Some say that pigeons are like flying rats. But everything is more romantic in Venice! Plus, Iris loved feeding the pigeons and we couldn’t resist buying the corn for her. Perhaps avian flu will change all that.

It is hard to see in this photo, but Iris is wearing a pendant of Venetian glass.

I made the dress entirely out of stuff I found at SAS fabrics in Lawndale, California. The zipper was $.10, applique was $.15, fabric was about $.50 (sold by weight). I lied in the first sentence because I bought the metrosene thread elsewhere. The Bernina sales lady taught me never to buy cheap thread.