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.

Adventures in Blogging: DomesticEsq Mission Statement

About a year ago, I decided to try my hand at blogging.  LawyerChefGirl, my first attempt, debuted to a smaller audience of friends and family who graciously placated me as I posted on cooking adventures, travel, arts, and other random musings.  Since then, my transformation from workaholic attorney into domesticated wifey has taken new avenues that required me to rethink the limited and dare I say *humble* scope of my previous blog.  For not only do I adore cooking, and rambling on and on about it to whomever I can get to read a post on the topic, but in the last year I discovered I also adore sewing, and photography, and entertaining…

Enter DomesticEsq (or should it be DomesticEsque?? hmm…)

Here I will converse with the universe (I’m thinking big, mind you) about my foray into the vast and limitless world of the domestic arts.  I will impress you with my abilities to cook simple yet beautiful food and to pair great wine, regale you with stories about my journey from hot shot attorney to flour-covered hostess in a hand sewn apron, and chronicle this journey through images shot with my keen and omniscient lens.  I hope you’ll find my transformation entertaining, for those that know me would never have guessed that I’d come to prefer spending a day in front of my sewing machine over hounding a hostile witness in a deposition. 

Will I become the next Martha Stewart or Amy Sedaris?  Sadly, no.  But maybe, just maybe, I’ll figure out how to answer the question that has crept into my head the very moment I achieved every life goal from childhood through my career as a lawyer; a question that for the first time in my life the answer has not been crystal clear:

“What’s next?”