05 April 2013


We're gettin' fancy over here and moving to a new spot and calling this thing a journal!


(you'll find this post at the new address as well, 
but everything from now on will be at the wordpress site)
2 Reasons to Start Sewing Softies
These incredibly adorable bunnies!

Sister bunny.
I used material from a maternity shirt I wore with Eleanor for the lining of the ears. 
Everything else is from my fabulous local craft shop/studio - Homemade.

And brother bunny.
Wyatt loves his red "old girls" (overalls), so even though Alicia doesn't have patterns for boy clothes yet, I just put something together for him.
The ear liners are from one of my husbands old button-downs.  (Everything else, again, Homemade)

I had way too much fun with this little photo shoot!

These were so SO fun to make!  I enjoyed every bit of it.
I have admired Alicia's felt ornaments in the past but have never purchased a pattern from her.  When I saw the Maggie Bunny, I knew I had to try my hand at making softies.  And I'm so glad I started with her pattern!  It was clear, easy to understand for a beginner, very detailed and the results are fantastic!  

Pretty handsome siblings, if I do say so myself.

01 April 2013

Spring is here! (well, hopefully...)

Spring hair clips for a special little lady. 
Felt and crochet - two of my favorites!

21 June 2012

Shifting gears

The other night I snuck out to take a walk to the beach (don't worry, the husband was home with the kiddos).  It was rainy/misty/foggy/blowing/stormy - the perfect time to be at the beach.
Because there is usually not a soul there.
Except that night I crossed paths with another woman walking the beach.
We didn't say anything, just smiled at each other.
Like we were sharing a secret - the call of the stormy ocean that no one else got to see.

I wanted to share that with you 
- since you couldn't walk with me that night.

And let you know that I might not be sharing here for awhile.
Shifting gears.
Seeking guidance.

Blessings and stormy beaches,

Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established.
Proverbs 16:3

18 June 2012

This and that and using what's on hand

Hello there!
Still haven't taken pictures of finished projects - but I have managed to whip up some "new" projects since we've been home.

Well, one was more of an improvement I'd say.  
Nursing bras.  
Not usually the prettiest things out there and the ones that are pretty are also pretty expensive.  I had a plain ole' white one that I decided to dress up a little bit.  Some lace trim and ribbon (all from my stash) and hello new bra!  (sorry I don't have a picture, but you get the idea, right?)

And some nursing pads.  I have been using disposables which I am not too fond of, so I decided to go ahead and make some reusable ones.  (I also considered just buying some from the lovely and talented vendors on Etsy, but in the end I just didn't want to wait)  I mostly followed this tutorial by I Sew, Do You? (thank you Pinterest!), but my layers were a little different.

Flannel, fleece, diaper, flannel.

All from things I had around the house - 
flannel from the quilt I finished in New Orleans, 
diapers from the cloth diaper pile 
and fleece from some pajama's Big Brother has outgrown.

I'm not one to buy a whole lot of 'new' or 'trendy' craft stuff/fabric/yarn anyway, but it feels really good to make do with what is on hand.  I've been thinking about that a bit (when I have coherent, non-sleep-deprived thoughts...) after listening to Frances in her Rambly Rose podcast a few weeks back, reading Julie's Use What You Have post, and finding, also via Pinterest, this post by Sandra's Cherry Heart blog (what really got me, was her little tag at the end of the post "crafting for free in June").

Speaking of making do, I created a new board in Pinterest called "Make Do and Mend" where I'm attempting to gather what I can on all things 'mending'.  Bits of information, history, neat ideas/ways to mend, styles of mending, etc.  So if you're on Pinterest (or not) and you happen to find anything about mending and feel so inclined - please send it my way!

All this was started by a hole in the heel of a pair of my husband's wool socks - and then I got a book - and then...but I'll save the rest for another post.

Blessings friends,

13 June 2012

A sleeping baby at my side...

Well, I took some pictures of WIPs and projects I've finished since we moved, but they are pretty terrible.  Need to find a new 'picture spot' in this house.

Here are some details anyhow...

The house is quiet - everyone (including the dog) is napping and it is overcast and blustery outside.  Just right.


11 June 2012

A life lesson...

-- I had some blog posts pre-loaded and this is the last of them.  Hopefully I'll have more soon, but we'll see how things go with Homegirl and Big Bro!--

Or: Why they teach you to take your pins out in sewing class in the seventh grade...

Needles break = bad things can happen
Kind of hard to see in that top picture, so here's a better shot:

The needle isn't poking me, my finger is just there so you can see how it broke off!
Fortunately (?) the thread was still through the eye, so it just hung there until I un-threaded it.

I'll show you what I was making when I get a picture taken (I downloaded all of the 400some pictures  I took since we left New Orleans, but apparently haven't taken any of the things I've made since we've been here!).  

And I did not put this needle in my "broken but not forgotten" special needle-holder-place.  I feel like that is a place reserved for needles that have been totally spent - this was me being stupid. ;)

Blessings and take those pins out!