Friday, November 25, 2011

Farmer's Wife Friday

Hi! I'm back with some Farmer's Wife Sampler blocks... FINALLY!!! With the holidays fast approaching, the gal getting more active, and work, I've been neglecting this project.

block #31: Evening Star
A bit of Appleville in the center, some Denyse Schmidt dots for the points, and some unknown scraps of navy as the background. I love how it reads from a distance! The dots make it *glow* when you pin it up across the room.

block 69: Practical orchard
What's better than some Apple Dots? Not much for this block. Loving these two together!

block 39: Friendship
Well, then there's this block... How could I resist using these fun charm squares from Aneela Hooey's Little Apples line??? I love how the kids appear to be going around the center. The white is some scrap Kona cotton.

block 41: Friendship Star
And speaking of friendship, here's what I came up this one. Not quite convinced there's enough contrast, but we will leave it up on the board to ponder. It may be a redo. Fabrics are more Denyse Schmidt as the background and some fun scraps of some girls playing (Moda? Maybe Michael Miller?).

block #6: Big Dipper
I love using up favorite scraps as in this case. Loving the large scale brown pattern against the semi regular strips of the Japanese mushrooms print.

block 85: Square Dance
And then there's this one. My FAAAVORITE from this batch! So perfect! I used a bit of this awesome Japanese girl and bear apple picking print as the center and triangles, some scrap red vintage dots, then a bit of Aneela Hooey's Apples print for the corners. I love the repeating of the apples theme!

Hope you enjoy your weekend of Turkey sandwiches, turkey pot pie, turkey soup, turkey hash, turkey salad... you get the drift.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Leafy Kids

What happens when you rake your leaves?
Kids jump in them.
And what happens when a baby eats leaves?
She promptly spits them back out.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Back to the Modern Standards

Fall brings me back to my old playlists, nestling back into the familiar and dear songs that carry me through the short days and changing winds... a favorite to share.

Rolling Over!

Guess who can roll over from her back to her tummy? Yes! She is growing exponentially these days, changing rapidly and developing new skills faster than we can get the camera out.

Or dodge her big bother. We need to work on our reflexes.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


It's hard having an older brother sometimes. That said, enjoy a little bit of Norah in all her 5 month old glory!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween!! Costumes! what were we for Halloween? Well, Bennett was a robot. We toyed with different styles, and had a lot of awesome bells and whistles (foil dryer tubing "joints," awesome lights and dials) but per Bennett's requests (read: vehement vetoes) it was a simple cardboard doublet with cutouts.
We spray painted it silver, added some knobs and let him go to town with the glitter glue, added a couple of reflectors, and presto!

Underneath I bought a pair of simple grey fleece pants, a grey sweater, and he was as happy as a clam with his costume!

Norah went as a spider. I made her a pair of webby shoes using a bit of Echino I had around.I had big plans for buying a black onesie and sewing on two pairs of stuffed black socks for arms, then using a little black pilot hat, etc... But, when I stumbled across this outfit for $1.75 at a kids consignment store, I was sold. There was no way I could have made her outfit for that!
Now we just have to wait until the sugar wears off. Candy anyone???


We have been short on time around here... I honestly don't know where the month went! It feels like a haze of fall walks, work, nursing marathons, laundry, work, and just a dash of sewing around washing diapers. We didn't even make it out to a pumpkin patch this year. Instead we made these awesome luminaries (thank you Momtastic!) using old jars and some painter's tape and tempra paints. Super easy and SUPER fun!

And here is how they looked on the porch. Awesome, no? We used some battery operated tea candles to keep them cool.


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