I finished a few more Astrid dolls over the weekend. I was happy to find some (semi-) uninterrupted moments to myself after a flurry of busy events last week. Both of my kids are attending a ceramics day camp this week, so I'm hoping to catch up on some half-finished projects laying about my sewing room. The transition from school to summer is a bit strange, since we have suddenly gone from a structured schedule to a very free-form day. I feel that much of my personal creative and self-care time has taken a back burner. I'm sure I'm not alone!
I recently found these tiny boxes of sewing notions at my mother's house. I love how they look like a little library of books. They stand about 2 1/2 inches tall. One of my favorite parts is the fancy lady in silhouette on the front. It is hard to tell, but I believe she is holding her sewing.
That silhouette reminds me that I really want to try some paper cutting. I recently picked up a x-acto knife with this in mind. I am inspired by Elsita and her "The Heart of Papercuts" blog. Be sure to check out this spectacular Frida Kahlo necklace she cut. I am also constantly amazed by the work of my friend Anna Kronick. She is a well known, professionally-trained papercutter from Russia. Her work emphasizes Jewish themes, but not exclusively. We own a cut she did of the biblical Miriam in joyous dance that was given to us when our own Miriam was born 9 years ago.