Deniska loves bowties. He wears them most of the time when he gets dressed up for church or other occasions. He had rather wear bowties than ties. He only has 2 bowties and they don’t always match what he is wearing. Last night I happened across an article about the comeback of bowties. Who knew that Deniska was ahead of his time?!! The article was in the L.A. Times and best of all they had a free pattern. The only alteration that I did was to inset elastic in the back of the tie instead of making it all cloth. Deniska LOVES his new bowtie and has starting going through all my fabric for me to make him more. I do think he looks cute in his bowtie!!
Today is my mother’s birthday. Although she died several years ago, I still think of her and honor her on her birthday. Since she taught me to sew, and loved to sew herself, she would be proud of Deniska’s bowtie. I remember that she made my brother’s prom suit when he was in high school. She made the coat out of bright red linen. He thought he was super cool. She made a lot of his coats and vests. I don’t think I ever had a store bought dress or piece of clothing my entire life while I was living at home. Mama also did sewing for other people. She was a very accomplished seamstress. She had many talents. She had a cake decorating business on the side and made hundreds of birthday and wedding cakes. Along with these talents, she managed a household, cared for her invalid mother-in-law, raised her children, loved her husband, and was a Godly woman. She was not perfect, as none of us are, but she did the best that she could with what she knew. We never doubted her love for my dad or for God. I wish my children could have known her before she got Alzheimer’s. Happy Birthday Mama! I love you and miss you. Enjoy your birthday with Daddy and my brothers.