Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you;
Think on the Lord most holy, come
To dwell with hearts untrue:
So shall ye tread untired His pastoral ways,
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise.

--from Keble's The Christian Year, Thoughts in Verse

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

From Here to Podiatry

Ah, my salad days...

 ...when a good-sized chunk of my salary went for daily ballet lessons and my only footwear concern was scraping enough money together for a monthly pair of specially-ordered Capezio "Assoluta" pointe shoes...

Well, those days are long gone. Here's what the savvy (saggy?) former ballet teacher has in her footwear wardrobe now:

...Custom orthotics, night splints, ace bandages, and a hefty assortment of topical analgesic cream! Oh, well. A small price to pay for all that former grace. This puts me in mind of the semi- biographical Etsy treasury I put together some time ago and recently updated:


All this is a slow build-up leading me to my latest vintage find.

Some weeks ago, I shared about one of my vintage fabric obsessions--novelty prints featuring sentimental, sixties/seventies sicky-sweet graphics of little children:


As it happens, my podiatrist is located a block away from my local Goodwill Store. (A benefit to be sure.) On my way to a rendezvous with a cortisone shot yesterday, I whipped in to the Goodwill and made a blitzkrieg assault on the fabric bin. Look what I found!

What my camera is failing to pick up is the lovely pale blue background, and this remnant is a full 3 yards! Wonderful! The vintage patterns I recently ordered have all arrived, and I'm thinking what a charming little sundress I can make for my granddaughter with this happy fabric--all in good time. I'm still plugging along on the wedding bags, and spent the morning preparing another 60 for pinning.

As I was cutting these out, I got to brainstorming with possibilities for the tiny 3-inch strip I end up slicing off every row. They're too narrow for individual bags, but I was struck with the idea of piecing them together like a quilt. I'm not sure what the purpose would be yet--but I am expecting a second grandchild in September, and perhaps I could make a lovely little coverlet for the bassinet or an elegant wrap for the dedication ceremony at church... 

Thinking... thinking...  I'll let you know what I come up with.

1 comment :

  1. I always loved ballet
    I remember as a little girl thats what I wanted ..but my mom said I was more cut out for gymnastics so thats what she signed me up for and what I did.

    Your poor feet :(

    That would make an adorable sundress!!!