bessie . alma

here i am grandma; can you see me?

Friday, April 28, 2006

ten simple pleasures

i have been tagged by stephanie...

ten simple pleasures:

kissing my baby's toes
a breeze through the window as i nap on warm afternoon
fluffy pink peonies
dad's peanut brittle
standing underneath the cherry blossoms
grande non-fat no water easy foam tazo chai
napping with a baby on draped over my chest
time at the sewing machine
saturday morning on the front stoop in my pj's
our feather bed
chocolate puffed wheat squares

what does it say about me that six of the ten relate to sleep or food? or that i have nobody to tag?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


i love this dress. over a tank or a t. anthropologie has some beautiful stuff...

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

nap pillow

bad lighting. sorry. i am using fabric that i've had stashed (mom gave it to me) for EVER and a few other expendable things (towel, burp flannel) from around the house to make baby her very own amy butler nap pillow. i've wanted to do this forever and finally got the pattern. this will be done slowly, but should give me something exciting to focus on here and there, and when i have time. kind of like a good book- which i haven't had in a while.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

drapes are done

well, almost. they are hanging and we used them last night. it was so dark in the room that i had to use the nightlight. i still have to finish the tie-backs, but otherwise we're done! and last night i started my backtack3 for stephanie... it may end up just being a trial, but so far so good!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


i wrote a clever post, uploaded a photo and then the server decided to bag out.
like i have time to waste these days. harumph.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

should be...

...finishing these curtains for baby's room.
instead i am screwing around on the computer. it is amazing how much time can be whittled away, and nothing to show for it all. blech.

Monday, April 17, 2006

handwriting meme

this is a neat exercise. my handwriting varies depending on many factors: nib, paper and mood. this was relaxing after a cup of coffee on a scrap of paper with a cheap-o (that's what we have around here) promotional pen. but it actually is a good representation of my hand in general. go here and see her talented hand. you will find more information here.

Friday, April 07, 2006

nothing like a good magazine

a lovely day composed of reading, playing, sleeping, cleaning and walking the sunshine. and sewing lining for the babe's bedroom curtains. almost done.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

easter visitors

i have visitors on my kitchen windowsill. they are guarding the jellybeans well against my husband's persistent sweet-tooth. i had to buy him his own bag so he wouldn't eat the easter decoration.


i have a finished tea cosy that i am quite happy with. it will soon be living in tammy and joel's happy home.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


i am tired. my baby is tired too, but she won't sleep. or should i say, she will sleep but only after 45 minutes of me trying to put her into her crib many many times. and oh! the screaming. you'd think that i was committing the most incredible injustice against her. i actually let her cry for 10 minutes, then 5, 5 and 5 min last night before she finally gave in and crashed. trouble is, i am not sure i can follow up on that as i should it was very hard, and i do so love to snuggle her.... she is sweet and spirited, this young'un.

on a crafting note, i've managed to put together one side of a tea cosy i am making for my friend T. of course, as is my practice lately, i am winging it. so far so good, but this batting i've been using is super thick when not quilted. and i wasn't planning on doing any quilting on the large blocks of fabric... so we'll have to see how it turns out. i did make a prototype that i gave to my mom in law, but i used some bat left over from a baby quilt and deemed it too thin. i do love the fabrics, though, and unlike most i've been slow to actually buy any amy bulter fabric. a bit of a frugal time it is around this household, so i am cherishing it and using it very carefully. here is a glimpse of the project in progress.

and on another note... backtack is coming again and i am seriously considering joining up if i can. i feel kind of like an intruder, though and somewhat unworthy. these people are seriously talented artists and incredibly interesting blog authors. me? i am hardly in the same league. but i desperately want to take jump into the fun.