Wednesday, April 19, 2017

La Robe de Macaron

Mmm French macarons! πŸ˜‹

What's not to love about these adorable little bites of deliciousness? Though they're tricky lil things! I've tried to make them two times now & they haven't turned out well either time. Maybe I oughta give it another go & the 3rd time will be the charm.

When Kat & I were traveling around looking for photo ops we thought a bakery would be perfect for this frock. (See previous post for back story.} We stopped in at Le Bakery on the Square in Washington & bought some yummy cake balls, a very sprinkled cookie, and a cuppa {much needed} coffee. They graciously allowed us to snap a few pics in their charming establishment. One of the friendly gals working there insisted on letting me hold their display macarons for a photo prop! So thoughtful. 😊

They had so many yummy things it was hard to choose. {I'll take one of those & those & those...} πŸ˜‰

I purchased the fabric for this dress at Walmart on clearance. You truly never know what gems they'll have in their fabric department. This fabric was Daisy Kingdom brand which made me really happy to know that they're still kickin' & putting out such adorableness just like they did in the 90s when Mom would make my younger sister & me coordinating dresses & pinafores.

These pics with the polkadotty cardi & lavender tights were taken on an earlier {chillier} day by my longsuffering sister Aimee.

I lined it completely with aqua colored fabric because the macaron or macaroon fabric is very light.

I wore my banana colored jellies from Sunjellies with this dress.
{By the way I'm NOT being paid to feature Sunjellies. I'm just fangirling. Though I certainly wouldn't say no to freebies...I just think I'll need a bigger following before that ever happens. Ha!}

La robe de macaron served as my Easter dress this year too! My grandma even thought they were easter eggs when she first saw it. {Then she thouht they were hamburgers.} And when my dad first saw it he said "Oh, coffee beans?!" *sigh* πŸ˜’ At least that gal in the bakery knew what they were right off the bat. Bless her.

Don't you just love all the pastels this time of the year? πŸ’•πŸ’—πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’• I think Spring might be my favorite...just don't tell the other seasons. πŸ˜‰ I always feel at my best in the Springtime. {Apart from allergies...but they make a pill for that now so...}πŸ˜†

I hope you're enjoying the April showers & flowers and that you all had a lovely Easter, m'dears! ☔πŸŒ·πŸ’•
"Life is worth the living just because He lives!" 
Michelle πŸ“ 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sweet Victory

This post has been close to two years in the making. I started this sweater back in the Spring of 2015. {You can see just a snippet of it in this blog post  when I settled on this sweet pastel color sceme.} For one reason or the other it got put on the back burner & then eventually practically forgotten until a friend on Instagram tagged me in a post in early January this year asking if I had any ufos {unfinished objects} to share. So I dug into the deepest recesses of my closet & found a bag containing the completed back & partial front of this poor sweater. Suitably ashamed of myself I ended up finishing it in February & was waiting for a good opportunity to get some pics taken in it. 

Then just the other day my friend Kat asked me if I'd be willing to play model for her while she practiced taking some "senior picture" style pics to prepare for an upcoming photo shoot she's doing. I said sure & told her how I'd been thinking of asking her if she'd be interested in taking pics for my blog. Perfect timing, right? 

So, I grabbed a few of my recent makes & we drove hither & yon taking pics by a vintage truck, in a bakery {1st changing in their bathroom, bless them}, by some silos, & then finally on the way home we found what we had been searching for the entire time - a beautiful magnolia tree, all in bloom, with the sun just so, & in the yard of a {sadly} abandoned farmhouse.

I decided to style it modern rather than trying to recreate a more authentic 1940s look. The scalloped edge of these shortalls were perfect for my kitschy country girl look.

Paired perfectly with my just-peachy peach jellies. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

{Whenever I attempted a serious senior photo-y face it would always end in laughter. Sorry Kat. πŸ˜‚}

I'll share pics of the other makes in future posts, but I wanted to showcase my sweet Victory Jumper 1st since it had waited so patiently to make its debut. It's a 1940s WW2 Era British pattern {hence the name, obvs} & intended to be made in red, white, & blue, but I couldn't help but play with the color scheme & go for pastels. 《I used Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Flamingo{2}, Seafoam{2}, & White{1} and sizes 2 & 3 straight knitting needles.》

We had *such* a great time I can't wait to do it again sometime. I'll have to whip something up real quick-like so we can! πŸ˜„ 

Michelle πŸ“ 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Girl, put your records on!

I've been housebound with a cold this week. I personally don't think colds should be allowed in the Spring. Maybe I should write my congressman or something. πŸ˜‰ With all my unexpected home time I've been sewing. This is the third {yes, 3rd} dress I made in as many days. I got the fit just so. I guess the 3rd time really is the charm! 

I purchased this cute fabric with pastel colored record players all over it from It is so nice! I'm really pleased with the quality. I also bought some *sTrAwBeRrY* fabric that I think I'm finally ready to cut into. {I'll make it in this pattern.} 

I hope you're all well & enjoying Spring. {Or Autumn if you're on the other side of the equator. That still astounds me.} Spring is really springing in my neck of the woods.

Michelle πŸ“