A whole day to myself

Yesterday morning, the rest of my family left, leaving me the house – and the entire day – to myself. I started the morning with some cups of coffee and dove into the second patchwork Wide Open Zipper Pouch I’m making for my daycare lady. I pieced the panels using blue scraps I’ve been keeping and the same natural linen for the bottoms. I really …

Working with what you have on hand

Because my fabric stash is embarrassingly large and I have no business being near a fabric store, either online or in person, I’ve made something of a pact with myself to sew only from my stash. So, yesterday, that’s exactly what I did when I needed to make a thank-you gift for my daughter’s daycare provider. I pulled out my bins of miscellaneous scraps and …

Baseball

It’s that time of year again – baseball season has started for my nearly 11-year-old son. I went to his game on Tuesday night but was unable to stay the entire time as I had to get up early to work and the game was a late one. Isaac sat on the bench the four innings I did get to see, but they put him …

Teacher gifts done!

I used my day off today to finish up the Wide Open Zipper Pouches I’d started late last week with Hannah. There really wasn’t much she could do at this point as I had to sew them together and she’s just not quite there yet with her sewing skills (she’s made a coaster so far!). Unfortunately, the day involved a fair amount of swearing and …

End of the year teacher gifts

I was looking for something to sew the other day because, let’s face it, I have a ton of fabric that should be used for something useful instead of sitting in tubs stacked in my basement. So, I suggested to Hannah that we make her teachers an end-of-the-year gift, which she thought was a great idea. My go-to for this project is Noodlehead’s Open Wide …

Narwal swimming bag

I finally found time (and the motivation) to finish Hannah’s swimming bag. I think what delayed me for so long was the intensive 1/4-inch quilting each of the bag’s panels had. It took forever! Once that part was done, the rest came together relatively quickly in an afternoon. I love the pink narwal fabric paired with the natural linen – it’s perfect for swimming! The …

It was bound to happen at some point

After owning my iPhone and snap on case for the past two years, it finally broke – dropped one too many times, apparently. Fortunately, only the glass on the back of the phone shattered, not the screen on the front. My case, which I absolutely loved also lost a corner. In all fairness, I will admit to having dropped this phone/case at least a couple …