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Skirts & Pockets & Baltimore this Weekend!

After a fun time at the Trenton Ave Arts Fest, I quickly got back to work in by studio. Thanks Krista & Zak for being such terrific organizers! I suddenly had many commissions from TAAF and from our friends who are leaving our lovely West Philadelphia neighborhood. It’s an exciting time for them as they go to the shore’s of Providence where Ramshackle Enterprises will take up residence. We’ll miss them very much and hope they come back soon! They asked for some skirts and a dress for their little one who picked out the fabric. I had been thinking that some pockets were in order for a while for the skirts, after where are you supposed to put all those treasures you find walking around without them? Certainly not just put them in Mama’s hand! I thought up these with some darts for extra treasure room, and voila…  I’m not sure if I can make a skirt without them now!

In other news we are going to Maryland, Mikes homeland, to visit Nana, Grandpa & the cousins and to vend at Sowebo Fest in Baltimore on Sunday. E is very excited about this! She’ll get to hang out with her Nana & cousins, to jump on their trampoline, go swimming and have a sleepover! We’re happy to be visiting with family, and looking forward to the Fest. Mike has been going to the Sowebo Fest since he was a Baltimore youth, we get to see lots of his old friends and have lots of fun while meeting new people too. On the way there we’ll stop at my favorite thrift store in Edgewood, Md, I get the best kids clothes there for E and all the other kiddo’s out there. One fun thing about the summer in Maryland is the crabs! Even growing up for a bit in Pensacola, I had never eaten whole crabs before (shrimp were my thing). But in Maryland everyone eats crabs and I’m not one to say no to seafood so I dove in, YUM! I love this post from orangette about her crabbing experience (although it’s a west coast perspective), some day we plan to do a little crabbing ourselves but for now the crabs down the street from Nana’s house are just perfect. This is a bit what it will look like, minus the candles and plus old bay and county kitchen decor.

Hope you have a fun Memorial Day weekend, and if you’re in Baltimore don’t forget to check out Sowebo Fest and stop by our stand to say Hi!


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Ballet Bag

Ever since watching the Nutcracker L has been talking and dancing and wanting ballet. When we started looking for a class we were happy to know that there were some walkable options, and pleased to see some familiar faces in the class once we signed up. After misplacing her slippers and tights one too many times however, I realized that some kind of dedicated “ballet bag” was in order. So instead of what I had been doing, cramming them into my bag then absently placing said ballet costume somewhere around the house after class… in no time at all I whipped up this little ditty from Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. It’s really simple, you don’t really need a patten at all but I like the little touches like the “flat bottom” and the way the drawstring is. I’d had the book for a while and hadn’t made anything from it so I was itching to try a quick pattern. I bought the fabric from Etsy, it’s Satan Slippers from Wilmington Prints. I’ve found that much ballet fabric is too cutesie or kinda hokey but I think this one is just very nice. 

The ribbon is Stephanoise from Spool a nice little fabric store downtown. Next time I’ll follow the pattern though, I cut it a little short accidentally.

L was very excited about the bag and now want’s a skirt to match, well I think that can be arranged…

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