So a few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Kylie C. of Fresh Stitched Patterns. She’s a warm, funny, sweet Aussie momma and wife who loves sewing and creating as much as I do. She’s been sewing and drafting patterns for a while but has decided to branch out into pattern designing for the rest of us.
A few months ago, back when there was still snow on the ground, I had the opportunity to test the E&M Top #6 for Alison, of E&M Patterns.. Back then, it was just a top. And it was woven. We tested and tested, and so many of us fell in love. But Alison, she’s a perfectionist, I think and just never was quite happy with it. So it got back-burnered. Every once in a while, we would ask her about it, fingers crossed that she was ready to try again. Months went by.
Veronica is a really talented designer. I’ve stalked followed her blog for a while now, admiring her skills as a seamstress. As a designer, Veronica does not disappoint. A southerner like myself, Veronica, unlike me (see here and here), learned to sew at the knee of her grandmother and mom. While she earned a degree in Civil Engineering (a woman after my own kiddo’s heart), she retired from airport design/planning to resurrect her mom’s old Bernina (jealous…..) and began sewing for her sweet, adorable Ella. The Sunny Top and Dress pattern is her first pattern to be released for sale. One of many, many more, I hope!
The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.~~William Ross Wallace
The Saturday before mother’s day, my girlfriends Heather and Katie and I had a mom’s night out. A local organization called MomsBloom and a local kids and parenting blogger and Facebook friend, Melody of GRKids, joined with our local theater, Celebration Cinemas to host Mom’s Night Out. Our tickets included the movie, a small popcorn, a large soda, and a Mom’s Night Out party with make up application from a local salon, product demonstrations for Things Moms Need. But we’ll get to the movie in a bit.
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”~~Gabriel García Márquez
So… apparently, I’m officially over the hill. That’s right. This year, I turn 41. In just a few days. Like…. Tuesday. I guess I missed my birthday last year, because I didn’t know I was 40 until just now.
I know. I have no idea when it happened, either. I mean… just last week I was graduating high school! And earlier this week, I was pregnant with my…. 14-year-old?
Bluebirds/Singing a song/Nothing but bluebirds/All day long~~Ella Fitzgerald
I promise… I swear to you on my Kindle’s imaginary stack of the Divergent series e-books (because, really, who buys paper books anymore? I know… I know.. I love the smell, too… And the way I can annoying flip pages while I read… but seriously. Who has space for all these book? Plus, I think if I continued to flip the page corners the way I do, my husband might have to go to jail for murder. And that would be no fun for either of us.)
So, I was reading this post that Jeanett over at Life Rearranged linked in her Link Love post today. And y’all know how I get. I am moved to comment. And then before I know it, I’ve written a novel. Or at least a blog.
Well, I was reading Glennon’s bloggy birthday gift to her husband. And it moved me. It was the most honest thing I’ve ever read about marriage. And then I got to reading the comments. And they started out innocently enough.. Supportive. Encouraging. And then they changed. They just kind of started ticking me off. Because yeah. That might be her truth… and I’m going to share with you my truth… and it’s not your truth, but that doesn’t mean my truth or her truth is any less truthy. Or that our marriages are any less real because they don’t look like yours.
And I sincerely do not understand these women who are so insistent on making themselves feel better that they must tear down everyone else. That if we don’t all look alike, then those of us who look differently should be squashed like pesky flies. Or put in time out like errant children.
Chelsea from Get Your Crap Together Designs recently invited me to test her newest pattern. The Love Me Knot shorts. And I do. I love those knots! These little shorts remind me of vintage shorts from the 50’s. The sweet little knots and ties hanging down sweet chubby baby and toddler thighs. *sigh* So cute. So, so cute.
Because it’s Kids Clothing Week, I am TOTALLY taking advantage of this pattern test and considering it a project! It’s like it just fell in my lap that this week I am SUPER busy with clothes for the little people in my world. 🙂