Bubble Skirt and Old Mill Park

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

We don't often take the opportunity for somewhat random road trips, so maybe that is part of what made this one so much fun. Todd had an adventure race planned in Little Rock, AR, and at the last minute we decided to head down the night before. We packed in as much as we could Saturday morning before heading back in the afternoon.

One place I stumbled upon during a quick Google search of places to go in Little Rock was The Old Mill Park. After seeing a few images, I knew it was a place we'd have to stop. I also knew I needed an outfit to photograph at this scenic location! Yes, that's how my blogger mind works. 

Here's what www.arkansas.com says about The Old Mill Park, "An authentic reproduction of an old water-powered grist mill, this striking structure appears in the opening scene of the classic 1939 film Gone with the Wind and is believed to be the only building remaining from the film. Built in 1933; designed to look old so it would appear as if it was built the 1800s. The park is decorated with sculptures of toadstools, tree stumps, and a tree branch-entwined bridge that connects the mill to the rest of the park." The park is an adventure for children with the multiple bridges, ponds, and the structure to wander around. It is located in the midst of a neighborhood like a hidden treasure. 

We also took time to go to Tinker Fest at The Museum of Discovery. I managed that with the girls while Todd participated in the race. Avery and Tandy made everything from floating juice box boats to marshmallow shoots and circuits. I'd definitely love to experience the museum again without so much of the crowd associated with the festival. 

Back to the sewing, I had the skirt done, but the last stitches on the shirt were made about an hour before we departed. How's that for timing!

The skirt pattern is the Brewster's Bubble Skirt by Create Kid's Couture that I snagged on sale. It's great for using up smaller cuts of fabric. Sewing this skirt took me on a little walk down memory lane. When I first started sewing, combining prints, patterns, and colors was all the rage. I think my style has toned down a bit from that, so it was fun to mix it up again. Sandi Henderson, Cotton & Steel and Jennifer Paganelli are all represented here!

I played with more free motion applique for the store bought tee. I found some inspiration, and sketched up the cute little buck. I don't think you'll ever see anything much more complicated for my own design, but it sure was fun to bring this little guy to "life".

Avery found this rock and declared it to be the Ariel rock. I love when her imagination shines in the photos!

Since this little blog documents part of our lives, I have to post a little about Avery's first swim meet. She's worked hard at so many practices, and it was so fun to cheer her on at this event. She's declared the breast stroke to be her favorite!! We'll see where this part of our adventure takes us.

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