New Pattern News - Circular Needle Organizer

posted: 22 Nov 2014

Hey everyone. I seem to be doing a great job keeping up with my 2-posts-a-year schedule, eh?. I had to share some exciting news with you anyway...duh duh duh daaaah  I finally got the new pattern tested and into my shop! It took me a whole year to get this thing tested and ready so I'm pretty darn excited. And just in time for me to leave on a little trip around the globe tomorrow. We're

Springtime Top from Little One-Yard Wonders

posted: 15 Jul 2014

  I picked this book up not too long ago and decided that I'd actually make something from it! That's a rarity for me. I love pattern books, I never use them (except maybe the knitting ones).  I went for the "Springtime Top" because I already had some fabric that was perfect and hadn't been allocated yet. It's a cute top, perfect for summer or as a jumper with a shirt.

Sewing Machine Solution or My Old Blind Eyes

posted: 03 Jul 2014

Hey, it's me again. Are you impressed that I didn't wait a year to post this time? It's not a major post, but it's something. I wanted to tell you a little bit about my sewing machine. It's a PFAFF something or other. The point is, I can't see the guidelines & numbers they put on the machine. I have been thinking for ages that I need to print out a little ruler to stick on the machine so I

Umm What

posted: 30 May 2014

I just realized I haven't posted since last June. June! That's like a whole year ago. ugh. I've definitely been getting those thoughts again. Those, "I should blog about that", thoughts. Really.  I'm still knitting....  sewing...     crocheting... and being a Mom. She's 3 1/2!   What I really need is some human contact. So if anyone is still out there I'm

Our Weekly Calendar

posted: 24 Jun 2013

 This is what I've had floating around in my head the last few months (yes, I said months!). I wanted to make a weekly calendar to help Mimi understand the days of the week as well as help her know what's happening each day, and this is how it turned out. I wanted each day to be a different color, so I chose 7 colors of flannel for each day's background. I had these in my stash,

Keep This Kid Learning

posted: 17 Mar 2013

As I mentioned in my last post, we go to a local co-op preschool once a week and we really love it! As with any other non-profit organization, our preschool needs to raise some money. This year they'll be organizing a Move-A-Thon. We'll get out the stroller on April 27th and head out to the park for a walk. Since we don't know a lot of people (and have no family) in the area I thought I'd set

Easy Handmade Toddler Activities

posted: 11 Mar 2013

 At some point I will not begin a post with something like, "gee, it's been a long time since my last post!", but not yet. I really have been meaning to get some of our new crafty activities on here, really. (WARNING, this is a long post too). We keep pretty busy around my house, and I'm glad to say a lot of what Miss Mimi does is handmade, yay! Here are some of our latest activities...

Handmade Toys or How I Entertain a Toddler

posted: 29 May 2012

As I look around my house, which is now pretty much overrun with kid gear, I notice a few things made by me. I thought it might be nice to share a few (and also let you know some things that have been popular around here). Exhibit 1: The Tag Blanket I made this before Amelia was born, or when she was really little, but it only became popular in recent months as a blanket for Amelia's

Schnibbles Times Two

posted: 22 May 2012

Hey, I made some quilts! I think the last quilt I made/finished was before Amelia was born, so this is exciting stuff for me. Have you heard of "Schnibbles"? Well, as usual, I'm pretty unaware of what's cool out there in the world, but I do kind of know about Schnibbles. I've seen loads of the patterns around and I have a pattern book, which I love.  Anyway, a friend of mine from the

Still Kicking

posted: 09 Apr 2012

I just wanted to stop in a say I'm still alive. Is anyone out there? I've actually started writing more than one post and haven't had the chance to finish, so I'll keep it brief in order to get this online.  Here's what I'm up to:  Amelia is now a whopping 18 months old (yes, I knit the sweater). She spent her 1st birthday at Disneyland and turned 16 months at Disney World, not bad for

Did I Say Once a Month

posted: 10 Apr 2011

Okay, maybe I'll blog every other month. Seriously though, I don't have a whole lot to say. I've been working on a few projects... These are called Monkey Socks and I got the free pattern on Knitty. I've always wanted to make these, unfortunately they're a little big on me. I'm about 8 rows from finishing them at this point, obviously I haven't taken a new picture.  Nick's parents came for a

February Post

posted: 08 Feb 2011

Maybe if I set myself a nice attainable goal I can achieve it? One post a month? Well, it's busy, busy, busy around here.  Amelia is 4 months old now, wow! She's getting more and more fun every day, rolling over, laughing, playing with toys ~ good stuff. We have a very active social calendar, which really helps me get through the days. I'm meeting lots of mommies near me and that's been really

Back in the Swing

posted: 11 Jan 2011

Hey there! How are you? I feel really bad that I'm blogging so infrequently, but you know how it is with a new baby in the house. I just thought I'd drop in and give you an update on how things are going around here. Amelia is now 3 months old, if you can believe that! At my baby group they're always saying how hard the first 3 months are...if you can just get through the first 3 months, things

The Joy of Mail

posted: 31 Dec 2010

 The mailman has been paying us lots of visits lately.   Look what arrived for Amelia yesterday! My good friend Julie told me she was making a stocking, but I had no idea what it would be like. I LOVE it!!! Look at the kitties...and the snowman! Amelia will be able to keep this forever, I'm so excited. Thank you Auntie Julie. :)    My knitting group is doing a knit along in January and is making

November Update

posted: 23 Nov 2010

Whoops! I forgot I had a blog, I guess it's time for an update, haha. Well, things are pretty good around here. Amelia will be 7 weeks old tomorrow! Wow, time flies. She's about 9 pounds now & learning new things every day. Tomorrow she'll meet her Auntie Veronica and 3 of her cousins for the first time, we can't wait. I haven't had much time to sew or knit, but I did start an afghan a few weeks

Thanking Misses Kwitty and some baby pictures

posted: 21 Oct 2010

Look what arrived in the mail the other day! Not the shelf, the adorable banner with Amelia's name on it!! I've been waiting for the sun to shine in her room to take a picture, but it just isn't happening. Misses Kwitty made the birdy banner and I absolutely love it, Amelia does too.Thank you Misses Kwitty!! (sorry, the picture doesn't do it justice) Oay, so now I'll bore you with lots of baby

Two Weeks Early

posted: 09 Oct 2010

Hey! Guess what? I have a great excuse for not posting lately...I had the baby and she was two weeks early (just like I'd hoped she'd be). Say hello to miss Amelia Jane Here she is about 10 minutes ago, keeping me company while I look at my emails. She arrived on Tuesday morning in a flash! My water broke at 12:30am & she arrived at 7:00am. I think that's pretty quick (and lucky). We're all

Finished Enough in the Kitchen

posted: 05 Oct 2010

Oh my gosh! I forgot to show you what's going on in my's almost done. Certainly done enough for me for a while. yay! Here's where we started last year around this time. The left wall was the worst part. The door next to the fridge and the lack of usable cabinets was such a pain. Not to mention the inside of all the cabinets was the original particle board from the 60's. I'll just say

The Never Ending Diaper Bag

posted: 01 Oct 2010

Perhaps I shouldn't say "never ending" or I wouldn't be writing this post. Let's just say it took me a while to get the darn thing made, but here it is: Of course I made my own diaper bag, I mean, c'mon! haha It's a version of a design I sell in my shop, altered to suit my (assumed) purpose. I don't make a lot of these because they take for-ever! I mean it. There are so many pieces to this thing.

Handmade for Baby

posted: 22 Sep 2010

My baby shower was a couple weeks ago and I wanted to share some of the beautiful gifts we received for little BooBoo. It was a small gathering but I'm happy to say that most of the gifts were handmade! Trisha made this sweet quilt. I'm so honored that she gave it to me, she actually worked on it at my house! haha I really love it. I want the baby to enjoy it, but I'm also thinking about hanging

Ready to Occupy

posted: 12 Sep 2010

It's been ages since I posted, but I've been so busy with crafty projects that I just wasn't ready to show you anything. Now I am! I had my baby shower yesterday (can you believe it!?) so I was working hard to get the baby's room in order for the girls to see it. Here's how it's looking so far. (I apologize for the bad lighting and color in the photos, it's a tough room to take pictures in). The

Summer Treats

posted: 10 Aug 2010

In an effort to not do another wip post, I thought I'd show you some food instead. I guess it's still something I made, but I was in the kitchen this time and it wasn't for the baby! haha We finally got around to having a little backyard barbecue a few weeks ago. The weather was beautiful, plenty of people came and it was a wonderful day. I, of course, made way too much food and because of this

Is it too much?

posted: 06 Aug 2010

Wow, I didn't mean to be missing that long, sorry about the extended and impromptu blog break. Must be all that nesting going on around here. It seems like all I post anymore is WIP's, but that's what I'm doing. What can I say? Here's another round...(with a few finished projects thrown in to prove I do actually finish things every now & then, ahem)... **Warning** This is a long post, but not too

A Week Without the Internet

posted: 14 Jul 2010

I'm still here, we just couldn't get online all of last week and this weekend. That makes blogging a challenge! haha I did get lots of little things done so I have some more things to show you.  I already have itty-bitty toys, remember Santa? Well, I used one of my weekly coupons from Borders and picked up itty-bitty hats. My baby will be drowning in hats! This one's called the "pastel marley"

The Happy Hooker

posted: 02 Jul 2010

I seem to be crocheting a lot lately, not sure why. I guess maybe I needed a break from all the knitting & sewing I've been doing. So here are a few things I've got going and have finished recently. What do you think? Here's a little granny square blanket I'm working on for my baby. I'm using cotton yarn from Michael's for this one. I'm not a yarn snob, besides, look how great these colors are!

That Productive Second Trimester

posted: 24 Jun 2010

I've been a busy little bee over here today. I think it's true what they say about the second trimester of pregnancy, lots of energy and motivation. I had it today for sure! Here's what I got done:  I finished 3 new coupon organizers that I started yesterday at Trisha's. We had a really fun day sewing together. Work is a lot more fun with someone to talk to. I made 4 new cloth napkins with the

Making Room for Baby

posted: 21 Jun 2010

I'm sure you're all dying to know what I've got planned for the baby's room, right? I don't want to keep anyone from sleeping at night so I'll give you a quick preview, haha. (I apologize in advance for the wordy post). As I mentioned before (I think), I already had fabric collections picked out for the baby, boy or girl. Now that we know it's a girl, I've placed the order and received a


posted: 14 Jun 2010

We tried a new doughnut shop this weekend in Mill Creek called Frost. Their graphics are enough for me, everything is color coordinated in pink & brown ~ love that! Though we rarely eat doughnuts, it was fun to go in and pick one. Can you guess which one's mine? hehe They were pretty good!

What's New, Cupcake?

posted: 07 Jun 2010

Did I ever tell you about the book Hello, Cupcake? It's a really cool sort of cookbook with all kinds of great ideas for cupcakes that look like everything from dogs to TV dinners. I've never actually made anything from it, but I got the authors' second book anyway... This one is really similar, just more great ideas. What's great about these books is that you use regular household tools and

It's a Baby!

posted: 03 Jun 2010

Our 20 week ultrasound went well yesterday, everything seems to be progressing fine and I am gaining just the right amount of weight (which is amazing considering my appetite!). Here's one of the piccies they gave us. We got a whole cd of baby pictures to take home, haha. Can you see the baby's little face? I guess you're wondering what the sex is, huh? I'll give you a hint.... I bought this


posted: 01 Jun 2010

I was looking around online the other day for crochet patterns and I came across a couple really cute ones on the Lion Brand website. You have to sign up, but it's free and the have a ton of free patterns. Here's what I made: A nice cuppa tea. Nick chose the tea color, he likes a lot of milk so it's kind of pale. I love the pattern, it's super easy and quick. I need a quick project every now &

Finished Projects

posted: 27 May 2010

**Note: My house is a cave on the brightest day, I apologize for the terrible photos. I told you that we'd been trying to get some work done around the house before Nick's parents came, right? Here are a few of the projects we got (mostly) finished... The Guest Room I made some very bright and colorful curtains for the guest room. I bought some of that pre-patchworked (like this) fabric at JoAnn.

Back from a Much Needed Vacation

posted: 25 May 2010

I bet you thought I disappeared, huh? Actually, I did for a while. Nick and I have been super busy around the house, his parents were here for a week and will be back for another visit soon. We used their arrival as an excuse to get some projects done around the house, so we were very busy in April and May (I'll share some pictures soon). We went on a gorgeous day trip through the Cascades when

As Seen In...

posted: 11 Apr 2010

A few months ago I was asked to submit one of my pencil cups to Pregnancy & newborn Magazine to possibly be included in an eco-friendly issue.  Laurent the owl and I agreed that this was a good opportunity, so he packed his bags and went on his way. I pretty much forgot about the whole thing until I got a message last week that little Laurent made it into the magazine! It's the April issue and

Little Things

posted: 08 Apr 2010

What do you get when you take this... and add it to this...? That's right...  a baby! And it's mine!! I'm so excited I can't even tell you. It was a struggle to get here, but we made it. Let the baby sewing begin! 

Easter Baking

posted: 05 Apr 2010

I started this post on Friday but we lost power in the middle of it! Here we go again... Sticking with my "using a holiday as an excuse to make cupcakes" plan, I made cupcakes! haha This time I made 3 batches to be sure I had a chance to taste them myself.  I decided to make lighter carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I used this recipe. I started with some Easter cupcake liners I

Hope Valley and More

posted: 31 Mar 2010

Before I get into even more new fabric, I thought I'd share a couple things I made with that cool Hope Valley fabric from my last post. I haven't been sharing a lot of sewing projects lately... Of course, I made a coupon organizer. That goes without saying these days.(Shameless Plug: Don't forget you can make your own coupon organizer with my sewing pattern.) And while I was cutting out the

Works in Progress

posted: 26 Mar 2010

This post is just to prove that I haven't been sitting around eating bon bons while not blogging, ahem. Month 2 of Sock Club at Yarn Stash in Burien. I couldn't actually go to the meeting this month because it was on Nick's birthday, but Trisha and I got together and started our socks. They knit up pretty quickly though I still probably won't ever make the second one. I'm the poster child for

Sweet Things

posted: 21 Mar 2010

Just wanted to share some baking projects from this past week. I like to use any holiday as an excuse to make cupcakes, St. Patrick's Day was no exception. I started, actually ended, with some Thin Mints from the Girl Scouts. Chocolate cupcakes and a little green frosting. I frosted the first dozen the old-fashioned way, with a knife. It took too long and looked a little too "bake sale" for my

Spring has Sprung

posted: 15 Mar 2010

Nick and I went for a drive up to La Conner this weekend to see if any of the flowers are blooming yet. Next month we'll go back to see the tulips!

My First Cables

posted: 08 Mar 2010

You know I've been getting into knitting lately, right? Well this weekend I finally tried my first cables! Trisha and I went to a pattern release party at Yarn Stash in Burien and started making these great fingerless gloves.   The pattern is by Jennifer Hagen of Figheadh Yarnworks. Jennifer was there to help us through the pattern and to show us the new patterns she's releasing. I must say, her

The British are Coming

posted: 22 Feb 2010

I heard some exciting news today (thanks to ollie.kate), Liberty of London is going to be working with Target, catch a glimpse here! This may mean nothing to you if you haven't heard of Liberty, but it's thrilling to me. Liberty makes the most gorgeous (and expensive) fabric you've ever seen. This is my current Liberty stash. It's the softest cotton! I keep it in a bag & just take it out & look


posted: 16 Feb 2010

Wow, I knew it had been a while since I blogged, but I didn't know it was that long. Things have slowed down a bit on Etsy lately so I've been extra busy trying to get things done around the house.  We've got a full set of upper cabinets now. I have so much storage space in there, I can't even find enough things to put away. Wait till we move on to the next round! Yesterday I finished making

Sport Weight Disciple

posted: 30 Jan 2010

I started a new pair of socks yesterday. This time I'm knitting one at a time, from the toe up from this book with this yarn. I repeat, I started these yesterday. If I could knit every pair of socks in my future on sport weight yarn, I'd do it. This is one evening of work, not two weeks. Wow!

A Not So Crafty Post

posted: 29 Jan 2010

A friend sent me a link to this video today. I nearly fell off my chair. Pee-wee Gets An iPad! from Pee-wee Herman I love Pee-wee!!!

Progress Report

posted: 25 Jan 2010

It was a great weekend! I have 3 upper cabinets now, and 5 more on the way.  Hooray for storage and progress! I've pretty much finished my clown socks, I just need to weave in the ends of the yarn and stitch up the toe on the 2nd sock. What I learned: make 2 socks at once! Cool. The excitement of finishing the socks made me rush on over to Etsy and pick up some knitting patterns from

Scrap Heap Challenge

posted: 21 Jan 2010

Okay, this isn't really about a challenge...just a personal challenge that I am facing. And before you get all worried for me, I'm talking about fabric here, it's not that serious. This weekend I decided to go through my scrap fabric to weed out the really small and old stuff that I know I'll never use. I keep my scraps organized in plastic shoe boxes from The Container Store. It works well

Wonderful Yarn

posted: 16 Jan 2010

You may have noticed that I've become a bit of a knitter lately. Because of this, I will now share with you some delicious treasures I recently acquired from the UK. I don't know how I found Lilou Colours, but I'm glad I did. She offers several types of hand-dyed yarns. This was my first purchase, it's called Burst of Sunshine, and it's an "ultimate sock yarn. It's a really soft wool/silk/

Dining Room Conundrum

posted: 13 Jan 2010

Not too long ago I came across a great display of this collection in a (somewhat) local quilt shop. If I hadn't seen these in person, I may not have taken notice. But I'm telling you, up close, they are divine. I got some bits and brought them home to show Nick. As usual, he was really interested. Ahem, okay, maybe interested isn't the right word, but he did like what I got. haha Anyway, I

After Christmas Post

posted: 08 Jan 2010

I just realized I've been neglecting my blog again. Oops, sorry about that. I had hoped to have a nice, easy January and get lots of things done around the house, but so far it's not working out that way. No complaints though. I just thought I'd share a few really great things that showed up here at Christmas time. Nick got me these adorable pewter measuring spoons from beehive kitchenware.