Monday, March 22, 2010

Polka Dot Overload in Review: Over 30!

Miniature Masheka and Mikhaela

Happy bloggy birthday to me! Whoa! This marks the 32nd post to this here new blog, Polka Dot Overload. I meant to do this with post #30. Which would have been fun since I'm turning 30 in June (which makes Cartoonist Baby, due June 18, my birthday present!) Oh well.

I started this site only a few weeks ago while on vacation with the vague intention of doing one to two posts per week, but I had no idea that blogging and cartooning about sewing and style could be nearly as much fun as SEWING ITSELF. And you all are so NICE! I often get 2,000 or 3,000 visitors a day (or more) to the left-wing political cartooning blog I've been running since 2001, but few of them leave feedback. And of the ones that do--well, let's just say I have to do a lot of comment moderation to get rid of the "I hope U die and rot in hel you uggly dike b*tch + U can't draw" crowd. I try to have a thick skin, but that kind of electronic abuse can really get a girl down.

But the 100-200 readers a day I've been getting here--you LIKE me, you really LIKE me! You leave comments! You like what I sew and you actually care whether I decide to make one pattern or use one fabric as opposed to another! You WANT to read about fabric stashes and polka dots and vintage patterns and cloth diapers with flames on them! Some of you have linked to me on your awesome sewist blogs! I'm crying tears of joy here.

So for readers new and old, let's review the highlights in the brief wonderful life of Polka Dot Overload. Thus far I have:

And my sew-happy brain has just been bubbling over with bloggy plans, so coming soon you can expect posts on:

  • Vintage hairstyling (and hairstyling in general), my complete lack of knowledge of and hopes to better myself in.
  • Pattern ambitions
  • Spring fashion, Mikhaela-style
  • Wardrobe building
  • Making the clothes of your dreams--and ONLY the clothes of your dreams!
  • Sewing at a Moving Target, aka Pregnant FBA/Tummy Adjustment Overload

Plus many more pattern reviews and a several-part tutorial collaboration I have hinted at here and here!

I have the day off from work today, but I need to lay off the blogging (mostly) and focus on muslin-ing and working on that mystery tutorial.

You might be wondering where I got the sculpture of me and Masheka at the top of this post, complete with iPod and copes of Mad (for Masheka), and tape measure, political cartooning books and chartreuse cardigan (for me), not to mention our cord-chewing little orange cat Riley (the story of how he ate through the foot pedal cord on my Viking AND the cord to my digital drawing tablet TWICE will have to wait for another day). My amazing mom, of course. She made it as a cake topper for our wedding in 2007 (she made the cake, too), but it was a bit too heavy so went next to the cake instead. And she wasn't leaving out kitty number two, we just hadn't adopted him yet.


  1. We love you, Mikhaela! Keep on bloggin'!

  2. These are the same reasons why my sewing blog now consumes so much of my life, despite the fact that I don't think of sewing as my calling, particularly. It's just so rewarding. It's a great way to connect with a community whose unofficial ethos is kindness and support. There's enough nastiness out there on the internet and in real life; the craft blogosphere, like our sewing rooms, is a safe, soft, happy place to hang out.

    And seriously, the flame diapers are just AWESOME.

  3. Woohoo! And I had my kid just before I turned 30 in June. Is June 18 your actual birthday? That would be a total trip to share a bday. My mother and sister are one day apart.

  4. I really heart you! For reals. I love that you're funny, political, and crafty/stylish/creative. And you're in NYC, so I feel like a vibe even though we've never met. You're a total inspiration! (So is Gertie). I feel the urge to run to the garment district and grab muslins (but I have a crap meeting to attend. Sigh)

  5. See, this is what I mean! You are all so nice, it's wonderful!

  6. This is fast becoming one of my top favorite blogs, keep on truckin! I'm excited to see all the new things you do

  7. oh, and my birthday is June 1, so she'll likely be more of a late birthday present. but my brother's birthday is June 13, so maybe they'll have the same birthday!


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