The other day my Mom (Addison's Great Grandmother) and I were sitting at Addison's little table in her bedroom doing puzzles with her. We must have sat there at least a 1/2 hour while Addison stood next to us working the pieces. All of a sudden Addie put her arms around me, patted my back and said "I So Hoppy." It was a moment that melted my heart. Just thinking how lucky this little Addie was to have both her Grandma AND Great Grandma sitting with her!
So how does this statment tie to sewing? Well, other than my wonderful family and grandchildren, sewing makes me "So Hoppy" as well. It is a love that I have had for almost 47 years. And what is even more special about this statement is that my Mom, who I was sitting at the table with and sharing a moment with Addie, was the person who taught me this special, wonderful skill. It was because of her that I sew. It was because of her that I think I'm pretty good at it. Maybe it was all those times she would make me rip things out until they were right. And for that reason, I put in a mean zipper!!!! She was also the one who taught me to knit, crochet, and embroider but that's for another post!! She is one talented woman and I know that she is "so hoppy" that she was able to pass her talents down to me.
I can't wait until Addie is old enough to start sewing with me. It won't be long. But in the meantime, my sewing apprentice is my daughter-in-law Diana. I really shouldn't even call her an apprentice because she has taken off with her sewing skills. I keep asking her if she has sewn her whole life and has just not told me...she is THAT good!!! Her work is something like you would see from someone who has been sewing..say 47 years!!!! It is phenomenal to say the least. If I could only get her to admit it! Whenever she makes a mistake, I always tell her that even experienced sewers make mistakes sometimes. Like the time I was quilting a piece of fabric and quilted a scrap to the back of it. Or when I pin a purse together wrong, or rip out a bad seam. Or mend my son Adam's pants pocket and sew it to the back of the leg so he can't put them on! It happens to the best of us. I always make sure to show her my mistakes so that she knows it has nothing to do with "inexperience!"
Here is a sneak peek at our latest sewing marathon day. The first two pictures will explain why Di and I make great sewing partners! See this table full of fabric? We were trying to decide what we wanted to make our purse out of. Now mind you we had TONS of choices. We just couldn't decide and stood there for the longest time trying to decide. We both looked at each other after lamenting forever and said "let's go shopping." So we headed to the fabric store to buy MORE fabric! We are sick I know!
Here is what we ended up with. Isn't is pretty? We both wanted something bright, summery and fun! And another thing we are alike in...we picked the same colors, only different prints!
Fabric chosen...check. Machines set up....check. Cutting board out...check. Ironing board up...check! We are ready to go!