Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fashion Revolution Day, a.k.a. Spring Cleaning

On-going conversation in our house:

Hubs: "I want to turn the master closet into a meditation room."

Me: "Snort."

Hubs: "I'm serious."

Me: "When you start meditating in the living room I will think about clearing out the closet."

Hubs: "Why do you still have like 20 dresses I have never seen you wear?"

Me: "Uh..."

Ok, so he has a point.  

Generally, every season I try to evaluate those clothes which I did not wear for the whole season and clear some out each time.  However, what do you do with the clothes and dresses you bought ages ago that no longer fit your lifestyle, but are too nice for the roadside donation bins?  

One great organization for professional clothes donations is Dress for Success---more than just providing clothes for job interviews, the organization mentors and coaches women to help them find their way in the job market.  Another great initiative is Donate My Dress, a group that encourages young girls to donate their prom and party dresses so that they can be re-used by others.  

Reading this post by Chelsea Spear yesterday, re-invigorated me to pare down to the essential things in my wardrobe that I care about and really NEED.  I loved her mantra, which I will keep repeating to myself as I clean out the closet this weekend:

Have I worn this in the last season (or if it's "special" ask yourself if you've worn it in the last year)? 
If you answer no, get rid of it. Sell it, donate it to a Salvation Army or Goodwill near you, seal it away in your attic for safe keeping, just get it out of your closet and free yourself of the distraction. If you're like most people you think this rule won't apply to you, because you spent your hard earned money on it, and it's yours. But in all reality, most clothing pieces that aren't worn are no longer desired by the owner. Chances are if you're not wearing it this year, you won't be wearing it in the future. 

I am not a big "shopper," however, I do occasionally haunt the consignment stores and vintage boutiques for some unique item and I like to make my own clothes.  I haven't made enough yet, but I am on a mission this year to improve my garment-making skills.  

Reading this post by Tilly and the Buttons, kind of encapsulates some of the thoughts I have been having about commercially produced clothing lately.  If someone says, "It was ONLY $10 at H&M!!", my immediate reaction is to think, "Yes, but why...and HOW?!"  Now that I have started to sew some of my own clothes and knit my own sweaters, I can see the time and effort that goes into a garment.  From both a practical and spiritual perspective, this is a profound shift to make. It changes how you view the price tag on a piece of clothing in a store.

Often, I think, we cannot truly feel or understand, in an empathetic way, these costs or values UNLESS we involve ourselves in the MAKING.  This means getting your hands dirty, it means spending the time, it means caring about the process and the people involved.  Whether it be the food you make for your family, the clothes on your back or the toys in the toybox, it all has a cost---environmental, economic, human and spiritual.  

I would like to make sure that I model values I believe in---in all these regards---for my children. Values that are ethical and thought-out, not knee-jerk.  It is a process, an unfolding and a journey---I am, by not means, there yet.  

But today, I will start by cleaning out my closet.  
(Did you hear that, honey?)

Are you with me?? I will need support.

My meditation for today is from Tend Magazine:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Monday, March 24, 2014

100 Days of Happy

I just read about this challenge here.

I have to say, this is flipping awesome and I am UP. FOR. THE. CHALLENGE.

I am generally a pretty upbeat and optimistic person, but even those of us with sunny dispositions can feel down sometimes (tax time, anyone??)...especially at the end of winter in the Northeast!

What made me REALLY happy this weekend was to document a few of my favorite "signs of spring" around my house and yard:


#2 NEW FOOTWEAR---put those snowboots AWAY!

#3 Kitchen doors open and eat lunch OUTSIDE!

#4 Snowdrops pushing up through the leaves!!!

#5. Sewing up some improv blocks with some Spring-y fabric.  I have no idea where these are destined, but today I am calling them "Spring Windows".

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Job Perks

One of the best parts of my job (for a fabric-aholic, this could be considered enabling, but that is another discussion) is access to gorgeous, new fabric, hot off the presses.  To get ready to release this darling ORGANIC collection by Carolyn Gavin of Ecojot to the world, 

we needed some sewing done---and, since a certain someone I know was having a birthday, I got right to work:

Love that mug.  Three-year olds not always being the most cooperative of subjects, we had to use what we could get!

This dress is made from the Roller Skate Dress pattern by Oliver + S.  It was my brilliant mother's idea to make it reversible rather than add a lining.  No pattern alteration necessary---even better!!  The pattern was so easy to sew and comfy to wear for the active girl, that I already have another in process---this one with horses, natch.

 And just to prove the point that this is a multi-generational collection, not just a sweet children's line,  infinity scarves for Mom and Nan:

Currently, this collection is only on sale to wholesale customers, but you consumers will be able to get your hands on it before too long---June 2014---just in time to make some beautiful summer items.  In the meantime, stayed tuned to the Windham Fabrics blog for a giveaway before then...maybe you will get your hands on an early batch, like me!!  :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Briar Rose Quilt

Oh, swoon...I am so in love.

I was definitely late to the Heather Ross-obsession party, but I fell hard for the her latest line, Briar Rose...it has a lot of bees in it and y'all know I got a thing for bees and a cute little "Honeybee" to prove it (I am not kidding---"honeybee" is on her birth certificate...poor girl, someday she will sigh about her hippie parents).

Anyway, she had yet to get her "mom-made quilt" being number 4 and all.  My goal was to make one before her 3rd birthday, so I was so excited to be inspired to make this great and easy pattern designed by Rae of Made by Rae for Windham Fabrics.  You can download it for free here.

This fabric is still in stores, so if this beautiful and simple pattern inspires you to get sewing, like it did for me, then run out and get some!  I can guarantee it won't last for long!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Nova Scotia

Take three of my favorite BIG people,

my four favorite little people,

one beautiful place and that equals: THE PERFECT VACATION.

Briar Island, Nova Scotia.

Whale watching.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Watching dory races.

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg.

The tribe.

Sailing away.

Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Cabot Links Lodge, Ingonish.

Keltic Lodge, Inverness, Cape Breton, NS

Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick.