Happy Birthday Renee!!! Hopefully by the time you see this entry I've given you this gift, even though your birthday isn't until tomorrow.
See? This is why I asked you what color you'd like with brown.
If you don't like it, I'll be happy to keep it for myself.
I have a feeling I'm going to be attached to this one too when it's finished.
Thank you for being my friend, Renee! I am so grateful to have you in my life. I love you!!!
I'm also grateful for Ava's smooth transition to sleeping in her crib, if only for a few hours. Those little chunks of time have allowed me to get back to sewing, to creating, to reconnecting with what gives me peace. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't have been nearly as productive this week. Of course, the cooler weather contributed. Now that the temps are more fall like, I feel energized, ready to take on the world. I wish I could bottle this feeling!! Thank goodness for fall, my favorite time of year.
I hope everyone has a great weekend, especially you birthday girl!
Feel free to move on to your next blog, this is just a bunch of my ramblings about what I want to accomplish next on my to-do list. I feel like I need to get it all out to clear my head and come up with a plan of attack.
This past weekend we did a kids room switcheroo. Ava is no longer in Alex's room, not that she was ever really there in the first place. So all that planning I did to make the twin bed match the crib was for nothing. The boy has a room to him self and the girls are now roomies. Both rooms got rearranged and organized. To finish off these rooms I need to:
Whew, getting those things taken care will be a load off my mind. I'm so ready to be finished so that I can move on. I'll be sure to post pictures when I'm done.
Since we moved Ava's crib into Lily's room she's actually been sleeping in it. We should have done that a long time ago. We never put her in the crib in Alex's room because of all of Alex's sleep problems. Once we got that boy asleep we didn't want to take any chances of waking him up. People, I feel like I'm getting my life back. Ava still isn't sleeping through the night, but having a little chunk of time in the evening is nice. I've been able to sew! I will be in total bliss the day we get all three children to go to bed on time and sleep through the night in their own beds. That won't be any time soon, but until then I can dream.
On the crafty front I have a few things in the works that I'd like to complete:
Now that I see it all written down, it doesn't seem like so much. Totally do-able.
I couldn't do a post without any pictures!
When I pulled up to my mailbox and it was empty, I knew something was up. Rarely do I not have mail. If the mailbox was empty, that meant that something was too big to fit, so the mail person left my mail at the back door. When I drove up in the driveway I could see a box sitting on the table next to my door. What in the world could it be? I hadn't ordered anything recently, hmmm...
It was my Second String swap package! I had totally forgotten about it. When I saw the return address on the package, I ran inside to get my camera. I knew that I had better take pictures as I opened it because who knows what state it would be in if I waited later. Look at all the goodies!! Karyn really spoiled me. There was candy, fabric, notions, a tissue holder, some goodies from Japan - this box was jam packed!
And best of all were these handmade goodies. The theme of the swap was organization - I just love, love, love this wall organizer Karyn made for me. She also made that adorable free form softie and that cute bib for Ava. It's all so lovely, really.
Just because I love it so much, here is the organizer hanging on the wall of my studio. Thank you Karyn, it was definitely worth the wait!!!
There are a few more pictures here.
Wasn't this a craft blog? Well, I finally got around to doing the craft I like best - sewing! Things are finally settling down in the artsy-crafty household, allowing me to do a little crafting. I've got to earn my keep, ya know!
First up is this tote for my grandma. It was her birthday gift. I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but I bought these fabrics to make her a tote for Mother's Day. I, um, was a little busy then, so I never got around to it. These colors aren't really me, but it was fun putting them together. I was pleased with the outcome. She liked it too!
Next up is this fall bag for me. I'm amazed that I got around to finishing this before the season is up. I cut this out in August, hoping that I'd finish it by Labor Day. So much for that! I've had this fabric for a while, waiting for the perfect project and this one was it. It's a great fall bag.
Now that I've made two bags in the past week *shocking* I've got the bag-bug and I can't wait to make more. Yippee!!
Whenever I go to my Grandma's, I don't leave empty handed. My recent visit was no exception. All the quilt talk from the expo reminded her of one that she started back in the late 60's when my mom was a girl. She made this quilt using my mom and her sister's dresses. She completed one for my mom's sister, but never got around to finishing my mom's. All that is left to do on it is some quilting. And guess what? She gave it to me! It had been packed up in a box for YEARS!!! I LOVE it! It was fun looking at it with my mom and grandma. They were reminiscing about which fabrics went with which outfits. Look at those fabrics - some of them are so neat. I think I'll take my time and finish hand quilting this quilt (after 40 years of incompletion, who's in a hurry?).
But that wasn't all. Here are some quilt pieces she started way back when. I'm not sure what I'll do with these.
She also gave me this old apron. I can remember playing dress up with this. I was surprised she still had it.
An embroidered table runner that belonged to my great aunt Hazel. It's in pretty bad shape, but I may be able to salvage some of the embroidery to use in some kind of project.
Last but not least are these table linens that my Maw maw remembers eating lunch on every Sunday afternoon.
She also pulled out a zip lock bag filled with old quilting patterns that belonged to her grandma from the 20's-40's. I didn't get any pictures, but they were so cool. I think the most interesting part was the advertising on the backs of the patterns - ladies in flapper dresses. Most of the patterns are from magazines, some were mail order, and one was from a package of batting. These will be mine one day, after my grandma shows them off, of course. I need to do some research on how to best preserve and store them. When I get my hands on them I'll be sure to blog about it , no doubt!
Three kids later, a little less hair (him), a little more curvy (me), a LOT more love.
Happy 9 years!!! How did that happen?
**That top picture is us about 12 years ago, during the dating days. The recent one was taken by Lily, the 5 yr old photographer, before our first night out post baby a few weeks ago.
I had a great weekend. On Saturday morning the girls and I (I love that I have girls!) went to my Grandma's to spend the day. She invited us over because there was a quilt show going on in town that she thought I'd like to see. Well, duh! It was the most perfect day for such an event, a beautiful, mild fall day. The town where my Grandma lives, Ponchatoula, is the most quaint little old town. The main street is lined with old buildings which are now mostly antique stores. The set up of the quilt show was most interesting. Lines were strung from pole to pole along the main street with the quilts hanging by clothes pins. The parking lane was blocked off so that you could stroll along the street to look at the quilts. Some of them were old, some new, some machine quilted, and some hand quilted. I was most amazed at the old hand quilted ones. Gosh, they must have gone blind doing some of those! Inspiring, indeed.
Before we left the town, my Grandma had to show me that my Great Grandparents names were on a monument in front of the town hall. It was a monument honoring the strawberry farmers from that town. I thought it was pretty cool. Even though I've never lived there, I can help but feel a great sense of connection to this little old town.
Of course the best part of the day was spending time with my Grandma, my Mom, and my girls. I need to make a point of doing this more often. I'm so lucky to have this time with them!
You can check out my flickr pictures here.
This weekend I taught Lily how to sew. When I asked her what she wanted to make first she replied, "a chicken". A chicken? I told her that we should start with something a little more simple, like a pillow or something. She went through my scrap basket and chose something hot pink, of course. I cut out a circle, demonstrated a few stitches, then let her go. She did better than I thought. There were a few mess ups, which was to be expected, but overall she did great. I was most proud that she didn't get frustrated and completed the project. Too often when we start projects she gets frustrated and wants to give up. One thing that I really want her to learn is that it is okay to fail. This is a lesson that I am still learning myself. Once she sewed up the sides of the pillow she stuffed it and sewed up the hole. She would have been happy with just that, but then I suggested we make a face with buttons and a little embroidery. She picked it all out herself. I helped her with the buttons, getting them started, then tying the knots at the end, but she did the majority of it all her own. She even did the mouth almost all by herself. I am so proud of my big girl! I feel so lucky to get to share this with my daughter. Oh, and we did all this sitting on the floor of my sewing studio, of course!
Next up on Lily's sewing agenda - a chicken.