Usually I am so busy doing puzzles and working on blog contributions that I haven't made time to work on anything else. Well, upcoming birthdays and a visit from an Australian friend have demanded that I make time. My mom's birthday is tomorrow and I really want to make something special for her. Since I have had my daughter my crafting time dedicated towards birthdays has shiveled up and died. I vowed to make it different this year. Mom has really stepped up to help me out since Devon has gotten mobile and having Mom around gives me some time to work and be myself for just a bit, helping me to be a better mom. A small hand made gift is the least I can do. I am embroidering a set of Tea Time napkins for her since she is a full fledged Tea-head. In the morning, it is all coffee but after the pot goes cold, mom is all about the tea. I know she will love these dainty napkins. Though she is a big embroiderer herself, she will love these because they are different and just for her.
I am also crafting up a pair of convertible mittens in a purl stripe that I know she will love as well. The mittens look as though they are purled throughout but they involve only minimal purling and are 90% knit stitch. It's pretty awesome. I just need to find some vintage buttons, weave in the ends and we are ready for pictures and gift wrap.
For my mom's birthday, her best friend, who resides in Australia, has flown in to spend 2 weeks with her. It is pretty special considering she came last year for the first time in 10 yrs or so and we surprised my mom. She flew in and I picked her up all secret like at the airport. Then we drove to my mom's who only knew that I was coming to see her for the day. I called my mom when we arrived and asked her to meet me outside to help me with some packages. When she opened the door, her jaw dropped and we all started crying. Mom kept asking "is it really you?" This fine lady is also the mother to one of my best friends who has 3 kids herself and can't make the voyage over yet. So I want to make some specials to send back to her kids. She has 2 boy and one little princess. For the princess, I made 2 dresses from Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing: The Smocked dress and the Flower Girl dress. They turned out really nice but I think the sizing is a bit off on the Flower girl dress. I cut out 2 of the 2 yr old size (One for Devon and one for Aaliyah) and when I tried it on Devon (who just turned 2) it would not fit. It was more of an 18 mo size. I inserted a zipper into Devon's which fixed that fit issue. The Smocked dress fit but not like the book describes. I have the elastic thread working but I need to fiddle with it some more. Maybe work with the tension. I cut from the same material for each girl and used gray satin ribbon for the straps. It looks amazing on. Devon's is more of a tunic size.