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The Dress!

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With a capital D – because it deserves it!

And actually it´s not just one Dress, it could in theory be 3 different ones, for the 3 different parties, if I cannot decide on one.. That´s not so bad. Although you must not think that I am going to spend a filthy amount of money on it/them, since we don´t really have that – and in tune with the #YOEF (year of ethical fashion) that would kinda be a sin. So I hope to find something in the thrift shops, in my wardrobe, in somebody else´s wardrobe or in my fabric stash that I can use to sew. And I am not afraid of making my own wedding dress – what do they say “every stitch in your dress will be a tear in your marriage”? Well, I do expect some tears, and I will just make it with a minimum of stitches and hope it does not fall apart as I am wearing it. And if the sewing fails I will buy something that is nice, but obviously not too expensive on a student-wedding-budget. Behold – a challenge! Love challenges.

But I would like to show you what I dream of, and what I have always wished I would get married in.

The Dress:

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Elizabeth Taylor in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. That dress. That rack. And that waist! Oh dear, if only I could make that with my sewing machine..

 

Apart from the Elizabeth Taylor one, which I like perhaps because I love the film so much, I am very much into chic styles – and for the daytime wedding(s) we will have, something not too huge and knee-length like these from my pinterest “I do”-board:

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I guess it must be quite obvious that I like lace.

 

Cannot wait to get started on this project!

So far I have bought this confirmation dress in a thrift shop, so I now have the first piece of fabric.

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Roll on 2014

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Suddenly it´s February.  How on earth did that happen?!

The house is quiet now. The last bunch of guests have left, the girls are sleeping, and it´s grownup-time, with books and digital media. We are really trying hard with the books now. We both want to read more. Serious stuff. Not just about Disney princesses or Totte and Lotte taking a bath. So we are working on that, along with leaving our gadgets alone.

But I also wanted to write a bit about how it is going with my #YOEF-pledge. I just know you are super exited to hear about that.. The spoiler for this is that I will sound estremely smug and selfrightious, but I am happy with it, so please just allow me to be.

First of all I have read great and inspiring stuff from Fellow bloggers, specifically this one was interesting, and it made me all the more up for quitting my unhealthy shopping habit. And so far January has been fine. It has been a great relief to simply know, that I do not need to spend hours browsing Asos, H&M, Sportsdirect or the like for bargains online in the evenings. And going out physichally has been even better. There is no need to look in shops anymore, where I before would spend ages in the cheap sections, just to see what I could find for 7 Pounds. There is plenty of that already in my wardrobe. I have worked in fashion and lived in London where highstreetshopping was my favourite weekend-activity, so to my advantage I am not out of clothes yet. I still have stuff to choose from in the mornings.

I do wish for some things. Like the perfect pair of short black boots with the perfect heel. But I am unsure they exist, so I will wait until they present themselves to me, and then I will figure out if I really cannot live without them. Material things suddenly feel much less important.

– I have shopped though, I have not been a saint. I got a pair of spring boots for Jolina, and with the amount of glitter and flashing lights they have, they do make me feel quite horrible for the sweatshopworker making them, but I cannot make boots myself, and I could not argue (rookie-mistake) with a 4-yearold who really really wanted them. Not yet. But hopefully one day, she can be part of making better choices too.

And then I got a secondhand jumper for Roxie. It had firetrucks on it, and looked well-used, so it appealed to the smug, pink-glitter-hating, retro-loving person that I am.

You know what – It feels goood. I never knew it could feel this good not to shop. But I just feel so relaxed, because I don´t have to search for all the stuff we don´t need or even want that much. Stuff that makes me feel good for such a short time only. Stuff that reminds me of all the excess we already have.

Instead there is this feeling growing inside me, that the better I feel about myself, the more I will love what I already have. If I feel good about myself and body, I won´t need to find the perfect dress to flatter it. Feeling good, I can wear whatever already is available in my full drawers and shelves of stuff.

– But what about materialism, new stuff, the kick from doing a good deal, finding something pretty, holding something that will now belong to you..? It is still there, but on a different level. Finding the used jumper for Roxie gave me  that feeling. And making stuff myself does it too. Seeing things and being inspired to change stuff and not just buy new.

I fixed some old blouses and bits of material into dresses for the girls, and that felt awesome. It felt even better when they actually wanted to wear them, since that was not guaranteed, haha.

So I am not worried at all about this year. I am looking forward to it, and I am sure it will be life(style)changing. Money and time saved already. And not an unhappy person because I haven´t been out searching for – and finding the perfect black boots. Maybe even happier without them.

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Stay tuned for the NeXT chapter in the story of how I turn the family completely organic, move into a shed in the woods – without wifi, buy a goat, ONLY travel by bicycle, and never ever shave my armpits again.

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Teddys for a good cause

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I have been off from school and spending my time in the best possible way. With the girls – and with my sewing machine and fabrics. That is just the best me-time I can get. I have been making stuff for fun, but also a project that I wanted to participate in.

There is a huge national collection underway, to collect money to help children who are without mothers. It is a great cause to support, and a Danish craft magazine have made DIYs to homemade teddys, that can be donated to help the kiddies and help raise money. I have managed to make 4 little friends to send off later today.

I like doing things like these, even though it is just a little something, it still feels nice to be a part of something bigger. To show that perhaps if we all give a small contribution it will hopefully make a difference.

– And it is a good cause to support. I have no idea how hard it is to grow up without a mother, but my whole childhood it was the thing I feared the most. To loose my mum. Now being a mother myself, I cannot bear to think the hought of leaving my little girls. It easily turns into a horrible nightmare in my mind.

My sweet grandmother lost her mother when she was very young. And to make the story even worse, she got a stepmother that she really loved, who died soon after as well. Both gone to the dreaded psittacosis (parrot disease) that was quite dangerous on the Faroe Islands where my grandmother grew up in the 1920s. Sad, sad story, and even though my great-grandfather did all he could to be the best possible father ever, I am sure my grandmother always missed her mum terribly.
151 million kids are without a parent – or both of them! For many of them that makes life so much more dangerous. They could use help.
It is horrible that the amount of kids in need is so huge, and sad that we cannot save all of them, but I am happy to show my support. I hope lots of money will be raised to help kids missing their mothers.

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Spaceman dress

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Yes, I have been crafty today. And I loved it!

The nursery and kindergarten was open today, holiday is not before Monday, and the kids were happy to go there, so I was happy stay at home alone and have fun with my sewing machine.

Ah, such good times we had.

I cut the fabric quite quickly from an old dress since I am not one for patterns, and I just made adjustments along the way. It’s not perfect but good enough for me. Great actually. I am so happy.

The spaceman fabric is from my trio to Gothenburg last year, from the amazing thriftshop Myrorna. I was ecstatic when I found it. The striped fabric is from a thriftshop in my local area and very retro.

Making stuff is something I need once in a while. It’s my kick. And today was just a super boost.

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Hexagon quilt cozyness

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My mother gave me a quilt to finish, that she began many years ago. It is almost as old as me, so it has been lying in her craft-drawers for many years.. There was also a pillow, that I had actually been stiching together a few years later. Not good notes to the 7-year old me for her end-stichings, though.. I should hopefully be better at that now.

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I finished both, even though it was very strange sewing by hand again. And I did try some of the online tutorials on how to do it on the machine, but it did not work out that well for me. Not at all. So I did it the slow and cozy sitting-in-the-sofa-legs-up-way.

And now Jolina loves it. And she snuggles up on the floor with her favourite things – that will be Fireman Sam and her scooter, close to her.

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I love that it is so colourful, so mis-matched, and that it so reminds me of my mother´s craft-drawers.