Attack of the Fontaholic

I was reading Melissa’s Buzz Off yesterday and found these gorgeous alphabet blocks. I’m such a font junkie that it really took a lot to not order them, even at $100 for the set.

I love the color and the concept but mostly I love the letter forms. Just look at them: the taper of each spiral and curve, the graceful shape of each straight line — not too light or too heavy.

My love affair with type goes back decades, literally. I was obsessed with fonts when I as in high school and that only grew when I became a graphic designer. Between my two laptops, I have thousands of fonts — more than I can keep loaded on my computer. I just can’t help myself!

I’m a huge fan of serif faces. I probably use Hoefler more than just about anything but I also like Caslon, when it works with the project. Of course, I have a soft spot for scripts, too. Poetica with all of its ornamentals can keep me entertained for hours!

Walking on Sunshine

It was a gorgeous sunny day today with a high in the 60s. I’d love to say I was outside, playing with my kids, and that’s why I did so little crafty stuff today. But no.

In my real life, I’m a journalist. A magazine editor, to be exact. OK, editorial director of a magazine. Anyway. We have these pesky little things we call “deadlines” that perk up around the time we go to press. Usually, that requires me to do a little more of that work thang that I do.

Such was the case today. Boo. Hiss.

After dinner tonight, I did rework the bodice of the dress I’m making for my daughter. The dress is a nice cotton twill and is lined with a lighter weight cotton. Originally I thought I could use the twill for both the bodice and bodice lining but it’s just too heavy. As it is, I had to cut out and sew the bodice twice because I underestimated my child’s girth (she’s not that big; I just haven’t measured her since her latest growth spurt) and the first attempt resembled nothing so much as a sausage casing. Is it any wonder she kept screaming at me, “Offie!! Offie!!”?

I’m eager to take the next step with the dress but it may have to wait until this weekend because of that deadline thang. (Boo. Hiss.) I’m currently leaning toward pleats — of which I’ve done exactly two and on pockets, not a dress — but it remains to be seen whether or not I can pull it off.

My chilly Valentine

I took DD out to the Antebellum Plantation at Stone Mountain Park yesterday to shoot the pictures for her Valentines. I’ve been meaning to do this for about a month now and paid for it dearly with the weather: cold, cold and cold. Did I mention it was cold? I think it was about 27 degrees when I took these shots. Now, understand that we’ve had unseasonably warm weather here for the past two months. It’s been in the 60s until very recently. But I choose to wait until it’s FREEZING and take my toddler outside for a photo shoot.

So the photos are not exactly what I’d hoped for and I really have no one to blame by myself. Baby Girl was quite the champ, trying to smile even though her teeth were chattering.

About the outfit: The peasant top is a pattern from I made it before I bought my serger and I keep meaning to redo it and never have (likely never will). The purse is my own design and if I ever get the revisions to my ebook finished, the pattern may actually be available for someon, somewhere to buy. I made the headband myself, too, and have since found an online tutorial that is much, much easier than how I did it.

The jumper features a gorgeous Amy Butler fabric from the Belle line. It is just stunning in person. The bodice is based on another YCMT pattern but the rest is all mine. The straps are elasticized and the overskirt has gathers near the side seams and ribbon embellishments. I love the peek-a-boo effect with the underskirt.

Now the backstory on this outfit is that I was sewing it over the holidays and *squeamish reader alert* sewed through my own finger while working on it. Understand that this has pretty much been a lifelong fear of mine and I have to admit that actually doing it hurts even more than I imagined. I spent two hours on New Year’s Eve in the ER — much of it watching an Ugly Betty marathon on ABC Family — and promptly returned to my sewing after dinner that night. Looking at the finished outfit, I have to admit that it was worth it.

My kingdom for a zipper

I spent most of this afternoon working on an outfit for my daughter. The top came together fairly easily, as did the skirt. Until that part where I’m supposed to sew in the zipper. Zipper?

Zipper, zipper, who’s got the zipper? Ummmmm … not me. I know I should have read those darned directions all the way through.

I now have a cute gingham peasant top and what looks it will be a skirt sooner or later. With any luck, I’ll get to swing by some random place that sells zippers tonight.