Monday, January 4, 2016

Making and favorites

 

I've been making things. Crafting. Handpiecing.

And knitting. And napping. And drinking coffee.

My handsome boy built me this serving tray for christmas. I know, right? He told me he saw one in a fancy store, a wood tray with twig handles, and thought to himself, "I can make that." That thrills me to no end. He said, "Now you can have breakfast in bed." Well, yes please! I'll have toast with jam, and a side of bacon. And coffee. I can't even tell you how much I love this. My boy makes beautiful things.

I made a dress, but it didn't really work out for me. I'll try again. In the meantime, I went rogue and got out the big paper and drew my own pattern.

It fits better, and it seems like one of these days I'm going to learn that this is how I should do things. I know there are ways to modify sewing patterns to ensure a good fit--heck, I do that all the time in knitting--but I do not have the sewing skills to do it in fabric. I really want to know how. I hear people talking about making a muslin, and I have tried to do it, but I just don't get it. I think I'm just going to do it myself. There really must be a Craftsy class or something--I know I've talked about this before--and I'm putting that on my list of things to do this year. Figure out how to make clothes that fit me.

Also, this:

My beautiful girl gave me this. Listen, I can't even. Okay. This is my favorite book of all time, and I have a few copies, tattered and dog-eared--I have read and re-read this sweet, gorgeous, funny story so many times I can't remember not having read it, and it means so much to me--and I have over the years said that I wished I could have a really beautiful edition of this lovely book. How much I would love that. And she, when in her local bookstore in Philadelphia, remembered that I said that, and that I love this book like no other, and she, who has never read it herself [still working on that] and to whom it means nothing [again, working on it] bought it for me, with money she earns herself, to give to me for christmas. I know. I know! I felt understood. Which is the best gift in the world. What's your mom's favorite book? Do you know?

28 comments:

  1. Such lovely gifts . . . thoughtful and filled with love:)

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  2. Obviously your children know you well. What beautiful gifts they gave to you. I would never know how to begin making a pattern myself. I'm very impressed with your skills. I do like to make my own clothes because they seem to fit better. Have a lovely day.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  3. I really enjoy your blog, thank you! I just discovered some great pattern drafting classes on Creativebug taught by Cal Patch. I've been wanting to learn to sew clothes for a while now and making patterns to fit your own measurements seems like a great way to do it. Good luck:)

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  4. You just have to keep making things and you will figure it out. The only way I got better at sewing clothes was to make lots - some good, some ugly but I learnt my own way and I think you are that kind of person too. Just make stuff! Jo x

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  5. Oh I love the dress your making your very clever x

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  6. The simple things in life are the best. I think there is a song about that. I spent yesterday snowshoeing with a best friend, followed by coffee and knitting together!

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  7. What a gorgeous book!! For me it is The Chronicles of Narnia. I am 37 and cannot remember a time they were not a part of my life!! ❤️

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  8. I'm very excited, we are planning a trip this summer and I hope to go to Prince Edward Island.

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  9. Last I knew, Mom's favorite book was Gone With the Wind. But we're both voracious readers and picking a favorite book is a bit like having a favorite child. It's not the "done" thing. But 'twere I pressed, mine would be Silas Marner by George Eliot. I love that your family understands the joy of the well-considered gift.

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  10. What a lovely time you had and what special gifts. Anne is one of my favorites too. I think I might need to pick those back up again this year. For many years, The Hobbit was my favorite. Happy New Year!
    xoxoo

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  11. What wonderful gifts Kristen,so thoughtful!!! The little breakfast tray is great and the thought and effort put into it makes it so very special!I bet you'll hold on to that for a long time :-)
    Long long time ago at school we were taught in sewing class how to make up a pattern, I just wouldn't know where to start now which is a shame as It is something I would like to do! Lack of time as always though makes me push that thought to one side tch!!

    keep well and very happy New Year

    Amanda x

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  12. I hear you on sewing and patterns. So many times I did exactly what I should and the finished product was so far from my expectation. I took a class from Craftsy called "Fast Track Fitting" by Joi Mahon. Wow eye opener! She helped me understand patterns and why they weren't working for me. As I went thru the class I kept saying to myself, "this makes so much sense. Why hasn't anyone explained this to me in all the classes I've taken". This truly revolutionized my ability in fitting. I can now tell just by knowing my measurements and measuring the pattern pieces what is or isn't going to work. I ended up getting her next class, "Fast Track Fitting: In The Details". Go and watch the little synopsis that they do for each class.
    Hope this helps. Happy sewing!
    Lydia

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  13. Both of your gifts are so beautiful and thoughtful! I am coveting your Anne edition. It is one of my favourite books and recently read to my 9 year old as her bedtime story. She loved all of Anne scrapes but lost interest with the grown-up Anne, I hope she returns to Avonlea in her own time! Happy New Year!

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  14. Handmade gifts & books! We shared the same flavor of gifts. My beautiful boy (26!) made a pink salt & herb scrub for his sister and me - the analyst & chef makes beauty products, too. My beautiful girl (23) gave me a Rifle Paper edition of "Little Women." Beautiful! Together they gave me a eclectic set of artsy napkin rings for props in my photo shoots. They get me; fills me with love. The last time you hand cut and sewed quilt squares, I followed but only made it to about a 12 x 16 pillow top. So happy you chronicle your projects. -- michele

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  15. Someone beat me to it. I was going to say to look up Cal Patch's classes and books. She's the bomb. Anne of GG is one of my favorites, too. Happy New Year!

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  16. Oh I LOVE Anne of Green Gables. I came to the story late in life, but then made up for it, and have several copies.... some very old and well-loved, some pristine new copies beautifully illustrated (though I've never seen your particular version), and some paperbacks for ease of reading in waiting rooms at hospital and so on. I also love the DVD. I was a bit of an Anne as a little girl, red hair in plaits, freckles.... red hair a bit faded now, plaits definitely out of the question, and freckles all but gone, replaced by age spots - or maybe just very dark freckles?
    My Mum's favourite authors were Mazo de la Roche (Jalna series) and Georgette Heyer and Jean Plaidy. She died forty years ago but I still read some of her old books.

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  17. It's probably one of my mom's and my daughters favourite books. You see most of my family lives on the island and we visited all the spots and homes written about in the novel. It really was and remains a special place.
    Have you read the whole series? It is worth reading.
    My daughter has the collection of some of the originals.

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  18. Such lovely gifts my friend, your children are beautiful inside and out.
    Meredith

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  19. Hi Kristen, Happy New Year!
    Your posts always make me smile. Have a great year ahead. :)

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  20. Aw, love thoughtful gifts from kids. Sounds like you raised them right! I just bought the Blu-Ray version of the Anne of Green Gables series and I am reading an awesome biography of her as well! In fact, my daughter's middle name is Anne - with an e - because of our Anne of Green Gables! Kiss Cat Dog on the nose for me, but try not to wake him.

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  21. Aw, love thoughtful gifts from kids. Sounds like you raised them right! I just bought the Blu-Ray version of the Anne of Green Gables series and I am reading an awesome biography of her as well! In fact, my daughter's middle name is Anne - with an e - because of our Anne of Green Gables! Kiss Cat Dog on the nose for me, but try not to wake him.

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  22. Oh I love this post! Isn't it great that your kids just get you? I'm still trying to figure out the Dottie Angel frock, love your floral fabric. My mom's favorite book is Green Dolphin Street, of which she gave me HER copy from like 1940 something. My daughter loves Anne of Green Gables, and we always dreamed of going to Prince Edward Island for a vacation. Happy sewing, knitting, and reading!

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  23. Lovely post - sounds like you've got the new year off to a wonderful start

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  24. Wow! It is so good about your children to make such a wonderful surprises for you! Coffee in bad! I dream about that morning when someone will bring me coffee in bad:)!

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  25. Anne of Green Gables is my favourite book too. ! I have downloaded your lovely hat pattern. Thank you. Came across your blog via Attic 24.

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  26. My Mom's favourite book is Anne of Green Gables...she has the whole series in the bookcase next to her bed!

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