Happy 4th of July! (Plus some random musings…)


Miss Dorito would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy 4th of July.  She is rockin’ her new patriotic dress.  She has a little bit of room, so she can grow into it.  And no, I did not make it.  I am trying desperately to maintain some dignity by not spending all my time drafting patterns for chihuahua clothing.

This little darling is sucking up a lot of my time, as any baby will do.  She is a bundle of energy, funny and sweet.  At 3 months, she weighed in at one ounce under two pounds.

Good news from the sewing room – I have new LED lighting. Talk about opening up a world of opportunity!  Now I can actually work after sunset.

"I never sleep on planes" eye mask.  Anita Goodesign embroidery.  Gray poly satin fabric, black lace elastic.
“I never sleep on planes” eye mask. Anita Goodesign embroidery. Gray poly satin fabric, black lace elastic.

Remember the eye mask I made for our European trip?  On our return flight from Shannon to JFK I sat next to two energetic young Irish women.  They were on their way to San Diego to work for the summer.  It was their first time out of Ireland, the first  plane ride for one of them.  Louise and Clodagh made the most of their flight time, partaking of the free (on international flights) beverages and flirting with the other passengers.  When the flight attendants started passing out eye masks for those who wanted to sleep, I knew mine had ascended to a higher purpose.  I hope Clodagh and Louise have fun showing off their new fashion accessory.

I ❤️ Dublin, and the rest of Ireland too!

I came back from Dublin well biased.


This amazing cotton bias tape is gorgeous, and best of all, it is pre-made.  I can see lots of uses for this, most obviously for binding quilts.  How cute would that be?

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I also found the cutest elastic I have ever seen!  Don’t know where these are going yet…


A. Rubanesque is a trim shop located in the Temple Bar area in Dublin.  Temple Bar is a busy area in the center of the city, with lots of pubs (proud to say I tried many) and shopping.  The shop is full of lace, trims, elastics, and other delicious trim items.  I oohed and ahhed over so many lovely laces.  But what the hey-de-ho am I going to do with lace?  I pondered and pondered, and left the store lace-less.


We had gone into the Temple Bar area on our first night in Dublin.  We had a private pub crawl with Garvan as our guide.  It started something like this…


Here was our favorite pub from that evening (as far as we remember.)  You could fit maybe 20 people in there, as long as ten of them were standing.


We sampled many pints at many bars.  Highlights of this walking/stumbling tour include:

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The last one is some mer-horses on the river Liffey.  Threw that one in just to see if you were paying attention.