Let's lighten things up a little, shall we?
Thanks for your kind comments and messages over the past couple of days. You are lovely.
And yes, I'm feeling so much better.
Thank you for asking.
That's the medicine of time, perspective, and a three-day craft binge.
Okay. And a bowl of popcorn, a glass (or two) of red wine, and copious amounts of sleep.
The crafting I cranked out this weekend was over the top.
I completed some rockin' pants and a sweet sweater for my girl; curtains I started this summer for my craft room; and a skirt for myself.
The curtains are made of an old pillowcase and some scraps from my stash.
The solid pink is from Lupine's first twirly skirt.
The upper creamy striped fabric is from curtains I made for the first house we owned, where Sage was born.
And the vintage lace from a friend's garage sale.
Sweet, easy, messy, and girly.
My kind of curtains.
And then I got to work on my skirt.
The pockets are from a scrap of fabric a dear friend wrapped a gift in for me in years ago. I loved it so and knew it needed to become something really special. Done.
The pattern (McCalls 5430) boldy proclaims this to be a "1 HOUR SKIRT".
2 1/2 years after I started sewing it, it's ready to wear.
Welcome to my life.
And then, these sassy pants.
The pants (which I'm referring to as trousers on account of that vintage corduroy) were from a pattern I found in this book.
They were my first attempt at these crazy European-style patterns, and overall I think they turned out sweet. The knees were tricky, but after a few attempts I found success.
Me and my seam ripper? We're tight after this weekend.
Are these trousers perfect?
Of course not. (You know me well enough to have guessed that by now.)
Are they adorable? So. Very.
And without the cost of the pattern book (which I had already) they cost me all of 50 cents. Whoot!
(The main color was once a pair of XL men's cords from a thrift store's clearance bin. I bought up all the corduroy they had for future kid pants, six pairs for $3. Score.)
Homemade and free?
Best crafting yet.
Oh, yes. And finally that sweater.
It's been Lupine's vest since spring when I bound off the sleeves instead of knitting them long.
This weekend I pulled out the cast off and knitted on long sleeves for winter.
You can find the free pattern link and details on my variation here.
The main yarn was a gift from a friend, from her Icelandic sheep.
Her flock is made up of the offspring of the flock we just adopted, so the yarn is almost like family.
Sentimental yarn, worn by my girl. Double perfect.
Overall, crafting made for good therapy this weekend.
A bit of focused work, a bit of creativity, and lots of hard work.
Now that's my kind of healing.
I'd love to know: what's in your workbasket these days?
Oh, wait. And one more thing:
I thought you needed this picture.
Because more than my craftiness I think you love me for my dirty floors.
(And walls. And door. And… well, you get the idea.)