A Slow Month...

January is quickly coming to an end - and I sure didn't accomplish a lot!!! Not like I was hoping to.

In between the girls playing "pass the sickness", I spent a solid two+weeks with at least one of the three girls home from school/nursery school. On top of that, my husband has taken a few trips this month, including a 9-day business trip to Korea. And when he's gone and the girls are sick, life sorta grinds to a halt.

Now things are getting back to "normal" once again (which is still chaotic, just more everyday-ish...and I have help).

Just the other day, my oldest and I re-read the chapter we're on in the Mary Frances Sewing Book. Over the holidays, my daughter had spent some time sewing little dolls as presents and our "lessons" were put on hold. Now they have resumed :). She even picked the fabric for her next sewing project (a pinafore) and it is now cut and partially sewn.

In the meantime, while dreaming up lots of projects for the coming year, I've been contemplating making a quilt for my youngest daughter. My husband just built her a new toddler-sized bed following the wonderful tutorial on this awesome site. It turned out adorable! As I've mentioned before, my sewing space is in my daughter's tiny bedroom, so I'm trying to make the limited space work for both of us (i.e., there are a lot of handmade dolls and toys perched on shelves...it looks almost like a doll/toy workshop). Anyways, I thought this fabric collection would be perfect for her room/bedding. It is by Lecien and called Caramel Town. You can see a much better picture of the print in the picture above. This picture below just shows all the prints/colors. I ordered a ton of this stuff!

But after mulling it over, I'm thinking of asking for my Mom's help instead. She quilts day and night and I know she could do a better job here than me. Plus, it would free up some time for me to work on other projects. It's a win-win. Sound okay, Mom?

Speaking of other projects, I'm still working on one I started a few weeks ago. It's totally new to me and involves a lot of hand-sewing. I plan to have it finished by Valentine's Day (it will be a present for the girls). I hope it turns out. We'll see. It's not stuffed yet, so it's hard for me to tell...

Anyways, thanks so much to those of you who emailed about my silence. Things are okay here! It's sweet of you to be concerned.

And just because this picture makes me smile, I'm putting it here. This is my baby...she is now three!

Love her!


New Year, New Projects!

Christmas Morning, 2010.

January always felt so gloomy when I was a kid. All that build up before the holidays, the anticipation for Christmas Day and even New Year's Eve...and then it would be over. *Poof*

Nowadays, I actually love this time of year. It feels so full of potential. A time of renewal and change. I don't mind packing away the holiday decorations, clearing the fabric remnants off my cutting table, vacuuming beneath my sewing cabinet, stashing away the serger and coversticher after my annual pajama-making marathon (10 matching nightgowns/pajamas sets this year!). I actually feel excited. Invigorated!

I have some cool things I'm working on right now, including a new toy that I've been daunted by in the past, but would love to make; I think I'm going to give it a try this month. I have a few more things in store for the new year...

But just to wrap up the holidays (and since a few of you so kindly emailed and asked) - yes, my middle daughter loved her doll! Loved her! She brings her other dolls/toys into "the Pink Room" daily (that's my sewing space/youngest daughter's room) to visit Noelle. Lots of sweet conversation and imaginative play.

And the marionettes! We surprised our girls with them the night after Christmas because The Sound of Music happened to be on TV. We walked them out during "The Lonely Goatherd" scene :). My youngest was controlling the goat and my husband and I maneuvered the boy and the little girl in her pale pink coat. I wish we had someone video tape their reactions. My middle daughter responded as I guessed she would - FULL of excitement and ran over and grasped one of puppets. My oldest daughter, however, was visually torn between the marionettes and her intense concentration on assembling her Harry Potter LEGO Hogwarts set. It's a little hard to compete with Harry Potter, it seems.

But now that Hogwarts is all complete, my oldest has played with the puppets quite a bit and seems intent on figuring out how to manipulate them.

And we've had ample talks about future puppet-making/The Lonely Goatherd projects. Just as I hoped.