It's been a busy and difficult weekend. Yesterday I went to a birthday party for one of the children who was in my class. I got to see quite a few of the other children and their families and had a really great time chatting and catching up with everyone. The kids had a great time listening to a musician, running through the sprinkler and just playing in the yard. And of course cake is always a great thing! The party ended right on time when the rain started...we helped move all the food inside and then the sky opened up and it started POURING! My boyfriend and I decided to make a run for the car, so I took off my shoes and ran through two yards to get there...we were both totally drenched by then. And about 20 minutes later when we went to a friend's apartment, my shoes got soaked when I stepped out of the car into a small river coming down Beacon St. So I didn't end up saving them in the end. Later that evening we picked up take out dim sum from Gitlo's (anyone in the Boston area, this is a GREAT place to go! Very small, all handmade-to-order by a guy from Hong Kong...he is brilliant and it is one of our favorite places to go...the sweet potato puffs and rainbow noodles are my favorite!). We brought this home, because we were having my former co-teacher and her son over for dinner. It was really nice to catch up with her and her son had a great time play Rockband with my boyfriend. :)
I don't know if it was the running to the car, or the adjustment I did to my hips earlier in the morning, but last night was a horrible night's sleep. My back was killing me, and this nerve that I've pinched over and over that runs over my right hip started flaring..at one point I felt like my leg was going to fall off. A lot of Advil and some ice this morning helped ease the pain but after walking around the Legacy Place today my legs are cramping and my hips hurt again. I hope this isn't my back regressing.
Anyhoo, the point of this post was to talk about the inspiration I got today while walking around the stores at Legacy Place. We went and saw Despicable Me (great movie!) and then looked around at the shops nearby. I went into a handmade and local artisans shop, looking to see what kind of artists they feature there (I later visited the website and they offer consultations for $100 an hour...not what I'm looking for). Still thinking about my next move to market my bears. Ever since I started sewing clothes, I've had a hard time buying anything from the stores. Mostly because I think, I could make that for a lot less! Not the super fancy things, but for instance those skirts that are just elastic and fabric. I saw a ton of these in H&M and they are so easy! I couldn't find an example of the H&M ones but this one (MetroparkUsa) is a simple example:
The ones I liked in H&M had some silky material with a bit of a bubble hem, which I liked a lot. And I've seen some tiered skirts that are just as adorable. So that is going to be my next project for myself. I always thought leaving the elastic visible seemed lazy, but hey...if it's trendy AND easy, why not??
Finally, my jaw dropped when I saw this next item in William Sonoma...a baby food maker. Now call me crazy, but if you have a normal kitchen and a blender or food processor, I can't imagine that you couldn't do what this machine does (and in larger quantities!). I don't have children, so maybe I'm wrong, but this seems like quite a rip off. What do you think??