Monday, September 26, 2016

This One's for You, Aunt Judy

There's a local florist here called Bachman's and a few times a year they decorate a house on their property for the different seasons. 
These are some highlights from this year's Idea House, as requested by my Auntie.
The craft room was my favorite. Very bright and so organized! I could see doing some of these things in my own crafting space. 

I especially loved how they used this collection of random cabinets and bookshelves to make a wall of storage. Look at the one leg they used to prop up the brown cabinet on the right, so inventive!
 Those valences are aprons, so sweet.
 Outside in the back yard shed they built a bar, complete with a beer bottle wreath.
 The brick is wallpaper, it really gave a pub-like feel to the place.

 A red and white bedroom (which didn't do much for me, honestly)

 Since Halloween will soon be upon us, there are silly little surprises like this one scattered about.
 A neutral cooler toned bedroom. I loved that tree painting.

The wallpaper in the office was charming.

 This desk was a huge shadowbox, with different books and things under the glass.

Outside in the garage they had a bunch of cute Halloween stuff, though I didn't get many photos of that for some reason.
 Here's my adorable mom in her adorable sweater, which she knit.
 And here we are trying and failing to take a selfie.

Oh well, here you go Aunty Judy, I know how you love updates from the Idea House!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Keep Calm and Craft On: Back to school edition.

I have three kids, as you may know, and I have made a tradition of sewing them a first day of school backpack.
I use the same pattern each time, Butterick 5054.
It's a little smaller than your average backpack and just a little bigger than a teensy person needs, but they can grow into it.
The Elder's is here.
The Younger's are here and here

She was in quite a rush to get to the bus this morning!

The first day dress was a pattern that I made for The Elder for Kindergarten: The Birthday Dress from Oliver + S.
(I know, same photo twice in two posts, but how cute is she?)
I may have gone a little overboard, and coordinated her first day dress with her backpack.
In my defense, she loves purple...

The First Ever First Day of School

The Youngest started school today. 
She is quite excited to meet her new classmates, and learn math, and dance, and work on letters, and oh, everything.
The world-weary 5th grader with his favorite little sister.
She's so ready!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I'll Take Manhattan

The Hubby and I went to New York City last week on a vacation.
I can't really find any appropriate words, so here's a bunch of photos

 Columbia University
 View from the Central Park Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
 The Guggenheim
 Selfie at the Met on our 17th anniversary
 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
 View from the top of the Empire State Building
 Lady Liberty
 Central Park Boat House for lunch
Mosaics below the Museum of Natural History

 The Flatiron Building
Street art
 Katz's Delicatessen
 Nathan's Hot Dogs (didn't love the dogs, but the fries were amazing)
 The Wonder Wheel
 The Wonder Wheel in sand
 View from the beach at Coney Island
 Gorgeous farmers' market in Jersey City
 View of Manhattan from the market
 More lovely street art


A couple of months ago the Modern Quilters Guild put out a call for quilts to send to survivors and the families of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.
This last weekend I buckled down and put together the top. I asked my face friends on facebook to join me in a quilting bee this coming weekend and hopefully by next week I will have a completed quilt to send off.
This was fun to put together, rainbows are always my favorite colorway.
Joining Frontier Dreams for KCCO.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sweater for The Youngest

Last week The Hubby and I went on a vacation by ourselves. For the first time since 2010. Pictures to follow in a separate post (for the family, you know).
We spent a week in Manhattan and it was tons of fun.
We hit the usual sights: Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Purl Soho.
OK, that last one was just for me, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit one of my favorite online haunts.
I had to snag a little Liberty of London and a couple of balls of Tosh Merino to make some back to school items.
Since we spent so much time on buses, ubers, trains and just walking around, I got a really good start on a sweater for The Youngest.
By Saturday morning I finally took a photo of my lovely purchases,

and by yesterday evening I had a sweet little sweater.

The pattern is Cascade from a 2010 issue of Petite Purls. I loved the leaf design, but I am not loving th gap at the bottom edge. I think I will make a little patch for that tonight.
What's on your needles lately?