Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy and Free Clothing: Shoot 1

I am so excited! After weeks of hard work the first photo shoot was this past Sunday. Jason started work again on Monday so he hasn't edited them yet. But I wanted to show a few of them off anyway. More shirts are in production now for another shoot next week.

Informerly introducing:
The "I Am" line. Messages read in the mirror, a hug for yourself and a reminder of your value. Encouraging, inspiring, provoking thought and above all loving yourself!

"I Am, Strong, Graceful,Lovely, Powerful, Funny, Peaceful, Relevant, Capable, Honest, Wonderful, Possible, Inspiring, Authentic, Whole, Valuable, I Am Me"

"Creativity is Endless, Inspiration Boundless, And Love Infinite, How do I choose to use them today?"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Corner View- Lonely Together

Corner View is a weekly appointment – each Wednesday – created by Jane and currently curated by Francesca, where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. If you’d like to join in, please leave a link to your Corner View post in the comments at www.fuoriborgo.com, and be sure to visit other participants too.

This week is lonely together. It only took a few moments to decide what to photograph. Three weeks ago we planted paperwhites in mason jars, with glass pebbles instead of dirt. Eliana keeps excitedly telling them "Grow. Grow. Little flowers!" They have come to have a bit of personality. So there they sit by the cold window on the winter nature table. Flowers meant for warmth, sunshine, and rich deep dirt. Separated by glass jars and space instead of nestled together. They seem so out of place, lonely for spring and earth, captive, and lonely together.

Dear readers, Do you have plants that seem to take on personality that you fuss over?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2012 Will Be Happy and Free!

Hello dear reader! How are you? How is your end of the year shaping up?

I know all everyone wants to do right now is to be joyful. I am joyful. But I am also deeply sad. No one can tell what will happen with Dad's Leukemias. And I can't yet look forward to Eliana's 3rd Birthday because it will be the 1 year anniversary of my Mom's death due to breast cancer. When this new year turns over it will usher in the first year in which in all my 34 years I have not seen or spoken with my mom. And yet I am eager to leave this year of mostly misery but also some profound joys behind. I am looking forward to next year. It will also mean a realization of a dream.

In 2012 I launch Happy and Free Clothing. This line has taken a bit of a swing from what I started out planning. It has now become about rich phrases and images that strengthen, inspire, uplift and encourage me. And I hope that it does the same for you. I hope you find my shirts remind you of who you are, and that you are whole, valuable, and valued.

It is so bittersweet. It will be a moment I would have loved to share with Mom, who grew her business up thread by thread, she would have understood completely my hope, joy, creative sparks, and fears. In her absence, I pour my heart into this blog (for you my readers, and for myself) and into my creations. May we grow, heal, stretch, and become more open, loving, and stronger together.

I thank you dear reader, for your presence. And I really would like to know how you are doing? Do you have special hopes and plans for 2012?

Monday, December 12, 2011


Please contact me with your mailing address. I am mailing in the morning and Monday. I am also sending you an email. Congratulations! Winners selected by Random.org

217Natural Violet said...Great giveaway. I have a three year old also and it is so wonderful to see how excited he is this year about celebrating. We plan to read Tractor Mac Saves Christmas on Christmas eve.

101,mtnquiltr said... We love our Christmas stockings and spend loads of time finding small and clever (we hope) gifts to include. They are not large, but so much fun!
December 12, 2011 10:50 PM

65,Marguerite said.....Lovely fabric :) I don't know how well this would work for other people, but... my father was brought up Lutheran, and I speak German, so each Christmas my mother and sister go to the kids' service at our usual church and my father and I go to the German-language service at the local Lutheran church. It's my favorite holiday tradition! dangandblast@gmail.com
December 12, 2011 3:58 PM

107hueisei said...Decorating Christmas tree and wrapping presents.
Thx for the chance to win ^^v
December 13, 2011 1:01 AM

WOW! I just want to say I am blown away by the amazing comments here! I treasure each one of you for sharing your family traditions. This is so special to me as we reinvent our Holiday season, and grow as a young family (our daughter is almost 3, but we have been married 12 years). I wish all of you a wonderful end of the year full of much love, peace, time for reflection, and joy.

It is also an honor to get to hear from so many people I have never met before (most all of you). This has made the blogosphere feel like a tangible community. I am enjoying discovering new blogs to follow and new pinterest and facebook friends. I would be honored if some of you felt the same towards my humble blog.

Oh! And GOOD LUCK! I know I am excited about the contests I have entered today.

Sew, Mama, Sew! is having their Giveaway Day again! After you enter here please click on that link and enter some more while you read other fantastic blogs! Giveaway open until December 16 at 5 p.m. PST. I will Email the winners by December 18, and note the winners in this giveaway post. I will ship the items by December 24. I will ship internationally!

With the upcoming launch of my Happy and Free Clothing company on 1 January 2012 I have been in a flurry of creativity. I kept that in mind as I scoured my overflowing craft shelves for items that I knew would delight others with their own unique creative spark. I enjoy all kinds of arts and crafts and so I have drawn from 4 of my favorites.

On 16 December I will randomly select 4 winners! What do you do to enter? Readers of my blog know that we have been trying to decide what Holiday traditions to include with our family. For us that involves Christmas, Nativity, Advent, St Nicholas Day, and Winter Solstice. I would love to hear what traditions your family especially enjoys at Holiday time. Please leave me a comment telling me about it. Be sure to include your email address so that I can reach you. That's it! You will be entered! No hoops, no posting on fb or twitter, although you are welcome to if you wish.

#1 SEWING: Dogs Bathing Pink flannel, 44" wide x 27"; Orange polar fleece 10.5" x 1.75 yd; Turquoise polar fleece 60" x 1 yd and McCalls M6194 in size CB 1-2-3.

#2 KNITTING/CROCHETING: 220 yards of Knit Picks worsted weight 4, Bare 100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 129 yards Yarn Bee Melody Bulky weight 5, Vitner 70% Wool/30% Acrylic. The color on the Vitner does not show up well. It is a gorgeous blend of rust brown, evergreen, wine purple, and flaxen cream. I am currently working a scarf in this and it is just lovely in the hand despite the 30% Acrylic.

#3 QUILTING: Moda 302050 JR Jelly Roll, basic grey max & whiskers. Just adorable! Features a goldfish in a bowl, and a bouncy kitten and puppy.

#4 DOLLMAKING: Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love by Hillary Lang. Cuddly and charming creations. Book comes complete with patterns to print.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

St Nicholas, Advent, Nativity,

I have been very confused lately. It is my first year, despite being a life long church goer and Christian, to celebrate Advent, have Advent candles and wreath, birth of Jesus, to learn about Saints, to have a Nativity, to do Waldorf.... and try to make sense of it all with limited time and money! I have been googling of course and immersing myself in some very wonderfully creative and informative websites. Here are some of them as well as my loosely made plan for the coming week with Eliana concerning the St. Nicholas, Santa, Jesus dillema.

Rainy day fun!

Today was a very rainy day, it still is! Too rainy to even go out driving so we stayed in.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The first of Jason's Art Clothing line is up!

Soon to follow is our children's line of fun kids themes, as well as Art T's from other collections! Need hints? Think of trains, fireman's boots, ponies, salmon, airplanes, and frogs as you have never seen before!