Today is my girl's first day back at preschool. While it doesn't really compare to my boy starting kindergarten tomorrow (yikes), I still figured I should mark the occasion with a new skirt. It's the same pattern I used for the green polka-dot skirt back in June (looking back I see I planned a "whole big stack," so I guess with skirt #2 I am slowly inching toward that goal), & is a fine easy pattern for up-late, nerve-settling sewing. Plus, swishy!
The skirt is the first non-work crafting I've done in a while, but I've had some inspiring things come my way lately:
For our anniversary, my excellent husband gave me a book about resin jewelry and a ring-making kit (I had put the book on my wishlist, but the kit was his own idea because: "it's a new craft to learn plus it's like giving you jewelry without having to pick it out.") I've been wanting to learn resin for a couple of years now, so I can't wait to try it out.
Other recent arrivals have been issue 2 of Blueprint, which, I have to say, I liked so much more than issue 1. The beauty/fashion stuff still leaves me pretty cold, but I thought the DIY articles this time were much more interesting (especially the office one, which I loved, plus lots of good links to sites with cool supplies), & I even though the rest of the lifestyle stuff was ok. So, as of now, I'm actually feeling pretty optimistic about having subscribed. Plus, it really is just pretty. Of course, the latest MCI pretty much blows Blueprint out of the pretty water, though this is not my favorite issue ever. Still, there were a couple of things that caught my eye in particular, like
This excellent skirt, which of course is not the featured thing in the article & so does not come with directions, and
This super-excellent palmistry pillow, which I think I might just have to add to the ever growing project wish list.