Friday, 28 December 2012

This Moment

Linking up with Soule Mama for this moment. 

I'm enjoying a few more happy days in my home state before needing to return to Canada.  But I'll be back in this space soon with some post Christmas fun and some works in progress.  We all had a wonderful (exhausting) Christmas and we're now getting ready to slow down into that wintery feeling.  The photo is from a solo, and silent walk down the street.  "My beach"

See you back here very soon!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Gratitude Sunday

I'm glad to be joining Taryn today for Gratitude Sunday.

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}

If you would like to join us, see below.

Our gratefulness feeds one another.


This week I have felt grateful for:

The gorgeous sun rises we've been having.  Every morning this week there was a bright pink sky. 

Our view over the city.

The very light, glittery snowflakes that have been falling for two days.  Very little on the ground though.

I am almost done merry making.  I have one doll to finish and all the rest is complete.  Actually, it feels bitter sweet.  I've enjoyed having a deadline of Christmas.

My very own craft room.

The simplicity we are trying to achieve this season.

My husband for forcing me to go to the gym even when I wasn't up to it.  I'm feeling happier this week just because I did.


That my children are safe and healthy here with us.

God bless all the families/friends that have been affected by this weeks tragedy in CT.  I am still in shock by these horrible acts, tears flow all around the world.

Saturday, 15 December 2012


Such a sad couple of days.  With the tragedy in CT, we are taking time to reflect and reset priorities.  I have friends of friends who have lost a child in this massacre.  I cannot imagine the pain.  How does one go on when your child has been taken from the world?  What do you do the next day, the next month, the next year?  I can't imagine...I am sending out a prayer for all. 

Thursday, 13 December 2012


Over the river and through the woods to grandmothers house we go....well not quite yet.  I have just five more days to finish everything for Christmas.  Once we get home to Maine there won't be much time for elfing.  So right now I am using every spare moment I can to create.  If only nap time could last a little longer.  Here's what I/we have been working on...

I finally finished one of the dolls...I love it!  I think she looks a bit like an alien but I'm sure my daughter will be fond of her.

Her hair was the hard part...several hours!  And I still have one doll to complete..haven't even started on her hair.
Besides the dolls, my girls will be getting a Maine made kitchen set.  Beautiful!  So I am making the food to go along with it.  I'm not a fan of plastic food sold in stores and I'm really trying to stay away from junky toys this year.
I've seen these Waldorf inspired puzzle suns, rainbows and ocean waves a lot and decided this was a good gift for Violet since we are working on colors.
And ornaments for teachers from Hazel
We've also been doing some baking...some of these will be gifts but I find with two little girls that most of our baked things will be eaten well before the big day!!
I think we are doing a pretty good job of creating special gifts this year.  It has felt so good, avoiding the stores was a big goal of mine!
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!  Is there anything you are working on?  I would love to read about it!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

A link to a great giveaway

I don't have a lot of time to post today.  It's getting so close to Christmas and I'm feeling the merry making crunch.  But while poking around my favorite blogs I came across Ginny's at Small Things, she has written a very heartfelt plea.  She is asking for help for friends who are going through a rough time.  I know it's close to Christmas and hard to part with money but even a little bit helps and then you'll be entered for some fantastic giveaways. 

If you can head on over to are the wonderful giveaways.  Looks good, right?

The prizes are:

One $100.00 gift card to Stubby Pencil Studio

Two winners will each receive a $50.00 gift card to Stubby Pencil Studio

One $50.00 gift certificate to Gypsy Forest

One $50.00 gift certificate to The Vermont Branch Company

One $30.00 gift certificate to Wooly Moss Roots

Two winners will each receive a ten volume set of Alphabet Glue

One skein of yarn, winners choice, from Brambleberry Yarns

Two winners will each win a $25.00 gift certificate to Mamma 4 Earth

One $20.00 gift certificate to Luna Grey Fiber Arts

One $25.00 gift certificate to Connected in Hope

One $20.00 gift certificate to The Sitting Tree

One $20.00 gift certificate to Maya & Ruhi

Saturday, 8 December 2012

And The Winner Is....

Time to announce the winner for my addition to the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway.  I've had a ton of fun visiting other blogs and poking around through the giveaways.  Can't wait until next year.

The winner will be contacted by e-mail, and the lucky winner is:

Lovely fabrics, I am a huge Mendocino fan! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Congrats, I hope you enjoy the package!

Friday, 7 December 2012

This Moment

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Vintage Christmas and crafting

Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite Christmasy things.  We have two homes to decorate this year since we are spending half of December in Canada.  Christmas and New Years will be spent in Maine.  So I've decided to decorate our "Canada house" with vintage decorations, which I have found to be very expensive!  But here are some of my favorites...are you a vintage fan too?

Not even sure I can bring myself to hang these...what if they get smashed?  We do have two little sets of hands in this house!

Just found the following at the local thrift shop.  Makes me so happy!  I could look at it all day.  Cheesy, I know.

This little hand made gnome dates back to the 50's.  A little creepy, yes?
I guess my style would be creepy gnomes/elves!  Found at the thrift store.
Elfie story found here
Our current favorite Christmas read. We found this one on Amazon for 1 penny!
My vintage inspired dolls for the girls' Christmas gifts.  Still plenty of work on these two.  The idea of adding hair makes me a wee bit nervous!
The dolls were the easy part but the dresses are starting to stress me out.  I have remade this dress twice.  Fortunately they are small!
 That's all for today!  Are you ready for Christmas?  Are you making anything special?  I would love to hear about it!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Giveaway Day! (Comments Closed)

I am so excited to be participating in Giveaway Day through Sew Mama Sew.  There are tons of wonderful people simply giving away wonderful items and handmades as well as fabrics, notions and even books related to sewing!

If you have never visited my blog before, I am fairly new and really excited about blogging.  I love crafting, sewing, quilting, gardening, cooking and raising my two rambunctious little girls.  Take a look around, and comment if you will!

And now for the giveaway!  Yay!  4 cuts of fabric and the book Bend the Rules with fabric by Amy Karol. 

You may notice a little Heather Ross in there (cut selvedge to selvedge about 8 in. wide)
Kaffe Fassett (Brokade Floral) cut selvedge to selvedge 12 in. wide
Alexander Henry (angel cakes) just in time for Christmas.  About 23 in. wide
Patty Reed (Charms).  About 23 in. wide.
(My favorite)
So to enter all you need is to make a simple comment about something you may make with one of these fabrics.  For a second chance to win simply become a follower of my blog and let me know in the comments that you have done so!
I am willing to send internationally.  I'll close comments on 12/7 and a winner will be announced on 12/9. 
Good luck and check out some of the other giveaways.

Friday, 30 November 2012

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Work in Progress

I haven't been doing any quilting lately because I've really been enjoying the instant gratification of a quick project.  Sometimes I just need something quick to make me feel accomplished.  Does that sound weird?  Sometimes life is stressful and it's nice to have finished something!

So this week I finished a quick little wreath that is now happily hanging on my wall.  Such an easy project.  Tear strips of fabric and wrap them around a wreath form.  The tearing of the fabric feels oh so good!

And an up close shot of the adorable holly
I wish this little girl could play happily while I work, I guess she's too young yet.
One of my goals for Christmas is to have two dolls made, with clothing.  One for each of the girls.  One doll is mostly finished and one is in the cutting process.  Plus I need to finish the clothes.  I have never made a doll but I was given this pattern.  My mom made this exact doll many times when my siblings and I were little.  It's fun to be re-creating it!

So cute!  Mine won't have the cheeks, those scare me a little!
And the dresses are being made from vintage sheets.  I adore the large flowery patterns and surprisingly orange is becoming a favorite color!

Linking up with Frontier Dreams and Freshly Pieced.  Take a peek at all the wonderful projects!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Corners of our home

We are spending some time in our little Maine home by the sea.  We'll be heading back to Canada next weekend for a few weeks but we'll be back in this space for Christmas.  So I wanted to get a head start on decorating.  I know..I know, a little early.  Take a look around!

I have to pack most of our breakables into this hutch, otherwise the girls are all over these items, which are my favorite!

Found two years ago, waiting for me at the local Goodwill
Hazel couldn't stand the idea of waiting to get a tree.  So I splurged on this little one, just to keep her happy for now.
This sweet little Christmas coat just barely fits Violet.  We'll keep it on display this year to remind ourselves of how little she is.
Elfie, elf, elf (as he's been named) has been found rock climbing.
And here he is sewing.  I sure hope he gets the dolls done for the girls!
So there you have it!  There will be much more to show, I'm sure.
Have you started decorating?