Sunday, March 31, 2013

how i spent...

Adam rock hunting by the river
...my Spring Break.
Hello from Spring Break! No, I'm not typing as I sip on an umbrella'd drink on a beach somewhere but my boys are watching the Peanuts Easter special on tv so I have a bit of time to catch up with you all over here. It has been a really lovely week actually. I imagined breaking up fights and hearing about how boring I was all week but was surprised to find that instead, my sons actually played quite nicely and everyone seemed very content. I know, weird, right? I'm hoping that will be a hint about the coming Summer break but I won't believe it until I see it for myself.

We did try to sneak in a little fun (for as little money as possible!) here and there and thanks to some good weather we were able to do just that.

Here is the highlight reel:

* a trip to Stillwater Minnesota with ice cream at Leo's

* LOTS of drawing/cutting/coloring/and play-doughing!

* movie night: Titan AE (a great one for 9 yr old boys in my opinion!)

* I finished up Far From the Tree (whew! quite a reading commitment but worth every page) and started Ladies and Gentleman - in which I stumbled upon someone's social security card (they had been using it for a bookmark apparently). Library books always seem to hold more adventure than store-bought varieties  don't they? Peter worked his way through the Heck series and Adam and I followed some Junie B. Jones antics.

* made some rice crispie treats

* one pair of pajama pants were sewn up. I had higher sewing aspirations but oh well.

* a visit to Minnehaha Falls

* An afternoon at the Tropics indoor waterpark (not my thing and WAY too crowded but I did it anyway - am still waiting for my award/trophy)

* a good long hike at Hidden Falls Park

* Easter egg decorating

So, I think we did okay. We had a little family fun but also forced the boys to make their own fun part of the time as well which I think is important. I loved it and am now even more excited about Summer vacation. I should have taken more photos, I know. I just haven't been much of a shutterbug lately and I am not sure why. I need to get back into that.

I hope you all have had a chance to take a little Spring break and enjoy time with family and friends in this special season - there is really no better way to spend it!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

wind & water arrives

cherry blossom embroidery pattern, japanese hand embroidery patterns by SeptemberHouse
It has been a while since I have had the pleasure of introducing a new embroidery pattern collection which makes it even sweeter to be able to do it today. So, Introducing...Wind & Water: a collection of hand embroidery patterns inspired by Japan! Available at the SeptemberHouse Webstore and in the SeptemberHouse Etsy shop.
Japanese embroidery designs cherry blossom hand embroidery pattern
What was the hardest part of designing this collection? Narrowing down my ideas of course. I found that to be the case when I made the Stitches del Sol and the Scandistitches pattern sets as well. Once you start wandering through the subject matter is it impossible not to get a little lost (in a good way!)

japanese hand embroidery patterns by SeptemberHouse
 My wanderings for Wind & Water lead me to origami papers, silk kimonos, family crests, woodblock prints , japanese gardens (swoon!) and more. Now you can see how one might linger a little longer, right?
dragonfly hand embroidery pattern, japanese designs
I hope I harnessed a tiny bit of the grace and wonder I found in my research for these patterns and that people will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. I tried to include something for everyone here - some simple designs for beginners and some more complex designs for those who want to go a bit farther with their needlework.
japanese hand embroidery designs floral pattern

floral embroidery motif, hand embroidery by SeptemberHouse
Four of the embroidery patterns are round but the last one is set up as a continuous design. It lines up on either side so that it can be expanded and go on and on and on... like the ocean. Your fingers might go numb if you wander too far though! 

Japanese Boats hand embroidery design

modern hand embroidery by SeptemberHouse
I know I enjoyed my journey as I put this set together and would you believe the next one is already in the works? It's true!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

visiting old friends

Still here guys, I swear I am! I apologize for being so quiet lately. Like everyone I have been keeping myself busy. Lots of old friends have come by for a visit lately though and I must say, it has been nice to see them again. I had the opportunity to stitch up a set of towels featuring the Wig Wonderful ladies not long ago.
I also had the pleasure of sewing up a pillow cover with the Sailor bunny panel like this one:
It's been like a little SeptemberHouse reunion these days! I'm making way for new family members as well so I'm going full speed ahead. 

A couple bugs came through the house too and I am happy to report that I did NOT catch any of them - hooray!!!! Oh geez, I hope I didn't just jinx myself. I won't think about that right now, I'll just focus on the fact that, at the moment, everyone is healthy in our house and I hope it stays that way. 

As for my bad blogging lately I'm not sure what to do. I came across the book Blogging for Creatives recently and thought, gosh, maybe I should read up on this topic- get a plan together and really shine up ol' "So September". The more I thought about it the less enthusiastic I was about that idea. I really try to run SeptemberHouse according to the rules and advice of the crafting/ecommerce world. I read up on SEO, marketing, taxes - all of that boring stuff. But my blog, well, that's the place where I can let my hair down a bit and relax about the 'rules'. I don't want it to become a place where I have to follow a formula. I hope that's okay if I am a little rough around the edges here - I don't mind if you don't.  Besides, if I set those strict guidelines all my humor AND grammatical errors would never come through and then what would you all laugh at, am I right?

Thanks for hanging in there with me guys, I appreciate it!