work begins with music

What I’ve been listening to while I work…

thread in basket

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thread dangling from basket
wafting gently on draft
(or was it drafting?)

st. mark’s & mathilda

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jigsaw puzzle
like sand mandala
(created then whooshed away on a breath)
pieced then hand-swept across coffee table
into cardboard box

striped cat agrees

a work in progress: dusty pink ostrich feather collar

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Not sure what to pair this with yet…

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Dusty pink ostrich feathers
Ruffled collar

We shall wait and see.

petal pink and lavender scarf with hand-dyed silk ribbons

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About 11 years ago,
my hubby gave me this scarf and a matching knit cap,
from a vendor inside Pike Place Market.
I wish I could remember the source.
They were made in beautiful colors.
Ribbon from what looks like hand-dyed silk strips.
The silk flutters in a breeze.

The scarf is the perfect length
to wrap loosely or a few times snugly on cold days.

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Over the years, silk ribbons have fallen off or torn,
so I sat down in a sunny window one morning recently
and re-stitched the ribbons.
All I had was this purple,
which didn’t match exactly
and that’s why it’s perfect.

With some trepidation,
I threw the newly-stitched scarf into the washing machine on delicate.
It held up!

I look forward to another 11 years out of this simple scarf.

prepping for trunk show

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big project
clothes everywhere
work/play
play/work
job + hobby =
jobby

would anyone like to paint a skirt?

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Finished the 3/4-sized Skirt
from Sewing Techniques class!

It doesn’t look like much,
because we used muslin,
but I think it would make a great canvas for painting.

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Zipper and interfaced waistband

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Dart thread-tails
I typically stitch in red on muslin.
It’s easier to see, and it’s a little splashier.
I like splashy.

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Hem with bias-binding

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Tiny hem stitches

3/4-sized, so it will only fit a child/pre-teen.

I think it would make a cool canvas for painting.

Would anyone like to paint a skirt?

I would send it to you in the mail,
you would paint it,
and send me a photo of it so I can social-mediatize it.

Leave a note for me if you’re interested.
First come, first served.

microtus pennsylvanicus

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Last shot from Fantastic Mr. Fox, I promise,
but I had to post this little cutie.
He’s a tailor!
Look at his wee tape measure and pin-cushion!

buildings and structures in wes anderson’s ‘fantastic mr. fox’

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I love the shoe-forms on the wall.
These set-pieces from Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox
fuel my lifelong obsession with miniatures.
(It probably started with my dad’s and grandpa’s train layouts.)

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A pink bakery, similar to the pink chocolatier in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
I admire a man who uses pink.
Pink takes courage, a bit of audicity.
It’s a declaration:
“I’m going to have some fun now.”
Pink is a spoonful of sugar.
Who doesn’t want sugar?!

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Striped washing machines!
Very 70’s color palette.
A little lonely.

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Cut-away interior shots, one of my favorite Anderson signatures.
My sisters and I had two dollhouses when we were kids.
One was from a garage sale.
The other my dad built for us.
They were constantly a work in progress.
I tweaked the decor obsessively.

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Impromptu yoga class with the children;
chased underground.
Mother paints disaster scenarios.