Thursday, July 18, 2019

Little Elliott Curtis has Arrived! A SewSimple Skirt Project Finished A8682. Being a MiMi is a Beautimous Thing.

Nothing like a sweet little baby, a little angel to hold...
Our newest little angel grand-baby, our second grand-baby...Introducing Elliott Curtis!   He is a darling little baby and has many different expressions that never cease to amaze!  We are thanking God for little Elliott.  Many of you may remember when Marianna and James were married a couple of years ago and my how time flies!  

What a sweetheart!

It's been so very busy here, we went out of town for our 39th wedding anniversary, so I should have some neat shots of that soon.  If you've read here long, you know I love the Mississippi river and the river boats.  My Italian grandma's family had an ice cream shop across from the river, across from Jax Brewery, yes, New Orleans is in my blood.  We visited the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and that was a treat, I've always wanted to go to that museum.  The Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas is wonderful as well, and I want to go back to that one to revisit too, it is also excellent. Very much so.

My latest sewing project:

You have to love those 97 cent patterns at Walmart!   Simplicity A8682.   This was a winner.  I added around an inch and a quarter to the hem and I made it fit into just three yards.  Mine hits right above my ankle bone and that is just perfect for me.  I think this is a real cutie-pie wrap skirt, a very cheerful skirt, feminine and fun to wear!  ...And it has two pockets!  I've had this cotton fabric in my stash and didn't know what to do with it, it was a bit on the stiff side so it makes a great skirt. I can see black, bright yellow etc. with this skirt.  Sometimes when I see this type of print and think of black and that bright yellow, I think of Mary Tyler Moore, those years.

I'm telling ya, when I go to the sewing department at Walmart, I feel just like a little girl again in the toy department!  Haha!

I love what Tasha Tudor said on skirts and dresses:  

From page 63 from the book, The Private World of Tasha Tudor by Tasha Tudor and Richard BrownThis book is great fun to read and look at!  Lot's of eye candy and just neat to read...A nice get-away book.  It goes through the four seasons.  Just great stuff.  Her gardens, her corgis...The way she brought her children up with a trunk of clothes to perform in.  (I had that trunk of clothes too and I fully intend on having one here at Mi-Mi's house for our grandsons and future granddaughters as well!  So.  Fun.   Yep, I'm going to be making nature scrap books and all kinds of stuff with those kids.  Fun times!

Excerpt:  "Why do women want to dress like men when they're fortunate enough to be women?  Why lose our femininity, which is one of our greatest charms?  We get much more accomplished by being charming than we would by flaunting around in pants and smoking.  I'm very fond of men.  I think they're wonderful creatures.  I love them dearly.  But I don't want to look like one.  
    When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error.  Things half seen are so much more mysterious and delightful.  Remember the term 'a neatly turned ankle'?   Think of the thrill that gentlemen used to get if they caught even a glimpse of one.  Now women go around in their union suits.  And what a multitude of sins you could cover up with a long skirt if you had piano legs."

That just tickled me to no end and I tend to agree with Ms. Tudor.  I enjoy my capris and even loose fitting yoga pants and a Mary Tyler Moore-style corduroy pantsuit at times in the winter, but nothing like a feminine full skirt, one that doesn't have to be yanked on, that glides over the body beautifully.  When we wear those skirts we feel special too.  I usually wear one when going to the grocery or out to eat, or at home even, it just speaks something good I think.  I love cotton skirts and dresses!

Well, I'll be seein' ya!

Signing off from the Forest Cathedral...We'll catch up soon.  
I'll be seeing you...

Just wanted to touch bases...Oh so much going on...

They had an example of sheet music of this song at The National WWII Museum, many of these songs were written for men and women as the men went off to war.  

Blessings to All,    ~Amelia

Asher Samuel, our first grandbaby with me holding him in my element, the screen porch here in the Forest. Ponytail MiMi having fun, enjoying the blessing of being a MiMi!

I think Asher and Elliott will have a grand time playing together soon!

Love comes while we rest against
our Father's chest.
Joy comes when we catch the
rhythms of His heart.
Peace comes when we live
in harmony with those rhythms.     ~Ken Gire


Sandi said...



Amelia said...

Thank you Sandi! : )

Mrs. White said...

He is so precious! I am so happy for you!

I love all the pictures you shared!

Amelia said...

Thank you Mrs. White! : )

Marianna said...

Elliott loves his MiMi and his "MiMi blankets"!! You are a great MiMi, and I know that over the years, he and Asher are going to loooove coming out to hang out with y'all and play dress up and ride tractors! :-D It's going to be so cute to watch -- it already is fun to see them with y'all.

I love the skirt and pattern! Very feminine and also cool for the Texas summer days. The quote is great! I, too, love skirts and have always preferred them to pants -- although I enjoy pants at times, too... (I just like to make sure my pants look like "girl pants"!) Femininity is truly a gift from the Lord to be enjoyed!

Love the great pictures! And the song! I love the atmosphere that old 40's/50's music creates; so homey and pleasant. :)

Amelia said...

So glad Elliott is enjoying his soft MiMi blankets! Yes, there are many adventures in the future so we will take that Joy in the Journey! : )

Yes, our femininity is to be celebrated! I think a lot of ladies are missing out, they have bought into quite a few modern ways of thinking on quite a few things and actually seem entrapped.

The music is so sweet isn't it? They sang of marriage and things that were good and God honoring as a whole. I love that old 40s music, when I feel a bit overdone, the best thing I can do is either put Reflections on or my 40s cd. Those 40s songs just make it a fun day! Yes, it's up to us to create that homey-sweet, non-rushed, cheerful, peaceful place...Our homes.

Barbara said...

Beloved and I have been on the road or I would have commented sooner. Congratulations on your second grandson!!! What a delight and a joy. He is so cute, precious beyond words.

Your taste in clothing is wonderful. Thank you for sharing the pattern number and your thoughts about how/when to wear skirts.

Blessings to you, Amelia!

Amelia said...

Thank you Barbara! I hope you and Beloved are having a great time, that sounds wonderful.

I appreciate you, thank you for your sweet and thoughtful comment!


Christine said...

Oh, How Precious little Elliot Curtis is! I love babies!

We must be kindred spirits because I love skirts , sewing and I have the same book about Tasha Tutor book!

I also agree about not loosing femininity!

Amelia said...

Christine, What a blessing you are! I look forward to future sharing! Isn't the book so nice? A great book to just kick back and enjoy... It's so rewarding to sew our own clothes I think. I've loved sewing ever since I was little. So fun! : )