Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring Beauties

Flowers from the Woods by J. O. Banks

In the  woods behind my childhood home was a little 1/2 acre lot of brush and wild flowers that was a very fascinating area for investigating nature  My mother would often take us on walks there during the spring months and tell us names of plants she had learned from her father.  The first flowers to bloom  were the spring beauties, a very tiny flower with pretty pale pink stripes, delicate stems and leaves.  It was a pleasure to see them after a long cold winter on the western side of the Pacific Northwest. There are  similar variations in the east.  

Here is a lovely piece by Frederic Chopin--Spring Waltz that lifts the spirits from the cold and dreary late winter doldrums to the beauties that God gives us to enjoy.

We can help put beauty into our spring time in the lives of those around us.  We can change an atmosphere with a cheerful attitude and a grateful heart.  There are many blog spots and crafty ideas on the web to help you put a little color into the atmosphere of your home.  Inspiration comes in a variety of forms.  Perhaps making an apron with spring colors to wear at your next meal along with a fresh bouquet on the table might be a pleasant welcoming sight.

Here are some aprons that can be purchased.
Spring apron
Retro Apron
Mother  and daughter

These  Simplicity apron patterns won't take very long to make in bright, cheery colors.

This is one I plan to make for spring.  I purchased this at Walmart.  It will be fun to use a bright cheery fabric and contrast it along with some trimming.                                                                                                    

Try a new apron pattern and see what a difference it makes.

Spring time spent outdoors usually brings growth spurts in children and if  you have young daughters you sew for this is also a time for a new dress.  Check out this pattern for some different variations from Whimsy Couture Sewing Patterns. 

 This does need to have something closer to the neck either  a blouse or top or raise the neckline. 

The neckline needs a filler, either matching fabric, raising the neckline opening, or a t-top.

  The Ladies Peasant Dress is an offering for women by the same company as above.  It needs to be lengthened for a proper look as well as making it more balanced.  The neckline holds closely to the body which compares more favorably to open necklines which make it difficult to hold your neckline gap closed when bent over.  Otherwise it looks like a very comfortable warm weather dress and a good dress to wear around the house.

It is also  time to try a new dress pattern that could be a change from winter to spring in your wardrobe.  The offerings for beautiful feminine clothing lacks in most apparel stores and does not show up much in the pattern books.  Most styles are pretty streamlined as most are made from knits, so it will take imagination and work to make something nice and good-looking.

May your spring be bright and cheerful with God's wondrous beauties.

All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.  Psalm 145:10

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