Friday, January 11, 2013

Belated Happy New Year!

In my house the holidays come and go, and in the blink of an eye it is the January birthday season.  So very busy.  The kids enjoyed watching Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve while, quite honestly, it made me feel "vintage."

Missed attending a family friend's baby shower so I've been working on this quilt and somehow finally finished it before the baby is not a baby anymore! :)  Can't wait to get it in the mail.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Holiday madness!

Today, it turns out, was the day I realized Xmas will be here in 17 short days - ack!  So I got all my cookies made (well at least the batter anyway).  Printed Xmas cards, and got my shipping supplies ready.  My house looks like a whirlwind passed through!

For the past few weeks I've been busy making these...  lots and lots of these...

Thought it would be fun to make these as teacher gifts.  It is, but also time consuming when you've got cards and packages to send, never mind millions of gifts to wrap! 

Anyway, they are super easy to make and the tutorial can be found here...

I'm always captivated by the talent I find in the sewing community.

In case I don't have time to make it back to my blog till the new year, Happy Holidays!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stuffed Animal Beanbag Chair/Cushion

So, as every parent knows stuffed animals multiply.  When you are not looking, and two of them are alone, THIS happens...

Thanks to Michael Miller Fabrics for their awesome tutorial on how to make a beanbag chair.  I took their directions and added a zipper so I could stuff it with the stuffed animals.  Be forewarned - this sucker is heavy.  And although I sewed it perfectly, the stuffed animals make it kinda lumpy.



I have not seen my 7 year old curl up stinkbug-style in a very long time.  Those days are over here.  He must really like it. :)

Now the stuffed animals all have a place to live, and hopefully I do not wake up tomorrow morning to THIS:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I can see tidy now the mess is gone

The end of summer is a bittersweet thing.  Saying goodbye to pool dates, county fairs, flowers in full bloom and flitting butterflies is never easy. 

One more week and the boys will be back in school.  They've picked out their cool new backpacks, and this mommy has made one too many trips to Staples for school supplies!  As they grow older I have to admit it doesn't make me as weepy as it used to. 

The exciting part is September will hopefully bring me time to neatly stack my fabric, and hang some inspiration items on the walls... 

...and then get to my little U.F.O. pile.  My new Juki has not gotten much use this summer and I can't wait to rev her up and see her go!

I think this will be the first item tackled - am unsure of how I want to machine quilt it, but I have to take my swimmies off and dive into uncharted machine quilting waters.  In addition to the appliques courtesy of my GO! Baby, there are button eyes and a small bit of orange piping to avoid.  I'll post pics when it is finished - wish me luck!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

There ain't no cure for the summertime sewing room cleaning up blues!

Oh my goodness.  It is a mess.  A mess.  A big old messy mess.  I can't even post pics.  You wouldn't even know it is a sewing room right now.

So, here is a "happy place" photo I took up in the Adirondacks this weekend...

And another (did I mention my older son loves bugs? Loves them.  Look at the goo goo eyed look of love as he holds a salamander and a yellow bear caterpillar)...

And one more (he calls it a lacewing damselfly)...

Lunch break a/k/a PROCRASTINATION break is over.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

So far away...

When I was a kid, my friends and family were all concentrated in a small neighborhood in Queens, N.Y.  It was wonderful.  All our special events, holidays and summers were spent together.  As the years went on it became fashionable to move out to Long Island, and so the first wave of people left.  Then some got married or went to college and moved away.  More years passed, and so many loved ones got their angel wings.  Then this die hard NYC girl got married and also moved away.

Recently my sister-in-law moved from her home in North Carolina to get married in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Being a family of four on a budget, my husband was the lucky one to travel the 1,400 miles and represent!

This pic is my favorite - the bride looks like she is getting her best Xmas present ever!  So happy and excited.  You can forget that feeling once you are married for a long time.  It is nice to be reminded of how happy you were on your special day too, full of hope and overflowing with love.

Making this quilt helped me feel like I was sending all my love and good wishes to her from so far away.  The colors are of the ocean she loves so much, and the large X shaped blocks are Arkansas Crossroads for where they are starting their new life together.  Congratulations Debbie!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


The fabulous Monica Solorio-Snow a/k/a The Happy Zombie just unleashed THIS on her gnome crazy fans...

Someone please catch me.  I'm gonna faint from happiness! :)