Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I am finishing my first (small) quilt right now. I am in love with the process and am hoping that I can get inspired to make quite a few before the year is out.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I have such problems working out spacing issues with blogger. I'm thinking of switching because it causes me so much grief.
Friday, June 12, 2009
What's better than some boys sloshing around in a creek?
Today I was lucky enough to receive some really good mail.
The Sugar City team put together a beautiful quarterly. I am truly inspired by their projects and hope to start on some of them soon.
And an adorable doll dress from Susannah at art nest. What a beautiful little dress with incredible details like bias binding on the armholes and neck. Just lovely!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
A friend brought over an enormous collection of vintage thread she found at an estate sale. They are all so beautiful that I cannot imagine actually sewing with them. I love the wooden spools. The kids had fun stacking them up while I was taking pictures of the thread (which they didn't find strange at all!).
I'm off to sew jester costumes with yards and yards of polyester knit; really gross stuff but entirely appropriate for these costumes (to be worn on stage for a couple of minutes or so). I *might* share them here.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
On the other hand, I generally don't enjoy making clothes for myself because, in my experience, they never fit and somehow always look really handmade (not in a good way!). Despite this, I decided (on the same mother's day splurge) to buy myself this dress pattern because it seemed easy enough and the perfect pullover summer dress. I've made it halfway through and so far, so good, but I'll let you know.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I cannot believe that I've enjoyed seven years with this little elf. I remember so clearly when I first saw my tiny baby boy. He had a sparkle in his eyes that I will always see in him. I am forever trying to keep up with him. Now, more than ever, I appreciate his morning snuggles where he manages to roll up his long body so it fits in my lap. We both need that morning ritual as his days take him on adventures with friends far away from me. I love remembering for just a few moments each day that he was once my littlest goose and a tiny part of him will always be needing a squeeze from his mama.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
This linen dress above was made from the Flower Girl Dress from Weekend Sewing, which is by far the easiest dress I've ever sewn and enormously popular with my girl. I added a fabric flower from this tutorial. Ever so easy and fun to make.
Easter did not come and go without a new dress for Katya, but nothing for myself and I felt more than a tad sad when I realized that my son's dressy shirt was noticibly short in the sleeves. I vow to make them matching (but not overly matchy....I'm in love with these) outfits for mother's day (only a week away!) because, quite honestly, I cannot imagine a better present for me than seeing my little guy in a tie. I'm sure there will need to be a bribe of some sort to get him to wear it.
Anyway, the Easter dress below was from this Oliver and S pattern. As usual, it was a pleasure to make. I always learn so much from these patterns. They are so well thought out and engineered and I think they are well worth their hefty price.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
These skirts are just gorgeous. As I explore my personal sense of style, I've discovered that although I do love all the beautiful prints out there, I really do prefer simple solids in my wardrobe and my children's. I find them endlessly elegant and versatile. So, I'd love to win one of these skirts for Katya...maybe I could pull off some for myself!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
And I even came up with a nifty party favor idea. I've always struggled with party favors as they are generally crappy little toys that break immediately and go directly to a landfill (in my house anyway), so I decided to do cds of Katya's favorite songs. I know this is not a new idea (and is, in fact, an infringement of copyright. Please don't turn me in!), but at least I hope they will be enjoyed by recipients for a while before being tossed into the trash. I realized Friday night that I had no cd cases, so I sewed up these little interfaced fabric envelopes from my enormous pile of scraps.