I hope you all had a joyful Easter. We had a beautiful weekend-long celebration with a houseful of laughing adult children and grandchildren. Our daughter, Rebecca, her family and our son Ryan’s family were here. He is a pilot and, sadly, was unable join us. We’re happy that he loves his work, but we miss him at so many family gatherings.
Friday night, while taking a break from my sewing, I made more than 100 little raisin bread/cream cheese/jelly sandwiches for Saturday’s Bunny Lunch at church. My dear, helpful husband sat with me and cut away the crusts from 5 loaves while I spread the filling. The sandwiches were topped with cream cheese carrots sprinkled with a little orange sugar which pleased the children.
Tie design from is Linnie Pinnie, with single bunny extracted from Bernina’s Warm Wishes from Ingrid collection.
I’m doing my absolute best to finish up my Easter sewing, but it seems that one thing and then another keep getting in the way of progress. Still I plug along, hoping and expecting that everything will get done, because I’ve done it before.
I keep reminding myself of the Easter my Rebecca was 6, 28 years ago. For whatever reason, I decided to abandon an almost finished smocked dress in favor of this peach Swiss batiste frock. From where the inspiration came, I don’t recall. But I HAD to make it!
That was Maundy Thursday. I had three days, mostly filled with the activities of this 6 year old child and her 10 year old brother, not to mention preparing my Sunday school lesson, fixing dinner, etc. I slept very little from then until Easter, but I did complete the dress. If I did it then, I can do it again, right? I am 28 years older, but I don’t have a 6 and 10 yo under foot. Yes, surely I can do it!
The fabric is what Jeannie B. calls “fairy” batiste–sheer and fine enough to clothe fairies who could not bear the weight of linen or even Nelona. The major features of the dress are entredeux beading, tatting, puffing–lots of that!–a sweet Swiss handloom.
The sleeves are set in with entredeux, one of my favorite heirloom touches. Continue reading