Thanks for all the well wishes and kind thoughts sent my way. I’m happy to say that I’m feeling much better and looking forward to getting back into the swing of things today and through the rest of the weekend. So let’s get back to a little crafty talk, shall we?
We’re off to see the wizard! A friend asked if I could pull this together for her daughter. How could I say no? She ordered the Wizard of Oz fabric from Superbuzzy (oh, how I love that place!). The dress is the Farbenmix Marieke. It’s the first time I’ve made it with both pockets but I think the red needed a little breaking up. It’s also been lengthened, since the sweetie who’ll be wearing it is tall. The polka dot is Jason Yenter for In the Beginning; I think it’s my new favorite dot. Before I received the Oz fabric, I’d thought I’d do a full lining with peekaboo underskirt. It’s such a heavy fabric, though, that I feared too many layers would make the dress uncomfortably heavy (and warm) for a little girl.
This little outfit is the one I was working on Tuesday. It evolved from this one made for Miss L. When I was asked about revamping the top, I immediately knew the above style was more suited for the future wearer. (I’m fortunate to have seen many a picture of this little girl over the past few years.) I did a quick sketch, sent it to the mom and got to work.
I tell you, it’s quite different to sew for a size 5 than a size 2! Lots more fabric — necessitated not only by the size but the style. The halter dress is nearly three full yards of fabric. In comparison, L’s peasant top is about a yard. I think the bottom ruffle turned out to be more than 200 inches of fabric! I’ll be making only one more of these sets, this one a duplicate of the original, which will use up the last bits of my pretty embroidered cream fabric. It’s one of my backburner projects, though, since it’s not needed in its new home until May.
In the meantime, I have quite a bit to keep me busy: a couple of orders from my Etsy shop (cut out and ready to sew! Go, me!), a couple of apron orders from a friend, some Try It! projects and a stack of fun things I’m itching to start working on. Oh, the fun we’re going to have here on ye olde Craft Addict blog!
Hey — if you are in the Atlanta area, you don’t want to miss this weekend’s Shop Hop! It’s going on now and there are some great giveaways to be had. It’s a really fun annual event and a great way to get around to all of the area’s fabulous quilt shops. I may or may not have done a little “hopping” myself today. (Shhhh! Fabric’s in the wash!)
It’s my blog’s birthday! OK, technically my blog’s birthday was Friday, but I had houseguests and no time to devote to celebrating — hence the postponement. Kind of like when your birthday falls on a Wednesday and you wait until the weekend to party. Help yourself to a cupcake and let’s get this party started!
Thanks to all who’ve been reading and commenting during this adventure of mine. Your words and support never fail to make me smile. I’ve “met” so many awesome people in the past 12 months. And the amazing and inspirational work you’ve shared on your blogs and sites just blows me away.
So, what do you say we have a giveaway to mark the occasion? I have some lovely items — fabric, patterns, rubber stamps — that I’d love to send your way. All you have to do is comment on this post and tell me what craft you’d like to see me try (and then write about) in 2008. Doesn’t mean I’ll actually do it, but I’m always looking for fun ideas! (Please note that this giveaway is not part of my Send Some Love challenge; I’ve already been doing that. 🙂 ) I’ll pick a winner (or maybe two or three!) on Friday.
I feel a bit lost when I don’t blog, like I’m leaving something just … hanging. I don’t like that feeling but there are just times when something’s got to give.
Oh, but that things I’ve accomplished while I’ve been absent from here. No pictures to show yet but I intend to make tomorrow a photolicious day. Included in this extravaganza will be the most amazing Halloween costume ever made for my 3-year-old daughter, as well as the fruits of my labor aka Bunny’s new-to-her bed and revamped dresser.
In the midst of all this wonderful busy-ness, I’ve also received some lovely mail. First off is the package from my amazing Swap Sister, Jessica. Not only did she send me yummy chocolate but she also sent me the coolest Halloween garland (photo tomorrow!). Thank you so much, Jessi! I love it! (And I suck because my package to her went out LATE, like TODAY. 😦 I promise to suck less for the rest of our swap time!)
Today’s mail brought a lovely card with goodies from another Jessica. Seriously, my life is filled with wonderful Jessicas who are talented and sweet and just plain fun! Thank you for my beautiful new words!
We have winners! Congratulations to Katie and Amy, whose 100-post comments were selected by the Random Number Generator (since I can’t get my act together to do something with paper, printing, two teens and a toddler).
In addition to those two, I’m also giving some goodies to the first commenter on my blog, as well as a random comment selected by RNG before my 100th post. So, Angela and Jessica, congrats to you, too!
Thanks to everyone for playing! Even if I don’t always get the chance to reply to every one, I do read every single comment left on my blog. I’ve enjoyed checking out some new blogs from the recent visitors/de-lurkers.
Wow! It seems like just yesterday that I started this blog. My original goal in writing was to have a place to document my many crafty projects. I never anticipated that so many people would stop by and take a look — and even leave a comment or two.
I’ve “met” a lot of neat bloggers in the past few months and seen the amazing things they are creating. While I initially viewed blogging as a pretty solitary effort, I’ve come to learn that it’s anything but. Blogging is a community activity. It’s where we gather to share, to kvetch, to encourage, to teach and to learn. And I think that’s pretty darned cool.
So thank you for stopping by to read, to chat and just to be a part of this nifty blog dealie-oh. And, as a token of that thanks, I’m going to give away stuff. Crafty stuff. Things culled from my craft closet clean-out, among other things. I’m a giving kind of person, so there will be more than one goody bag. You must, however, play to win. How do you play? Leave a comment on this post. Do it before Friday and then I’ll do the grand drawing o’ the names. (Of course, you must be willing to also share your mailing info.)
Big, huge, enormous thanks to the very sweet Jen and Jessica! I love getting goodies by mail and surprise goodies are even better. Thank you for making my day so special! I will definitely be putting my new notecards (handmade paper! Eeeee!) and fabric (Chocolate Lollipop! Squeeeee!) to good use.
I’m a big believer of random acts of kindness and do them often, and it’s always such an unexpected delight when I’m on the receiving end. But I have to admit that I get the greatest satisfaction from doing the unexpected for someone else. If you’ve never done it, I highly recommend giving it a try.