Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Crafting On

I am joining Frontier Dreams and Freshly PiecedThe act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life. This explains why I always have more than one project going at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too. What are you creating? What is keeping you going? Snap a picture and share it with the rest of us by leaving your link below.

I have joined a few ornament swaps for this coming Christmas.  It's so exciting..I love the idea of having a little Christmasy package sent around the world.  I thought I would show a little of what I am working on (I'm pretty sure the recipient doesn't know who I am so hopefully she won't see this post).

I haven't done much embroidery before but I think this little sweetie is coming out pretty good!  What do you think of the red?  Hopefully it's not too much..  I have a bit of sewing to do on this and he'll be done. 

You'll have to forgive me for the poor photos today.  We are still recovering from "the hurricane" so our lighting is poor.  I found the little deer pattern in this book, Emroidery for Little Miss Crafty by Helen Dardik.  I think all of the patterns appear to be easy but the results are oh so cute!  Almost too cute for me to give away.

The next little ornament involves the following,

I can't give anything away on this one though.

I have so many other projects in the works right now just not enough time to photograph and post pictures before the baby wakes up from nap!  And there's no better time to craft than a stormy day!

Our stormy view:

Have a great rest of the week!

Monday, 29 October 2012


Linking up with Taryn today at Wooly Moss Roots for Gratitude Sunday (Monday). 
My girls and I just got back to Canada after three weeks home in Maine.  We are sad, well actually I am sad.  The girls adjust quickly.  There's that old saying, "home is where the heart is."  My heart is not in Canada, that's for sure.  I never thought a physical place would have such control over my emotions.  But what can I say, I just love my home in Maine. 
So because I don't want to bore my husband anymore with sad complaints I felt I should make a gratitude list.  I went outside today in this hurricane weather to get some shots of the things I am grateful for.
I am focusing on the gorgeous fall leaves and colors before they disappear with this wind.  Obviously this picture is looking out our front window.
The same tree
I am definitely grateful that these happy little Violets stuck around to greet me.  My daughter's name is Violet so you can imagine the fondness I have for the sweet flower.
I feel so happy when looking at these colors.  I crave color.
A color combo that I love.
I am feeling better just from puting this post together.
Usually this view is so clear.  I am grateful that we will not be getting the brunt of this storm.  Thinking of all those in harms way. 

Friday, 26 October 2012

This Moment


Joining along with Soulemama this week.
 - 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.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012


I can't believe it's Wednesday again!  That means it's time for WIP over at Freshly Pieced.  I just love looking through all the links.  Everyone is so inspiring!  Maybe too much looking is why I never get enough sewing done!  This week I have just been pulling fabrics for a new quilt.  From this book:

I haven't used this book before although I've had it forever.  I guess I am a craft book collector as well as fabric stasher.  The quilt I'm going to do looks pretty simple.  It's called "Any Way You Slice It." 
I have never used browns in a quilt or even too many solids.  But I think I am feeling a little fall-ish so browns, oranges, reds and yellows it is.  Seems a bit more masculine than I'm used to but I think my husband would appreciate it! 

I'm having a hard time choosing between projects right now though. I have this sweet, antique child's dresser that my mother had when she was young. It's seen better days and has already been repainted multiple times. But I'm thinking of getting started on this too. (I think the previous color was neon pink)!
And I've also entered myself in some Christmas swaps, which are due by the end of November.  So I must get moving! 

Thanks for visiting and commenting!


Monday, 22 October 2012

Cupboards Were Bare

I admit to having a growing fabric addiction!  I don't know when this started.  The first few projects I ever made, required trips to the fabric store.  But now I have to own a substantial stash.  I know there are tons of you addicts out there!  Doesn't it feel so good?!

On a recent rainy day I went a little nuts.  I never seem to buy a whole or even partial line of fabric.  Just buy what I like. 

I was thrilled to find an old favorite.  I think the following is my favorite fabric of all time and I recently used it all to finish a quilt.  I was so lucky to find more.  I just love that pink and turquoise combo. It's called Flower Power by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit.
I think I'll use if for mouse clothing.  I recently found this mouse pattern hidden away with my mom's sewing machine.  I'm pretty sure my mom made me this mouse when I was little.  Isn't that clown the scariest thing?  Would a child really want to play with that? 
Here's a look at my stash.  Slim pickings and very messy looking!
And I've recently developed on obsession with vintage sheets.  I love these funky colors.  My family thinks it's completely ugly, maybe that's why I like it!  It's queen sized so I'll probably use it for a quilt back.
And a lovely little pillow case, which will probably be made into a skirt for one of my girls.  I'm enjoying this book too.  A fun little read.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

October Light

What a wonderful day we had today.  Autumn in New England can't get much better.  I am hoping the leaves can hang on to the trees just a bit longer as they are so beautiful right now.  Enjoy a few pictures from our day!

And my favorites of the day;

Tuesday, 16 October 2012


Lately we have been trying to stay busy.  Lately we have been trying not to miss daddy.  Lately we have been doing our best to get along and treat each other gently.  This of course being hard for one toddler and one pre-schooler!  But here is a small look at what we have been doing lately;

I didn't take any pictures of this quilt while it was in progress.  We call it the bird quilt.  I am really into color right now as you'll see from the rest of this post.  Lots of rainbow themes here as well.  This is just a small lap quilt.  It's getting cold here fast so I tried to whip this up quickly.  Some of the scraps are recycled maternity clothes!  And the purple around the edge is a sling that I used for my first daughter.  Here she is trying to help.  Ha! Makes me laugh every time I look at this picture.
And in other news we have been busy with lots of kid crafting.  This fall tree is an idea I got from pinterest.  I love it!  I think we'll make one for each season.  I painted the trunk and Hazel added the leaves.
And the final product!
Wowza the colorin on this one is odd.  But you get the picture.  I enjoy finding projects that my three year old and I can do together.  I love art projects and she always wants to join in but sometimes it is just so difficult.  This is one project we feel proud to have done together.
Here's another that we recently finished.  It's a sun catcher.  We used a clear picture frame, some good old Elmer's glue and little gems.  Hazel mainly did this project herself.  Gluing the little bits of glass was easy and it was dry by the next day! Looks even prettier when the sun is out.  But sunshine is rare lately.




Sunday, 14 October 2012

Gratitude Sunday

Today I am once again linking up with Wooly Moss Roots for Gratitude Sunday.  This is an important time for me to be thinking about all I am grateful for.  After a week together at our home in Maine, my husband had to return to Canada for work.  I've decided to stay behind with the girls for a while...indefinitely.  We all miss Maine so much that I felt we should stay for a while.  But this decision has left me overwhelmed and consumed with sadness.  So here is my list for this week.

This week I am grateful for;
As usual my husband, after sending him off this morning I sat to think about how good he is (with tears streaming down my face).  Wonderful husband, fantastic father.  I love him so so much!
We deep cleaned the house this week.  Cleaned behind shelves, sent many bags to goodwill.  We hadn't been in the house for two months...so it was dusty.
My parents, they live around the corner here and it's so nice to have them close by.  Especially since they love the girls so dearly and will lend me a hand whenever they can.
Our little propane heater.  It's always so cozy when it turns on.  Wish we had a fireplace here.  But candles are doing the trick!
Grateful for my two sewing machines.  I can keep one in Maine and one in Canada and craft anytime.
Inspiration to begin a new quilt.
Many wonderful vintage finds this week (more on that to come). 
Nap/rest time for all.  Sometimes I feel it's the best way to turn everyone's day around!
Night night!

Friday, 5 October 2012

This Moment

Today I am linking up with SouleMama.
{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, 3 October 2012

Getting to know you

A fun little link up at a really enjoyable blog...Luvinthemommyhood

Getting to know you

you ready? yay! simply copy & paste the following questions into your own blog post and change the words i have " " and bolded to your own answer. when your post is done come back and link up your blog post in the comments below and that way we can all learn about each other :) here goes....

* i'm longing to make "clothes for my girls" right now.

* i want to try "baking" with some "coconut oil".

* i wish i could sew with "Heather Bailey" fabric.

* i dream of making "clothes that people want".

* i keep track of my ideas by "what?  I'm so disorganized".

* i'm inspired by "colors, and pinterest".

* i would love to meet "any of the wonderful quilters that I follow" in person.

* my favorite fiber is "wool roving".

* i like to sew with "quilting cotton".

* my favorite color is "red, but not for quilts".

* i rock at "upcycling".

* i would like to learn how to make "more clothing for myself".

* i like to listen to "music or podcasts about sewing" while i "sew".

* i bring my "kids" everywhere.

* my favorite thing to "sew" is "quilts".

* my favorite thing to "bake" are "cookies full of bits and pieces".

* my crafting space is "a mess and a dream".

* if i had my own crafting room it would be "lucky enough to have my own crafting room".

* i sew with "a singer".

* i like to "rush" "through the quilting".

* i can never get enough "color".

* i adore "autumn".

* i also enjoy "running" and "journaling".

* i like to fill my shelves with "fabric, and books".

* i create the best when i'm "at home in my pj's and alone".

* i am currently excited for "my trip home".

* right now i am "attempting to finish a quilt".

* i love to watch "downton abbey & reality tv" while creating.

* my guilty pleasure when it comes to creating is "hoarding fabric".

* my current favorite music crush to listen to while creating is "the lumineers or jason spooner".


I'm linking up today with Freshly Pieced for work in progress Wednesday!  I just love looking through all the lovely projects people are posting.  Take a look if you haven't already.  So much inspiration! 

This week I am still working on a quilt for my three year old.  My goal is to have it done by Christmas so no big rush.  It's a really simple quilt but I'm frustrated because some of my measurements were off and now the blocks don't all line up perfectly. 

In fact some of the rows are way off.  And of course I can't find a seem ripper in my sewing room!
Here's a look at one of my favorite fabrics in this quilt.  It's an old curtain I found for $5 at Valu Village.  The blue background with pink flowers makes me so happy!

And because I love the fabric so much (and have tons of it) I decided to make the three year old a skirt.  Mainly because I can't fix the quilt today.

She'll be modeling it in a future post I'm sure, but she's at pre-school today!  I'm tired of her wearing nothing but jeans.  I always feel that little girls should be dressed like pretty little girls but we get a lot of clothes handed down and so most of them are jeans and t-shirts. 
That's it for WIP this week.  I have a ton of sewing ideas but I usually try to finish one project before moving on to the next.  We'll be traveling home next week so probably no sewing. 
And now since it's a beautiful, fall day I must say goodbye and get outside!
Keeps us company in the yard!

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