Friday, March 7, 2014
Sometimes I work on a project with dogged focus and determination. I'll be knee deep into it and know precisely the exact next step. And the step after that. My mind races and plans and knows just what to do once my fingers catch up.
Yet other times, focus eludes me. I'll be itchy to make something but clueless as to just what it could/should/outta be. Yesterday was one of those days. I had a window of time with no pesky chores to do.
And ended up making a pile of pin cushions.
P.S. I was recently gifted a most perfect whale pincushion by my friend Kimberlee and can only figure I was inspired by her awesomeness.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
We didn't have much of a vegetable garden last year which felt weird. It was mostly because we took a long trip out west right at the time that a garden goes in and needs lots of attention.
It turned out to be a good year to sit out as it was a very rainy summer and most gardens didn't produce much at all.
But having that year off seems to have given us time to plan, think, sketch, research and let all of our ideas simmer.
Razor took time this past weekend to build seven gorgeous raised beds. We have already sown lettuce seeds into one. And come May, we will put out summer squash, cucumbers, orach (well, that will be before May), Candy Roaster squash, a variety of peppers, and carrots.
Tomatoes too. But they won't be in these raised beds. We also will be adding to our blueberry patch, starting a raspberry and blackberry patch and picking strawberries just as fast as they ripen.
Spring is on it's way. Finally.
Labels: gardening or greenhouse
Monday, March 3, 2014
Today I'm reviewing a zippy pouch pattern as part of Jennifer of Ellison Lane's The Crafty Traveler series.
It should be noted that I sew quilts. And pretty much only quilts. I can tackle an easy pillow. And curtains are a cinch. But anything with a zipper is waaaaaaaay out of my comfort zone. Like if I'm Earth then sewing a zipper is at least three galaxies away.
But, one thing I've wanted to add to my traveling gear is a few zippered pouches to hold things like cosmetics, my small video camera, and cell phone and tablet chargers. So, I looked around on the Internet with the search words "cosmetic case pattern" and then chose one from the much trusted source of Sew Mama Sew. The pattern I chose is the Sew Spoiled Cosmetic Case by Leah Williams. The free PDF of this pattern can be found here.
The pattern calls for fabric, interfacing and a zipper. I wanted to make mine a quilted zipper pouch instead of just interfaced fabric so as to have the additional padded protection for my video camera. I made that alteration on my own.
Look!! That is the first time my zipper foot has ever been on my sewing machine. In fact, I needed my machine manual to even identify the zipper foot.
Anyway, the pattern's written instructions were clear but I was super glad that there were so many close up photos included with the pattern to show me exactly what to do.
The numerous photos in the pattern is what I credit for the success of my zipper installation.
The bag came together well but certainly doesn't look as professional as the pattern photos of the completed project. I blame that solely on my choice to have quilted outer fabric panels, as I think that the interfaced fabric would have made the construction easier. Plus, the trapezoid shape doesn't translate very well to a quilted version and I wish I had just made it rectangular instead. That being said, however, I am kinda proud of myself for tackling a zipper and this bag will be a welcome addition to my traveling luggage arsenal.
Here’s the Blog Hop Schedule:
2/10: Golden Willow Quilts
2/27: Owen’s Olivia
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
1. In Spring, I buy plants. And seeds. And my greenhouse starts to hum.
2. Apparently this extends into late winter. With the plant buying. These are all sitting on my kitchen windowsill waiting for the perfect pots.
3. I'm picking up a quilt from the long arm quilter today and can't wait to share it with you.
4. There must be an entire colony of mice that my outdoor cats are unaware of.
5. Ask me how I'm aware of them.
6. I'm going on a trip to New York City in April and will have very limited free time. When I do have free time I'll be in Chinatown, the financial district and near Times Square. What are places I should see? Where should I eat?
Monday, February 24, 2014
A special thank you to each of you and your kind words about my last post. Your words were running through my head as we hiked to the top of a rocky knob over the weekend. Your gracious support and a view from atop were like a balm to my soul.
Friday, February 21, 2014
These words have been rolling around in my brain for days, weeks, months. Snippets of sentences really because I can't seem to string enough of them together to make paragraphs, much less a coherent essay. I think/examine/wonder. When my daughters were little, mothering seemed more concrete. Feed. Bathe. Teach. Repeat. I made sure we had everything we needed when we walked out the door. I made all of their decisions. My worries were nutrition, sleep, a pesky cough that would keep us up until the wee hours of the morning. And I could make eye contact with another mother of young children and we could smile, nod and intuitively know we were having a similar experience. These days I often feel adrift... interesting choice of words considering what I wrote in August. My role. Or more precisely, my effectiveness in this role seems elusive. When they were little I hardly had time to do anything but care for them. Today I wonder if what I'm doing is enough.