home decorating


I love adding new art to my home, especially when I can make it myself.  A few choice finds at Michael’s and Marshall’s one sale got me these two memory boxes for the knitted hats and socks/booties each of my children wore the day they were born.  They each have one hanging in their room.  My 15 month old loves pointing to the ‘hat’ and ‘shoes’.



And I am making an effort to get my paint bag out and hit the canvas!  I have a bunch of artist’s canvas laying around, and after admiring all the beautiful red rock landscapes here in Arizona, I decided to try recreating one.  here is a loose interpretation of Bell Rock in Sedona.  Acrylic.


And here is my father’s day present to my husband.  I took profile photographs of the kids, printed them out at high contrast on 8x12 paper, cut out the silhouettes, traced them onto canvas, and then painted them with acrylic.  This is about a 16 x 20 canvas.  IMG_7611

It feels good to make paintings and wall decorations!

Ready to Wear


So July was a bit of a crazy month.  I spent much of it getting ready to go back to work full time as a librarian, after being home for over a year full time taking care of my children.  I had my share of tears about the decision… 

So I had a marathon week of sewing, crafting, and wrapping up some project while the kids started school and I was home BY MYSELF for about a week before work started….  So to start, I had to finish up some projects for one of my best friend’s new baby boy.  I had made the sweater months ago, not knowing the gender.  I have always wanted to make this pattern.  The only issue is that it turned out on the small side, so probably a 0-3 rather than a 0-6 month fit. 



Rowan All Seasons Cotton Melange from WEBS

Ribbed Baby Jacket, Special Knits: 22 Gorgeous Handknits for Babies and Toddlers, by Debbie Bliss

Next, I made the little boy some ‘Melman’ pants using my own pattern (my son has some pants in this Michael Miller giraffe prints, and calls them Melman pants after the giraffe from Madagascar…) and a matching initial onesie.



Next I made two pairs of shorts for Coco, and it is a good thing because she has a skinny waist and these actually fit her there but have lots of room.

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Oliver + S puppet show shorts, 18-24 month size

Dolce Lilly by Tanya Whelan fabric and some leftover (vintage-ish) light red stretchy cotton



And I whipped up another ring sling for a friend who is due with a girl in September!  She picked the brown fabric (Circles from TweetTweet by Moda), and I just love how it turned out.  I used the striped fabric (Bamboo from Timber by Jessica Levitt/Windham fabrics) to make her 2.5 year old son his own sling, and then a matching Kingpod bonnet from Amy Karol.  I have a goal to make every little girl I know in Flagstaff one of these as a present.  They make wonderful birthday gifts I think.  I am obsessed!

Smashing smocks

smashing smock
I am still sewing up a storm, and two of my latest creations are a twist on mother/daughter themed clothing...  for me I made the Smashing Smock from Anna Maria Horner's Seams to Me... this was a pretty easy and fun project, took me a few days to finish during naptimes and evenings.  I used fabric purchased on a whim because it was on sale on Sew Mama Sew and I liked the colors several months ago (Gabrielle in rust by Studio e Fabrics), and paired it with an equally loud crazy fabric (Dolce Lilly by Tanya Whelan) I bought from Pink Chalk Fabrics when making a friend's baby sling.  Orange, pink, green, purple: crazy.  Just the way I like it.

I think I need to do a little tweaking to this top, or wait until I stop breastfeeding :) in order for it to fit the way it is intended to, or I just need to keep working on my sewing skills.  Fitting clothes for adults is a lot harder than it is for little children!  I made this top in size medium, based on my measurements, but I think it would have been better a little looser on me.  But if I wear the top backwards (with the button opening in front) it fits pretty great.  And the v-neck opening is more flattering on me I think!  Not bad for the second real item of clothing I've made for myself.

Next, I added the Gabrielle fabric leftovers to the bottom of a knitted tank I made years ago for my son, which my daughter now wears, and is a little short.  Now it will be a funky dress, but probably not for another year since it seems to be more a 2T-3T size. (This photo is pre-hemming!)