27.4.13

Sunday Morning Dress

Dear Laura,

Gosh it has been a while, I have been buried under mounds of dust and windows. We just had ALL our windows replaced which caused chaos in the house. I am pleased to say we have no more holes and lots of lovely new windows. In amongst all the mess I did have a chance to get the sewing machine out. Just for a little bit on Sunday morning, before a paint brush and cleaning supplies were thrust back into my hands.

It has been heating up here in DC, not summer hot, just a gentle spring heat to lure the leaves to open and the blossom to being to fall. This lead my mind to those long hot summer days we have here in DC and I wanted to make a dress to prepare for them. The key to very hot weather clothing is light material (not too light so you can see through) and loose fit. I find light jersey is the best for this and I found this lovely dark green. I am not 100% satisfied yet, I have to fine tune it a little bit but this dress is super comfortable and is going to be extra light and airy for the coming summer heat.






I see from the photos it could do with an iron! Also since the great British sewing bee, I am terribly paranoid about my neatness of stitching and "raw edges". I am trying to live up to their high standards!

lots of love

Annie

17.4.13

hooked again

Dear Annie,



It's been a while since I picked up a crochet hook. Today, I made a few little crochet flowers to use on homemade cards. It was good to know that my fingers had remembered what they were doing because I have my eye on a new crochet project. 

Since you so kindly gave me Kat Goldin's fabulous book for my birthday, I have been desperate to have a go at one of the gorgeous patterns. I would like to begin by making something for the baby, I just have to decide what- there are so many tempting patterns, and I have so little time!

Love from,

Laura

14.4.13

Bee Portraits

Dear Laura,






For the last month we have been impatiently waiting for spring to arrive here in DC, Well last week summer leap frogged spring and slammed into the city. Surprised by this sudden burst of heat and sunshine everything bloomed at once. The dog woods, the daffodils, the tulips, the magnolias, and of course the famed cherries. It was utterly beautiful for three days and now the blooms are dying down and the leaves on the wintery trees are bursting forth and we have, at last, arrived at spring. 

Of course the best thing about spring are the bees, they started flying last week, we lost all but one hive over the winter and that hive had to merge with a new swarm because it had lost its queen. So here we are, at the beginning of another year, I can't wait to see what the bees will be doing this summer.

Lots of love

Annie

9.4.13

feeling crafty

Dear Annie,


Just before the Easter weekend, I treated everyone in the family to a magazine. My own choice was the first issue of a brand new craft magazine called Crafty. 

If you haven't come across it, I highly recommend it. It has a lovely clean, stylish look to it and a refreshingly modern approach to craft. Having an interest in the politics of craft, I was excited to discover that it includes a regular column on Craftivism, amongst other delights.

I also read (and loved) the article on vintage cameras and submitted some of my own vintage snaps, as requested. I am pleased to say that they have been featured on the Crafty website.

As D had some days off over the Easter weekend, I was also treated to some time with my feet up to get on with my knitting. The baby blanket is still only just over halfway complete, so I am knitting in any spare moment that I have!

Love from,

Laura

6.4.13

Whole Outfit: Cosy Comfort

Dear Laura,

You know how libby over at trulymurtle is making an outfit a month. Well this really stirred something inside me. I think it is amazing and such a great idea. She is pretty quick, hugely talented and nifty with those knitting needles and her sewing machine. I on the other hand am much much slower. But I love the idea, a whole outfit made by hand just for me. I have been planning my outfit for ages and it has taken a litte while to complete. I went with cosy and sleepy as I started putting the outfit together in winter. Here it is...









So the pijama top doubles up as a nightshirt. It is made from a stretch cotton fabric and is insanely comfortable, I made up a random pattern for it and it is a bit wonky, I learnt quite a few lessons for my next top like this. The pijama trousers you have seen before as have you the lovely toasty slippers and my blanket of love

Next stop is a cardigan or jumper with a dress and maybe even a piece of jewelry to compliment. This might take me until the end of the summer though but I will proudly show it off once I am done.

Lots of love

Annie

2.4.13

tutorial: embroidery hoop scarf bag

Dear Annie,

I decided to make myself a storage bag for my camera cables and charger, which are always being mislaid. I just wanted something quick and simple to make. Having seen embroidery hoop laundry bags on Pinterest,I thought that I would adapt the idea using a smaller hoop and a vintage scarf. It was very quick and easy, but I was pleased with it, so I thought that I would photograph it as a tutorial:









Love from,

Laura
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