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Olga’s Felicity dress

November 16th, 2012
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Shortly after starting to read the American Girl books, Olga began to beg for a dress “just like the one Felicity’s mama made her.” Apparently, Olga remembered that I sew, even though I hadn’t had the machine out since we moved to Corvallis. For inspiration, we shamelessly violated somebody’s rights and photocopied the illustration in the book. Olga was very concerned with this illegal behavior.


Mom! What if we get arrested for copying the book! That’s illegal!

We really struggled to find the right lace. We dawdled at the fabric store for close to an hour but still left empty-handed. I finally got courageous and dug through boxes in the garage to find my lace collection, which I knew contained the perfect piece — a “too good to use” length of white double edged flat lace that had been my Baba’s (Olga’s namesake). It was so perfect I cried. I stitched in little snippets of stolen time — while waiting for dance lessons to end, while watching Gavin work with his therapist.

Sewing on the lace

Just like Felicity’s mother in the book, I finished Olga’s dress just in time for a major event. And there you have it.

Halloween 2012

Felicity, Boba Gavin, Sad Baby Ewok, and Evil Death Metal Guy all had a great time. Halloween 2012



Gaining independence

August 16th, 2011

On Saturday Olga asked me to take the training wheels off her bike, because she thought it was time she learned to ride like a big girl. I think she was a little nervous about it. She decided to wash her bike instead, and didn’t ask to ride it again until today. I think she’ll have it down by the end of the week.


This is how it is, some days

February 25th, 2011

My messy desk

Red ink, a full calendar, a bit too much coffee, cold weather, a messy desk. My house is in disarray due to construction (I’m finally getting my studio! Yay! But the mess! Boo!), and deadline is upon me again. My fabric is all packed away in the barn, not to return until after the drywall dust settles and the new paint (color yet to be determined) is on the walls.


Can time slow down just a leetle bit please?

May 7th, 2010

I really have been trying to make time to post, but a proper post will not be forthcoming for a few more days it seems.

Life, you know. It’s like this:

Erik got out of the Marine Corps on Monday and is in Arizona for a few days hanging out with his dad before making his way home in another week or so.

I’m on deadline for issue #124 (July/August 2010).

Our moving truck is arriving from North Carolina sometime during the next week.

Olga’s art in on exhibit until tonight at a local gallery (a student art show) and the awards ceremony is tonight.

The baby is presenting breech right now (35 weeks).

All of these things deserve their own posts, but I just don’t have the time. I mean really. ERIK GOT OUT OF THE CORPS! Yes.

More later. Hopefully.


Celebrate the Boy

February 5th, 2010

Check this out. It’s Celebrate the Boy month at Made by Rae and Made. They’re going to be lining up awesome crafty things to make for boys all month, and you know what that means…

Look out Gavin, ’cause Mama’s in a make-it mood!