Monday, January 31, 2011

My first quilt

In accordance with my love with all things tactile, beautiful, and useful, I am planning my first quilt. "The Quilt" will be for G and will be (roughly) crib size. A crib quilt measures 45" x 60", but the pattern I am adapting from calls for 9" blocks. So I figure 5 x 7 blocks this quilt will be, for an estimated finished size of 42.5" x 59.5". Close enough for a first-timer, if you ask me. I've already begun acquiring fabric (and batting) and have chosen oliver + s "City Weekend" for the colored bits. This fabric line is quite delicious, don't you think?

I am focusing on the bolder colors: turquoise, gold, orangey red, and blue. It will be gorgeous.

The "real" City Weekend Quilt is beyond my patience I'm sure, and certainly beyond my newbie skills, but it is oh so lovely.

I am not going to use a pattern, but will borrow construction method from Crazy Mom Quilt's Ragged Quilt. However, I like the look of color on white blocks and was truly inspired by quilts like this Land & Sea quilt by Alyssa. I suppose I'll have to think of a clever name for the quilt when I'm finished.

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But seriously, the plague of the wee daycare G attends is making it's rounds, and the Puffs Plus (with lotion!) tissues are flying off the shelves. And desks. And nightstands.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What's this?

Meet G. She is 18 months old and enjoys ripping things (paper, leaves), crepes, and walks in the park. Poor G hasn't been feeling well the past few days, so I've selected a picture from last week, since it might not be very nice to post a picture of her runny nose in all it's glory. So here she is!

I thought I should introduce since she inspires much of what I do these days, as you'll see in future posts. G, aka "Gorgeous," aka "The Dove," is possibly the happiest child alive. I'm sure all parents think this of their children, as they should. There is so much love in our house.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Evolution of 8 Jones Street

"We are the sum of our experiences."* For months this phrase has been with me. So much has occurred in the past two years (gulp - two years!) and I have been going through many iterations of self. I suppose the most noteworthy change is that I am now a mother. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl (let's call her "G" for the purpose of this blog) in August 2009. Pregnancy itself was such a life altering occurrence. Adding a child to our household sent me through a rash of changes, to which I could liken to an identity crisis. Into my thirties I was independent... coupled up, yet childless, and had the freedom and flexibility that only those without kids know. Giving up those freedoms for a five pound human (she was born early) was a shock to the system, despite all the dreaming and planning in the months building up to G's birth. And so I lost myself. Or at least it felt like it. Just a little.

So. Where have I been? Am I still me? "We are the sum of our experiences." I feel it necessary to reintroduce myself to... myself, and everyone around me. I am Sarah, just different. I'm also a mother, an identity or title that at first seemed to dwarf many things I had known myself to be.

8 Jones Street could not persist as it once was. As a mother, I'm seeing things differently. The evolution of me, and 8 Jones Street, has been a quiet movement, gaining momentum over time. I am writing and crafting again. Stay tuned!

*NOTE: please, if you know the original source of this mantra like quote, please let me know! I am finding lots of conflicting info online. Thank you!