Monday, March 2, 2015

Navigating the tough stuff


I'm feeling tender hearted and fiercely protective of my family today.  My father-in-law passed away yesterday. On his birthday. And it was fast and unexpected. And our daughters have never dealt with losing a loved one. And they are worried about their dad.  And confused about what they are feeling.

Robert was a good, good man.  Who on Thursday would have been married to Sarah for 43 years. Who liked to compare weather and gas prices with everyone he met.  Who served in the Missouri National Guard. Had two children.  Four grandchildren.  And went to the mall most days to walk even though he probably sat in the food court drinking coffee and talking to his buddies more than exercising.

Nerves are fluttering around my chest as I wonder how to help my little family navigate this time. Just move through it I suppose.

We love you Grandpa.
-dana

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Icy cast





The light in February is gray and cold. But the quilts I hear tumbling in the dryer are warm and cheery. The frantic card game Speed is keeping our hearts racing. Curious dogs wanting to go outside to bark again and again are keeping our feet out the door.  And the forecast of snow is keeping us hopeful.  Warmer days will be here soon. Until then I will enjoy the icy cast of today.

-dana

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Highs and lows


This one had her annual Sweetheart Ball this past weekend. She was crowned queen.


I sewed up a new tote late last week.  Before the dance.  Before my DSLR camera started acting funny. I seem to have now busted two lenses within the last eight months.


The Queen and I both have the flu.  All the couch time has allowed me the opportunity to get cracking on my embroidery stitch along.


Highs and lows.  Can't have one without the other.

-dana

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Good days


These days have been so good.  The kind that fill me up and, at the end of the day as I close my eyes and settle into sleep, make me breathe deep with contentment, gratefulness and pure happiness.  I've been sewing big and small projects, perfecting my cake doughnut recipe, and working outside when the sun shines.




Simple. Everyday. Beauty.

-dana

P.S. I'm using the technique and free pattern from Westwood Acres for the hexagons in the first photo.  I will share my cake doughnut recipe once it is perfect.  The fabric in the last photo is Wee Wander by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Stitching Along


Awhile back I had an embroidery project going that I really enjoyed.  Since then, however, all of my supplies have been sitting idol. That is until I spied the stitch along happening on Stitch Supply Co. for their new Alphabet Sampler Embroidery Pattern.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to use the linen polka dot pictured.  I plan on heat transferring the pattern today and getting my floss colors together so that I can take this project with me where ever I go.  Are you stitching along too?

-dana

P.S. Visit Stitch Supply Co's blog for the stitch along schedule as well as frequent posts with additional instruction and tips.  They are also on Instagram as @StitchSupplyCo . They are posting helpful videos if you're unfamiliar with certain stitches so be sure to check it out.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

What I've been working on


I've already mentioned that I've been working on making all 90 blocks of the Pony Club blocks from the book The Farmers Wife Pony Club by Laurie Aaron Hird.  Each block finishes at 8.5" square which seems small.  It seems especially small when you consider that many of the blocks have dozens upon dozens of pieces.  I've been rather singularly focused on my Pony Club blocks for weeks but two weekends ago I took a small road trip to meet up with a few friends for a weekend of sewing.


Lee and Nicole convinced me that I could cut and sew a quilt top in a matter of hours.  And I did.


And once home I've been right back to the Pony Club.  As of this moment I only have 14 more blocks to make. Now I'm dragging my heels.  Not because I've lost interest.  I liken it to a good book that you don't want to end so you slowly, very slowly, read the last few chapters.  That's how I feel about these remaining blocks. I kinda don't want them to end.

-dana

P.S. Are you making Pony Club blocks too?  Use the hashtag #ridethatponyclub on Instagram and Twitter so I can see 'em too.  Pretty please?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Patience and timing


I ran outside and snapped this photo of the daffodils reaching for the sun. In January.  Like they do every year. We've lived in this house 11 years and for many of those years I've stared at those January peeking daffodils and fretted. Worried they were too soon.  That they would freeze and the beauty would be wasted that year. But they are never wrong.  They burst from the frozen earth in the coldest month on the calender. All to bloom for a fraction of time in early spring.

Every January they remind me of patience and timing.

Nature is cool.

-dana