I wonder if there are any snacks hidden away down here...

Oops! A cheerio!


Pillow for Annie and Kevin

Annie and Kevin got a really pretty new couch and I am going to make them a cushion to go on it. This is what I've got so far. AND, the fabric was free! I love that. It came from a stack of sample/swatches from one the firms we share an office with at work. Hassle free, free fabric.

And, here's finn with the kitchen he is borrowing from Liam and Sarah. You were right on, Sarah. Finn is loving it!


The Haul

I'm a little sleepy to pull out a bunch of sewing puns, but that's the kind if mood I'm in. My mom, Annie and I went through the fabric we got last weekend and it was like Christmas all over again. One thing in particular puts me in a holiday mood and that's candy. And though there was no candy in the Brown & Haley's Almond Roca tin, there were plenty of other goodies like fur buttons and ricrac and tons of twill tape and grosgrain ribbon. The tin itself is pretty special, too.


Bright Future

Tyler put up a basketball hoop which has provided quite a bit entertainment for our family. As part of Finn's personal training, which includes trying to get on the stairs, opening drawers, banging on our steel beams, and roaring like a lion, we are working with him on his slam dunk. This is Jeff giving Finn an up and celebrating his 2-points.


Christmas in March

Chance is such a slippery variable. When things, by chance, work out in your favor there is a special feeling that is unlike the gratification of a job well done. It's more like some instant karmic pay-off and, at least for me, I can't help feeling like I deserved that good luck just a little.

In this case, I don't know what the source of my good fortune was, but it is certainly linked to my mother. One of her coworkers bought a home that was left behind by a former seamstress. A fire had ruined much of the house, but the attic, full of fabric (we're talking boxes and bolts--enough to start a small store) remained intact. The new owner, an artist / doctor, saw the value of all of this and generously offered to let my mom come over and pick through it. So, as a good mother does, she got her kids in on the action and we piled into the station wagon, Finn in tow, and checked the place over. It was pretty messy but we came out with a carload of great stuff and I can't help feeling like I just got a second Christmas!

Thanks Mom! (and Lisa!)

This will certainly be spurring many more sewing projects that I will share here.