Sunday, August 3, 2014

Keeping Busy

I don't have many days to laze around and twiddle my thumbs. Most weekends are full of activities of some sort, like a summer concert or a visit with my favorite niece.  The past two weekends, though, I have had the opportunity to complete a few projects around the house. They're still not complete, so there will be a follow-up post at some point, but here's a quick rundown:

- Cleaning, sanding, and staining outdoor chairs
- Repainting plastic outdoor chairs and tables
- Making pillows for outdoor chairs
- Starting and assembling queen quilt top for. Mel and Thom 
- Staking plants, primarily the Russian sage
- Painting front door and shutters (!!)
- Cleaning :)

There is still at least one more project I would like to add to the list, but I have to do a bit more research and brainstorming on my idea to know if it will work or not.

So, if you care, stay tuned!

For now, here is a pretty panorama picture of the garden. Double click on the image for a larger view. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy Birthday, Viv!

Viv woke up from her nap to find everyone had arrived to celebrate! She was a bit confused.

Grandma has to slowly wake her up.

But then she was ready to explore!  Hurry up, Grandma!

Oops!  Stole a little bit of frosting before the candles were lit!

Singing Happy Birthday to Vivi!

Great job with the cake, Mom!  It was delicious!

Seriously, WHY do I need to open presents?!?

The lion stops the tears!

Teachers, watch out for this little one!

Using the birthday mat for the water playtime, not the cake smashing.

Happy niece in one of her new skirts!  Can't believe she's already one year old.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Clark Celebration

Mel and Thom planned a lovely summer celebration, with a blessing ceremony for their marriage and a baptism for Vivienne.  It was a lovely day once the rain stopped.  Everyone had a great time!  Mel incorporated a few special items, including Grandma Rosemary's wedding dress, from which a portion was used to create a dress for Viv.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

And More Viv...

....because who can really get enough of this adorable girl?  :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sock Animals

I was asked to contribute something crafty for my friends' online fundraiser. As you recall, my friend, Diane, lost her husband unexpectedly earlier this year and lost their third baby girl to Spina Bifida a few months later. She is now left with major medical expenses from her and baby girl, Rachel's surgery and subsequent hospital stays.

I made a sock elephant for my niece and it has become one of her favorite toys, so I decided to explore a few more patterns. I made a dog, cat and a sheep to donate to the auction. Hopefully they'll sell well!

I will post a link to the online auction when I have more details.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Baby Quilt

This lovely quilt was so fun to make!  As with many of my recent projects, I found this quilt design on a sewing blog. It looked like the perfect gift for my cousin who was welcoming a baby girl after having two boys. I was also able to use some of my Grandma's fabrics (the pink fabric used in the quilt and as the border). 

I've never really done any ruffling, but the blog tutorial indicated that the ruffling could be done without a ruffler sewing attachment but instead with some adjustments of the tension using your regular sewing foot. The ruffling ended up working well on some of the fabrics but not others.  I have no idea why. 

Anyway, the quilt turned out super cute and super girly.  I will definitely keep this on my favorite list for future baby girls!