Me Made May Days 5 and 6

Wisconsin weather is a funny thing. Two days ago it was 45 degrees. 45! I couldn’t believe I was pulling out the UGG boots yet again. Today it was 80. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be 61. Don’t get me wrong, I love the seasons and I was looking forward to some crazy “El Nino-ness”… But 45?! I did manage to frolick (as promised) in the yard today and grab some nice Spring shots. Gotta strike while the iron is hot, amiright?
We have a great little campfire pit set up by the creek now. We haven’t used it lately, but I promised my daughter Marin she could torch her latest cursive homework in it, so we may be firing it up sometime this weekend.

This old rock wall is so amazing. The amount of life it’s sustaining is impressive, especially when you figure how many snakes are probably in there. My uncle once lifted a stone from an old rock wall to reveal at least ten garter snakes tangled together. He thought it would be hilarious if he grabbed a handful and tossed them at my cousin and I. I think I will admire this one from afar.

I’m still only scraping the surface of my me-made clothing stash, so I feel pretty confident that I’ll make it through most of the month without double dipping, or dressing one of my kids in their handknit sweaters and trying to pose them as me. It is becoming apparent, though, that I have a LOT of shirts to show and not much in the “bottom” category. This is something I may try to remedy before the month is up if time permits, especially if skirt season is coming! However, I’ve been grasping every warm day like its the last one on Earth and haven’t spent much time in the sewing room lately. We’ll see.

For Day 5 of the Challenge I wore my Wiksten Tova shirt that I made in a cream colored double gauze. The double gauze was a great fabric choice for this since it’s so so soft and makes the front placket fall nicely. This is the third Tova I’ve made. I’m not a huge fan of the color, but since it fits so well and is so comfortable it still manages to get plenty of wear.

Today is Day 6 and it was a summery wonderland! I decided to keep the Wiksten flow going and I wore my Wiksten Tank, made in the most buttery soft linen ever. I love Merchant and Mills! Back in Cali when I worked at Once Around I had easy access to such finery. Alas, not here (*sad sniffing commences*). If you’re admiring the jazzy belt, it was a hand-me-down from my mother, apparently handmade in Provincetown, MA, in the 1970s. So, in theory, it counts towards the handmade outfit!

Happy Friday!


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