Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Crafty Juices Were Flowin'

Yesterday was a rare day at my house.  Everyone was home and we had no where to go.  Bliss.

Add to that the creative energy that flowed through our house.

The two boys, Mr and J, worked on J's pinewood derby car.  Good masculine creativity.

The girls and I worked with one of my favorite mediums, fabric.

First we taught Little L how to make yo-yo's.  This kept her focused and it was so fun to watch her sew.  She made up stories about her yo-yo's.  They were all fairies and the little one needed constant babysitting.

Then we pulled out Princess D's new sewing machine and she made her first item, a pillowcase.  She loves sleeping on a Euro-Square pillow, so that's what we made her.  She was so proud and I let her do it all herself (which was kinda hard).  I did use the rotary cutter and cut it out--I'm not brave enough to trust her with that yet.

I had hoped to sew D's bed skirt too, but I had a nasty attack of carpal tunnel and I couldn't find my hemming foot.  So I was the only one who didn't make anything.

After I tucked the kids in bed I pulled out my glue gun and flowers and made some simple hair clips.  Nothing fancy.  Little L tucked Mr. into bed and came down and helped me.

This morning I found this:
My girls had created their own combinations.  They put mine to shame, but the Mama in me is proud.  Look at the use of texture and color?  They mixed in ways that fashion and trend wouldn't dare, but these girls could rock that look. (And who I am to force my girls to stay on trend and not branch out?)

I guess I better create more opportunities for my kids to be creative, cause the juices are flowin.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Quilt Market?

Today I heard some news.  The International Quilt Market is coming to little old SLC.   Even better, some wonderful blog ladies are making a party out of it.  Get the info here

A friend of mine said this year felt like the year of the quilt for her, and I am feeling the same way.  I've only made two pieced quilts before (both sad little square baby blankets).  I am working on a twin size one for my daughter, the top is almost done. (I will share pics when the top is done.)  But I am learning and that is fun.  One of my New Year Resolutions was to make a disappearing nine patch.  So, when I start I will let you know. (I've technically started.  I am making a I-Spy quilt.  My I-Spy's are on their way as we speak, then I just need to cut the other squares and I'll be off and running.)

Hope you all have a great day!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Guilt Free Laziness

I just had to share something.  Today I am having a great day.  I am doing nothing but I feel ok about it.  Why you ask?  Cause the kitchen is clean.  There is still laundry that should be done, but I am enjoying a quiet moment with peace in my heart cause the heart of my house in clean and neat.

Happiness is a clean kitchen.