Returning after a small but full stop

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I am returning to normal life but it’s taking a while. Do you ever walk into your office/studio/maker space and feel like you’ve arrived in a little spot of heaven? I missed mine so much this month. School’s back now after our winter break in New York State. This morning I woke up early with my younger daughter (there she is below, eating carrots and thinking what we should play), thrilled that later today I will have hours, several glorious full HOURS, one after the other, all in a row, just for work.

 

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It’s been a challenging month-and-a-half, though there have been some wonderful moments too, with bits of making and stitching in between.

 

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I’ll start with the announcement-y things: my shops on Etsy and Bigcartel are open again, with the newly redesigned PDF patterns! I think you will like them. With the help of the talented Yuki Maeshima, who owns and designs Waffle Patterns, There are many improvements to both the pattern files and the instructions, which I REALLY hope to be telling you more about in the coming weeks. (Unless someone gets very sick, of course.)

 

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Meanwhile, the redesigned instruction booklets for the paper patterns are getting printed. I hope to have them in stock next week! In the meantime, I still have some (tiny) stock of the old versions, which you can snap up at a 30% discount. No coupon code necessary! But hurry because there are very few left…

Now, with that out of the way, let me tell you a little of what’s been going on, in real life, behind the scenes, the good and the bad.

 

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If you follow me on Instagram, you already know this – my older daughter spent a bit of time in the hospital a couple weeks ago. A kidney infection for which IV antibiotics were needed, and morphine. Morphine! I have never seen a child in so much pain! She is fine now, having weathered the storm in her usual spirited fashion, finding fun during our hospital in things where I wouldn’t have thought fun was possible. But – our room had a gorgeous view, right past scaffolding that squirrels ran up and down on.

 

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Managing family life was tricky: my husband was out of town for work when we had to go to the ER, and for the first two days in the hospital. Our lovely babysitter stayed with my younger daughter at night until he got home, and during the day we traded time at home and in the hospital, and then I spent the nights.

And right before that we all had the flu. That yucky, exhausting, fevered, I-can’t-get-out-of-bed flu that’s been going around despite this year’s flu vaccine.

 

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I didn’t get much work done. The week my older one was at the hospital, I fit in a couple hours of sewing on two afternoons, in between running home to shower and rushing out to pick up my younger daughter from preschool. I don’t know when I’ll get caught up with everything. Most likely never. I had to close my shops completely because I could barely (and sometimes not at all!) keep track of orders. And we really can’t have that.

So that was the bad stuff.

 

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One budding new thing: a blouse I collaborated on with the amazingly talented fabric and accessories designer Anna Joyce (those are the cuffs above!). (If you could see her fabrics in real life! Ooooooohhhhh…) She hand-painted the fabric, a lovely voile, which I sewed into a Zsálya top, about which more to come… (a sneak peak here).

Then, winter break! By then my older daughter was well enough that we could keep our date with skiing in the Adirondacks we’d been planning a long time. Apparently, we really love upstate New York. But no pirates this time! And guess who learned to ski:

 

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After last week I will never complain about cold again. It’s cold back here in New York too but nothing like the wind-chilled, frozen weather of the Adirondacks. Although now I can’t get the thought of wearing my ski pants all of the time out of my head.

I can’t wait for spring. In the Flower District, near our apartment, there are of course colorful blooming beautiful flowers everywhere. Look, aren’t they so pretty:

 

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They let us pretend it’s spring, bustin’ out at the seams, just a little bit.

 

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Oh, yes. I’m working on new embroidery patterns.

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