In Sewing

second star to the right

I want to thank everyone for your kind words and suggestions on my last post (so many of us have the same favorite shows!!). I’ve been losing my mind not being able to do the things I used to do, especially without pain, but I’m trying to keep my chin up and not be such a sourpuss about it. My blog isn’t going anywhere, I’ll just be checking in a little less frequently since I can’t sew as fast as I used to, and I’m not supposed to be typing. …oops. I’m looking into a dictation software called William Waldon: Best Boyfriend Ever, but he’s not able to help me right this minute so I’ll have to make this quick!


With a daily cap on how many hours I’m allowed to use my hands, I’ve been looking at sewing projects that are more simple with less pieces. I’ve also been concentrating more on my role as “director of blog photography” to channel some hands-free creativity mojo outside of my sewing room. Yesterday I was bored out of my mind and desperate to force some of my creative energy into something, so I spent a good few hours bossing Wil around in a state forest. He’s a really good sport about it.


More Photos, Less Typing is going to become a common theme on my blog as I work through these wrist issues. I’ve even considered a post series where I share some photos I’ve taken with no text at all. We’ll see I suppose, but I do know for sure that I’ll be sewing a lot of sleeveless tunics for the foreseeable future! I hope you like this outfit because it’s pretty much going to be my winter uniform.


Sewing Project Details
Pattern – Butterick B6099
Fabric – Civil War Repro from Jo-Ann’s
Buttons – Pretty Plums pack c/o Button Lovers


Outfit Details
Belt – Target
Socks – Target
Sweater – Gap
Tunic – made by me
Leggings – Old Navy
Lace Slip – thrift store
Boots – Addict by VOLATILE
Glasses – El Ria c/o Victory Optical

photos by William Waldon








I’ll leave you with a nerdy outtake…


Me – “Do I look like a serious wizard?” Wil – *laughing* “I love that you just asked me that and you’re not joking.”

p.s. my brother saw this outfit and told me I look like Mad Max Peter Pan so I guess Post Apocalyptic Woodland Faerie is my new signature style. I’m totally okay with that.

Second star to the right and straight on til morning 😉


p.p.s – we did a pretty good job of hiding my stupid wrist braces in all of these shots! Yes!

  • Fantastic photos, you have a head for DOP-ing! And I am LOVING your hair lady, you are rocking it!

  • These photos are so beautiful! I’m so glad you’ve found a way to have a creative outlet, but so sad you’re having to go through such an icky experience 🙁 I hope it’s something that will improve with rest / therapy?

  • Just wanted to chime in and tell you that I, too, love your pixie hair, and that I would be totally okay with text-free photo-loaden blog posts, especially if that would help you heal! William is a fantastic photgrapher (and you, Lucille and those woods make fantastic photographic ‘subjects’), the award that you won for Best Blog Photography only seems to have made you strive to become even better! (Uh oh, was that last bit still a sentence, officially?)
    Get well, and get completely well – it will be worth it. In the mean time: enjoy all the wonderful screen time recommendations, as well as the autumn air 🙂

  • Your current hair colour is as sweet and cheerful as a field of lipstick pink carnations.

    Though it would be a radically different change of pace from my usual posts, I too have been thinking lately about creating some that are largely (“entirely” would be quite the challenge for this word loving lass) word-free as well, with the emphasis being on the photos instead.

    ♥ Jessica

  • Absolutely love your photography. I feel your current hair style makes you looks YEARS younger and is fun. I am sew sorry to hear about the hand/write thing, alas, yes, you MUST get better (if for no other reason that you HAVE to host another Fall for Cotton sew-a-long). Plus, we dont want to wear out Mr. Wil; bless his heart.

    Now, go take care of you, take your time about it and hurry up, LOL.



  • I love the outfit and am over the moon with the pink pixie. I think it suits you. Sending well wishes your way.

  • Love all the combinations of textures, patterns and colors in this outfit (especially with the pink haaair)! So much fun. Wizardy pixie Thunderdome gal!

  • sarah

    sorry to hear about your wrist troubles and hope that they improve quickly for you. on the blogging front i was reading on another blog (our family four) how she is also having troubles and using a siri type device to help. anyway just an idea. i think your outfit looks very cute and i love the socks and boots look.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your health restrictions, it must be very frustrating! I love the photographs it feels as if we are on a walk in the woods with you, and I love the hair colour, its fabulous. I hope that you will soon find something that eases the health issues so you can get back to keyboard and sewing.

    I don’t know if it might be of interest, but there’s a great book called curing arthritis the drug free way by Margaret Hills. She was crippled with arthritis and was in constant pain, but she discovered a way to be pain free and re-gained her life. Its an interesting read and you can still get copies on Amazon.

  • Long sleeves for the win! Way to camouflage those braces. :o) Your hair is WONDERFULLLLLLL!!!!! And your outfit is equally wonderfulllllll!!!

    I am trying to type this with my arms laying across my desk so as not to aggravate my wrists any more! I typed too much last night. :o( I don’t even want to have to start wearing my braces and tape again, I JUST broke free of them! :o)


  • My first thoughts were that you looked like a fabulous pixie! Then I realized, you remind me of Tonks from Harry Potter and that’s awesome in my book! In summary you look fabulous and I hope your wrists heal quickly.

  • so, i also have carpal tunnel & my neurologist told me not to wear my braces during the day because it can cause muscle atrophy, which would only make my problems worse. i’m only supposed to wear them while i sleep (which is tough, because i sleep with my toddler most nights, & she’s obsessed with velcro…you see where i’m going here). did your doctor mention anything about this? (also, sorry to be “that guy”. i have a lot of physical issues & i hate it when people are like, “oh, did you try this really obvious thing/ask this totally obvious question/whatever?”)

  • I love the Post Apocalyptic Wood Fairy style!! Love it!

  • That tunic is amazing! Definitely something you’d see on like Shopruche or modcloth. Beautiful fabric!

  • These photos are so delightful! I love the way your style is transforming, and the pink hair is so perfect on you!

  • Keep at it! It is worth not having pain! I thought I was doing well until I did a 40 hour work week that was almost exclusively hand sewing >.< Ouch! By the weekend I couldn't even hold a bottle of cider in my right hand to drink away my woes. Thank goodness I have no more sewing gigs until the New Year. My knees on the other hand are still a mess. I think I'm going to try aerial silks yoga since running is no longer an option.
    Maybe not the best idea, but I'm staying occupied with Craft In America on the PBS app. Beautiful stuff! The christmas episode has a woman who does traditional mexican punched paper decorations by hand.

  • I still can’t get over how good your pink hair looks! Hope you recover quickly. Also: love the outfit. 🙂

  • Love this outfit! Gorgeous photos! Sounds like you’ve got a great helper. I’ve got a couple chronic diseases so I feel your frustrations. Hang in there and do what you need to do to get better!

  • misscrayolacreepy

    I like all the print/pattern mixing! I would love to see a post from you with all photos. You are good at photography and I’m sure it would be a treat 🙂

  • “Post Apocalyptic Woodland Faerie” Amazing. I love!

  • Love the brighter hair!! So fun! This is a great outfit! Very woodland faerie!
    I am sorry for all your wrist troubles. I like the idea of picture heavy posts – that works for me! It’s tough when your wrists hurt, because you can’t do anything. When I’m resting, I’m always planning – thinking about fabrics in my stash and patterns to go with them. It helps channel my creativity a bit, and then when I do have actual sewing time I tend to be more focused.
    Have fun with the dictation software – I’ve always wanted to try that too!

  • This outfit is so cute! I really like all the details and the way the non-coordinating stuff just kind of goes when you put it together (I can never pull that kind of stuff off, and am slightly envious of your talent in this regard!)

    As for crafting frustration, I feel ya. I’ve been battling a nasty respiratory infection for a while now, and my sewing mojo is just.gone, although I still have my list of Things That Need to Be Sewn This Fall. Well, at least there is knitting, for the moment. I’m off to my couch and my needles for the afternoon–I hope you’ve found some good shows to keep you and Lucille company!

    Oh, in case no one else recommended these: A Royal Affair and Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky. Both feature Madds Mikkelson, and he is just brilliant to watch. There is this bit at the end of A Royal Affair and he does this thing with his face that seals the whole scene. No words. Brilliant. Also: Ripper Street! It is a goodie.