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Tablecloth Play Dresses

I've always wanted to make dress up clothes for my daughters. I made an Elsa princess dress a few years ago that I enjoyed creating, but not much else since then. A few weeks ago around my youngest daughter's birthday, a lightbulb went off. 
You might remember from my last post that I created birthday table displays using inexpensive party decorations, including plastic tablecloths that cost about $1. As I was picking up the latest display, I got the idea to recycle the tablecloth into a play dress! The first one I made was from the pink tablecloth in the display shown above.

I felt I had to create at least one more so they wouldn't fight over one dress, but it soon escalated to a total of four dresses that I made over the following weeks. I bought more tablecloths, solely for the purpose of making dresses this time. It was fun stocking up on different colors, hehe. I drafted my own patterns to my girls' measurements, and I had fun getting creative with different colo…

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Every artist goes through creative block once in a while. It just happens. Life gets in the way and all of a sudden, you have no time. Or you become frustrated and insecure about your abilities. Or you just don't feel inspired to create. I feel like I've gone through all of these things in the past year. It's as if the artistic, crafty part of me has been dormant for months.

The biggest factor has been the whole life and no time thing. I've gone through some major changes this year, including falling in love, getting married, and very quickly after, becoming pregnant with my first child (whoa). So not bad problems to have, but between a move, a wedding, newlywed life, and baby prep, I've given little attention to my sketchbooks and knitting needles recently. But I'm starting to feel the itch to get going again. 



Perhaps this new burst of creativity has come because it's now August, and fall looms around the corner. Autumn is my favorite time of year, when I feel the most creative. It's the season of colorful leaves and sweater weather and family and craft shows and the start of the holiday season. I think, also, that I've settled into my new life, so I'm not as distracted. I am primed and ready to start making again. I have sketchbooks that need filling, a craft show to prepare for, and baby sweaters to knit. The key will be to keep the momentum going.

Yeah, we'll see how that goes once the little one arrives, haha.

So, at least for now, it's back to the craft table. 


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