Saturday, August 17, 2013

Excitement and Inspiration

    There have been times since starting this business when I have been really excited about blogging about my thoughts on starting a creative business, and all the amazing things going on in my life in general.  There have also been times when I have been excited to learn about accounting/marketing/pricing - all completely new to me.  And then there are times, like the last few weeks, when I am completely enamored with sewing!  I can't stop looking at and buying new, amazing fabrics.  I am thinking up entirely new projects to make for the shop.  I am sketching ideas, making plans, measuring. I am sneaking every free second I can to cut and press and pin and sew.  I am giddy with the final product!

    And these are the times this blog gets a little quiet.  And the times my floors and bathroom and laundry get a little neglected (but not the kitchen, a dirty kitchen makes me crazy).  Annie is very good at helping me pick out fabric, and a little bit good at helping me sew from her bumbo next to my sewing machine, but most of the sewing happens during naps or after bedtime, because when that little love is awake we are much too busy having fun (and eating) to worry about work!

So here are the new projects, finally done after lots of bit by bit excitement! Click any of the links in the captions to see more pictures and details in my shop!

Aprons for your little helpers, chefs, artists, scientists!

Ooh! Get me one of these!

Science fabric? Amazing!

Wait, this one is so cute!

It is so hard to decide!

These sweet flowers would be perfect for...

ooh, but I can't resist vintage feedsack fabric!

I might just have to get a few

All those sea creatures!

Aliens, Robots and Spaceships!!!

Tiny crabs? Yum!

I also have made some new baby blankets out of the most amazing fabric!  For those of you who haven't seen or felt it before, Nani Iro double gauze is imported from Japan and if fabric could feel like a magical cloud, this would be it!  I have no idea what they are doing, but I know that every time I am around it I need to hold it in my hands, and sometimes rub it on my face.  They also have beautiful prints.  What could be better for a blanket for the softest and most beautiful little humans!  So obviously, I am obsessed and have started hoarding this fabric.  Each blanket is one of a kind so that I have an excuse to buy as many of her prints as I can find.  One has sold already, you don't want to miss your chance... just sayin'... 

Ooh, pretty!

Polka Dots

I love this one!

I have two more I just finished, with listings coming as soon as I can sneak a second to take some pictures, and most likely more coming after that when I see more of this fabric I just have to buy.  

I have also been getting really inspired to sew dresses and bloomers and shirts and all sorts of adorable things for Annie from some blogs I read.  Check out the work of these amazing women!  Such creative, talented, hard working mamas!  

The tumble tee!  Pattern created and for sale by Imagine Gnats.  Here is the link to her pattern, search on pinterest to see lots of different amazing variations of this tiny t shirt

Bloomers!  I made one pair following this FREE pattern and am obsessed! Can't wait to make more!

This tiny dress from the amazing women at Purl Bee

I have made this dress, and embroidered the bloomers to match.  They are both incredibly beautiful!  I think the dress will work better in a larger size when Annie can walk, it is a little narrow and constricting for all of the rolling, wiggling and flailing that is going on as we are learning to crawl around here and definitely do not want to sit still.  I want to try to adapt the pattern to have more gathered fabric and add a little "wiggle" room!

What projects are you excited about these days?  What is inspiring you?  Spread the excitement love!


  1. these are so amazing! all of it so sweet! I have never touched Nani Iro fabric before but have long admired her/their (?) patterns. I think you should start making mommy clothes too! (as if you had so much time!) xo

    1. I don't know about this her/their either, I just say her and picture some super cool and fashionable woman designing it all! I would love to start making mommy clothes too- just not enough time for all the fun things I want to sew! I have made a beautiful mommy apron and infinity scarf as presents that haven't made it into the shop and some purses that are in there. xoxo