A “tutorial” for an artistic afternoon:
I have another post “in the wings” about the process of creating the dress. I am just still trying to decide whether I want to include all the details of this on THIS blog, which I’ve kind of seen as for our family, or if I want to put it on a separate blog which would reflect more of just my interests. I’m still going back and forth about what I think would be best.
When the dress was completed, we went on an outing to the Blanton Museum of Art.
I should have swung around and taken a picture of it, but in the above pictures she is transfixed by a very geometric sculpture on the other side of the yellow painting. Guess you will just have to visit the museum to see it yourself!
We had a lovely afternoon!
MY last post established that 2010=travel. Reflecting on this formula, I have come up with:
2012- day to day life (so far, until it is back to moving).
I do enjoy day to day life, I am still a new enough mom to be very entertained by just hiding behind the door and watching Fiona play with her “ponies” or Leif kick around in his crib and discover that he has a hand. Maybe that never loses its entertainment value…I just came to that thought based on a comment made while I was observing Fiona’s dance class last Friday.
Along with a few other mothers, I was in the waiting room watching the little 3 year old ballerinas attempt their “tippy toe” procession across the floor. In breezes another mom with her older children and comments good-naturedly, “Look at all those young mommies pressed up against the glass!”
Yes, experiencing my children’s development right before my eyes is still fresh and new and exciting enough to balance out the monotonous feeling at the end or beginning of a week when the routine of feeding, playing, changing, cleaning, laundry, naps, repeat seems more banal than structural.
Having a hobby helps though. Especially when one too many tantrums or loads of laundry threaten to tip the scale. I have mentioned before that I have tried to develop the interests passed on to me from my mother and grandmother. Given that I have had a more routine lifestyle in the past year, I have been fortunate enough to kind of develop the little quilting and sewing experience I’ve had into making clothes for Fiona.
This also correlates with my Pinterest account, which I’ve had now for almost a year. That is another blog post in and of itself, in short I will just mention that Pinterest facilitates the inspiration-to-design process…as long as you can wrest yourself away from the computer long enough to actually accomplish something other than pinning inspiring ideas.
Whenever I start a sewing project, there are a couple things I like to think about.
Motivation-I tend to not finish it unless I have a specific goal. Inspiration– this usually comes from a lot of different directions. Technique– try and pick one or two new techniques I’ve not done before to include in the new project. Since I am new to garment construction, I have an endless array to choose from!
For this project, my motivation was to be part of the Project Run and Play community- check out their website for a better explanation than I could give here. I also wanted to have my daughter be part of the creation process.
I haven’t discussed the process of sewing on this blog yet, although a few things I have made for Fiona she was pictured in here, such as her Easter Dress and the spring meadow skirt. There are so many excellent blogs out there with detailed tutorials and creative ideas, I am not really sure how I can add much to that field. (which often feels saturated and overwhelming).
I am unsure of what I see for this blog, if I want to start including more of that kind of thing here, or if I should put it on a separate blog. I am sure of one thing though- I need to document my projects in some way, just to make it easier on myself as I continue to sew so I don’t make the same mistakes twice! I am leaning in the separate direction, but for now, I do want to discuss the process of making this dress, so look for that either in the next post, or in a link to somewhere else!