Friday, 26 March 2010

Monday, 15 March 2010

Less is More

Ok, somebody needs to tell my child that less is more. And it's not going to be me because I haven't really learned it myself yet. She's going through this phase of wearing every garment and accessory she can think of. In the photo above I think she insisted I put at least five hair ties in her hair. If she finds one on the floor, it's just got to go in.

I was supposed to have a lazy weekend but instead, I made marmalade. I have been baking so much I also broke my oven and my sink is backed up. On with the next project! This is what happens to ambitious people who stay home with their kids :).

Saturday, 13 March 2010


from the barren looking earth, these tulips will soon explode into color

the tiniest iris I've ever seen

I threw this rutabaga into a pot a few months ago before it went bad - now look!

We had a "dinner party" that wasn't intended to be a dinner party last night. It just grew quickly. I was feeling partied out from hosting so many get togethers in the past few months and didn't want to do much cooking and prepping...but that's exactly what happened! I have absolutely no regrets - getting together with friends remains high on my list of things to do no matter how much work goes into it. And I always wish I could have had more people around the table. We had a couple of giggly little girls chasing each other around past their bed time, who shortly went down and let the adults sit and eat until well past midnight. It was the kind of evening that makes you feel so fortunate - which we are, and I am grateful every day.

This weekend I intend to do very little. Maybe a bit of tinkering with my sewing machine, maybe some reading...because the rest of the month is going to be pretty busy for us. Pedro has been incredibly busy at work and will be for some time. In addition to that, my birthday is coming up next week. There is a plan in the works to spend the day in London with my girlfriends next Saturday. The following weekend we have a wedding. And the following weekend we're heading to Scandinavia! More on that to follow soon.

In other news, Isabella seems to be in the middle of a growth spurt. She's suddenly taller and lankier, and is eating quantities of food fit for a teenager. Her energy levels are also oddly higher than normal - she's been climbing on the dinner table and getting into other typical mischief I thought we had just skipped over. She continues with this obsession with singer Rosemary Clooney (Mambo Italiano, and such) - I started it with over-the-top dancing and singing along and she really latched onto that! I'm hoping to get some video soon.

I hope everyone is experiencing as sunny a transition into Spring as we have been!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

The Obsession

She raids my purse in search of either raisins or lipstick and always succeeds, one way or the other.

More Quilts

a decent photo of Isabella's birthday quilt, wrinkled and already well-loved

I've been keeping pretty busy now that my hand is mostly recuperated. I finished several projects recently, including the baby quilt you see below. I plan on listing it in my new online shop, which you can check out in the side bar :)! I am not a natural salesperson, and would actually prefer to just make things and give them away, but I really must fund my fabric addiction - which has now grown quite serious. So check out the shop if you get a chance - and tell your friends! (Just a note - my prices are considerably lower than my competition until I get more feedback from customers).