Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I am a sucker for lovely children's clothes. I have spent more on boutique clothes than I would like to admit. I wish Grosgrain didn't show me this store, because I don't need to spend anymore money but I love this site.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Brillant- simply brillant!
I love this Meadow Lyre
The fact that I am not musically inclined at all doesn't seem to be entering into the picture.
I so wish these were my size http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34600208&ref=sr_gallery_15&&ga_search_query=tap+shoes&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&includes=tags&includes=title
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
This year I would love to include Finn in on this tradition. I am out of ideas though. I may have used them all up this last weekend with the nieces and Finn and the adults, truth be known (you know you loved craft time!).
If it was just me I would stay up until midnight to make these little baskets, I am obsessed with them, http://frontierdreams.blogspot.com/. Do you think a 4 year old would get in on the felting?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The advent calendar was a huge hit!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Well, first a list that has been composing in my head for some time.
Things I want to do in the New Year
1. Practice more Yoga!
2. Reupholster a vintage couch in really crazy fabrics.
3. Make a wreath every month out of things found.
4. Take more nature walks
5. Think of new fun family things to do together
6. Live at camp more during the summer
7. Buy less
8. Build up my shop on etsy
9. Find a new house in the country, for the whole family
10. Be a better wife
11. Be a better mother
12. Be daring! Do at least one thing a month that stretches my comfort zone
13. Go camping for a weekend.
14. Give things away. They are just things and I don’t want my time sucked into cleaning. Sorting, storing or listing them anymore.
15. Make things for the family first this year.
16. Knit a sweater for me
I am sure I will keep adding to it in the weeks ahead. This blog would be a great place to document if my list is just words or if I have put some action behind it. So I will stay for a bit longer.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
There is an awesome give-away here. While you are at Ms. Sew-Fantastic's blog check out the awesome crayon wallets and the start of her crayon quilt. Love these!
Monday, July 13, 2009
What a great giveaway at Green Fairy quilts, and a great charity to give to as well. I just 'found' this website and I am so inspired. I love noodles and there are some great patterns here as well as awesome noodle packs.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Giveaway runs until Memorial Day here: http://www.skeinsherway.com/ Run over and let her know I sent you.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
These are just some things that are inspiring me at the moment. They also share a color palette with my kitchen. The Scarlet Tangier has built this nest twice now in the playhouse. Now that it has eggs in it my 4 year old is enthralled. He watches from binocolars, has to check it out once a day, looks the bird up in bird books and frets about the babies.
The second picture is a table runner I made a few days in the last week of pregnancy for our new little one. I love the fabrics from a charm pack by Moda and love the wooden bowl. I think I found the wooden bowl at TJ Maxx. The tree is the huge maple tree that lives in our side yard. He is a tough ol' tree and we love him for it.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I have been working on and off with this project. LM loves Tom & Jerry so I bought this panel about 1 year ago to make him a special lap quilt. Well, there it sat in my stash. Finally pulled it out this last week and started thinking of ways to make it up. Using 5" square scraps from my scrap bin together with strips I have been pulling it all together. I think I will use white to frame the blocks a bit. Then I was thinking of quilting the white sections with multi-color thread with words- like his name, Tom & Jerry etc.
This isn't my greatest masterpiece but it is fun and will see quite a bit of wash and wear so I am trying not to obsess about it. Hoping to get this done by the weekend. We shall see. It is supposed to be beautiful weather.
Who doesn't love flowers. I know I do. While you're there click on over to her etsy store. Super adorable things if you have a little girl in your life.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I especially love this rocket ship from Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To by Jenny Hart. Love this book! He likes the shirt, honest he does. He just like's mama's milk better right there.
I have been just using Gerber onesies (because they are what I had on hand and I like that the sleeves are finished instead of just serged). Some (okay most) of the onesies are his big brother's hand me downs. Now they are uniquely his.
I didn't use a backing on these. Sometimes when doing embroidery on clothes I use a bit of cotton quilt batting on the backside cut to shape. This often hides knots, makes the stitches even and is a bit softer against the skin. I wasn't liking the look of that on these little onesies so I just put the onesie in a hoop and stitched away. I also just used whatever colors I liked in my big box of tangled floss. Worked just fine.
Since his borther had these type of shirts for every holiday I am afraid the newest guy will have to suffer momma's crafty endeavors as well.
Next installment- the knitting projects.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
1. Fall in love all over again! Yeah new baby! Love up on the family!
2. Only smart, well thought out purchases. Curb the consumerism.
3. Finish at least 2 projects that I have started. There is more than enough of these throughout the house and they probably range from a 5 minute job to a few days. I have been finishing projects like crazy around here in the last few weeks and it feel so good. Must keep it up.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Before: See my constant helpers. Little man and Morgan dog always ready to lend a hand.
It was super simple just to slipcover these cushions. Maybe 1 1/2 hours and 2 yards of fabric- only because I choose a fabric I needed to match the pattern on. The fabric is a super soft chenille and heavy upholstery weight. In hindsight I wish I had gone with a bit funkier fabric but this won't show all the pet hair and kid things as much. There is always next time too!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
My head is in a complete fog today. I have a terrible head cold combined with 35+ weeks pregnant can make me grouchy. I didn't sleep much last night (or the last several) since I have an awful sore throat-- but enough whining.
I have been managing to quilt again. For a little while there I forgot how much I love it. Forgot enough even to think maybe I should just ditch it all, the stash, the patterns, the whole thing. I sometimes have these pipe dreams of only buying what I want to work on right at that second and finishing it and putting it away. The cold hard reality is I simply think this will never be me. I always have multiple projects on the machine, on the needles, etc.
Simplify-- this I think I can do. I have managed to clear an awful lot out of our attic and house in the last few weeks, a perk of nesting. Now I need to make sure I don't go back there again. The lure of the recycled and thrifted items I must ignore.
In the next few weeks, God willing, we will have a new life to add to our home and family. I couldn't be more excited and scared. Oddly, I feel so completely unprepared this time. I'm worried about the nursery not being done- yet we co-sleep at least for the first 5 months, and about a million other things. Really non-things if you want to know the truth.
I'm going to go take a bit of a nap and let my mind wander over a few books, plan an upcoming birthday and try to live a bit more in the moment, even if there is thick fog.