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Cables and Buttons

I do enjoy colour, but I also enjoy neutrals. I find them somewhat calming, the natural feel to a wooden button, the gentle twist of a creamy cable.

I am enjoying finding depth in texture and style as opposed to colour.

knitting, sewing • Friday, February 3rd, 2012 • 6 Comments »


One of the things I made for Christmas for the girls was this sweet dress. It’s Sprout, and it’s adorable. A dress fully lined in flannel which was surprisingly easy to make. Granted as I was making two dresses, which was in effect four dresses it took a bit of time, but it was not complicated at all.

The girls love the dress, it’s oh so comfy, it’s only a shame I wouldn’t look so good in a flannel lined dress. I love that there are pockets, a sweet hood, and it’s warm enough to pair with tights even on the coldest days.

I made the girls sizes but added length in the arms and hem in order to make them wearable longer, though the babe is already at the end of the size four arms even though she’s only three, she’s a tall one. I did need to buy two patterns as the size gap between my girls hits right between the patterns, but that’s ok as the regular Sprout is size 0-5 and the Big Sprout is size 6-10 so I will get plenty of mileage out of them, this would be completely adorable on a wee one.

Looks like we’re in for a snowstorm tonight, the kids are thrilled, so I better run and get some laundry done in case we lose power, which oddly enough seems to happen a lot here and not usually when it’s bad weather. Take care and have a great day!

sewing • Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 • 2 Comments »

Ordinary Moments

I had more moments, but WordPress just isn’t letting me upload them today, so this will have to suffice. Hope everyone is enjoying the ordinary.

family, food, home, Ordinary Moments, sewing • Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 • 5 Comments »

More Fabric Gift Bags

We’ve got an 8th birthday here this week, I can’t believe my kiddos are growing up so fast. So, in my quest to have less waste at not only Christmas but birthdays too, I have added another fabric gift bag to the stash. I am trying to make all of the bags not really occasion specific, but more gender specific so that they will all work for just about any occasion or person we need them for. I really like how this one turned out, I used some denim fabric and unbleached twill tape for the ties and border. I took a rectangle of fabric, turned it right sides together and stitched up the sides. Then I turned it right side out and folded the twill tape in half and used it like bias tape, tucking the long tie into the bias in the middle of the back. Super easy and effective. My stash is slow growing, but I figure if I make a couple of bags as birthdays etc. come along, by the end of the year we will have just about all that we need.

family, gifts, green, home, sewing • Monday, March 7th, 2011 • 1 Comment »

Christmas in February

I can’t believe we’re already at the end of February, here it is the 25th, and it’s Christmas here, well at least for planning purposes. In the eleven years we’ve been married, we’ve never had a tree skirt for our Christmas tree. I’ve always used a Christmassy blanket and just kind of shoved it around the base of the tree, but as a blanket, it never fit just right and despite my plans for sewing a skirt, by the time December comes around it is one of the projects that gets left in the dust as there are more important things to do. With my new plan this year to do one small thing each month in order to have a less hectic Christmas, I am already feeling less stressed. Last month I started a notebook with ideas and lists of things I wanted to get done, and this month I made a tree skirt. It was fairly easy, just cut a large circle with a small circle in the middle to go around the base of the tree. Cut from the outside to the inside, ew on some coordinating bias tape and voila, a new tree skirt. This Christmas every month of the year really is only meant to simplify Christmas, so if you want to join along I’d love to see what you’re working on. No pressure or added stress, no extra projects, just little steps to be prepared so that December is calmer, with more time for spending time with loved ones. We’re getting snowed on here, haven’t actually had too much snow this year, just lots of bitterly cold, windy days that have been far too cold for it to actually snow. So if it’s cold where you are, stay warm and know that spring will eventually come, and if it’s turning the corner into spring now, enjoy it for us. Have a great Friday everyone!

home, sewing • Friday, February 25th, 2011 • 8 Comments »

One Piece Sundress

I’m normally slightly behind when it comes to getting ahead of the game. I find myself with lots of plans to make the kids clothes for summer and by the time the weather gets hot I haven’t made a thing. This year I was determined to make the girls some dresses before the weather got warm. I wanted to make a few different dresses for both of them, but I knew I wanted some quick, easy to sew patterns so that I would be able to get them done. Pardon the wrinkles, I thought I had got them all out. I picked up this one piece sundress pattern and picked out some fabric and got to work. It’s a great pattern, only one piece for each side, which also makes it reversible. It is super easy to cut out and sew and makes such a cute dress. I will have to tweak sizes a bit as even though the babe is in 3T in storebought clothes, the 3T pattern was a bit big around her body and shoulders, it actually fit my six year old perfectly through the torso and shoulders, though it was too short. She is so tall and thin it’s hard to fit her anyway, so I will just have to go down to 2T for the babe and add some length for big sister. So, I’m slightly ahead of the game with one dress for one girl, but I’ve got three more dresses in this pattern to make and then another pattern to start on. My goal is to have them done before this time next month, fingers crossed. Does anyone have any recommendations for easy, cute, simple patterns for summer clothes for girls? Edited to add: Project Love Kristina My hubby told me that a fellow web designer is trying to help out his sister whose house burned to the ground yesterday. They have five children and she is nine months pregnant. Most of her children were sleeping and sick and she was able to get them all out of the burning house. They are all fine, but they have lost everything. Rogie has written a blog post with a list of the families’ clothing sizes and a Paypal button for donations if you are able and inclined to help. I can only imagine the stress level of the whole family but especially his sister, being so late in a pregnancy with a family to take care of and now effectively homeless. They have family who will look after them but it would be really great if our online communities could band together to help bring some peace of mind and monetary help to a family in need.

sewing • Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 • 4 Comments »

Knitting Pattern Binder

One of my goals for this year was to get more organized, to have a place for everything and have everything in it’s place. Up to now my knitting patterns have been kept in several places, a folder on the shelf, a stack on the end table by the chair. When my mom surprised me with this binder, I knew exactly what I would use it for. She had the binder cover made with one of my Great Grandmother’s tablecloths and I absolutely adore it. It is perfect for storing my patterns all in one place, a front pocket for colourbooks and yarncards, even a little slot for a pencil or pen.Now all of my patterns are tucked away in this beautiful binder and it only take me a couple of seconds to find what I am looking for. Next, I need to go through my sewing patterns and figure out which ones I want to keep and find a great way to store them as well. This is what I really love, a beautiful, yet functional item that makes me smile every time I use it, thanks Mom! Have a great weekend everybody!

family, gifts, home, knitting, sewing • Saturday, February 19th, 2011 • 7 Comments »

Springy Pots

We should be moving closer to spring, but so far in February we have had the coldest weather this year. The other day it got down to -34 degrees (with the wind chill) and it was freezing, well actually 68 degrees below freezing to be exact. It’s too cold to snow, so it’s just cold and dead and brown outside. I needed some springtime hope, so it took the form of store bought hyacinths. I had recently seen a great idea in Lotta Jansdotter’s Handmade Living. She made little fabric sleeves to cover the little plastic pots her plants came in. Since I was in no way going to bother going to the shed to dig out pots in this weather, I really liked the idea of using some fabric scraps to make some cute covers to brighten my windowsill up. They were very easy to make, I just measured the height and circumference of the pot added a little bit extra for seam allowances and grabbed some thin elastic. I didn’t even bother to make casings, I just took a length of elastic about 2/3 of the length of the fabric and stretched it out to the full length while I sewed it on. I did this on both long sides and then sewed the short ends together. Voila, two cute little pot covers in less than 10 minutes. So I hope wherever you are, whether you are covered in snow or just freezing temperatures or even baking in the hot summer sun, I hope you get a little relief with the weather and are able to enjoy some springiness of your own.

gardening, gifts, green, home, sewing • Friday, February 4th, 2011 • 5 Comments »

Christmas Every Month of the Year

Every year Christmas seems to come up so quickly and we all try to fit in so many things that last two months of the year. I really want Christmas to be calm and peaceful and a time for reflection and family and friends. So this year I am prepared, or at least getting that way. I am going to work on a project every month to make next Christmas easier. I can see how this could very easily turn into making it more stressful by adding so many projects that it just gets out of control, so I am making an effort to keep this simple and remember my ultimate goal, simplify and de-stress Christmas. This month I started a small notebook in which to organize my thoughts and write down things that might be good projects or gifts for next year. I have the ideas and where to find specifics, if I’ve already found directions somewhere. I can gather info and as the year progresses narrow some of those things down as I decide exactly what I’m doing. Each month on the 25th I will share with you what my project was for that month, and have some giveaways along the way. I’m really excited about this as next December I shall be fully prepared (in theory) and on track for a simple, beautiful Christmas. I’d love for you to join me, it would be great to have a whole bunch of ideas on the 25th of every month. Even if you get one thing done during the year in preparation for next year it should be a help, no pressure here. This is absolutely not meant to be a way to overload and cause more stress. Ok, so laundry calls, have a great day everybody. I’ll see you in a few days with a fun little Valentine’s project.

books, family, food, gifts, green, home, knitting, sewing • Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 • 8 Comments »

Elemental Swap

Recently I did a swap with Amy over at Elemental. I had fallen in love with a pair of earrings she made and asked her if she would be interested in doing a swap. She enthusiastically replied and asked me to make something for her girls. She gave me a few ideas of things that the girls liked and I picked up on one in particular, something to put little things into. I knew exactly what to make. My kids love their “just their size” bags, and they are just perfect for filling with lots of little things. As my girls love to match, I chose to make matching bags except for their handles, then they would always be able to tell them apart. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but there are pockets on the front for holding a special friend. I really enjoyed this swap and working with Amy was great, she is such a sweetie. If you are in the market for some new jewelry and/or gifts that are just amazing and lovingly handmade, check out her shop. Thanks Amy, I love my new earings.

gifts, sewing • Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 • 4 Comments »