A Very Hawaiian Christmas

I snapped this with my phone on our first night on the island. I had forgotten how truly spectacular a sunset over the ocean can be. This is a strange and lovely way to spend the holiday. May your day be filled with love and peace.

Christmas circa ’78

Images from my favorite childhood Christmas. Handmade dollhouse thanks to my grandparents, Joyce and Al Martin. They are missed this year with all my heart. Confession: I do not LOVE Christmas. It is not my favorite holiday. Like many others, I feel increased anxiety over gift giving and receiving, and a little sickness over the thoughtless consumerism I see around me (and often fall victim to), the music sounds soulless and the decorations feel cheap. My heart breaks for the hungry families in own neighborhood and the children who are burdened with responsibilities and worries Read More →

Crowning acheivement (with sleeves)

Well, here it is. The sweet little dress I’ve been working on for Emerson. I cannot quite describe the process of creating this little number. (It involved fusible interfacing, “stitching in the ditch” and basting and gathering. Not to mention, cutting, pinning and measuring and basic math). The project was full of missteps and I learned a bit about patience as it came together over two weeks of Emerson’s nap times. There is nothing like the sound of a crying baby just as you realize you’ll be ripping out several seams worth of sewing. I Read More →

All done

Just wanted to show off a bit. I’m pretty happy with the finished quilt. Nothing close to perfection in terms of technique but I learned so much along the way. And I’ve gained some much-needed confidence when it comes to someday attempting a traditional quilt. I followed Connie’s awesome tutorial at Green Apple Orchard – meaning I probably read through it step by step no less than 50 times. No joke. Her details and photos got me through with very little frustration and no tears. Progress, people. This is serious progress for me. If you Read More →

All I want for Christmas

Found on Dooce. Photo via Type Tees. Is this awesome t-shirt.

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