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Today I want to share a couple of things I recently sewed, I just finished one of these Saturday.

First I made a beautiful totebag….I bought a beautiful kit…as totebags go it’s a basic tote bag but this fabric….! I got the kit here. I bought the ‘fabric only’ kit but there are lots of helpful, one stop options. When you get the kit, hop over to the blog post with step by step how to sew a tote! I changed a few things, I used a rotary cutter and mat rather than make a pattern and changed the dimensions of my bag slightly. I even had enough spare fabric for a small, catnip filled toy for the girls…look at Opheila’s sneaky glare!!!

The other project is called ‘Quilt as You Go Thread Catcher‘ … or fabric and other notion holder. This one was a bit trickier, I made a few mistakes because I can’t take the time to be sure I know what the instructions say…I just look at the pictures…also my short term memory is well, very short!! The directions are very clear and this is not hard to make. It would have been much easier in a tidy sewing room with dedicated cutting, sewing, and pressing stations (just like the one I have upstairs that is buried in stuff) rather than the kitchen table.

I plan to make more of both things (I need another tote bag kit, I love the choices) but in the meantime, do you have any sewing blog tutorials you recommend? Please share a link in the comments section. I have lots of fabric to use up and maybe this is one way to start cleaning out the sewing room!!

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Dusting things off….

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Yep I’m still here. Its taken me several hours over two days to be able to re-learn how to get pictures from my camera to my computer (months and months of pictures)…resize and upload them and I now I hope to be able to post them here. I won’t go into details about trying to get back onto my blog when I couldn’t even remember how to find the log in page!

I’ve been thinking about this poor neglected blog a lot lately. I really miss taking pictures because I plan to share them, and planning little posts to put here. At the moment I’m trying to remember how I had time to do this regularly…it seems like that was someone else’s life. I’m not making any promises but I want to spend time doing things here a few times a week.

I’ve had several people ask about my webshop. It too is something I had and still have hopes of bringing back to life. I have a thought of aiming for April to kick things off there officially…this will be the place for updates. That it written in pencil for now.

I’m sharing just a few pictures today that caught my eye as I was clicking through nearly 2,000 pictures I imported from my camera. My hand actually went numb from clicking for so long. I discovered that something went wrong internally sometime in December so I need to take my camera in for a check up but I still have a LOT of pictures that aren’t too bad. These are unedited snaps I took in September and November.

At this point, our parents are doing quite well. I had gone to Michigan for a month last Spring to be on hand while Jerry’s dad recovered from a mild stroke. He’s had another since but again recovered quite well. He has since acquired a motorcycle and a puppy…

Our kids are doing very well and healthy also, we feel truly blessed.

I’ll be back with crafty things soon!!

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A change in plans…

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Well Winter Break was very good and I turned the webshop back on … and found out I was locked out of my blog!! I’ve obviously fixed that but only to tell you that another (unexpected) break is ensuing.

I’m hopping on a flight tomorrow to spend time with close family while they recover from some unexpected health issues. At this point I’m not sure when I’ll be home and I won’t have a computer with me while I’m gone.

So, Hello…Goodbye, for now. Here are some pretty pictures I took today.

PS … prayers are appreciated and….I’d love to keep in touch with you over at Instagram!!

Rocky Mountain Wednesdays

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What a crazy, disappointing, difficult week! A day out in nature was just what we needed. We discovered a new place to us and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The day was beautiful and the location perfect! As you can see E is almost as tall as his dad now… when did that happen?

I hope these pictures bring you peace and enjoyment!

Happy Wednesday!

PS – I will not be approving any direct political commentary here.

Winter Break!

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I’m planning a Winter Break! After nearly twelve years running my little online craft business, it’s time to refit for the future and accommodate some changes in our lives since the early days… I will continue to take online orders through November 22, 2016. We will return, refreshed, early Spring 2017!

I’ll still be blogging… in fact watch this space for sneak peaks, tutorials, and giveaways during the break!

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Limited Edition Project Bag

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These are only available at the webshop. I’ve received several reservations so as of this moment (Monday afternoon 8/22 fewer than 25 are available)

Great for keeping and carrying your seasonal projects..cute and handy! This is a roomy bag and nicely padded. Watch for other bags for the season and some one of a kind offerings as well at the new section of the website dedicated to project bags. You can also take a ‘video tour‘ of these fun bags at my Instagram page!

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models and pattern writing…

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It’s exciting to see some of the things I’ve been working on become available to stitchers and now to those who sew as well! I’ve been model stitching and finishing the ABC Samplers series for Little House Needleworks. I love these little houses and the third in the series will be out next week! I’ve finished up the first six at this point and I have to say each one is just beautiful – because the patterns are so sweet. You can finish these as little pillows for a bowl or shelf or as one large sampler on a single cut of linen…

Something new from Little House, and new for me too! I’ve written a pattern for making a large quilt block of the Little House Logo House. It includes directions for finishing as a tote. I’ve made two totes at this point and I’ve almost finished one as a wall hanging also. I will blog some sewing tips once the pattern has had time to be read and fabric rounded up by those planning to make one. I would like to say, this is my first serious venture into pattern writing. As you can see I had to just park myself for a good while with my sewing machine and computer…things got a bit cluttered and messy in the process. I know there are many styles of quilt block construction, I hope you will find the process I chose enjoyable and be kind if you feel you know a better way.

Happy Stitching & Sewing!!

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Sunday in the Garden

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It’s been a very hot Summer here. I’ve not enjoyed my garden as much as I do when it’s a tad cooler. This morning was perfectly comfortable so I headed out in the sunshine with my camera.

This sweet young finch was having a hard time staying awake at the feeder, his dad was keeping a close eye!

Wishing you a week of feeling blessed and content.

Rocky Mountain Wednesdays

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Earlier this month we headed to the west side of the state for a few days. Back when J was often working out of town he earned lots of hotel rewards and we’ve been using them up here and there.

What should have been a 4-5 hour drive ended up taking over 7 hours, but it was very scenic. Several of these photos were taken while driving through Colorado National Monument.

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I crochet..along

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Not long ago I realized I’ve been crocheting wrong, my whole life! I was pretty put out about it! It all has to do with how you wrap those yarn overs.. I knit more than I crochet so I wasn’t too worried about it, at least not on a daily basis…but it bothered me. Could I relearn to do something that you do really without thinking…? You might remember this project….crocheted completely WRONG (and still not finished)!!

Earlier this summer the perfect solution presented itself. My local yarn shop was sponsoring a crochetalong!! The project is a nice big granny squares blanket! You can find the pattern on Ravelry (Big Bad Granny, Classic Elite Yarns). I’m using the called for Liberty Wool Print Colors, and Malabrigo for the black and grey. I’m also using a different method to join my squares than what is written in the pattern. I learned how here!

I have two more squares to go. I’ll need to buy one more ball of Liberty Wool but I’m waiting to see all my squares together before I decide on what color I’ll buy..It’s coming along and yes an old dog can learn new tricks I’m happy to say…now to decide what to do about that other blanket..

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