Saturday, December 10, 2011

Priorities shift.

It's funny.  Alllll I want to do today is snuggle this baby.  Kiss these tiny toes.

two months old already!

Oh, and read books to my toddler.  Color with my kindergartener.   Laugh, bake, sing with the older Monkeys.  Watch them play.  I wish I this was all I had to do all day.

There once was a time when these simple pursuits weren't fun enough, precious enough.  I resented the interruptions, the demands, the chaos.  I took them all for granted, and time flew by... way too fast.

I know better now.


Monday, October 31, 2011

I had forgotten

I had forgotten what it was like to nurse a baby.

I had forgotten the sweet noises they make.

 had forgotten how empowering it is to provide the perfect food for my baby.

I had forgotten how sleepy it makes me…

And how little sleep I’d get at night.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Warm & cozy toes

In spite of my grand intentions, I accomplished very little sewing in the last few days before Donovan arrived.  I finished one project for baby, and one project for myself -- a cozy pair of slippers!

To make them. . . .

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Spitting and drooling in style

As usual, I put off sewing for our new Monkey until the very end.  Or stated more accurately {honestly,} I ended up sewing one, and only one, project for Donovan... exactly 5 days before my scheduled c-section. 

I decided to make burp cloths!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Why, hello there!

I'm so pleased to introduce Mr. Donovan Jude. . . .

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Vintage pear embroidery pattern

I'm taking a break from whining about how tired I am and how lazy I feel... to bring you this sweet little thrift store find!  (Plus, a free pattern download for you!)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The spirit is willing. . .

. . . but the flesh is, well, very tired from growing another human being.

35 weeks (and a very proud and excited big brother!)

I am feeling very creative, overflowing with new ideas and designs, but my eyes literally begin to droop as soon as I sit behind my sewing machine.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Just for today....

Every day, I wake up, and receive my gift:  a new day.  I may have an entire day, or I may have part of a day, or maybe just a moment, but I don't know that when I open my eyes every morning.  I must make the most of this gift of one day.  A blank sheet....

tiny embroidered book mark on reclaimed linen

What will you choose, just for today?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sewing for the New Monkey

As usual, I've waited until the very end of my pregnancy to begin making handmade items for the New Monkey.  I'm 33 weeks now, and I'm only going to 38 weeks this time 'round.  That leaves five weeks.  Five. WEEKS. to get things done.

I know (and learned the hard way) that if some things don't get made or sewn, the world will not end.  I probably won't even miss it.  I do this for me -- as a creative outlet, and my baby and family are blessed by it.  So I'm going to give it my best shot anyway, regardless of my ever-shrinking time slot! 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

And the winner of the Get Going Greener Giveaway iiiiiisssss. . . .

Congrats!!  Please email me with your shipping info, and I'll get your prizes to you right away!

Thank you to all who entered the Get Going Greener Giveaway!  I really enjoyed all of your comments, and I loved "meeting" so many new faces, and exploring new facebook and twitter friends and pages.  I look forward to doing another giveaway... although this next one may have to wait until after Monkey 9 arrives.  :)  Maybe a holiday giveaway next time?  Thanks again for playing along!  Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dreaming of babies and pumpkin

In just about 6 weeks, we'll be meeting our little autumn baby!  (can you believe it??)   I'm already dreaming of holding him in my arms.  What will he look like?  Will he have red hair, too?  Just who is this little one that has already stolen my heart? 

I'm also dreaming of pumpkin:  the color, the jack-o-lantern, oh and the food.   I'm craving pumpkin cream cheese bread right now.  And in all honesty, I look and feel like I've swallowed a pumpkin these days.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Too much inspiration

Have you entered my Get Going Greener Giveaway yet?  Here it is!   (8/28 - giveaway has ended!)

I've been wanting to decorate our bedroom for some time now. . . and as nesting kicks in, this desire is becoming almost frantic!  So as I work my way slowly through this process, I wanted to share with you my starting point(s) -- my inspirations.  In-progress shots to come later!  (All I've done so far is clean my room.  And just doing that feels like an accomplishment!)

Years ago -- like, 11 years ago -- when we were renters, I came across this dreamy magazine spread in an edition of Country Living . . .  

you can enlarge the photo by clicking on it

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Get Going... Greener! Giveaway!

~~ Giveaway has now ended!  Many thanks to all who entered! ~~

We're all busy.  And with school and aaallll the autumn activities revving up, it's about to get even busier

I want to make it a little bit easier on you during this hectic season.  And why not be a bit greener at the same time?  So I'm giving away a whole set of going-greener items to help you out! 

First up:  this fresh new tote bag, from my new fresh line!

made from soft, sturdy osnaburg and sweet vintage linens

. . . perfect for shopping, toting books, hauling baby gear.  Did I mention it's soft, sturdy, washable? 

And a giveaway. . . .

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

wait for iiiitttt.....

The giveaway prizes are finally, finally finished!  Just waiting on tomorrow's lovely morning sunshine so I can snap some nice pics.   Please check back tomorrow, as I'll be posting the pics and details around noon!  See you then!  :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I blame Pregnancy Brain.

When I said the giveaway was ready to begin, I had forgotten about my children's most anticipated event, aside from Christmas, was to also begin that very evening:  Rock the Desert

This awesome artist is Jeremy Simons, a Christian worship painter.  AMAZING to watch him work!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

f r e s h new eco-friendly line

It's finally here -- my fresh, new line!  I'm so excited to get to share it with you now!

new market totes. . . .

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We're getting closer, my friends

We're almost there. . . 52 (fifty-two!) mice have been purchased so far to help Naughty Pippi.  Can you believe it?

I can.  You guys are awesome.  Many, many thanks.

And the giveaway is getting closer, too. . . .  more soon. . . .

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sometimes you just need a fresh start.

Like a new creative direction, a new line, to jumpstart the creative juices.   I haven't done anything new in the design or sewing arena for a very, very long time, so I decided to try something new.  I've had a little idea buzzing away in my brain for months and months, and now, finally, I'm setting it free.  Here's a sneaky peek at what I've been playing with lately. . . .

This line was inspired by summer.  by picnics.  by the outdoors.  by the recession.  (what?)  by this heat wave.  by my family.  OH -- and I'll be ready to launch very soon, and that also means that the giveaway is getting closer and closer!  Hooray!

Friday, July 1, 2011

It's almost time. . .

. . . for a giveaway!  Yes, I said it!  So now I have to do it, right?  ;)  Actually, tonight I'm working on said giveaway, so you guys can hold me to it.  Sorry, the giveaway won't be the fab clock pictured above.  I just thought that the photo went well with my title and all....  ;-)  But can you believe that clock???   (Which happens to be a 1946-1950 bakelite GE clock timer.)  So completely awesome.  And it works, too!  Oh, and the kicker?  Two. bucks.  The thrift store is loving me these days.

Aaaand a Pippi Update. . . .

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

CRAZY-good embroidery

If you're looking for the Story of Naughty Pippi, you can find it here.  :)

As I mentioned yesterday, I recently participated in one, final monochromatic embroidery Hoopla Swap.  And I am completely. blown. away.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Craft swaps: Good-bye for now

If you're looking for the Story of Naughty Pippi, you can find it here.  :)

I'm taking a break from craft swaps.  Maybe a permanent one.  I'm not sure yet.  But definitely a long one.  I have so many projects for my family that I'd love to complete, ooohhh, sometime this decade, so I feel that I need to focus more on them now.  Plus, that little Baby Boy Monkey of ours is coming in just a few short months, so I'd better get crackin' on his layette! 

My last Craftster swaps were the Baby Onesie Swap, the Pregnant Mama and Newborn Swap, and another fun embroidery Hoopla Swap.  (You can see my posts on the Baby Onesie Swaps here, here and here.)

As for the Pregnant Mama and Newborn Swap. . . .

I received these cute items from my sweet partner, knittychick:

Clockwise, starting top left:  a nomad swaddler -- genius!; a reversible nursing cover, complete with pockets; hand-painted burp cloths; a nursing station caddy.  All of these items are crafted in colors I LOVE, and are so cute and practical.  They'll be getting a lot of use when Baby Monkey arrives!  (You can see a picture of the nomad swaddler in use here, if you'd like.)

And I sent my partner these. . . .

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Story of Naughty Pippi

Pippi Cat: a very naughty cat, and much beloved by her large family anyway.

Pippi longed for adventure, action, romance. Someone left the back door ajar, and she saw her chance to escape the confines of quiet domestic living. So escape she did.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Shirt Season, Part 2!

Who's ready for another round of embellished baby shirts?  Meeeeeee!  Here are the lovely tiny onesies I received from my sweet partner in the Craftster Baby Onesie Swap:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's Shirt Season again! Part 1

First, let me say "thank you" for all the prayers, kind words and well-wishes for our newest little Monkey and me!  At 18 weeks, baby and I are doing very well, and are even on the "regular" prenatal schedule now!  We don't know yet if we're having a boy or a girl (ultrasound in 2 weeks), although I have to admit I'll be a little skeptical of any  prediction since the whole Ella / Owen debacle.  My fatigue and nausea has greatly subsided, so I should be blogging more, working more, sewing more for the next few months!

About those shirts. . . .

Once again, I organized and swapped in the Baby Onesie Swap over on Craftster.  I used my favorite embellishing techniques of applique, reverse applique, embroidery and stencils, plus a new one:  screen printing!  (I used StencilPro screens.  AMAZING.)  I'm loving this new technique. . . .

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hiking, celebrating and BAKING

Another month has flown by, and my neglected blog is getting a bit dusty!  I'm not sure why I haven't blogged in awhile.  I just. . . forgot?  Well, we have been a little busy, and a little crafty.  (pssst.... I update more regularly over on facebook... I hope you'll join us there, too!)

A little trip to Dinosaur Valley. . . .

 view of the river from the hiking trail

Another trip. . .

Friday, March 11, 2011

Like sprinkles on a cupcake. . .

In my recent thrift store trips, I've come across some vintage linens with crochet (or tatted?) trim.  I love them.  I think it's because someone took the time to add a handmade, pretty touch to something that was already pretty.  I think of it like sprinkles on a chocolate cupcake.  The cupcake is already yummy, but sprinkles add that special touch that didn't really have to be added -- but you're happy they're there.  Here are two of my recent finds, awaiting a good Borax soak. . . .

an embroidered table cloth with a crocheted trim


Monday, February 28, 2011


My heart has been restless these last few weeks.  Something in my creative life is. . . off.  Missing.

I began praying for direction, but my heart wasn't truly open.  I was looking in the wrong direction for my answers. 

But my answer has come, loud and clear.  Actually, the answer was here, all along, and I just didn't see it.  Now things are so clear, and I'm truly joyful and excited about the prospects. . .  they feel exactly right.

above print from one of my favorite shops, the Wheatfield

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A tiny bit of stitching

This is more of a catch-up post, as I forgot to show you these tiny little embroideries -- all the way back from early January!   These were done for another Embroidery Hoopla Swap, on Craftster.  My partner in this round is the lovely savage pixie, who made me this adorably tiny Texas-themed hoop!

Just a mere 4" in diameter, and such beautiful stitching!  And look where the tiny heart is. . . home sweet home.  :)

I made my partner this. . .

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lemony lotion

One thing I quickly learned after moving out here to the desert is that the air is really dry.  Really, really dry.  My skin and sinuses protest daily at this humidity-deprived climate!  I remembered that I had seen a few recipes for homemade lotion, so we decided to try a simple one.

This is the recipe we used. . .

Monday, February 14, 2011

Why, hello there!

I wish you and yours a very Happy Valentine's Day!

(This yummy biscuit recipe can be found here.)

Goodness, I've missed you guys!  But, honestly, I've also enjoyed my little break from blogging and such.  Now I look forward to jumping back in with more regular posts -- starting later this week!  Enjoy your day, and let's talk again real soon.  :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Quick! A giveaway!

The lovely folks over at ReadyMade are giving away a couple of my little catnip mice!  But hurry -- the contest ends tomorrow.  Click here to enter the giveaway (and to see which mice are up for grabs!)

I totally owe you a catch-up post. . . and a ReFabulous giveaway!  I had wanted to have a giveaway to celebrate the ReadyMade feature, but due to the subsequent (awesome) flood of catnip mice orders, I just couldn't swing it.  So, soon, soon, we will celebrate.

Stay tuned!  (And go enter the contest!)  :-)

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