Wednesday, November 28, 2012

For Lyla

Lyla has something she would like to share with you.  Please excuse her, she's feeling a bit bashful today.

Litlle Miss Bashful

Or, maybe not.

Maybe Not

She presents her new pair of "Quick Change Trousers".  A favorite pattern of her Mama's by Anna Maria Horner (here and here), made once before, and hopefully to be made again and again.  This pair was done with Little Folks Voile (outer) and the softest, sweetest Folksy Flannel (inner).  She thinks these will keep her legs nice and cozy this winter.
Lyla's Quick Change Trousers

She wants you to see the back too, with the little surprise patch of fabric right on her bum.   

Quick Change Trousers Back

Perfectly placed for a girl who loves tummy time.

Tummy Time  

 Oh, and she can't let you go without peeking at her toes popping out of those soft cuffs!

Cute Cuffs

Stop by again and maybe she'll finally share that quilt she's laying on. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Small Things

So, about a week ago Mark and I were chatting and I said "I'm done with sewing for a while.  I'm putting my machine away and I'm not getting it out until next year."  I'm sure he wondered why I needed to make this big affirmation about sewing.  But, I was feeling frustrated with a simple dress I decided to make for Maggie that was not working out.  And the fact that I was sewing with my baby in a baby carrier, when we should've been chilling on the couch.  Not to mention, I sew in my kitchen, I make a big mess, and if I don't have the time to clean it all up, I find it's a giant distraction.

Journal Cover

I have only sewn a few things since Lyla was born and they have mostly been complete flops.  A few weeks back, though, my friend Raedene came over for the morning to sew - I "taught" her how to make a quilted journal cover.  It was so fun, even though all I got done that morning was cutting out my patchwork squares.  She finished her cover that day (check it out here), and it took me several weeks of sewing here and there to finish mine up.  That's ok though, because I really enjoyed this project.  I made it for my friend Mary, who made the most amazing birth announcements for us after Lyla was born.  Mary took an idea in my head and turned it into something SO amazing on paper - quite a talented lady!  I remembered her once admiring my covered journal so I knew this would be the perfect gift. 

These little journal covers are so fun because you can truly get carried away with the creativity aspect, but not be overwhelmed by something big.  But, I think I loved making this because it was so intentional and fulfilling to make something for someone else.  I had to take my time with each part - I tried a new quilting design, which I love, and I did a little embroidery on the inside. 

Journal Cover Inside

So, now, I've been re-thinking my big affirmation about not sewing.  Sewing is my outlet and makes me happy.  I like to think that creating things for others makes them happy too.  Perhaps the secret to my success right now is picking small projects that I can take my time with.  No deadlines, and deserving recipients.  One thing at a time.  I happen to have a little girl who could use a cuddly flannel blanket, and not to mention a pile of fabric to work with, so I think I'll start there.   

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Feeling most grateful this year for all of the beautiful people in my and friends, near and far.  For my husband, who is simply the best!  For our cozy home and the little people that have filled it up.  And, for the joy they bring to my life.  Happy Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Two Months

That's Lyla with my friend Stacey who came to visit last week.  You never know what you're getting yourself into when you go to visit a newborn...she got herself into a couple of hours of swaying, patting, and shushing to keep our sweet Lyla happy.  Thankfully, they both seemed to enjoy it.  Did I mention I have the  best friends in the world?  My Mom, Nana, also put some serious time in with our little girl when she spent 3 days with us this month.  She pulled out all of her old tricks reciting old poems she used when my siblings and I were little.

This girl...if she is sure about one thing, it is that she likes to spend her days in someone's arms.  She likes to smile too and swing her right arm around over and over again.  And, just the other day she figured out how to get her hand to her mouth...boy did that make her happy.  We call her our little hedgehog, because she has a distinct noisy little grunt (truly, we have no idea what hedgehogs sound like).     

It can be hard at times on this Mom (and her Dad, too)...when she is sleeping peacefully in my arms and someone or something else needs attention - I carefully put her down just to hear her wrestling around and fussing a few minutes later.  I am, unfortunately, one of those people who is distracted by my floors that need vacuuming, or *ahem* makes a ridiculous list of handmade Christmas gifts expecting to just squeeze it all in.  But,  I'm giving in to her warmth and charm and I'm learning to let things go and just hold her while I can.  I know that I will never look back on these days and wish that I had vacuumed.  And, I'm sure I will miss this face!