Archive for October, 2009

Preparing to Age

Birthday preparations at our house have begun. My husband’s 40th is this month, and our oldest turns 10 in a few months along with our littlest turning 4 within a few days of that. Whew. I am tired just thinking about all of this aging!

To kick off what will be a whirlwind of sewing activity for these people whom I love so much, I made a Birthday Banner.

Future Craft Collective has a wonderful tutorial for making these Banners/Wish Flags.

They can be as simple or elaborate as you want. I made mine from scraps I had from many other projects.I am really happy with the results. I can’t wait to hang it up.

IMG_7379It actually says “Happy Birthday”, but it is so huge I couldn’t photograph it.

I also have stocked up on Bare Books for gifts. I can’t seem to get enough of these.

IMG_7382Let the Birthdays Begin!


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My life has piles.

Piles of laundry. Piles of sewing. Piles of costumes. Piles of presents for Birthdays. Piles of presents for Christmas. Piles going out of the house. Piles coming into the house.

Piles. Piles. Piles.


Sounds like the start of a Dr. Seuss Book. It is true, though. This seems to be the busiest time of year for us. With School underway, we are inching toward Halloween (one of our favorite holidays), which means lots of sewing. We also are coming upon (I can’t believe I am saying this in October) our December madness.
Both my girls have birthdays (4 days -and 6 years apart), along with my Dad’s 60th this year. Not to mention 3 other family members in the first 2 weeks of December alone.

Consequently I start sewing and planning and scheming…NOW.

Amidst this madness I must remind myself to slow down, and enjoy it..and enjoy life.

My husband cooking dinner, My girls- and the beach help me with that.

IMG_7372Deep Breath…. Ahhhhhhh.

OK, I am ready to plunge back in!

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Play Right Now

We are drinking in that sunshine and breathing in the crisp air and crunching those very few (we have mostly evergreens here) leaves…and chasing crows.







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Easing into Cozy

Autumn has been a whirlwind so far. I am feeling much like the leaves that blow in the crisp wind…scattered.

I have started to focus on the important things, like Halloween costumes! So far, I have completed 1 costume. The smallest, and easiest. I am on to create the other 3.

Consequently, dinner isn’t as well-planned as it usually is.

Tonight, we had a bit of breakfast for dinner.

IMG_7329Eggs, bacon, potatoes, and Kale (compliments to my husband for making it look so pretty and taste even better).

Breakfast for dinner. Something so warm and cozy about it.

I could get used to this!

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Deer oh Deer

Here are a few images of a Mama Deer and her baby enjoying a bit of Fall (and some of our apples, too).

Go on little deer, There’s plenty to share!

IMG_7308IMG_7315IMG_7312They get to munch some apples, and we get a show!

Oh how I love the Fall.

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Poppy Pillowcase Project

Before the major holidays hit, I have a mountain of sewing to complete. So today on this brisk Autumn day (after our walk and cleaning the house), I started to sew.

My first project was to turn a pillowcase ,that I have been saving, into something cute for our niece. It has the boldest, happiest pattern of Poppies on it. I love it. It reminds me of her.

First, Pillowcase Pants. I don’t think anyone could ever have too many sassy pants, really.

Second, I had a bit
of fabric left over, so I made a matching little bag. It came out so adorable!



IMG_7306If you haven’t tried to make these simple lined totes, you really should. It took just a few minutes to make, and it used up some scrap fabric (because it is kid-sized).

All this from 1 Pillowcase!

OK. One done. Check!

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Little Time

Lately it seems as though I have absolutely no time to do anything except run around. We live in an extremely rural area, and consequently find ourselves driving long distances to get to everything. It is not entirely bad. We love where we live, but when you have two kids and many things to do, it can be overwhelming.

The past three days I had to take care of our car, which involved driving an hour to the dealer so they could not fix the problem. Today I needed to take both children, which tested our collective patience.

When we got home, they asked if they could paint. Immediately, my mind
says “No way- don’t want the mess today”. But my mouth said “In the tub?”.


They love it. It is such a great activity to just move and smoosh and

IMG_7270Afterwards, we all felt better about how we spent the last few days. All the tension melts away when you are elbow deep in creation.


On the way to school a few days ago, I looked down at my little one’s feet, and she didn’t have her shoes all the way on. I tried to get her heel in her shoes, and they were too tight!

Hmmm. I guess I need to pay more attention to their feet.

I took her to get a quick pair before school started, and we grabbed the first pair we saw. She liked them, but asked me to paint her shoes to look a bit more girly.

-Specifically dots, just like I did on her old sneakers.

This is the Before


And the After…

IMG_7272A little less creepy to her, and pretty cute,too.

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