Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday Shopping List

There's still time to enter the giveaway. Head on down and leave a comment! And again thank you to all who've stopped by, left a comment, subrscribed and just generally made me feel good. Thanks!

It's been a few weeks since I've done a Saturday Shopping List so I thought it was about time. 1. A panda by goosegrease: I've been eying this panda for my daughter who is obsessed with them. I love it's simplicity. The shop has other great people and characters as well.

2. Chiffon Blossoms hair pins by Nomsa: These blossoms are gorgeous. Perfect for a day on the beach.

3. Abelina Lace Neckace by FoxandClover: I just think this lace necklace is fantastic. Her shop has a lot of other great painted lace necklaces as well!

4. Flower Field Linen Napkins by natsuminishizumi: These linen napkins are perfect for a warm summer evening. The screenprinting is simple but perfect all at the same time.

I hope you have a great weekend and please go see fancypicnic for other great lists.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Vintage Shop Update

Giveaway here! Please hop down and take a look and thank you all for stopping by. I'm honored.

I found some amazing things this past weekend and I got them uploaded to my etsy shop today. A very cute yellow Dansk pot and some great juice glasses.Thanks again for all those who have commented. It is so exciting to see other people's blogs and read your comments. I'm in the process of going through them all! Thank you!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Giveaway Day from Sew, Mama Sew

Yeah, giveaway day is here!
Thank you so much stopping by to enter my giveaway. If this is your first time here I hope you take a moment and look around!I am giving away this canvas tote with vintage yo-yo's and buttons on the outside and cute mushroom fabric lining the inside.I am also giving away some vintage lace, ric-rac and buttons.
And last but not least I'm giving away a knitting/crochet organizer with a vintage knitting/crochet book.

One lucky person can win all this, however if you don't knit or crochet and don't want the knitting organizer/book then I'll draw a second time. So there is a potential for two winners.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

All you have to do to enter my giveaway is leave a comment below. A few notes about my comments section. You can either comment as a guest or register. Also, please remember to enter your email so I have a way of contacting you after the giveaway is over. If you have your own site I'd love to visit so leave your url as well. This giveaway is for everyone, no restrictions, and I'll be drawing May 31 st. Whew, now go on and enter. Good luck!

You can check all the other fabulous giveaways at the link on my sidebar.

Edward and Lilly Giveaway

Picture by Edward and Lilly
The giveaway from Sew, Mama Sew is coming up! My giveaway will be posted later today. But for now check out Rebecca's, of Edward and Lilly, fantastic giveaway. Also be sure to check out her shop. She makes the cutest kittie stuffies. They'd be perfect for a little one. Secretly I want one for myself!

Friday, May 22, 2009


This is my second week of missing Saturday Shopping List...oops. It's just been so hectic around here with the weather finally getting nice that I just didn't get a chance to peruse Etsy like I usually do.
On a little housekeeping note. I've been trying out a new commenting system. Kirsty is using it over at Kootoyoo and I really liked it so I'm trying it here. Please let me know if there's any bugs, kinks, etc. You can leave a comment as a guest or sign up. You can either leave your email to get replies or leave it blank, up to you. Any thoughts you have would be great. Thanks!
Some relaxing plans for this three day weekend, hopefully some sewing, reading and just general family fun. Have a great weekend and see you on Tuesday!
And remember the Sew, Mama Sew giveaway is coming up on Wednesday which I'll be participating in with a little hand made and vintage goodness!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


There are a few times in life where it seems as if time stands still and your priorities come into full focus. I had that moment last night when my husband got home from work. He was late, which I had noticed as I cajoled kids into cleaning their room, and when he walked into the house I almost mentioned the time. I'm glad I didn't. My husband teaches out in a rural area and driving home he came upon the car wreck of a fellow teacher. It was a head on collision with another vehicle, a drunk driver. Thankfully she and the other passengers survived, injured yes, but not severely. The point being, priorities shift when the minutia of the day falls away and the light shines like a beacon on those that take precedence over all. So in reflection, I hug my kids, kiss my husband, embrace the little and forget the big because at the end of the day it's just us, our family, at this time, in this moment.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Creative Space

Not much in my creative space this week due to my sewing room being pulled apart to get to the leaky sprinkler pipes. All is fixed and hopefully I'll be back in there shortly. I have found a few moments for some creativity.

Learning how to lace knit, still working at it, going on my third attempt.

Discovering vintage crochet books from my grandmother. I may learn yet.

Please go check out other fabulous spaces at kootoyoo.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


I was able to do a little shop update to my vintage shop yesterday. It was nice to get some of my recent finds finally listed. Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Winner

I finally got around to picking a winner through random number generator tonight. It was a crazy weekend with spending some much needed time with the husband, enjoying the nice weather and general weekend organizing. Anyway...the winner of the table runner is Christina from A little bird told me. Go check out her blog, it's super cute! And I'll be contacting you Christina for your mailing info.
I found a very cool vintage pink sewing machine this weekend so look for that soon....Happy beginning of the week! And I'll leave you with one of the cool sayings from my new prose books....
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. J.M. Barrie

Friday, May 15, 2009


Just a note to hop on down to the giveaway if you already haven't. I'll announce the winner on Sunday!
I didn't get to a shopping list this week. It's been a crazy week full of celebrations. The oldest "graduated" from preschool, a Lost party and an anniversary. My husband and I are celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary and we're sending the kids off to the grandparents this weekend for a little alone time. We're not actually going anywhere but he has plans for some gardening and me some sewing and a nice dinner where we don't have to eat in five minutes while cajoling kids to eat, sit still, or behave. I can't wait!I just got my new sewing labels from namemaker and I like them quite a bit. I went with a different style this time and they're iron on. I'm hoping I don't have any problems with them being iron ons.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My Creative Space

Just a note to remember to hop down to my giveaway!

This week has been more about milestones and reflections than crafting. My oldest daughter is onto kindergarten in the fall and it's made me realize how short this time is I have with them.I picked up these great little prose booklets from the early 1900's filled with great little quotes and sayings. Perfect for moments of quiet reflection. Plus I am in love with the craftsmen style covers.I have had a pattern in the works this week, mostly in my head, but I've started writing it down, playing with fabric and getting the kinks worked out. Hopefully I'll have more to show soon. Thanks for all who gave support on the undies, I'm hoping to have a completed pair to show next week!
Please go over and see more great creative spaces at Kootoyoo.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Remember to comment on my giveaway for a chance to win. :)

I'm feeling a bit random today. I think it's because yesterday was so packed full with preschool festivities. Today my plan is to try to get organized here on the home front. Wish me luck.I made this grocery tote around earth day and never got around to posting about it. I used some fabric from Alexander Henry for appliqueing onto an old vintage tablecloth that I had made into a tote. I love using old tablecloths because I just used the edge as the top so no hemming was required! I love when things are easy.
On another note. Pigtails and Snails is having a great quilt giveaway for a cute pink quilt. Perfect for any little girl.
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Preschool Graduation

Please remember to go down and comment on my giveaway. I extended it till Saturday! Go check it out!The oldest has her preschool program tonight as she graduates onto kindergarten this fall. It's hard to believe she'll be going to the big school and makes me a little sad and nostalgic. And for some reason a little neurotic because late last night I decided that my girls teachers needed a book bag to go with their gift card. Once I had this thought stuck in my head than it had to be completed, which meant getting up early to finish them in the few short hours before school. They turned out cute and completely unnecessary but it's now out of my mind.I also made some cupcakes for my youngest daughters class since her birthday is in the summer. Really I think it was just an excuse to have pink cupcakes in the house. :)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Shopping List Saturday

I've been working on a few patterns around here and seeing a lot of new patterns on the web lately so patterns have been on the mind. Here's just a few of the patterns that have caught my eye this week.
1. Granny Mitts by SylvChezPlum With all the granny a day making I've been seeing on blogs I thought this would be a great way to showcase everyone's new skills. :)
2.Quickie Clutch by hyperart Sometimes I just want to throw something cute together and what's cuter than this sweet clutch?
3. Plush Pear Trio by retromama She just started selling this pattern and I love it!!
4. Oliver Owl by mytinystar The fabric she used to showcase this pattern is just great. What little kid doesn't need a cut owl stuffie?
5. Little Cap by leilaandben I just think this cap is amazing. What's great is it comes in small and larger toddler sizes. My son may just need one of these.
6. Miss Madeline Dress by littledresses This is a great dress pattern for any little girl. So cute!!

Please check out my giveaway the post below for your chance to win a tablerunner! I hope you all have a great weekend and are able to find a little time for your own sewing and crafting projects! Please go on over to FancyPicnic to check out other great lists.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Lemonade and a Giveaway

Erika from Inspired Mama Musings sent me a lovely Lemonade Stand Award. Really this made my day because sometimes this whole crafting, blogging thing feels all for naught. The comments I've been getting lately and this lovely award makes me feel like I'm not really out there all alone with my sewing and silly kid stories. Thanks Erika and thanks blog readers for being a part of my little world.
The Lemonade Stand Award is for being a blogger who shows great attitude and gratitude.

To pick up the Lemonade Stand Award:

  • Comment on this blog.
  • Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog.
  • Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.
  • Link to your nominees within your blog post.
  • Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.
  • Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.
There are so many blogs that inspire me that it's hard to just pick a few but here's a few that I love reading at night when the kids are in bed and I have time to savor it.

Cary from little love blue
Rebecca from edward and lilly
Melissa from tiny happy
Charlotte from fancy picnic
Sherrin from Starashan

I thought this would also be a good time to have a giveaway as well as a thank you and because I've hit my 100th post mark! I have been so thankful for all the people who have stopped by and given words of encouragement and support. THANK YOU!I created this table runner a little bit ago out of reproduction civil war fabrics and some beautiful tea time ribbon by rosa pomar. I can just picture this on the table with some tea and cookies. I hope you like it!All people are welcome to enter, so feel free to leave a comment all those from overseas. Please leave a comment below for a chance to win. I will put them into the random number generator next Friday (edited: I'm extending through Saturday)! You can have two chances to win if you blog about this giveaway and then post back here. Good luck and thanks again! Also for the length of this giveaway I'll be offering free shipping from anything in my3 birdies shop!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tea Party

The bamboo is a must have at any tea party
When a crazy mom forces her children to help her organize boxes, storage rooms, and anything else she can get her hands on there's only one thing left to do...throw a tea party. We made yummy cookies, prepared food, decorated the table and sat down for some child-led conversation. Today the library and a museum at a fort.
Some days are work...some are days are the best!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My Creative Space

My sister-in-law came to visit this past weekend so my sewing room has been a bit neglected. I was able to start on a few things this week though.
I ripped apart a pair of my son's undies to base my pattern off of. Thank you all for the suggestions! I think this will work much better.
New fabric for a new crochet organizer.
A pattern looking to be started for my daughters. Because every little girls needs her own bathrobe. :)Some pattern weights for my shop.
Please go on over to Kootoyoo to see more creative spaces.

Spice Jars

I picked up some glass spice jars while out this weekend. They are perfect for organizing my gazillion buttons. So I spent an evening organizing and sorting, which made me wonder how this one activity can be so satisfying. It seems a little lame really but it made me happy for an hour. That led to the storage room being purged and re-organized. I think I'm on a kick. Now if I can just keep it going!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Michelle, my sister-in-law just got back from a trip to Europe. Her and her husband went exploring London and Scotland and then onto their old haunt of the Bruno in the Czech Republic. While there she was nice enough to pick up some really amazing vintage buttons and ribbons in London. I love them and I'm sure it will take me a very long time to actually use them. So for now they're sitting prettily in my sewing room making me happy.I picked up this fabric at the thrift store on Friday and I love it. Unfortunately I'd love to know more about it and can't seem to find anything. It's canvas weight, vintage, I'm thinking maybe from the 60's or 70's. Of course I've been known to be completely wrong so if you know anything about I'd love to know. It thinks it's destined for some bags very soon.

Monday, May 4, 2009


I think spring may finally have arrived. I'm hoping so anyway.I did a little vintage shop update today.

Friday, May 1, 2009


I've been trying to will spring to come out and play by making shorts for my son. Unfortunately, it chose to snow instead. I copied a pair of other shorts he had for the pattern and after making them too big, cutting them down, having them be too small and starting all over I finally got them right. I think they're pretty cute even if they're a bit long, but at least they're not falling off his waist. I think I finally have the pattern down right so maybe the more shorts I make the nicer the weather will be. I can dream right?