So for Sarah’s birthday we decided she needs a new dress!  And I knew what I wanted.  Er… well, sort of.  I wanted a peasant dress.  Well, I wanted a peasant dress OR I wanted an apron dress.  And I couldn’t decide which and they were just SO adorable that I spent hours on Etsy and Hyena poking through ideas to figure out what I wanted.

And then I was a little frustrated.  Because I knew I was going to have to end up taking three patterns and piecing them all together… My idea of a good time?  Not so much.  And then I found it!  “IT” being the PERFECT dress for Baby Sarah.  And Abigail.  And I’m pretty sure Rebecca and Elizabeth, lol.

Few things inspire me to sew these days.  But this did it.  And I was able to find the pattern locally!

This is the dress that inspired it all.  It’s made by Joline of Hibiscus Baby.  She also stocks at Venus Vanguard, a very talented group of women.

Apron Dress by Hibiscus Baby

Apron Dress by Hibiscus Baby

Popular much?

Now, I’m not good with mixing and matching fabrics.  Sigh.  But, I’m hoping with help, I’ll figure something out.  I want to the dress with a blue apron and a blue mix by the face as Sarah’s eyes are shockingly blue and she looks so pretty in blue.   I’m thinking crisp little white bloomers need to be an accessory too. 🙂 Oh, and you might find it helpful to check out the tutorial I found from The Green Wife on hair clips.   See what one pattern can inspire?

The actual pattern, for those looking, is “Claire” by Sandi Henderson a.k.a. Portabello Pixie.

Portabello Pixie's "Claire"

Portabello Pixie's "Claire"

 

Can’t wait to post pictures!  I’m going fabric shopping tomorrow unless we’re all still dreadfully sick.  We’re fighting some kind of bug here and it isn’t pretty.  But we’re working on Day Six, so we have to get better some time, right?

I’m not a shopper by nature.  I don’t enjoy the hunt, I don’t enjoy spending money, I don’t enjoy hours of walking.  Nothing about shopping, unless it is in a bookstore, is enjoyable to me….

But, I will say that handmade holds a special place in my heart.  WAHMamas have been a love of mine since 2000 when I sewed my very first cloth diaper.  And the recognization that there are amazingly talented women out there, who choose to stay home and be with their family while they “do what they do” deserves recognition.

Most of these mamas have a sincere passion behind what they do.  The motivation is so much more than just financial, and if you look very carefully, you’ll see what that is in their products.

I will gladly admit my favorite Work at Home Mama is Lori from Beneath the Rowan Tree.  Her toys…..  They’re art, pure, simple, and amazing.  Full of wonder…..  I’ve been blessed to speak with Lori before and I know that Rowan (her daughter) has been a source of inspiration and joy.  And I wonder how someone can translate such beauty to silk, or clothing, or toys.  She did something recently that just absolutely took my breath away.  I didn’t know wool could become, well, this:

Beneath the Rowan Tree Wool Sculpture

Beneath the Rowan Tree Wool Sculpture

BTRT's "Mother & Daughters" Sculpture - Back

BTRT's "Mother & Daughters" Sculpture - Back

I have never in my life seen such a beautiful handmade object.   What Lori did with this….  It’s breathtaking. 

My children are very blessed to own a few things Lori has made for them.  Two of the girls have matching shirts, Sweetest Pea has a handpainted dress that doesn’t fit her anymore, yet she refuses to give it up… It’s more of a smock top now, lol.  She also made us a set of incredibly vibrant playsilks.

Lori's Silks

Lori's Silks

My children don’t own many toys.  The only plastic is some Schleich animals. 😉  In our home, there is no toybox.  There are no shelves of toys.  But there is one very special picnic basket.  It contains a tea set, 7 silks, and crocheted food.  And it can keep three little girls entertained for hours….  Playing, dreaming, imagining.  I was skeptical of play silks.  I bought the first one from EllieBelly when Lizzie was just a baby – 2002.  And it became her lovey.  Now, with more, the girls can make princess dress, sling their babies, have a picnic on them, wear a turban, tie on an apron…  You are only bound by your imagination.  Open ended toys create a sense of wonder, they grow the seed of creativity into a sapling, they inspire.  With natural playthings you’re giving such a gift, so much more than a plastic something….  And moreover, it’s been created by loving hands.

Give more than a gift…. Inspire wonder. 

Two links for you today – one is the one of the finest collaboration of WAHMama artists I’ve ever seen and I’m proud to link to them…  Fresh Congo.

The other is Lori’s store at Etsy… Hours of window shopping enjoyment.  Do look through her past sales.  You’ll go back over and over again.

What inspires you?

My children, other mamas, Hyena Cart and the lovely mamas who know how to do handmade right, a passion for natural…….

Inspire Handmade

Inspire Handmade

Just a little share today.  Kate of Katydid Creations made these for the girls and we love them so much.  She is just incredibly talented.  Her blog definitely shows off her best work.

The girls

The girls

 

And dollies

And dollies

By the way, these are not American Girl dolls as I have a serious thing against Mattel and their little agenda.  Do check out Vision Forum for lovely little girl dolls.