We're expecting guests for dinner, and the turkey is in the oven. Not sure it gets better than this.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
We're expecting guests for dinner, and the turkey is in the oven. Not sure it gets better than this.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The boys whispered in his ear all the toys they have been dreaming of getting into their clutches.
When he first saw us, he called to each of us by our names!
It was very impressive.
When I looked closely in his eyes, I felt like I knew him from another life somewhere. Like I might have worked with him at some point in my career. It was a comforting feeling, as if he was an old friend.
Anyhow, I'm a believer, so we gave him his cookies and dropped off our letters to him.
I'm still wrapping gifts here...am I the only procrastinator?
To those of you who are still getting ready....you're not alone!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
I have a couple of handmade projects I'm cooking up for the break too. Think anybody would notice if I pretended to cook the turkey and ordered a pre-cooked one instead so I would have more time for quilting?
What I'm loving lately:
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I recently had a bit of an 'early Christmas shopping for self' moment on Amazon (sigh, I am addicted to books) but I must share with you what I have learned:
This book is really amazing. If you like Chuck Nohara's work, or have been interested in her small block quilts, this book is very similar and will not disappoint you. It includes 125 block patterns (nice) and they are all really beautiful. My only regret with this book is that it doesn't include a paper fold out pattern in the back with full size templates for all the blocks. Still, a very nice addition to your library and a 'must have' for those of us who work in Japanese taupe fabrics.
2) Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts by Elly Sienkiewicz:
From somebody who is trying to get a copy of everything Elly has ever published, you know I had to have this book. Her album blocks are just incredible, not that I have to remind you of that. I did not get to see the Baltimore album quilts when they were in Houston (did you?) but having this book is a treat, and it includes patterns for some of the blocks used in those quilts. If you love applique, you need this book. Block patterns are very small as compared to her usual blocks. If you wanted to have a larger quilt, you could probably enlarge them and complete them pretty quickly.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
She takes one photo a day during the month of December that features a number. It is a bit of a tour of Japan so if you're into Japanese culture, it might be of interest to you. Her photos are as amazing as ever.
My husband is putting the "Lawn Christmas Tree" up right now.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Looking for the top 10 gifts of the year?
Happy Holiday Season!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
If you have the urge to make one of these, please do, you'll love the relaxing process of these little crochet wheels.
If you're hungry for more images, I have new flickr sets:
Catherine Wheel scarf #1 - crazy colors, using Zauberball yarn
Catherine Wheel scarf #2 - sunset colors, using Joyland Melody yarn.
and by special request for Kathie - a flickr set from the Los Altos museum with some of the quilts there.
Here's what I'm thankful for this year:
- My family, and their health - we have been so blessed, we are all our own strange beasts but we manage to work through our little challenges very well.
- My darling husband - I'm serious when I say he went to FOUR yarn stores for me while he was on business in Norway. If this doesn't tell you how dedicated he is, I don't know what will!
- My sons - for being as young as they are, they do try very hard not to kill each other when left to their own devices. Overall, they are amazing little people well on their way to gentlemanhood.
- My new friends - last year I lost two people who were very dear to me, and this year I am gaining two new baby friends. One unfortunately doesn't replace the other, but they do find ways to help fill in the holes.
- My passions - this has been a big year for me: learning to spin and dye protein fibers naturally, learning to knit lace (or trying to!) and keeping up with my quilting and blogging. All of it brings a lot of joy to my daily grind.
- You - without the community of bloggers & online forums, I would feel like I'm the only person on earth who has more fabric than they can actually fit into their house. But, I not alone here...right?...anyone?? Truthfully, I do gain so much inspiration from you all - a huge thank you to those of you who take the time to share it with us who follow you.
Hope you have as much to be as thankful as I do, I'm thrilled to have such a long list.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Recently, we stopped by there, and got a nice surprise. Not only do they have a huge installation of Lionel toy trains that is super cool and appealing to little boys, but for me there were some beautiful quilts!
They are from all over the U.S. and although there are not more than about 10 or so of them, they are mostly antique quilts in Christmas red/green colors.
A nice unexpected treat. They will be up through the start of next year so check them out if you're in the area.
Oh, and have lunch at Esther's German Bakery first - that is worth the trip itself, and very close by.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Getting more laundry done and less quilting these days, but I do have some exciting news to share.
My favorite yarn and fiber shop A Verb for Keeping Warm has moved to a new location in Oakland, California and started to carry quilting supplies.
I'm lucky enough to be teaching some hand quilting and hand applique classes there in mid-December.
I am really looking forward to it. If you live in the area and want to brush up on your skills, feel free to join us. I think we are going to have a great time.
I'm covering hand work only which is perhaps a lost art, but not lost on me...it really is my passion.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Instead of spending time taking photos of the city, he visited several shops I wish I could have visited too.
Enjoy his post below - Thanks Honey for doing this, it is so kind of you.
Jamie's guest blog post:
This is the Quilt Otaku field agent reporting from Oslo, Norway.
Knitting is a popular pastime here, so I have been dispatched to see how easy it is to visit the local shops. It turns out it isn’t hard at all as long as you know the right word to search for.
If you happen to be at the CC Vest shopping center in Lysaker just three train stops west of Oslo Central Station, be sure to check out the Ariadne Garn shop. It is nestled snugly underneath the escalator on the bottom floor, and while it is the smallest shop that I visited it is full of colorful yarn and needles.
Just north of the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Oslo City Museum is the Tjorven Garn shop. They have a large selection of yarn of various kinds, from sport marino to eskimo. They also have a small selection of new and used books for sale hidden on the back side of their cutting table.
The largest shop by far was the Huslfliden which filled much of the bottom floor of the GlasMagasinet shopping center. They had the most floor space though their yarn collection was perhaps on par with Tjorven. They did have a spinning wheel on display, and while they were the only shop I visited with wool it was entirely Australian imports. Their book and pattern selection was the best, so if that is your goal then perhaps Husliden should be your first stop.
One final note: it seems custom in Norway to provide pattern magazines free of charge, but only along with the purchase of 2 or more balls of yarn. If you are traveling and hope to bring some patterns home, be sure to leave some space for yarn too.
Stay tuned for a field report from London in a few days.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Now all we need is the baby.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Kids enjoyed it even though I was too busy putting finishing touches on a baby quilt to even think about making costume this year.
Monday, October 25, 2010
When I was in Orange County several weeks ago, I stopped in at the Purl Soho warehouse since I was lucky enough to be there on a week day. (M-F only! Bummer.)
There were lots of friendly folks there to help you with fabric and yarn (danger, this place is so much fun!) but I didn't realize I would meet a fellow blogger.
It turned out that working there on that day was Mari of Marirob blog. Her blog is just beautiful - stunning photos, awesome crafts, and she's a guest blogger for Purl Soho's blog The Purl Bee from time to time as well.
She has the most beautiful baby girl that I think I've ever seen. This baby immediately captured my heart. I had a hard time tearing myself away from looking at how adorable she is in order to buy some fabric, but with Liberty of London fabrics at 40% off...I eventually got down to the business of shopping.
If you are ever in Orange County, California on a week day this place is a must stop. My favorite store in So. Cal.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
It's an international show with quilts from all over the globe, and booths of goodies from every corner of the USA.
I'll have much more to say when I have some spare time, but for now I am itching to share photos of the quilts that I love with you.
There were plenty more beautiful quilts that I didn't photograph just due to lack of time. This is really an amazing show though. Check it out in person if you ever have the time.
Pacific International Quilt Festival 2010: Slide show Flickr Set from Quilt Otaku
Enjoy and consider yourself warned, there are almost 300 photos.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Our sons went to Disneyland, and I got away for the evening with my sweet husband.
Monday, October 4, 2010
For us, it has now been 7 years, and there have been no itches or even thought of an itch.
It hardly seems like it has been that long, and if I live to be married to my husband for another 50 years it still won't be long enough for my taste.
He already has everything that he could possible need, so this year I decided to make him a little relaxation pillow out of wool.
Wool is the traditional gift for the 7th wedding anniversary, so I thought it was quite fitting.
Our 5 yr old helped me stuff it with cotton and I put some lime essential oil on there to refresh him when he smells it.
It looks very 'home made' but he loves it (and me) anyhow.
We had the extreme pleasure of having dinner w/ our boys and one of the girls who was a bridesmaid in the wedding. I wish that all of them were close enough to have dinner with us.
Thanks to my husband for not only taking such good care of me but for proof reading basically each and every of my blog posts (what a trooper!!!). xoxo
Thursday, September 30, 2010
When it comes to hand quilting, I've found that size really does matter.
I have an embarrassing number of quilt hoops but for the most part I use my 18" floor hoop that I got from Hinterberg on a usual basis.
I also have their 22" hoop, but I find that it is a bit on the big side for me and I have trouble reaching the other side.
How big's your quilt hoop? Got a favorite one? Maybe I need just one more?
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
We visited Berkeley to pick up my new matchless spinning wheel at A Verb for Keeping Warm. Kristine, the shop owner, was so lovely to go over all the bells and whistles on the wheel. I'm already spinning up a storm.
As much as going to 'quilt stores' (my sons call all stores that only I want to visit 'quilt stores') we needed a boy-friendly adventure too. That came in the form of a visit to the USS Pampanito.
This is a real military submarine that you can tour, walk through, and imagine that you got to sail on. It was pretty neat. I found out that if you're a 5 yr old boy or a 36 yr old man...the same 'cool' appeal applies.
We also visited the Heath store in the San Francisco Ferry Building. They have very minimalistic plates and other ceramics for the kitchen. Very nice stuff...their shop in the Ferry Building was a little small and I found myself slightly sorry that I didn't go to their factory in Sausalito. Next time.
Oh yeah, and we went apple and strawberry picking in Watsonville. It was so hot! We did grab some fruit and run though. Can you say strawberry applesauce?
One more link - check out my sister's baby's 2 yr old signature quilt block . It's really cute to see all the signatures on it. Her calligraphy is beautiful.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I finally went to Yarn Dogs yarn/fiber shop in Los Gatos, California last weekend. I picked up some fiber that is superfine merino (maybe 150's merino?) that was hand dyed by Carin Engen of thetinthimble.com.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
We aren't traveling much lately because we have all been sick on and off, so staying close to home and reading is our fun for now.
My older boy made a list of places he wants to visit. He made it just before his 5th birthday. I thought it was a cute list, so I'll share it here with you:
- Oakland Zoo
- Camping in Big Sur, California
- To the circus
- Gilroy Gardens amusement park
- Andy Z concert
- Orange County
- County Fair
- Aircraft Show
- Midway Aircraft Carrier in San Diego, CA
I used to have a similar list on the back of my door that I would check off now and then. Those days are long gone for me, but it's an impressive list my son has here. I hope he checks them all off eventually.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The older boy's blocks have hand dye fabrics by Primrose Gradations, a company that no longer shows up at quilt shows I go to but looks like I can still get fabrics online.
The older versions of the previous year's blocks for 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 are of course in the collection waiting for assembly.
My son's favorite color is pink right now, at 5 years old, which is why I made his block with pinkish fabric (photo in my last post). I love that he doesn't realize that is typically a 'girl color' (why is that anyhow??) and he just digs it for the cool color it is.
Someday in the not so distant future, his friends may convince him that pink is not a 'manly' color. Until then, I love his innocence and his passion about opinions that he has uniquely formulated all by himself.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Grandparents visited and it was overall pretty relaxed as we already had the kid bounce house party a couple of weeks ago.
I made a cake for each of them (yes, that's 2 cakes people!). If you want to try a left-over slice, just say the word.
More toys than I can even say grace the floor of our living room. I am living in fear of The Great Clean Up event coming later tonight.
As my boys are growing up too quickly for my taste, this blog is getting older too.
This is my 500th post and my blog is 3.75 years old or so. Who knew I would have this much fun sharing my creative endeavors and life in general with you.
My warmest and sincerest THANK YOU to you for reading, for commenting, for stopping by, and for also sharing your creative inspiration with me.
Someday soon I'll have to make a belated 500th post party gift to give away, but I will confess I have too much on my plate a this very instant.
Here's to the next 500. Cheers!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Our son's 1-day-apart birthdays are almost in hand, so preparations are well underway.
Presents have been mail ordered (no time for the mall!) and I even made a little video invite for the grandparents since they are flying in. We sorta already had their 'kid friend' party, so the real 'day of' is very relaxed this year.
Above is a photo of my very own birthday crown hat that I made based on the Creative Family book by Amanda Soule. They are fun to make and the family finally shamed me into making one for myself.
So much more going on...a new knitting book arrived in my hot little hands, an online shopping spree was had for Japanese Fabric at SuperBuzzy, and my crochet scarf was finally finished.
More on all of that soon, I promise.
Monday, August 30, 2010
We had our house fumigated so we ended up moving out for a while and taking a fair amount of our belongings with us.
I still have yet to unpack my suite case but at least we are not in a hotel anymore.
As an attempt to relax, I pulled out a really old project this week. It's a giant 1890's era nine patch quilt that I bought as a quilt top and basted together so I could quilt it by hand.
It's been a while since I have quilted through all 3 layers with my little thimble, and it reminded me that I do love doing it.
Hope your week is off to a better start. I was just happy when we located the coffee filters. More when the dust clears.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Here's to the start of a new year for me. I'm hoping it's better than last year. If I could have just one wish for this next year it would be for the health and safety of my friends and family.
(insert blowing out of birthday candle sound here) FFFffffff!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
For me, today is one of those days: The first day of Kindergarten.
As we walked up to the brand new school with brand new teacher and brand new kids, my son held my hand and said, "I'm shy, Mommy".
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Meanwhile, I ran around the house taking photos for you with my lensbaby on the camera. It's like a lens and a slinky at the same time, really fun to play.
Monday, August 9, 2010
I wanted you to know that with a lot of good ideas from my mom and sister, and some help from my husband in moving around giant sheet cakes, the 5th birthday party was really fun and our son loved his cake.
My sister told me to smash up some cookies for the 'dirt' of the infield, so I did that and it turned out looking really nice.
The kids that attended the party signed his birthday quilt block too. More about that next time.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Working with linen is such a challenge for me, coming from only quilting with 100% cotton fabrics. Is there some trick to it that I'm missing? Whenever I use it, I feel like I'm working with jello. (click here to see my fav clip about jello, warning - there is sound)
We will be having an early 5 yr old birthday party this weekend and I'll be decorating a cake to look like a baseball diamond. This will be a great creative stretch goal for me to actually make it look like a real ball field. I wish that my sister or my friend Jennifer lived closer. I'm sure they would just do it for me.
Anyhow, here goes....wish me luck.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
I'm preparing for the boys birthday parties, so looking around on Amazon. Think that perhaps I'll get a couple more Rubbabu ball toys for them. These things are simply awesome.
Also looking at some Caledecott winners. Picking just a couple of books is hard because they are all so beautiful. Do you have any favorites? It's hard to find something better than Flotsam.
The above is some Joyland Melody Superwash yarn I'm using on the Catherine Wheel scarf that is currently my portable project of choice. Mostly due to my fear of having my beloved quilting scissors taken away during air travel. Home sweet home, glad to be back!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
If you run around the house like this yelling "I'm Batman!" for a while, during which time she is busy doing laundry, you will probably not even be caught for a good amount of time.
During that time, you might even create a bond with your mommy's favorite tanktop such that you develop a new sense of entitlement to said tanktop.
For now, I suppose it has a higher calling.
In spare moments I have been working on another Catherine Wheel scarf, and not doing a whole lot else. Although I am reading lots of quilt books and documenting some ideas for projects in my project journal.
Oh and every night I'm reading a book called "How I Became A Pirate" so I'm getting good at speaking 'pirate' too. Shiver me timbers!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
The birthday season will be upon us soon enough for our boys, so we went through a lot of their current toys today.
Some will be donated, some passed along to other smaller kids, and others just organized so that all the parts are in one place. At least we have a little more space for the incoming toys.
I'm personally on a bit of a toy kick these days. I remember so clearly playing with all the old toys we had from Fisher Price when I was small. I am thinking of giving a few of those old sets to the boys for their birthdays.
I'm also obsessed with Plan Toys. Their City Station would cause me to play with it for days and days. Two of their modern racers found their way home with me this afternoon and were well loved all day long by two very competitive boys. I want to buy this 'green' dollhouse for my niece.
I'm sure there are toys from your childhood that you can almost still feel in your hands even now. What were your favorites?
Mrs. Beasley anyone?
Maybe I'm showing my age here...oops.
Monday, July 19, 2010
We were up in Oakland at A Verb for Keeping Warm over the weekend, and I ended up picking up more fiber to spin into yarn. I just couldn't resist ordering a wheel since it makes it go so much faster, and I'm all about efficiency.
It takes at least a month to come in, so until then I'm plugging along on other projects. Still sewing, and using a drop spindle, and making a scarf of all things (yes, odd to make a scarf in the dead of summer).
We did visit the U.S.S. Hornet over the weekend as well as it was the real destination of our trip and the yarn shop was a side diversion. The kids loved it, but I think my husband loved it more. A cool spot, but a bit scary with an almost 2 yr old since lots of very steep stairs. Think we'll visit again after we're better at walking!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I was expecting that they would sorta like them, but the response was overwhelming. They took them everywhere and refused to even go into a restaurant without them.
It was pretty cute. Not every time you make something for your kids do they really appreciate it and love it.
While I was making them, I wrote down directions and I'm of course toying with making a pattern for them. If there were only just a few more hours in the day...hope to get to it eventually.
There were pockets for their books and other little treasures and I filled it up with pretty much 100% imported Japanese goodies. I'll have to post more photos for you. They really did turn out pretty cool.
Also on the trip I visited a quilt shop in Cedarburg, Wisconsin called Material Matters. They had some Velcro so I picked it up and added it to the Travel Tote for added security of the goodies. It was a super cute shop and I loved their collection of wool fabrics.
Monday, July 12, 2010
What better way to finish off a vacation than to take already overstuffed luggage and cram a few yards of fabric on in there too.
We were cursed with traffic on the way to this shop and I was sure that we would not actually get there before they closed at 4pm. (4pm is way too early for a quilt shop to close)
My husband was driving with purpose and we pulled up in front of the shop only 4 min before closing.
I ran in and the ladies working there did want to go home and all, but they were pretty tolerant of my late shopping anyhow.
I bought a bunch of civil war reproduction fabrics and headed on my way.
This is still my favorite quilt shop on the planet. If you are in the area, I would recommend a drop in. Perhaps if you get there very close to closing time, you'll spend slightly less money.
When I find a better quilt shop, I'll let you know. For now - this place is #1 on my list. Ok that is #1 on my American list. Yuzawaya is still #1 in Japan of course.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
With lots of family there, we would love to visit more often but going there once every few years unfortunately will have to do for now. It's not easy to travel that far with little kids but they did very well.
I have a lot to say about the trip, but for now I will just say that spending more time would probably lead to more money spent at quilt shops.
In my last frig post, Anna went for it and posted a photo of her frig too over at Rupert Girl blog. It says a lot about her passion for Italian things.
I also discovered that Round Cord Elastic by Stretchrite can be used as a launcher of sewn and stuffed items. Cool, a little danger. Just what the almost 5 yr old wants.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Some refrigerators are cute, some are ugly, and some just funny.
Pretty much everything I think.
If you do it, let me know and I'll check it out, for sure!
Friday, June 25, 2010
It's by pa and it's amazing. I know that you can only get away with these sorts of nails if you are either an actual Japanese person or a 10 yr old American girl and I don't fit either of these descriptions. Oh well, life's too short - right?
This weekend we have some big plans - berry picking! I can almost feel a pie coming on. Can you make something similar to gooseberry fool by using either olallieberries or blackberries? Hm...maybe we'll give it a shot.
And yes, if you're wondering, I'm still making star blocks! An oddly, still enjoying it all. Have a great weekend.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Some dads actually enjoy it.
Then there's the dad of our boys - he pretty much lives for it.
For Father's Day this year we went to Point Reyes National Seashore which was so beautiful. We took a small hike to the beach and the baby got a real kick out of his hiking backpack.
After getting half way back up the hill I was wishing that I would fit into that thing.
I did knit a little in the car on the way there, so fun to get a little something creative done.
Here's to all the dad's out there.
For my husband who is the ultimate father to our children, and for my dad who was always there for me as a kid and still is for that matter.
Check out my sister's blog for some really funny-cute photos of her with our dad.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
We found out that our friend in the group, Sharon, who I mentioned in my last post, is having a baby girl. Oh...finally! A baby girl will be around. What a blessing to our little circle off friends and the universe in general (especially if she's half as smart as her mommy).
Life has been so busy lately that I will confess that my creative endeavors are not progressing at a very fast pace. I'm going to chalk it off to the ebb and flow of things.
Because it's been a little on the busy side, I will break a couple of blog traditions here for you. I never post more than one picture, and rarely any of myself. Well, here goes. Just keeping it light. Sorry, it's a little corny.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Also a recommendation that you check out my friend Sharon's newly completed shawl - WOW-Beautiful. She's an actual knitter, I have learned so much from her.
In case you are planning on going to Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, California...it takes place in October and the class schedule just came out yesterday. I'm thinking I'll sign up for the Hawaiian quilting class. It's very short, and I have wanted to make a Hawaiian quilt for a long time.
I also wanted to volunteer to assist Deb Roberts in quilt appraisal this year, but she already has several folks wanting to assist her so unclear if I will end up doing that or not. Well, I'll keep my fingers crossed I guess. Still trying to further my education in quilt appraisals.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I collect them, I use them in my quilts, and I am always hesitant to use one of them up 100% just in case I need a small piece for a charm quilt or something.
Probably that's a crazy idea, but I only ever use 90% of any of my shirtings leaving at least a 6 inch wide piece left in my collection. Maybe my niece will make a quilt out of them someday long after I'm gone.
My signature quilt is coming along. Of all the star blocks I need to complete the quilt I am exactly 74.8% done with those, but hey - who's counting?!
For some cool photos of a baby quilt - check out on Mariruru blog by Mai. She hand quilted it and it's pretty darn adorable.
Temptation is making me think about creating a toddler quilt for my little one since he's getting too long/tall for a baby quilt and could really use something a bit larger.
(insert wrist slap here)
Stay focused! Finish the signature quilt!!! Sigh...........ok.
ps, it looks like Kathie loves shirtings too.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
That puts me at the 60% mark. Time to turn on the gas pretty soon and bust the rest of these out.
I didn't to much quilting this weekend since we were on the go and had basically a kid birthday party on each of the weekend days.
My mom was visiting us last week and she gave me her recent copy of Quilt Mania Magazine. This is such a cool magazine - Originally published in French, translated to English but with a clear focus on Japanese style quilting.
There was an ad for this book: 2001 Nouveaux Modeles de Patchwork by Chuck Nohara in the issue I was reading. You can even look through it for a few pages if you check out the link.
This is a reprint of Chuck Nohara's book that she published ages ago that includes her new twist on 2001 traditional quilt blocks.
Looks like Quilt Mania sells the book and ships anywhere, so I have the feeling my copy might just arrive this week. My husband ordered it for me when he realized how excited I was about it. Really, I almost fainted when I learned it was reprinted.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Our little one decided to perform what shall hence forth be known as "The Great Escape" from his crib. The older one never figured out how to get out of his crib on his own. This baby is so clever.
This prompted us to convert his crib to a toddler bed, so he can come and go as he pleases now which presents it's own new fun and games in our house.
I did get some quilting done of my wedding signature quilt. Just cutting out all the pieces takes a little while, but working with all the pretty fabrics sure is fun. I have finished blocks to share with you as well next time.
Janet from Quilts A Lot blog gets my award for cutest blog post that I found this weekend. Her crochet flowers are adorable. I want to make some.
I also had a near-life-altering experience after reading a quilting magazine my mom gave me. I know - it's a cliff hanger....until next time!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The older kid yelled out, "Hey! I can spell! You just spelled 'juice'!"
Ugh, perhaps we will need a new secret language. Our days of getting away with private conversation just ended. Gee that was soon.
I managed to finish a shawl (ravelry link) made from handspun yarn. It is very satisfying to have a project completed. I'm on the verge of thinking I'll try to finish my signature quilt in time for a quilt show in October. That would be a big push, but I'm so eager to have more finished projects.
Wish me luck!
Oh, and if you are on ravelry and want to find little old me, my username is 'Quiltotaku'.
Why is there not a version of ravelry for quilters? That would be the bee's knees.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Creatively I've been sort of in a sleep state since that energy is the first to go when I don't have my health. I did a bit of spinning before I got sick so you can check that out above on my drop spindle.
Oh and finally, even though I was super sick on Mother's Day I still got the best present in the world. Our 20 month old decided on his own that he wanted to poop in the potty like our older kid - and he actually did it! Not that the days of diapers are quite over yet, but I can see a glimmer of hope now.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
We have the obligatory heirloom tomato plants and this year we are expanding to also add some pepper plants. Not just any pepper plants - no, we are planting Padron Peppers. 90% of them are mild, but watch out for the last 10%. It's an exciting game of Russian Roulette when you eat them.
Hm, I wonder how that will go over with the kids...
Anyhow, the other night I was tucking in our baby (still a baby! not 2 yet!!) and he was saying actual words in is sleep. This is the first time I have heard him say English words while he was dreaming. Before this, he was just talking in baby talk.
So adorable to see how his brain develops, and makes me feel honored to teach him about language and communication.
I think he was dreaming of toys from what I can gather.
I've also been spending my weekends learning how to dye fiber for making yarn. It's been really fun and interesting but I have 1 more class in the series before it's over. We'll see if I can successfully make anything out of it.