The boys and I have been hunting for signs of Spring and documenting what we find in a little book. Birds chirping, sap flowing, lots of eggs in the hen-house, ants in the house and MUD. The boys have been thrilled by the latter – mud. Oh so glorious, mud. “Embrace the mud” I say to myself in a quiet clenched mantra, as they grind it into the seats of my car, try to build sand castles with it, squeeze it through their fingers and huck it too and fro. For the Mothers of small boys, dodge the mud, is indeed a far better mantra. Outside the air is finally got a bit of fresh, the sun a bit of warmth, inside the house muddy wet dripping clothes are draped high and low, it’s a real classy look those mud caked batman underwear draped over the woodrack. Better Homes and Gardens – here we come.
On a craftier note, last week I got an entire glorious day in the studio and managed to sew myself a cozy new sweater. So nice to be able to cut, sew and wear something in one day! The pattern is SIMPLICITY#2560 and it sewed up quick and easy, I did alter the sleeve from a 3/4 length to a full length (I am all that fond of 3/4 length sweaters). The fabric is a remnant of navy blue wool jersey that proved to be just shy of the needed yardage so I had to piece together the sleeves, something I wouldn’t necessarily do if I the correct yardage. And of course I didn’t actually follow the directions and sewed the neck banding on backwards which led to yet another adaptation, but that managed to work out just peachy. Now sewing for myself doesn’t always work out, in fact the word peachy is rarely in my vocabulary in regards to items I make for ME. Often sewing for ME ends in a lot of*#*&%!!! Four days later and I was still wearing it, now that’s what you would call a success. Of course today my lovely new sweater met with a giant mud puddle, a mud puddle likely to put my bath tub to shame and I now get to see how it washes. Oh, MUD!Tags: kids, sewing