Saturday, February 27, 2010
when I'm not blogging, you KNOW something's up. This past month has been a new level in exhaustion for me... wow! So much so that I haven't had more than a few minutes at a time to sit down at the computer over the course of even a week. SO. That said, I nearly forgot about my promised giveaway. This morning, as a birthday gift, J took all 3 kids to a cousin's basketball game so I could have some mommy time to myself. (trying NOT to clean for tonight's little mini-party)
This is one that I have been excited to give for a while. I've been saving it and hope that you will like it. Remember when I went to Italy last summer? Well, the one day that J and I went to the island of Murano and toured the glass factories, we had the best time. One of the highlights was walking up and down the little canals of the island, peeking into stores to find the perfect Murano glass rings for myself and one for my sister's upcoming birthday. (That day we also started a fun art project where we walked around colorful Burano, Murano and Venice collecting pictures of house numbers that had signifigance to us personally for different reasons)
Well, I recently stumbled upon - in the most peculiar (secret) place - a treasure trove of Murano glass rings. And as you can see... I've been wearing them a LOT. So I have one to give away!These rings tend to be a little bit big (close to a size 8 or 8.5). If you have small fingers, you'll want to wear them on your bigger fingers... or win it to give to someone else and keep sharing the love. Enter to win by sharing a favorite birthday memory. (don't forget to check back here by March 4 to see if you won... I'll post it, but I can't promise I can hunt you down with all the insanity going on around here lately!)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Today, I am grateful for eyes to see and recognize beauty... Even the kind that lies underfoot.
Ps. It's my birthday this weekend. When I get a minute, I will post a celebratory giveaway, so check back this evening!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
What fun we all had... and if you know the book (which IS adorable) you'd immediately recognize that we have the whole underwater world of this hermit crab represented. ALL made by kindergarteners. The only thing I did on my own was to wind the pipe cleaners to make the little red hermit crab himself. They did ALL of the rest. I'm so proud of them!
Monday, February 22, 2010
So tonight I got out a collage I've been meaning to get to for a few months. I think I'd like to offer it here without too much explanation, ... for you to see and think about and absorb without too much of my own pontificating. (my personal meaning is not obvious or typical - it comes from a feeling I had after a story I heard...perhaps you'd like to share what it presents to you?)
Doing collage is good for my soul. Sewing is, too, but collage seems to rest a little deeper down in there. Which is good, I need some of that right now. A fussy baby is hard on the soul.
I know, I've been neglecting you, little blog... Which just goes to show I've also been neglecting me.Ace is not what I'd call an easy baby. Sweet - yes... Easy - absolutely not. We are sleep deprived and ache-y. Every night I look at my to do list of awesome projects and I sit down to catch my breath after the "bedtime battle" and I crash hard core.
This morning I'm trying just to peek at a stack of my favorite books with Ace on my lap (not going so well)... But at least I can show you this book...
"one yard wonders" by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins. What's fun about this book (Besides all the awesome projects) is that it's basically a collaboration of many many different bloggers and artists sending in their ideas... There are 101 of them, whereas most of these project books are in the 30-50 range. (and the Barnes & Noble version has 5 extra)...
Super fun and cute. You can also hear a funny interview with one of the authors on Craftsanity
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
So they're getting this, along with a polka dotted baby sling today at the shower.
I literally sewed this with Ace on my lap at the machine, licking my arm the whole time. (he's kind of into licking... This guy. Now I have to go shower all of his slobber off before the shower!)
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
They go to bed tonight with mommy's heart happy.
And yes, the rockin' scrap box strikes again.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Hanging out with a baby that screams all day isn't super inspiring... So during the few hours I had tonight while Ace slept, I opted against sleep in favor of sewing. I figured my soul needed the tending more than my body tonight. That's what coffee is for...Here are the two tops I finished tonight. The yellow and grey one is the pieced back for last week's yellow and grey top and the red one is just something I made up from lots of scraps and an old stained tablecloth.
Both were sketches in my sketchbook and my own concepts.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
other projects... Little scrappy notebooks for the friends at my table
at MOPS tomorrow... They were super fun and easy. I basically
laminated the pretty parts of an old calendar of mine (2009!) on a
small laminator I have here (bought the refills at the dollar store)
and cut some cardstock the same size. Punched holes. Added bookrings
and tied up with my new scrappy bows. Pretty!
Or maybe there were 11. (I love nights like that... I hop into bed around 1am, exhusted and giddy about all I got done)This is the most exciting project I did yesterday. The inspiration came for it at about 10:30 pm, but I knew I had to do it then, or it would become just another item on my to-do list. I'd actually bought the sweatshirt at a discount store earlier in the day for a few dollars. As I was doing carpool,I noticed some beautiful flowering trees and I daydreamed about maybe stretching a cherry blossom branch across the blank canvas of the sweatshirt... And then last night, while digging through my massive box of scraps, I noticed that the pattern on this vintage piece looked a lot like a cherry blossom... (hmmmmmm...) ... And we're off!
The whole project took a few hours to do because of the detail and I really wish I'd done it using heat'n'bond instead of Beacon's glue (less fraying on all those detailed edges)... And why didn't I think of using my new bottle of Fabric Mod Podge that I haven't tried yet? (it was late...) Anyhow, here it is and I love it. It may end up with another bloom, or not, crawling up the hood or down the opposite sleeve... We shall see.
I just went with the inspiration and let it be organic tonight.... That was fun.