Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Knowing how much she still chews on things I wanted it to be washable so I used some muslin scraps to make an inner bean bag filled with flax seeds and then made and envelope style pouch using some carnival bloom scraps (didn't I say the girls would be seeing a lot of this print in the next few weeks?). So far its a hit, but I'll find out for sure tomorrow when I'm sure we will need to put it into use!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
These fabulous prints arrived yesterday. I have great plans for this fabric. Some will become nursing covers, other bean bags and soothing eye pillows and I'm thinking a little lovey blanket for Sadie. Now I just need the girls to actually sleep at the same time so that I can sit down at my sewing machine and put these plans into action!
Monday, July 20, 2009
I really really loved Stitch 'N Bitch so I'm going to try out Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker. Besides the fact that I think the title is hilarious, I think it will be a good read/instruction book. I am getting sick of the limited number of blanket patterns that I can crochet.
Friday, July 17, 2009
I am also starting on a set of knit baby blocks for Baby S from Knitting For Baby. She has been grabbing for toys for a little while now but tonight was the first night that you could tell by the look in her eyes that she knew what she was doing. I also think that Baby C could use a few more soft toys to share with her sister... she tries so hard to play but Baby S just isn't cooperating and at 18 months Baby C doesn't quite get it (and we are still working on being gentle). But man is it cute to watch!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I tried on my old shoes tonight and they were a bit snug (I blame this on the babies) and was surprised when the second pair I tried fit like a glove. I checked inside to see what the make was and realized they weren't my shoes. I must have grabbed the wrong shoes at my last show but it was a nice feeling to look inside and see Jenna's name written there. It was almost as if the time and distance had done nothing to separate us. When I look at these old shoes each scuff, tare, and hole reminds me of a class, dance, show, fall, or friend. My dance family has been a constant in my life ever since I was 4 years old and the same holds true today. Even though we haven't taken class together in years there is still a bond between us that cannot be broken. We are going to take class together for the first time in 7 years and I am so excited to see every one. Over the years we have remained in contact on an individual basis but nothing like what happens when we are in a studio together.
**Edited to add: Ouch... my body feels as beaten up as my old shoes look. Remind me not to wait 7 years before taking class again - it just might kill me! I am going to go wither in pain until the girls wake up.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
It is a terrible picture I know but I don't have the greatest lighting in the cellar. I was hoping to take a much prettier picture of the strawberry jam on a homemade banana muffin... but I am waiting for my neighbours to come home from camping to do so (because the muffins are supposed to be for them) and they are late! Oh well... soon enough there will be warm muffins with strawberry jam in our tummies (mostly Baby C's because she eats all my food anyway).
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
But I did manage to get 2 batches of jam made... and a whole fridge full of berries cut, washed and crushed just waiting to be 'jammed' tomorrow morning while grandma plays with the girls!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
To make it a little more special I embroidered his initials on the front of the bag. How lucky is it that I had thread that matched the binding perfectly? It was just meant to be!
**Edited to Add: These backbacks were actually made with natural cotton canvas and non-toxic dies. I bought a sustainably harvested organic cotton tote bag the same day... and for some reason (probably due to sleep deprivation) I got myself confused while writing this post!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The Gentle Art of Domesticity: Stitching, Baking, Nature, Art & the Comforts of Home by Jane Brocket has been sitting on my bookshelf since last fall. Not because I didn't want to read it but more because I didn't have the time to truly appreciate it while I read it. Now with 2 babies 1 1/2 and under I still don't have time, but I have decided that I just can't wait any longer to read it.