Monday, July 19, 2010

Fancy Pants

I recently bought the book Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby by Anna Marie Horner and I can't say enough about how much I love it! Such cute, simple projects and Anna Marie has introduced me to the world of quilting which is helping (sorta, not really...) with eating up my ever-growing stash of fabric. I made a pair of the quick change trousers for my bug and her BBF (best baby friend) that lives next door. Aren't they adorable!

"Why make something when you can buy it for less?" I get this question a lot and I've never had a really good response. I like making stuff so I do. I tend to cherish things that I've put a lot of work into and it makes me happy! But I recently read a very good article about the ethics of handmade. Why can we buy things for less than it would cost us to make them? Does it make sense that I could purchase a pair of pants for less than half what the materials cost me, before even counting the labor? So I started looking at where things are being manufactured and it makes me so sad!! All these things are made in countries that have lax labor laws including sweatshops and child labor. Boo on that and yay on handmade lovely things I say. Here here!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

High School Reunion

My high school ten year reunion is this year and time for some reflection on where my life is and where I wanted it to be. wow. Who knew that I would end up so incredibly happy with my life now when...
...I live in Omaha.
Nothing against the midwest but during high school in California, I don't think I could have even pointed Nebraska out on a map.
...I'm a stay-at-home-mom.
Yeah- I wanted to be one of those super-sluething journalist types when I was in high school. You know, fighting the good fight, righting wrongs, traveling the world. That cracks me up.
...I married a lawyer!
Who (whom? I never know) I met like the minute I left California and have been with ever since (going on 10 years!!)

Life is so funny- I had a long talk with my high school BFF Jen today and was half covered in snot and chocolate and who knows what. I have a super dirty kitchen right now and haven't brushed my hair today. I'm super pudgy and the most sluethiest thing I've done this year is find all the pieces to the bug's wooden puzzle under the couch. But I've never been happier. who knew that this is the life for me?

Yay for BFF Jen! And for some perspective on my fabulous life, even if no one else thinks so.