Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Visit to the Botanical Gardens, 

Rescuing Shelly the Turtle,

and I Made a Dress

          It was a lovely week for the most part.  My friend Tina and I spent a day at the Botanical Gardens after deciding that we should take more time to do something just for the fun of it. At first we both said, "But I feel so far behind." Then we decided, "Behind what? Are we in a race? Who are we racing with?" We decided we felt "behind" on our To-Do list. And no matter how hard we work, we decided, we have NEVER caught up with it--so why worry about that? So off we went, and we were so glad we did.  Making memories is more fun than scratching off one more item on one's To-Do list any day. The gardens were a perfect place to enjoy nature and each other.
          First we sat outside at the cafe' and had lunch. Then we walked through the park to the Japanese gardens--my favorite spot in the world for a relaxing and soothing natural environment.  I had Tina take a snapshot of me sitting in a special spot by a stream in the Japanese garden because I had taken so many photos of our daughter Erin in that spot when she was a little girl.  We always took a picnic, a blanket, and art supplies. She so loved sitting there and drawing the arched bridge across the water from that vantage point.
          Yesterday it was raining as I was rushing home from running errands when I spotted a box turtle on our street--not a safe spot for a turtle to be.  So I jumped out and grabbed him and brought him home, and released him in our back yard.  He was quite perturbed at my intrusion, but quickly headed down to the woods, which is where he was headed in the first place.  We always name our found turtles Shelly. (My husband is so witty.)
          I wanted to show you a simple knit dress I made from a pattern I made myself by just tracing a top I like and making it longer. I decided it was a waste of time to set in sleeves, so I just made them part of the front and back. No zipper needed, just make the neckline large enough to go over your head. This two piece pattern is about as easy as it gets, and is super comfortable for summer.  I think dresses are the coolest way to go in the hot, humid summer weather.  But it's hard to find a casual dress anymore, so why not just make one? It only took a couple of hours once I had the pattern made. And fitting is super simple with an A-line design. I'm thinking of setting in side pockets next time, again just adding them onto the one piece on the side seams. I think I'll make more of them this summer, trying a cotton fabric next. 
          I hope you have had a pleasant week, and that you will find something special to do this week--just for the fun of it. 


  1. The gardens are beautiful. What state do you live in; I forget? I love the pic of you taken there and I love your dress that you made. Did you have to use a special needle for sewing the knit fabric? I would love to make myself some of these, as I love wearing loose cute dresses in the summer time. Shelley the turtle doesn't even realize how lucky she was that day!

  2. We are near St. Louis in the beautiful rolling hills of Missouri. I didn’t Need a round tip needle for that particular knit. Dresses are the only way to go on hot days! We haven’t seen Shelly since she headed for the woods—one determined turtle!

  3. A trip to a botanical garden would make it to the top of my list! LOL Love the dress. I purchased a few really cute dresses at thrifts that I'm wanting to redo a little bit (when I make time). Love those peonies!