Friday, 1 April 2011

Time Flies!

I thought I'd get round to posting a bit more often, but it seems I'm as slow as ever. However, I am delighted to say that those manky old bulbs that I bunged in at the last minute have decided they'd rather live and give me a spot of colour in one corner of the garden, than die, even though I was sure I hadn't planted them deep enough for them to flower.

Spring flowers always make me want to smile! One of our Priests popped in for a cuppa last night, after doing a "heavy" shift at the school, hearing confessions - (unfortunately, I don't thing he got a lot of customers.) He said that his mother always loved gardening, and how civilizing he thought it was to  have a well-kept garden. It made me think maybe I should overcome my reluctance to do anything with this one since we are mere tenants. I have been silly really, thinking like that, since we've never stayed long enough in any place for me to reap the benefits of my endeavours (in terms of the overall picture, although I have seen some wonderful plants develop). Maybe I should make an effort to get this one up to scratch, so that even if we move on, someone else will have the benefit of it.
Trouble is, finding the time!
I've just discovered in the last few days a new article of clothing, that every modestly-dressed young miss needs for her trips to the park - "Skorts" - a mixture of skirt and shorts, and today I made up a pattern for a pair and completed them so that my friend's little girl would have something to wear in the garden.

All cut out and ready to go!

Is it a skirt?

No, It's a skort!
 Been knocking out Mantillas too, just in case anyone wants one - there seems to have been a proliferation of ladies starting to want to cover their heads at Mass, so I've been asked to make a few...

I like to make them nice and big, so that they don't feel like a doily stuck on the top of one's head!

Maybe after Easter I'll start digging the garden, and getting rid of the nettles, eek!


Lucy said...

Do you ever make child-size mantillas? I cover for (N.O) Mass, and our daughter who is 4 in a week often asks to cover to - we don't "make" her as we think it is a personal decision - but she hates her mantilla as it is so scratchy. I have been looking for a soft white veil with ties to do up either at chin or nape. Could you do something like that, do you think?

LizzieD said...

Nice to hear from you Lucy! I was reading all your latest news last night, but it was so late I didn't get to leave a comment.
Of course I can make child-friendly ones! LOL. If you look at my sewing blog, Zelie's Roses, (at the top of the blog roll) you'll see some examples of the First Communion Veils I have made. The first picture of the little girl kneeling to receive Our Lord shows a veil with a tie,which was tied back under her hair. I can do that sort of thing in a soft all over lace. She'd probably want it shorter for Sunday Mass? Or, I could do her a lacy bonnet, but if she feels she wants to look like Mamma, she may prefer a Mantilla. Let me know (you can do that via the other blog).
God Bless.

Lucy said...

Elizabeth! I never checked back here (head like a sieve!) so the mantilla that arrived in the post was such a huge surprise and delight - thank you! Kitten adores it and I plan to get some nice pics of her in it with the Easter flowers and email them to you. (And she has plans for a special card for you!) It is a perfect fit and so soft, and she just is so happy. Bless you and may you have a truly blessed Easter. Lucy x

LizzieD said...

So glad it pleased her! Thought it would be nice to get it to you in time for Easter (guessed you hadn't read my reply, being such a busy Mum!)
Have a Blessed Easter too!