Friday, December 31, 2010

thoughts on the new year

Here's what I am not interested in - fooling myself. The wisdom that all 37 of my years has given me tells me that making a big intimidating resolution as you start the new year is almost always a recipe for disappointment. I for one don't want that kind of pressure right out of the gate. (there's always room for and need for personal improvement of course - but on January 1st??). I believe in resolutions, don't get me wrong, I just think they should be FUN. Why not start the new year in a positive and exciting way rather than with a big sigh and a "well, here goes nothin'".
So, this year I am resolving to wear more lipstick. If I wear lipstick 4 times in 2011 it will already be more times than I wore it in 2010 so I think I am setting myself up for success here, folks. I might as well just admit to everyone right here and now that I tend to lean toward the mousy/frumpy side and my years as a stay-at-home mom have not helped me in this department. I'll never be a glamour girl or anything like that but I think a touch of color might do me good. And Vince is on board with this resolution 100% - imagine that. I am excited about this and many other possibilities that 2011 will bring. I hope it will be especially good to all of you as well!

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

cover your ears

working on some updates for my blog today. some swearing has occurred. bear with me folks.

Friday, December 24, 2010

ghost of christmas past - part 2

My sister, way over on the right there, just posted all kinds of adorable photos on Facebook from our childhood Christmases. I figured I'd just let her do all the work (finding, scanning and posting) and I would just copy and paste - hey, that's what sisters are for, right? Thanks Katy! I hate to brag but can you believe how cute we were? I just can't help but smile when I see these pictures. That's me way on left in my Holly Hobbie jammies - loved those.
Christmas is so much fun with little ones around. I used to feel a little sorry for grown ups at Christmastime - boring gifts and fewer of them, so much work while we had all the fun. Little did I know that it actually gets more fun when you get to watch those tiny creatures that you love so much light up on Christmas morning. That is the real magic of Christmas.

Wishing you all a magical day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

progress in the workshop

The elves are working their tiny tushes off over here trying to get last minute gifts finished up before the big day. How about this little monster in the making? Not too shabby, eh? In my quest for an easy project for Peter to make for Adam I did have some luck. We found some pretty straightforward softie projects here and here that we used as guides. We changed a few things along the way like not turning him inside out after he was stitched and not making it symetrical.
Embellishments and finishing touches will have to wait until Adam's sleeping schedule allows so it could be tomorrow or it could be late Christmas Eve when this little guy is done - we just never know around here. I loved that this project was so open to your own design and imagination. There was no particular way it was supposed to look when it was done. When working with a very particular and sometimes fussy 7 year old with some perfectionist tendencies, this quality is essential. And me, I'm working my way through some pajama sets for the boys. Plaid cotton for the pants and then some freezer paper stenciled t-shirts for the tops. I am still sewing up the pants and have just started thinking about the tops. I suppose I had better start sketching up some ideas seeing as the clock is ticking and all.
There are also cookies to bake and maybe one more present to buy so I think we just might pull it off this year. How are your holiday preparations coming along?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

old school handmade christmas

I'm taking a trip down memory lane today and sharing some of my favorite Christmas tree ornaments. These are both so special to me because I still remember how much I enjoyed making them. The mouse up there is, let's see...almost 20 years old. That means that while my other high school friends were sneaking peppermint schnapps and doing cookies in the school parking lot to celebrate the season I was happily stitching cute little mice. Yep, that was me.
And now I'll turn back the clock even more (another ten years or so) to when I was a brownie (it's a girl scout thing). My troop made these one afternoon and mine is still going strong. I wonder if any of my other troop members still have and hang theirs each year. And I wonder if our troop leader had any idea how many years this little guy would be around bringing back the memory of that December afternoon. And finally, I wonder what kind of amazing glue we used because I don't think those tiny felt pieces are going anywhere anytime soon.
Which handmade ornaments are your favorites?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

memory making

Zip zip zoom - there goes the Holiday Season. It always amazes me how quickly it goes by. I suppose always having my nose buried in an embroidery project doesn't help matters. These are a few of the the ornaments I made this year. Well, little thumbnails at least. I always feel weird about posting photos of ornaments that have names on them. I feel like I'm invading someone's privacy or something. That's probably silly but I can't help it. So, these are cropped versions - enough to give you a little glimpse I guess. I had fun with each and every one of these and all the rest that I made in the last couple of months. I am always so honored when someone picks me to make something so sentimental for them!

I do have a few ideas for gifts I would like to make for my own family this year for Christmas and I still think I can get them done. I just need to get myself to a fabric store - fast! Today is snow day number two so I think I'll skip it for now. Taking a three year old and a seven year old to a fabric store requires a bit more patience and zen-nature than I have today.

Hope all your handmade holiday gifts are coming along smoothly. If you haven't started one yet - go for it - you still have time and you will be glad you did!

Monday, December 13, 2010

shhhhhhhhhh

Okay, be really quiet everyone because the boys are still sleeping and what they don't know yet is that school has been cancelled! If we don't make a sound maybe they will sleep in until, like 7 or something and I can maybe get some things done!
Sorry, I don't have a photo to share from this past weekend so I went with this cute pic of Adam from the previous week's snowstorm. You would only see Adam from the waist up in a photo from this week's storm.

I have to admit I was very surprised when I heard school would be cancelled. Yes, we did have a blizzard (17 inches of snow) but, hey, that was on Saturday, right? I am not complaining at all. It's also below zero out there so I'm sure that is factoring in as well. Yes, I'm happy as a clam to be stuck inside today. We have library books, movies, everything we need to make rice crispy treats, and plenty of coffee/hot chocolate. Yep, we're going to be just fine.

I am hoping to somehow finally finish a number of orders that are about 95% done. Why is it that the last 5% of a project seems to take the longest? I feel like I have been moving in slow motion the last few days and I'm not sure why.

Also on my "to-do" list today is to find a project for Peter. He usually opts to make rather than buy* a Christmas present for Adam and I need to track down a few options for him. The challenge to me is to find something that he can do almost entirely on his own. I tend to suggest projects that appeal to me but require an adult for a good portion of it. That sort of defeats the purpose. He made a book last year and this year I am thinking maybe some kind of stuffed toy. A really really easy stuffed toy.
On that note, off I go to sip my coffee in silence and scan the web for tutorials - what a great way to start the week!

* At this point I think this is more about not wanting to part with allowance money than it is about wanting to show his love for his brother through the act of creating something but...I'm working on him.

Monday, December 6, 2010

field trips

So, the move has been somewhat of a ... challenge and we will obviously be so glad when every part of it is done but in the meantime we are taking in all of the wonderful things the Twin Cities have to offer. One of them is the thriving, bustling, amazing handmade community. First we caught this fine event and dipped our toes into the sublime pool that is HandmadeMN. I did a little bit of shopping at Roundbottom Baby (an absolute delight!) and did some more drooling as well before it was time go.

Then we cranked it up a notch and went here this past weekend:
Holy wow! So many crafters, so much activity, so many reasons to open your wallet *wink*. We all had loads of fun and left wanting to go home and MAKE STUFF. Obviously we were inspired. I also had a little celebrity spotting when I met Alyssa of Penguin and Fish fame. Yep, you guessed it, she was very nice. I'm hoping our paths will cross again because I'm sure I could learn a lot from her.
I honestly don't know how all these artists have time to put these amazing displays filled with beautiful products together right smack dab in the middle of the busiest time of the year. I am a bit in awe of that seeing as I can't even seem to get the dishes done AND make a 3 inch Christmas ornament in the same day. Maybe I need something stronger than coffee. kidding of course.
Thanks Twin City crafters for the inspiration and wonder!

Friday, December 3, 2010

pondering life's big questions

First and foremost let me introduce our very own toilet paper roll Santa. He is adored at our house and was lovingly made by Vince's grandmother. Every year he can be found in odd places in strange poses all over the house, all season long. What can I say, we are easily amused over here.
Anyway, I thought he would make a good model for my blog post.

I'm seeking a little holiday advice today. Last year Peter (then age 6) would cautiously explain to me that he just was not sure if there really was a Santa Claus. He would end his statement with a questioning look and not usually stick around for a response. Fine by me. This year, however, the questioning look is long gone and there is more of a "gotcha!" tone to his announcement that he no longer believes in Santa Claus.

We all knew this day would come, right? I'm okay with it BUT we also have a family member who is PRIME Santa age (3!) so the last thing I want is for his big brother to squash all his Christmas dreams, right? So my question is, what do I say to Peter so that everyone can have a happy holiday?

I'm leaning toward A) "That's fine, but how about we all pretend he's real anyway, okay?"

considering B) "Are you SURE you want to go down that path?"

would rather not, but would say if I had to C) "If you ruin Christmas for your brother I swear you will get nothing, that's right, nothing." Okay, I promise I won't say that, really!

or I could just stick with my usual response D) "Really? Hmmm, interesting." But seriously, how much longer is that going to fly?
help!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

gear up for 2011

Just dropping by quickly to say hey, guess what - large calendar panels are on sale in the shop right now.OR if you are feeling lucky take a chance at winning a double dates calendar panel set (that's one large and one small) right here. Go for it!

Friday, November 26, 2010

visual feasts

You guys are all drained from the holiday yesterday, right? Why not sit back and relax today because I happen to have some suggested viewing for you. First and foremost - have you all seen this...



I had the GREAT pleasure of feasting my eyes on this little wonder yesterday and guess what? I'll be doing the same today. This is a stunning movie. I actually audibly gasped at some of the scenes - so gorgeous. I only wish I would have caught this in the theater but I might have fainted if I had. I also liked the story quite a bit so this is going on the favorite movies list for sure. Oh, and did I mention, I liked this movie?

And speaking of totally inspiring animation, Walt Disney's Fantasia is back again. I remember being completely enthralled with this film as a kid and it still casts the same magical spell today. There is really nothing else like this movie and I cannot wait to watch it again!



Last but not least, did you catch Etsy's little holiday video? I know I am completely biased as I seem to be a member of the church of Etsy BUT I think this video is pretty brilliant.




Thanks to everyone who took a stab at the ornament guessing game. I was surprised that the third list seemed to be the unanimous choice. Stitching up a hot air balloon would be so much fun but...sorry folks, that wasn't it! It's actually the last list. Wish me luck on that french horn guys - I'm good but I'm not sure if I'm THAT good, ya know?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

i think i found it

A place to take photos here! I have been trying out different rooms at different times of the day and in different angles but was mostly just taking a lot of awful photos. I was lucky in Omaha where we had a huge covered porch. It was a perfect for taking pictures (even if it meant battling cold and wind while you did it). I think I'm going to have to go with the basement egress window here. The only downside is that I have to carefully move all the lego scuptures that are usually displayed there - then carefully put them back so that a certain boy who might be in school at the time will never know the difference when he returns home.

I'm a pretty boring blogger lately as I am working my way through a custom ornament list that is... not short. I love these little challenges though - especially when something really unusual comes up on the request list. There have been some good ones this year and I thought I would share the fun with you all. I'll give you four lists of three things. One list has items that I have sketched or stitched for ornaments so far this year, the other three lists are fakes. See if you can guess the real deal. I'll reveal the answer in my next post.

bicycle, wedding dress, cactus

raccoon, cowboy boots, piano

snowmobile, hot air balloon, teapot

superhero, french horn, seashell

good luck!

Friday, November 12, 2010

geeeeezzzzz

I swear I just have a sixth sense about these things. Do you know what this is? It's a jinxed Christmas ornament. Jinxed I tell ya. It's weird and you all might think I'm crazy but sometimes I just get a sense when starting something that it's going to go wrong. This was one of those projects.

1. I ironed my interfacing to my press cloth instead of my fabric
2. I stitched more than half the letters before I realized I was stitching them in the wrong color
3. As I am stitching along I keep thinking "hmmm...this stabilizer seems so brittle and weird. Maybe I ironed it for too long or maybe it's too old or something. Still I continue to stitch and then it hits me.
That's not stabilizer, that's "wonder under". crap. They look pretty similar sitting there next to each other and I obviously grabbed the wrong one, traced my pattern onto it, ironed it onto my fabric and started stitching. I can't believe how long it took for it to dawn on me. ugh.

I clicked a photo before it went in the trash so I could give you all a good laugh today. Weird how I'm pychic though, eh?

Better get back to my 'do-over'. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

a mini border how-to brought to you by...

naptime! Which hardly ever happens anymore. Luckily I can still count on Adam crashing (usually in a puddle of fits and tears) at least once a week and today was my lucky day. As promised I'm going to share how I made this petite little border for a custom piece.
I love the way it turned out and it was super easy too. Did I invent this stitch? - I'm sure I did not. Who did invent it? I'm sure I don't know - probably an 8 year old girl working on her first sampler in a farmhouse in Kansas 200 years ago. That's just my best guess. It's probably in a book or online somewhere but I know I felt like I was so clever when I did it because I had never seen it before. Still, I don't take credit for it.
Anyway.
You just start out with a blanket stitch. You need to make them tall and short alternately. These are quarter inch and half inch. I penciled in my lines because I'm an embroidery nerd.
Next just weave a different colored floss through your stitches. Over under over under style.
Then do it again with a different color but alternate the cross threads (where you went over with the first color go under with the second and so on).
It works best if your last woven line of floss tucks under the short stitches instead of laying on top of them - it just keeps everything tidy that way.
Finally, add a french knot over each short stitch and that's it!
What I love about this border is that is looks just as good along curves as it does in a straight line. I think this will be turning up again soon. I am sorry to say that I have a photo of another version I did in monochrome colors with thinner floss but for some reason blogger keeps wanting to turn it sideways when I upload it. Why? I don't know. Blogger can be fussy like that don't you think? I'll try to tuck it in in edits another day when perhaps blogger is feeling more cooperative. Until then - try this stitch - you'll love it!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

i approve

So, here's some newsEven if the flakes haven't flown yet (even up in Minnesota) they have been at SeptemberHouse since July. I was somehow lucky enough to be asked by Etsy to participate in a DIY feature for Good Housekeeping Magazine! It is finally on newsstands today so I can share a bit about the experience. I've been keeping it under wraps for 4 months now and that wasn't easy, lemme tell ya.

The idea for the feature is actually very cool. Good Housekeeping is celebrating their 125th year so they went back through the years and chose some craft projects from the past. That's when Etsy came into the picture. Good Housekeeping wanted some updated versions of these older projects so they partnered with Etsy to make it happen. I was asked to update an embroidered blanket project
from 1939. What a fun challenge it was. There were lots of revisions along the way and a few other bumps along the way (including but not limited to: getting a house ready to sell and moving at the same time) but in the end I think it turned out to be a really nice article full of beautiful projects and I am so glad to be a part of it. My project can be found on the Good Housekeeping website. The patterns for the snowflakes are there so hey, free pattern folks. Or, if you are feeling more ambitious you can make the whole blanket.
And now back to the weather...
I had to break out the Old Timey Christmas station on Pandora this morning to try to get into the Christmas spirit. People are wearing shorts here - in November - it's just nutty! So, even though it doesn't feel like the holiday season at all I'm trying to get my jingle on anyway. Anyone have snow yet??

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

it's that time of year

Three inch hoops - everywhere! Yes, it's ornament time again - yay! I'm already having so much fun stitching up new designs this year. Here are a few requests that have come through the SeptemberHouse doors lately They are sort of tiny little versions of some previously stitched friends. I wasn't sure I could pull it off in such small dimensions but in the end I think they worked out just fine.

And here is a sneek peek at a custom order I'm working on and LOVING. Not sure how I will let this leave my house. It might have to be ripped from my hands. I do plan to post a mini tutorial for that border which was so easy and and turned out so very pretty, if I do say so myself. Can't wait to share photos when this is all done!
Oh, and I have some exciting news next week that I have been waiting months to share!

Monday, November 1, 2010

yikes

Check out the spooks! For so long Peter wanted to be Harry Potter for Halloween and I thought that was a great idea - very easy and, hey, he could pull it off with his shaggy brown hair and charm. But no, he traded that idea in for something much creepier. Oh well, what can you do? He loved freaking people out and had so much fun.
The teeny tiny bat really stole the show last night and I actually DID make that costume...4 years ago. So at least one person got to wear a handmade costume this year. I have been itching to sew lately so maybe I should just go ahead and get started on costumes for next year and they might just be done in time.

Friday, October 29, 2010

looking forward

So, I don't think I've mentioned this yet but it is with great excitement that I share this little space... I know I know, what is so great about a near empty room with some craft clutter on the floor, right? Well, turns out I have a little spot of my own in our new home. I feel kind of guilty about it because our new place is actually pretty small overall and there are probably better ways to use the precious square footage but...I think I'll just keep that to myself. Obviously I haven't really turned it into much yet but there will be time for that in February. You all can see the potential, right?
I'm also excited about these new beauties. I spotted these at a local craft store and believe me, a photo doesn't do them justice. They have so many variations within each skein and the color is so rich and gorgeous! I haven't stitched anything yet but I will be sure to share when I do. Check out the rest of their colors here.
Everything that I AM stitching right now is 'in progress'. I thought I would have some finished things to show by today but it was not to be. Soon, though, soon!
Who is finishing up Halloween costumes this weekend? I ducked out of that this year, I admit. I'm, just not into Halloween this time around - too much other insanity to worry about I guess. This year I'll settle for being a spectator rather than a participant. Oh, I will be participating in candy consumption of course.

Monday, October 25, 2010

we made it!

Internet service always seems to take longer than expected to get going, doesn't it? We made it through week one and I don't even have a single photo to share yet!

Our house in Omaha is still for sale everyone so DON'T WORRY - you have not missed out on the real estate opportunity. I encourage you to act quickly though because, hey, it could get snatched up any day. Or, it could sit on the market for. ever. you just never know.

I have yet to organize my crafting supplies but that has not stopped me from getting my stitch on. I'll be sure to share later this week because I have two projects that I'm really excited about!

So there's the update from St. Paul, now it's time for me to catch up on all the blogs I missed reading while we were disconnected. See you soon!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

signing off for now

It's time to head north folks. I'll be in internet service limbo for a few days and will be missing my crafty friends! Until then.... I'll be back, when the week is new. And I'll have more ideas for you. And you'll have things you'll want to talk about. I. will. too.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

seasons stitchings

Let me just tell you how great it feels to have a little bit of time for embroidery again! I managed to get two ornaments done this week. Of course, I would have liked to have made more but it wasn't to be. I made this one as a tiny tribute to one of my favorite Christmas songs - can you guess which one?
I have always wondered why they play "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music at Christmastime. I mean, it's not really a Christmas song, right? Oh well, I welcome it's broadcast anyway because I love that song. I also really wanted to stitch up another tiny little dress after I worked on a couple last year. So, this seemed like a fun way to do it.The green fabric is appliqued onto the white fabric base. The white fabric has a very subtle floral pattern on it but you can't see it from every angle. If this doesn't sell I won't be sad at all because, well, I kind of want this!
And then there is the sweet little baby ornament. It's stitched on red linen which I love even though every time I use it for a project I have second thoughts when I remember how difficult it is to photograph red. The color isn't exactly right on this photo - the real ornament isn't quite this BRIGHT but it's close enough. As long as I have Photoshop I will not give up my favorite red linen!

Friday, October 8, 2010

hand me downs

Do you know what happens when a stash of embroidery supplies gets handed over to someone who doesn't embroider and then it gets passed on like a hot potato to someone else who does not embroider (and so on and so on). It eventually will find the hands of someone who does embroider and this time it was me. My mom handed me this huge bag stuffed with floss, hoops and patterns the other day, much to my delight. I haven't even looked through it all yet because I have been, well, you know, busy. But I can't wait to discover all the treasures here. I did spy this adorable pattern set in the mix.
And I do know some people who are big fans of owls so... the wheels are spinning.
And then -

My mom also gifted me this amazing crocheted bedspread. I have tucked away but was sure to get a quick shot of one bit of it to share here. She says she isn't 100% sure who made it but she knows it was either her grandmother or her great-grandmother. W-O-W. Needless to say I was beyond thrilled to have this handed down to me and now I'm just not sure what to do with it. I want to use it but, geez, if anything happened to it I would be crushed. What do you all think - use the heirlooms or pack them away for safe-keeping?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

and now we play the waiting game

I wasn't sure this day would EVER come but here we are getting ready to list our house. It's been an exhausting journey just to get here and I am trying to be optimistic as we look ahead but with the market being what it is, it's not easy. But anyway, I thought I would share some photos of my house now that's it's clean. Even I am amazed at how much nicer my home can look when I just stop embroidering (and paying attention to my children).


It really is a cute house - built in 1926, tons of woodwork, a little sitting room and a butler's pantry and a HUGE porch. Lots to love (and to clean). I hope someone else will love it too.

I'll have to share some photos of the new room soon too. It's finally done!

Monday, September 27, 2010

CRUNCH

I'm still here folks but it is totally 100% absolutely crunch time on this house. I miss all my usual crafty fun so much and I can hardly wait to get back to it but I have a nasty "to-do" list to get through before I can - boo hoo.

Friday, September 10, 2010

vanilla bore

Sounds like a good name for one of the many shades of beige I have looked at lately. Paint paint paint, I swear that's all I do lately. Some people say go with beige/off white - make your house a blank canvas for potential buyers. Others say it's just too boring and people want to see color. I say you can't paint your whole house any one way and please everyone so we are doing a little of both and steering away from anything too wild and crazy. Luckily many rooms just need touch ups but with some we are picking new colors. And yes, one will be beige which is why I have all these swatches.
Me, I like to debate about a color for, like a year, before I take the plunge with it, that's just me. Not having that option has been a little unerving for me. How do you all pick room colors?
I have played around a bit over at the Behr website where they have lots of fun tools for picking and visualizing colors. I would never make a color choice for a room based only on what I saw on a website - I just don't trust the consistency - but it is fun. I think it could be really helpful when choosing a color scheme for an embroidery project.
I would love to hear any tips and advice anyone has about putting a home on the market/staging/keeping your sanity through it all. I need all the help I can get!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

7 things...

My pal, Jody over at "The Little Prints" invited me to participate in a little blog fun and even though I am pretty late to the game I’m going up to bat anyway. – Thanks Jody for tagging me!

1. I will be moving soon to the beautiful Twin Cities!!
Yes, that will be our new home (though it isn’t entirely new to us since Vince and I lived there when we first were married). We loved it there so this is really exciting!
 
2. I grew up in a house full of girls. I have an older sister, a younger sister, and a twin sister who is celebrating a birthday today – happy birthday Katy!

3. I have a deep affection for things that are painfully innocent like say, Holly Hobbie, vintage schoolbooks, Little House on the Prairie, Lawrence Welk – stuff like that.

4. I love mayonnaise, I mean I really love it – so much so that I only allow myself to have it on Fridays because well, you know you really shouldn't eat that stuff all the time, right? Vince thinks this organized self-deprivation is proof that I am a little nutty, I think it’s just very disciplined.

5. Yardwork is awesome, in my opinion. Pulling weeds, mowing, trimming – love it! I recently got my very own weed whacker and I am still a little giddy everytime I start that baby up.

6. Favorite movie of all time: Buffalo 66

7. I hate posting on my blog if I don’t have a photo to go along with it but sometimes I do it anyway.
 
Now, I’m supposed to tag 7 other bloggers to participate but I admit I feel so awkward doing that. (it feels a wee bit like the snowball dance at a wedding reception – have you ever seen anything divide the introverts and the extroverts so quickly and efficiently? ) Can you guess which category I’m in?
I would love to read 7 things about ALL the bloggers I read regularly so I guess I would invite anyone reading this to participate!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

amid the chaos a pattern is born!

Whew! Slowly slowly slowly this new pattern set has been in the works in spite of the insanity all around. I am so excited about this one! It's something really different from my other patterns. Instead of a single image to stitch these patterns are seamless designs similar to a design on fabric. So, you can transfer the design, line it up again along the edges and transfer again and you will get a seamless surface design that is as large - or as small as you want. Does that make sense? I swear the most daunting part of this project has been trying to explain it - not my strong suit.

These designs were inspired by Indian motifs found in mehndi patterns and the gorgeous fabrics used to make saris. Oh I saw so many stunning patterns along the way and I wanted to pack my bags for Mumbai! Instead I packed boxes for....oh I'm not telling yet *wink*

So, I suppose it's time to get back to painting the bathroom and scrubbing scrubbing scrubbing the floors! This project was a delightful escape for me over the last month or so and I have a feeling another diversion will find it's way in soon too. My flossbox will be the very last thing I pack away!

Monday, August 30, 2010

that's my man


Do you know any men who would buy tickets to a concert so that his wife could see the very man she has a crush on sing love songs?
I do!
What can I say, I snagged a good one!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

migration

*Well folks, here is the reason why I really can't seem to get anything done these days. We are getting ready to move!

All this came about very quickly about a month ago and we had to make some BIG decisions and we had to make them FAST. Me, I'm not so good at that. I will weigh pros and cons until the scale breaks if given a chance so let me just say, it's been a little stressful. But Vince is starting a new job and I think he will really like it and we will be starting a new life in a different city. I'm going to save our new location for a different post but I will say it's a good one!

Needless to say, this throws a pretty huge wrench into my crafting plans and I'm trying to deal with that as gracefully as possible. We have mountains of work to do before our house goes on the market and I have no choice but to focus my energy on that right now. By the way, anyone interested in a beautiful older home in an historic Omaha neighborhood? Lots of old world charm, it's a must see! (like that real estate lingo? think it will help me sell this house?)

So there's our big news. I'd say it's good news all wrapped up in a ball of worries and uncertainties. If we can just unravel it, it will all be just fine. Just hoping we won't find too many knots along the way.

*sculpture photo taken in lovely downtown Omaha

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

get your stitch on

You all know about it don't you? The "Embroidereading" contest over at "Checkout Girl"? No, you say??
Oh my goodness, you must check it out and then jump in and participate! The deadline is September 1st so yes, you still have time to enter but no, you don't have time to dilly dally about. Need inspiration? Browse through the group page over at flickr. Now log off and go stitch I say!

*Please note that my flossbox is sometimes neater than this. But often messier.

I'll be back later this week with some big news that will explain some of my meager posts here lately as well as my lack of creative projects to share. It will all make sense, I promise.

Monday, August 16, 2010

day one

Off he goes. Peter started his 2nd grade adventure today. We always take a photo on the front porch on the first day of school. It's a little silly actually because the sun is always blasting up there and I always get a squinty face from him no matter which direction he faces. Could I maybe pick a better location? For some reason he insisted the monkey be in the shot and I thought that was cute so why not? He didn't seem too nervous (however he did clutch a stuffed animal for his photo so who knows). He always takes things in stride better than I ever have or probably ever will. I tend to be the one who gets butterflies in my stomach on his first days of a new school year. Even though I have my first free afternoon in months while Adam naps, I still miss Peter and cannot wait to hear about his day. 1 hour 45 minutes to go...

Monday, August 9, 2010

believe it or not

I actually made something! This seems ridiculously early, I know. To tell you the truth, though, it's quite late. I sketched this gal up last year hoping she would make it to the shop shelves for Holiday '09. Unfortunately I finished the sketches on about December 22nd so she got tossed in the discard pile for tardiness.
When I started thinking about ornaments for this year she came to mind again and I rescued her and stitched her up. Many teeny tiny appliques later and here she is!
I can't tell you how good it feels to get something done - even if it is only a 3 inch hoop's worth of stitching.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

beauties and cuties

It's butterfly season in these parts. The zinnias are like butterfly magnets and we have been trying to capture each on that lands there in pixels before they flutter away.
These two were spotted last week. I'm always amazed at how close they let you get. Maybe they are just too busy to notice.
And check out these cuties from a favorite Etsy shop, Sparklepaw. They are all so clever and the images are priceless. Before you go card shopping at the drugstore or hallmark, stop by Sparklepaw and pick up a perfect greeting card from a great seller.
One of these days I may get something made as well! Summer is tough - definitely my least productive time of year but the one when I spend the most time with family. I do miss my creative time but am trying to be patient. Thanks for hanging in there during this dry spell!