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Daughter Fish

Month: August, 2011

BABY QUILTS!

About halfway through my sister’s pregnancy with the twins, I found out she was planning to make quilts for the new babies. She’d picked out an adorable appliquéd design for the boy’s quilt, but by the time she’d finished it, her energy level was too low to make another. I suggested that our mom (Mama [...]

GOODNIGHT IRENE

Last Thursday, when I first heard we had a hurricane headed our way,  I looked around the apartment to assess our supplies and realized we were woefully underprepared for a disaster. No batteries in the flashlights, no bottled water or canned goods, no candles. What we needed was an emergency stash,  like my dad’s Y2K [...]

DOUBLE TROUBLE

My sis had twins yesterday—a girl and boy—and I think they’re the most scrumptious bundle all wrapped up together. Apparently, they’re sleeping better together than apart. These little ones make five kids 5 years old and younger for my sis and her husband—meaning they’ve got the most intense full-time jobs of anyone I know! (Not [...]

THE NOT-TOO-PRECIOUS DRESS

Every once in a while, a fabric comes into your life that’s so beautiful, so perfect, that your stomach literally flip flops at the thought of cutting into it. For me, this cream-and-fire-orange silk is that fabric. I bought it eight years ago while working at an import shop in Seattle. The shop owners bought [...]

AUGTOBER IN THE ADIRONDACKS

When I moved to New York seven years ago, I felt terribly far from my family, nature, and anything resembling my Pacific Northwest homeland. Thankfully, I have two wonderful friends from college who live in the Adirondacks, six hours north of the city, and J and D know how to make a girl feel welcome. [...]

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED…

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, and it’s my notched collar. Do you see it? Fat and flabby with a wide gaping “L” for a notch. If this thing were a fish, it’d be so ripe that seagulls from neighboring states would come to pick it to shreds. It’s that’s rotten. I suspected [...]

THE GRADIENT

Today we woke to a thin mist and the delicious scent of fall outside our windows. Although I’m sure the great weather vixen will return with an oppressive heat encore, in this lovely, almost Northwest-feeling moment, I’m reminded that I better finish Mr. Fish’s summer-weight seersucker jacket soon, or yet another project pour l’homme will [...]

ON THE UPCYCLE: GRANDMA’S TABLECLOTHS TO TEA TOWELS

A few years back, my mom sent me a bunch of tablecloths that belonged to my dad’s mom. Generally, I don’t use tablecloths, and these particular ones were mildly stained from use, and a little too sedate for my tastes anyway. If I do use a  tablecloth, I go bold and graphic. The linens had [...]

CREATIVE COFFERS

I’ve needed some creative rejuvenation lately. Fortunately, help came in  wonderful and mysterious  packages this week.  Here are the highlights. New Patterns These babies, both genuine 1950′s patterns, arrived in the mail this week. They’re both inspiring much planning for my fall wardrobe. The Highline Mr. Fish and I took a stroll through  this  elevated [...]

PINA-FOUR!

Phew, what a weekend. I threw down so hard at Ms. Oonaballoona’s birthday party, I spent all of Saturday watching movies while the shindig was still in boozy progress. Check out the pics. That girl and her friends know how to fête. I did, however, find the energy to finish these reversible pinafores, made for two [...]