Sunday, 30 September 2012

Gratitude Sunday

Today I'll be linking up with the lovely Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots to share what we are grateful for.  This week I am grateful for the following;

Photos of our home in Maine, allowing me to feel a little less homesick.
Knowing that we will be on our way back home for a visit this time next week! 
My sweet baby Vi slowly learning how to entertain herself.  More and more she is willing to quietly play.
Babies in footy pjs.  So yummy!
As the weather gets cooler up here in the north it is so nice to see my girls dressed in handknits (even if I didn't knit them).  Warm and cozy.
Rainy, cold weekends spent inside with my little family.  Sewing, painting, cooking, creating.
Sunday drive to a new favorite Mexican Restaurant...mmm fresh!
Again with this sweet baby.  She climbed right up in this chair (on her own) with a book.  She flipped through the whole thing.  I'm so glad that she and her sister show such a love of books!
Please share what you are grateful for and have a wonderful week! 

Friday, 28 September 2012

This Moment

Following along with the wonderful SouleMama for This Moment

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Fall is in the air

...Well actually we are into the full swing of fall.  My favorite season and for some reason also the loneliest season for me.  I love this crisp, cool time of year and at home we are usually busy cleaning up leaves along side our neighbors.  But this year we are living in a house situated above a neighborhood but all alone.  So far our only friends are the deer.

I guess being in a new place and struggling to meet new people ends up drawing our own little family a little closer together.  We hang on to eachother just a little bit tighter.  I appreciate my husbands companionship all the more here. 
A little alarming when I look out the window only to see this girls staring back at me
In dealing with this fall sadness, I've just decided to embrace it.  Realize that it will end (maybe not until the coming of spring).  Or maybe our trip home in two weeks will make things better.  In the meantime we'll be taking our fish oil tablets..ha!  And going on lots of hikes as well as crafting, baking, probably too much shopping and trying to be cozy.  I guess that doesn't sound too bad!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Today I am linking up with Freshly Pieced for a work in progress post.  I was hoping that by posting here it would get my booty in gear to sit down and get to work.  It's been slow going.  My parents were here visiting last week, which was wonderful!  And now this week I am a bit down.  But I have done a tiny bit of sewing, which always lifts me up.

Photos are not the best this week. iPhone photos don't tend to be, I guess.
Once again I am cutting and ironing, ironing and cutting.  Still working on my hollie hobby quilt.  I'm hoping it's finished by Christmas.  I'm really not sure what the deal is but my measuring always seems to be off.  So I have to figure out how to piece it now without all the blocks being the same size. 
My husband says I'm a messy cook.  I must be a messy crafter as well.  I like to get all my cutting done and then put the fabric away.  Nothing wrong with that, right?

My daughter was very sad when grammy and grampa left.  So while she was at school yesterday I whipped up a little felt girl for her.  She was waiting in bed for Hazel last night.  Here she is waving out the window to her friends. 

And that's it for this WIP.  I have tons of ideas in my head for new projects.  Sometimes I get a little anxious about all the ideas that I have and how I want to start them all right away.  Does this ever happen to you?  Thanks for the comments, I love reading them!

Monday, 24 September 2012

Gratitude Monday

I enjoy linking up with Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots for Gratitude Sunday.  Yesterday escaped me before I was able to post.  So here is gratitude monday!

Today I am thankful for;
My parents who came to visit for the whole week.  I miss them terribly now that they have gone home.
Watching my parents interact with the girls.  I think grandparents sometimes have so much more patience than parents do.
Having a few extra hands to help with said girls for the week.
My crafting/sewing room being rearranged by my hubs.  The baby was able to climb up on a couch and then onto the sewing table.  Dangerous and frustrating it was!
Running group starting up again tonight.  I need to have some me time.
Fall leaves.
The way fall becomes so quiet.  

Plans to go home for a visit...two weeks from now...not long at all.  Sniff..sniff

Fall hikes with my cuties.
I feel better after writing my gratitude list!  Thanks for reading/commenting!

Friday, 14 September 2012

My Moment

{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.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

WIP Wednesday!

Feels like I have done a lot more making this week than I really have.  Maybe it's because so much thinking and planning goes into crafting.  But as fall continues it's approach I am already starting to get that crafting/baking/cooking itch!  So here is a look at what I've been making.

An embroidered Holly Hobbie...she's destined to be the center piece to a quilt for my Hazel.  When my husband found out that I was making another quilt for one of the girls he acted a little offended!  He wants specifically a green and black quilt...yuck!  But I guess I can handle that.  Anyhow, back to H. Hobbie.
I am going to infuse all the girly and sweet fabric that I've been saving for a while into this project.  I just love these orangey and pink flowers.  This is thrifted, vintage fabric.  I found 3 yards of it for .99cents.  I think this is going to be a quick project.  I got a good portion of the fabric cut yesterday.  I don't really like following patterns but this one will be strips of fabric sewn together, cut and then joined back know a simple quilt with 5 inch squares.
Here she is amongst some of her favorite prints.  Her little shoes are a dark purple so I think I need to dig some dark purple fabric out of the old stash.
The next project is not sewing related but we've been having a blast learning how to needle felt.  So far we've made this little gnomet.
She's busy reading her most fave magazine, Mollie Makes!  Here's a better view of her little face.
Hazel thinks it is amazing that we can make our own little dolls.  But she's only three years old so she's very rough when it comes to handling.  We started a little fairy that I am going to give to her so that she can play with it (mess it up) as much as she wants.

Looks like she's being stabbed in the neck...really her blouse is being formed
I'm not sure of the best way to get these little fibery/bendy dolls to stand.  For the gnomet I used pipe cleaners and a small rock at the base.  This fairy doesn't seem as though she'll have the ability to stand.  Any tips? 
There are just so many projects I want to get to.  But housework calls!  Oh but here is a picture of this awesome table runner I found in All Sewn Up by Chloe Owens.  I just love this book, mainly because it's pretty to look at!  Check it out!

It's called the Woodland Critter Table Runner.
Have a great week!

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Gratitude Sunday

Linking up with Taryn over at Wooly Moss Roots for gratitude Sunday.  I am so glad I took the time to think about what I have been grateful for this week.  I feel it really puts things into perspective.  Join in!

My deer friends have been coming by to visit daily.  It always feels as though they are coming for a visit but really they just want to eat all of our plants.  And how can I blame them?  Two of them were just born late this spring.
When I felt as though I was going to lose my cool, I took a deep breath and moved on.  I need to practice more of that.
So happy to see these two sharing a moment.  I feel she is always so angry toward the little one.  It's reassuring to see that they can have some nice moments too.
Terribly happy that my parents are coming for a visit next week.  I have never been gone from home for so long, this is hard and I'm so happy I'll be seeing them soon. 
This area was supposed to be hit by hurricane Leslie tomorrow.  Looks like it will be passing by.  It gave us a lot of beautiful kite flying wind today.
Feeling much more calm when I have time to sew/quilt/craft.  Needing to keep my hands busy. 
Happy to have made new friends at a bbq today.  We are in need of friends here!  The girls and I have been spending a lot of time alone since moving here.
Sweet Mr. Husband surprised me with a delicious dinner out.  He had roses delivered to our table for me!  We ate at a table all alone in an old bank vault.  Very romantic!
I hope you all have a good week and thanks for commenting!

Friday, 7 September 2012

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Vintage Goodness

Oh I love vintage...almost anything dated, really.  I think I should have been born in a different time just so I could have enjoyed all the funkiness that the 60s and 70s had to offer.  So while it has been doing way too much of this here;

I have been doing way too much thrifting.  But I love it and my little shopping companion (Violet) doesn't seem to mind much either.  So we'll share a few of our most recent (and exciting) finds. 

Although you really are unable to see the book in this picture, it is my favorite vintage sewing book I have yet to find.  It's the Better Homes and Gardens Patchwork & Quilting from 1977.  Found for .99cents.  A few close ups for you,
I may have to try a few of the projects in this picture.  Of course, I'll be sewing with a huge grin on my face!
I have never seen a quilt like the one to's a must try.  But I don't know if I can go as colorful/psychedelic.  Maybe pinks/purples for a little girl I know?  Hopefully I'll find the time to whip one of these up.
Again my pictures are way too small, besides the first one....I can't figure this blogger thing out.
I scored this awesome embroidered Hollie was in a gross old frame that smelled of basement.  We pulled it apart, washed the material and now I plan to make it a center to an upcoming girly quilt.  She was $3.00
And we found an awesome set of almost never used Pyrex bowls.  When we moved recently we hurriedly bought a bunch of plastic mixing bowls and I have never liked cooking/mixing with plastic.  Eew.  So I had to splurge on these.  They are orange and yellow with 70s style flowers. 
I couldn't get a great picture of the knit sleeper.  So cute!  It's lavender in color and just the right size for the baby.  We also found a whole bag of buttons for .99cents.  Vintage of course.  I love buttons, I've always had a thing for them.  When growing up I used to play with my moms boxes and tins of buttons.  When my parents sold their house, my mother tossed all her buttons in the trash.  No one understood why I was heart broken.  Crazy, I know!
I hope you enjoyed some of our finds!  There will be more in the future, you can count on it!