Monday, March 31, 2008

Homemade Clothes for My Littlest Girl

That's my girl. Boy, does she like to pose. She's a natural-born model. This is the skirt and shirt that I mentioned below.

She got to pick the pattern and I chose the fabric. It's a Simplicity pattern that also includes a purse, jacket, and pants.

The shirt is a pull-over style with a square neck (blocked by her hair) and the skirt is a six-gore flared pull-on with a light-pink ribbon trim that matches the lighter pink of the shirt. The daisy on the front of the skirt plays up a tiny daisy pattern on the shirt.
What's up with the sudden interest in sewing? Well, it's not so sudden. It has been an on-again-off-again type of hobby for me since graduating college. I've made clothes for myself in the past and last made clothes for the kids about four years ago so that all three girls could have matching dresses for an Easter picture. Sewing is one of the few crafts that has stood the test of time with me. I happen to like making something that I get to see being used and enjoyed.
During my nursing web reading I've come across a few great blogs that are dedicated to fabric, sewing, and other crafts. I just got inspired by them.

Here are some: Hello My Name is Heather, Anna Maria, Portabello Pixie, the Wooden Spool, angry chicken, Sis Boom Day Dreams and then you click on links to some other great blogs.
Another great thing: Bella Dia just started a blog to track kids on-line crafts, The Crafty Crow!

I am honored to receive this award and would like to thank....

And now the reason for a new, more specialized blog becomes quite clear. I won some great fabric from Sis Boom as part of a give-away. Sis Boom is run by Jennifer Paganelli (also from Connecticut--yay CT) and she has designed some fabulous fabric that has totally changed my ideas of color matching from monochromatic to multiprismatic (which is a word I thought I made up, but apparently I'm not the only one making things up).

Thank you, Jennifer. Whatever I make from it will be posted at From the Earth, Past the Moon.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Oops--I mean weekend, though this project will probably take me long past summer to complete even after the tens-of-hours spent on it this weekend. Here it is:

A Barbie dollhouse. The bottom four compartments are for storing many bins of Barbie toys. The top of the roof is about 66 inches tall. I'm only 5' 4", so I think we will need to keep a step-stool handy for the girls. I guess eventually it will need a fence to keep out prying toddler fingers. The preliminary wiring for electricity is in place. The dark lines around the bottom of the walls and up onto the ceiling will allow for lamps and an overhead light.

I put up the kitchen wallpaper and a floor in the "living room". Here's a closer shot of the kitchen.

New Blog Because I've Turned Into a Domestic Nightmare

This is my place for all things sewing, housework, and craft related. The 'domestic nightmare' works on so many levels. I am not good at so much of real domestication, and yet I"m oddly fascinated with it in a way that would put the feminists of the era I grew up in to shame. This will be me embracing it all.