Thursday, August 28, 2008

The old man is snoring

As in "It's raining, it's pouring...." Today is the first rainy day we've had in months. At school drop-off this morning, the sidewalks were filled with colorful umbrellas and stiff, new raincoats. Here at home, it's a nice day for a cozy nap.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


I was able to spend some time in my sewing room yesterday with Oh, Fransson's pattern, "Wristlets Three Ways," and Anna Maria Horner's fabulous "Volumes" print from the Drawing Room collection. I'm so tickled with the result that I had wristlet dreams last night. I think an embroidered linen version is next.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Coloring Bags

I bought this pattern at a Quilters Unlimited show, and it has become one of my favorites. These bags, filled with crayons and a coloring book or two, make great gifts for artsy kids...not to mention a good portable activity for driving, eating out, and vacationing. And with the back-to-school sales happening this month, it's a perfect time to stock up on crayons for next to nothing. The crayon pockets hold 20.

For a 5-year-old dreamer of mermaids...

For a 7-year-old ballerina...

For a 5-year-old soccer star...

And for a 9-year-old "tween," who's growing up fast but still loves to color...

Thursday, August 07, 2008


Our newly acquired travel trailer (an '86 Airstream) has been the object of our affection this summer. We've taken it to Bentonville and Lewisetta; and we're hoping to fit in Sherando Lake, Lake Anna, and the NC Outer Banks before the Fall weather arrives. It's stocked with quilts and afghans for chilly nights, and I'm telling's the coziest feeling to be able to travel with our own little "house."

There's lots of Airstream love on the Internet.

My favorite article, which I return to over and over again, is Loobylu's "Vintage Holidaying."

Jessica at How About Orange designed some fabulous ribbon featuring Airstream trailers.

The Vintage Airstream site is loaded with photos and info.

And of course, Etsy and Cafe Press have all sorts of Airstream goodies. (I'm going back to Etsy in a minute to order the stamp!)

Monday, August 04, 2008

A Tutu for a Baby Girl

I made this for my niece, Madison (who is quickly becoming a big girl). It was fabulously easy to make...but I never got around to making more of them. I guess we need more baby girls around here!