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elise blaha cripe  maker, goal-setter & mama to two little girls in san diego creator of @gettoworkbook & #creativekidsecourse currently: garment sewing obsessed.

I was dreading the “pack a lunch” part of kindergarten. turns out it’s very fun. (this is three days.)

the two Ps of our family. for some reason this photo makes me want to cry? 😍

sunday morning with my favorite artists.

I have been lucky this year with good books but just read back-to-back five stars! 🦄 first, “We Were the Lucky Ones” a true story about the author’s family who lived in Poland during the start of WWII and what happened to them during the Holocaust. and then last night I stayed up way too late finishing “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” which is fascinating fiction about being your true self. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #elisereadsandreads

made it to friday and after three weeks ellerie has found her kindergarten stride. 🙌🏼 #ELLERIEatFIVE

last week we attended ellerie’s back to school night. one of the things her kindergarten teacher mentioned is that they use eraser-less pencils in class.
“the reason is that if they have an eraser they spend more time erasing than writing.” she explained as she mimicked drawing one line and then frantically trying to scrub it out. “I don’t want them to worry about how their first line is wrong. I want them to just move on to the next line. they need to try.”
if it would have been appropriate, I would have stood up and applauded. +
with five-year-olds, the solution is simple: don’t give them an eraser. as we get older it feels more complicated. we worry about the eraser (or lack of one) so much we don’t even want to try. because what if it looks bad? what if it’s “not right”? what if I mess up? how will I fix this thing I haven’t even attempted?
let’s follow the kindergarteners and try writing without the eraser. let’s try trying.

finished my #landershorts! clearly this isn’t the best photo of them but it’s a winner of the girls.

I said this in the comments on the @abeautifulmess feed this morning, but I am posting it here too because if I have learned ONE THING from sharing my life and work online over the past 13 years, it’s that shrinking who you are to hypothetically please everyone is much more crushing than criticism.

finishing up the last of my summer sewing! these will be olive green #landershorts made in 100% cotton twill deadstock from @elizsuzann. I wore out two pairs of my old store-bought shorts this summer and am so excited to get this new pair into my wardrobe.

#ellerietheintern returns! we started part-time childcare when elle was about 15 months old and shortly after I launched @gettoworkbook (prior to that I did a lot of things for work). now that she is in kindergarten we have every afternoon together and on wednesdays she gets out extra early! sometimes that means we run errands or go to the park but today it meant chatting at the warehouse about who should come to her birthday party (she made the list in sharpie) while I packed up orders.

a few of you asked what I found at @stonemountainfabric over the weekend. the answer is my entire fall sewing plan! I shared more details in my stories today but the TLDR: I am so excited to sew bohemia linen #robertscollection bibs, a stripe knit #pennyraglan, a simple black rash guard and swim bottoms (#m7417), a white #unionsttee, an #iamcassiopee in that @aprilarhodes floral rayon and something amazing in that cobalt blue mora slub. 💙

made it to fabric paradise this morning! massively inspiring and overwhelming but I had a (crazy detailed) list and stuck to it. plus I got to meet up with @bayronhandmade! ❤️ I am so excited for some autumn sewing.

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