Thursday, May 09, 2013
I had big plans to go to see my daughter, sil and granddaughters in a Minneapolis suburb last Friday (May3). When I got up all set to put my already packed bag and Daisy dog in the pickup to take off, there was six inches of heavy wet snow on the ground. The road report did not sound promising. After many e-mails and test messages (did I tell you I finally got an I Phone?), left around 11 and, by then, the roads were clear but wet. The trip went very well with only a couple of blips! My GPS told me to turn right at one road and then immediately started screaming "recalculating, recalculating, recalculating!!! turn right in on mile, turn right in one mile!!! I reached the one mile mark and that road was a gravel road covered in snow, so I did a U turn (don't tell anyone) and finally made it back to the correct road.
As soon as my granddaughter, Emily, got home from school we headed for the material store and purchased material which she picked out, thread, zipper, interfacing and all the other findings to help her make a dress. Emily is 10 and she asked her mom for a dress pattern for Christmas, so it seemed like we were all set to go on it. At this point, the dress had cost $10 for the pattern and another $28 for material, etc.
Friday night Emily helped iron the pattern and cut out the pieces, then Saturday morning while she was at a girl scout function we pinned the pattern. We worked on the dress intermittently through the weekend with Emily sporadically ironing seams, stitching simple seams and my daughter doing most of the rest with input from me. When she was little, I made all her clothes and most of mine, but haven't done much sewing for years.
Saturday afternoon everything stopped and we put on our Kentucky Derby hats and watched the 139th running for the roses.
Our mint juleps tasted surprisingly like Margaritas because we went directly from Kentucky to Cinco de Mayo (no pics, but the sombreros were impressive! and the Southwestern casserole was delicious).
After church on Sunday, dress making went forward and here is Emily modeling:
In our spare time, we went shopping for a mother's day gift for me and purchased some items to go on top of the kitchen cabinets.
Emily went happily off to school on Monday in her new dress and Daisy dog (who was very, very good) and I headed for home. Now, two days later, I feel rested up and ready to go camping tomorrow!
Hugs to all my Sparkies!