Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

This Christmas has been a little different than most.

No cards sent out this year, no holiday parties or holiday baking..... just a few precious moments shared.

One of my favorite traditions is sleeping under the tree with Aidan. It is a tradition we enjoy ever year..... sometimes for one or two nights, sometimes for a month.

We listen to Christmas music, watch a Christmas movie (or two) tell secrets and speculate about the coming year.

The next year is certain to be full of changes, and some real life, tough grown up decisions. Not the kind you envision making when you dream of our future.

However, I do have much to be thankful for. Especially that little boy who is sleeping under the tree. I think i need to go now and give him a squeeze.

Merry Christmas.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


I bought a vintage quilt at the thrift store a few years ago for 1.49. It was kind of falling apart and I thought to myself, "I will cut it up and make something."

The problem was, it was so cute I couldn't bear to cut it and we have used it for snuggling on the downstairs couch for the last few years.

However, now that we have Proton, it ends up in the wash much more frequently and has pretty much fallen apart. So this weekend it was transformed into Christmas stockings. Aren't they sweet?

I also decided to "knock off" Anthropologie's paper Christmas tree. I found some old books at the thrift store and used caramel apples sticks as the post. I was going to sell them at the Holiday Boutique but I think I like them too much to part with them. Guess I need to make some more.

not bad, eh?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

thankful for a sweet boy who has good taste in music and the ability to multi-task. (note dog, homework, nerf guns, breakfast, and singing.)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

getting ready

Ready to do some Christmas shopping?

For some reason I have felt the need to applique this weekend. Five of the 9 bags I have sewn thus far have applique on them.

Vintage barkcloth is a must.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


I have been busy sewing. Well........ I take that back. I started strong, set up my sewing station in the living room, and proceeded to fall asleep every night at 9:30 on the couch. This morning I posted the invite on Facebook and on my blog, hoping that will motivate me to sew. I have an art show in Northeast Minneapolis the next week as well. (Maybe I am a little over committed????) I haven't done an art show for two years so this is a lot for me!

come spend a fun evening shopping with friends & celebrating our beautiful local artists!

hand sewn silk items, oil cloth bags, jewelry, silk scarves, pendants, holiday floral designs & more... artists include Sarah Aamodt, Gina Alexander, Tara Bailie, Kate Drexler Booth, Naphtali Kahl, Anna Plasch, DR Jewelry Designs, Sara Smalley, & items from our new neighborhood boutique, Poppy!

bring a friend along to enjoy some mulled cider, sweet treats, wine & cheese.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

my favorite kind of photo

Dog waiting for boy to wake up

Dog sitting on clean, freshly showered boy who is also calling his Nana.

Playing in the park

Proton has been a great addition to our little family.

This weekend my mother-in-law was gracious enough to let Aidan bring his buddy down for a visit. Not quite sure what went down but I heard there was poo in her house. My deepest apologies to her! We have never had that experience with him, so I am not sure what went wrong, but I am so sorry it happened at her house!!!!

I was envisioning Aidan and Proton playing in the woods at their house, chasing through the trails, playing spies..... all his favorite things...... not making messes.

While they have been gone however, I had some quality girl time, quality thinking time, productive sewing time and some major clarity about some big decisions. For the first time in a year I am actually excited about something in this process, so more on that later as it unfolds.

Hope you are having a great weekend too.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Getting ready for Christmas.

That's right.

I harvested three batches of lavender this year and haven't quite decided what I am going to do with it yet.

Soap? Scrub? Tea? Sachets?
We'll see.

Any suggestions?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

i spy

notice anything unusual?

Let's just say I have a lot of green tomatoes. I didn't want them to freeze so I brought them all indoors and they have been utilized in my fall decor instead of pumpkins.

Then about every 4 days I have enough ripe ones to blend into sauce and freeze for the winter.

At this rate I should be done with tomatoes just in time for the transition to Christmas decorations.

Monday, October 17, 2011

we went to the apple orchard

we bought lots of apples and Aidan is a champion apple corer/slicer/peeler.

I had bought one of these a few years ago, but it was still in the box. we know boys like to play with machines, especially sharp ones, so he thought that peeling apples was pretty fun.

all i can say is amazing. thanks to my machine (and my little operator) i now have bags and bags of sliced apples in the freezer and lots of applesauce too.

i love the way the house smells when you are making applesauce.

you will have to stop in for some apple pie.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

can it really be october?

i am shocked. not only is it october, it is mid-october.

i am a little behind, and way behind in the world of bloging.

i will admit i haven't really been reading blogs either, i have hardly opened my laptop. i finally upraded to an iphone which can do way more than my blackberry did, and so i have hardly needed to go online. shocking, isnt it? but now our minnesota summer is officially over. (we had quite the indian summer.) so it is time to start enjoying indoor pursuits again and with all the baking, cooking and autumn celebrations i thought i might dust off my laptop and attempt to blog again.

we also have a new addition who is keeping us quite busy. he is named "proton" courtesy of aidan my science-loving eight-year-old.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

maybe we will start slow

i have taken a few pictures over the past few months, fully intending to blog. as you can see, i haven't. my last blogpost showed you my empty gardens waiting to grow and today they are out of control. we have feasted on peas, lettuce, strawberries, bok choi, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, herbs, fava beans and peppers and we will soon be enjoying some eggplants, cabbages, beets and carrots.

growing things turns out to be easier than i though.
it's rather rewarding.
it has taken some time and some patience but otherwise the rain and the sun have done most of the work and i have just sat back and enjoyed it all.

i wish i could say that life was that easy. just coast, sit back, let the rain and the sun do the work....... not so. there are some gardens in my life i have left untended over the years and now the fruits are gone and i am struggling with what happens next.

in the meantime, however, i might just start to blog again. i have missed it. i don't know if you have missed me, but i have missed the chance to share little projects, the connection with my friends and family, and the inspiration and encouragement that always seems to be out there.
(and my imaginary computer-world friends too.)

so i might try again. maybe slow, maybe sporadic. but i am not not done yet.
my story is not over just changing. one journey ending where another begins.

(my Mom's journey is changing too. you can find her new blog here.)

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy;
for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves;
Anatole France

(I stole her quote.)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

how does your garden grow?

mine is going to grow in boxes.

{I hope}

a few boxes with trellises from Fleet Farm, two made by my neighbor, a few old crates from Hunt and Gather and my Grandma, and one made by yours truly. (Yep I used the tablesaw all by myself.) Rather empowering if I do say so myself.

All the seeds are in, the little seedlings too.

And now while watching the news they say I might need to cover them up tonight.

But that's okay we had sun today and breathed the fresh air all day long. (I even have a little strip of sunburn on my back end. Guess my pants didn't stay up very well when I was bent over.)

Saturday, May 21, 2011


love, love love this blog and their online store.

Too bad the exchange rate between the Swedish Kronor and US dollar is not in my favor. I think the linens are absolutely dreamy.

Wouldn't you agree?

(All photos are from their blog/shop)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Craigslist Craft Hutch

Remember this picture?

I found this old hutch on Craigslist and it now has a home in my guest bedroom. Those of you who have been to my house might fall off their chair when I tell you this but I have downsized my fabric collection to fit in this hutch and have moved out the entire contents of my sewing room and pared it down enough that it now fits in this hutch and in a small dresser in the closet. I can hardly believe it either.

But it is a good change. I have accumulated so many craft supplies and fabrics over the years that I no longer knew what I had. My tastes have also changed and some of those fabrics needed to move on and find a new home that loved them. (Which they did. I donates them to a local school.)

I also found these treasures at Hunt and Gather a few months ago and they are perfect for stashing craft supplies. I also bought a few for my office at work. Who wants plastic or metal organizers when you can have beauties like these for half the cost? (and double the charm!) I should have snatched more when I had the chance.

So, we will see if my new found craft digs will inspire some creativity......... maybe not until next winter as I love being outdoors every waking minute.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


.... this book

"The pleasures of the table, and of life, are infinite --- toujours bon appetit!"

Julia Child

{This book is an absolute pleasure to read.}

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

his first

setting up

lemon or lime?

would you like a sunny lemon butter cookie too?

ummm, this wasn't exactly a get rich scheme but we still had fun.

even though this was our first lemonade stand I don't imagine it will be our last.