Friday, April 1, 2011

Here I am!

Adoring fans have been emailing for days... "Mona, where are you?  What have you been up to?  We miss you!!!"  Okay, not really.  Just my cousin "Mimi" - Hey Cuz!

The days are a big blur.  Somewhere in between PTA meetings, baseball and soccer practices and games, and preparations for senior year (prom, prom dresses, graduation...), I did manage to sneak in a weekend with my favorite sewing buddies (Brenda, Janice, Mary Lynn, Nancy, and Sherrie), at our favorite retreat Southern Comfort.  We decided to call ourselves the "Southern Sewing Sisters"!

We sewed... and ate... and laughed... and sewed... and walked... and ate.  You get the idea.  And, we all went to the local Wal-Mart on a field trip!  Yes, the closest thing to a fabric shop in Mineola is Wal-Mart.  But, we did manage to find some cute fabric (well, duh!) and went back happy campers to sew some more.

Of course our hostess, Linda fed us well.  During Spring Break I came down with a nasty stomach bug early in the week and was determined to kick it before the retreat.  I didn't want to miss any of her cooking so I ate crackers for three days prior to going.  So when I finally got to eat, I felt like I had eaten twice as much!  But, I suffered through it!  


And, I did manage to get a few projects taken care of.  I know - you're thinking, "How in the world did you manage to sew if you were eating so much?"  I managed.  

I sewed an Easter dress for my youngest daughter - with a zipper!  Thanks Nancy!  It turned out really cute although in the photo it looks a little plain.  I was going to make a bolero jacket but didn't like the fabric I brought.  I did add some sparkly little jewels (thanks Mary Lynn!) to the bodice when I got home.  I plan to add a wide satin ribbon to it as well.


The next two projects were matching dresses (more "Fridas") for my daughter's best friend who turns five next month.  She is getting an American doll for her birthday.  Ssssshhhh, don't tell - its a secret!  I think she will be happy with them.


And, I sewed a little skirt to finish up the weekend.  I found all of the fabric on our field trip and made the skirt from scratch - my first pattern!  I was inspired by a cute little top that Mary Lynn made.  Ruffles, ruffles, ruffles.  I used my new ruffler to tackle that project.  So much faster than the other methods!

Scarves are all the rage so I brought a t-shirt and whipped up this cute scarf that I saw on DIY Dish.  Super fast, easy, and inexpensive.  Miss Janice was my lovely model, so she got to keep the scarf!  

Finally, we went to Kindergarten Round-Up tonight.  My daughter was so excited to go.  Of course, it is sad for me as she is the last to go to school.  And, very strange because I bought a prom dress for one daughter and signed the other up for kindergarten in one week.  Such opposite ends of the emotional spectrum!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!
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  1. Hi Mona. I love hearing about your sewing retreats! I wanna go!! Your little Easter dress looks lovely and so does the skirt. And that matching Frida set? OH MY! So darling! And that food does look yummy too! Glad you had fun and got to eat that yummy stuff too.

  2. Hey there Mona. Yep, I know about those crazy busy times. The past week has been like that for me. But our Spring Break has just begun so a whole week off and I am happy, happy, happy. HOpe to get many projects done during this time. Love the scarf you made and your ruffly skirt is so pretty. Sewing is beyond me so I am always amazed at what someone can whip up. Your retreat with the girls sounds like heaven! So glad to hear you didn't miss out. Wow! One starting kindergarten and one graduating. That is a wide gap. One of my best friends has a daughter who just turned 21, 5 kids in between, and a 6 month old baby girl. That requires a whole lot of patience. Have a great weekend. Tammy

  3. Elizabeth FancherApril 1, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Cute stuff Mona. We are going to miss you at Lorene's retreat next weekend. I am so looking forward to the food! I am planning my projects now :-)

  4. I knew you weren't on a beach towel dozing in the sun! Great sewing and ideas by the way. Missed you while you were away.

  5. Love all the sewing projects. So glad you were able to kick the stomach bug and join your friends.