New Beginnings: Inspiration Behind Sweet Peas by Tamara

Since becoming a self-proclaimed domestic dilettante, I decided to try my hand at sewing and various other arts and crafts.  In my job as an attorney, my creative side is relegated to drafting briefs and extolling the wisdom of the law of one particular case over another.  Rarely am I afforded the opportunity to actually create something tangible, which is why I came to enjoy cooking.  But the food I create is meant to be consumed and enjoyed.  The ephemeral nature of food means that other than a few snapshots, I have little to show for my effort, especially if my food is well-received. 

Lately my creative impulses have expanded to sewing, though sewing admittedly doesn’t play to my strengths.  I tend to attack various tasks and perform them quickly and efficiently, rather than pour over the details and fine-tune until the end result reaches perfection.  So as a beginner I’m working on crafts that don’t require a pattern and have what I call “fudge factor allowance.”  Maybe one day I’ll learn to slow it down and develop a meticulous attention to detail.  Until then, the “made with love” part will hopefully overcome any novice mistakes.

family-1-of-1 I’ve dubbed this new project, and my handmade arts and crafts, Sweet Peas by Tamara.  “Sweet Pea” is what my mother used to call me as a child and she is the inspiration for this new adventure.  When I was little she used to sew the most amazing treasures.  I remember at six years old my favorite present that Hanukkah was a handmade doll with long red hair tall enough to wear the dress that I cried about outgrowing the season before.  She also created dreidel stockings to hang on our fireplace mantel, one for each member of the family, and a lovely bedspread with matching cat pillows for my prized daybed.  Her last project was to sew my taffeta pink polka dot bat mitzvah dress, complete with bubble skirt and bolero jacket- high fashion for a 13-year-old circa 1990.  Because she died the following year, my memories of sewing with my mother are some of the ones I cherish most.  My hope is that in a few years time my sewing skills will improve enough that I’ll be able to carry on the tradition with my own family.


  1. Krystal Avila says:

    Hi Tammy,

    I just discovered that the little hand-sewn bag full of lovely fabric push-pins you gave me at Chritmas has your label on the inside! I didnt realize you hand made them yourself. Thanks again and congrats on exploring your creative side.

    Krystal A.

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