I've been searching for one of these ass-kicking, mid-century modern, made in norway, clever fold out sewing boxes forEVER! How fast do you think I lept across the room at that estate sale to grab it. I was pulling a Phoebe... "MINE! MINE! MINE!"
The only trick now is finding a spot in this house to keep it that has enough room to actually fully extend it.
Here are a few last estate sale treats... 2 new outfits for the friends
Tim and I always drive by estate sales and sigh a wistful sigh and then just keep driving because we have the kids in tow. That kind of sale is way too cut throat to bring a 2 and 5 year old into. But this weekend we saw one that didn't look too crowded and we were feeling brave so we stopped and I'm so glad we did.
I go through these stages where I'm all purge purge purge and all the crazy prints and non-cotton vintage fabric I've collected from thrift stores over the years -- the silks and chiffons and satins and knits -- all go back into the system. Then I get all panicked that if I ever want make Phoebe a silk coat or cover pillows with vintage upholstery fabric I'll have nothing and then I start grabbing it all up again.Guess what part of the cycle I'm in now.
I was going to take more paper doll photos today but it's hot and I can't move from in front of the blowing fan so how about instead I share this adorable Chloe doll Saartje made for her cutie daughter Lotte that I found this morning in the Kit, Chloe and Louise flickr group.
How dang cute is that! Lotte's curls make me wonder if I should give Phoebe a haircut. The curls look so sweet when they're short but I don't know if I can give up the pigtails. Think I'll sit here in front of the fan and ponder that for a bit.
Magic Mary is all cut out with magnets taped on and guess who played with her! For all of about 30 seconds before she went back to plastic spoon battling with her brother, but that's all the encouragement I need. I need to dig out the ones I've printed out on magnetic paper for the fridge. And I have some more from Phoebe's birthday to show and tell, but these are mine. From Shop66. They're so tiny and perfectly cut out. I love them. They're on my desk to keep me cheery.
(I know, three posts in one day. Then you probably won't hear from me for a week. I'm having a back to work Monday surge of energy!)
This weekend while actually off from work for a bit, I got a chance to think about what I'd like to do when I'm done with my book deadline this Fall and after kicking around a ton of ideas I've landed on it... Make-a-long #2! I had such fun with Olive and Archie and their adventures. The idea of creating another couple of troublemakers is really appealing to me right now. And I was thinking maybe more than just sewing projects this time, definitely some embroidery, maybe some knitting/crocheting again but also maybe some paper crafts or collage or painting. It's a fun project to day dream about in my free moments and I'm already making lists and stacking fabric piles.
I thought to get ready for the next story first I'd wrap up the last by bundling together all the Olive and Archie patterns, which of course is something we've been meaning to do forever. Sorry we didn't get to it sooner! So now in the shop is Olive and Archie the complete make-a-long patterns for $15 which includes all seven PDF patterns— Olive and Archie, Two Backpacks, Felted Sweater Outerwear &
Professor Paws, Snowsuit, Knitted Jumper, Knitted Kerchief and Knitted
Sweater Vest, Sleeping Bag, Overalls and Jumper.