Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mmm mmm made

I found these here, but they originally (then modified) come from here (wouldn't you know Martha is making gluten free "a good thing")

I didn't pinch mine because I'm lazy. It's already 9PM here- which means I'm 1/2 hour past my bedtime.

So easy to make.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Made: Smock!

I'm in smock love with my new smock. SMOCK! Smock is definitely one of those words which starts to sound weird the more you say it (even if you brain say it).

I was cutting up old maternity shirts and using the bottom halves to make skirts for Nora. I still had all these top halves. The hard part (neckline and sleeves) was already done. I cut the green fabric on the bias and joined the triangles (grain matching) to make a long trapazoid.
Added the pocket, fake darts, and bias tape at the bottom.

I'm pretty happy with the final result and have plans to make a second smock, same method.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Christmas Dress

This is a bit belated but I wanted to "document" Nora's first (handmade by mom) Christmas dress:

It would have been nice (but unusual) if she'd held still long enough for me to get a picture... Alas, 2-yearolds infrequently hold still unless they're going limp when you try to pick them up for bedtime. Therefore, I found a slightly less energetic model.

The lace is vintage (and which I've been holding on to for quite a long time)

Buttons don't 100% match but I love the bakelite cookie style so decided these two could be friends.

Here it is in toto on a very patient hanger.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

SAW 2012... on like Donkey Kong

I'm going to Squam and it's on like Donkey Kong. Last year I was left with a really awesome positive sense of focus; I felt inspired and ready to hop on the creative craft-o-matic steam train: big plans for a fabric collection based on my owls, big plans to resuse and repurpose old wooden furniture. However, when I got home, 99% of that awesomepositivefocus dissolved under reality's weight of day-to-day responsibilities and, in less than a month, I became really frustrated. I kind of put it out of my mind (maybe a survival instinct to make it through the Holidays...?)
My good friend emailed me (a reminder) this last weekend about the retreat and I read it last night at 1AM-ish. Maybe it was because I was covered in the results of Nora's stomach flu, maybe it was the sleeplessness, maybe it was just the sense of calm (in spite of the other two aforementioned possibilities) that I felt when I thought about attending, but- on a complete whim- I completed my application and sent in the deposit this morning.