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.

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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.

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

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

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I have surrounded myself with my kids’ colorful art.

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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

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

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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.

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

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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?

Warrior Cat Birthday party wrap up

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This was our most laid-back birthday party ever. There were only 3 guests. I did not plan a single activity. I made a few components (this, this, and this), plus food, painted their faces, and released all four of them into our yard to plan and play Warrior Cats for an hour! When they came in tired and freezing and wet (yes, I threw them out there in the cold pouring rain), I served hot hibiscus tea and Warrior cupcakes. Then when we still had 30 minutes left (what was I thinking making it 3 hours??!!), my husband brought out a HUGE piece of white cardboard he had in the garage, and let them draw all over it. That was a hit!

At the end of the day, we had one very celebrated, happy Warrior Cat 10 year old.

Whew.

And that concludes the formal Birthday Parties for our girls. After age 10, they can invite one or two friends to an activity (movies, bowling, skating, etc), but no party. One of my more brilliant ideas, if I do say so myself.

What are your Birthday traditions and rules?

Friday’s post on Saturday because that is how it goes around here lately

I honestly thought today was Friday, so look to your inboxes for the newsletter. I think maybe by Spring break I will finally get back into the swing of things, just in time for it to get all messed up again.

*sigh*

Anyhow, I just recently bought a speedlite (here) *affliliate link* and started to play with it a bit. What a huge difference it is making with my indoor photography!

I painted our bedroom, and couldn’t take photos because it is always so dark (it is January in Washington). So here are a few of my test shots to give you an idea of the brilliant colors we get to see every day now.

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I didn’t get to stage it and make it look pretty, but you can get the idea of how the colors look. I tied those pillows in the Japanese style of wrapping with fabric. I painted the picture frame and the mirror a mustard yellow because I adore teal and mustard.

The room before was hunter green and waaaaaay too dark. Come mid-winter, we all need more color to look at. It is dark enough outside, already. I am now in love with our bedroom.

How about you? What color is YOUR bedroom?

Running the child

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It has been raining here, a lot. When there is a sun break, like the one we had this past weekend, it is an absolute MUST to get this girl outside and moving. There is a bit of a lag between her gymnastics classes right now and we are waiting (somewhat impatiently) for them to begin again. This child NEEDS to move, otherwise she is downright cranky. Which makes ME cranky too.

The fact is, with being in school all day, combined with living on a very busy street, she doesn’t get enough moving in during the week, unless we schedule it. On the weekends, we can hike and go to the park, which is fantastic. We do this even in the rain. Luckily, it stopped raining long enough for her to get some good old fashioned swinging in this time, because we can all enjoy it a little more in the sunshine.

How about your children? Do you schedule activities for them?

Exciting news!

I have some super exciting news to share with you today.

I am the new Project Run and Play Guest Coordinator! AND what’s more is Audrey from Skirt Fixation is the new Contributor Coordinator!

I cannot tell you how over-the-moon happy I am about this. I have been sewing along with Project Run and Play for YEARS and I absolutely adore both liZ and Elizabeth! So when they put the call out, I jumped.

To celebrate my new Virtual Assistant position, I thought it would be fun to gather up all (or nearly all) of the things that I have sewn for Project Run and Play over the years. Just click on the links below to be taken to the original posts.

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Project Run and Play outfits

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As you can see, I LOVE participating in this series (and mostly my Falafel has benefitted from this). They have quite a great season planned. And the prizes. My goodness, the prizes!

liZ and Elizabeth are making the big announcement today, as well. So hop on over to see our formal introduction. To see Audrey’s round-up of her PR&P projects, click over here.

As always, look to your inboxes for the Falafel and the Bee newsletter!

Happy Friday friends!

20 years

It is our 20th Wedding Anniversary today!

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Us when were dating…waaaaaay back when.

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On our wedding day 20 years ago today.

It was the day of the “Blizzard of 96” as it was to be known as. I remember drinking a lot of champagne, and eating no food, and how very strange and surreal it all was. The person that was going to play music for our ceremony, drove into a snowbank and didn’t make it. The Unitarian Minister was hitting on every single woman in the place. My mother accidentally lit her nail on fire. No one liked our choice in music. One of your groomsmen slipped on the ice while carrying my djembe drum, and put his head through it. The day after, we were snowed in our little 1 bedroom apartment with 4 other people and our 3 cats. It was something I don’t think anyone will ever forget. And honestly I wouldn’t change a thing. It was a day and we have funny stories. It is every day after that counts.

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And us after 20 years of marriage (and two kids).

I feel very fortunate to be able to celebrate this day with the man I love, and have loved for more than two decades. I cannot imagine having a better partner to navigate this life with. You are a good father and a loving husband, and I am so very thankful we still like to be around eachother.

Happy Anniversary, Jim! I love you.

Ice and friends in the New Year

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Yesterday was spent with our good friends, eating good food, listening to good music, and playing a silly game. It was a lovely way to spend the first day of the new year.

The temps have dropped here, and there is frost covering just about everything. My husband found these big chunks of ice in a tarp we have covering our deck. Of course, he arranged them into a little ice city so I could photograph them.

I have been wearing the Novelista I made, almost every day since I made it. If you haven’t checked out my tutorial for lining it in fleece, head over to Melly Sews. I think I may need to whip up another if the weather stays like this for long!

What is the weather like where you live?