Friday, December 31, 2010

Handmade Gifts

I made a whole batch of these cute little bags for Christmas gifts this year -- then filled them with yummy dark chocolate bars.  I taught myself how to embroider using the embroidery tutorial on (love their blog!), and it wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be.  It's actually addictive -- I want to do more.  I had picked up a bunch of different sized embroidery hoops at thrift stores over the past year -- it seems like all antique and thrift stores have these in excess!

I did most of the embroidery while playing "school" with the girls.  They have been lining up the stuffed animals (and their mommy) on the couch and taking turns being the kindergarten teacher.  We moved their easel from the basement to the living room and it has provided hours of fun for the "teachers" and their students!

 I got the idea for these zippered bags from this Etsy shop.  Lots of other bloggers have been making cute pennant quilts/bags, too -- I love this one here, too!  I wanted to make one like this for our front door, but ran out of time this Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last weekend we visited Grandma and Grandpa, to relax, have fun, and work on some Christmas preparations. My mom and I made chocolate covered peanut butter candy, and dark chocolate/white chocolate peppermint bark -- delicious! And the girls made gingerbread houses with kits that my mom had bought them. They had so much fun!

Way back Wednesday

5 Years Ago . . . .


                                          My other baby (kitty Dusseldorf)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Shutterfly Card

Gorgeous Gift Tag Holiday Thank You 3x5 folded card
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


I guess it's pretty obvious who helped with the cookies this year!  I was thinking that at age 5 the girls would be more directable -- I requested "lighter on the sprinkles!" multiple times before I gave up.  Who doesn't love sprinkles?!

And this is my favorite holiday recipe, a candy cane cheesecake.  Delicious!
It has a thick oreo cookie crust, peppermint flavored cheesecake, and crushed candy canes pressed into the top.  It's actually pretty easy to make, and the girls like to help me unwrap, eat, and crush the candy canes for the top.  Fun!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Quilts

Last Christmastime I ordered a quilt kit -- a Christmas tree quilt using the Sandy Gervais Merry and Bright Fabric.  I loved the fabric so much, and had so much left over, that I also made a square within a square quilt top out of the leftover fabric.  Halfway through I realized that I didn't have nearly enough for a queen sized quilt top, so I hunted down more of this now out of print fabric on Etsy and Ebay.  And this December, I finally finshed quilting the top.  One of our cats just LOVED the few days that this quilt was on the dining room table -- a very cozy spot to rest!

Art Imitates Life

Note the pink & white striped cast!
Crying when she broke her leg

Lexi has been drawing and coloring a lot lately -- there's not much else she can do in that HUGE cast!

Here are some family photos, both real and handmade:

Thanksgiving Day
Holly's family photo, we're on a Hay Ride

Lexi's family photo (what do you think of Brian's space suit?!)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dining Room Art -- Before and After

I decided to change the wall art to give us a little more color.  I left the black and white photos behind the new ones, to change back someday!  I'm really liking the new, brighter look!

Friday, November 26, 2010


Just a couple of quick pictures from our Thanksgiving weekend -- next it's on to decorating for Christmas!  The felt garland idea comes from  The quilted tree hanging on our front door is something I just made up -- inspired by the Whip Up Mini Quilts book by Kathreen Ricketson.  The tree is brown fleece leftover from making a stuffed sheep for Lexi, and the leaves are scraps of fabric I had left from other projects.  The girls helped me place the leaves in various spots, and then I quilted around the edges.  I finished the binding last Saturday while watching their swimming lessons.  I've figured out that I can usually finish a small quilt binding during a 1/2 hour of swimming lessons!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Starting a Blog

This place we call home is an old house in the city, which we've remodeled extensively. Our entire house really is a studio--the basement table is permanently covered in paint, my sewing machine sits on the dining room table, and the living room "coffee table" is really an art table. There are handmade pictures all over our walls, quilts everywhere, and many knitting projects scattered about. And we wouldn't have it any other way! My little artists (5 yr old twins Holly & Lexi) are busy with creations of all kinds, and I try to fit in as much sewing, quilting, and knitting as I can! Thanks for visiting our "city house studio!"

I have so enjoyed reading lots of sewing/quilting/crafty blogs this past year!  I've been thinking about starting my own for the longest time, and am now finally getting started!

We've had a fun year creating things . . . I think it was about a year ago that I moved my sewing machine to the dining room table, and started quilting again seriously.  Last fall I made a Christmas quilt and free motion quilted it with the girls close by, working on their own projects.  Holly and Lexi are such enthusiastic artists.  They love to color, paint, draw, and create, and have joined me at the dining room table for many hours of creating.

This blog will be a place to post the girls artwork, to share some of our projects, and help us remember all of the fun we have together!