Thank you so much for the lovely birthday wishes. I know it's a pain to leave a comment and I appreciated them so much.
I turned 34 and so far my 30s have been great. Way, way back when I was in my early 30s (ha!), blog posts started cropping up by prominent (non-sewing) bloggers about coping with 'aging'... and they were all in their 30s! At first I was alarmed- I didn't know that was even supposed to be on my radar! Should I be upset about being in my 30s, too? And then I realized it's a product of living in a youth-obsessed culture. This life is a gift and I'm so thankful for it. I love being in my 30s much more so than my 20s. By this point you know who you are, you're comfortable in your own skin, and you know how futile it is to try to please everyone. It's simply impossible. (As a people pleaser by nature, this one took me a long while to grasp.)
On my birthday morning, Jude and Indigo told me to take a l o n g shower and then they made me a birthday breakfast : eggs, coffee, fruit salad, tomato slices, and coffee. They made it all by themselves and covered everything with aluminum foil to keep it warm. Indigo even added a couple of sprigs of mint as garnish - fancy!
Indi also made me this small pink bird out of modeling beeswax. I love it!
Over the weekend I had the chance to sew up this quick Ottobre top for Iris. It's from Ottobre 6/2013 No11.
I love the details of this top. The sleeves are gently gathered.
The bodice is partially gathered.
And I love the way the skirt swings.
The main knit fabric is from Land of Oh.
And the bindings are an olive colored jersey. I can't remember where I found it, though.
I have to report back also and say I am really enjoying Instagram (you can find me here). I wish I wouldn't have been such a curmudgeon about it and had joined sooner. It really doesn't take much time at all and the commenting format is so, so awesome. A million times better than Blogger/Wordpress or Flickr. It's so iPhone friendly, which works great for me since I usually read while nursing the baby to sleep.
Also, one of my (many) New Year's Resolutions was to take more daily life photos of my family. Having had sick kids this winter, I wasn't feel as inspired as I would have liked to be. This is a good motivator for me to go for that goal. Here are a few photos I posted this week.
Iris sneaking chocolate chips... in Daddy's boots!
I'd love to see you there! ;)