Friday, July 8, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Miss v needed a new pillowcase for naptime. She picked the fabrics from stash - a nice ticking, yellow repurposed napkin. I added the frog. She likes it all ... except the frog. Oh well. I'm happy to have made her something she'll use and, hopefully, learn to love.
Friday, April 15, 2011
- I need to get motivated to take back my sewing area/office. After the craft show hurricane comes through, I need to re-group. I find myself doing everything except want to spend time in there. I hope to dedicate some time to spring cleaning, organizing, and finding ways to making this space more inviting for me.
- As much as I love springtime, I am feeling frozen. We had a talented landscape architect neighbor draw up some plans. Now, with budget and schedules in hand, it is time to prioritize. I know it will feel better once there is a plan but for now, all our ideas are swirly and a bit overwhelming. I hope our seedlings in raised beds make it....
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I had a great time but now I need to re-fuel and reflect, of course.
- Ideal background 'noise' is 'This American Life.' It's the right balance of keeping my mind on task - cutting, sewing, stitching. Sometimes movies on netflix require too much attention and some songs gets me agitated for not feeling right.
- I work better in blocks of time. As sweet of a thought to craft the day away, it is not my reality. I've found if I dedicate select time, keeping watch with an egg timer. This keeps me focused and balanced with the rest of my life - house, kids, work, etc.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Spring is officially here but you'd never think it if you walked outside. This is a glance of my morning time when all are still sleeping and I am sipping my cup of coffee, looking forward to facing the day ahead.
I came across this list for Best Gardens in Baltimore. Lots to look forward and do, instead of dreaming about. Who am i kidding? The dreaming part gets me in the right mode.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Originally uploaded by I am Old Lib
I have so much to share about my everydays and I'm struggling to sum up in 2 minutes.
Although frigid temps are back this weekend (bahhh!!), our spring routinue if off to a great start. We've been going to garage & estate sales, eating more salads and getting the house in spring mode. Yeah.
Here's a thrifted plate with a found candlestick. Voila, a cake plate for treaties.
I am prepping for a trunk show next weekend. So much to show and share.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
As I look outside on the freshly fallen snow, I pause to dream about spring. Then snap out of it as my kids chase each other around the dining room table. I am home base.
Here's the background. This chair is so comfortable. It is the spot where we gravitate. I don't think the wood quality is high but it was passed down from my husband's grandparents. We decided to make it our own.
We re-covered our chair with Heather Bailey's Garden Pop. I am thrilled with the color selection. Still need to finetune our 're-upolstering with a staple gun'. That being said, I think some upholstery tacks will fix.
On my list - I would like to take a class on real re-upholstery. Love our new addition. Looking forward to springtime.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
- 1 Tbsp. dried citrus peel chopped and grounded in processor
- 1/2 c plain yogurt (I used vanilla because that is what i had on hand)
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1/4 c vitamin E oil
- 2 Tbsp. cornmeal.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
For the most part these 'days off' are listed as lazy but I find myself (and the kids) doing lots. Lots of good - a bit of work and play.
- A chance to make No-knead bread adapted by Sullivan Street Bakery. Definitely have time today.
- Trying out our new teapot.
- Reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
- Started a rag rug for the kitchen. Strips are being kept in a thrifted bag at the Brooklyn Flea.
The bar is set so low these days and yet these days seem fulfilling. My kind of day as I float from one thing to the next. Not everything needs completing. I love that the goal of such a free day is to do what you please, more else at home base.
And there's more snow a-coming. Yeah!!
Monday, January 17, 2011
With these cold days, spring seems a long way away. Catching a whiff of this hyacinth reassures that it is coming soon. It's growing in a champagne flute - the most use this glass has seen since we received as a wedding gift 10 plus years ago.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Once you get past this look on my face, look at the cute headband. It's quite difficult to take a picture of yourself. When am I ever this serious (or perturbed)? Timing with our snow delay, I am happy to share the latest of my winter gear. Referencing Make by Cath Kidston, I applied an applique to this fleece headband.
Materials: Headband from Walmart for $3, fabrics from stash - velvet, tweed and Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy (leftover from our dining room curtains).
Might even make going outside bearable or at least stylin'.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Days like today are for made for knitting. This yarn is beautiful and fun to work with. Just beautiful, every stitch was making me pause and smile.
Tiennie Knits had this super easy pattern on Ravelry - Ribby Neckwarmer. I went through my stash and pulled what I could find. Two criteria for yarn for this project - washable and not itchy when next to skin. I started with Oliver's and cast on 100. Knit in ribben pattern up 5.5 inches. Viv is smaller (she is 3, and O: 6). For hers, I cast on 80 and knit up 4.25 inches.
I stamped their respective names on cotton tape and sewed inside. (Stamp ink is Versacraft - washable).
*I can't believe I love watching football. A wonderful influence from my son.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
So, armed with a crochet hook and some cotton yarn, I tackled our 7 + hour ride to western NY with the goal of learning how to make a granny square. guess what? I did it. Still learning and lots of frustration, I did it. They're not perfect but that's ok. I love changing up the colors and using my stash.
So once I caught this crochet bug, I'm a bit obsessed (typical Elizabeth-style). Came across Wisecraft's Granny square scarf - this might be the perfect project for these squares. Attic 24 has a great tutorial on joining the granny squares. I don't know how warm the cotton yarn will keep me put it sure is cheery.
Crochet is so portable. I'm loving it....now to be inspired to sew in some loose ends.