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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Living Inside a Cloud.... (And, The Brown Corduroy)












There have been so many foggy days and foggy nights here, lately, it has seemed we must be living inside a cloud; certainly not days fit for getting out with the camera, or so I thought.

A couple of days ago, I had a strong desire to go exploring in search of something to  "shoot," so when Millie and I headed into that foggy cloud, my camera was right at hand.  I was surprised, but not disappointed, at the results.  In the top photo, I can almost see Thoreau stepping down to water's edge as he contemplates the day. 

                    

Now for the brown corduroy... It is exactly like the red corduroy, except it is brown...my color, for sure.  Both dresses have back ties or sashes, just as my dresses had when I was a kid. ( I have previously written about those sashes here.)  There were four ties to be narrowly hemmed all around, so I pulled out the old Singer with her narrow hemmer attachment, and went to work.  She stitched as though she were new, right out of the box, despite the fact that she is now fifty years old.   It was good practice, for sure, but I think the next dresses I make won't have sashes. 









9 comments:

  1. Your pictures made in the fog give a different view than just looking out the window. There special! I think I like the brown best, although both are beautiful.

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    1. It's another good day here for foggy pictures, if one were so inspired.:~/ The brown dress is my favorite, too. Now, I must decide which girl gets which. I will finish the other two to sweeten the mix, which should make it easier to divide them fairly.

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  2. Seems to make it more of an adventure traveling outside in the fog. Your pictures have captured the moment. As for the sewing; I have never tried using a narrow hemmer. I would think it was a great help in making such a tiny turn in the fabric. I like the tie backs on the little dresses. Although it might make it more difficult for the little ones. Maybe you can use it as a learning experience to teach them to tie a bow? The little brown dress is every bit as nice as the red. The girls will have so much fun.

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    1. We still have fog today...a bit of sunshine would be nice, for sure! I see that you may be slightly above freezing today. :~) I do worry that the ties may be difficult for the girls. The older girl can probably help the younger one. I can always remove the ties by ripping out the pleats in which the ties are sewn.

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  3. Note to self: FORCE yourself to learn that sewing machine foot. Please! Note to Mary: I love brown of all the colors most of all. Don't why. And the weather that allows fog to stay near the ground is a favorite too. Maybe we wouldn't want it all the time, but there's something special about it when it happens.

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    1. The hemmer attachment for the old Singer makes a 1/8 inch narrow hem, which I really like. The only hemmer attachment available for my Bernina makes a 1/4 inch hem. I didn't order it. I figure as long as the old Singer will plug along, I will use her when I need a narrow hem.

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  4. Whether rain, snow or fog you seem to capture such beauty. The brown corduroy dress and jacket are nicely done. The collar on the jacket is lovely. I wish I still had my 50 year old Singer with it's wooden case.

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  5. I love the fog too. Great pictures. the brown dress is very fine. I really like it. there will be some well dressed dolls. The design of the dresses is really nice. Lucky girls and their dolls.

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  6. Your fog photos are quiet and a bit mysterious, like peeking in to another realm.
    The outfits are lovely. You have wonderful sewing talents and techniques.
    :)

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