"The destiny of nations lies far more in the hands of women, the mothers, than in the possessors of power, or those of innovators who for the most part do not understand themselves. We must cultivate women, who are the educators of the human race, else the new generation cannot accomplish its task."
~ Friedrich Froebel
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The final two dresses are being added to the box today and getting ready to head off on their big adventure to Australia. I cannot tell you how much fun I had creating this mini wardrobe for a very special little girl. Her mom can't wait for the warmer weather to arrive and for her to be able to wear all her new things. The "Annikka" that is shown in the top photo is a size larger so that she can wear it next season. I have a bit of a confession. I wasn't sure what it was going to feel like sewing for someone I don't know. Almost everything I have sewn over the past several years has been for Abby and Olabelhe, but this is the first time I have actually created specifically for someone else and much to my surprise I truly loved it. Once I saw a photo of my little client my heart was filled and my imagination went wild and I was up again at all hours sewing like a crazy woman and now it's over and I am honestly sad. When Abby went through her ginormous growth spurt and shot up like a weed, I knew the days of twirly skirts and puffed sleeves were ending and to be honest I talked myself out of my love of sewing and designing. I focused my attentions in other places which, was also a good thing although my kids might disagree because all of a sudden they had a lot more school work to do than before.
However, now the wheels are turning again and I have a few new ideas as to how I might be able continue to design and sewing, and keep up with all the kids school stuff and maybe even get in a few hours of sleep here and there...maybe.
Monday, July 28, 2014
I can't tell you how good it feels to be sewing again. It's been too long since I had endless hours in my sewing room with the sound of my machine humming and piles of fabrics set out for me to dream about. I will be quite sad when this order is filled and I have no little one to sew for anymore. I told my husband that it almost made me want to have another one. . . . ALMOST!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Happy Fourth of July!
In honor of the holiday I decided to celebrate by having a sale for you! It's BOGO of your choice of patterns. Either PDF or Printed Patterns. However, please note that there is a limited supply of printed patterns left and I will not be reprinting these any longer due to the high costs of printing and wanting to give you the lowest prices possible. You can check the availability on my website and I will do my best to keep track of patterns as they sell out. So, how does it work??? Simply purchase as many patterns as you like, there is no limit! and then email me with the titles of the ones you would like as your gift/gifts and I will either email or "snail"mail them to you. Please title your email BOGO so I will be sure to get to your email quickly!
You can email me at Dawn@Olabelhe.com with any requests or questions!
Have a fun and safe Holiday weekend!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
You just have to go take a peek at all the cute new things I have added to Abby's Attic Shop! There are even things in there that Abby never got to wear, such a pity because they are so sweet. She went through a huge growth spurt and it seemed like overnight she jumped 2 sizes! Now, believe it or not she doesn't have a single mama-made thing in her closet that fits her and she is not happy about it. I need to work on that. She has been requesting a maxi-dress and some "pretty summer tops and skirts". With her being so tall now we are extremely limited as to where we can shop and the "one" place that is very popular with the t'weens and teens that you all know what I am talking about, she simply hates. However, we did find a few basics in there that she did agree to, but it's not much. So, I need to dust off the sewing machine and get cracking to make my girl some things that she'll love. However, that means I need to clean out more goodies from her overflowing closet and make room for new pretties. So, pop over there and see all the treasures I have added and let me know if anything sparks your interest.
and so many more!!!!!!
Please email me if you have any questions . . .
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
I've been doing a little dusting and cleaning in Abby's Attic. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what Abby's Attic is, I will explain. I have been attempting to find new homes for a lot of the samples I have made over the years and I opened a little shop on my website to share them with you. Please keep in mind that these are samples. Each is one of a kind and has only been worn once for photos. I cannot reproduce any of these in different sizes as I no longer have the fabrics or the time to do so. So pop over to see what new things I have added to the shop and see if there is anything your little girl might like to add to her closet this season.
Here are just a few of the new items to choose from.....Happy Shopping!
Please feel free to email me with any questions you might have.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Korean Lotus Lanters (which really light up)
A Spirit House from Thailand
My Travel Journal of all my ideas and notes - the kids each have their own travel journal to hold all the treasures they have made during their visit.
Homemade Passports - complete with stamps from each country that we visit!
A Japanese Fan - Made by Abby.
Chinese Lanterns - created by my kiddos
Origami paper dolls - so much fun to make!
Or collection of game pieces from games kids play around the world.
This has been an absolute blast to learn about.
Koi Kites hanging from our classroom ceiling
Hello Dear Friends!
Sorry I've been so quiet here on my blog. I feel as though I have neglected it and been away for too long. The winds of change have taken me to such an amazing place and I couldn't be more excited. After making the decision to stop sewing and designing patterns in order to devote myself completely to home schooling my kids, I found myself on an exciting new adventure. Up until then I had been relying on different curriculums for each subject matter at varying grade levels, and to be completely honest I wasn't completely thrilled with most of them. I found myself supplementing all the time in order to fill in the gaps and tailoring it for our needs. I'm sure many of you who homeschool feel the same way. Plus, with homeschooling growing in popularity there are so many more options to choose from and to be honest it can be a bit overwhelming at times. One of the aspects of learning that I have always wanted to instill in my kids is that learning can and should be fun! I hate the thought of children dreading the mention of "school time" with lots of grumbles and groans. Therefore, I have always tried my best to turn it around and make it a much more positive experience with lessons that make an impression and create memories for my kids.
So, I decided to try my hand at writing my own homeschool curriculum. Imagine that . . . I guess I'm just not happy unless I am creating something. The kids had been itching to have a better Geography experience and because it's one of my personal favorites I started there. I wanted it to be largely project based, but also one that touched on all the senses. I also wanted it to have a world view so that my kids could open their minds to different ideas about often over looked topics. Each week we visit a new country and immerse ourselves in that particular culture. Not only are we studying the geography of that country but we are learning about the people, animals, nature, art, music, cuisine, etc.etc. The kids are loving it, and I have to admit. . . so am I! I have spent more hours than I can even begin to count during the wee hours of the day doing endless research on each country trying to uncover fun and interesting items that I know that my kids will just eat up. Our journey began in Asia and as you can see from the photos our classroom is filled with projects and these are just a few that we have made. While the kids are working on projects I take that time to read folktales to them from that country or we listen to ethnic music to create an atmosphere. At the end of each week we have a family celebration and the kids and I prepare a feast from that country. I think this is their favorite part. But then again my kids are total foodies and are very anxious and excited to try new things. A few weeks ago we made Japanese Udon (which is a type of noodle soup) and my kids insisted on eating it traditionally with chop sticks. It was so much fun and they honestly did a great job. I was totally impressed. I can't even begin to share all the details with you because it is quite intense but all the while being lots of fun. I have shown my curriculum to a few friends of mine who happen to be home schooling parents as well as teachers and they have 100% encouraged me to publish this so that others can enjoy it as well.
Wow! I never imagined that I would be writing curriculum for home schoolers. What is that old saying? "When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window". Right now, that's exactly where I am being led. So, while I may not be creating pretty little dresses anymore my focus is still on creating for children, just in a much different way. Not only am I working on this Geography curriculum I am also writing a study guide for American History for my two oldest. Life is never dull around here and I wouldn't change a thing.
Perhaps, Olabelhe may soon have a new division of Homeschool Curriculum. We'll just have to see where life takes me.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Because of such a great response to my Big Sale, I thought I would extend it through the weekend. So, you've got more time to shop and spread the news to all your friends. Have them hop over to visit and pick up a few new patterns to add to their collections.
Happy Shopping and Enjoy!