My Valentine Skirt

Valentine's Skirt Happy Valentine's Day!!

About two weeks ago, I ordered a pretty red dress online and afterward thought it would be great to wear on Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, it didn't show up by Saturday.

Come Sunday, I decided I wanted something red to wear anyway.

Remembering I had some red fabric in my stash (received as part of the same group of fabric that became the granny skirt) and grabbing a simple previously made pattern (Simplicity 2758). I whipped this skirt up in an evening.

Valentine' Day Skirt

It is generally know that I am not a fast sewer.

It was only a through a confluence of positive circumstances that it came together so quickly:

  1. I happened to have all the materials on hand, including the fabric, interfacing, red thread and a sufficiently long red zipper.
  2. I has sewed the pattern before, so the pattern pieces were already cut out and I knew it fit well.
  3. The pattern is basically three pieces: skirt front, skirt back, and waist band. Plus the added strip for the faux bow.
  4. Only two seams to finish!
  5. The material is a faux suede, so I couldn't really iron it. Meaning, I didn't have to iron it!
  6. The zipper went in super easily on the first try.

Bow & Waistband Detail

To add a hint of pizazz, I added some top stitching on the waistband and on off-center bow.

And voila! Festive Valentine's Day skirt!

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Getaway in Boothbay

Mr. Cleaver and I have a somewhat annual tradition of a mid-winter getaway: that time somewhere between late January and mid-February when we get stick of being stuck inside and need to get away from the house. Ironically, we have often gone to somewhere colder than we're leaving, but its always been good for the soul nonetheless.

Valentine's Day Cake

When we were dating it was a rainy day-trip to Boston. Two years ago we went to Lake Geneva, Wisc. where I had hands-down the best meal I've ever had in my life. This year we headed an hour north to Boothbay and stayed at the charming Kenniston Hill Inn

This year's trip was a bit of a last minute decision, but we are both so glad we went. We spent two days at the inn, eating Valentine's cake and drinking tea by the fire, both in the living room and our room at the inn.

Feather and Fire

We wandered around Boothbay and nearby Wiscasset, and while a number of places were closed for the season, we still found some great antiques stores to visit (including one where I got a new apron for my collection), some tasty places to eat and my new favorite fabric store in Maine. 


When it wasn't too windy we took in the area's outdoor area. In a park in central Boothbay someone had hung hundreds of fabric hearts from the trees.

Hearts in Trees

We also attempted to visit the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens, but the cold and lack of trails turned us back after about 20 minutes. We did see some small bits of green before we left.


All in all it was a fantastic time, which has bolstered our spirits in the continuing winter. 

p.s. there's more photos of our trip on my flickr account (see the sidebar for a link).

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Happy Valentines Day!

Chocolate-dipped strawberries

Happy Valentine's Day!

Mr. Cleaver and I are off to Boothbay Harbor for a few days, see you when we get back!

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Is my Alma Mater saying I turn it on?

Wu Valentine

Wu Valentine

WU Valentine


A few days ago I received a valentine from the most unlikely of sources, the Office of Annual Giving at my Alma Mater or if taken literally, the even stranger source of a light switch.

Now I'm all for almuni donations, and I make a small contribution every May, but somehow, I doubt this is really going to rack up the donations for old WU.

I tired to photograph the card, but it was too long to get the whole poem in clearly, so for your reading pleasure, I shall transcribe it here:

Sometimes it's a student's hand,
Sometimes it's a prof's.
They come and flip my switch straight up
Or sometimes switch it off 
So much learning goes on here.
You help me play my role.
It's not just intellects we shape,
But hearts and minds and souls.
I couldn't do it without you.
I couldn't light the way.
Your love for this place makes me shine,
That's why I want to say,
If you keep giving every year
This room will ne'er be dark.
Your gift, no matter big or small,
Always gives me a spark!
All my love this Valentine's Day!
-Light Switch by the Door, Eaton Hall, Room 212

In other news, when I bought him the blue argyle sweater I knew it was only a matter of time before it happened, so of course it happened on Valentine's Day.

Yep, those people

Oh well.

This was totally unintentional, but I guess it means we're officially "those people."
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