This Moment

Inspired by SouleMama. 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.

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An Ordinary Day

Sometimes I get stuck thinking, “this is it, this is my life?” Or feeling like I didn’t accomplish anything today other than vacuuming up dog hair and driving my kids to and from school. And it’s true, those mundane activities do take up much of my time, as I’m sure they do yours, too. Some days it’s about finding the special moments…the freshly baked bread, the spring flowers, or the sky after the storm…and you realize, “YES! This is my life.”

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Skirts for Spring

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I didn’t do any sewing last week since we were so busy after school with baseball and a chorus performance. But by Sunday afternoon I was itching to do something (you know the feeling, right!). A few weeks ago I scored some really cute fabrics at 50% off. I think I bought four half yard cuts for around $10…enough for four new skirts for Sarah. Not that you really need a pattern for these simple skirts, but when I first started making them, I used the Oliver + S tutorial for the Lazy Days Skirt. It’s super simple. I can finish a skirt in under 30 minutes and that’s with kids running around. I’m going to attempt to save some money and de-stash to make some more skirts this week. And then back to working on my quilt this weekend when I will have a few moments of quiet.

These two are my favorite of the bunch…and my curious chicken wondering what I’m doing out in the garden (my neighbors are probably wondering the same thing).

 

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P.S. A little crazy side note: when I went to measure Sarah’s (aka Skinny Minny) waist, it was 18.5 inches around. That reminded me of Scarlett O’Hara yelling at Mammy to cinch her corset to 18 inches. Can you imagine? Thank goodness for the comfort of yoga pants.

It’s Tuesday so I’m linking up to Keep Calm Craft On.

Sunday Mornings…

I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love Sundays. I really try not to make any plans for this day of the week and if I do, I like to be back home in the afternoon. So much of the time I see the people around me go, go, go. Why are we making ourselves so busy and what does that teach our children about what is important in life? So today, Sunday, I take the time to enjoy the small things and savor the moments that make up my life.

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Now, it’s Officially Spring

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Meet Glory and Cinders! This is what happens when you take the kids to the feed store to “look” at the baby chicks…you come home with some. Who am I kidding – I really wanted these little ladies, too.

We were there twice today and both times I saw moms debating if getting chickens was the right choice for their families. I’ve been in their shoes. In fact it took me three years of research to take the plunge and last spring when I finally did I instantly knew it was one of the best decisions I had ever made. Seriously, chickens? Yes! Hopefully my enthusiasm helped these fellow moms realize what I great thing these chickens could be. So we now have five, and I really should stop or perhaps move to a farm.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Creating

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I didn’t spend too much time indoors this weekend. Feeling the sun on my skin and a cold beer in my hand while reading in the garden seemed like a better use of my time. I did manage to finish up the March blocks of my quilt and knit a couple of the lace repeats for my sweater.

Those sweet little bunnies have been listed in my Etsy shop. I am so happy with how they’ve turned out. My daughter keeps trying to claim them as her own. Looks like I’ll need to make another one for her Easter basket!

This week I’ll only continue work on the sweater since the sewing machine had to move to make way for Daniel’s new creative obsession – map making. We have been reading the Wings of Fire books. A great series about dragons from different tribes banding together to try to stop a war. I love seeing my children’s creativity and watching them become immersed in their own project.

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I’m linking up with Frontier Dreams Keep Calm Craft On and Small Things Yarn Along…both wonderful blogs for finding a bit inspiration.

Making the Old New Again

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I have a sick little girl home with me today. It’s actually quite nice and gives me an excuse to cuddle on the sofa. I made this sweater a few years ago and have loved wearing it, but over time it seems to have expanded in width and shorted in length…not a very attractive. I now look sort of squarish when wearing it. I love the organic cotton yarn and the color is so perfectly spring like, that I’m going to frog and reknit. I’m still thinking about how I will rework it. I definitely need to add a little length and I think the increases after the waist shaping need to be omitted. I probably made the small size before, but considering how it’s grown, I’m going for the x-small. And who doesn’t love to say, “oh why yes, it is an extra small.”

I also happened upon this useful bit of information yesterday. It’s a way of doing a long-tail cast on without needing to calculate or worry about how much of a tail to leave. I can’t believe I never thought of this before. Am I the only knitter out there who has cast on 200+ stitches only to realize the tail was too short? Never again! I love it.

I’m reading the Handfasted Wife this week. It was only 99 cents on my Kindle, so why not? No picture as my Kindle is I think a first generation and held together with tape (hint: my birthday is less than a month away…I’m just saying). It’s basically the events of the Norman conquest of England from the woman’s perspective. I’m enjoying it so far, but the time change has really thrown me for a loop this year so I’m falling asleep within a few minutes of reading. Don’t you hate that?

I’ve linked up with Small Things Yarn Along. Head over to see what others are knitting and reading this week.

Briar Rose Quilt

I didn’t have much time to work on my Sisters Ten Quilt blocks last week. I was able to carve out bits of time here and there and by the end of the week I had finished the May and July blocks. I guess that’s pretty good considering my week. I’m loving the simple color schemes of the May blocks and I learned a new technique, the hourglass. If you have mastered the half square triangle (HST), then this is a piece of cake. Notice on the block in the upper right corner there is a little piece of fabric missing? That little snip is thanks to Daniel. He is still working on self control, obviously, he’s 8. I was so surprised and hurt that he deliberately cut something that I was making. Anyway, we had a long talk about it and a punishment was handed out…hopefully it had an impact on him and he won’t do it again. Seriously, parenting can be painful!  As I was driving the kids to school this morning I was thinking of the least time consuming ways I could fix the problem. It is after all only a corner of the background fabric. Rather than take the whole block apart, I’m going to sew a little piece back onto the corner and call it good. I’m sure in the end it will be hardly noticeable.

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I’ve linked up this week with Frontier Dreams Keep Calm Craft On. Check it out.