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Thanks for stopping by Irene Design.  The blog has now moved.  If you would like to keep up with Irene Design, please visit us at

http://irenedesign.blogspot.com

This weekend I avoided my chores with

Too little sleep
sunshine
antique shops
walking in the park
candy shopping
catching up with friends
sewing

here is a sneak peek at what I worked on in the sewing room

dress hem

This Thursday, April 15 is the last day to find new Irene Design updates at this website.  Please remember to switch your RSS feeds to http://irenedesign.blogspot.com

April 15 is fast approaching.  Do you know what that means?

Your taxes are due. Well, they are, but I’m not really here to remind you of that.

April 15 is the day that Irene Design moves to its new home!

In an effort to streamline everything I am doing, I am moving my blog to a blogspot address.  Between now and April 15, I will double post on both blogs (so they will be the same).  However after April 15, I will only add new posts to the blogspot domain.

I thought long and hard about this because I do not want to add to anyone’s confusion, and I do not want to loose any readers.  If you currently have my blog bookmarked in your internet browser, or if you subscribe to my blog with a feed reader (RSS, Google Reader, etc.) please replace my wordpress address with this one:

http://irenedesign.blogspot.com

I value each one of you readers and want to make sure I don’t loose you in the move!! However with my Real Food blog, and with the ease with which I can customize using blogger, this move in necessary.

I would love to know that you are following me over.  Please check out my new blog (it’s got all new background, header, link icons, fonts, and all), and leave me a message letting me know you made it!

Almost-Wordless Wednesday

The weather has been too nice to permit sewing. It’s perfect for exploring though!

baby hands exploring grass

baby hands in grass

My camera and I did a little exploring as well.

spring flowers dream

Easter weekend wrap-up

Our weekend revolved not only around the Easter Celebration but also the celebration of a good friend’s wedding.  Besides the obvious importance-of-marriage highlights, my top ones include

Taking lots of pictures (I love family photos!)

The band.  Seriously, this bluegrass band was amazing.  They led the party all night at the reception (we square danced!) then back at the Inn (yes, I laid in bed listening to them play until 2am), and then on Easter morning the cellist played right outside of our window to welcome the morning. 
(that is a cello, right?!)


Sunrise on Easter Morning

Hiking at the Natural Bridge State Park in Eastern Kentucky

We really had a great weekend full of friends (we did go up for a wedding!), great food (our friends are farmers!), laughing, fresh mountain air, and enough dancing and hiking to make my calves ache again this morning.

To top it all off, we had an Easter morning celebration that included singing Down in the River to Pray and Amazing Grace, a message about the significance of the historical ressurrection of a man named Jesus, and reading a poem by Mary Karr.  We sat out on picnic tables over-looking a cliff and had nothing but our voices–no instruments, microphones, slide projectors, anything.  It was serene and beautiful, perfect to reflect on the significance of what we were celebrating.

Descending Theology: The Resurrection

by Mary Karr

From the far star points of his pinned extremities,
cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—
till the hung flesh was empty.
Lonely in that void even for pain,
he missed his splintered feet,
the human stare buried in his face.
He ached for two hands made of meat
he could reach to the end of.
In the corpse’s core, the stone fist
of his heart began to bang
on the stiff chest’s door, and breath spilled
back into that battered shape. Now
it’s your limbs he comes to fill, as warm water
shatters at birth, rivering every way.

Descending Theology: The Resurrection

by Mary Karr

From the far star points of his pinned extremities,

cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—

till the hung flesh was empty.

Lonely in that void even for pain,

he missed his splintered feet,

the human stare buried in his face.

He ached for two hands made of meat

he could reach to the end of.

In the corpse’s core, the stone fist

of his heart began to bang

on the stiff chest’s door, and breath spilled

back into that battered shape. Now

it’s your limbs he comes to fill, as warm water

shatters at birth, rivering every way.

I am back, folks!  After a busy week of dinner guests, going to an out of town wedding, and celebrating Easter, I feel like I can sit down and spend some time catching up.

I made a special trip to one of our local quilt shops to buy fabric for a placemat and napkin set.  Do any of you shop locally for your fabrics?  I wish I could do it more, but when the price is $9.90/yard and I can buy it online for $7.50 it is hard to do.  With only one yard, the difference is not too bad, but with multiples, it adds up quickly!

Speaking of fabric, I have been seeing images of vintage sheets being used children’s clothing, pillows, and a whole host of other projects recently, and I am ready to get in on this!  While I was at the quilt shop, I also stopped by a thrift shop.  Of course they were in the process of sorting all of their “spring” items and all of the housewares were off the floor!  My step mom will be here in two weeks, and she is the queen of thrift shops, so I’ll take her with me then.  I’ll let you know what we find!  I did find some skirts and a dress for the wedding which I will tell you about in another post…I’m still waiting for the files to load on the computer!

How did you spend your weekend?

by a thread

I was this close to not being able to finish the custom napkin set I was working on last night.  I will tell you that I had taped the loose end of the thread to the spool and held my breath through the last two!

In honor of the Easter weekend, as well as the wedding celebrations, I will be offline the next few days.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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