Lilac bouquet

Lilac bouquet

Lilac bouquet

Lilac bouquet

Lilac bouquet

Lilac bouquet

It is amazing what a beautiful garden bouquet full of lilacs and mint will do for a room! I love this time of year for the same reason I despise it: the amazing blooms (and the dreaded pollen)! I just went around and cut everything that looked like it needed to come inside with me. I really cannot wait for all the produce we planted to come up! For now, I will enjoy the bounty that is all around. And sneeze a whole bunch too. The Bee, actually, is the one that has been hit hardest by pesky allergies this year, and is finding it difficult to even find any beauty in it at all.

I am trying my best to look past how it all makes me feel, and instead soak in all the incredible color and texture. This week went by incredibly fast, so I thought I would leave you for the weekend wtih this bouquet that has been causing me to smile every time I come into the room. It’s really the little things, isn’t it?

Oh, an don’t forget to look  to your inboxes today! I actually got the newsletter out this week and it has some of what has been keeping us so busy in it! I promise to share something I sewed soon. Lots of sewing going on behind the scenes (which is really saving my sanity right now. Well, I suppose it always does that)!

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What is causing YOU to smile?

Floral head garland for Prom

My daughter had the pleasure of attending a prom with her boyfriend, that her best friend invited them to, given by her friend’s church. For her outfit, I made The Bee a floral head garland, since the theme was “Enchanted Forest”.

  Floral head Garland for Prom

It was super simple to do with silk flowers, and I think it added a little bit of whimsy to her outfit.

Floral head Garland for Prom

Did you know that I was a floral designer for many, many years? It’s true! So glad to be able to use my skills for my kids.

Floral head Garland for Prom

More details on that stunning dress here.

Floral head Garland for Prom

I kept it fairly sparse, so that the brown covered wire would show through, and give it more of a foresty fairy look.

Floral head Garland for Prom

Floral head Garland for Prom

Their attempt at a Charlie’s Angels type pose. I love these two silly girls.

Floral head Garland for Prom

Her first corsage.

Floral head Garland for Prom

 Ack! When did my baby get all grown up?!

Anyhow, please leave a comment below to let me know if you want a tutorial on how to make this simple head garland, and like magic, I will!

What have YOU made today?

Around our home right now

Spring tulips

Using a patio umbrella skeleton for a trellis

String kid's art

Spring tulips

Those tulips are from when we went to the Tulip Festival  the beginning of the month. I love how long lasting they are. They embody Spring, as well as planting seeds, which we finally got around to. I cannot wait until we have fresh garden produce again! I found this old patio umbrella skeleton in our shed that was left over from this project oh so long ago. I read on my friend Liesl’s blog (which is really brilliant if you are interested in recycling) about using them for garden trellises, a while ago, and kept it in my mind. I am so glad to save this one from the landfill.

The last new thing is a simple rope. Yup. That is it. My Falafel has been drawing up a storm. Her subject, which is not all that surprising, has been The Warrior Cats. Only she made so many, they couldn’t fit on the fridge (our normal place of honor for art). So I had the incredibly smart idea to string up a rope in her closet, gave her some clothespins, and she had a new place to hang her masterpieces (or should I say mewsterpieces- Ok it is late as I am typing this)! It is amazing how happy that simple little rope makes her.

So much is keeping me busy behind the scenes. But I am happy to be able to share at least a small part of what is going on in our world with you.

What is happening where you live?

Comicon 2016

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

As you may know, I took our girls to Comicon on opening day. My poor husband had to work, and missed out on all the fun. Luckily I did end up taking a few photos.

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap: Weta Workshop crew

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Above in the photos, that was one of the nicest Storm Troopers ever. And those paintings? Made from jelly beans.

This was the first time we had ever gone to Comicon, and I think the best word to describe our experience is “overwhelming“. There were thousands of people and the convention center is huge. When we arrived, The Bee was impressed by the giant sign they had (and it was written on our passes) “Cosplay is not Consent“. It seemed to ease any anxiety she had about being out there in a tight costume. You never know what to expect from a large crowd of people. But what we got was respectful behavior from everyone. Seriously. I think the people were one of the highlights. She also had a lot of requests for photos! About every 5 feet or so, I would look around, and she was posing with someone else (so keep an eye out for her on social media everywhere). Even my Falafel was getting requests, especially from the little kid crowd. It was completely adorable. I got lots of compliments on my costume, but I was the designated pack mule for the day, so no photos of me. Believe it or not, there were three other Lady Thors there!

One of the highlights for me, personally, was seeing some of the weta workshop crew. They are just amazing, and in my book, are complete rock stars of the movie magic world. I was frozen in awe. My kids were laughing at me.

Overall, we had a very memorable day. This Spring Break has been so much fun!

Have you ever gone to a Con?

Stroll through Tulip Town

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

The other day, our family went to see the tulip fields in the Skagit Valley and took a stroll through Tulip Town. I took a little over 100 photos, and narrowed it down to 55 good ones. It is going to be really hard to narrow it down even further for this blog post, so brace yourself for an onslaught of tulip beauty.

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

I held back. Really I did! You can see just how very beautiful it all was. So difficult to control myself.

Well, it was windy, and crowded (even on a Monday!), and muddy with mini lake-puddles, but that field full of flowers was instant happy, and the perfect backdrop for our photos. Especially with that glorious light. And really it looks like only my hair was doing the mad scientist thing. Ha!

Anyhow, we did have to pay to get in, although, I will say I thought it was worth it for us. I got about 55 great photos out of it, and our girls had a fantastic time admiring all that splendor. We had such a great time walking around, dodging the large puddles, and looking at all the incredible varieties of tulips. It felt like we landed in Oz and they turned on the technicolor.

After we were through here, we did travel on to visit Decpetion Pass, and the town of La Connor, but those photos will have to wait for another day.

What have you seen this week?

Thrifting treasure for my teen

Thrifting treasure for my teen

My 16 year old loves to thrift shop, and a local high end boutique shop was having a moving sale. Since we both cannot pass up a good deal, AND it fit her like it was made for her, we bought this thrifting treasure!

Thrifting treasure for my teen

I am not one to focus on looks with my daughters. I believe it is so very important to encourage many strengths. Being kind, being intelligent, being thoughtful, being creative, being fierce. But sometimes, I think we all need to feel like a pretty princess WHILE being all those things.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

And ohmygosh look at that back?!! I really respect the work that went into making this dress, from a sewist’s perspective. Beaded fabric is not the easiest, and neither is organza! This one has two layers of organza on top of satin fabric lining. It has amazing twirl factor.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

And this teen is not too old to twirl.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

Her friend invited her to a formal dance that her church is putting on. Even though we are not part of their religion, she wants to go. I think this will be perfect!

Thrifting treasure for my teen

She just wants to wear it everyday to school.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

I think she belongs in a fairytale!

Thrifting treasure for my teen

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this one already. I think she looks like a superhero. When I asked her why she was making that face, she replied “you make this face all the time!”. And I have to admit…I do. Sassy child.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

What makes you feel like a pretty princess?

The Gift of a Well-Made Jacket

One of our friends just gifted our Falafel two well-made jackets he wore as a child. One is a jeans jacket, and the other is a trench that was specially made for him. Both are from the early 70’s.

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the gift of a well-made jacket

The jeans jacket is a Levi. Pretty comon, but very sturdy to have lasted this long in this condition! It looks almost new.

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The trench, on the other hand, was made especially for this little boy a long time ago. He was Inspector Clouseau a few years in a row.

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This coat is amazing!! The stitching is impeccable. The details are flawless and beautifully done. I am in awe of this artisan’s work.

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Seriously. Look at this!! Double stitching.

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Interlining and pockets with buttons.

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I am really geeking out over this. I hope you all can appreciate it too. I have a sneaking suspicion you will.

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It is missing a few buttons, which in my book, is truly minor. My handmade garments are missing buttons, and they are not 40 years old!

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Amazing how all of that attention to detail, and going the extra mile to add the extra stitching and lining and… care, made this garment last decades. And the best part?? It looks like it was made for my girl.

Big Thank You to our friend for passing these down to our daughter. We really will treasure them.

LOVE my sewing Space

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Over at Simple Simon and Company, they are hosting a fabulous link party for you to show where you sew. SO, I thought I would join in and give you all a peek at what my sewing space looks like.

LOVE my sewing space

I carved out a little corner for myself in the livingroom, which also houses our piano, the computer, our TV, and the kids’ art supplies. It is where we spend lots of time (a little less than we spend in the kitchen), so it was the perfect place for me to set up my creative space. I can still be a part of daily life, while taking care of things I need to.

LOVE my sewing space

My two machines live here. This one is the Contessa, who is the Pfaff machine I won in the Sew Mam Sew softie contest.

LOVE my sewing space

And this one is my old workhorse 21 year old Singer named Rosie (like Rosie the riveter).

LOVE my sewing space

I have surrounded myself with my kids’ colorful art.

LOVE my sewing space

And Archer the Fox always keeps me company as a reminder of what I can do when I try. He is the whole reason I have the Contessa and I am thankful every day that I took that chance.

LOVE my sewing space

I have all my tools handy. My ironing board gets stowed away on a hook in the laundry room and can be pulled out whenever I need it. I’d say my pincushion and scissors get used the most, so I just keep those out on top of the table. Everyone knows not to touch my fabric scissors by now!

LOVE my sewing space

My husband and I built this desk especially for my sewing space (you can read about it here).

LOVE my sewing space

I wanted a little shelf for things I use the most, so we built it right into the table. I also stained a wooden yard stick, and tacked it to the table front for easy measuring!

LOVE my sewing space

I found those metal mesh baskets at Walmart for $2 each. They fit perfectly!

LOVE my sewing space

We added a lighting strip under the bottom shelf because that track lighting above is just awful.

LOVE my sewing space

The baskets hold pens, pencils, markers, staplers, tape, paint, stamps, thread, yarn, and a variety of other creative supplies. My curved ruler is hanging on the wall, and the others are tucked in the desk that the Contessa sits upon.

Painted rock pattern weight

My Falafel made me a pattern weight out of a giant rock. It stays by my side until I need it.

LOVE my sewing space

My fabric, patterns, ribbon, and elastic is stored in a closet to the right of this photo (which I haven’t taken any photos of).

And that is it! It is not as ideal as a whole room to myself, but really I think we would all wind up in there anyway, so I might as well be out with my people. Afterall, that is the best place to be.

Where do YOU sew?

Potty Mouth Wake Up Call

So I have something to admit to you.

I have a swear word problem.

I curse like a drunken sailor. Sometimes, a few have slipped out in front of my children. Not proud moments, but I am keeping it real.

Last year, I chaperoned my youngest daughter on a field trip to the big city. Outside the museum we were visiting, a man was pushing his cart and ranting, loudly. He shouted obscenities and cursed at all the school children. We just stood there. The museum wasn’t open, yet.

Later, when we got home, my Falafel was recounting the day’s excitement for my husband, and she said “Then this man was shouting really loudly at us. He said the “F” word. You know, like Mom does“.

YIKES, PEOPLE!

If I know one thing for certain, it is that I do not want my kids comparing me to a man that has lost his wits and swears at children.

So I have been trying my best to curb that urge to blurt out expletives, since then. I have since replaced them with the word “Farts!” or “POO!”.

Baby steps, you know.

So if you ever hear me say either one of those words out of context, know that it could be worse. knitfeather10m

Anyhow, I am wondering about your language habits. Anyone ever swear in front of their kids?

Newsletter Day

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I actually got the newsletter out on time this week! I feel very together. Of course, as soon as we all get used to being back on a schedule, we will have mid-winter break.

Yikes.

As for now, I will enjoy the fact that I actually got out and exercised, have managed to get everyone where they were supposed to be at the times they were supposed to be there, made food, and kept the house tidy. I even sewed a whole project and a half.

I call that a good week.

How about you? Have you found the rhythm to your days again?