Just checking in


I spent last week mostly in bed due to a nasty stomach bug that completely wiped me out for days. I am *just* starting to feel normal again. There’s nothing so humbling as having an ambitious set of New Year’s goals and then getting knocked down before you can even start. Maybe it’s best just to keep it simple again this year; set the ol’ Expectations Bar low and just see what happens.

Hugo got his first haircut last week. I think it’s really cute. Can’t wait to show you!

My friend Anna of Noodlehead has joined the Cloud9 designer roster! Can’t wait to see what awesomeness she has in store for us. Congratulations, Anna!!

I really want to make some pants this year. Seems like everyone is making these Ginger Jeans. Not sure I want to deal with all the grommets and hardware involved in making jeans, but it sure would be cool! Also: none of my pants fit. BAH.

I’ve been doing a little fabric shopping with the shops that sponsor this blog: I bought a pile of knits at Organic Cottons Plus (the online shop that used to be Near Sea Naturals) a few weeks ago and they are really really nice. Also grabbed some Charlie Harper knit and GeoPop Canvas from Fabricworm as well.

Seems like there’s a ton of fantastic new fabrics in shops lately, including the new Cotton and Steel fabrics! And they’ve got rayon on the horizon.

I started listening to the Elise Gets Crafty podcast. Love it. The episode on focus (Episode 023) was exactly what I needed to hear right now.

I’ve been enjoying DIY/Design Queen Emily Henderson’s blog. She is perky and weird and hilarious.

I like this website from Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafood Watch, for looking up which kinds of fish are sustainably farmed/caught. They have a free phone app too to make it easy to look them up while you’re shopping too.

And, exciting newsflash: the Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern is finally IN PRINT in the smaller size range and began shipping to shops last week. Check with your favorite local or online modern fabric shop to see if they have it yet! You can see a nice photo of the paper copy over in the Fabric Studio‘s (a Nashville shop) Instagram feed.

4 thoughts on “Just checking in

  1. i totally didn’t realize near sea naturals was organic cotton plus. This is the second mention today I’ve seen of that company. Guess I need to go check it out.

  2. love to know so good examples of what knit you bought at Near Sea, and what your sewing plans are for them, I look at their sight a lot. Knits are new to me, and I get confused on what to buy!

  3. Oh, I’m so grateful to you for this post! I went to check out the podcast and found Crystal Moody!
    IN general, your posts are very inspiring – thank you!!

    Hope you will feel great soon and your plans won’t get broken by some circumstances, instead, they would help you! :))


  4. I feel like you and I are in the same lifeboat recently, dude, with the kid #3 and the struggle to get back in the groove in general but WANTING to get back in the groove (kinda…i also just want sleep). But hey, if you want to try making grown up pants but not jeans, give the Hudsons a try! They really are the comfiest and made more fitted pants feel less intimidating (I’m still working up to the Gingers).

    Enjoyed your interview over on Abby Glassenberg’s site!

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