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I’ve been hinting and showing little glimpses of the project we worked on with friends at the end of July.  Now for more of a tour for you, patient readers.

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Dominoes 3

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

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A-line My Way 2

Have you ever asked yourself, “What is the best thing about creating, for me?” Your creating could be anything from working with your daily meals, to the space in which you live, to your relationships, to “art” (whatever that is). We all create in our daily lives even if we don’t recognize it as such.

My answer? Learning. Plain & simple, I love to learn. Creating allows me to bring my love of learning to one more facet of my life. After all of my formal schooling, you’d think I would have known how much I love to learn. But no, it didn’t strike me until Inside-Out last spring.

My latest learning odyssey has been to delve further into pattern drafting to add more complicated design elements. I have so many sketches that I can’t yet take off of the page and put into fabric because I am not quite sure how to add some of the details into the 2-dimensional paper that becomes part of the 3-dimensional garment. But I’m learning and it is awesome.

A-line My Way 1

My latest finished design is an A-line skirt. I know, simple enough, right? But it has front & back darts, a side-zipper, and a ruffled hem.  I knew how to sew them before now, but being able to draft them all into a pattern? Not so much.

A-line My Way 3:: vintage sheet found last year during this visit ::

This skirt provided heaps of “learning moments.” I couldn’t be more pleased with all the new knowledge gained, and the skirt itself isn’t too bad, either. An example of something I learned: I like to wear my skirts higher up than my pants. This means that the waist on the above skirt is actually a bit too big (I have it folded in a bit in the picture, thus the back hem is hanging down slightly more than the front), but I’m going to wear it as is anyway as a reminder to myself to enjoy even that which I might not deem perfect.

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Finally, Fabric Again

Found my way back to my sewing over the weekend.  I managed to finish TWO projects that had been languishing, half done, in a jumble.  Now not only are they done, but my creative space felt much more peaceful.

Gathered Clutch Outside

Gathered Clutch Inside

The Gathered Clutch from Noodlehead.  I’ve had this bookmarked for awhile now and am so happy it is made!  It was fun to make with great directions.  Now I’ll have something to carry my license & phone in to yoga or other places when my beloved, but very large, Namaste Monroe bag is just too much.  Because my knitting doesn’t really need to come everywhere with me. (Did I just write that?)
Fun details: the linen is upcycled from a pair of pants (thanks, Ink!), the splash of color is a scrap from this dress, and the lining fabric & zipper were thrifted from here.

If you were going to make a Gathered Clutch what would you repurpose for it?

ps: see that post the clutch is leaning against?
It is part of the “big project” we’ve been working on.
Next sunny day, pictures!

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Karate Sunset

Sometimes I think too much. Please tell me you do this too! My thoughts lately have been in relation to consumption and getting ready for another school year. Buying items at all, buying new, buying used, buying eco-friendly. . . the thoughts have swirled ’round and ’round in my head. In fact, it just occurred to me that my word for 2010, harmony, was at the root of some of these thoughts. Hello, Lindsey, it’s about balance, about choices that are right for you and your family right now. Now I just have to keep repeating that to myself rather than ruminating about the choices we didn’t make.  😛

Thankfully we’re about done with all of that now because I really need and want to get back to the designs in my sketch book, and a bunch of other projects waiting me on my seriously neglected sewing desk.  I think we’ll be home long enough now for it to happen.

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Bellamy Stairs

Every visit to NH is bittersweet.  There are happy times with dear friends, there are memory traces from the life we once had there, and there are the signs of time passing and “progress” marching on in our old hometown, even as there are where we now are planted.

Bellamy Woods 4

Across the Creek

Today, while looking for something completely different, I found an old journal entry of mine from August 2002 about Bellamy Woods, where we went for a walk during our visit.

After our walk we played on the swings for a time, in quiet & peace as we watched twilight descent after the soft, warm hues of sunset. During that time I discovered the simple pleasure of swinging, feeling my body work and move through the air like that. . . joy wasn’t the right word to describe it, that word seeming too intense. I’d always known that I enjoyed to swing, but I hadn’t ever stopped to pay attention to how it felt WHILE I was doing it.

I might tell my twenty-six-year-old self that I was feeling harmony.  But that might just be my thirty-four-year-old-self interpretation. (Thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone!)

Dragonfly SwingingIt looks like 8 years later, I still feel the same way. And I wasn’t alone, either. 🙂

What echoes of your own past have you noticed lately?

More pictures from our trip here.

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Window Lounging

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

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