I think this is the first time I've done a sawtooth border--I love how it looks!
I've been scrolling through the marybethhale Etsy shop a lot this weekend. I'm in love with most of the women's clothing and seamstress items. I can't imagine a world in which I'd have the occasion to wear any of it, but if I could, I would wear these dresses on the daily.
We're finally settling in to our new home, and now that I can catch my breath, I've been planning our gardens. Since it's late summer, there isn't time to make as much progress as I'd like, but we can at least set the framework for spring.
Two of my favorites are in the ground--lavender and yarrow. I'm still new at gardening, and am not too familiar with the soil yet, but I'm hoping for big lavender cuttings next summer!
This is a small patch in front of our house that was bright green grass a week ago! Chuck is killing it off and plans on digging it up soon so we can turn the whole area into a garden.
We're making progress!
A month or so ago, the older lady who lives across from us stopped me outside and told me how she chats with my dog when she goes out on her walks (Fina spends most of her day on our wide windowsill). I laughed but was secretly horrified, since Fina barks (and barks) at every small outside disturbance.
Today, however, I got home from work early and opened the windows. Our neighbor did stop and chat with our dog, who looked on without a peep. I was hidden from sight, and it was my favorite part of the day.
It still amazes me that I can hear a new song on the radio while driving home from work, ask my phone to identify it, and then play it back over and over again for the next hour while I cook. It will never not be incredible.
Anyway, I needed a new love song today, and I got one. Say You Won't Let Go is really great. Perfect for sitting back and having emotions.
My favorite fashion era (currently) is the 14th century, and I've sewn a few linen kirtles for fun. I love the history of dresses, especially the materials, and the stories of the women who wore them.
Almost every morning, this dog stares into the same corner.
I hope the ghost stays out of sight until we move next month.
I came across this image online today (it's a Walter Crane illustration from a 19th century Beauty and the Beast) and got smacked in the face with deja vu. I must've read this when I was little, but too long ago to remember if I had the book, or a collection, or found it in my library.
Anyway, the new movie is really great. I wasn't thrilled with Emma Watson but Chuck thought she was perfect. I think my favorite song is still, strangely, Kill the Beast.
Just found this on the PBS website. Seems my year will be very filled with Bronte.
I've been preoccupied with Jane Eyre over the past couple weeks, and will probably be stitching something related to the novel soon. There's a great article here on Charlotte Brontë and some of her personal items. I've gone back to it a few times—it gives a good idea of her character.
(Completely unrelated: I also love this article on Sisi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria.)