Monday, April 26, 2010

Drum roll, please...

It all started with a basket of scraps. Four months later, I've finally finished Miss C.'s scrap quilt.

I love how it turned out, but the best part is that she loves it. She practically rocketed into her bed when I put it on top yesterday.

I'll never forget how her eyes lit up with pride and excitement when she finally got to snuggle up underneath her quilt.





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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pretty in Pink


After searching every local JoAnn Fabrics store, I finally conceded defeat: both of the fabrics I chose for the back of Miss C.'s quilt appear to have been either discontinued or forever sold out.

So I took a risk and shopped for something entirely new. All in all, I think it was worth it. This cute little Heidi Grace floral print coordinates well with both sides of the quilt and will be the perfect finishing touch for my little girl's quilt.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Domesticity

I love baking bread. There's something so soothing about the simple act of sinking your hands into dough. The scent of yeast, flour and a bit of sugar bring me back to childhood days at the kitchen table where I spent countless hours over the years watching my mom or grandma bake loaves of bread.

I know it sounds strange, but on the days I bake the house is a little cleaner, more orderly. It makes me a better mom.

Lately, I've been trying to make my way to a comfortable state of domesticity. The beds are made. The dishes are clean. And the house is picked up.

I don't want to become a modern June Cleaver. But I'm a homemaker. I want my children to think back on these years with fond memories of playtime, stories read while snuggled together on the couch and the scent of freshly baked bread.

Just like I remember.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

*Burp*

When I was pregnant with Miss C. I thought I knew just how messy this whole baby business would be.

I never realized that it would be years before I wore a perfectly clean shirt – all day long – again. Despite my best efforts, I find myself wiping spit-up off my sleeves, back, jeans, feet and shoes on a daily basis.

No amount of burp cloths will solve the problem, but every mama should have at least a few cloth diapers on hand to catch her baby's dribbles, drools and splats. Not only are they softer, they're also far more absorbent than virtually any commercially-made terry burp cloth on the market.

I was cleaning out my office yesterday when I came across a couple of organic cloth diapers left over from the days when I made baby care sets for my shop.

Never one to pass up a possible sewing project, I set the diapers aside and started digging through my stash for a fabric to decorate the backside of the diaper.

In less than an hour I had the perfect gift for my wonderful sister-in-law, who is expecting her first baby (a girl!) in July.

I hope you love them, J. Of course, I should warn you... that little baby is going to find a way to spit up on everything but the burp cloth on your shoulder. At least you'll look good wiping it off!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Beautiful

I picked up Miss C.'s quilt this week and it's gorgeous.

A friend of mine is a very talented quilter, who also happens to have a long arm. We met up about a week ago to discuss what I'd like to have done with my quilt and, needless to say, I'm just floored by what's she's done.

In one short week, she managed to turn my sweet little scrap quilt into a real quilt – one that I hope my dear daughter will cherish for years to come.

All I have left to do now is the binding. I can hardly believe that I'm almost finished!