Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bean bags have a home!

I finally made the drawstring bag for the bean bags I made for Eleni--it's also the first sewing pattern that I tried to follow. Thank goodness for Eric! As you can see, he couldn't resist the crafting call and made a smaller one that we'll put another one of her Christmas presents in (probably her Stockmar block crayons)!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

A dandy rug

Well, I went looking for vintage pyrex, but...



It was a great deal I think so I went for it! Merry Christmas, J. Marie! I spent a lot of time the day after I got it (after these photos) cleaning it--a woolite water blend and then using my bissel green to suck that up. Hopefully that was a kindness to this old carpet. Everyone keeps saying how nice it looks, and I can't keep from smiling every time I walk a by it.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thanks to Physh!

My mother-in-law, Phyllis (aka Physh) is an amazingly patient and generous woman. She took me and sweet Zoë all over Gainesville's big crafty stores (Joanne's, Hancock, Michael's) so we could find the right materials for terrain fairly new to me: knitting and sewing. Other crafty fun has always been percolating and transforming through the experiences of my young girls; but these are skills I want to have so that I can make things for loved ones, for our family.

If you take a good look at the the yarn from my picture entries for today, you'll see a good chunck of artisan yarn. There is a local yarn shop, thankfully, over in Clarkesville. Some of these came from etsy sellers and festivals in NC. While I appreciate greatly the conveniences of big stores and synthetic blends, my heart still favors handling natural fibers and enjoying being part of homegrown, homemade, sustainable processes whenever possible. (Granola girl nods her good-night, takes a moment to kick of her birkenstocks and hugs a tree in the yard.)

Using various needles

Accumulating some fabric for this and that. A sewing machine might actually be my Christmas present.

These are for the bigger bean-bag draw string bag I hope to make. Eric wants the diamond fabric over the other--both are a light corduroy.

Zoë picked out the light pink fleece for what will be a cape. Not the color/type I originally imagined but we'll figure it out. :) Phyllis helped me find the simplist pattern IMAGINABLE. If I can't do it, we really are in trouble. :)
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crafts and handiwork anticipation

Zoë's stenciling, stamping and sewing projects + Momma's knitting and some sewing

I've been collection yarn on and off for a little while in happy anticipation

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Apple Girl

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian friends. Happy "Encuentro," USA peeps? I certainly don't find myself saying, "Happy Columbus Day." (He's not a man I celebrate.)


Here she is: the apple corn husk doll that my dear mama has kept in nice shape and gifted to Eleni. Zoë has a lovely milk maid that will make an appearance I'm sure.

This weekend we will journey to the mountains for an apple festival and orchard visit but best of all, grandparent time. I'll read at around 8 p.m. on (or try something crafty) since I'll likely have the luxury of little else to do at that hour unless I want to deal with TV's wranglings.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fairly delish


The silliness lies in the fact that I did this messy step in the family room because I didn't want to wake sleeping babies.


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