Friday, 20 July 2018

Gardening vs Sewing: My Garden and Myosotis Dress Patternn Printing

One can't have it all

I know, we always have to choose something over something else. Still it did not feel good when I had my new garden all watered and even the balcony washed /and the flowers did show so many signs they feel good/ and finally arrived to the copy shop only to find it had closed two minutes before I visited them.

So my latest adventure in sewing, a dress that I was so anxious to start making this evening, had to wait a day more, or I had to print the pattern at home and glue dozens of pages.  

paper and fabric for the Myosotis Dress

I just had to make this dress. This was mandatory. So I did print the pages and assembled the pattern, I will start cutting today. Fabric colours are quite off on this picture, it is a late evening now.

A Dress so Special 


Deer and Doe Myosostis Dress Yes, I have a lovely blue dress that is almost ready now. It lives on the coach most evenings now as I am stitching every evening - basting to check the waist widths and bodice fit once again... after cutting and starting sewing last summer. But why not print a new pattern, cut new fabric and finish another dress before it? Of course I have to! The reason is, the Deer & Doe Myosotis Dress is fantastic!
 It is almost everything one can dream about in a summer dresst:
  • It covers so much, sun burn is not an issue.
  • It stays so far from the body, heat is not a problem.
  • It pairs perfectly with light-weight fabrics, so skin is still being able to breath in a hot humid day, which makes it priceless addition to a wardrobe located by the sea. And mine actually is.

Monday, 16 July 2018

My Secret Garden Adventure - Bigger Garden!

My gardening love affair is a long story. I have been gardening since I was a teenager with a short brake when I was a new mom. I have not had my "real" garden yet, so it has been "only" small city garden all the time. I love lots and loads, and even more flowers and cascades of blooms... I know this as quite a few people have told this to me lately. Changing places meant changing garden characteristics too -  size, sun exposure and even nature. Sadly this meant moving to a smaller and more closed garden at a certain point.

The New Garden

This spring I had the chance to actually kind of share a balcony and make a garden. I moved almost all my flowers to another balcony. It is bigger and sunnier and moving almost all of my plants there for the summer did not fill it. So I had some free space to play with! New flowers. Yay! A garden of my own for the summer!

This is how it looked while I was moving plants - one corner with my Abraham Darby rose and pelargoniums' first blooms after the winter.  And my other old Austin roses - Golden Celebration and Crown Princess Margaretta /well, I might me wrong and it might be Teasing Georgia... I know this is a sin, buy lost the tags and have both at one point/ about to bloom for the first time this season.

I also moved my hibiscus and my clovers. The hibiscus liked the sunnier position and soon covered with buds and the roses... well, they started growing quicker as you can see on the left. New strong shoots were such a nice way to let me know they like the new place. Especially given the fact it is their second year with me and first one resulted in no basal breaks.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Choosing My Boscobel Rose

david asutin boscobel rose old bloom - evening look

Mentioning my Boscobel rose in my previous post without introducing the rose itself seems unfair, so here is something about it. My attitude towards roses is "so many roses, so little space", so I choose carefully and any tip and advice I had seen in the blogs, forums, etc was valuable piece of information for me when making the choices. Thus here are my two cents on these choices - Austin roses and Boscobel rose.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Two Dozens of Months Later - Boscobel Rose Leaves Care

Well, two years after the last blog post it is active again!

These were  two interesting years and actually three of my birthdays plus two full garden seasons and lots of new things. Almost no quilts. I kept sewing a lot, but not quilting so much. And I am more and more into gardening and pattern design lately. So this blog will be now dedicated to flowers, gardening and surface design, I think. Quilts I have made and posted about in the blog previous incarnations using services that were stopped /and thus information lost/ will appear here among other subjects. I need to have them all documented somehow. However I am making less and less quilts. Which is a bit sad thing to admit. And quite rewarding on the other hand,  as I am sewing clothes for myself now occasionally and lingerie - generally on a daily basis.

I will try to use the calm summer evenings, when they happen to occur, and document some of the most interesting things of the past two years and, hopefully, most of the current adventures.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Upgrading a Challenge - Cathing up a Design Challenge

I do love surface design. It is a long story - over 20 years old and magical in many ways.

I came back to fabric designs this year and created two more designs. Love it and decided to take part in the wonderful Spoonflower challenge this month. It started on March 1st. I am starting today. Eight days to catch up. Yay! Even more challenge added to the challenge. I missed these and not counting today's...
I really had too, still catching up will add even more drawing in my March!

Spoonflower desgin a day challenge March 2016 - missed days
Back to figures -  at least 3 days creating 3 designs a day. I guess hurrying up ate the missing letter on the list. Now on to drawing, taking pictures, posting, ticking days on this list!

Wish me luck! I need some /2-5/ designed created each day to catch up!

5, 4, 3, 2, 1... start!

PS You can search social media with the challenge's tag - #SFDesignADay - and see wjat everyone is creating!

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Hello March! Be healthy!

Hello! I was doing some of my favourite things during the last month and a half. I was drawing, sewing, walking and then repeating them again. This kept me really busy. However I have another great reason to say hello now. It is the best time to say hello as it is the perfect time to wish someone good health in the beginning of March. So here I am to wish you the best of health!

February blooming!

It was a really short winter so far. We had the first butterflies in January and really big ones in February. The trees are blooming and some of their blooms have already faded. We welcomed March 1st with Baba Martha and martenitzas - this is the good health thing!  /you can find detail on it here/ and the National holiday on March 3rd, so I am finally utilizing a loooong 4-days weekend to come here and say "hello".

I am running behind some things on the scheduled to-do lists lately and I am partly catching up, partly relaxing this weekend. I am about to challenge myself with some new projects too. I just need to get the things already scheduled done. In the mean time, feel free to come and say hello on my new lingerie blog.

How is your late winter going? Does it feel like winter?

Sunday, 17 January 2016

A Weekend of Greys Before a Week of Colour

We had another gloomy weekend. And it turned into snowy evening. Again. Just like the one two weeks ago. I wish we will have a functioning city tomorrow. Unlike the one two weeks ago.

I did not bake, did not knit, did not paint my nails, did not read books, did not spent time with the flowers... Still it was a nice weekend. I managed to take some pictures in a rear almost light moment. It is amazing what makes us happy on a weekend sometimes! Well, this wasn't the only happy thing for sure.

spring on a cutting table - new fabris in the studio

And here are the fabrics, I bought this Friday and will be playing with next week!

Happy new week!