Sunday, June 26, 2011

Distracted by cuteness...

These are definitely the cutest thing I've ever sewn!  And they were a welcome distraction from a couple of other big sewing projects I've been working on.  They were made for a sweet little girl who has not yet made her entrance to this wonderful world.  Baby Riley is going to be so loved by so many!   

Just Plain Cute 

Riley is going to love doggies, because her parents do!  So when I saw this cute print from Sherbet Pips, I knew it would be perfect for her.    

Doggies

The pattern is "Quick Change Trousers" from "Handmade Beginnings", by Anna Maria Horner.  By the way, I love that word, "trousers".  It always makes me giggle.  Anyway, they are fully reversible (yay!) and came together really quickly.


The details are what I love most about these pants - the back yoke that goes over the little baby's bum and the cuffs.  So sweet and so fun to sew!
 
Quick Change Trousers 2 
We can't wait to meet you Riley!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dad...

It's your turn!!!

Dad2

You may be wondering why I started your Father's Day tribute post with a picture of a snowy gravel road. Any idea where this is? It's that road you told Mark and I about that begins in no-mans-land Idaho and ends in West Yellowstone, Wyoming. It is, quite possibly, the most memorable road I've ever driven on. When I saw this picture, I thought about how we share a love for places like this road, and Tofino, and amazing sights like the full harvest moon rising over the ocean.

You have a way of telling stories of places and things. I love your stories of college in Idaho, or traveling around the country as a boy scout, summers with your Grandparents, and so many more. I have to admit, the lecture on "Terephthalic Radicals" at Pizza Hut was a just a bit over my head.

Dad5

I love that you are a calm, laid back person, but you still have a child-like silly side - yes, you do!  Let me be more specific...How about when we were little and you would give us those long squeeky kisses on our cheeks when you would get home from work?  Or, the way you make a big entrance when you come out of your bedroom in the morning when the kids are visiting?  The occasional tap dancing?  Picking up every Christmas gift and announcing "It's a bowling ball!"  And, there once was this grandfather who dressed up as a wizard and sat on the beach, all for the pleasure of his grandchildren.


Dad3

I've always felt pretty lucky that my Dad looks like Harrison Ford! : )

Dad1

This picture has sat on my bedside table for as long as I can remember.  It was taken when we went to watch Pam in a sailing race at Jordan (whoops, not Jordan!) Kerr Lake (by a newspaper photographer and it made the paper).  I remember sailing the catamaran around with you that day.  It was pretty windy and rough on the lake and we had to tuck our legs under the straps on the boat and lean back off the boat.  Later on we sat out on this point by the tree and watched the race.  I don't know why, but this picture has always been very special to me.  I like to think that it keeps me grounded. 


So thanks Dad...for telling me about that road, for being calm and silly all at the same time, for taking me places, and teaching me things.  Here's to you!  Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Recently...

: : We've been really busy.
: : It's been way too hot for early June.
: : The weather has been my excuse for everything...feeling overly tired, needing lots of cold adult beverages.
: : The real reason for the above is more than likely that my children are exhausting me.
: : They are both VERY chatty these days.  And wild.
: : This one is a ham.


: : That's my polite way of saying that his personality is blossoming.
: : He probably accounts for about 80% of that fatigue and 95% of the cold adult beverages.

Ham Times 2

: : On the plus side he does a fabulous rendition of the Swedish Chef on The Muppets
: : My kids are obsesssed with The Muppets right now.
: : I'm ignoring the fact that some of the material on the old shows is completely inappropriate for an almost 3 and 4 yr-old, because it's waaaaaay more entertaining than modern day kids shows.
: : And, the Swedish Chef was always one of my favorites too.
: : I've become obsessed with two new things: Justin's Chocolate Almond Butter and Dry Shampoo.
: : And, I have been listening to Ryan Bingham nonstop. 
: : The hydrangeas in our yard have been making me smile. 

Hydrangea Love

: : Maggie's fairy garden looks amazing too.
: : Unfortunately, she has been coming into our room at 6 am every morning to say (in one of those voices where she is trying really hard to whisper but it is actually louder than talking quietly)..."MOMMY, LET'S GO SEE IF THE FAIRIES CAME LAST NIGHT!".
: : I finished my two blocks this week for the Farmer's Wife Quilt...4 blocks done, 107 to go!
: : My blocks are all over the map in terms of color.
: : I decided from the beginning that I was going to just go with whatever colors inspired me at that moment and focus on individual blocks as opposed to the whole quilt.  
: : It felt very liberating to have this attitude about this endeavor.

FWQ - Block 4 - Basket Weave

 : : Then, I got the book in the mail and noticed that all of the blocks in the finished quilt are set on point (duh!).
: : Ack, I did not design my first two blocks (here and here). to be set on point.
: : But, it's all good, because of my aforementioned "liberating attitude" about things.
: : But, darn, I really prefer the way a lot of the blocks in the book look on point as opposed to straight.  Ugh...you know where this is going.
: : If I'm going to make 111 of these, I definitely want to piece them consistently so that they can all be placed on point.
: : Who cares if the colors are all over the map....(ahem).  
: : Off to fix my first two blocks.
: : Happy Weekend, friends! : )

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Farmer's Wife Quilt

A couple of fantastic quilters whose blogs I love to read have started a quilt-a-long to make The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt...and I've decided to play along.  The quilt is inspired by letters written by farmer's wives in the 1920s in response to this question (posed by The Farmer's Wife Magazine):

"If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?"      

The quilt itself is made up of 111 - 6" blocks!  Instructions and templates are given in this book, along with the stories themselves, which I imagine are going to be as entertaining and enlightening as making the quilt.  This is going to be a nice slow-paced quilt-a-long...2 blocks per week. 

This is the first time I've done a quilt-a-long and I'm very excited!  I'm pretty new to this world of virtually sewing with others...I've never done a swap or a bee.  I literally just finished my first quilt about a month ago (and still need to blog about it)!  I'm pretty picky about what I "sign myself up for", but this QAL is so unique.  I love that every block is different and hope this will help me with my cutting and piecing skills.  I love the tradition of the quilt, even though I plan to make it with modern fabrics.

I already made the first two blocks!!  From the start, I decided I wanted to challenge myself to be bold with my fabric choices for the blocks and not to think too much how all of these 111 blocks are going to look together in one big quilt at the end.  I might regret the latter, but we'll see.    

Farmer's Wife QAL - Blocks 2 & 23

This is #23, the Contrary Wife block.

Farmer's Wife QAL - Block 23

And Block #2, Autumn Tints.

Farmer's Wife QAL - Block 2

And there are tons of other fantastic blocks made by others over in the flickr group.  Only 109 more to go...phew!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

"All it takes..."

"...is faith and trust. But the thing that's a positive must. Is a little bit of pixie dust..."

Do you believe in fairies? We do, oh, yes, we most certainly do! Two fairies in particular...Petunia and Marigold. They discovered this lovely little garden that resides on our deck last weekend.

Fairy Garden 4

Fairy Garden 8

Nana says the first thing the fairies need is a house. A nice mossy little cottage covered with pebbles.

Fairy Garden 6

Then some flowers, of course.

Fairy Garden 7

A nice little fence to keep things in their place.

Fairy Garden 2

Some stones to walk on and a little pool (shell) to bathe in.

Fairy Garden 5

Someone small to tend to the garden. And someone wise (that lady above) to give the Mom (me) fairy letters and treasures to be put out! Petunia and Marigold came right away to their new abode and left behind some goodies for the "tender" and her little brother.  I'm not exaggerating when I say that it was almost as magical as Christmas morning.  And, while at the moment they can't seem to come back quick enough, we look forward to many more visits from them!

Thanks Nana for teaching us all to believe!