Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Birthday!

One year ago today I gave birth to Zari on the floor of my master bathroom. Now she's walking, crawling, eating food, terrorizing the dog, and getting more personality every day. How does that happen?

I feel like I should write something very profound, bordering on sentimental, but I can't think of a way to express the entirety of a year in a few words. So let me leave you with some pictures of Zari on her first birthday, in her Little Red Riding Hood costume I made for her. More pictures to come after her birthday party tonight.

But before you get to see the pictures of the costume, you get a blow-by-blow of its creation. Because of course I can't just go out and BUY a Little Red Riding Hood costume, or even just red fabric and a cape pattern. Nope. That would be too easy. I had to dye pieces of wool and silk, devise a pattern myself, and then sew it with lots of "help" from Zari. The wool is stuff I bought waaaaay back in high school. I made several baby blankets with it and had a long, narrow piece left over. The silk charmeuse scraps are left over from making my wedding dress.

The wool & silk awaiting their destiny, next to a pot of acid dye from Dharma Trading Co.
Dyeing in process.
Fabric is cut out. I wanted to make a big hood--I think they look more dramatic--
but it ended up way too huge. Oh well. It's still cute.
Zari helping me sew.
...And the end result!

19 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Zari. I really love her costume. I think all the work you put into it makes it very special. And now I want a red cloak--but I know it just wouldn't look as cute on me.

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  2. Wow what a cool birthday to have! It my faith (Wicca), today is also our new year and one of the most important holidays! Happy Birthday Zari! Happy Samhain!!

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  3. Happy Birth Day, Zari!

    and those pictures just kill me. really. I'm dead here on the floor from the sugar overload. sweeeettt.

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  4. Oh my gracious, that cape is the best thing ever. You could never have bought one that cute! Way to go!

    And how cool that her birthday is Halloween? I bet when she gets old enough to trick-or-treat in a few years, she'll think everyone is giving her candy for her birthday. ;)

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  5. Now that is just gorgeous. I can't believe you still had wool from HS and silk from your wedding. Lucky little Zari! Happy birthday again to you and her both.

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  6. The cape is a hit! Happy happy birthday!

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  7. Yeah, it's kind of sad when I keep fabric for that long...but I finally found a good use for it!

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  8. That cape is so cool. Cute pictures of Zari too! Hadley was Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween also, but I'm not as ambitious as you. I just bought the costume from Wal-mart.

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  9. My first thought...I want a red cape with a dramatic hood!

    Second thought...Funny, I'm actually wearing my red trenchcoat.

    Conclusion: No comparison. I don't even hold a candle to Zari. Absolutely precious!

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  10. This just proves I am genetically predisposed to have beautiful children. Thanks for giving me hope!

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  11. what a great costume!!! She is too cute!

    Happy Birthday Zari!

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  12. awww so cute!

    Happy bday Zari!

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  13. what a special costume, handmade by Mama--it turned out very beautifully, and she is absolutely beautiful. You have a real talent! For costume making and baby making, hehe

    :) Happy Birthday to the lil darling dear and happy Birth-Day to you, Rixa-- a first birthday is an extremely important day for the mother, I always thought. You have been through an incredible year, the first year of your baby's life, and it is a big, big deal. Hugs to you all.

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  14. Happy Birthday Zari! How wonderful. Were you ready for it? Was it emotional?

    My son turns 1 on Nov. 10th, and I don't feel prepared. He's decided to wean himself the past couple of months, and I wasn't ready for that either. It hit me out of the blue, and now I'm officially dry. My little infant boy is becoming a toddler, his parent's obstinate personalities in tow and all!

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  15. Happy birthday Zari! You are one lucky girl to have such a talented Mommy!

    What a treasure for her to have for years to come.

    Love, Chalice

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  16. You never do anything half-way, Rixa. She and the cape are absolutely beautiful.

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  17. Isn't she's cute?... Oh, so lovely

    Kindly tell her regards from
    nursereview.org

    Thanks

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  18. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!

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  19. Begging your pardon but the hood is *not* too big. It's perfect. Very nice. And happy first, Zari. My birthday is also October but 31st is way cool. I luv this blog. Am reading on more.

    ~K~

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