For those of you who know my family you will understand why these photos are so hilarious! For those of you whom we have never had the pleasure of meeting in person... They look JUST like the members of our family (well, in personality anyway)!
Top row: Drew and Rachel
Bottom Row: Gretchen and Alexandra
Some new dresses I just finished and posted to my ETSY shop! You lucky blog followers get a first peek! I just HAD to share... They both turned out SO fantastic!
I'm thinking of calling this style the 'In the Stacks' dress. Aren't the colors amazing?? The main body fabric is a lightweight corduroy.
The super cute peacock inspired fabric is perfect for a tailored bib complete with handmade coordinating fabric ruffle and vintage inspired buttons!
This dress is over the top adorable. It's a size 2t-3t and has two layers of serged hem ruffles for detail. It's modern, European, twirly, ruffly, bright and festive. Both of my girls went nuts for it. Too bad it's too small for both of them!
The Matryoshka doll applique...
and...from another angle... Please forgive my shadow clouding the lower portion of the photo.
In a previous post I mentioned that I've been crocheting hats in the evenings... My goal has been a hat an evening and so far I've been pretty good about meeting this goal, which, I must say, I'm very proud of. Crocheting is not new to me. Over the years I've gifted many a blanket or hat to friends and family but lately I've gone a little hat crazy.
My inspiration to start crocheting in earnest, again, was sparked by a cute pattern on ETSY by Kandice O. of SweetKiwiCrochet (http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetKiwiCrochet) for Sock Monkey and Owl hats. I made the owl and it turned out super cute!
Lately, I've been into to some more traditional, Nordic styled, 100% super soft (and washable) wool hats for Glacier Ski Shop (on Hwy 542 in Glacier, WA).
Cute, huh? I'm SO inspired by this super bright and fun wool yarn I've been working with. I haven't listed any of these on ETSY...yet but I will have some of them at my craft fair on Saturday, 11/12 from 10-4 at the Willows on Squalicum Parkway (3115 Squalicum Parkway Bellingham, WA 98225) and you can pick them up at Glacier Ski Shop! All of the hats you see are for children (sizes 1-2 years and 2-4 years).
Be on the lookout, friends and family, with the holidays right around the corner I don't think you've seen the last of my crocheted gifts! I'm sure you won't mind :)
I've got big plans for the fast approaching holidays! Matching Mother/Daughter kitchy aprons, some snazzy little ties and bow ties in modern and whimsical prints, some twirly long sleeve peasant style dresses, Apron dresses, coordinating outfits, and creative holiday gift wrapping (ie reusable fabric bags for holiday wrapping).
I'm so excited about getting these projects completed, and posted in my ETSY site! I'll be dropping new inventory by Bumblebees (in Lynden on 3rd st) pretty regularly so if you want to check out some of these fun things head on by there. They are mostly carrying items in smaller sizes (up to 2t).
If you are interested in larger sizes then head on by my ETSY shop (http://www.ourfox.etsy.com/). I've been busy posting things there. Please don't limit yourselves to what I've got in stock! I welcome custom orders!
I'll also be doing an American Cancer Society/Relay for life fundraiser craft fair at The Willows in Bellingham, WA on 11/12 from 10am-4pm. I hope to have a ton of new fall and winter items in various sizes! Spread the word! Invite your friends!
So, am I ready? Not quite...but I've got BIG plans!
I've been cutting patterns like a mad woman. Sewing like a fiend in the evening hours. Drafting new patterns, jotting down new ideas, crocheting hats for a local ski shop, and sewing some coordinating clothing to consign at a local children's boutique. Did I mention I also work full time at my "day" job?
Oh, make so mistake, I'm not complaining. I live a blessed life. A full life but blessed none the less.
Lately, I've been daydreaming about getting away for a crafting retreat. A retreat full of wide open spaces to cut patterns, rooms full of creative people with a similar focus, endless cups of hot tea, my iPod blasting my favorite tunes. A weekend all to myself to sew, sew, sew with no housework, hungry children, conference calls, set bet times, alarm clocks.... This is my daydream. I used to dream of spa retreats, days shopping in the city or at the local farmers market, a tropical vacation. Funny how daydreams shift as our priorities in life change. I don't miss those exotic, spa filled, daydreams at all.
I think today will be just that. It's raining here in the my small Northwest home. It's grey. It's dark. It's dreary. The kids are climbing the walls already (and it's only 8am). Maybe I'll even have time to sew some...write some blog posts....do some social networking...check my etsy site...probably not.
So here we are...a rainy October Saturday. Nothing makes time fly by, and the whining disappear faster, at our house then finger paints or play dough. Today, when given the option, the kids chose finger painting.
This activity always starts the same way...we get out the rolls of paper and tape them to the floor in the kitchen. Then we get out the finger paints and go crazy. There are only a couple of rules 1) you cannot leave the kitchen with finger paint on you (hey, I have to draw the line somewhere) and 2) you can paint yourself and the paper but you can't paint the appliances, floor, or walls. It's a pretty common occurrence that at the end of our finger painting adventure I end up giving one or both kids a bath in the kitchen sink. As the kids have gotten older we've started experimenting in other mediums like glue, fabric scraps, beads and feathers.
We use our creations for wrapping paper and to wall paper our playroom. I'm serious. Here's a shot of one of the walls in our playroom...
For some reason we never finger paint in the Summer; when it seems ideal to get out the paints (outside of course) make a huge mess then get out the hose for an easy clean up. Note to self...we must try finger painting next Summer.
Today is my birthday. I'm excited about my birthday every year. I don't dread it. I don't deny it. I don't personally make a big deal out of it but, if someone else does make a big deal out of it I do love to celebrate it!
For those of you squeamish about raw shellfish please skip to the next paragraph... My fave way to celebrate? A dozen Kumomoto raw oysters and a glass of wine! This may sound strange, odd, unappealing, and for some even revolting but, for me, it's a delicious tradition. A handmade cake loaded with lemon butter cream frosting doesn't hurt either.
It seems we are always on the move, my family and I. Not literally moving our home but out and about on the town, constantly. Nothing in particular takes us out...just your average errand running, etc, but my kids LOVE to wear the clothes I've made them and proudly tell everyone who compliments them "My mom made it for me!"
Part of what really brings the clothing to life is the children wearing them (it's undeniable). They are so full of live and laughter. I like to think that the things I make for them embrace their love for life and that is why we get so many compliments. Maybe it's just the cute, and uber silly, girls wearing things that make them feel good.
I now have one craft fair under my belt. I'm relieved it's over but looking forward to what's next. Hopefully there are many, many, more to come.
I went in with high hopes but not high expectations. I'm new to this game, after all, and in this tight knit community I live in it takes awhile for folks around town to get to know who you are.
Some great intel for next time:
Bring a chair.
Bring a full length mirror
Buy bigger bags
A cash box would work better than a bank bag for handling transactions
I need more bins for displays and maybe a bigger table
What observations I came away with...
I learned what people were really attracted to...and what they weren't. People were more drawn to my booth when I was crocheting vs sitting there doing nothing. I also learned what a wonderful feeling it is when someone comes over and finds THAT ONE THING. That thing they have to take home...is perfect...just right. You know it when you see their face light up. This goes for kids and adults. These moments made my night.
I don't have any pics of the booth I can share with you (for some reason...taking a pic of the booth totally slipped my mind) but I PROMISE I'll have something for you from my next fair.
So, now I'm planning for round 2 in Fairhaven on 11/13 at The Willows on Fairhaven Parkway. I'll be there all day, folks! It's a Relay for Life fundraiser (they are getting an early start).
I can't help but think back, when I look at my children, about how much fun it would be to be a kid again. Here are some examples of their creativity that makes me want to laugh out loud (but also want to join in the fun):
Sporting a 'stach.
Is it hereditary, you ask? The answer is a a resounding yes. Who doesn't love an overstocked dress up bin to exercise their inherent sense of whimsy and fashion? The photos of me participating in said dress up events are filed away for posterity, thank goodness. While I do love to play dress up I can definitely say I can't pull it off nearly as well as my girls can.
Let's talk inspiration...I'm currently in love with anything Scandinavian (check out the peasant dress in a modern red floral pattern with teal ruffles, Scandinavian floral print grosgrain ribbon and Russian doll applique), vintage inspired (the yellow peasant tunic with vintage green buttons and embroidered tree patch) and anything that combines two different genres into something fabulously unique (the modern styled peasant dress combined with bohemian fabrics). I could go on and on all day...
Please excuse the poorly lit photographs...even with auxiliary lighting I'm realizing it's impossible to get vibrant photos during these gloomy Northwest fall days.
Another thing critical to creation? Time. I'm lacking in this element (severely).
I bet you can't wait to see where I churn out all of these fabulous, inspired, garments! Well, wait no longer...Here's my cozy little sewing nook. I'll bet you are sew jealous, am I right?
Believe it or not...I can easily lose hours of my life here. Everything is in arms reach, all of my inspirations are surrounding me, and my sewing light is a source of heat (which is particularly nice during said gloomy Northwest days). Please note the lovely zebra striping on my Singer courtesy of Allie, my chief decorator and resident 2 year old.
What gets your creativity flowing? Do you have a cozy hideout where you can go crazy (and lose hours of your life) doing something you love to do?
Well, you know, we all want to change the world...
Now that you are humming along with me please allow me to introduce myself!
First of all, I'm a first time blogger. I hoping that what I lack in terms of blogging skills I can make up for in charm and wit.
What I am practiced at is sewing, crocheting, mothering (aka refereeing, doctoring, nurturing, playing, scolding, hand holding and unconditional loving), living a full live and working full time in telecommunications.
My heart lies in creating. So, here I am, taking babysteps that will hopefully turn into a full blown leap into the world of self-employment. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, be on the lookout for my new creations which I will post regularly to this blog as well as my ETSY site (shameless plug: http://www.ourfox.etsy.com/).