Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday fragments - a finished SWAP and other treats

in which our plucky heroine is grateful for a return to the grey and damp...

This is my favorite kind of weather. Just cool enough that I can wear a dress under my pinafore, and only need a sweater or a rain poncho when the outside beckons. The overcast grey sky soothes my eyes and adds a gentle glow to the surroundings... Looking out my bedroom window this morning; the soft light brought out all the springtime colors

While inside the kitchen, all the spiderplant babies are taking over my kitchen cart! Need to get them potted up into hanging planters, and put a few more ceiling hooks up here and there. Seeing them every morning makes me smile, reminds me of the kind friends that shared them with me...

There are so many lovely things in bloom right now, that any chance to wander outside between rainstorms is a chance to appreciate the everyday beauty of my neighborhood and environs...

Until I took a closer look, I thought these flowers on the corner in Karla's yard were wood hyacinths, which are blooming everywhere around here right now. Nope, they are our native PNW camas, much less common, larger, and really worth a second glance.

There are still some apple blossoms on the tree in my backyard. It will be curious to see if there will be any apples at all later this year, since it has been an exceptionally rainy April into May, which may have played hob with pollination (bees don't like the rain, I suspect, though I did see one bumblebee busy amid the flowers one day that it was not raining).

Now there are eleven new garments hanging in my closet. My efforts for SWAP 2017 have been successful; I need to figure out how best to photograph them, which is always a challenge. This addition more than doubles the size of my everyday wardrobe. My goal for a number of years has been to have enough clothing so I can go a week between laundry, and slow steady effort has improved the situation quite a bit...

I am pleased with this set as a whole, all the pieces work together, fit into my overall wardrobe refurbishment project, and can all be worn with my other clothing as well. The turquoise dress, while obviously an accent color, looks good with three of the four pinafores, and with the addition of some jewelry or a scarf, looks okay with the fourth pinafore as well.

The petticoat pants, which were my best effort for fulfilling the SWAP "bottoms" requirement, do add needful cold weather warmth. They won't ever be worn alone, or at all in warm weather, but for the months of the year when the outdoor temperatures are under 60F, they will be very welcome, and SWAP requirements encouraged my efforts so that I now have a new TNT pattern for this necessary garment. I call that a win.

May SMART goals (x=extra)
1 grey jersey pants loom weights-
2 brown trim bands x-
3 brown jersey pants x x
4 x x x
5 xx x
6 x x x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x


  1. Hi. Looking forward to seeing all your garments! Great job! that had to take focus!!

  2. Cannot wait to see your new SWAP wardrobe! Just the hanging snapshot looks so well coordinated. For what it is worth, I wear my petticoat pants as pajama bottoms in warmer weather.

  3. Your clothes look so pretty there. It will be fun to get fuller photos of them.