Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sister Set

My first order from the Summer Line was a "Sister Set" of coordinating pillowcase dresses.  The dresses are for the daughters of a dear friend of mine.  She wanted them to be in the same print but not identical.  We chose this gorgeous bold print and accented it with cream on one dress and black on the other. 

I love the versatility of the pillowcase dress.  It can be worn as a typical dress, with leggings or capris for a fun contemporary look, layered over a long-sleeved shirt and jeans or tights for a fun winter style, and it can even be worn as a top as the owner ages!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Photo Reality

So... I haven't been crafting much lately.  I admit it, I've been a complete slacker in this area!  But the reality is that I have been taking my creative drive in a different direction lately.  I'm going to share a bit of what I've been up to.  If you're not interested, feel free to skip this post, but I was just feeling the urge to share this part of me with you as well!

I have always loved nature.   My most vivid childhood memories are crisp images stored in my mind of the places I played outdoors.  I can remember as a little girl sitting on the warped, aging, moss-covered wooden bridge that crossed the little birch-lined creek in our backyard.  I looked down into the slowly moving water that was covered in a layer of golden leaves newly fallen from the trees and my heart swelled with delight!

I so desperately wanted to capture this image and keep it forever.  I tried to take a picture with my little plastic camera that my parents had given me for my birthday, but it turned out flat and blurry and just did not come close to the image I had stored in my mind.  I figured I just wasn't any good at taking pictures, or that it was impossible to have a photo capture what I was seeing, and my desire for photography waned.

As an adult my interest in photography has grown again as I wanted to find a way to better present my products.   A few years back I bought a super zoom camera that allowed me to have more control over the outcome of my photos and I truly got hooked!  This winter I took a photography class taught by my dear friend Jill Reid of Raindancer Studios and learned even more about what a camera is capable of.

This spring, I was finally able to afford a digital SLR camera, and I have actually been able to truly capture images as I see them!  I have spent countless hours outdoors with my kids; stopping at random locations, crawling on the ground, bending at funny angles, taking shot after shot as I learn the ability of my camera and its different functions.  And I have been capturing some of the most amazing (to me) photos of the glory of this season.

There is nothing in the world that makes me feel closer to God than to revel in His wonderful creation, and I have truly been drinking it in this spring!  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do and that you are able to enjoy the glory of the springtime (or the fall, depending on where you live) happening all around your home as well!

*all images (c) Andrea Moberly 2011.  May not be duplicated or used for any purpose without express permission.*

Summer Line

My "official" summer line is up!  You can find the link at the top of the page, or just click below to see what's new for the season!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Molecular Love

My sister and I are both a bit geeky.  For those of you who know either one of us, this is probably not much of a surprise.  To be honest, we came by it naturally.  Our dad is an engineer, our brother is an engineer, I have a BS in chemistry, my sister teaches high school chemistry, biology and physics.  Geekiness (geekyness? geeky-ness?) is in our blood.  Needless to say, I was totally tickled when my sister asked me to make two stuffed molecule rattles for a friend of hers who is expecting this summer!  She requested methane (CH4) and water (H2O).

We went with traditional colors for the methane C-black and H-yellow, but for the water we went with pink and white since we just found out the baby is a girl.

I will admit I totally looked up the relative atomic radii of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, and their respective bond lengths and made these molecules accordingly!  I just couldn't help myself :)  I didn't have to look up the bond angles (I still remembered those from my pre-children days).

On a side note, craftiness also runs strongly in our family's veins.  My mom ran a craft consignment store when we were little out of the detached garage behind our house.  She made pottery and sold all kinds of crafts.  I have very vivid memories of my preschool winter days, stirring the hot apple cider on the antique gas stove that was her grandmothers while customers roamed through "Nana's Cupboard" looking at all the locally made treasures!  I know that my love for crafting comes straight from my mom.   My sister has recently discovered her own crafty passion: jewelry and soapmaking.  She opened an Etsy store this winter where she sells handmade jewelry, stitch markers, and soaps.  Check out Endless Forms to see what she's got!