Friday, August 28, 2015

One of "Those" Days

   Honestly, the only way I really can get anything done in this house is with my baby wrap. However today is still one of "those" days so I'm going to be pretty proud of myself if I even get today's dishes put away. At least she's all cute and snuggled up against me, I love that!
Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Baby in the Sewing Room

   As I'm sure many of you know and can attest to the fact that a brand new baby brings on a huge learning curve and a world of change. This is something no amount of research could have prepare me for. My dear little one is only 5 weeks old and though I'm just starting to get my footing, there's still an immense amount of new life challenges and rewards being experienced.

   The list is endless but one of these challenges I'm struggling with is bringing back sewing into my life. Realistically I know I won't be able to open my Teaka Marie shop any time soon (fingers crossed for later this fall), however I can't help but desire working on a new project, really just for my own mental state.

   My mom described it perfectly when she said she needed to sew while she had all the children running around if only to have something she could work on that would become a finished item. With babies and I assume with children, one can do the same task over and over again, such as diaper changes, feedings, washing bottles, laundry and the next day the exact same tasks need to be done all over again. Having a craft or a project to work on allows one a little mental break from never seeing a chore finished. There's a beginning and an end. A reward for sticking to it.

   So this week I picked up a pattern for a simple autumn coat. It's nothing fancy but I think if given a week or two I may be able to find enough time during my baby's naps to finish this coat. However naps are also valuable sleep time for me too, so it's a bit of a toss up each day. Which is more important, sleep or sewing?

   Today I attempted to bring her into the sewing room with me. An idea that makes sense but since she doesn't so much like her bassinet she didn't last more than 10 minutes. Well at least I tried.
   But come on, how could you not forgive her when she's got such perfectly little legs and adorable little socks?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Coming Back to Embroidery

   It's been awhile since my last posting. It would seem that my interest in continuing to keep up with this blog went to the wayside. Yet recently I've begun to rethink about getting back into the swing of things, if just for another creative outlet.

   So here we go. Let blogging commence.
   Every couple of times a year I get this urge to pick up the needle and thread and embroider something all over again. Typically this begins with such zealous pursuit and I can't wait to get started. However by mid design this excitement often turns into dread, then regret and once completed a total vowel to never embroider again. Obviously I've broken this vowel many of times and somehow I've found myself once again picking up the tempting colors of thread and fancy needles to embark on another potentially dangerous and frustrating project. And I can't wait! Haha!

   But I'm going to wait until there's some progress with this new design before I show you guys. It wouldn't be so interesting displaying a blah piece of fabric.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Coming Tomorrow New Christmas Garments

I can't wait to share with you guys all of my new winter and Christmas garments I've been working on. Currently I'm to exhausted after one chilly shoot to say any more. Just check in tomorrow, by mid afternoon you can see them all. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Sewing Sweater

   This past Saturday I decided I'd commit myself to sewing up one sweater. This sweater would not be sold or given to anyone but me. Honestly it's a bit unusual that I actually create a garment for myself since I'm learning that time away from the sewing room is sometimes rare and valuable. Often I would rather just take a break from sewing when I do have the time to spare. It helps me love the process rather than feeling overwhelmed.
   I decided to use a cozy, hunter green, ponte de roma knit fabric. The sweater would be simple, using the same pattern as my Elbow Patch Sweater Design. I LOVE the fit of this pullover, I think the pattern turned out great for my shop so I couldn't resit making one for myself.

   However the Saturday morning before I took to my sewing machine I decided it might be fun to create a felt badge. At the time I thought it was rather cute and even felted it onto the front of the sweater. I think later during the sewing process I began to regret the patch. I don't mind it any more however I feared it may look a bit childish. Oh well, by that time there was no turning back.
   In the end I really do like my cozy sweater. I think it'll be great for chilly days at home and during autumn walks. Plus Jonathan thinks the badge makes me look like I'm apart of some preppy sewing academy. I think that's good....

Excuse my squinting eyes in these photos.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Quiet Days

   I am thankful for quiet days.

   Once a week I have a whole day reserved only for sewing, working on orders, mailing packages, replying to messages, and anything related to my shop. Of course I find myself working on orders and new designs every other day of the week, yet that ends up only being an hour or two each day. But it's this one slot of time, that one day of the week I love the most, for it's all mine. It's during this time I can get myself caught up, hopefully get a few things done of my check list and somewheres in there just be calm and alone.

   I find my balance with a mixture of being with people and alone time however I must admit sometimes I really do love those quiet times the most.

   Today was my sewing day and I'd say it was a perfect blend of productivity, and stillness. Plus the chilly air, grey skies and the evening showers certainly were a bonus.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Are You An Avid Reader?

   I'd say a good chunk of people are avid book readers. That is, most people I talk to say they love to read and probably get through at least one to two books a month, some would even say a book a week.

   I use to think I could include myself in with this group of readers. That I could say I often found myself engulfed, hours on end, in some book's plot or storyline. But upon stepping back and reviewing the amount of books I've finished this year I can honestly say I think I've only finished six of them. This is sad.

   Right now I'm reading an older book I had read once in my teen years. It's mostly an unheard of
trilogy called Papa's Wife, Papa's Daughter, and Mama's Way, by Thyra Ferre Bjor. Since it's a trilogy it's a thicker book and at the rate I'm going I think it would be realistic to say I'll get it done by Christmas. That being said I'm not an avid fictional reader. Perhaps I go through non-fiction a little faster, typically history.

   So with all that being said, do you include yourself in the avid reader's club? Plus how long does it typically take you to finish a good book?