Aunt Emily

Emily Bowyer Hammel was my father's older sister. She was the dearest person I've ever known. Over several adolescent summers, she patiently taught me how to sew and how to cook. I loved her. Sadly, she has been gone these few years and I miss her very much. However, I am carrying on her legacy of sewing and trying to carry on her legacy of caring.

Thursday, December 17

Back to Blogging!

Wow, it has been a long time since I blogged! Can't believe I've been away so long, but things have been hectic here. Two new babies in the family, two little boys to help care for as their mommy had a series of complications following baby's arrival, interviewing for a new job - things have been busy this fall.

The upshot of it all is that I will be moving to a new job, effective 1/4/10! I will be working at a local community college as their Grants Administrator. Should be an interesting opportunity - a newly created position, so lots of trails to blaze.

And through it all, I have been sewing! I actually achieved one goal I had for this year - I made a piece from the Burda magazine. Actually, I made two. I don't have photos of these as yet, but plan to get some in the week between Christmas and New Year. The items I made were:

SKIRT 137B/ Sept 09 Burda

I made this skirt, which has an attractive back that you can't see in this drawing. The bottom 1/3 is flared or draped. The rest of the skirt is a plain pencil skirt. I planned to make the jacket as well, but found I needed to adjust for larger bust and add to the arms - well by the time I got things worked out on paper - it just didn't seem as though it would fit. So that idea was abandoned and I plan to make a jacket from a Burda Pattern Company pattern.

DRESS 407/ Burda Plus Spring 09
I made this dress in a heavy, nicely drapy poly. I added about 8 inches to the tie to make it a longer and floppier tie. I really love this dress, although it was a mistake a minute (sewing the two side seams together as the center back seam, etc.) I'll post a photo soon.

AND I've been sewing and crocheting my Christmas presents - hats and scarves, shawls, pajamas, nightgowns, pullovers - lots of things. Still have a bit to go in the next week.

Finally, my Cincinnati Five Crazy Quil group got together for the first time in months and months for a Christmas event. This is our photo below, with a digi-scrapbook frame.

So have a Merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy New Year!!!!!!!