Just got an update on Dan's uncle. Looks like he's going to be okay. He's breathing on his own and actually joking. A couple of weeks in the hospital and two months of downtime at home with lots of loving care from his wife and he'll be almost good as new. Thank God. Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes.
I have a confession to make. I haven't been knitting much this Summer. There. I said it. I have been sewing though. I decided that I don't care how it looks and set up a little sewing corner in my dining room so I could get to sewing and finally put that special little machine to work. There's absolutely no place else in the house with enough light and space to do it. There's a huge walk-in closet (unusual in Germany) upstairs but it's dark and full of wool. With Dan gone we don't entertain now, so who cares what it looks like.
Having to pull everything out and put it back again when I feel like sewing something really puts a hamper on my creativity. I have this awesome machine and I use it so little that I have to reinvent the wheel whenever I take it out because I can't remember how to do the gazillions of cool things it can do. So when I'm actually sewing, the dining room table is covered but it's easier to clean up by just putting stuff neatly in this little corner than to haul everything up and down the stairs and I find I'm sewing more now. Which I like.
A neighbor girl (her dad also works in Dan's office) is turning five tomorrow. I have all boys. It's a treat when I get to make something for a girl. I went all out girlie-girl because once-upon-a-time in a far away land I was a very girlie girl and I miss it. With some inspiration from Autum and the Amy Butler "In Town" pattern, this is what I came up with for her gift:
I used the main purse fabric for the pocket on the back side of the little zipper bag (which I used this pattern for). Yes, I messed up and somehow ended up with the pocket on the back instead of the front. Worked out though because I also cut it wrong and if I'd put it on the front the pocket would have covered the zipper. So when I screw up it's kinda like a double negative. lol. It erases itself and no one would ever know.... except you.
I bought a handmade tissue pouch at the local fabric store and tore it apart to see how it went together. There are plenty of tutorials on the web so don't ask me why I didn't just go the easy route. The edging in red was also an accident because I had to use the scraps as I could. Just turned out that way. I was using a set of fat quarters and didn't want to cut into another set just to make a little tissue pouch. Really funny because the fat quarter pack is called Serendipity. Guess it's true to it's name.
I was so excited about it that yesterday I told the birthday girl that I couldn't wait until she saw what I made for her. She said, "I hope it's not a baby present!" LOL. I assured her that it was very much five-year old style, in fact, people would probably think she's six! She was very happy to hear it. You'd think she was 36 the way she talks. It's hilarious. The ensemble will go very well with her beautiful red hair. I also put a little tube of kids hand creme I found in the German apothecary (the tube is the perfect shade of orange) and a tube of cherry flavored lip balm (also German) that matches the red in the bag. And it's bad luck to give a wallet without money it it so there's a $1 bill in the pouch. I hope to hear squeals of delight this afternoon.