I sewed a new pattern - it's called the Swingset Skirt from Oliver + S. We have a wedding coming up and I told Bea I would make her a skirt. Getting dressed up is a big deal for her. I mean she never does it. She is anti fancy, fun, girly fashion. But we are going all the way to London to a friend's wedding and I'm trying to make her understand that her jeans and a t-shirt just won't cut it. Anyway - this polka-dot version is a practice run with this new pattern. I bought some blue dupioni silk for the wedding skirt. Next I have to think of a way to get her to wear some dressy shoes...
I recently tried making a nightie for Claire with an old McCall's pattern. It reminded me how much I love, love, love Oliver + S patterns. The pictures on the old pattern didn't really look like what they were supposed to be showing and the pattern pieces were wonky - not matching up at a couple points. I hate that feeling when you are trying to put something together but the directions make it into a big mystery and you just stand there in your sewing room not knowing what to do. The Oliver + S pattern directions are always completely clear and helpful - no guessing. It makes me want to only sew with patterns designed by Oliver + S founder Liesl Gibson. Love that lady!
The Swingset skirt has three little casings - two for quarter inch elastic and one for a little drawstring. It's lined and it has a lovely twirly shape. It feels like it's been a long time since I sewed something and Bea actually liked it. Here it is blowing in the wind. Success!
I have a favorite little antique store in the town next to us. Their stuff is always impeccably displayed and the prices are great. We have a wedding to attend in May so I stopped in hoping to find a pin to fancy up my dress. I couldn't decide on just one so I go three for about $20. And then I got home and had to photograph my little collection of old cheap jewelry. I especially love the enamel flower pins.
I'll miss our neighborhood Easter Egg hunt next year. It's cute and sweet and funny. And this year we had the most beautiful warm day. The girls both met up with their friends at the hunt - I'm trying not to think about how much they will miss those girls.
Here's our own little Easter egg hunt on Easter morning. Gosh that Easter Bunny gets up early! I'll miss having our pretty little yard to hide eggs in.
We had our first outdoor dinner of the year. We'll have lots of outdoor meals in Zurich and they will be pleasant with a great view... but I will still miss our backyard.
Those little copper wire egg-lifting tools that come with the egg dying kits are just about my favorite thing. I love the wobbly feeling when you lift the egg out of the color and then tumble the egg onto the table.
Do you remember the days when we fell in love? What did we talk about all those hours that felt like minutes? It was wonderful and I knew it was wonderful. And yet I didn't even know how wonderful. It's like a summer evening when the temperature is just right and a gentle breeze blows my skirt around my legs and it feels impossibly good. But you never realize how good it feels until it's winter and you remember back to that day. As much as my love for you has grown all these years - I sometimes wish I could fall in love with you again.
Have you noticed there are just not enough pictures of mountains and cows and cheese and chocolate on this web site lately? Well, Brian and I were finding that to be a real problem. Too much boring domestic content for my beloved (three) readers. So we're making a big change - this blog will once again be filled with photos of one of the happiest places on earth - no, not Disney... Switzerland. Stay tuned for remarkable photos of clean trains, neatly stacked piles of recyclables and grimacing Brian aboard cable cars. My blog's title will once again align with my life - Laowai - a foreigner.
OK... that's not really the story is it. The truth is Brian loves Switzerland and I opened the door a centimeter and suddenly we were making plans to move again. It will be for three years, we will keep our house in the US. Brian will move at the beginning of June and the girls and I will join him at the end of July. The first thing we did was to get the girls into an international school. And then over the girls' Spring Break Brian and I went apartment hunting. We told the girls about the move when we returned. It's really happening - I'm still getting used to the idea.
So here are some photos:
The girls will attend the same school next year:
And then Bea will move up to the middle school:
We looked at a bunch of apartments and just found out on Monday that we are going to get the one that Brian and I both liked. In Switzerland you can get turned down when you try to rent an apartment. Brian and I could not agree on our second choice so I'm super relieved we didn't have to work that out. Our new home will be across Lake Zurich from our old place. We'll have a lovely view of the lake and mountains with vineyards surrounding one side of the apartment.
Brian and I landed in the morning ready to look at apartments. We were greeted with the most beautiful Spring day.
Brian is very excited to live and work in Zurich again. As much as I love Switzerland - I am taking my time getting used to the idea that we are leaving our home in the US. And of course it is a huge change for our girls. They both cried when we broke the news, but they have also been super curious about their new school and our apartment.