A piece A Week :: Check Meowt Tee-Shirt

This tee has nothing to do with cats but a lot to do with checks! I found this check wool fabric at my fave place of treasure – FabMo, when they had their sewing sale. This is a tailors suiting fabric which I thought would make a great layering top. I found this Tee pattern in this great book The Great British Sewing Bee – Sew Your Own Wardrobe. It is a perfect layering piece and a lot of fun to play tennis in. As you can see I was out on the court again last week chasing those little yellow balls around though my son and I did manage a rally of hitting the ball 6 times – we were so excited!! 
Getting Sporty in this checked tee! 
Last week I also had my class at the local library making some felt heart pins with hand sewing and hot glue. There is something about the hand sewing classes that I love with everyone sitting around crafting and chatting. In this day and age times like these are truly enjoyed by all, so I am happy to be volunteering and making this crafting community happen and seeing familiar faces every month. 
A finished sock monkey from January’s sock monkey class

The How To sheet and one of the students heart pins

A heart pin in progress with diamond buttons – by a lady who recently moved to Mountain View 

The weekend was absolutely stunning and we got a taste of what spring will be like with some warm sunshine and blue skies! Saturday our family volunteered as part of the Boy Scouts community service with Save the Bay at Byxbee Park in Palo Alto. We were weeding out wild mustard and Ox Tongue Spiky Plants and planting in their place some native vegetation including California Poppies. We will have to visit or take a bike ride in the Spring time to see them in bloom.

A bike in the distance on this beautiful hill covered in telephone poles – I love the environmental art here!

Grown little Poppy grow!!

The kids playing after all their hard work weeding and digging

Sunday we had a planned family bike ride as it was Super Bowl weekend here in the Bay Area we enjoyed the peace of the trail and rode for a good 8 miles return trip. I picked up some spring blossoms on our way in my bike basket and enjoyed the quiet of the end of the trail at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, just a bike ride away.

I love my bike! With a pannier to carry the drink bottles

Digging deep in nature we found lots of ladybugs

My bouquet of local flora including a succulent from my garden

A piece a Week :: A Jedi Courting Dress

The inspiration behind this dress was the new Star Wars film. I was checking out Reys costume and the stitch detailing on one of her outfits with the high collar! Now I am thinking of adding the collar back to this dress. For this dress, I added a quilted stitch detail to the sleeves of this dress. The fabric on the skirt is very 1980s and reminded me of Star Wars I think as it has brown and black in the pattern. In the end I wore it to teach Arts Focus last Thursday and as it was a minimum day and we scored free tennis racquets from a friend – we went down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah! Oops sorry, that is a Lorde song in my head… My kids and I rode our bikes down to the courts and played tennis for an hour or so – what a great workout chasing the ball! So it turns out those pockets on the skirt are the perfect size to hold a tennis ball – I just have to remember that next time I play tennis I wear sneakers, not boots!!
Is that a tennis ball in your pocket??

Sleeve detail – now give me my phone back and no close up pics! 
Our bathroom project is finally complete and with great thanks to my friend and interior designer Joana for her design and recommendations of ideas for the spaces. We all love the bathrooms very much and I am so determined to keep them clean and beautiful!
Master bathroom with shower recess and gorgeous Porcelanosa tile from Spain

Details on beautiful Porcelanosa tile in the Guest / Kids Bathroom

Looking down at the beautiful clean cast iron tub

The dual flush toilet even looks lovely

The IKEA vanity and the YLighting fixture that I love!!

Detail of the lighting fixture – crystals my daughter and I hung one by one!

The downstairs powder room with a Georgia O’Keeffe print from the exhibit at the DeYoung

A smaller version of the Hidden Gems lighting fixture for the powder room