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Breakfast




Breakfast

Originally uploaded by Pranamama.

My sweethearts loves them some granola.

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I’m moving my blog

I have finally figured out how to host my own wordpress.org blog (Because I love wordpress forever and ever!).

I’ve moved to my own site at One Girl Circus

I hope you’ll continue to visit me there, and if you’ve bokmarked me or linked here, please update to reflect my new location.  I’ve migrated all my posts and your comments,so you should feel right at home!

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My niece in her Holiday Dress




Sophia Christmas 2008

Originally uploaded by swingbyhere.

Climbing under the Christmas Tree. Sophia sure is a cutie!

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Furrowing Instructable

When I posted my photo of Ella’s furrowed sleeve on flickr, there was a lot of interest in how I accomplished the finish.  I am so sorry it has taken me nearly a month to complete the tutorial to share.  I hope you’re not too disappointed at how simple the technique is to achieve!

Sleeve Close-up

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Make a 1000markets mini!

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Lazy Girl | Blog » Free Purse Pattern: Noriko Handbag

via Lazy Girl | Blog » Free Purse Pattern: Noriko Handbag

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The Inside is as Important as the Outside

We all know that it’s more important to be beautiful on the inside as a person, but did you know that children are happier when their clothing is “beautiful” on the inside, too?

As you may know, Peter has Sensory Integration Disorder and also Asperger Syndrome. As you can probably well imagine, scratchy tags and poorly fitting clothing bothered him as a baby more than it bothered me, and often was the source of irritation for “no reason” (Oh what I wish I’d have known!!) Sometimes he would be upset for “no reason” only to discover that when wrapped in a soft blanket after a diaper change, or put on fleecy pajamas, his disposition would almost instantly improve.

With his condition, he is able to focus intensely on a single subject or aspect of a subject. This is both a boon and a bane, for when he’s uncomfortable in his clothing, he is thoroughly distracted. He cannot concentrate on “important” things, because all of his attention is focused on solving the “problem”of his discomfort. As he grows older, he’s more self-aware of this, and will wear his undershirts inside out under sweaters, so he has no scratchy tags or seams, and requests “soft” clothing. He always prefers mommy-made garments for their consideration of his needs. When I ordered tags for my clothing lines, I was sure to ask for approval on texture from Peter before I placed the final order, because if he’s comfortable, any child will be comfortable!

I have discovered with Ella that I default toward consideration to the most sensitive and high-needs requirements as a matter of course. This means Ella gets very specific directions, and all her clothing is designed for the ultra-sensitive child. J is convinced that it’s for this reason (our Peter-parenting experience) that Ella is such an “easy” child.

Over the years I’ve learned that it’s not only high-needs children who are bothered and distracted by clothing, socks, “hard” seams in jeans, inflexible shoulder seams, exposed stitching, loose threads, etc. Even adults have these issues, and it’s for those people and infants and toddlers that my garments are especially suitable.

Please have a look through the following photo examples and you’ll see what I mean.

Enclosed (French) Seams and flat-stitched hem:

inside_circleskirt

Bound inside hem, Jacket fully lined in fleece:

inside_jacket

Bound hem and seams:

inside_jumper

Bound seams, inside finish on cuff:

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Turned-and-stitched shoulder seams inserted into yoke lining:

inside_shoulderseam

Fully lined tunic with smooth snaps:

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Bound sleeve hem:

OGC_custom_outfit_cuff

It’s for Peter and all sensitive children that the insides of my garments are designed to be as smooth and comfortable as possible. Sure, this takes extra time, effort, engineering, and materials, but I think all our little ones appreciate the intent. They may not notice….but that’s the point!

I hope that One Girl Circus and One Boy Circus clothing will be my customers’ favorites. Hers or his because they are so comfortable, and their parents’ because they are so durable, washable, and simple. 

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