It has been a great Saltaire summer. (It's not over of course, I've just left for a 2-week family trip and when we get back it's Labor Day weekend already... boo hoo!) I've had the luxury of time to sew & paint, to watch my children and nephew enjoy and develop themselves, to be with those I love most (family & extended family), and to truly savor the beauty, serenity, and camaraderie that surround one in Saltaire. They say contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have. This summer I've realized every day that I have a lot... and tried (with varying success) to be content because of it!
This lightweight summer tote was perfect for taking to the beach because it was so lightweight. I doubled the fabric so it was durable. It was fun to work on embroidering the mandala design while at the beach! (My cousin Dixie dubbed me "Rosie" after Rosie Grier, former pro football player and needlework enthusiast.)
I ordered 2 swimsuit fabrics by mistake (won 2 auctions on ebay) so I just had to go ahead and make another retro-style swimsuit for myself, using the Burdastyle Alison pattern. Although I have to say that pattern has the absolute worst instructions and I basically had to wing it again, having forgotten how I made it the last time.
And finally, I saw this colorful "lattice" fabric while shopping for embroidery thread at a friendly & beautiful yarn store in my neighborhood & couldn't resist making myself a top out of it. I love the Schoolhouse Tunic pattern but (A) I lost the instructions & (B) I hate that you have to wear a shirt underneath it so I came up with my own design for this. Schoolmarm-meets-peasant style, I think.