Monthly Archives: January 2011

baby knits

finally completing my babette blanket
totally re-charged my needlework motivation
i wanted to try knitting this time around
and with babies aplenty to knit for
seemed to be just right
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it was fast
and thus oh-so-satisfying…
and my weekend
with computer closed
television off
fire roaring
warm tea
and
fingers wrapped in merino + bamboo
has never felt so relaxing

sparklers

can you believe it will be february TOMORROW!?!
i can.not!
seriously, this month has FLLLLOWN by.
oh, all the good intentions…
(a few catch-up posts coming your way)
like these (now) month-old pictures
from our new year’s eve celebration
it was quiet and simple
good food
great friends
family
sparklers
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mum * tay * me

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(yes, totally breaking fire code)
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a wonderful welcome to the 2011
that left everyone pooped:
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nellie can barely lift her lids
and jack didn’t quite make it to bed

weekend in the woods 2.0

last year, amidst mortgage paper work and packing
i took off
to my dear friend amanda’s lake house in the woods
relieve some stress

it was just so wonderful
that we decided to make it an annual event…
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last weekend,
loaded down with sewing machines, irons and fabric filled boat ‘n totes
eight ladies
made it through the snow
to nourish our souls

with craft
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cooking
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and talk of a fabulous book
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and, yes!
it was a success…
i arrived friday afternoon
and got right to work on a simple, modern, spontaneous
baby quilt for an old friend’s new baby girl
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backed in a one piece of this favorite giraffe print
and the babe’s name appliqued in felt
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saturday morning i was up early
to tackle the mac-daddy
of quilts
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and i did it!
(well, minus the hand-stitched binding)
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not bad for a day’s work, huh?!
sunday morning we all gathered ’round with our loot
for one last group picture
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pretty impressive, i must say!
amanda, i cannot thank you enough for hosting and planning.
ladies, it was wonderful to meet you all!
until next year…

photos courtesy of orchardcove

sewing class: winter jammies and quick gift

our last sewing class in 2010
was just before christmas…
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the girls finished up cozy flannel pj sets
(which they reportedly didn’t take off for much of vacation)
then, we broke into the scrap bag
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choosing remnants of past projects
to make gifts for parents and siblings
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they personalized kraft moleskine journals
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and even improved upon the pattern-
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adding a ribbon to the front that extended to serve as a bookmark
they little ladies always amaze me with their creativity!
family members were thrilled, of course
and they even have a few commissions for more…
proving nothing is better than a homemade gift!

snow day

remember as a kid, listening to the radio in bed, hoping your school’s name would be on the list?
sledding in snowsuits pulled over pajamas
warming up with hot cocoa and fluff sandwiches on white bread (a snow day “white party” treat)
we had one of those days here last week.
bliss…
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nellie went ballistic romping in the drifts like they were waves

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our fish bird feeder and his mowak
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of course, we had the adult version of shoveling and projects
but settling down in the evening with a freshly painted kitchen
is just about as blissful as sledding.
trust me.
and today
getting a 6am call
that school is off (again)
is just as exciting
when you’re a teacher’s wife.
no big projects planned
just catching up here
… so stay tuned!