Monday, March 21, 2011

If Spring Won't Come To Us...

If spring won't come to us then we will come to it. Today was a bust for home schooling. About 45 minutes into her lessons she put on her "stubborn" and just sat there, gazing into space. For some reason I told her that she lost her television and computer privileges until Friday. Oh man, more of a punishment for me I think. ( In truth, it was a great afternoon. She actually chose to read books on her own, made a bird from Styrofoam and feathers and played with her horses until dinner. Not bad.)

The sky was a dismal grey all day. The wind is howling as I type this tonight and there is a promise of 10 to 15 cm of fresh snow tomorrow. So what did I do with my afternoon?  I made pillow case dresses of course.

I got these vintage pillow cases from a thrift store for one dollar each. I REFUSE to buy Athena summer dresses from Old Navy for $26.50 a piece. I barely pay that for my own dresses.I have long wanted to make these easy dresses for her. They are exactly what the girl needs for summer and they sew up oh so quickly.

I could have bought new cases from the store but there is no way I could get these funky patterns today.
They scream vintage, just what I was going for.

She couldn't have been happier with the result. Soft, roomy dresses. No lace or scratchy fabric. Just free flowing summer goodness. If, that is, summer ever comes.I am sure you will find me complaining about the heat in just a few months time, but we are forcing spring to come in these parts.

Have you totally forgotten about us Mother Nature?

And speaking of spring, I just have to share this cute exchange Athena and I had the other day. We were coming out of the hair dresser and I noticed a few sparrows on the curb. I said to Athena: "Oh look at those sparrows fighting." Athena says: "Where?" I respond: "Down there, on the road. Oh wait. They are not fighting, they are trying to make a baby." And she replies, in her seven year old innocence,: "Out of what? Sticks?"

And I'll leave you with that as I anticipate a day of shovelling snow. Happy first day of spring!


Jen said...

Those dresses are so cute! You'll have to show me how when you come here next.

Tracey said...

I think those dresses are perfect for summer. I have a pattern marked to make a few for the little one here; I am just hoping my sewing skills will allow me to actually complete them.
We are going to be 86 degrees today. I think my spring left and summer came to visit for the day!

Tara said...

the dresses are adorable and they look so comfortable!

it is snowing here now - four inches on the ground - Spring has taken a break I guess :(

Lyse, Ebony, and Olivia said...

Love those dresses, the patterns are so pretty.

Dawn said...

I love Athena's new dresses! The fabric is so pretty. I laughed when I read your remark about taking television and computer away, as more of a punishment for you. My husband took those privileges away from my daughter the other day, and I told him that he was really punishing me. ;)