10.26.2010

Ephemeral

I love these things today, but will I later? How much do tastes change once you become an adult? I know for certain that my tastes have changed from childhood and my teenage years. All I have to do is look at pictures. Pictures that I won't put up here, for your sakes, gentle reader. Of course, pictures taken of me now are almost worse. I have a couple friends who are always quick with their camera phones when I'm being an idiot. I just have no pride now.
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There's a little town in Capital Reef National Park called Fruita that has been turned into a museum of sorts. It used to be a living town, with orchards, but the people were nudged out, for want of a better term, so no one lives there now. It's beautiful, and my favorite part of visiting Capital Reef. I loved seeing these baby clothes ...
I love this dress. You can't tell too much from the picture, but it is long, like a blessing or christening dress.  I wanted to make The Bean's blessing dress, but B's grandma wanted to purchase one for her, which was very sweet. The dress ended up being lovely, and I was grateful because it really relieved my stress at the time, but I still want to make a blessing dress! I have several patterns now that range from simple to fancy schmancy. Perhaps I'll have someone to make one for someday. Of course, they may just want to borrow The Bean's dress!
 I also loved this dress. It looks so cool, and the hand stitched detail along the bottom was very sweet. I would like a dress like this for me! But I'll probably just go buy another housecoat from Wal Mart, because that's the way I roll these days. You know, with a zipper up the front? So I can wear it to get the mail? My neighbors are very lucky people.
I want one of these looms, too. I'll have to visit Fruita again to remember what the rugs you make on it look like. Because someone didn't take a picture. Blasted someone.
 And it's important to visit the fly-riddled horses outside while wearing your largest hats or your stripiest stripes. Sweet.
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Also well loved, at least for now:
This girl's style. The Bean will grow hair someday, right? RIGHT?!?
This facepainting. Must do. But I'm thinking snakes.
This binding technique. Think I need to try it on my simple receiving blankets.

10.25.2010

Let's try this again ...

My old blog was not getting that much attention.
Well actually, neither of my old blogs were getting much attention.
The craft blog was being ignored.
The family blog was even more ignored.
I just wasn't 'feeling' either one of them, and wasn't able to get myself motivated to post anything.
So, what to do?
Start a new blog! This is a fresh start, and hopefully will get a lot more attention than the old ones!
And I actually have something to share, right off the bat! We should be so proud of me.
My sweet little niece G celebrated her first birthday earlier this month, and that required a dress. 
 She looks absolutely amazing in yellow, so I chose a yellow 'linen look' from JoAnn's and used my favorite pattern that I can't find right now. I love the pattern because the dresses can be worn with leggings when they are not long enough to wear as dresses.
The pattern calls for bias tape around the neckline and sleeves, but I used elastic instead. The flower was made by folding a strip of fabric in half lengthwise, basting it just inside the fold, then gathering it and twisting it into a flower. I handstitched it to the dress.
I haven't gotten to see it on G, and to tell you the truth, I'm afraid the sleeves are too small. That would be typical of me. Should check with my sister to see if it fits!
After making this dress, I just had to make more, so I whipped up 4 from the same pattern for my own little one, The Bean. I'll have to get some pictures taken of those.
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Well, whew! A first post! And hopefully more to come. I love reading blogs, and sharing in other people's creativity. Hopefully I have something creative to share with others, too!