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Finished April Quilt

Every April, I try and focus on making a few quilts to donate to children in need. I won't go into the whole story of why again. It's all in this post and this post. Well, with the drama of this April- house showings and preparing to move, time and space to quilt was pretty hard to come by. I did manage to get one baby quilt all planned, sewn, and hand quilted in April. Even if it had to wait until May to get bound, I'm counting that as a win.

I love this quilt in all its rainbow, I-Spy, on point, patchwork glory. I spent forever going through all my scrap bins pulling the perfect fabrics and then hours and hours arranging and re-arranging the blocks. There are a few I wish I moved around a little more, but it got to the point that I just had to start sewing. 

I wasn't planning on hand-quilting. I debated it but decided it would be silly to put that much time and effort into it. I started machine quilting it. I sewed my first line and wasn't pleased with it. Sewed…
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In a Mood

I'm in a mood. A finish ALL the things mood. I think it has something to do with finding out the owner of the house we rent has decided not to sell it right now. There's such a relief and joy from not being forced to move. And, it might have something to do with losing my crafty room for the sake of a home office for my now working from home husband. Suddenly there is so much less room for storing in process projects. No WIP is safe. I want to finish them all. Now.

That's not quite practical. There's still laundry and grocery shopping and I have a lot of WIPs. But, I've made a list in order of effort required to finish and I'm attacking them one by one.

First up, was the pillow project my kids convinced me to let them start over Spring Break.

I had no crafty projects planned for this Spring Break. They had other ideas. So far, Ellery's taught herself the basics of embroidery from a book and they're all three working on patchwork pillows. A post shared b…


If you've read my blog for a while, you know that I try and make my kids something handmade each and every birthday and Christmas. It's something I started back when there was only one of them and it was a whole lot easier. Not sure how much longer I can keep it going.

I almost forgot to make something for Sam's birthday this year. There was just so much going on- Easter, planning his birthday party, worries about moving, house showings. It just completely slipped my mind until three days to so until the big day. I almost immediately gave up. But, I figured three days was enough time to come up with something quick and easy. I pulled out my copy of "50 Yards of Fun" by Rebecca Danger. After much debate, I decided on the ninja.

Quick. Easy. Awesome. I think it's going to need some friends, though.

Yarn and needle details and such are all on Ravelry.

Birthday, Boise and Bikes, Oh My!

Last week was crazy busy. Crazy. Crazy busy. Seriously. First up was Sam's seventh birthday.

We were thinking back, and this is probably his first actual not just family members birthday party. Whoops.  He loved every second of it.

Instead of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, we played Feed the Sam with little printed pictures of all his favorite foods. 

Ponytail and plumber's crack. I'm saving this one for his high school yearbook.

The favorite gift might just have been a game and a set of play handcuffs from the girl he is currently planning on marrying. It was the one that just had to be opened and used immediately. He also got a lot of building toys like K'Nex, Lego and Magformers. He was very happy.

That was Wednesday. Thursday we found out an offer had been made on the house we've been renting and we had 30 days to move. Hello, panic.

Saturday we went on a trip to Boise with some friends. We made the 2 hour drive, ate lunch out at Olive Garden to make our kids ve…

Saturday Adventure

It was a very, very snowy winter for us. And now that it's finally warming up that means all the local rivers and waterfalls are running higher than they have in...well, forever. So, this morning we, along with tons of other people, went to bask in the glory of nature. 

Huge, glorious, misty, cold nature.

The kids were pretty cold and wet by the end but, remarkably, not whiny. As we were headed back to the van, Anna said- "That was awesome but why did we have to come on such a rainy day?" I had to explain that it wasn't actually raining but it was water being thrown up into the air by the waterfall.

Hard to believe, but right upriver from all that loud, churning, swift water is this calm and quiet lake with a swimming area.

More Socks!

OK- just one more pair. But, I feel like all I've been doing lately is knitting socks. This makes my seventh (!) completed pair since June. And the eighth is already on the needles and ready for the first heel. They are just such a good, portable project and ultra comfy and useful once done.

This pair was for my husband.

I tried out a new pattern this time around- the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson. I like it. I'm a fan of the nice even stripe pattern around the heel.

This makes my fifth pair of socks knit in Knit Picks Felici yarn- one pair for everybody in the family. I love the colors and the softness. I'm a little worried about how they'll hold up long term, but so far so good.