Friday, February 25, 2011

this moment

snow boy
inspired by soulemama's this moment

Thursday, February 24, 2011

the promised fox

the promised fox
i mentioned a while back that colden had requested a fox friend. well, i finally made good. he was finished the day after colden's birthday (which i think counts since we were still doing the happy-birthday-singing, candle-lighting, cake-eating thing).
the promised fox - tail
he was a little trickier to sew than the otter, since he has more parts. like a head. i hand sewed his head on from the inside of his body before it was sewn up, and that took the most engineering. the tail is so fun, and makes it so he can actually sit up!
loving that fox
he was made from a recycled pendleton wool jacket, and in a stroke of last-minute quick thinking i used the corners of the collar for the ears. i really love how he turned out, and i think he got colden's otter of approval. i'm linking up with julia's sewing bee today! go see what others are up too!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

yarn along

yarn along here and there
i'm still working on that little baby sweater. i've been reading bits and pieces of all of these, but none of them in their entirety. they all are worthy of fuller attention (knitting included)! so what are you knitting? join ginny's yarn along, or see what everyone else is up to!

Monday, February 21, 2011

back to the clothesline!

bedsheet on the line
bedsheet on the line
and inside the bedsheet
and inside the bedsheet
a secret hideout
a secret hideout
we make it sail
we make it sail
now back to tractoring
now back to tractoring

happy president's day + monday from our little urban homestead!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

how to sew a magnetic fishing set

putting magnet into little pocket
or at least how i did it... you can also buy washer shaped magnets (with a hole in the center). those could be sewn onto the inside body of the fish with a few stitches. or you could even use a large washer in the fish's nose (and just have a magnet in the worm). i put round magnets in both the fish and the worm. and i wanted them to stay in the fish's nose so i sewed them into little pockets.
sewed up magnet pocket
magnet completely stitched into two layers of thin recycled wool.
sandwiched magnet pocket
i put the encased magnet in between the nose of my blanket-stitched fish.
stitching in the magnet pocket
...and continued stitching around nose through all four layers of wool
(inner covered magnet and outer pieces of wool).
stuffing fish with wool
then, finish stitching all the way around leaving a small opening to stuff with wool. use a small dowel to move wool into ends. and stitch closed!
fish and worm
same thing for the worm. all important: finding the perfect fishing pole (i.e. stick). fishing
more to share too! it's just taken me over two weeks to write this post! i'm belated-ly linking up with julia's sewing bee thursdays.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

yarn eating book reading baby

yarn eating book reading baby
my cute sleeping baby awoke mid-photo! yarning along today...

Monday, February 7, 2011

three years old

that smile
i can never get enough of his smile,
his pure-bliss energy,
and his fine appreciation for the littlest things.

today colden is three years old, and we have been celebrating all weekend. (i'll share more on birthday crafts later!)

Friday, February 4, 2011

this moment

six weeks
inspired by soulemama's this moment

Thursday, February 3, 2011

blanket stitch magnetic fish

blanket stitch magnet fish
here's a peek at my birthday gift for colden. he'll be three(!) on monday, and we'll be celebrating this weekend! (since julia's collecting sewing inspiration on thurdays, i thought i'd share.)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


i just had to share these gorgeous bibs that andrea sent us. and speaking of gorgeous...
lola + azalia
p.s. typing one-handed! forgive my relative quiet-ness here and in comments!