Monday, May 5, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I sewed this dress for Sophie last week, even though the pattern and fabric had been in my basket for 2 months or so. This pattern gave me so much grief, between the bias trim on the neck and armholes that turned out kind of puckered, and the godets. What is a godet, you ask? Well I could use some choice words to properly describe the little #@*&!es, but I won't. Instead just say they are the little triangles in the skirt that make Schnickelfritz twirl so prettily. I used the pink matryoshka fabric for the bodice lining, and that turned out sort of cute. Of course it has ketchup stains on it already, but if I'm going to work this hard on a dress, the kid might as well get to wear it. Oh, and don't let the demure pose fool you. She is a banshee. A wild and crazy banshee.
Okay. Dearest Val tagged me to share 5 things about myself. Here goes: 1. I used to live in Alaska, when I was little. I have a picture of myself sitting on a giant snow duck my parents and I built. 2. Ever since I was about 10 I have dreamed of owning my own bookstore/cafe. 3. I smoked cigarettes for 11 years. Embroidery and nicotine patches helped me kick the habit 3 years ago and I haven't touched the stuff since. 4. I used to secretly think people who whined about really wanting a second child were just being greedy. Guess what...now I am one of those people. Ain't life funny? 5. I miss the Pixies.
Um, who do I know to tag? Not enough people. So I guess I just got to ramble on about myself for no particular reason. Ha! Good thing it's a blog.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
1. My new stove. It's so pretty and sparkling white, with a self cleaning oven. The oven CLEANS ITSELF, people. And a flat range top to boot. And it heats evenly and makes some damn good peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
2. The incredible feeling of accomplishment after knitting my first-ever sock. I started way back in November and ripped the thing out twice, but my persistence paid off. Four months ago I could not even have spelled "gusset" and now I have made one.
3. The wait is over...She finally loves dress up! Oh, my head is spinning with plans. Plans that involve lots of tulle and glitter and maybe even a sequin fanny pack. The fun is just beginning.
4. My new skirt. It's exactly like the one in the Midwest Modern book. Not too original of me, I know, but I wanted it as soon as I saw it. I can't tell you how much it means to me to have this skirt. Notice the shiny new kitchen floor...looks good with the skirt, huh?
5. The knittiing bag I finished this morining. I've been hoarding this owl fabric for months and I feel really good about this use for it. Can you see my sock? A little bit? I know, I'm such a tease.
6. The few warmish days we've had lately and the sweet promise of spring they bring with them.
8. Sophie, in her adorable little baby-bear voice: "I want to sew, Mama."
9. Cuddling up on the couch with said sweet, gorgeous man with season one of How I Met Your Mother and our new favorite--buttery salt & cracked black pepper popcorn.
10. The anticipation of a mini-vacation next month and a long-awaited weekend at my best friend's house.So it turns out February does have some redeeming qualities after all. Who knew?
Friday, February 15, 2008
I'm 100 percent caught up with the mail these days because I keep running to check if my Emmeline pattern is here yet. Please, Mr. Postman! Get a move on it already. What, is it coming from Mexico? Yeah, I guess it is, huh? It's just as well. I might just wait for the new Amy Butler collection make it with. Until then, I will busy myself with wee skirts.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
So mom and I were out poking around in a thrift shop and I fell in love with this Singer Genie. I had just been oohing and ah-ing over the one in the Softies book and lo and behold, here it was. I swear I heard angels singing. But I was totally broke, so mom insisted on buying it for me. Which I promptly yelled at her for. I guess I felt guilty, like I was hinting around, but I honestly did not expect her to get it for me. Sometimes I am such an unpleasant person. But this blog is not the place to talk about my dark side, I will just say that I am crazy in love with Jeannie. She is the first sewing machine I've ever named.
Isn't she groovalicioius?The doll is a Christmas present from Val. She normally holds a little house pincushion in her hands. Of course I am jealous of her tights. And Val also made our smallish friend Marley a really stunning doll, posted about here.
My latest project has nothing to do with sewing. I found a curriculum for homeschooling preschoolers on the internet that I'm starting with Sophie next week. I've been using flashcards and books to introduce her to the alphabet and numbers, but I wanted to make it more fun and creative, and give her a little more structure. So my goal is to have "school" for half an hour a day, and I'm incorporating some of the Montessori methods into the curriculum. Today I made geometric insets.
Tracing the outline of the shapes with her finger is supposed to develop hand-eye coordination and prepare her hand for writing. The same principle applies to the sandpaper letters, which I plan on making also. Although I must admit I'm tempted to use something softer. Velour, maybe? Or the velveteen stuff that's on those fuzzy stickers? I'm open to suggestions about this, if anybody feels moved that way.
In other news (do I say "In other news" in every single post?Ido, don't I?), I want to sew. My head is spinning with all my big, big plans. I want to make a twirly skirt and a cute little smock for Sophie. And a skirt and an emmeline apron for me. Oh, and plant a wee garden somewhere in there.
All in good time, my pretties. All in good time.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Wee bunny. Love those Hillary Lang patterns. This one required much less swearing/hair pulling than did Olive. And Sophie loved helping stuff him. Her favorite part was saying, "and a other one..." every time I handed her a bit of stuffing.
I so badly wanted to post pics of my new super-groovy Singer Genie (thanks mom!) and of the too-cute-to-be-legal handmade stuff Val bestowed on us for Christmas, but the camera batteries died. So those will come later, but until then, here is what's on the net that's got me inspired right now:
Val's beautiful matryoshka
I'm fantasizing about making one of these for me and one for Schnickelfritz
Mom got me excited about penny rugs...until the other day, I had never heard of them. This one is adorable and I want one just like it.
I love the colors in this felted bead bracelet. I read about how you can do this with needle felting around styrofoam balls. Must try this.
Right now I'm working on the Pleated Beauty Handbag from the Bend-the-Rules Sewing book. I wish I had been as clever as this about it. I adore everything about this bag.
My crafting is going in so many different directions right now that it's hard to get anything finished. I should probably try to focus on just one or two projects at a time, but there are so many beautiful things out there and right now I want to make them ALL.