Monday, January 31, 2011

Vintage Monday

On Mondays: a photo of some treasure I have discovered in the deep recesses of a thrift store or estate sale, either listed in my shop or now part of my house...
Join along and show me some of your great finds.

I have a lot of typewriters, more than one person in the 21st century really needs. But I find some small pleasure by their aesthetics and the look of a typed note. This one is my favorite and sits in my sewing room. The color is what really makes it for me.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Creative Space

Working on a double pointed needle holder for a friend. I love this fabric, just looking at it makes me think of spring and things blooming!

Pop on over to Kootoyoo to see some amazing spaces.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Today I have to highlight the amazing quilt my mother hand pieced for my son. I know I've mentioned this before but all three kids of my kids have a bird for a middle name. My oldest is Wren, middle is Jay and the youngest is Kestrel. My mom has made a quilt for each child and is finally getting to my three year old. Because she hand quilts EVERYTHING it's taken her some time to get to his, but it has been well worth the wait. She goes through the whole process on her blog if you're curious how she pieced it together. I can't wait to see it quilted and as always I'm amazed at her creative talent. Thanks mom!

Monday, January 24, 2011


I don't usually make you look at pictures of our pets but I thought this accurately portrayed the peacefulness that is now our house again. No more illness, everyone off to school, and a small bit of what our family calls "normal". Happy Monday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I've had sick kids stuck in my house going on five days now and as much as I love my kids we're all going a tad bit crazy. We are now at the "still sick, but feeling good enough to fight stage" topped off with frigid weather and no chance of getting out of the house. I need my sanity back.

A moment from today...

Fantasy: Two kids playing happily together, using their imagination, and being creative.
Reality: A constant disagreement on which block should go where and what knight sits on what horse.
My Reality: Putting on Swell Season, taking a deep breath, and pounding kneading some bread.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Creative Space

This picture is apropos after taking almost a year off from blogging, a daily journal....
An idea from Design Sponge.

More Creative Spaces at Kootoyoo.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Ultimate Hat

I have a confession...I am not a great knitter. I just picked up knitting a couple of years ago and I'm still stuck in the hat-scarf phase. Honestly, there's just a lot of terms and patterns that intimidate me. But when I found this hat pattern on Ravelry, I thought "I understand all these terms and it looks more complicated than it really is, perfect." I knitted this over a couple of days and I absolutely love this hat. Mostly because it actually looks good on me. I am not a hat person, most hats make me look weird or downright ugly, this hat however does not! So really what more could you ask for in a hat, fairly simple and attractive.
For those who care the pattern is by Sleepy Eyes and the yarn I used is Malabrigo-Milonga.

On a side note all three children have come down with some fever, cold grossness and so now my day is being filled with administering medicine, juice and comfort. Sometimes being forced to slow down can be a very good thing.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Men's Shirt Sew Along

I've been wanting to make this shirt for my husband for a little bit and now I have the perfect excuse. A shirt sew along, which will be very helpful to me since I've never sewn a mans shirt before. I'm off to buy the pattern and figure out fabric. I'm thinking something flannel because with the frigid temperatures and high winds we've been experiencing around here keeping warm is constantly on my mind!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Head Scarf

With the new year I've been feeling like I needed some changes and what better way than to do something new with my hair. But since I'm trying to grow my hair out I settled on hair decorations. I found this great tutorial here by AlteredCloth. The site had a couple of different tutorials for scarfs and headbands. I made the version 1 head scarf and love it! I made mine 13 by 16.5 inches so mine is a little long. However, I did discover that I could fold it in on itself and make it shorter and then expand it when needed. So really it's like two head scarfs in one. The picture below is my attempt at a self portrait showing the scarf folded in half. And you can also see my retro 60's wallpaper from my bathroom in the background....
The fabric is echino, bird and berry. It's double gauze and it is really wonderful as a head scarf because it's not too bulky.

Monday, January 10, 2011


It's been a whole year since I last posted and I decided to get back on the band wagon so to speak and start posting some of the crafty things I've been up to. So this post is really just to say "hi" with a random picture of buttons....because buttons make me happy.