Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A little cover for my Singer Featherweight


I've been meaning to make a little cover for my Singer Featherweight sewing machine. Last week I finally did. I measured from front to back up over the top and then from the bottom to the top for the side pieces. A few cute fabrics and decorative stitches later, I have this cute cover to protect my machine when it's sitting unused.



-dana

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Under the Dogwood

We moved into this house when the girls were 4 and 2 and this Dogwood tree outside out back door became a hub of play and imagination. Ropes and boards were hung from this exact branch to make swings and benches and beds. Then an official rope swing hung here for many years. Today a star hangs set on an automatic timer to light our way in the night in the dark forest where we live. I see this spot from many windows in my house. And I rest here in the shade often. When I gaze upon it or sit beneath it, sweet memories flood my mind.

-dana

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Snippets

Building cars and racing them.

Vintage quilt tops from kind strangers.

Junior prom.

Soccer games.
So, so, so very glad she has this group of friends.

-dana

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Giving away fabric over on Instagram!


I got some happy mail and want you to as well! The bundle of fabric that I curated for Fat Quarter Shop arrived and they have generously donated a bundle for me to give away too. Head over to my Instagram page and see how easy it is to enter for your chance to win!

Contest ends tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20th so hop to it!

Happy Spring!

-dana

Thursday, April 7, 2016

In the weeds


I've mentioned how busy this little family of mine is lately. Super busy. And I'm so resistant to it. 

Aggressively resistant you could say. 

Unwilling to budge. Some people might call it stubborn.


For example, it only dawned on me yesterday (YESTERDAY!) that I could make quick and easy dinners that allow us to still sit down together and are easier on me. Uhhh..... DUH!

Stuck in the weeds I tell ya. And looking for time.

-dana

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Growth





I have work to do but find all sorts of reasons to wander out to the greenhouse in search of that heady, loamy, earthy smell as I sprinkle the seedlings with water. I examine each pot for new growth. Rescue trapped butterflies. Move and shift and rearrange. And generally tinker for immeasurable amounts of time. Some of my best thinking is done out there.

Growth. The seedlings and mine.

-dana

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Living with teenagers


Teenagers. I've got two of them. They are busy. And dramatic. And in an ongoing power struggle with each other (or is it with themselves?)  And distracted. And, often times, frustrating.


Optimistic. Energetic. Ambitious. Hilarious. Hungry! Adaptable. Curious. Intelligent. Willing to try and fail. And try again.


And mercurial.  For I write this on a morning filled more with paragraph one, knowing paragraph two is just moments away.


-dana