I bought some boots. They are Campers and I got them with a little discount and a pretty generous coupon online. Thank you for all the suggestions. I wanted to buy some in town, but it didn't happen and I spent far too much time researching (obsessing) so it was time... I'm altogether too wanty these days. It is not a good feeling really, and I'm prone to it big time in fall or during big transitions/unknowns-- all happening now, of course. So I gave in, and look at me with the tag still on the boots! I'm classy.
My sister is a thorough and magnificent thrift shopper who bought this material as part of a Size Nothing Whirling Dervish type Indian skirt. We were lucky enough to grow up with alongside a lot of first and second generation Indian families, and along with the Mennos and the Euro ex-pats, thrifting is really something special where she lives. I'm not so into batik, and I'm not sure if that's what this is exactly, but I love it. It's forest and asparagus greens with yellow on cotton. I used the basic skirt pattern out of the Sew U book (size Large) with a zip up back and a tiny bit of mustard coloured bias tape around the hem. I tried to do a whole underskirt thing with the same mustard fabric, ruffles and some brown cording but it was altogether too waffle house uniform for my liking. So. Simple is better this time.
The cuff thing is actually a crochet swatch my aunt was trying to work out. She's big into making doilies these days and this worked out to be perfect bracelet size (just added a button). I've made these kinds of cuffs before using big pieces of ribbon and lace and either attaching them with snaps or with tiny hooks and eyes. Handy-Dandy.
I'm still working on this pile of disasters, but was able to cross my contribution to Caterine's lovely Muslin Tote Swap. This should have arrived in Maine for Tiffany today. Unless maybe the post person was so blinded by the beauty of autumn that is happening in both Portlands right about now. I wouldn't doubt it.