We hope you are spending it with your Dad, or your spouse and children. It's a beautiful day here in Ann Arbor and we just got back from a Father's Day Brunch at Zingerman's Roadhouse. Zingerman's won the James Beard Award AGAIN this year. Well deserved. If you are ever in the area- make sure to give yourself a treat and go.
Polly and I are getting ready for our trip to Oregon in a few days. We both will teach at Holly Hill Quilt Shoppe in West Linn Oregon and then I will assist Polly at a rug hooking workshop in Eagle Point Oregon. I am teaching a block from our soon to be published book. Don't worry - I will post lots of info on that as soon as I can.Hint... the book is the quilt that is in the lower left hand picture and you will remember it as the one with all the berries that I worked on last summer.
Speaking of Father's Day, it reminds me of kids. Which reminds me of a conversation Polly and I had a few months ago. Basically the nature of kids and their intrinsic personalities. We were discussing kids and their different personalities and how their "nature"is pretty clear, even as toddlers. You can educate, discipline, nurture kids all in the best possible way and that will ensure them the skills for life, but their basic nature is what it is. A worrier is a worrier. A free spirit is a free spirit. All you parents know this to be true.
What does this say about Polly and I?? Well, all I will say is that once Polly got her first job as a teenager, her first purchases were home dec items for her bedroom. Once a decorator - always a decorator. Me?? All I will tell you is that my favorite toy as a kid were paper dolls. Loved them!My favorite thing was cutting them out, more than actually playing with them. Cutting out the clothes and organizing them. Sometime during my childhood, "punch out" clothes for paper dolls came into being. THAT was a sad day. Remember Betsy McCall??I came across this picture yesterday on Pinterest. That picture yesterday took me on a sentimental journey, aided by the internet, trying to find my favorite paper doll. I found her here.Wendy and Her Wardrobe!! Wendy was a bit different than other paper dolls. Instead of clothing to cut out - there were pages and pages of fabric swatches printed onto paper and you used a clothing template (the blue shapes above) to MAKE her clothes. There were pages of wool tweeds and cotton calicoes. I bought every Wendy Paper Doll book at the local drug store and spent the next couple years looking for more in every store I went into. I was obsessive about fabric way back when. I'm so glad that my parents put up with my Wendy and Her Wardrobe obsession. Who knew.....
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