It has been a busy summer thus far. Trips to the beach, the island, grandparents. After this weekend we are looking forward to being home and simply living.


Where have I been?

We have had some serious rain, you think that would make for some good posting.. But lately I have just been focused on other things outside myself and have not made much time for this space. But rest asured there is more to come. You will have to bear with me just a little longer while we do a weekend camp out. Stay tuned!


looking down

I am spending a lot of time looking around these days.. Can't seem to get much else done. This weekend I am looking down. But these moments are worth so much more then getting something done.


Happy Spring

Here is a little spring bunny gal who likes to hide eggs and welcome flowers. The little orange haired girl I live with doesn't want her yet.. So for now she is content being my little spring friend. Hope spring is happening for you, or just around the corner..


knittin and sewin and crochettin and...

And spring keeps coming. So much to do!! We are working away on crafts around here, in fact when a friend recently asked Pera what she had been up to lately she responded: I have been doing crafts. (!! at 3:), her mama loves it!)

I don't have much to show yet, if you look closely there are some spring skirts in the works, more soon on that.. But for now here is a few pictures of spring and some finds we got at UW surplus. What do your spring days energize you to do?


Knitting and more

So much to make and so little time! A couple weeks ago I began taking this class to knit two socks in the round on one circular needle. It boggles the mind, who comes up with this stuff? The magic loop as it is called is a really wonderful  chance to use math and knitting together. My first forray in creating my own sock pattern based on my own measurements. Oh this could make for many a warm stocking to come. Pictures to follow soon. For now here are some things that are inspiring me as of late:

These oatmeal pancakes are devine: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2010/01/very-definition.html

This sweet little on line knitting mag: http://petitepurls.com/Fall09/fall2009_patternIndex.html

This little February sweater, which may need to be my March, April, May sweater: http://www.flintknits.com/blog/?p=151

And there is something frolicking around in my head about making little crochetted eggs for easter for Pera's little animals to crack out of whenever they please.

Happy Spring!


Flowers for Mom

It has been a bit. We headed out of town to Quinault Rain Forest in the Olympic National Park, which was truely blissful. I will get to that shortly but first seeing all these wonderful flowers about me I thought it was most important to spread some color about. I hope that those of you who have been seeing snowflakes lately will know that spring is on her way! Mom this is for you:

Sending you lots of cheer and love Mom!


cross stitch!

This would be my craft of childhood. Many a day was spent watching old black and white movies and cross stitching. I kept all of my supplies for years but haven't really touched it in at least 10. Then a couple weeks ago I had a knitterly and a couple of girls mentioned they would like to try cross stitching. I broke out the boxes of supplies; my skein holders, needles, hoops, fabrics, and my large box of little envelopes holding extra colors all neatly organized and got them started. Then on my library list up came this book and oh, I was hooked again. Who knows for how long, but I have fantasies of incorporating little stitches into P's clothes, other little projects around the house and who knows what else. I love the Seattle Public Library for having all these wonderful books, like this, or this, and so many more. The late fees get me. Oh but all the options in craft books are so enticing. I keep coming back, I consider it my donation to a wonderful non profit in our community.

This week we had a bit of sun and I thought, I have to take some blog photos!! To show you it is not always grey in Seattle (even when it feels like it).

There is something else on this page but I have to keep it under wraps until Valentine's Day!  T no peeking!!
A little story about these elven feet under the deer cloak. I admit I did not measure center to start this little piece. I began working from the top down and realized about half way through that this cut of fabric was not long enough to place the highly recommended legs. So I opted to change it to a costume deer with a little elf's feet tiptoeing across the page. Not sure it works. What do you think? Measuring is a good idea, but sometimes fun to throw caution to the wind and just see what happens. See the sun? Trust me its there!


The circus is coming

With this new space I am getting ready to do some bigger projects. But first I am going to get a few things out of my to do basket so I can make a fresh start this year. First up Circus flags/party flags/whatever you want them to be flags

Next up... Tobias found these crafting cabinets FOSOR (Free on side of road) and lugged them home and cleaned them up. They are going to be our new colorful crafty cupboards. The walls behind them might get a new coat of color too.


A room for crafting

We have been in this place a few years but while it seems I can unpack most rooms, my craft space has sat in boxes for a long time. I have ideas, but I wanted to create a space on the thrift and wanted it to be a space for the whole family. Well for the holidays my sweetest of sweets found just what I was dreaming about. They are recycled, cheap and getting/giving us such a great second use. I think this bit of thoughtfulness in the gift department tops the charts (that sigh of relief in the background is the guy who lugged them from UW Surplus to our house, cleaned them and placed them with a big red bow by the back door for me to find). Now if we can just get some color on these white walls... Looking at the yards of fabric in the top cubbies, what color do you think should don the walls?


Catch up on Creations

Well while I have not been very attentive to blogging. There has been a lot of living and creating going on around here. Here are some lovelies I have made for the holidays and beyond:


Happy New Year

"It's your Day of all Days! It's the Best of the Best! So don't waste a minute! Hop to it! Get dressed!" ~ Dr. Seuss

Last night as we played late into the night we tried out something new.. Learning a new craft on NYE.. This year it was crochett which I had been meaning to do. I do finishing work on various knitted projects but I am smitten with a crochett turtle from this book and have made it my goal to make for P for her birthday.. Shhh!! Its a mama turtle with eggs inside.. The little eggs can hatch into little turtles. It tickles me every time I think about it. Tobias balked at first but in short order was seated next to me on the couch and stealing my hook and yarn saying this would be his new craft! For more crochett goodness and inspiration check out Posie Gets Cozy.

Happy New Year All! Peace and Love to you and yours!