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Expect an e-mail from me soon to get your mailing info. Can’t promise when the little gifties will arrive, but I assure you they are in the works.

I was on the receiving end of some very happy mail this week from Jen of swallowfield. She recently had a drawing to celebrate her blog-iversery and my friend Sarah was one of the lucky winners. Apparently, giving Sarah a boatload of grief over her good luck had the unintended effect of getting me a happy, too. The squeaky wheel gets the grease and all.

BTW, I don’t expect that tactic to work more than once. Don’t tell my kids that it worked at all. It might bring the veracity of parent lecture #47, “You don’t get what you want by whining” into question.

As predicted, the kids and I spent part of Friday making fairies. I guess it would be more accurate to say that Lizzie and I made fairies. Joshua wanted to make a pirate (surprising, isn’t it?). His patience ran out long before the dread pirate was actualized (also, surprising, right?)  Sadly, I did not get a photo of Lizzie’s completed fairy before she was promptly gifted to a friend. Lizzie is more generous with her fairies than I have been thus far. Here is my latest:


Ever since Abby got this book from the library, I have been chomping at the bit to make wee folk. I can’t say what it is about these that I find so appealing. Frankly, they are pretty putzy. Trying to wrap the embroidery thread around pipe cleaners so all the chenille fuzzies are completely covered can make a person go cross-eyed. That is before embroidering a tunic that is no taller than 1 1/2 inches. Still, they are so cute and my kids are enchanted. Lizzie was studying the embroidery on the fairy’s tunic and identifying the different stitch patterns that I used. “Mommy, is that a French knot?” I have a feeling we will be spending part of their day off of school tomorrow making more fairies and wee folk.



Thanks for the nice comments (yup, that’s plural) on my last post.  I will draw a name Friday and get cracking on some goodies.  🙂

It has been a year since I first posted here in my own little corner of the blogosphere. I’ll never be the darling of the craft blog world, but it’s really nice to have a record of my year in craft. My love affair with sock knitting has continued. I’ve also reacquainted myself with my sewing machine and am working to further develop my skills. There is so much inspiration out there, it is hard not to keep trying new things and trying to improve others. Wonder what the next year has in store?

I can’t predict what crafts are to come, but the past week has been all about bags. Really, just one bag in particular. I have been dreaming about a new bag for months. It started with the all-day tote from Simple Sewing. It is so roomy and has nice, clean lines. I, however, needed something with longer straps and a closure. I also wanted something with a bit more structure. After dreaming, drawing and fondling fabric for weeks, I finally took the plunge. I combined measurements and instructions for the all-day Tote with a messenger bag tutorial I found here. I used peltex for the first time and credit the positive results to this tutorial from disdressed. I can only imagine the string of expletives that would have been in use had I not had Liesl’s helpful hints.



Not bad, eh? There are things I would change and there are plenty of wonky spots, but overall it fits the bill. I took it to church (a.k.a. work) this morning full of the contents of my purse, my knitting, work-related books and diaper accoutrements. If only my laptop would fit in there, I’d be able to go to work with one bag, rather than my usual 3 or 4. Sounds like another project to me…

In a shameless ploy to get people to comment, I am offering a little giftie or two to celebrate my blogaversary. Leave a comment by Friday, January 25 and (assuming there is more than one commenter), I’ll draw a name and send off a couple little goodies. What will you get? You’ll just have to wait and see.

I’ve talked some about the gifts we gave for Christmas, but have neglected to brag share the highlights of receiving.

Here is a hint:


Yeah, I didn’t get it either. Apparently, Hal Jordan was the “real” name of the comic book hero, Green Lantern. Had I known that, I could have guessed that the enclosed gift was a necklace from Green Lantern Glass. Ain’t it purty??


I first saw these at No Coast Craft-O-Rama. Sarah, Abby and I stood around for a while ooggling them. Having already purchased slightly more than intended I had to step away from the table. I went home and promptly handed Sabrina’s business card to Brad. Just a suggestion… I was expecting that he would just get whatever was available from her Etsy shop. Instead, in a remarkable feat of secrecy, he gathered information from Abby and Sarah to best describe my favorite from the craft show and had an ongoing e-mail discussion with Sabrina. This one was made just for me:


He may not bring me flowers, but he’s a keeper. Don’t you think?

The other big gift was a new camera. It was far from a surprise, but I did ask Brad to go purchase it so I didn’t have to sit through Christmas morning with 2 things to open and money burning a hole in my pocket. As happy as I am that we received enough (collectively) to buy this wonderful hunk of consumer electronics, it is not as exciting to just open envelopes containing checks on Christmas morning. I have plenty of work to do to learn the ropes and be able to really use it to its fullest, but I love it!

the big kids are back to school. I do feel guilty that I am so relieved to send the kids back to school, but I think it is good for all of us. Back to our regularly scheduled programming, so to speak. We had a good holiday break, but it was exhausting. The breakneck pace leading up to Christmas, followed by nothing in particular to do, but a desire to keep them busy. Don’t misunderstand, I am not a parent that needs to entertain their children 24/7, but keeping them the right level of busy helps prevent their need to kill each other (or at least postpone it). Breaks from school remind me how ill-suited to homeschooling I would be. Thank goodness for Southside Family School!
I took advantage of some relatively quiet time yesterday afternoon to whip out birthday presents for our niece: applique t-shirt, head band and skirt. What 8 year old girl doesn’t love horses?


and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If a blogger finally bothers to post and no one is around to read it, does it really matter? Probably not, but here I am anyway.

December was filled with plenty of Christmas-related crafting. One might think I was out to rid the world of cold necks given the number of scarves I made: 5 Rubblework , 1 Bainbridge and 1 Branching Out. I didn’t take any pictures of the latter two. Maybe I’ll bug the recipients into providing photo documentation. Next, I want to make one of each for myself.  What?  My neck gets cold too.
After all the scarves were made, I sewed pencil rolls for a couple of small friends.



Clearly they are a couple of my favorite small people, since I do not give out happy hedgehog fabric to just anyone! Aren’t those pencils cool? I got some from Joanna as part of the Fall Swap and was excited to find them locally. Completes the woodland theme, don’t you think? I also made some small notebooks. I mean, what good are cool pencils without a new notebook or two?


I did a couple freezer paper stencil t-shirts for my sister-in-law and her husband. They are avid bicyclists, so I went with a bike theme. I was pretty disappointed with the results, but sent them off regardless. Neither were very crisp and this one has some obvious spots that needed another coat or two.


The stencil is based on a Japanese road sign that marks the bike lane. It just says jitensha (bicycle).

I tried my hand at a little decoupage on a box for Lizzie.


I may need to leave this to those with more talent than I possess. (Or at least I’ll try something without curves first.)