Just Life,  Sewing


Hello, friends! All that unraveling sure made the week fly by 🙂

Before I dive into TGIF, I have a few modeled photos of Hadley. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. and finally using the beautiful Nani Iro linen I bought at Purl Soho back in June.

FO selfies are hard … but here’s a little view of the back – and more of the slightly raised neckline (I cut a size 4 top, except for the V-neck where I traced the opening for the size 18.)

Thinking about holiday plans. (yes, finally.) We are delighted that Sara is going to be here for a few days after all; and now we need to figure out how to make the most of her visit. #goodproblemtohave

Grateful for Marc’s encouragement. about the sewing (and the serger!) and my new ‘do. I shared a teaser on Instagram last week about my new pixie cut. One of my goals for 2019 is to go gray (gracefully) and having super short hair seems the quickest path. Taking care of this cut is super easy, but short hair and the “new” color are going to mean changes in my wardrobe  choices and make-up. #workinprogress

Inspired by all I’ve seen and read about George H.W. Bush these past few days. I especially liked these words, from Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty,

“Grief has two dimensions: one, the magnitude of what is lost; the other, the inadequacy of what is left. That was the tension woven into the tributes. His funeral … managed, like the man himself, to do something that is nearly impossible — to be both regal and modest at the same time. … [The overarching] message was more a summons than a censure. It was a coda to the closing lines of George H.W. Bush’s 1989 inaugural address, in which he said: ‘Some see leadership as high drama and the sound of trumpets calling, and sometimes it is that. But I see history as a book with many pages, and each day we fill a page with acts of hopefulness and meaning. The new breeze blows, a page turns, the story unfolds.’ Bush’s own final page has turned. The book is closed. But the story continues to unfold, and perhaps reflecting on his better qualities might help us find them in ourselves.”

Imagine what a better place this world (this country) would be if we all set out “each day to fill a page with acts of hopefulness and meaning.”

Fun … Charlie visited Santa last weekend and finally smiled about it.

He even shared a picture he’d drawn of snowflakes.

It’s quite a change from previous years!Katie didn’t post this year’s photo of Sam, screaming in Rob’s arms “No Santa Me!” 😉

Hope you’re up to something fun this weekend! I have grand plans to sit on the sofa, with a view toward the twinkle lights, and add many rows to my ADVENTurer wrap. Happy Friday!


  • Bonny

    I do believe you might have been the best-dressed at book club with your lovely Hadley (and hair cut)!

    I’ve been thinking about Bush’s funeral and although both he and his son had some less than ideal moments as president, this was about W the decent, honorable man, and Karen Tumulty captured him well. Here’s to trying for hopefulness and meaning every day.

    Hooray for Charlie’s smiles; maybe poor Sam will smile at Santa some day. My kids never quite got used to him.

  • Vera

    Oh Wow! Love your new haircut Mary – awesome!!! And the Hadley top turned out beautifully. That fabric is just so wonderful.

    Those Santa photos are so funny!

    Wishing you a wonderful, peaceful weekend.

  • Debbie

    I love your new haircut and your top…you look gorgeous! It was 14 here this morning and up to 19 right now, so I don’t think I could wear that top today! Have a great weekend!

  • Patty

    Looking good Mary! I’ll bet you were the belle of the book group ball! I had my book group over on Wednesday and served them all Apple Cider Mules! (3 gin, 2 vodka) The country was a pretty pleasant place to be this week with all the respect and conversation centering around GHWB. Here’s wishing we could remain so well behaved going forward. Have a wonderful weekend Mary…I’m planning on doing about the same with Dan’s socks!

  • Kym

    GREAT top, Mary! (You are SO MUCH a Grainline Girl!) I love your new haircut — and you’re right — the quickest way to grow out your natural LOVELY gray is with a pixie. (And you’re so right about the wardrobe colors! Just wait . . . ) Have a great weekend!

  • Margene

    It’s hard to believe you can wear a top like that in the middle of winter! I am in 4 layers of clothing. Your haircut is fabulous and going gray is SO liberating. You’ll have fun figuring out the color changes that will work with clothing and makeup. You’re starting a new journey. Poor Sam! It’s understandable that kids find Santa frightening. It’s fun to see Charlie has grown and that he’s enjoying the season. Happy weekend!

  • Kat

    The top… perfect!! I really LOVE how it turned out and that fabric is FAB!! 🙂

    And, you are so brave… I have thought many a day about cutting all my hair off, but I just can’t pull off short hair. You however, look AMAZING! You (and Kate Davies) make us all want short hair!

    I hope you are enjoying knitting! XO

  • karen

    I love your new hair goal and how you are attacking that goal head on (no pun intended). Your hair cut looks great on you and I think you will be beautiful with natural gray hair 🙂

  • Vicki

    First of all, SO CUTE!!!! Short hair looks good on you! Also, brava on that top!!

    Secondly, Charlie is a little man! (Junah got a haircut recently, and is suddenly also a little man!) Cute photos — especially the retrospective! What a great Santa. <3