I have a small collection of one-of-a-kind pillows up on By3191 for their holiday shop. I have been doing some production sewing for Stephanie this year and when she asked me to think about doing something under my own name I was: excited, nervous, thrilled and then back to nervous. What we came up with was a throw pillow-- sewn from shimmery shot cottons, lined, and then hand-stitched with sashiko thread. I made them to last, and I think they would make a terrific gift. The colours remind me of the Oregon coast and they are my favourite sort of neutrals. You can find them here. I am so happy to be there.
You all, I am being dragged into December this year. Tracy said something at Habit the other day... something like "it's my favourite time of year... that doesn't mean it's the easiest". I can't imagine a more accurate description of my own feelings about this time of year. The tree is up. There are stockpiles of gifts building in the scary corners of the basement. We are managing expectations (poorly in some cases). We are missing folks we love. I am happy, I am nervous, I am excited, I am nervous... you get the idea. We got our tree the other day. It's a bit too big, a bit too leany (precariously into the room, like it's comin' after the person sitting on the couch), and filled with things that are in imminent danger of being broken. Sam is fond of yelling "YOLO!!" at us (you only live once) when we are apprehensive about one of his suggestions. Little does he know, I'm taking it all to heart.