trip with my mom and my two aunts to see my other aunt and my grandmother in Helena. Here's my mom driving w/ her eyes closed and my aunt Helene looking frightened!

This is all of us together in Helena, MT. Thank you Grandma Grace for having such a crazy gaggle of daughters and grand daughters! And thank you to my mom and aunts for being such strong women and great inspirations. Love you!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Better Patterns

How lucky am I to have a wood shop at my disposal? Not to mention my own personal woodworker who's pretty sexy to boot. Stop me now before the funky background music starts up and we end up with "nympho in the wood shop". This post is not about an adult film people!! It's about Chad making a new and improved version of my most used and abused (oops, we're going there again) patterns. 

Here's the sheet of 1/8" mdf we'll use. Chad can't help but smile for the camera:) He's embarrassed to be so dirty but spent the morning out felling trees to stock up the firewood stacks for next winter.  

We traced my paper patterns on to the mdf then used 3 saws, count them, to get them down to size. First the table saw.

 I'm trying really hard not to be distracting. I really love those hands. 
Next comes the hand held circular saw.

And number three is the band saw.

Then the fine tuning is done on the edge sander.

We looked out the door at one point during the process and there was a giant (they all seem giant when you get a close up) moose looking in at us. Unfortunately, I wasn't quick enough on the draw to get a shot of him. I was actually working too, not just taking photos. Though, I do have to admit, I left during the final sand down and went for a bike ride. What can I say, it was a beautiful day and I'd been sitting inside at the sewing machine for far too long.

I haven't actually tried these patterns out so off  I go to do so now.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Best Qualities?

Laverne and Shirley, Lucy and Ethel, every gal needs a pal. So I have to ask, can a girl have a sweet dress as a best friend? Because I think this one could fit the bill. Here are a few qualities that it shares in common with my favorite girlfriends. Unique (pussy willow polka dots), bright (cherry red), easy to be around (super soft cotton), smart (pockets), flexible (spandex), breezy (wide airy sleeves), and sassy (front zip). Yes, I think I have a new bestie. Time to introduce her to my other friends and take her out on the town.

What are your best friend's favorite qualities? 

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Friday, June 3, 2011


My VERY stylish/fashion muse friend told me recently that my clothes had totally changed her style. She used to love fussy 40's dresses but after wearing my super comfortable and easy dresses and skirts she can't go back. 

How important is comfort and ease in dressing for you or does fashion trump all?