Friday, August 31, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Quilt For A New Baby

Early last week I got a new niece.  She's totally adorable by the way.  I wanted to make her something so I decided on a light weight patchwork baby blanket.  Similar to the ones I made my own kids when they were babies.  I left out the batting and made the back flannel.  It's a cozy blanket for the warmer months without the bulk of a regular quilt.  Although I adore quilting I find most traditional quilting patterns too tedious.  I appreciate when others do them, but I just don't have the patience for them.  I prefer very basic patchwork and large motifs.  This large motif pattern is FIERCE!  I adore it and I will definitely use it again.




Greenleaf loved holding her new cousin.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Room Redux (While she was out)


Greenleaf's room is about 10 x 10.  It's pretty much a square shape with a closet on one side and the slanted walls of the roof on the other. This is what it used to look like.  A loft bed from Ikea allowed her to have some more play space on the floor (and let the dog sleep under there).  A small fold down top desk in the corner also doubled as a dresser and a large wooden chest (made by my uncle) was her toy box.  This birthday she is turning 10 and I thought her room should reflect her tastes a little better.  Here's what happened:


 She requested a dark pink room with black designs.  The initial paint was a disaster (way too dark) and I ended up going with a pink that I knew was lighter than she wanted.  We bought a new bed from Ikea with great big drawers underneath.  Black sheets, throw pillows and a black and white checkered throw blanket.  Her room gets hit by the sun pretty hard in the summer so I bought these amazing black curtains that keep the heat out. I painted that old desk with a glossy black and stenciled a cherry blossom branch on it in the wall color.


I picked up this black chair from Target and it's just right for snuggling down with a good book.  My initial plan was to stencil black designs on one of her walls but I could not find a stencil that I liked.  I did however find these vinyl sticker thingies and I love them!  They are fantastic.  The mirror is from Ikea and it's probably one of her favorite things in the room.


I left the book shelves by her door because she really needs those.  She could probably do with another book case in her room and I think that will come eventually but for now the last change I made was:


Putting chalk board paint on her closet door.  Here she put up a verse that she learned at camp and drew some pictures.  So....yeah, that's her room.  Not the pink she wanted but she says she loves it just the way it is.  Actually what she keeps saying is "I can't believe this is my room.  Is this real? It looks like a magazine."  She's managed to keep it clean for the 2 days she's been home.  That's about the best compliment I could ask for.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Recent Weavings

Cotton warp,wool weft. Star and Rose pattern table runner.

Wool warp, wool/acrylic weft. Floral Dance pattern table runner w/narrow borders.

Cotton warp, wool weft.  Floral Dance pattern table runner.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Only Time I Like Snow...


 


.... is when I'm with them.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

4 years

Somebody has a birthday coming up this Sunday (besides Honest Abe).  I thought he needed a birthday crown.

he picked out the buttons himself.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Little Soul Suckers...

I used to be witty.  Really.  I was.  I was clever, witty and (believe it or not) even funny. I used to  have interesting conversations with people that did not involve my children or my dog.  So what has happened?  My theory is that my children are sucking my brains out.  Like little telepathic zombies, it's not their fault, they are only trying to survive.   Here's some stuff I've been working on while they have been actively lowering my IQ.....

christmas table runner for my sis
a roll out restaurant play mat for my nephew 





valentine crafts with kids


melted crayon hearts
 beautiful colors + green tea