Slouchy hat lovin’s.

Good evening, everyone!  Hope you’re well and enjoying the long weekend!  I got a bit of knitting done, of course, this past week – quite chilly in CLE – and thought I’d pop over to show you what I’ve been working on.

This is a super cute slouchy hat that I *adore*.  I chose a super bulky, super soft acrylic yarn and made a couple of little flowers to add on – crochet!!  I haven’t crocheted (is that even a word??) since I was in…maybe…4th grade, and even then could only make triangles!  My mom was so frustrated with me… LOL

…and that is my beautiful, sweet, intelligent, fiery, favorite daughter, modeling a few of the hats that can be found in my Etsy shop.

And, also, this: a cozy wrap sweater for your favorite little baby friend!  This little sweater was knit in a beautiful brown wool with flecks of orange and green.  This is one of my favorite Peace Fleece colorways, Baba’s Sienna.

I know that I promised pillowcases and Easter baskets, and I plan to move in that direction this week.  I’ve had a great time with the Valentine quilt that I started a few weeks ago, it’s so much fun – and so beautiful! – to work on.  I’ll post pics of that soon, I promise!

Have a great week, wash the salt off the car and sit still for a few minutes every day.  I promise you won’t regret it!  xoxo

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New beginnings!

I hope your 2016 is looking to be as exciting and creative as mine!!

I am tickled to be starting a new quilt today!  I am 6 squares in to the Valentine quilt from Elizabeth Hartman’s The Practical Guide to Patchwork.  I’m always up for a stash-buster, and this is a fun and easy quilt to pursue.  I’ll update with photos over the next couple of days – I would like to get enough squares completed to figure the first couple of rows so it’s easier for us all to visualize!

I’m excited to announce that I had a great experience with Andrea Moore from The Design Marketplace in creating my new logo!  Isn’t it beautiful!  She is a graphic designer and she was a peach to work with – very patient, kind, patient, talented, patient…you get it.  I really had little idea what I wanted, but when she came to me with the latest design, I knew it was the one for me.  Please do check out her shop – she has some beautiful wall art in her shop, as well!

As a reminder,  I make stuff.  In between squares for my quilt, I will be making personalized Easter baskets, pillowcases, and project bags…all to arrive in the shop soon.

Hope you’re well and are finding loads of inspiration and buckets of motivation for this new year!  Be well, hug often, drink lots of water, get lots of sleep.

xoxo

 

Click of the sticks!!

Good morning, everyone!  Hope you’re well!

How is your holiday crafting going?  I’ve been busy myself with a beautiful, satisfying knit pattern named the Luxe Neck Warmer from the book Knit 2 Together by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark.  This book is full of great projects, and the Luxe is perfect for busting through your yarn stash.  I’ve many of these recently and have labeled a few for gifts and will send a few to the Bin for my shop.

Luxe Neck Warmer in acrylic

I prefer wools, but I realize that not everyone does.  I like to gift easy-care items.

 

Another item that I really enjoyed working on is this cowl in the Irish Moss Stitch.  This is a beautiful green wool with hints of orange and brown.

Irish Moss Stitch cowl in wool

On the sewing table, I have MERMAID TAILS from Made for Mermaids!!  This sweet pattern is available for FREE on the website!!  These will be Christmas gifts for my neices… (photos coming soon)

What are you working on?  I’d love to hear!!  Have a great weekend, and if I don’t get back here before the end of the holiday season, Happy Holidays to you and the ones you love.  xoxo

I am sooooo excited to be back!!  I hope you’ve been well and stayed creative and are having a great November!!

I’ve always thought that the cooler weather months stir something up in me and encourage me to go down and in, clearing out some cobwebs and getting back to work!  I’ve been working on a few things that I’d like to share with you and am working on a few others that will appear in my shop soon.

First, I was asked by my fantastically-talented-photographer-friend to make a gift for her new niece, and I was so excited!!  A couple of years ago, I created and gifted this to my yoga friend, Stephanie, as she welcomed her first baby:

Ganesha quilt (5)

I wish I’d taken an ‘after’ photo of this!!

I enjoyed the individuality of this quilt so much, I was inspired to make this one for M:

Quilt for Marnie 001 Quilt for Marnie 003 Quilt for Marnie 004Quilt for Marnie 005 Another friend is traveling to Disney with her family for Christmas and had asked me to make stockings for the eight of them…

Christy's stockings

I changed the cuff on Dee’s to white, and added red bows on the Minnie toes and onto Ollie’s stocking, too.  I need to get better at taking ‘after’ photos!!

There is much more to share, but I’ve been called away – back soon, I promise!!

xoxo

Good gravy…

…been a while, eh?  I can hardly believe that it’s been so long since I’ve been here!  Don’t get me wrong – I think of this blog often, but it’s usually when a bright idea pops in to my mind in the car at 45mph, at the market checkout, tucking the kids in to bed, painting rooms – brush in hand, of course! – or juuuuuuust dozing off after a long day.  I’m here.  My family and I are well.  It’s snowing in Cleveland again, so all is as it should be, right?  ; )

Well…I’ve been working on my sewing room!  I realize NOW that I should have taken Before photos (or maybe not, right?), but I am tickled at the outcome so far!!  The walls went from a drab green to a vibrant BLUE at the emotive request of my favorite girl child.  I am in the process of building a cutting table that – oddly – revolves around my super-fantastic cutting mat.  I love that darn mat, I cannot lie.  AND, doing so will provide a workspace of 48in x 54/60in, hopefully with storage underneath.  I’ve been surfing Pinterest for a week or so while I’m organizing and purging and I think I have some good ideas behind my solid intention.  Do you have a separate cutting space in your room?  What did you do?  Will you post a picture for me?  Can we do that here?  LOL

Quilts and clothing have been busting out of my room.  I promise to share pics soon.  Until then…

Love those who seem least deserving of Love.  They could be in the depths of their most desperate times, and YOU could be their only sunlight.  xoxo

 

Christmas crafting

Hey, there!!

I really am not so good at this blogging idea, but I wanted to pop over and share what I’ve been working on lately!

I’ve always wanted to make some kind of Christmas countdown calendar for my kids that we could use year after year.  After searching Pinterest for a while (ya’ll have some GREAT ideas!!), I found this!!  Aside from being a very talented seamstress and quilter, Cynthia  gave me the oomph that I needed to work my math and creative mind together to make a calendar for the kids.

Here is my expression of that piece:

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You can see below that I didn’t tackle the bow tops (which were SO CUTE)…

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…and instead of using the buttons on the tree, I substituted teeny tiny pompoms.  I did stitch them down to be sure they wouldn’t pull off as the kids hung their ornaments.

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And instead of crafting the ornaments (which would have taken days, and I was already 4 days late in finishing!), I found these little resin ornaments by Darice for about $5 for 24 pieces!

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I’ll post another photo around Christmas time to show off how it looks fully decorated, but I’m so happy with the way it turned out!

What are you working on these days?  Do you have any pieces that you’ve crafted over the years that your children look forward to pulling out of storage for special occasions?

Whatever you celebrate, do it with a full heart.  : )  Happy Holidays!

Hello, again!

It’s been a long time!!  

Summer certainly got the best of me as we enjoyed the beach, vacation, lazy days and lots of friends.  Hope your break was super great, as well!

The (young) children started school last Monday, so I’ve been rummaging around the sewing room, scheming and organizing, experimenting and lying on the floor.  Seriously…I lie on the floor for 10-15 minutes a day.  I’ve got some super cool things cooking in my brain and can’t wait to get started!

In the meantime, I’m knitting up a few things for an event that I’ll tell you about in the next week or so.  

Stay busy and keep out of trouble!  ; )