WIP: embroidery

2 Apr

I mostly finished this embroidery when I was at my mom’s a few weeks ago. I think it needs something else but I’m not sure what. 

It’s a Philip Michael Thomas quote. There’s a lot of really unintentionally hilarious quotes from him. I’m thinking of embroidering more of them. Clearly I watch way, way too much Miami Vice when I’m home alone. Seriously, I did start watching the series from the beginning on netflix…


I think it needs something along the top. I’m still not sure what though. 

Spring Break!

19 Mar

My husband was on spring break last week, and I wasn’t exactly on spring break but I did get one Saturday off – so we decided to take a trip to visit our moms for the weekend. 

We didn’t do a lot because Jeremy spent a day in NYC at some archives doing research for a paper he’s writing. On the day he went to the City, my mom and I took the kids to the Children’s Museum. It was so fun! I don’t know if she had more fun or if they did!!

My mom, who’s in her 70s, got in the ball pit with the kids! That was worth the price of admission alone!! We couldn’t stop laughing! 

We then went over to Whole Foods for lunch because I am difficult (the whole vegan and gluten free thing…). 

I have to point out Bea’s dress – I found it at Saver’s a couple days before. I freaked out in the store when I saw this dress and that it fit Bea! It’s perfect condition, probably barely worn, Marimekko – for $3!! She’s currently going through a growth spurt, so I hope this dress fits for a little while…

On our last night, two little poppets did not want to sleep. Thankfully their uncle Ronnie was visiting and had them play “quiet games” – yoga. It sort of worked. When Lucien cuddled me for bed that night he told me how much he loved his uncle’s quiet games. 

Then it was time to come home.  We had beautiful weather for the drive back. The day after we got back my husband and I picked up the dogs from the kennel and I officially started a really awful cold  – at least I wasn’t sick on our weekend trip. 

*i also want to point out that there’s more pics of Bea because Lucien would not stand still * 

New clothes for B & L

10 Feb

I finally got my sewing machine up and running this week. Thankfully school hasn’t gotten to be too busy yet so I was able to get some sewing done for the kids, including a shirt I had cut out and pinned for Lucien but before we moved last spring!

Here’s Lucien’s top, it’s the Charlie Tunic from Made By Rae. I like this pattern (and the dress version) because they’re easy! I also modify it where I don’t put in the buttons. The main fabric in this is wax cloth that my husband bought for me when he last went to Gabon. The coordinating fabric is vintage that I found at a tag sale last summer.


I wasn’t sure at first how they’d go together, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I’m also pretty happy with Lucien’s crazy toothless grin! (Side note – he lost his tooth last week in the middle of the night, and couldn’t find it! Like it’s somewhere in his room, but we haven’t been able to find it. Maybe he swallowed it, but the night he lost it, he says he dropped it between his bed and the wall, and we woke up to the sound of him pawing at the wall to get it back – freaking out the that tooth fairy might not come. It was crazy!)

Anyway –

For Bea, I made a twirly skirt. I didn’t use a pattern, I just measured her waist, then doubled the measurement – so 22″x2 = 44, then I measured the length and added a couple inches to account for the hem and waistband, it was 14″. I just cut a rectangle from the fabric and sewed up the side, but instead of zig zagging the seams after sewing them, I did French seams instead. It took about 30/45 minutes to make, the longest part was putting the elastic in the waistband.


First, Bea didn’t really want to pose – she wanted to twirl around…but she picked the fabric, it’s Alexander Henry from Joann’s maybe a year or so ago. I think I might make her some more and add some mini pom poms to the bottom, I think she’d like that.

ABC book of a different sort

30 Jan

A few years back I took a book arts class. I LOVED it!! The other day when I was unpacking, still, I found the stash of books I made in my book arts class. Here is a link to the funniest one – The ABC Book of World Dictators. I’d totally forgotten about that one!

Embroidered Mandala

29 Jan

Basically I saw one of these on Pinterest and had to try it. It looked mindless and easy and fairly quick. I was right. I needed a quick and fairly mindless project as a break from my two monster cross stitch projects, and the multitude of abandoned sewing projects…


I started with putting light grey felt in a hoop then layering concentric circles in bright pink and dark grey on top. Then I just started in the middle and worked my way out.


I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. I started another one for when I need a break from other projects. This new one is a bit bigger and has the base color and three circles, rather than two.

Wordless Wednesday: he’s the cutest!

28 Jan


(This is from 2008, I think)

Second semester of grad school begins…

17 Jan

My second semester of graduate school begins soon so I thought I’d show some more things that I did over break.

I did half of this cross stitch – for me, that’s pretty good!


This will eventually be a welcome sign to the house, it’s an Emily Peacock design. Here’s a link if you want to make your own. I’ve been working on this for years! I had the ‘w’ and ‘e’ done but didn’t like how they looked – I lost almost a week picking out all those stitches! Next time, they can stay!! I’m only showing this because I’m determined to work on it this year and hopefully finish it this century.

But my break wasn’t just half, or less, finished cross stitch projects. I also got a bug up my butt or something and pulled the carpets out of Bea’s room. I needed to see the condition of the hardwood underneath! Turns out that it didn’t take so long to rip out, moving all her furniture back took longer.


I think the black spots are glue, maybe? Like the previous owners had a rug glued down in the middle of the room, so they only refinished the sides of the room. It’s really weird. Now I’m insanely curious if the rest of the house is like that, but I did cut my thumb whilst cutting into the carpet on the stairs and my husband hid all the utility knives, haha! My cut wasn’t bad. I actually didn’t realize it was cut until hours later when Lucien noticed there was dried blood on my thumb.

I’ve got some more fun things to write about – hopefully very soon.

First finished piece of 2015

5 Jan

I did start this a few days before the new year, but just finished it.




I’m really pleased with how it turned out! I don’t cross stitch a lot and I designed my little family people myself so I was nervous about how it would all look. I’m thinking of making one of my mom & her boyfriend for Valentine’s Day, I think they’d like that, I don’t know – maybe I’ll change my mind once the semester starts and I don’t have any more free time. :)

Hartley update

20 Dec

I just realized that I forgot to post an update to Hartley’s biopsy yesterday.

It was good news!

The lump/bump was just a fatty think and not doggy cancer, no surgery needed! Thank goodness! I can’t accurately describe how relived I am.

Hartley and I both thank all of you for your good thoughts. He’s back to laying around, loudly snoring, spying on our neighbor’s min pin and trying to steal everyone’s food right out of their hands.


That’s Hartley’s usual pose…


18 Dec


Hartley has a mass on his leg. It’s really big and is freaking me out. He’s gone in for a biopsy today. If you can spare any good thoughts for us, I’d appreciate it. He would to, if he knew what was going on – when he left for the vet this morning, he was excited for a car ride with the kids.


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