A labor of love......
and how we got there!
As you know by now, our family has been going through
a rough time.
I hope and pray that we have come to the end of that,
and that the future is much brighter.
In the midst of this, something wonderful happened.
My girlfriend Liz, whom I had not seen for quite a few years,
came to visit us from Arizona on her way to visit other
friends in the area, and then to go on to visit her family in Germany.
She offered to make me new slipcovers for our sofas.
The original ones were made by her many moons ago.
Liz is an accomplished artist when it comes to design
and sewing skills.
We are so happy that she took on this job, and we cannot thank her enough!!!!!!
But what was to me the most wonderful thing,
that we got to talk and share our thoughts.
We revisited our youth and all the trials and tribulations,
sorrows and joy.
She got me out of a very deep hole I had a very hard time
climbing out off by myself.
While she was here for two weeks, she worked and worked.
The fabric (canvas) was a challenge to say the least.
I washed each cut piece several times, and it was still unwieldy.
Liz got bloody fingers pinning and sewing.....hence I say...
it was truly a labor of love!!!!
Girls, you can be so proud of your mom!!!!
So, before Liz arrived, we sat up a big table in the living room
by the window.
She started the same day she arrived.
She was the literal energizer bunny, leaving me
way behind in the dust.
And here she spend MOST of her time.
She was pinning and cutting......
with odd things ending up on the sewing table.
(I could never figure out what all the pieces were).
She made muslin patterns for the difficult pieces......
......there was much measuring and pinning going on.
Liz always scared me when she held the pins in her mouth.....
something I NEVER do while sewing.
I have visions of where they might end up.
Literally the couches and the whole living room were
turned upside down.......
as she worked way into the late evening.
Yards and yards of cording had to be made......
the sewing machine oiled and serviced many times.
Hubby even ran out to get thread....but look at what
Her workmanship is impeccable.....
and the detailing superb!!!!
I think this will be the last slipcovers we will ever need.
They look indestructible.
The last ones lasted good twenty years.
Oh, and if this was not enough, Liz made me all
new covers for the porch furniture.
We realized that we had lots of fabric left over.
Enough to make all the cushions,
and there are still two yards left.
Look how wonderful this looks.
She did all of this in eleven long days of work.
Meanwhile I more or less lounged around to keep her company, accept for washing and ironing the fabric and a little pinning.
My excuse , I felt worn out,
and sure enough right after she left I, and then hubby,
came down with a nasty sinus infection, that we just got rid off.
Luckily Liz did not get it.
Liz suggested some red pillows, so here it is finished.
To get to this point, ten pillow covers had to be sewn with
Ten zippers put in...oh, just the thought....
.....but in the end, it made the porch look lovely.
At some point I will replace the cushion inserts that
came with the set, to something with a bit more body.
And when Liz comes back from Europe in September,
she will actually get to enjoy the fruits of her labor,
because she will come to visit with us again.
NO sewing next time!!!!!
And a little birdie is telling me that we will have
wonderful, restful days, where we can
leave all the stress of the past three and
a half month behind.
And hopefully Lulu will be joining us on the porch too
with all her toys.
She has been upstairs much more now....
but since we have not spend much time on the porch yet,
neither has she.
It is still cold here, especially at night.
Tonight we are expecting frost.
To everyone who has send me such kind and caring email,
thank you so VERY much!