Sorry for the slight delay in winner announcement, but I've been glued to the Interwebs regarding this tragedy. My heart breaks for the families of those who were killed, for our elected officials who will live in fear of the same happening to them and for the loss of civility in our society as a whole and this state in particular. I am more sad than I can possibly express.
Part of who we are is carrying on in the face of sadness and tragedy and bringing light where we can. I'm sending a little bit of light (with the help of the Random Number Generator) in the form of lemons to Jen. While I wish I could afford to send lemons to all of you, I'm happy to see them go to someone who has brought plenty of light into the world through her beautiful art. If you're not familiar with her work, you should really click over and see what she does. Jen - I hope the lemons give you a great boost in those dark January days in Maine.
Lastly, my girl has started on her first real sewing machine project. She's making the Evelyn Apron Skirt by our friend Jona. Check out her fabulous fabric choices and beautiful work.
She needs to add the apron tonight and gather the skirt to attach to the waistband. We'll do elastic and hem in the morning and she's going to try it out at a birthday party tomorrow. I am so proud of her for setting aside her usual resistance to failure and learning through mistakes and really embracing the process. That girl of mine. I love her.
I've also been playing with the fashion cams on my Rocketeer and am all giddy over the fancy stitches.
I need to tighten up my stitch length a bit and we're golden. Grace kindly pointed out that berninagarcia has all those stitches and many many more, and I appreciate her wisdom. However, there's something fabulous about these stitches coming from plain old mechanical engineering and not from a computer. Plus, these just flat out look better. Maybe berninagarcia needs to be tuned up, but regardless, I'm over the moon with what that Rocketeer can do. I even started a little skirt for Kit that is intended to feature some fancy stitchin'.
Happy weekend friends. Take the time to hug the ones you love. Say a prayer or send good thoughts into the universe for understanding and kindness and dialogue in the world. Reach out and be a positive force in the world.