celebrating…plus a small favor

This rather large bundle of fabric was my personal little way of celebrating the arrival of our baby girl.  I really have no business buying more fabric, but I have been dreaming of dresses and allowed myself to shop away.  From top to bottom:  the two dots are Patty Young’s Andalucia, then Amy Butler’s Belle, the apples and the one just below them are Sandy Henderson’s Farmers Market, followed by three from Joel Dewberry’s Aviary line, another Dewberry but this one is from the line called Chestnut Hill, more Amy Butler, plus some of Heather Bailey’s Freshcut and a bit of Tula Pink’s Flutterby.  I think the green check is Holly Holderman, but I really can’t remember.  All purchased at Quilt Home, which has a great selection and excellent customer service.  I probably won’t make any dresses smaller than a 2T because I’ll want her to wear them for longer than a month or so, but it will be fun to start developing a handmade wardrobe into which she can grow. Now, if she will just let me sleep through the night, I could get to work.  

On a totally unrelated note, could I ask you a small favor?  My sister, known in these parts as Island Auntie, has written a grant proposal that will allow her family of three to make their modest and amazingly sustainable two-bedroom home on the Big Island in Hawaii truly off-grid and more environmentally friendly.  In a word, they are seeking more solar power so that they can become less dependent on a noisy, less eco-friendly generator.  The deal with this grant is that the public chooses the recipient.  So if you have a moment, please click over to her proposal, scroll down half-way to the VOTE button, and give it a click.  You’d be helping out an amazing little family a ton and I would be extremely grateful. Here is the link.  Thank you!


11 thoughts on “celebrating…plus a small favor

  1. Wow such lovely fabrics for sweetie. 😀 When CT was the same age, I started making her a summer wardrobe and made everything for a long 12 month old and didn’t resize the girth. For the longest while they were huge but you could pop a onsie underneath. When she eventually grew out of them July last year, they were still too wide. The neck to armhole length just got too small. Most of the clothes I make now are the sort that hopefull will end up as pinafores when the dresses get too short. 😀

  2. OOOhh, the cost for electricity in Hawaii is really extremely high – I wonder why, don’t they have any waterfalls that they can make use of with an installed generator to create energy? Or other water power or wind mills? This is often done in the Scandinavian countries and here, off shore, at the Baltic Sea as well. We pay an average of € 60,00 per month here in Berlin to the Vattenfall Company, for a 2 person household using washing machine, tumbler, dish washer, refridgerator, modern cooking oven and all the other smaller electrical kitchen machines, room illumination, TV, etc. This is a modest price and, if I am not mistaken, the more we use, the less we pay. I have given the button a click. Best, Elke (and take good care of the new baby – all the fabric looks beautiful for dresses).

  3. Good morning! I always love your cheery fabrics and glimpses of your family. Island Auntie gets my vote and I am will share with friends, too.

  4. Could you email me the link and any other descriptive detail (so people don’t accidentally vote for wrong candidate)? Email to deedee@weekapauginn.com . Looks like you can vote once each day? Do you know how long the vote period is?

  5. Thanks Dee Dee! I will email you the link. And yes, people can vote one time each day, so if you are inclined to vote on more than one day, that is really excellent. Voting ends the last day of March. Thanks again so much. Island Auntie will appreciate it.

  6. Mahalo, hawaiian thank you, to everyone for your support. Your votes are appreciated and promote positive change in needed times. According to HECO, the parent company that owns all the utility power on the islands, electricity is so expensive here bc they don’t have other utilities to trade with and high fuel prices. It is true that almost anything is severely taxed when you are importing it to a small chain of islands in the middle of the world’s biggest ocean but I think it may also have something to do with their unwillingness to explore generating options and alternative energy and a bit to do with greed. Best wishes from Apple Cyder’s Island family.

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