You guys are the BEST. Thanks for all the insightful, supportive comments you left on that last post. I think I expected to get the smile-and-nod response (you know, “That’s interesting Rae, good thoughts” sort of stuff) but I was NOT prepared for how many of you would resonate with that topic. It definitely struck a nerve. It warmed my heart that lots of you feel free to actually post less now. I think we’ve started a Lazy Bloggers Revolution or at the very least Coalition. I’m all for empowering an atmosphere of relaxation around CraftBlogLand.
I also want to be sensitive to the fact that despite my claims to pursue a “slow blogging” lifestyle, some people will still look at my blog and feel overwhelmed. That can and will happen with any craft blog regardless of post frequency or topic. Some of you have less support, less time, less energy and some just feel plain inadequate when they see all the collected craftiness here and elsewhere. And I don’t know exactly how to address that except to say that I struggle with that too. It’s hard not to look at other people and compare because there will always be someone else doing it better than me. So it’s best to just not go there. We never see the whole picture of someone’s life online, just a glimpse (and sometimes, the collected works of years of crafting in one sitting, talk about skewing perspective). You can only do as much as you can do, and never feel guilty for giving yourself a break! And this will echo what many people said on the last post, but it bears repeating: sewing (and blogging about it) is supposed to be fun. If it starts to feel like work, quit!
OK, I actually did have something I made a couple weeks ago to show you today (but no pressure, haha, try and remember it’s taken me over a week to write this post).
Ever since I bought this cotton floral reproduction fabric I’ve had this idea in my head for a pleated kimono top for C (my baby daughter, who will be one year on friday, ACK). I can’t say it turned out exactly the way I had envisioned in my head but it is pretty cute.
I guess what I mean by that is the pleats are a little weird, they don’t really show up and define it like I’d hoped. Maybe there need to be more of them. But once it’s on it seems to fit just fine. And I really love the fabric.
The leggings were made with the tights pattern (just like these) except now I make them bigger because she’s older. I wouldn’t recommend adapting the pattern for leggings with anything other than an old shirt/sweater though, because hemming the bottom of those little legholes would be No Fun if you were making them with knit fabric. Just use the hem of the sweater for the leg hems and go from there.
It’s getting harder and harder to get her to sit for a picture. So you’re going to have to put up with the little tikes car today, because that’s as good as it gets around here with the photos lately.
C lacks the ability to a) mount/dismount or b) steer the little tikes car, so she ends up rolling across the patio until she hits the edge and can’t go any further. Then, in typical second-born-fashion, she sits there quietly for a few minutes until she decides she’s sick of it and then starts screaming “Nah! Nah! Nah!” and signing “More” until someone comes and turns her around. Then the process repeats.
See how her hair is turning strawberry blond? It was so dark when she was born. I had to make sure I included the little black ruffle rosette for her hair.