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Girls & Dolls

Veronika got this doll for her birthday and as soon as I mentioned we "could" sew something for her, she insisted I sit down and churn out skirts, dresses, more dresses, also skirts, maybe some dresses etc...

Skirt & Top

Very photogenic young ladies

It's very hard to sew for a 13" doll that has a disproportionately large head, and does not bend her limbs. Making these clothes was a test of patience, a race ("Is it done yet? When is it gonna be done?") and an explosion of frustration ("@#)$^%ing sewing machine!!! DO IT ALREADY. DO IT!!!") all rolled into one. Also dinner might have been late a few days and we might have only had sandwiches and some of the laundry wasn't done and maybe the baby was left to cry a few times a tad too long...The results are a lot of fun though. Veronika's excitement alone was worth it.

Posted at 08:32 PM on September 02, 2008 | Comments (8)

File under "supermom": Baby quilt is finished!

Finished baby quilt for upcoming Souzek #3

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Posted at 01:49 PM on April 14, 2008 | Comments (2)

No need for diamonds

Lisa Leonard has a website! I love her simple designs and have purchased a few gifts with her already. This is just to spread the word...

Posted at 02:24 PM on April 07, 2008 | Comments (1)

Christmas Brag Entry

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Card wreath

Why does the time before Christmas have to be so stressful? There must be a solution, there must. I just don't know which one it is. The last few days have been frantic and I kept thinking I had to cut down on chores somewhere, but the problem is this: Before Christmas there are three kinds of things to do: The first is the kind I really enjoy, like baking or crafting. I want to do those the most. They make me happy. Then there is the kind that has to be done if you don't want to be a jerk, like getting gifts for teachers and hairdressers and friends. Those usually have to be ready even before Christmas. And the last kind is the regular kind... the crap you have to do anyway, whether it's Christmas or a random weekday. I find it disappointing that after a day of standing in the kitchen baking, people still want to eat dinner! So then, it's baking & making dinner, which totally takes away from the fun of baking, because it has to be squeezed in with the boring type of cooking.

Felt ornament gifts for teachers and friends

If I have to assemble and wrap presents, I should be excused from laundry.. and no, not to make up for it later, I should just be EXCUSED for those days. I need to get someone to write me a note. Of course I try to keep up with everything, living dangerously on that very thin edge to insanity. I don't sleep enough and a pregnant body doesn't forgive those things lightly. I wake up and remind myself to just be veeery careful and watch for any signs of impending emotional disaster, so that I might be able to take a nap right beforehand and spare my children the unsightly break-down.

Ivan's stocking

Veronika's stocking

I realize, I should just let some things go, but it's not so easy. My mercilessly strict inner voice demands me to do the regular chores first and THEN the fluff, meaning the things that are not necessary but just fun (That voice uses very belittling vocabulary when it comes to my artistic aspirations, it's very insulting.). I refuse though. I will not give up the fun crafts in order to have a vacuumed living room. I will not!

Posted at 05:08 PM on December 23, 2007 | Comments (2)

A tiny Christmas preview

Pink is for girls

Veronika doesn't read this site yet, so I can share my excitement about one gift I made for her today. I had been looking for some type of swaddling blanket for her doll, because Veronika always tries to wrap her up in a blanket and carry her around, but the blanket keeps sliding off to her great frustration and so she keeps bringing the doll to me with this half furious/half whiny voice: "Mamaaa, it.. doesn't.. stay.. ON!!!" I wanted something like this, because I got a similar version for Ivan as a gift (thank you, Kathrin!). They call it a "carrynest", but I've known it since I was little, because babies used to be swaddled in that stuff all the time (Einbinddeckerl!). Of course this thing does not exist for dolls. I looked everywhere, at least I think I did, so the logical conclusion was to make it myself. It had to be easy and fast and really, it came together this morning (the kids were at the sitters, of course!) with no major setbacks. I didn't rip one seam, now that I think of it... which is big for me.

Posted at 12:58 PM on December 17, 2007