Thursday, January 28, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
I love creating things. I'm not very good at following instructions but I do love to make things. Most of what I do is by the seat of my pants. No wonder they are so worn out!
I have made some wonderful friends through the blogging world and now I want to give something back to them. So, here are my offerings for this year's giveaway:
One handmade waste-not table topper quilt. Oh, this is a cute thing! The colors are mostly pinks, greens and browns and would be perfect for a little girl's room. One lucky winner will receive this charmer!
This past Saturday I went to a class at my friend Jill's house and we learned how to make these adorable purses. They are darling! (I think she is giving one away on her blog as well.)
Look! A tiny wool flea market purse. How sweet is this? Hung about your neck, it will hold your cell phone, license and, I think this might be the most important thing, money!! Hands-free flea market shopping- what could be better?
And guess what? There's another one! This time with a handmade wool rose with beading and hand-dyed wool & beaded leaves.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I should have brought my camera so you could see her adorable studio and even cuter pups! Her dogs are so sweet. You would never guess that from their greeting at the door though!
I made a blue hat with a white flower. This is not it. I gave it to my daughter and she left the house with it, so no picture. But, I made one jiffy quick for my son and I love how it turned out!
A nice chocolately brown hat, perfect for a young man.
The buttons will probably send him over the edge and searching for a pair of scissors, but I like how they look. Just the right touch without being overdone.
The hats we made this morning were hand stitched together using either an overcast stitch or a blanket stitch. (I used the blanket stitch.) For Nathan's hat, I simply rammed it through the sewing machine outfitted with a heavy duty needle. Rammed? Yes. The sweaters can be very bulky and sometimes the hat needed a little muscle behind it to get through.
I love these hats. They are cute and warm and functional. They also allow for tons of creative playing. I wish you could have seen the hats that were made. Mine was the only solid color hat. The rest of the girls used five different sweater pieces to construct theirs and boy were they cute!
Thank you, Jill, for such a great Saturday morning. The rest will all pale in comparison. :)
Oh, the purse! I still have to finish mine and then I will share it with you!
Friday, January 22, 2010
I would add that we do work for them, our families, and in doing so we work for Him. The service that we give as mothers benefits them and us, drawing us closer to our Heavenly Father and the Savior. It's the way it should be.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
These are old photos. Two years ago my sister and her friend brought his daughter to our house for Thanksgiving. The house hasn't been the same since- but Mia loved it!! One day I will open the door and get back in there and straighten it out. It just has not been a priority. Seeing these pictures again makes me want to move it to the top of the list. Done!
Here it is, in all of its glory:
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
My friend, Stacy, has a three year-old daughter, Caitlyn, who is the quintessential Attitude Girl. Her facial expressions just crack me up. So, I made her into a little doll for the shop. I mean, really, how could I not? Just look at this face!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
The sky is the palest of blue, as though it is exhausted from the work it did last night and the sun is casting a clear, white light everywhere around us. It is a beautiful day.
If only it were that easy.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I began making cream of mushroom soup for our dinner tonight and the smell of the mushrooms, combined with the caramelized onions, made me hungry. Since I had yet to add the beef stock, I made a little toast, took some of the mushrooms from the soup pot and ladled on a little of the thickened stock I use for the soup base. Yum.
Simple really is best.
Thank you for your comments on my little bathroom. Progress is slow as that stinkin' scrapbook paper just will not yield in some places. I think I must have done too good of a job putting it up. Darn me and my urges to do a job right!
Still waiting for snow here. And waiting, and waiting, and waiting..........
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
What is it about a new year that makes me want to change things? This year my top priority is my hall bathroom. Here it is in all of its glory. This photo was taken in 2007 and I can tell you that it no longer looks like this. It took me forever to paste 2 full books of scrapbook paper to the walls, add grosgrain ribbon trim and stick on a bajillion buttons to make this look like a patchwork quilt. Now it just looks tired and dated. And boring. I want a new, fresh look for the place that my family and guests will use.
The rest of my house has taken on the color of vintage paper- soft golds and warm toffees, along with a smattering of black and chocolate browns. I want to continue that look in my bathroom and make it more homey and inviting. Comfortable, if you will.
So, down will come the scrapbook paper, the yards of grosgrain and the bajillion buttons. The question is, what will go up in its place?
Until I decide, I will leave you with this image that made me chuckle. It is exactly how my family thinks of me when I get the redecorating bug. I really don't understand why.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Maybe that was a good way to usher in 2010- sound asleep. In my quest to de-stress, getting enough sleep is high on my list. No more waking up tired for me! I want to hop out of bed in the morning and greet the world eager to get to the business of the day.
So, here's to morning prayers, hanging laundry, feeding the hens, making breakfast, making lunch, making dinner, quilting, crafting, visiting family and friends, thrifting, yard sale-ing, working, doing service, taking my camera everywhere, kissing my husband, hugging my children, patting the dog, going to church, cleaning the house, planting the garden, reading a book, reading blogs, and all of the other things I love to do. This year, they will all be accomplished with eyes wide open and the realization that, if some things don't get done, the world will not end. Goodbye endless chain of sleep-depriving thoughts that play like a horror movie in my head- there's always tomorrow.
I feel better already.