Skirt as Art series with Skirt Fixation: Norman Rockwell

Welcome, Skirt Fixation readers! Today I am participating in the fabulous Skirt as Art series (which is one of my very favorites). The artist I chose is one my family has loved for many years: Norman Rockwell. A few years ago I made a dress inspired by another Norman Rockwell painting (here) called “Girl at Mirror“, which, funnily enough, is the same girl in the painting I chose today (although it is a different daughter of mine modeling).

Skirt as Art: Norman Rockwell

This one is called “Triumph in Defeat” and was originally for the Saturday Evening Post. I adore it,  BUT let me tell you, it was dang near impossible to find a location to photograph it in. I decided to zoom in on the little girl in the photo, to simplify things, so that all I would need to do is find a suitable bench, and wall. I ended up shooting in two different locations, and then chose the one I liked best (which was from a local school). To make things interesting, my daughter and I made up a story about the girl in the photo, and we documented that, first.

Skirt as Art: Norman Rockwell

This is the “before” scene.

Little Mary Whalen (her actual name) was headed to school, neat and clean like her Mom liked her to be, but she rarely enjoyed. Just as she was approaching the school,  another little girl who was a known bully, knocked Mary’s books out of her hands. A great fight ensued and even though Mary got punched in the eye, and called to the Principal’s office, the other girl was taught a lesson, and would not bother her again.

Skirt as Art: Norman Rockwell

Outfit details: I sewed up a Bookworm button up by Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link) like I have sewn before (here and here). The only change I made was to shorten the sleeves (so they could be rolled up for the photo).

Skirt as Art: Norman Rockwell

The skirt is the Betty Skirt by the Shaffer Sisters which was perfect for this pleated uniform skirt.

Skirt as Art: Norman Rockwell

Clearly, this is the “after”.

The story goes that Rockwell was having trouble painting the black eye, so he put out a call and offered $5.00 to a person with a black eye willing to sit for him. A little boy, named Tommy, from Massachusetts happened to get two black eyes while playing, and his Father drove him all the way to Vermont to sit for Rockwell. For my model, I had face paint, and photoshop.

Skirt as Art: Norman Rockwell

I have to say, getting the expression of this girl was the other challenging part of this project. Take a second to try it. Let me know how you do. It is super tricky to get right! I was trying to demonstrate it for my girl, and really could not do it. We took a whole bunch of photos, and this was the best I got. I wonder how much liberty Mr. Rockwell took with the eye and expression and how much was the ability of the model.

This was so much fun to reenact. You know I love a good challenge. The sewing part was easy, surprisingly. Thank you for joining me.

If you were to recreate a painting, which one would it be?

Now hop over to Skirt Fixation to see which painting Audrey chose to recreate!

Skirting the Issue Inspiration

Welcome if you are coming here from Simple Simon, today, and Welcome back to everyone else!

For the past few years I have participated in Skirting the Issue, and it has made my heart so happy, every single time (like here, here, and here). I do love skirts in their simplicity, and they are one of those cathartic projects that I like to distract myself with, when I should be doing other things. Ha!

Today I thought I would give you a little skirt inspiration (or skinpiration– no that’s just weird).

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Top Row: Left : Middle : Right

Second Row: Left : Middle : Right

Bottom Row: Left : Middle : Right

To see each post, click on the links above.

 Right now, I am working on the skirts I am donating this year. I always love the thought of some little girl somewhere knowing someone out there cares.

And we do!

If you would like to join in, check out the post over at Simple Simon.

Office Chair Refashion

I found this chair on my local Buy Nothing Project group.

The upholstery had holes and was worn, but the chair had “good bones”, so I grabbed it for my daughter. When I brought it home, I did a simple Office Chair Refashion that made us both happy.

Office Chair Refashion

I started wiht asking my 10 year old what kind of fabric she wanted. She said soft and warm, like flannel. That narrowed it down, nicely. I then went through my fabric stash, and found this adorable woodland creature flannel and she was in love.

Office Chair Refashion

If you have never recovered one of these rolling chairs, it really is super easy. Unscrew the screws on the back, remove the old cover (and any staples) and cut a new piece of fabric to fit. After the fabric is in place, secure it (either staple or even tape) making sure to get all the wrinkles out, then place the backing and screws back on. Repeat for the seat part.

Office Chair Refashion

The only thing I was in doubt about was giving my child a white chair. Ha! She does not keep many things white, for long. So far, though, she is treating it gingerly, and lovingly. I do hope those fuzzy creatures help her maintain it. But if they don’t, I can always recover it.

Office Chair Refashion

What have you recovered today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Percy Jackson

This post contains an affiliate link, so if you purchase the item using this link, I get a little something too.

We are a little late to this party, I know. But our Falafel is finally reading:

Percy Jackson the Lightning Thief book review

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

So far, she is engrossed in it (which is saying a lot, since she is resistant to reading anything but the Warrior Cat books- see here, here, here, here– and Harry Potter. I’d say she is branching out!). I have asked her not to share the details with me, yet, since I want to read it too. I have see the movies, but I know the books are usually different.

As I am typing this, I have caught her reading way past her bedtime, so I am taking that as a good sign.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

Accessible Play for All

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

Owen's Playground: Accessible Play for All regardless of ability

The girls and I had the absolute privilege of attending the opening ceremony for an all inclusive playground called Owens Playground. If you have a moment, I encourage you to check out the story behind it here. It was incredibly beautiful and happy to see this place, which began as a thought, come to life. And what was even more beautiful, was seeing the diverse crowd of greater than 500 people that showed up to support and play.

We had the pleasure of meeting Owen, just a few times, and call Stacy and Kelsey our friends. It was an incredible emotional moment that I am so thankful we were a part of.

I know there has been a lapse in sewing posts around here (which I promise to remedy soon), but I felt compelled to show this snippet of joy that we shared, in hopes it will shine a little light where there is so much darkess, as of late. Social media is wonderful, on one hand, because it is a great channel to connect with others. On the other hand, we get bombarded with bad news all the more rapidly.

I think the world needs more happy. And this is happy at it’s purest.

What Happy have you seen this weekend?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: something for your little herbalist

This week, I took out a book from the library for Falafel because I knew she would love it:

BTW: This post contains an affiliate link. If you buy something using my link, I get a little something too!

Medicinal Herb book review

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs

A beginner’s guide

Guess what? She LOVES this book. I think this one is a keeper. We are defintely going to purchase a copy for her because she hasn’t put the book down all day.

Because our girl is obsessed with reads the Warrior Cats books, she has become very interested in becoming a Medicine Cat Woman. She is always mixing up “herbal concoctions” in our yard, but really wanted actual guidance. This book is super simple to understand, and she cannot wait to make things like an herbal bath, or herbal oil to massage feet with. I only wish we got it before the middle of the Summer (yes I just said that outloud. Gah where is it going??!!) so that we could plant some of the herbs that she could use.

Right now, I have her making lists of what she would like to plant and the excitement is high.

I love when the books I find are huge successes in our home. It’s the little things, really.

What are YOU reading this week?

Back from Fiddle Camp with TMI

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Oh my goodness! We are back from Moses Lake Fiddle Camp (like last year) and tons of fun was had. While The Bee was fiddling her heart out in class for 6-8 hours a day, we took our Falafel everywhere there is to go in Moses lake. Swimming at the waterpark, running at the Highschool track, movies, bowling, and even a gymnastics class for our little gymnast! The most fun was had with our friend,  and her adorable boys on the lake.

At night, we went to the Contra Dances, which are always a blast. Any student can jump in and play with the band. One night they had over 100 people playing. It is so much fun to dance too.

Now for the TMI part. The last night we were there, I ran out of clean underwear (as one will do when one tries not to pack too much stuff), so I went “commando” ahem with the thought that I would sit on the sidelines and photograph all the action. That is when the caller came over and asked me (out of about a dozen other people sitting around us) to particpate in one of the dances, because they were short one person. How could I say no?! Ha! I danced very carefully so my dress didn’t ride up, and laughed the entire time. My husband just said, well you’ll get a great story out of this one.

Now you have, I am sure, waaaaaaay too much information about our trip. The most important thing is it was fun…and we are back! Afterall, there is no place like home (uh, and somewhere you can wash your underwear).

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Where have YOU been lately?

Acorn Valley Blog Tour and Giveaway

Welcome to this stop on the Acorn Valley Blog Tour!

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Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

I chose to sew up another Melanie Knit Dress,for this tour, only this time I made the neckline differently, and lengthened the dress for my girl to grow into. The fabric is Acorn Valley Main in Cream knit, and Acorn Valley Bloom Dot Teal in knit. It is so soft and lovely to work with.

Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

And those foxes?! So cute. Can you spot the squirrels?

Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

I sewed the pattern as it was written (except for the lengthening). It is such a quick fun sew, and in this fabric, is extremely comfy!

Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

It is so cozy, I bet she could even use it for a nightgown!

Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

Here is that Star Hair I showed you the other day! I think it goes with this adorable fabric, beautifully.

Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

Now for the fun part! To enter for a chance to win a box of 1 yard cuts of AV flannels, use the rafflecopter below.

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Be sure to check out the other bloggers on tour!