summer’s over. when did that happen?



self-drafted, screenprinted T and self-drafted knit skirt.

september, what?


drape drape t-shirt from drape drape 3.  which i then wore to a fancy TriBeCa cocktail party.  underdressed and the coolest person in the room, that is me.

in my head it is still april, the first weekend i was able to go outside and work in the yard.  and i haven’t looked back since.


papercut patterns copelia cardigan with self-drafted circle skirt.

when i was a kid i’d practically get anxious about september right around july 4th, already dreading the end of summer.

20130923-114214.jpgthis year i am embracing it, fully, as the refreshing change of seasons it has always meant to be.


alabama chanin corset top admired by “the fabulous beekman boys,” whom i completely adore and wish they were my best friends.

i always think of that line from you’ve got mail, when tom hanks is all, “don’t you just love new york in the fall?  makes me want to buy school supplies.”


view over cooper lake, bearsville, NY

me, too, tom.  because let me tell you:  i am knackered after this summer’s excursions.



view over cooper lake, bearsville, NY.


bee balm, morning light grass, bugleweed, and yarrow in the formal garden


yarrow, catmint, and david austen roses in the experimental “hugelkultur” bed


tomatoes grown from seed (by me)…and that fence is 7 feet tall.


my nap partner.

see?  this is my “knackered” face.  and 7-foot-tall tomatoes do not grow themselves.


a maui sunset. because everyone needs to relax, no?

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14 Responses to summer’s over. when did that happen?

  1. sewexhausted says:

    Beautiful pics! And yes- there is a chill in the air in the evenings and mornings now. Summer came and went! Love the self drafted screen printed tee- what a great idea! ~Laurie

    • puu says:

      i haven’t tried anything more complicated than a single block design like that, but it is fun and not too difficult and definitely a great skill to have in the tool kit for a project.

  2. oonaballoona says:

    i’m knackered just looking at all your summer activity.

    love that picture of you and indy 🙂

    • puu says:

      can i tell you that on my vacation last week i slept for 10+ hours a night? i think i am finally caught up now…and i wasn’t even a water goddess this summer (wait, which element was yours again?) 🙂

  3. Clio says:

    Awesome projects! Yeah, my summer was kind of blurry too and I got home from London to learn that my tomatoes and herbs were savaged by deer! (Somewhere there is a deer with really bad basil breath that had better not cross my path).

    The photo-bomber in the Beekman pic is clearly jealous, btw. (great top!)

  4. Zoe says:

    Love all the makes and your summer pics are making me excited for my upcoming summer in the southern hemisphere 🙂

  5. Megan says:

    Lovely pictures and some great outfits. I love the Drape Drape top and the red cardi. Fall was my favourite time of year when I lived in Montreal, but I’m pretty happy to be starting spring in Perth now. Hope to see more of you in blogland now summer is over!

  6. Sounds like a fantastic summer, and I totally feel the same way about oh-noes-summer-is-over-soon, but fall sewing can be fun! Glad to have you back and that the 7-footer tomato plants didn’t swallow you up!

  7. Holy cow! Are you back from paradise?!! Those pics are amazing.

    Love your screen printed shirt!! Love to see sewers printing as well. Fun fun!

    • puu says:

      i loved doing the printing and hope to do a bit more, though i am not sure i am ambitious enough to try one of your repeat-printing workshops. 🙂 but back from paradise and ready to try some fall sewing, i hope!

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