Super Writer Cape

This evening I was able to applique the letter M and the lightening bolt on my sister’s writing cape.
For Christmas, I pieced three black and white fabrics to make the front panel of a messenger bag for my Emma. I remembered that I had a pieced section left over in my stash. I used it to make the initial.
The pig snout is poofed up with batting.
The white and black polka dot lining is also cut, so I pinned it to the red fabric.
It will be ready to sew tomorrow.

Another Chance

I see retirement as just another of these reinventions, another chance to do new things and be a new version of myself.
Walt Mossberg

Retirement was a very difficult decision for me.
In May of 2014, I informed the principal of my school that I was thinking of retirement.
Thankfully, she allowed me to keep this private until the last teacher work day of school.
It just so happened that the last school day with children was on my birthday.
My three sons surprised me with a visit that day, to celebrate my birthday and retirement.
This visit definitely helped me make it through on the day I said farewell to my last class.
Their visit also gave me the strength to say good-bye to my friends the next day, when we met for the last teacher work day.

My youngest son made this for me. I had quoted Dr. Seuss to my son when I told him I was retiring.

This photo was taken exactly three years ago today.
I had gone to Austin to sign the final paper work for retirement.
Then, I visited my Alma Mater, the University of Texas.
I walked the campus hoping to come up with a plan for what to do next.
It has taken three years, but I am finally  comfortable with my decision.
I still miss the children…but I love the freedom and the chance to do new things.
I think I will celebrate this anniversary with some apple pie and ice cream!


Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June. 
Al Bernstein

June has always been a favorite month for me.
I was born on my mother’s birthday, and to this day, I still brag about it to my siblings. 🙂
I have a cousin, a brother-in-law, and a daughter-in-law who have June birthdays.

As a child, the month of June meant SUMMER FUN was here.
We began the summer with a pool and pinata party; and the fun continued until
it was Back-to-School time.

This June has been another great start to summer.
I have spent time with my sons, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren, and friends.
This is the first week I have nothing scheduled on my calendar.

After going to the gym this morning, I started writing project based lesson plans for my friend.
For 42 years, I would spend time in my summers preparing for the next school year, and I can not let go of this habit. I love writing curriculum.

Next, I began working on the super hero cape for my sister, Emma, to use at her school presentations.
I purchased the fabric and made a pattern.

The outer cape will be red satin.
The inner cape will be white with black polka dots satin.

This was my first design for the logo.
My sister’s books are about a Pig in a Wig, and I need to put a snout somewhere on the cape.

I think I will simplify the logo and add the snout to the front of the cape.
I still have to put some more thought into this design.

Not having anything on the calendar for this week is rather nice.
Tomorrow will start with a morning cup of coffee.
I’ll rock in my porch chair and thank God for creating June.
Then I’ll decide what to do next.
I think I am finally getting the hang of being retired!

My son sent me this photo from Port A.
He had taken his son for the weekend.
I think I hear Port A calling me!

Power Capes

During my years as an educator, I used every prop available to inspire and empower my students. We wore thinking caps, used plastic hand clappers, blew duck whistles, and wore star shaped glasses to read poetry through the “eyes of a poet”. A favorite motivator was wearing  capes. I made myself a cape, and the parents provided home made or store bought capes for their child. These were our writing capes. They looked so cute as they whirled and twirled and wrote great stories.

My sister, Emma, is an author and illustrator of children’s books. Emma visits schools and she is great with the children. A few days ago, Emma mentioned that she wanted a writing cape. I want to try and make one for her. I decided to try making a smaller one first. I have never made anything with shiny, slippery material, so I needed to practice.

Today, I made one for my grandson. I used one of his t-shirts to form the top of the pattern. I had some difficulty with the slippery fabric, but it worked out.

Sewing with my Granddaughter

Yesterday, my granddaughter chose Star War and red polka dot fabric. She wanted to make a pillow for her dad for Father’s Day.

This is the first time she used the sewing machine. She measured, used a rotary cutter, and ironed the fusible batting on. She hemmed, quilted the top, and sewed the side seams.

She is so proud of herself!

I’m proud of her!

Have Portable Pressing and Cutting Board …Will Travel

One of the best things about retirement is that I get to spend time with my grandchildren.
I’m preparing for a week with my granddaughter, followed by a couple of days with my grandson.
Crafts, swimming, reading, writing, and fun activities are planned.
Of course, my sewing machine is going with me.
And today, Amazon delivered a portable pressing and cutting board and travel iron that I ordered.
This will make things so much easier.
On my way to pick up library books and art supplies.
Ready for some fun!