When Cubby and Tinkerbell came to stay with us in January, we had end tables in our livingroom that were sort of tall and narrow. They had nice varnished tops that didn’t need coasters. They weren’t very safe, though, with an almost two-year-old who climbs everything, and sometimes you just have to pick your battles. Soooo … we replaced those end tables with a couple of vintage, thrifted tables that are wider and lower and sturdy enough to be used as climbers. They’re beautiful tables that have stood the test of time, but a cold, sweaty water glass could doom their finish quite quickly. In the beginning, we threw washcloths and dish towels on the tables … until I couldn’t stand it any longer and found time to sew up a stack of coasters! Continue reading
I mentioned before that I’ve jumped headfirst into the world of Instagram swapping, primarily IG mini quilt swapping. Round three of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap was actually my second IG mini swap. I’m sharing it now because Round Four is open for sign-ups, and you might want to jump in! (Find out how to join by clicking the image at the very bottom of this post.) Continue reading
I love back-to-school sales! I don’t just grab crayons and Elmers glue for my kids, though. I have a list of things that I stock up on this time of the year for my sewing studio, too! Do you do that? It’s the perfect time to purchase things that you can use all year at great discounts. Here are a few of my must-buys: Continue reading
School starts back here in our neighborhood next Monday, and our kids begin their homeschool co-op classes on Tuesday. Doesn’t it feel like the summer just flew by?My list of things to do, prepare and purchase feels like it’s miles long, and I bet yours does, too! I love the idea of sending my little ones into class with something one-of-a-kind and handmade, but with so little time left, it has to be something quick! Continue reading
Did you miss me? Er, maybe I should ask, is anyone still here?! It’s been a much longer break than I anticipated, but I think things are settled enough around our house that I can jump back into blogging regularly. I have a long, long list of things to share, including tons of quilting, some new crafty pursuits and plenty of tutorials. I’m even hoping to have a few new patterns ready to release in the next several months. Continue reading
Miss Katie J. celebrated her 4th birthday early this month, and since she adores everything My Little Pony, she needed a pony-covered party dress! As seems usual lately, my schedule kept me hopping until the last minute, so I opted for a party dress pattern that I know well and can sew quickly – one that happens to be named for the birthday girl – the Katie J. Jumper! Continue reading
My time off is drawing to a close, and I’m excited to share what I’ve been up to. That will have to wait until Monday, though. Today, I have something exciting for you – boxer patterns for $5! With the return of the busy back-to-school days of fall, now is the time to start filling those dresser drawers, and what boy from preschool to high school wouldn’t be excited about a drawer full of comfortable, one-of-a-kind boxers? Both the Oh, Boy Boxers pattern (kid sizes 2 to 14) and the Essential Boxer Shorts (adult sizes small to xlarge) are available for $5 on the Friday Fiver over at Crafterhours. This deal is only available for 24 hours, so run right on over to get all the details: The Friday Fiver. Continue reading
Life often takes unexpected turns. If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you know that we accepted a fostercare placement of a brother and sister in January. When they were placed, we were told that neither had any special needs. That’s often how things happen. You just don’t know in the beginning. Since these two came to us, though, they’ve both been classified as medical foster children.
I’m the first stop on the Indygo Junction Crossroads Blog Tour! Since my tour date happens to fall on St. Patrick’s Day, I couldn’t resist choosing Midtown Moss for shorts for my two youngest boys. I used my Sand & Sidewalk Boardshorts pattern and paired the shorts up with store-bought tops. Now my boys are ready to celebrate their Irish heritage in handmade style!
I mentioned this mini quilt in a post a few weeks ago: Apartment Decorating on a Budget. I’ve been enjoying making mini quilts quite a bit lately, and I love the little pop of color and softness they add to a room. When I made plans to spend a weekend helping my oldest daughter decorate her new apartment, I knew that a mini quilt would be the perfect house-warming gift!