Welcoming the Fairies

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I have wanted to make a fairy garden for a few years, especially after seeing all the wonderful creations on The Magic Onions blog. This is the first time Sarah has expressed interest in helping so I thought it was perfect time. I pretty much let her run the show, but I gently steered her towards the flowers that would work best. I wanted to make the fairy house with more natural elements but Sarah was emphatic that it must be purple and sparkly. Again, I shut my mouth and let her choose. Well, of course it turned out adorable but I’m already realizing it’s too small and we must add on. I have another metal tub like the pink one so in the next couple of weeks we’ll build a bridge across to the addition. But for now, I’ll sit back and enjoy this project and the special little moments Sarah and I shared while making it.

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I’ve linked up with Frontier Dreams Keep Calm Craft On.

Baby Steps

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I’ve been so busy the past month sewing up new skirts and dresses for summer that I sort of forgot about my Briar Rose Quilt. I’m about 3/4 finished with all the blocks and typical of me, I lose interest or find something more pressing to work on. This week my goal is to finish up the last blocks (only 4 1/2 to go). I’ve armed myself with a strong cup of coffee and some inspiration from my favorite quit blogs…and I’m ready. After so much garment sewing, it’s nice to have a project (at least individual blocks) that comes together more quickly and gives me the motivation to push through.

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Kitties must be the original photobombers. She sees me on the floor and it must mean I’m there to lavish attention on her.

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

A Quiet Moment

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This afternoon the weather cooled down and I had a chance to breathe. I took my knitting, my book, and a beer into the backyard and just enjoyed the moment. Time seems to be going by so quickly and I just want it to slow down. But I know it won’t so I sit, in these quiet moments, and let my thoughts go where they please. Maybe it’s thinking about the kids, maybe it’s reflecting on where I am in my journey, and most definitely it’s watching the chickens run around the yard.  Those few minutes in the yard, enough time to drink the beer and read a few pages, have done wonders for my spirit.

On a side note, I think over the past months or two, it’s safe to say that  I have become a sock knitter. I never understood the draw, but I now have a basic patterned memorized and it’s a quick go-to project when you need to keep your fingers busy. A sock knitter? Who knew.

A day late, but I’m linking up with Ginny’s Yarn Along

It’s All About the Socks

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For weeks Daniel has been informing me I’m buying him the wrong socks. At first I just rolled my eyes since this kid seriously doesn’t care what he wears as long as it’s comfortable. But then I looked around and knee high brightly colored socks are the thing at his elementary school. So this morning I had my first experience as a mom walking into a store and asking for something I knew nothing about…I felt very uncool and very much a mom. The guy who helped me was super nice and we went through the hundreds of socks to find something in his size. I could only find 2 pairs which was fine since I realize at checkout how expensive they are! These will not end up under the deck or in the mud pit like all his other socks. It’s funny, it feels like a right of passage that Daniel is starting to want to define his own image. I’m sure my mom can relate. I remember when I moved from the little girl to the big girl department and I could finally get that pair of Guess Jeans with the zipper at the ankle. Fingers crossed that I picked out some good colors.

Poppies

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I finished up another project from Weekend Sewing…it’s the tote bag and it’s awesome. It’s quite large and will be perfect for all those weekend getaways this summer. That was a joke. More likely it will hold snacks, beach toys, and soggy towels…there, that sounds more like me. I’m loving the bold poppy print. I found it in the home décor section at Joann’s in case you need to get some yourself. I had two women stop in at the cutting counter asking about the fabric. The lining is Denyse Schmidt, also from Joann’s. This was a quick, satisfying project. I’m tempted to make another one slightly smaller so I can use it more for everyday use. We’ll see.

I don’t have any other sewing projects lined up for this week. I’ve put the sewing machine away and I’m trying to keep the dinning room table clear for the kids. They have been crafting like crazy lately. My goal is to finish up the socks I’m knitting. What are you working on this week? I’ve linked up to Keep Calm Craft On

Mother’s Day

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I spent a wonderful afternoon with my mom at the Legion of Honor. The weather in San Francisco can be hit or miss, but as I came through the tunnel it was crystal clear and you could see all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. I still feel  same sense of excitement I did as a child going into the city and crossing the bridge…the up, up, up and down, down, down of the suspension bridge. San Francisco is truly a magical, beautiful city.

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We had a great time, sans children, wondering the galleries and having a few quiet moments to talk. And while I know my mom loves her grandchildren, we don’t have the opportunity very often to be together without them and the chaos they bring. It was a treat for both of us. Don’t you love the painting at the top of the post?  Such a sweet moment captured between mother and child (and kitty, of course).

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there…hope you spent the day exactly as you wanted.

Sewing for Summer

I picked up Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing at the library last week and knew I had to make the blouse first. I’ve had this geometric fabric in my stash for a year and thought it would be perfect for this project. I can totally picture wearing this blouse with a pair of white shorts and some strappy sandals…that is if I actually wore shorts and white on my bottom half. I really liked this pattern and finished it up in a few hours. The one issue I had it with was the length. I didn’t even think to measure since I never ever have an problem with something being too short on me. I’m only 5’1″. I had to sew a very narrow hem and even then I think it’s shortish. I will for sure make this again but maybe in a tunic length or even into a dress like this one from Film in the Fridge.

On a side note, Sarah happens to be a much more patient photographer than Daniel and she manages to get my head in the shot. Though she said she was exhausted after take 5 pictures…it is hard work.

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I also finished this dress for Sarah and it looks adorable on her. Overall this pattern was super simple except for the 1/4″ elastic in the sleeves – it was so small and finicky. For some reason she’s requested this one in purple and all the way to her feet, too. She clearly has a Sophia I obsession at the moment. I’m hoping to surprise her when she gets back from her dad’s this weekend with new purple gown.

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