My last mannequin and I contemplate our futures while we wait for her new partners to show up to take her away. Both she and Sasha have found employment at Community Centers as decorative participants in Halloween and other celebrations. It is a bittersweet thing to say good bye to them! The third is now showing off historical costumes near here.
The tent left yesterday to now house welded sculptures of a local artist, John Pahlas who I think has a very bright future ahead. He will be doing a number of shows this year, and will be on the Mt Horeb artist tour in a couple of weeks. I wish him the best!
The machine will soon be headed to Baraboo, WI to make the beautiful purses created in Helen's Daughters' studio. Her things are amazing and, after having been through several shows together, I can attest to her creativeness and just plain nice person-hood as well! I hope it serves her as well as it has me.
For those of you looking for garments, may I suggest a friend and great designer, Secret Lentil. I am sure many of you have already found her, but if you haven't be sure to check her out! She used to be on Etsy, but now sells direct from her site - tell her I said "hi"!
Another great source for knit goods is "The Devil Made me Do It". She is located in DC, but sells on-line also.
The maker at "The Painted Daisy" bought all my unused cashmere, so I am sure there will be some wonderful winter things offered in her Etsy shop. Herr summer things also look fabulously fun!
Another Etsy friend who is also a great maker, a bit different style, but always good service and work; Gail at Savoy Faire, has a couple of shops, and does a lot of the the 'shabby but chic' type clothing for all sizes and occasions.
Of course those are just a few of the great makers out there. I hope you all find someone to make your life and garments more fun. Be sure to keep purchasing from the handmade community at your local art fairs, and on-line. We appreciate it very much.
Here is the instruction sheet... The magical dress has several layers to accommodate a soft cushy belly in one layer and a pouch for the baby in the second layer! Wow - why didn't I think of that! This is so much easier than that silly birth process we all know and love. Be sure to check out #3... as a mother of two, I can assure you this is not true.
It has been quite the month. We have made it through most of our 35+ years of accumulation, and much of what my mother-in-law left, and a bit of what my mother left. My kids are both grown and gone, but their stuff lingers on. I thought I might share a few of the things I have learned - mostly about myself - through this process.
What I think I will wear and what I wear are not the same!
To start the great closet purge (we are going from two walk-ins to one shared!), I sorted what I wear regularly from what I wear rarely (or if truth be told, never). The results were startling. On my left (wear) was a collection of solid and subtle prints of black, white and a few khaki items. On my right (rarely wear) was a cacophony of color and prints. hmmm. As I thought about this, I realized that one of the best parts of the garments I made for jill2day was the chance to make colorful and statement garments that I would love to wear, and then see the joy they brought to those who actually wear them. I think I have to work on this "when I get old I shall wear purple" thingy.
I can not remember a time when I have not made things. I can not remember a time when my brain didn't immediately crop and compose whatever I am looking at. I can not imagine my head not saying "what if" and "what about if you"... This is not a brag or a exhalation, just a constant reality of my life, just as each of you have a constant in yours. This is also influenced by the weeks of going through all my saved possessions and artwork as we prepare to move.
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