June 30, 2015


Sleepy BD
Sleepy BD

Things have been a little sleepy around the blog lately. Have you been well? Our days have been long, in-between some contracted part-time work (for me) and sunny play days (for all of us). The work has concluded, and I feel like summer has finally begun! The lake warms up more everyday, and friendly faces are penciled in to share it with.With the summer solstice at our back, this time of year goes quickly around here. Time to wake up, and drink it in! Here's to summer, friends, and reviving those sleepy parts of ourselves. Dusting off those sewing machines, sharpening those pencils, digging in the earth, and reaching our roots out to all the creative possibilities these extra hours of daylight hold.

Getting back to writing is one of mine. My sketchbook has been empty, and my projects have been scattered. It's time, with the full moon tomorrow as my inspiration, to make these pictures and scribblings come to life again. Looking forward to sharing them with you!

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May 29, 2015

Create (A Moment)

"A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." 

{This Moment}

May 28, 2015

A Lap Quilt for Dad

One of my crafting goals has been to delve deeper into quilting. I've heard it's dangerous territory, that you'll find yourself stock-piling fabrics and day-dreaming of patterns, but I'm willing to take my chances (wink). Although I've done simple quilted cushions, I've never done any quilted blankets. Mostly because of a deep-seated dread (more like a paralyzing fear) of binding. But my Dad is having trouble staying warm these days, so I faced my fears and got to work.

Dad's Quilt
Dad's QuiltDad's Quilt
Dad's Quilt
Dad's Quilt
All the fabric was from my stash. Going into this project, I never would've expected to have a lap quilt's worth of fabric. It turns out I had that, and much, much more! It's amazing how quickly it piles up (ahem). The whale print I've had since my teaching days, waiting for the right project. I kept the pattern simple, so it would be a comfort and not a confusion. The binding- aided by sleeping kids & a dram of wine- also went well. It's not perfect, but a good step in the right direction. All in all a nice cozy quilt for his lap or shoulders, especially with its doubled-up batting! We've enjoyed some good snuggles with it first, just to make sure (smile). 

Dad's Quilt
And  here is my sweet photography assistant, just because. 

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May 4, 2015

Easy Baby Skirt- With Attached Bloomers!

Here's the second skirt pattern, as promised! If you missed the first pattern, you can find it here. As I've shared before, we live at least a half an hour from everything. Which can make projects tricky sometimes. For instance, when you're making a onesie dress and forget to buy the plain onesie (ahem). So, after some digging around, I found these bloomers & had an inspiration. Two in one! I love how these layers stay together when Esther is wearing them. Simple for dressing, and diaper changes too. 

To make this 3/6 month skirt, you'll need:
Step 1: Measure & cut your rectangle. For this 3/6 month skirt, I cut my rectangle 30 inches wide by 9 1/2 inches long**. This skirt hits right at her chubby little knees, which gives her length to grow- very important!

**If you have bloomers for a larger size, you can easily add to the width. Measure the top of your bloomers, then multiply that number by 4.  For a longer skirt, just add to the length as desired. I reference this chart when deciding on waist size & skirt length for girls 6 months-15 years. 

Step 2: Sew the back seam together, making a long skirt tube. My seam allowance was 1/2 inch, but you can use whichever allowance you like. Press the seam open. 

Step 3: Hem your skirt. You can sew a standard hem, or a super easy ribbon hem. I follow the ribbon hem directions on this free Oliver + S skirt pattern

Step 4: Then attach the elastic to the top of skirt, per step 8 on these instructions via Barefoot in the Kitchen. If you have larger bloomers you'll need a longer elastic too- check out this step to get the proper length measurement.

Step 5: This step is optional, but I found it very handy for attaching the skirt to the bloomers. I sewed the skirt to the bloomers using a very loose stitch. Alternately you could pin them together, but I think this took the same amount of time- without shifting on me (or pricking my fingers) as I sewed.

Step 6: Sew a small zigzag stitch from the outside with a coordinating thread, right over your elastic gather (from Step 4). Make sure you're catching your bloomers as you sew, and that you back-stitch at the end. I went back and forth a couple times at the end for strength; Esther is small but mighty! Remove the thread from Step 5, if you used one. 

Step 7: Admire, enjoy, celebrate!

Step 8: Take necessary pictures with big sister, in matching skirts. Can you see those chubby little feet? I'm biased, but I think those might be the most kissable toes ever. But that's just my opinion (wink). 

Speaking of big sisters, here are a few more pictures of Isia wearing her matching skirt.

As you can see, it's great for playing in the woods. Which means there's already been a request for "at least one more." It's already been laundered twice, and is holding up great, so I see at least one more in our future. Perfect for adventures!

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