Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Itty Bitty Dress
As much as I talk about TV being an absolute waste of time, I can't get all holier-than-thou on everyone because my weakness is the computer.
My blog reader is filled with fabulous blogs:
homeschooling blogs, for ideas and encouragement
recipe blogs, for food!
photography blogs, for ideas and further learning
craft blogs, for projects and tutorials
family/friends blogs, to keep up and to encourage them
and just plain cool blogs, for inspiration and because they made me happy
I have never allowed my reader to count more than 100 (and many, truthfully, are blogs that are updated infrequently) but I realized a few weeks ago that in the time I was taking to "catch up" on all the blogs, albeit inspiring, was becoming cumbersome and....WASTEFUL.
I realized~ I hadn't sewn a lick in a month, hadn't actually FINISHED any of the books that I have started, hadn't cooked anything extraordinary, made any exemplary art projects during school time, hadn't been impressed with any of my own photographs lately, and didn't have time to do things I was planning to do.
In short, I was so busy getting INSPIRED, I wasn't able to actually BE inspiring!
So, while so many blogs were/are edifying, encouraging, inspiring and help me to ASPIRE to be a better woman/mother/teacher/photographer/cook/writer/reader/doer...I realized not only did I *HAVE* to cull most of them, lovely as they are, but that it is going to be a HEALTHY change for me.
I deleted over half of my blog list, with a very big gulp. It has been such a nice change, I might just cull another half.
After that, suddenly, WADDAYAKNOW!?!?, I had time to sew again!
I made this: An Itty Bitty Dress
I had saved the free pattern/tutorial (here) intending to make it so long ago, but never did. Sadly, this one is not for me to keep, but for a friend. I still plan to make a few of these, just in case Smooch is a girl...it was an easy and fast sew. It also takes a surprisingly small amount of fabric to whip up! (The tutorial does take a few shortcuts that I wouldn't suggest-it takes but a minute to do it the right/better way)
I added a yo-yo and flowers to a bouquet embellishment on the skirt and machine blanket-stitching to the bottom.
and made a matching headband with yo-yo embellishment. (I love headbands. Period.)
So there you have it! It felt SO good to start and finish a project within the same day. Here's to much more time to sew!!!