Tag: geranium

art fair preview #3!


well you guys, art fair is nearly upon us!  and we are all but ready.  the photo above doesn’t even include teri’s stuff…so much for being short on inventory (booth is 4×8′!).  after returning back to my sewing room and getting my bearings about me a few weeks ago, i blazed through the several remaining projects i had cut.  fortunately, my mom had an extended visit with us, so i was able to move very quickly in spite of a wave of fevers and malaise moving through our family and reese developing severe insomnia (not in that order).  it was basically intolerable for two weeks, but seems to have mostly resolved by sticking the kids in the same room at night.  now there’s literally nothing they don’t do together.  anyway, i initially thought i would regroup and do more sewing (boy pants?  more home decor or accessories?  more jersey?), but i took about a week’s break or so to attend to the business side of selling crafts.  turns out, that’s quite a task if you’re starting from scratch!  after a fair amount of research, filing, registering, establishing, and branding, i’m happy to say i am legally open for business.  i can even take credit cards! (more…)

guest post: geranium ruffled bodice!

hi everyone!  coming up for air again briefly with a big treat for you…you all remember how i mentioned my friend teri graciously agreeing to co-run an art fair booth with me and all the beautiful work she’s been doing for that purpose?  well, she’s really stepping it up this evening, generously assisting in keeping this neglected little blog afloat with an awesome tutorial.  we are happy to report things are going very well as we enter the home stretch of mass production….hopefully i can make it back later this week with another inventory update!  until then, i will turn it over to teri so you can hear a bit more about her and her background, and then, like me, mooch all of her creativity and knowledge born from meticulous methodology.

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kcw project 1 and art fair preview 2

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hi everyone!  coming up for air again very briefly to share some projects.  you all know my deep loyalty for kcw (and every time i visit the site, i am blown away by how much it’s expanding…way to go, meg!), but when i saw the dates this year, i knew it wasn’t meant to be.  i had vowed to do nothing but art fair projects until december, with the exception of using kcw as a break to do some fun sewing for my own kids.  but, this is a crazy week for us as we’re leaving early thursday to fly back to michigan for my cousin’s wedding.  i have the distinct honor of making the canopy under which they’ll be wed, which ended up taking waaaaaaaaay longer than i anticipated (it’s both top secret and so giant i can’t take photos quite yet, but will try to snap some on the big day). (more…)

last geranium and wrap-up!


well, here we are!  the final day already!  you have probably come to appreciate two things this week, first, that this is a highly adaptable, versatile, solid, must-have pattern, and two, man, can i ever botch a basic pattern that i have made repetitiously.  the latter is no better demonstrated than in this final geranium, one i dreamed of for months, debating fabric choices, searching high and low, finally importing this gorgeous nani iro double gauze straight from japan, all for the honor of clothing my daughter on the great occasion of her third birthday. (more…)

geranium #6: dress shirt geranium


you guys, i almost forgot about geranium week.  i’m obviously so invested in my own series.  but…i did my skirt post yesterday and our family is on a trip right now in santa cruz (beautiful), and i’m currently trying to wrap my mind around how i might quilt my biggest ever project while sitting on the floor in front of a knee height coffee table, since that’s the only table where we’re staying.  but i transported my entire sewing room here, so I WILL BE SEWING, even if i permanently hunch my spine in the process.  i’ll let you know how that goes.  in the meantime, on with the geraniums! (more…)

geranium #5: mint chocolate geranium

this geranium also comes from the monster stash my mom nabbed me in india.  the white counterpart was recently used for my sorbetto top.  i received this giant fabric import the same week i bought the geranium pattern, so several hours were spent just cutting version after version with my oodles of new fabric.  it was fun.  bad lighting for these pics, unfortunately.

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geranium #3: pink petri geranium


ever since i found out i was pregnant with a girl, i made very clear i had no interest in a thundercloud of pink erupting all over my life.  i actually like the color just fine and wear a bit of it myself (i’ve been told several times in the past it’s “my color,” which i think led me to reject it in recent years), but have an ethical issue with the MAJOR gender stereotyping that happens from birth.  (more…)

geranium #2: willow geranium


here is my second take on the pattern.  this edition features cap sleeves, inseam pockets (which she can never seem to find) and a pleated skirt, made in a quilting cotton bean helped select at joann’s over the winter (previously used for this vest, and still quite a bit to spare).  i really like the organic feel of the branches and the neutral colors.  surprisingly, i can’t think of anything that went awry with this one, but it’s very possible i’ve forgotten since i made this way back in april. (more…)

geranium week, 2013!

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welcome to geranium week, 2013!  this is a personal series i’m running, party of one, to showcase this awesome, versatile pattern.  if you’re a children’s clothing aficionado and/or read this blog, it’s highly unlikely this is the first you’re hearing of it, but in case you’d like to get some info directly from the source, you can read about it/purchase it from the talented rae here.  also, do you like my sweet, off center graphic above that i made in 5 minutes because i thought this post was too text heavy?  i like to look at it and tell myself that one day in the near future, i will scoff nostalgically at my graphic design ineptitude.  but really, it probably won’t get much better than this folks.  so perhaps i should stick to sewing.   (more…)

kcw withdrawal: two for the road?


i thought i’d be overly ripe for a break from sewing at the end of this past week, but as it turns out, such was not the case.  given my absurd degree of preparation, variation of projects, and strict daily schedule of tasks, i ended the week with plenty of both finished garments and energy.  and after cleaning my craft room and catching up on laundry (to the extent it’s usually caught up, i.e. 50%), never one to spend a nap time idly, i found that i just wanted to sew some more! (more…)