Embroidery crazy

20 Jul

I guess you could say I’ve been busy. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. 



Coolest house on the block

14 Jul

My husband and I decided to get our house painted this summer. We live in an old Victorian, and the paint was all peeling and chippy, so it was time. We also had these shakes at the top of the house that were black and we wanted them a brighter color. 

We got lucky in that the painter we ended up going with was amazing and trusted what I picked for the shakes color and the door color – unlike the other painters we had in for estimates.  Seriously, I’ve spent so much time with our painters in the last couple weeks that they are my two new bffs. 

Anyway, here are the pictures:

That’s the old black, that had faded to grey. The painter noticed the sun detail and suggested we paint it yellow – awesome, right?

That’s the awesome painter, putting on “hot lips,” on the shakes. 

My front door. I’m so in love with this! I can’t wait to paint the inside of the house now!!

Busy time off

7 Jul

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m taking classes on Saturday, year round. Well, I got kind of lucky and just had a full three week break – that hasn’t happened since Christmas. I originally thought about just sleeping while the kids are at camp, but then I felt guilty so I started making things. Lots of things. 

This was first, I’d heard the song and made the embroidery and didn’t know what to do with it.    
 I love this song. 

Then I got hooked on making foldover zip clutches, I’ve been making them non-stop. I ran out of the amazing (vintage, yard sale purchased) blue with white polka dotted fabric! But here are some pictures:

I’m obsessed.  I’m also running out of zippers – something I never thought would happen. 

What’s your latest craft obsession?


1 Jul

Summer is usually a pain because it involves a lot of my husband and I trying to figure out how to keep the kids busy. 

Any ideas? 
Anyway, this year, they went to camp for a week. They would come home and fall asleep by 7pm. INSANE! They loved it so much they’re going back for three more weeks – thanks to two very generous grandmothers. 

We’ve been keeping them busy in other ways too. I spent about 4 days combing out Lucien’s hair – he hates the comb, and putting his hair into two strand twists. I loved it and thought he looked adorable, but he wanted a haircut.    

Do you think he’s into his haircut? 

The kids also have been working on their fort making skills. They built this epic one the other day. Well, Lucien built it and Bea kept saying “I love my new apartment” and “I can’t wait to decorate my new place!” Then they gave me 40 cents and two frisbees as rent. Hahahaha!    
What have you been doing for fun this summer? My next post is about what I’ve been doing besides school. 

Five years ago today 

4 Jun

This happened: 

Now they’re more like this: 


Even though they can be aggrevating, I think Jeremy and I lucked out and got two pretty amazing kids.  

Wordless Wednesday: weaving edition

3 Jun


Crafty break before summer classes start

19 May

I finised my spring classes a couple weeks ago and have been taking advantage of the time off to make a lot of crafty things – because I always get these ideas for small crafty projects, but during school time, I don’t have time to do them. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot and I still have a few more I want to finish before my classes start on Saturday. 

I painted rocks for the garden with Beatrice. After we put them in the garden, our (possibly senile?) old dog Miss Josephine tried to eat one…she’s fine, and I just moved the rocks to where she can’t reach them anymore. 

I organized my case for my hexies. That’s a super task. It’s still missing glue sticks though. 

I made this rain cloud pin. I think it’s missing a sad face, the next one I make will have a sad face. 


I painted these wooden beads and made a faux marbled clay bead. I love these chunky necklaces, so I had to make one. I made another one for a friend, I hope she likes it. 


Every time I see Peter Dinklage, I can only think of this quote now. I had to embroider it. My husband couldn’t stop laughing when I showed it to him. 

Hopefully I’ll be able to finish my other projects before Saturday… 

Neighborhood welcoming committee

4 May

My (absolutely adorable) 6 year old son loves playing outside. He loves riding his scooter up and down the sidewalk on our block. 

He’s super friendly. I think he knows more of our neighbors than I do. He has a big, genuine smile for everyone that walks by and a big kiss for every dog that comes by. 

The other day he and Beatrice hugged our mailman and Lucien told him how much he appreciated getting the mail. The mailman gave him & Bea two rubber band each.

Flash forward about a half hour, some random mean looking teen comes walking by and Lucien ran over and said “here” and put one of the rubber bands on the kid’s wrist. I wasn’t sure what the teen was going to do, but he just smiled and said thanks, then Lucien said “if you don’t like the color, you can paint it!” The teen didn’t laugh at him and just told him it was a great idea. 

Then today while we were in the garden, Lucien made sure to talk to each and every person who walked by our house about our garden. He also had a conversation about dog birthday parties (??) with one of our elderly neighbors. 

He’s totally a one child neighborhood welcoming committee. He is the complete opposite of me. I think we really hit the jackpot with him (and Bea). 

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 * 


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