Saturday, December 31, 2016


So, last spring I decided to take on the position of president of the PTA at my sons' school. The job really ramped up in early August, and since then-- I have pretty much found myself with a nearly full-time unpaid job. Crafting fell by the wayside. Like WAY by the wayside. While it just hasn't been in me to blog at all over the last few months, I have managed to make a few things:

A Concord Tee from Cashmerette Designs:

Cashmerette Concord T-shirt collage

LOVE this design. I've purchased fabric for two more.

A cute, swingy dress from McCall's 6957:

McCalls 6957 view A collage

Check out that stripe matching under my arm where no one can see it! But I know it is there. I don't think this is supposed to be a high-low hem (at least, not according to the line drawing), but that's how it ended up, despite the fact that I did a 1.25" swayback adjustment. It's fine though, because I like it.

An unintentionally sexy top from McCall's 6963:

McCalls 6963, view A collage

I think the lowness of the drape is a result of the FBA I did. It is definitely a date night kind of top!

Some wizard vests (from Simplicity 8023), robes (from a lovely pattern from the SewingPatternPixie available through Etsy), and wands (no pattern there):

Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom, Halloween 2016

The accessories-- ties, scarves, glasses, Gryffindor patches, white button-down shirts, toad-- were all purchased.

Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom, Halloween 2016

I can't even get over my boys. They are awesome. And they just. keep. growing.

I also managed a few holiday gifts, including some Kismet Trinket Boxes from Sew Sweetness. (LOVE this design!!! These are seriously so fun to make!)

Kismet Trinket Boxes from Sew Sweetness

These are all the medium round size, measuring about 4.75" tall. I put little treats in them and gifted them to teachers and friends.

Finally, I also made some maxi-pads and panty-liners of my own design.

maxi-pads and pantiliners

I feel like I should note that I do not generally make a habit of giving feminine hygiene products to my friends/family. My sister-in-law specifically requested these. :P

Relative to my usual output and craftiness... the last six months has been a serious dry spell, creativity-wise. PTA has kind of been all-consuming, leaving very little energy for anything else.

So! My new mantra starting a couple of days ago is "Life Balance." I am going to make a conscious effort to be present with my family, make my home a better place to be (cleaner, more organized), while at the same still doing my PTA job and also taking better care of myself by eating better, making time to exercise again (I miss running!), and plan dedicated crafty creative time-- including, hopefully, a little blogging. No problem, right? But, if I am conscious of these things, maybe it will help me to make better choices along the way. We'll see how it goes.

Hope you have had some wonderful holidays and I wish you a joyful start to 2017!


  1. Love your date night top! Super cute on you. So forgive me but I am not following, the pantyliners are washable and reusable and preferred over grocery store ones?

  2. Thanks, Sydna! I can't wait to wear it on my Vegas trip next weekend!!!

    Yes-- the pantyliners are washable and reusable-- i.e., a more sustainable choice over disposable ones. They work well and they are easy to wash. :) To be honest, it would have never occurred to me to ever try something like this, except that I cloth-diapered my boys (which saved hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, and contributed very little to any landfill... though carbon-footprint-wise, one could argue that we had to use a shit-ton of water and energy to wash them...). Anyway-- using those made me realize I could essentially have cloth diapers for me, too. My SIL saw my pile of cloth liners and asked if I would make some for her, too. :)