Twinkle, Twinkle // Baby “Arthur” Quilt

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Despite the lack of activity around here the last couple months ... my sewing room has been buzzing with new creations. I've whipped up four quilts for special little ones and I can't wait to share them with you. I worked on this quilt at the same time as Baby Charlie's Quilt. One of my husband's childhood friends was expecting his first, much-anticipated & wished for, child. His wife told me they were doing a night sky color palette for the nursery and I immediately thought of the Twinkle, Twinkle pattern. It was the perfect fit for both baby boys. In Charlie's quilt, I switched out one of the blues for a red {since his nursery was more of a Americana palette}, but otherwise the ... Keep Reading

January {2015} Reads

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January came and went and somehow, I managed to read FOUR books!! Now, some of you may laugh at that number, but it is huge for me. I haven't read like that since before I became a mama ... so, uhm, more than a decade ago! I've shared a book challenge {and the bookmark I created to pair with it} that is encouraging me to read more as well as sharing how I'm carving out more time in my day(s) for reading. So, what did I read this month? Bright Side Kim Holden I don't even know how to put this book into words. I absolutely fell in love with the characters, I wanted to be their friend and hang out with them, they were so endearing. It made me want to be a better person. To be kind ... Keep Reading

2014 Instagram {in review}

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I'm glad I'm not the only one that has been re-evaluating their online presence and adding a little more breathing room into life. I have no doubt that stepping back from the online world is the #1 reason I have read five, yes F-I-V-E, books since Christmas {more on that in a post next week}. That might be average for some, but that is HUGE for me ... probably a record since becoming a mama 10 years ago and feeling like I lost some of those brain cells that allow you to concentrate on anything for more than 8.2 minutes. But ... I also miss documenting bits of life around here. So I'm, like always, trying to find the balance. Here's a re-cap of my TOP 10 Instagram photos of ... Keep Reading

2014 Tutorials {in review}

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Well you know you've been away from your blog for a while when even you, the author and creator, feel awkward coming back around ... Hmmm. Let's skip over the how, what, why of that big {gulp} gap in time and spend a little time reminiscing about 2014 {I can still do that in January, right? So I've got a couple of days to bust out some 'in review' posts}. How about a review of the tutorials I created & shared in 2014:: "Wonky Wedge" Table Runner {featuring AccuQuilt's 9" wedge die} A Polka Dot Pouch {originally featured on The Polkadot Chair} "Ann Kelle" Baby Booties {free PDF pattern available here} "Popsicle Glee" Table Runner Tutorial Simple Quilted Blanket A ... Keep Reading

26 Books Challenge // Reading in 2015

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Confession: I love to read Truer confession: All too often I don't make time for 'real' reading. Sure I read all day long ... blog posts, internet articles, Facebook updates, but not.real.reading. Another confession: I love a challenge. The challenge does not need to involve anyone else, I just love to challenge myself. Is anyone else out there like this?! So, how perfect is the 26 Books Challenge that Erin of Bringing Up Burns came up with for 2015?! A list of twenty-six prompts, challenging you to read books YOU want to read. No one else is picking for you, hurrah! I hate being told what to do. I decided to make up a little bookmark version of the list for my 'secret' reading ... Keep Reading