Barns and sunny days, two of my favorite things, and add a pretty dress, and you’ve got the ingredients to my type of photoshoot ! I made this drapey, Grecian-inspired dress. I didn’t use a pattern (I rarely do when sewing) and so it was a trial and error experience that took me about 2 days to finish, although I am still not quite happy with the results, so I am calling this my prototype. This was my first time sewing jersey clothing. I had tried altering a jersey dress I had bought in the past but after disappointing results, I stayed away from jersey for about a year. I decided I can’t avoid it for long because it is oh-so-comfy and cooling for the frequent heat waves in our part of the country. So, after scouring the internet for tips, I decided to tackle it. I have found the best tips for jersey are: 1. Use a ballpoint needle (I think there is also a needle for knits that also works well but I used ballpoint, so I can’t really tell you which one is better). 2. Use starch to keep the fabric in place, so therefore, you can sew straighter lines. The starch will definitely give you more control and better results, although I totally did not use it for this project and really regret not doing so! I also think it will help eliminate puckering. 3. Iron the puckers, this may help smooth it out. I was so upset with how the jersey kept puckering after sewing but I read somewhere to try ironing it and that seriously made things look much better. 4. Use your serger as much as possible! Once again, my serger basically saved the day. I love that thing. So, after doing this project, I have overcome my fear of it and knits and can’t wait to go to the store to buy more jersey!
Can I take a moment to be effusive about how much I love this little girl and how much I love being her mama? I didn’t realize how motherhood can be so overwhelmingly wonderful! Motherhood is good for my little heart, I tell you, even with the whole preeclampsia scare. I am just so happy that this little girl exists and never mind that she is a lot of hard work when I stop to think about it, which I don’t really (and don’t really have time for) and it has become natural to me to go through all the rough parts, such as getting less sleep, less time for myself, less money to spend on myself, yet she has brought so much more into my life! I can’t sum it all up in words. To the future moms out there, no one can prepare you of how you will feel about your little one. No one can. Your baby becomes your universe and that is how it should be!
Sometimes, I catch myself staring at my little girl and think, “Where did you come from? You are so perfect!” I have religious beliefs of where she comes from but it’s still such a miracle and marvel to think I have created a life and that that this little soul now exists and I had something to do with her creation. It’s kind of like a magic trick, like she was just pulled out of a hat and I have no idea how it was done or I just can’t fathom it, so I am just in awe to this day!
And another thing, this little girl has become my kryptonite. Her smiles and giggles, they melt me! And her cries, when she wants something, they have to be heeded and I can’t just ignore them because those sad faces she makes breaks my heart and I would do anything to make those tears go away. And when she gives me her little baby hugs, feels like heaven! And there is something about a baby’s neediness that makes a momma feel so special, you know?
How about you other moms out there? Did you guys feel the same way? I’d like to know your feelings on being a mom for the first time.
(Dress: Modcloth-sold out)
Massive trees with beautiful, intricate roots, wild deer prancing around, a myriad of wild flowers dotting the roads and fields, rocky rivers and creeks with clear water, and misty and foggy mornings that make the hills and oak trees look mysterious and kinda romantic: Texas Hill Country, you are beautiful! That is what I have determined in the past several years that I have visited Texas. There is still a long list that I have yet to see but I really, really want to visit Hamilton pools next. These pictures were taken in Cibalo Creek the night before we left. Unfortunately, we were short on time, so I did not get to capture other neat areas. But thank goodness we always go back to Texas!