I hope everyone had a good Easter with friends and family. This year I spent Easter with my Washington family with whom we used to be neighbors until we bought our house. These guys took one look at me and Jeff when we moved in, heard Jeff was leaving right away and decided to adopt me and Caroline - and Jeff when he's around. This was almost two years ago and we've shared so many wonderful holidays with them so far.
Well this is the princess absolutely thrilled to sit still while mom tries to snap some photos. But this is her Easter dress I made using the tried-and-true jumper pattern from oliver + s with some new fabric by Riley Blake. Let me just say, when I washed this stuff before sewing, it came out feeling almost like flannel. It has that lovely smooth, almost buttery texture to it.
She's much happier tearing around the front yard with her Easter Disney princess balloon (surely there is something wrong here?)... more Disney princesses.
I had to stop the little terror from taking ALL the eggs - she just looks like a hoarder here.
And here she is sampling the goods. What is it about children and 'no, you have to eat real food before you eat anymore candy' and immediate loss of hearing?
After our dinner, the kids brought out the croquet set and as you can see, we're not quite up on form, or accuracy, just yet. She was certainly enthusiastic about it, though, and we all have to start somewhere!
And as you can see from the glorious sun, we had an amazing day - I think it might have actually touched 70 here! I was just happy there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The ground was still cool without any shoes on, and the nights are definitely nippy but I can feel Spring is really beginning to show itself.
Annnnnd, this is how I'm still spending most of my time. Although I'm now doing it with yet another cold. I swear, children have to be one of the biggest workouts for your immune system - but many of you already know that. One of my papers is on Byzantine art and it is turning out to be quite a fascinating study. A definite downside, however, is now I need to find the time/money to go traipsing around to view these things in person. It is a bit of a mystery to me how this worked out, but I do not remember ever studying much about Byzantium and yet we get so much from that great empire - especially much of our religious imagery. Anyhow, if anyone is remotely interested in the history of Byzantium I'd suggest Byzantium: A Short History by John Julius Norwich. He has quite the sense of humor and it makes for a pretty fun and relatively light read.
On the stitching front, I'm working on Mary Gibson's 1824 Sampler from the Halsmere Museum collection and really liking this piece. For whatever reason it is so easy for me to follow that I have put away my 40ct work and am working away on this whenever I get 30 minutes or so. I'm using the recommended DMC cotton and a basic 36 ct linen that I put through a coffee dye/stain. Well, that's all for now...
Until next time...