Monday, December 31, 2012


Look who turned two yesterday!  Sweet Baby M!  I guess he is actually no longer a baby, is he?  How time flies!   Here are a few recent photos of the boys.  I can't believe how they have grown this year!  I am now eye-to-eye with my 11 year old!

Peek-a-boo under the covers- Baby M's favorite game!  He laughs every time!

Daddy's little snow shoveler!  There sure has been lots of snow to shovel!

New hats and scarves knitted by Aunt Cindy!  Thank you!


My three sweethearts!  Baby M is blowing a kiss your way!


I hope you have all enjoyed the holidays and are looking forward to a terrific 2013.  Do you have any fun resolutions for the New Year?  I think I should make one to post on this blog once a week!  I have really missed it, but just haven't had much spare time.  Believe it or not, these boys are pretty busy! 

From our house to yours, Happy New Year!  May this be the best year yet!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Checking in...

So, no news is good news, right?  Not much on the crafty front happening here.  Just three boys growing.
My sweet baby is no longer really a baby.  He keeps me on my toes all the time!  Climbing on the cupboard, climbing on the filing cabinet, turning on (or off) the printer or tv, opening up the fridge and helping himself, repeat all of the previously mentioned 300 times a day.
We did find some time to visit my grandparents in Georgia a while back.  It was pretty hot there!  And the mosquitoes were gigantic and hungry!
Here are some photos from the Okefenokee Swamp.  It was really neat there.  Baby M didn't leave the stroller or our arms at all as there were no rails on the bridges or fences between the people and the alligators.  There were lots of alligators!  I love the flowers in the background in the first photo.  I think they are called bottle brushes.  Unfortunately PA is not a suitable habitat for them or I would plant a bunch! They are so pretty!
Our next vacation will be to Colonial Williamsburg.  Any suggestions for fun things to do?  I hope that you are having a fun and sunny summer!

Monday, January 16, 2012

I Spy Swap

Hi everyone!  Although I haven't been blogging much or swapping much, I am still alive.  In fact, I just signed up for an I Spy Swap at Midnight Maker.  I figured that I could handle this kind of swap since I don't actually have to have a finished project.  There are still a few spots open, so if you are interested, hop on over there and sign up!

Midnight Maker

 I am definitely looking forward to summer though, when I will surely have more time. Baby M is running all over now and keeping us all pretty busy.  Between him and school, there isn't much crafty time left.  I have gotten my knitting needles out for the winter months though.  It is easier to pick up and put down than sewing is.  Hopefully I will be able to successfully complete the sweater that I have started and share it with you.  There are so many things including a first birthday that I have neglected to post.  I will have to share some sweet baby pics soon!
 I hope that you all are doing well and finding lots of sewing/crafting time!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Hello!  It's been a while, hasn't it?  School and mommyhood have been keeping me pretty busy.  Baby M has been motoring around for a few months now, so I haven't had much time to sit.  Last week he took the famous "first steps" and started to wave.  So many fun things all at once!

Somewhere in between all of the fun things and some not so fun things (lesson plans and paperwork) I found some time to complete my blocks for the embroider-bee.
First up we have some hedgies surrounded by rainbow colors.  Honestly, I had a hard time parting with this one... it's right up my alley! 

Next up we have the tattoo motif swear word embroidery. I had a hard time actually making this one.  I just can't come to terms with combining embroidery and cursing, so I decided to go foreign with this one.  I figured the only way I could do it was to put it in German.  No offense to my German friends, but it just doesn't seem as bad if I say it in a different language.  I think it turned out pretty anyway.  I made tons of french knots for the daisy centers.  

Next up, cranky looking birds on a branch.  I love the cute little birdies!  

And last but not least, some beautiful flowers and stars.  All of the blocks are on their way to their new homes.  I hope they will be loved!

And here is a semi-recent pic of Baby M!  Adorable!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Zip pouches galore!

      Back to school tomorrow... yes, I got my job back.  I am still the one and only German teacher in our school district.  I am very happy to be employed, but also a little sorry to see summer go.  
     It has been a strange summer to say the least.  Not quite as relaxing as I am used to.  My beloved father passed away after a long battle with brain cancer.  We all miss him terribly, but we are happy that he is not suffering anymore.  He was truly a man of integrity; someone that everyone looked up to.  
     There were so many wonderful people who comforted us and helped us out.  My mom has some really great friends from the school where she works.  They helped out by keeping my older boys entertained while we were there.  They took them to the movies and swimming and gave them other kids to play with.  It was so wonderful and such a big help!  It really helped the boys keep some normalcy during that time.
     My mom and I wanted to do something special for the women who helped us, so I made them all a back to school pouch and my mom is going to fill them with some supplies since they will all be going back to school at the end of this week.  I really like how the pouches turned out.  


 I love the dark denim with the contrast of the white thread!  I'm not sure why, but I find it to be very appealing.  I wish the weather would have cooperated a bit more for the photo shoot, but it is what it is!

The pouches are great scrap busters.  The next pouch is for my sweet J.  Originally I had made him this one, but he offered to give it to a friend.  He decided that he would like a Tom and Jerry one instead.  Not my kind of fabric, but perfect for an 8 year old boy!  

Monday, August 15, 2011


Better late than never.  The winner of the books is Natural Mama!  Natural Mama has been to France.  Check out some of her cool photos here.  Sounds like a great vacation!  Enjoy your new books!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Back to School Zip Pouches

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I've been having fun this week with a little back to school sewing for some great kids! I used  Anna's 3 ring binder tutorial that I found on Sew Mama Sew.  If you haven't checked out Anna's blog Noodlehead you better head over there right now  after you read this post.  She has some mad sewing skills and tons of fantastic ideas, not to mention great patterns.  Anyway, here are the zip pouches that I made.  I am trying to use up some of my scrap collection, but these really didn't even make a dent in it.  

Strangely enough, both of my older boys chose the exact same fabric and zippers for their pouches.  I was surprised that they even chose the little monsters.  I was sure I would be making car and fish pouches. I tried using my "new to me" serger that I won on eBay, but I am still working out the kinks and figuring out how it works, so in the end, I just zigzagged the seams.  I still have to put the grommets in for the binder prongs.

The next pouches were fun to make because they are girly.  Girly projects don't happen too much around here.  I skipped the grommet strip on these.  I prepared some strips, but the denim made it too thick to sew through, but I think they will be great without them.  
I love the little window.  I bought vinyl a while ago, and this was the perfect project to try it out on.  It was easy to sew; much easier than I had anticipated.  Anna had a great tip for sewing with the vinyl.  She suggested to put a piece of tape on the presser foot.  It worked beautifully!  No Teflon foot needed!

Anna's 3 ring binder tutorial