Friday, May 26, 2017

Welcome Baby Button

Getting born is hard work!

Melody, Singing

My heart gets all squishy looking at our new granddaughter.

Baby Meets Grandpa Dale

Melody Grace Otto
Born May 25, 2017
3:01 pm
21 inches tall
7 lbs 3 oz

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lilac Time

When lilacs bloom beneath the pines, it's one of my very favorite times of the year. I'll let the images speak for themselves.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Studio Morning

I spent most of this weekend in my Studio, working on my sewing project. The garment construction is going well. The fitting was better than expected. However, my tailoring skills are still growing. It's astonishing how much brain energy it takes to combine the creative process with engineering the angles and curves.

When I approached the Studio door this morning, my old Singer was waiting for me, eager to begin again.

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My hat is off to all those contestants on Project Runway. It's not easy for me to create a garment in a week. How much more difficult to design and create a garment in a single day - only to do it day after day after day in a competition!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dispatches from Anxious Davazes

The whole family still waits with love and (our best attempt at) patience as Baby Otto takes her time
being born. This evening, Dale, Jodie and I wrote a few words of encouragement toward our new family member:

Waiting for Button
Baby Julie
Our Julie is anxious
Hold on. She'll come soon.
~Margaret Davaz

Head down, little one.
A world awaits, impatient.
Choose your own best time.
~Dale Davaz

Beautiful, bitty baby Button,
Belligerently battles beneath brazen belly.
Birth, bumpkin! Before belabored blubbering!
Baited breathing, buzzing, buildup ...
Behold: bouquets, bonnets, beautiful babbles.
~Jodie Davaz

We are so ready to love on this child.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sewing Progress

The basic shape of the dress is put together. I even managed to install an invisible zipper (for only the 2nd time in my life). The fabric is much more dreamy to work with than I was anticipating. The pattern drafting seems to be working so far.

Now all I need is a model to come for a fitting.

Friday, May 19, 2017

On the Cutting Table

I'm back in my Studio, working on a new sewing project. I finished drafting the pattern today.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tall and Thin

Most of the time, tulips are grown in clusters. They look gorgeous in grand pops of reds, oranges, purples, and yellows. But somehow, this one bulb grew alone in a bed far from other plants at the base of our deck.

Was it lonely, so was crying? Or did I just happen to catch it right after the rain?