For those of you who like our hillbilly stories, you are going to love this one! And in case you are a new reader let me set this one up a bit. My husband is the oldest of 12 children. Yes, twelve. I was pregnant with my mother-in-law three times, which means my children each have an aunt or uncle their age. So it's not unusual for me to have three or four extra children staying with us for a couple of days at a time because if one comes they all want to come, and you know me, the more the merrier. So here's the story..... I'm standing on the porch watching the kids play in the pool, after playing in the muddy pond, thinking about the mess this is going to make to get these six wet and muddy little munchkins into the house and cleaned off, when a genius idea came to me. "What if I could wash six kids and a load of clothes all at one time? I can just pour in some soap and let them play! And they will love it too because what kid doesn't like bubbles? Then I can just hose the bubbles off before they come in....Yes, I think this could work! I mean it's not much different than people bathing in streams, right?" So I run to get the dish washing liquid and pour it in! They liked the idea too. LOL! In fact, I don't think they will ever want to bathe inside again! And I won the coolest-mom-ever award for having such an awesome plan! They really did come out pretty clean too! I was a little surprised that it worked as well as it did.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
As Molly gets older I find myself thinking more and more about modest, feminine, dresses for older girls. I try to come up with designs that will keep her interested in "mama-made", something that can grow with her, and a timeless design that isn't going to be out of fashion by the time Maddie gets to wear it. Sewing for older maidens (girls) can be tricky sometimes! With the increase in household duties and responsibilities I feel like it would be embarrassing for Molly to wear dresses that made her feel like a baby. I want to design dresses that are appropriate for her age and something that she is comfortable in. BINGO! That's how Miss Mary came to be.....
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Just browsing around on Etsy tonight drooling over all of the teal and pink Pyrex -that goes oh so well with Dorothy.....you know the pink mixer- and there are so many pretty things out there. Too bad I don't have a birthday or something coming up. My dream is to one day have all teal and pink dishes and cookware. Well.... a girl can dream can't she? You have to admit, cooking with cute stuff is part of what makes cooking fun. And you know what? Even washing dishes isn't so bad when you are washing something adorable.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
The Spring International Quilt Market is just around the corner and that means sewing lots of samples! So here are the samples I mailed off yesterday, after taking these pictures in the rain... Here is a Miss Lily, and a Miss Madeline with no apron. Pretty bright and sassy huh? I always try to send some brighter fabrics and some that are a little more muted, so this is the bright set.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Well a couple of months ago I was at home alone (that hardly ever happens) and feeling pretty lonely so I turned to my favorite podcast, Craftsanity. To be specific this podcast with Jennifer Paganelli. Well.... as I listened to her tale of starting her own home-based business from scratch I looked at her beautiful fabrics online, browsed around her blog, and literally fell asleep thinking of how awesome it would be to get her fabrics and my patterns together. When I woke the next morning I grabbed my iPhone by the bed to see if there were any pressing emails (I never do this), sitting right there in my inbox was an email from Jona saying that Jennifer Paganelli wanted MY Miss Madeline dress for market!
Friday, May 1, 2009
There is no need to worry....I will just be away for a few days to get my thoughts together. It's been a hard week here and I'm feeling a little scattered....I haven't been able to write for days, I don't know why (or maybe I do and I just don't want to talk about it) but I know it will all come back to me soon. So until I have something worth saying I will be hugging my babies extra tight, thanking God for my precious friends and family, and sewing like a mad woman for Quilt Market. See you soon. xoxo, Samantha