This is my mother-in-law, Phyllis Jennings Sapp. Today would have been her 94th birthday, I _think_ (I'm not absolutely sure what year she was born in:). She passed away some years ago now. I quite admired her - she was a woman of many talents. The photo above shows her modeling an outfit she designed and made as part of her student work at the Chicago Fashion Institute (now called something else).
This would have been sometime in the late 1930's to early 1940's. My father-in-law was away in the south Pacific at war (he was a combat engineer) and she went home to attend school (she was born and grew up in Evanston, Illinois). Over the years, she worked as a temporary book keeper and accountant (after her kids went off to grade school), as the volunteer sewist for an opera company, and as a gemstone creater.
She was wildly intelligent and had a sharp wit. She also had, as far as I could tell as an observer, Aspberger's Syndrome. She could be difficult - but I knew her in her late years, from about age 60 until she died in her early 80's. We had our run-ins ... but I admired and respected her quite a bit.
I say today would be her birthday - she celebrated it every year on December 24th - but she told me several times that this was the date on her baptismal certificate, that her exact birthday was unknown. Shrug. :)
It is cold and gray and wet outside today. Unpleasant weather without sunshine. I spent most of my day cleaning and then sewing. My friend and neighbor Patty S. came up in the midafternoon to gift us with some yummy holiday cooking goodies. :) Maybe next year I will get to cook and bake some, after my kitchen is back in working order? I've been saving recipes as I come across them. At one time, when my children were little, I loved making bread from scratch and baking goodies. :)
Other than that, here is my sole result for the day:
This a pile of 60 Four Patch units for Clue #3 of En Provence. When I was at Barbara's house cutting last week I obviously mis-heard her say I needed 68 of these. In fact, when I consult Bonnie Hunter's website, I need ONE HUNDRED and sixty-eight of them. :) Needless to say, there will be more of these made at a later date. Grin.
In the interest of catching up with the clues, I am going to move on to Clue #4 with my next sewing bouts.