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
it was fast
and thus oh-so-satisfying…
and my weekend
with computer closed
fingers wrapped in merino + bamboo
has never felt so relaxing
can you believe it will be february TOMORROW!?!
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
mum * tay * me
(yes, totally breaking fire code)
a wonderful welcome to the 2011
that left everyone pooped:
nellie can barely lift her lids
and jack didn’t quite make it to bed
i don’t know what it is lately…
cozy comfort food?
evenings by the fire?
but these rich treats
have my mouth watering!
you had me at hello.
today’s the day…
have in store for us…
it is sure to be an absolute delight…
are you a matchbook girl?!
good luck, girls!
i can’t stop watching this behind-the-scenes short
with scott schuman
(one of my very favorite reader-reads of the day!)
he is just so refreshing, humble and true.
last year, amidst mortgage paper work and packing
i took off
relieve some stress
it was just so wonderful
that we decided to make it an annual event…
loaded down with sewing machines, irons and fabric filled boat ‘n totes
made it through the snow
to nourish our souls
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
backed in a one piece of this favorite giraffe print
and the babe’s name appliqued in felt
saturday morning i was up early
to tackle the mac-daddy
and i did it!
(well, minus the hand-stitched binding)
not bad for a day’s work, huh?!
sunday morning we all gathered ’round with our loot
for one last group picture
pretty impressive, i must say!
, i cannot thank you enough for hosting and planning.
ladies, it was wonderful to meet you all!
until next year…
our last sewing class in 2010
was just before christmas…
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
choosing remnants of past projects
to make gifts for parents and siblings
and even improved upon the pattern-
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!
our garage looks much like that before shot
(well, when not loaded with furniture to be refinished, a friend’s topless jeep and the like…)
having a rad ping-pong party place might be inspiration enough to clean ‘er out
come the first sign of spring.
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.
nellie went ballistic romping in the drifts like they were waves
our fish bird feeder and his mowak
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.
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!