Tuesday, October 28, 2008


brothers, originally uploaded by varenia.


Ring-a-ring of rosies...

Pockets full of posies...

Ashes, ashes...

We all fall down!

Twirling in "spinning dresses" and ring-a-ring of rosies is occupying much of our days lately... So funny how the dynamic in the house has changed now that Rye is in school and the little girls rule the roost! Love them in their "sister pinnies" as Apple calls them... {Piper's hand-me-down pinnie is my own creation, and Apple's is from this lovely shop...}

Monday, October 27, 2008

the bubble mini

bubble mini in inkblot, originally uploaded by varenia.

I've been wanting to make some bubble dresses for a while now... and this poly-rayon jersey seemed perfect. So soft and has a wonderful drape to it. How cute would this be with boots and tights?! Piper loved modeling this, she just kept petting the fabric and saying "sofffff..." which is the 20-month-old version of "soft."
She gives it two-thumbs-up.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

fall shift dress in blooming sky

fall shift dress in blooming sky, originally uploaded by varenia.

My new absolute favorite fabric... at least for this week.

autumn activities

autumn activities, originally uploaded by varenia.

Cozy indoors art...

Thursday, October 16, 2008


On the way to school...

He grunts with each step I take, faintly resembling the quacking of a duck...

No matter how many times I wrap him in the sling or cover him, he insists on one hand peeking out at all times...

Putting him in the sling each morning I can really gauge how much larger he's grown since the day before...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

shift dress in berry forest

shift dress in berry forest, originally uploaded by varenia.

More winter good-ness... heavy weight cotton dobby and a "lollipop" print?! Good times. Only two of these available in the shop...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

little party dress

party dress, originally uploaded by varenia.

I'm listing some one-of-a-kind creations while on maternity leave from my shop... and this is one of my favorites! It's a little big on Apple, but I love the contrast of the reds and greens, and of course that little keyhole closure in the back. Apple keeps insisting that the bows should go in the front, and who knows? Maybe I'll try that next time...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

you are my son-shine

What an amazing eight days!

Jack Sawyer surprised us all with a much-earlier-than-anticipated arrival on October 1. And it has been a roller-coaster of a week...

We were so blessed that our little guy was basically hearty and healthy, although plagued by some of the ailments that a lot of preemies face, primarily a minor heart condition and severe jaundice. It seems the heart condition is self-correcting, one more thing to be grateful for. And the jaundice... is slowly getting better. Ridding this poor little guy of excessive bilirubin until his liver is able to take over on it's own has been my only mission for the last four or five days. It's been so hard to have to leave him on his phototherapy and not carting him around as I'm so accustomed to doing, or snuggling him in the sling he loves so much.

This is part of our daily routine, a home visit from the nurse, and weighing, along with checking his bilirubin levels. After being threatened with admittance back to the hospital if his levels didn't come down drastically, I opted to bottle feed him in lieu of nursing for 24 hours, and it made a huge difference. Jack is now almost rid of his jaundice, and was actually able to go outside today for natural light therapy instead of phototherapy for a little while.

As for the rest of us, we're adjusting to life as a family of six, and eating up this little baby every chance we get. I have to negotiate with the children just to get a turn to hold my own kid! So much love for baby Jack...