Sunday, February 27, 2011

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

I love Eric Carle!

I have had this fabric and played and played with ideas for well over a year. Finally I am getting it done! I used the tossed animals fabric and made fun wonky blocks to highlight them along with a block of the children in the corner, then added the complimentary stripe print as the sashing.

Now onto finishing the back (I have a lovely purple batik print I think will go well with the front) and figuring out what to use for the binding... maybe some of the children print? The brown print I used on the front? What do you think?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Unexpected Visitor

Yesterday I had a SUPER rare moment of having the morning to myself as Bennett slept in for two whole hours. I got the opportunity to get stuff done, and was carrying laundry to the basement when I heard a bump and scurry. Crap.

I wasn't sure what it was since the cat was still out on his early morning prowl and the dog was crashed out on her pouf upstairs, so I dropped the laundry and crept toward the room, to find a bird by the window!

All of the windows in the basement are glass block, some with small vents, but none were big enough to leave open, close the door and let the bird find the way.

So, I shooed him up to the kitchen and managed to get one of the windows cracked open enough for him to flutter out before he hurt himself. Hopefully the cat wasn't waiting.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


I have a mountain of precious scraps. Tiny pieces of awesome fabric, too small to make something useful, to big to throw away, and I love them desperately. For our February Modern Quilt Guild meeting we were to make something Valentine-inspired. Bad photos, I know, but you do what you can at 4am, right?

So, I used a quick Keyka Lou pattern I had to make a sweet treats bag, using some Lizzy House scraps and a bit of a Japanese fabric with sweet little deer and lots of candy.

Even the button looks like chocolate! I lined it in a simple brown polka dot and filled it with truffles.
Yum, yum yum!

Saturday, February 12, 2011


It's been freezing cold around here, too cold to play outside or horse around much. What to do but turn on the oven and make some delicious cupcakes? These are strawberry banana chip cupcakes with pink buttercream icing. Yum!

I even had a volunteer helper. Think he likes frosting?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Digital Felt

All week Bennett has been craving a digital watch of his very own.

Digital Felt

All week Bennett has been craving a digital watch of his very own. I blame it on Opa, who let Bennett wear his watch (and showed him how to light it up!) last weekend. He was so enamored, he nearly charmed my dad out of it (sucker!). Bennett grudgingly let the watch go, with the promise of another from Opa next time we got together.

So, until then, I whipped up a replacement with some felt scraps, a few small buttons, and a bit of velcro on the band.

The watch face was quickly stitched into place on the machine, then the digital numbers embroidered in floss. I only stitched the front and back of the watch face together, allowing it to slide up and down on the band.

He could not be more pleased!

Monday, February 7, 2011

more Groundhog Day fun

Aren't printables from the internet great? We had a blast coloring and cutting the "grass" around the cup.

More Groundhog Day

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Better late than never.... X-mas Eve!

At least we got our Christmas tree in the trash before it turned brown.

X-mas Eve

Saturday, February 5, 2011

To infinity...

...and beyond! On a frog rocket ship.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

6 more weeks?

Happy Groundhog Day! Here's to an early spring, thanks Phil!

Mug Rug

Made not for a coffee or tea person, but for a Mountain Dew fan.