1966 vs. 2015: Party Dress

Mom's bright blue and white dress 1966 - single picture

When I was a small child I would play dress-up with my mom’s vintage fancy dresses, swallowed by what seemed like yards of material. Sometime around middle school I stopped playing dress-up in the same way. Years went by and one day I opened the box of old, creased dresses to find that instead of them being much too big I suddenly couldn’t even fit into some of them.

In my mid-twenties my mom shipped half a dozen boxes to me, stuff that had been left behind when I moved out after college. She felt confident that I wasn’t returning to the nest and instead of tossing my boxes into the garbage she sent them to me halfway across the country, which was generous.(Thanks Mom!) One of the boxes was full of her old dresses, now mine.

I moved into a house this summer after 5+ years in an apartment. While packing the dresses for the move I eyeballed one, estimated that I might have a chance at zipping it up, and tried it on. Success! Somewhat constricted breathing in the very tight bodice, still success?

I wore it to a Hummingbird Society gala in Sedona, AZ when I knew it would be for just a couple hours. My mom designed and sewed this dress herself when she was in college in 1966.

Sedona, AZMom's bright blue and white dress 1966 - two pictures

mom dress blue and cream

October 4, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, Words. 1 comment.

Office Temps: Team Cold

2015_07_02 jacket

What I Wore to Work Today: July 2, 2015
Jacket and blouse: Xi Clothing, new
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

I keep this blazer at work as an option when I get a little chilly. I love when it’s cold — too cold is so much better than too hot! This issue picked up steam (ha!) over the summer when various thinkpieces garnered attention (Washington Post, New York Times). I’m firmly in the Let’s Make It Cold camp. If I were too cold, I’d have only myself to blame with these skirts and bare legs and sleeveless tops.

September 16, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Spring quilt retreat: Farmer’s Daughter block

Lucy's baby 2014_11

This is the 2nd top I made at the spring 2014 quilt retreat. The block is Farmer’s Daughter, which is similar to Butterfly at the Crossroads. As usual, I learned this traditional block from The Quilter’s Recipe Book by Celia Eddy.

Lucy's baby 2014_11 closeupLucy's baby 2014_11 back

September 15, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

Now it’s July!


What I Wore to Work Today: July 1, 2015
Blazer: Ann Taylor, new
Dress: Macy’s?
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Hey look I was still wearing clothes to work in July! This was back before I started wearing basically the same thing to work every day when I had a lot going on at the office and travel every weekend and moving preparations and assorted things that drained my interest in thinking about my daily clothes.

This blazer was new around this time. It’s a textured navy blue material and worth the expense so far.
2015_07_01 hands on hips

September 14, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

What I Wore to Work in June


What I Wore to Work Today: June 29, 2015
Top, skirt: Ann Taylor
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Look at those beautiful green basil plants, early in the summer before they died. Those were the days.


September 13, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Mystery baby quilt: red, pink, and orange

unknown recipient 2013_11 (3)

I came across these quilt pictures while updating my photo folders. I don’t remember anything about this quilt and I hadn’t renamed the pictures yet to provide clues. Maybe it was for a friend in Minnesota, baby #3? The pictures were taken November 2013, does this theory work with that timeline? Have I made quilts for all of their children? If that’s the case I better get cracking on the quilt for baby #4 due this fall.

unknown recipient 2013_11 (4) unknown recipient 2013_11

September 11, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

Before and After: Paper Towels

on the counter


above it all


My new kitchen is smaller than my apartment kitchen, with less storage and unusable counters tucked in corners and cabinets that are suited for somebody 6’2″ and not 5’2″. Also, there’s not a single cupboard large enough to hold a cookie sheet, and no there’s not a drawer under the oven.

There is a wide ledge outside the kitchen window, which looks onto the large patio and backyard, so that part is cool.

This paper towel holder helps my kitchen feel closer to completion.

September 9, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

Before & After: Ivy RIP

ivy before


ivy after sad face

After     :(     :(     :(

The night before the movers came I dropped off all my plants at my new house, leaving them near the front porch area on the east side of the house. The plants came from the dining room, the balcony patio, and by the front door of the apartment. By the time we showed up at the house mid-afternoon the next day most of the plants were sunburned and dying, even the ones that had been living outside in the heat all summer.

I don’t know yet how much of the two large plants from my dining room will survive. They might have healthy bits at the base to start growing again after I trim yards and yards of dead vines. It was not the triumphant moving experience I anticipated.

ivy in between

between the Before and After: it spent a year not growing

September 6, 2015. Tags: , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

Before and After: Balcony Plants

In 2013 there was a single Lack Ikea table on my balcony with a spider plant that I had transplanted into a slightly bigger pot that basil was sold in and is not meant to be permanent. I don’t see any pictures of the original almost-dead little spider plant that I saw on the Lowe’s clearance shelf and said “I can save you!” The balcony also had a pack of lettuce that failed to grow and a big planter of dirt.

balcony before (spider plant before)  balcony plants

Two years later that spider plant has outgrown its actually-a-pot-this-time and would like another one, and the round planter has two basil plants that are doing ok. The Lack table is at the bottom of a pile of plants and shelves.

The balcony has assorted tables, shelves, and chairs. It has a hummingbird feeder, a seed bird feeder, and a bird bath. Some of the plants are thriving and others will get a chance at a better life at my new house soon.balcony plants cornerbalcony plants bird feeders

balcony plants low pots

August 1, 2015. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, Words. 2 comments.

Before and After: Front Door Planter

There are multiple sets of photos on my computer taken over the years with the plan to post Before & Afters. I’m moving to a house in a week and there won’t be many Afters for these. As I like to say, some problems resolve themselves if you wait long enough.

Before pictures on the left, After pictures on the right.

door planter before side viewdoor planter after side view

The ponytail plant didn’t make it so I bought a spiky $1.50 plant on a whim. It thrived even through a summer so I bought another when it appeared on the left-for-dead clearance shelf. The bit of white showing through between the plants is a seashell from my childhood. I had a shell collection as a kid and it’s the last one I’ve kept.

door planter beforedoor planter after

On a less successful note, the sweet little ivy plant is not growing well in the planter and it hasn’t exactly died either. Yet?

ivy before ivy after

July 31, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

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