First Blooms 2016

This winter has been in sharp contrast to last, with hardly any snow. Last year at this time we still had large piles.

Our first bloom year was a snowdrop, followed by a winter aconite on March 10th.
A few days later we got a little sleet to go around it.
The crocuses will be up soon too. This year is our earliest first blooms since we’ve lived here.
First bloom 2015: April 13
First bloom 2014: April 14
First bloom 2013: March 31
First bloom 2012: March 19
First bloom 2011: April 4

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New Sweater

This sweater was a Christmas gift for my little girl. As my husband will attest, I can rarely follow a recipe when cooking. This was that kind of knitting project. I used another cardigan pattern to get the gauge/sizing right, but then proceeded to knit it in the round, change the pattern from garter stitch to fair isle , steek it up the front, change the ribbing and the button band, and come out with an all-together different sweater. And I learned more in the process.

When I went to buy the buttons, I decided to go for an assortment of animals. She loves them.

At least this one fit when I knit it!


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Wool Sweater Quilt

This past Christmas I made ornaments out of felted wool sweaters. While working on them, I got the idea to make a throw quilt out of sweater squares.  It raided the bottom of my sweater box for ones that I no longer wear and picked up a few more a thrift stores.  After felting them in the washer and dryer, I cut 5″ squares.

The colors just happened to work out to be white, gray, green and periwinkle.  So I laid them out in a order of sorts to sew together. I left the seams raw on the back and the edges as is.  It won’t unravel because it’s felted.

Shortly after finishing it, the quilt was broken in with some ‘sickness’.  So it went into the washer and dryer again and came out just fine.  I love all the textures the different cable patterns give. It’s nice and cozy for these cold winter days.

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Sewing Little Girl Clothes

Much of my sewing time has gone into clothing. I’ve enjoyed making knit leggings, dresses, and shirts and sweatshirts for for my little girl. These projects go much faster than quilts and can be completed in a nap time or two. Since they often go straight into the dresser, I forget to photograph them.

Here’s a few that made it in front of the camera.
T-Shirt dress & Leggings
tshirt dress
Scuba Hoodie
Lion Costume
Lion costume

Up-cycled Sweater Dresses- these come together so fast, since no hemming is needed.IMG_1903


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Peg People Nativity

I painted peg people for my little girl earlier this year as birthday present.
peg people

Inspired by seeing other nativity versions and my little girl’s love of her first set, I painted a nativity set of peg people this summer while on vacation. Recently she asked for ‘more people’ and so the nativity set came out a little early.

nativity 3

They’re already a favorite.

nativity 2

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