another sunday afternoon


I've been told I look 16, 18 and "a lot younger" than my age quite often in the last few weeks. Every time I order an alcoholic beverage the person who is serving me makes some outrageous comment about how much younger I look. This happens every single time. And it's not that I mind they ask for my ID. It's just that nasty little comment about how I look so much younger that kind of gets on my nerves. Most of the time it's a girl who can't believe I'm over 21, asks for my ID and then exclaims that I'm older than she is! Then in an attempt to make me feel better, they tell me I'll be happy when I'm older. I'm not yet convinced I'll still look young when I hit an old age. Oh, well. It's not the worst thing in the world. Perhaps one day I will look over 21...maybe.

margaret's birthday dress

Today is Margaret's birthday. She turned 8 years old. Awhile back her dad came up to me to see if I'd be interested in making her a dress after he had heard I sew for a living. Apparently it's hard to find longer dresses for little girls. He said his daughter is very picky when it comes to clothing and that she loves longer dresses. He was telling me it's fine that she likes them long, but boy it is hard to find a dress that she approves of that is the right length. So I agreed to take on the project, although it's not something I do very often (making little girl's dresses). For the pattern, I was able to borrow Margaret's favorite dress and trace a pattern from it. I asked her what color she wanted it made in and she said pink. (Of course every little girl wants a pink dress.) She's so adorable and I really did enjoy making her a new dress. When I dropped it off her mom told me she usually wears hand-me-downs, so she'll be happy to have one specially made for her. Today she came up to me and thanked me for her new dress. What a sweetheart! These are the times I appreciate my job the most.

close-up margaret's dress

Another day for wardrobe re-mix. I don't post pictures on there too often. Mostly because I am not always happy with my outfit. Even when I do post, I'm not always happy. But it is kinda fun putting together an outfit, even if I do change it about a dozen times. Here's what I came up with today...


playing with the camera

skirt close-up

Here's my new design wire. I was inspired by port2port's pictures on flickr. I love this idea. Most of the pictures are from Anthropologie magazines, but I also added a few random pictures in the bunch.

to inspire

picture wall

Last, but not least, here are the quilted coasters I made for my grandma for Christmas. I also gave her a set of four green glass juice cups. You can find the pattern (not that you really need one, but it helps) from the Japanese Craft book, "Machine Made Patchworks 02." I really love this book. It's probably my favorite so far, though there are so so so many Japanese craft/sewing books out there. I could probably spend a fortune on these books. I want them all! On that topic, has anyone ever seen their knitting and crochet books? I'd like to get my hands on a few of those, even if it's impossible for me to read the patterns. I'm sure it's worth it just for the beautiful and inspiring images.

quilted coasters + juice cups


  1. I am 31, about to turn 32. People think I am under the age of 25 all the time. Most assume that I go to Gettysburg College which would make me younger than 22. I don't mind. :)

  2. Well, I suppose you're right. I just kinda get sick of being stuck in the younger group ALL my life. I know it won't matter too much ten years from now, but right now it's getting just a wee bit tiring to hear every time I go somewhere. :)

  3. I understand. I couldn't wait to turn 25 because I thought people would finally start treating me like a grown up and not like an over aged college student. Nope, to this day I still hear, "Oh, you're still just a baby". I feel like unless I HAVE a baby or kids attached to me somewhere, people will always assume I am younger.

    It does get annoying at times though when people talk down to me because they think I am younger. I'm not sure why they think it's OK to talk down to anyone though. I actually told one man in the shop to stop calling me "young lady". His response was, "Well, you're younger than I am so you're a young lady". He just didn't get why it was annoying and slightly degrading.

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  5. I'm sooo far behind on my blog feeds right now! But I just wanted to pop in and comment on how CUTE your outfit is!! I'm always so scared to pair sweaters with skirts, for fear I'll look dumpy. But you look so adorable that I'm going to *have to try*! Yay for new fashion inspiration!! :) (And your photos are gorgeous btw... you are so pretty!)

    I know exactly what you mean about being told you look younger! The sad thing is both my boyfriend and I look young, so when we're out for a nice dinner and order drinks, we usually get weird looks! lol!! I've been told I look 18... and I'm turning 23 in May! I think there is only one time I wasn't carded... which was weird. haha!

    Hope you're having a fabulous, creative week, Anna!!

  6. Ooh, those coasters are so cute! Lovely gift.

    I had to comment because I am also perpetually being carded/and or queried on my age. I was at an art show at a prep school a few months back and had a parent asking me for directions to a classroom.

    I haven't seen the inside of a high school in over a decade! :-)

  7. I love your coasters. I was searching Flickr for ideas for a coaster swap I am doing, and found yours, and it was love at first sight.

  8. Oh yay! I love those coasters and they're not too difficult to put together. They make great gifts. :)