Sunday, January 23, 2011

My Muse

Apparently, nearly eight months ago I gave birth to more than just a daughter, I gave birth to my own personal muse.  I have sewn more in the past few months than I have in the last few years put together.  And if I could somehow find more time, I would be sewing even more.  I am loving this new found burst of creativity. I am also loving this beautiful little girl, who inspires it all.

And since she is the one who inspires so much of it, it's only fair if a good few of the things I make are for her.  Thanks to my wonderful hubby who gave me hours and hours this weekend to sew, I was able to make her not one but two items.  Well, three if you count each boot individually. I tried out a new pattern, and I like it much better.  Much more customizable, and simpler to sew.
Sweetly feminine...

I love, love, love how they turned out.  They're not Joyfolie shoes by any stretch, but I'm proud of them.  They're so much closer to the ones I had originally envisioned.  With delicate, etched buttons, and I love the graphic ruffle. Three layers, wool, fleece and thick interfacing.  Sturdy and cozy. And there is elastic inside to help keep them on little feet.

And then, she needed something to dress up her head, don'tcha think?  So of course a sweet little flower headband.  Because, if she's anything like her mom, and she seems to be, she may not have much hair for some time. I was bald until I was four.  It's okay, I've come to terms with it. This is one of my favorite ways to make a flower.  There are lots of ways out there on the web, and I have tried many of them.  But, this one that I found in a book, is still my favorite.  Next on the list, pettiskirts and a sweet little pair of shoes for an as yet to be born beauty.  Trust me on this, there's no way she won't be a stunner...

Talk about gilding the lily. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

The New Year

We're off to a productive start this year.  Hopefully this bodes well for the rest of the year.

My first project for the year was a paying gig.  Woo-hoo!  And I owe it all to Facebook, and my sister and her high school friend Heather.  Oh, and my husband who is always, encouraging me to sell my stuff! You see, Heather saw my sister's picture on her Facebook page where Sean was modeling one of the bibs I made for him. (And looking so dapper and adorable, so I probably owe it all to him too.) Heather commented that she needed one of those for a gift, which prompted a call from my sister bullying me...sorry, strenuously encouraging me to sell my stuff. And that led to an amen chorus from my hubby. So I e-mailed Heather and she graciously took me up on my offer to make her a pair.  I love the way they turned out.  Hopefully, she will too.

Apparently, I forgot to take a picture of the final project, but you get the idea.  

 Then some neighbors had a teeny, tiny little six pond girl and they had the opposite problem that I always had with my wee babes. Instead of all the newborn hats being too small and popping off her noggin, all of their hats were too big.  I offered to make one using her measurements.  But, can you believe it?  It was still too big for her sweet little head. We can be sure she'll grow into it, though.
A winter white flower for a winter Lilly.
I so loved this color combination that I decided I needed to replicate it for my slipper boots, which finally got made!  No more being jealous of everyone else' stylishly warm feet. I love them and feel badly that I may have saved the best for me. 
It isn't easy taking a picture of your own feet...

So pretty, who wants some?