Before December began, I updated my 1920’s Singer sewing machine with a newer model that quite honestly, might put old faithful out of business. The new girl actually has multiple stitches, a foot pedal (1920’s one has a knee) and a back stitch. What threw me for over achievement during the holiday season of gifting was this great book by Heather Ross called Weekend Sewing. Nieces and other special girls received something springy in the form of a dress or skirt, while growing boys were the proud owners of canvas growth charts (a little something I designed on my own.)
I also started a small apothecary business in my kitchen which I could also combine my graphic design skills for the labels. Ever the collector, I felt bad about throwing out the baby food jars, knowing some day I would be able to parlay them. Armed with a can of silver spray paint and my fire escape, they got a little bit of shine and I jarred up some salt scrubs for my friends and family’s stocking stuffers.
Flower Girl Dresses (pattern by Heather Ross & fabrics by PURL SOHO).
Growth chart in DIN typeface numerals.
Homebrewed salt scrub in ylang ylang and sandalwood.