Monday, March 19, 2012

line of love

When I was growing up all of the old Italians had clotheslines. I played nearby as grandparents and great aunts hung sheets and undergarments out to dry. But they didn't employ the outdoor clothesline exclusively, nope, not with Great Lakes winters, they had indoor clotheslines as well...and I have joined their ranks.

When we moved onto our acre last winter I had grand plans for a clothesline (inside and out) and have now seen half of a dream realized. In a fixer upper house with a new baby every small accomplishment is worth note. As a fabric reclaimist and mother of a baby in cloth diapers, I do a lot of laundry. Getting my indoor clothesline hung has given me one more small joy in life.

I love my indoor line. Stringing from the ironing board to the door, sagging in front of my late  grandmother's picture of The Last Supper, it makes me smile. I have managed to bring the pleasure of fond childhood memories to the basic, and sometimes filthy, chore of doing laundry. Yes!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

sweet little owl

For a time there were a lot of owl sounds coming out of our baby and so I wanted him to have an owl hat. It seems there are lots of  knitted owl hats out there but hardly any that are sewn. With a little inspiration from Moth and Sparrow I headed for my jersey scrap bin.

There I found 3 different t-shirts fabrics that were super soft and some more digging provided me with felt pieces for the face. The green trim also lines the hat, making it the perfect level of warmth for most days of our VA winters. It's a great in house cap too, especially after baths.

Everyone loves it! Franklin Goose loves it too!

Monday, March 5, 2012


This snowy day is the perfect moment to let you all know what I've been up to. As if my sparse blogging hasn't made it obvious I've been a little busier than normal these days.

My beautiful son was born in August (yes, I had a natural birth) and he made the trip with us to Crafty Bastards at 6 weeks old. As he is approaching his seven month birthday I am transitioning from full time sustainable designer to a full time mama and nap time designer.

I will be taking my work in a slightly different direction and starting a new blog, little green love. I will be focusing more on making for the little guy as well as home projects for our fixer upper.  I will also be working on launching a new sustainable label for babies and toddlers this spring. But more on that later.

If you love my sustainable fashion for women I will not be abandoning you, I will continue to post clothes that I make, mostly for myself or custom work, and will share any new recycled fashion ideas. There will also be an upcoming sale with free shipping in my etsy stop.

I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life and am feeling a resurgence of creativity. I hope you continue to follow me and check out all of my newest recycling en devours at little green love.