In Like a Lion

Well Hello March!  The month when spring officially begins in the northern hemisphere.  There are no signs of spring around here though.   March has arrived deeply entrenched in winter — and it’s probably no surprise that I love it!  We had another small storm last night and it’s a winter wonderland out there today.  Big, beautiful, white, sticky snow.  I should have gone out there and built a snowman!

Thimbleanna: Snow

Instead, I spent the day playing around in the sewing room.  I tried to clean and organize a bit, but you’d hardly know it.  I desperately need some organizational skills LOL.  I also sewed a bit and played around with the latest batch of Liberty fabrics.  I’d been waiting until the more masculine prints arrived so that I could make a boy version from Amy’s sweet little bib pattern.

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

Clearly, a ruffle would not do for a boy, so I added a little bow tie.  I love that Checkmate print from Liberty — it’s just perfect.

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

And I used a blue alphabet print for the back of the bib.  I’ve hoarded had that print almost since my boys were babies themselves.

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

And here’s my favorite part — Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.  Ohmygosh, I love the little Alice in Wonderland characters — they’re all just too cute!

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

I worked on some quilt blocks too, but more on those later.  Have a wonderful week!

XOXO,
Anna

Back from Break!

Ahhhhh. I’m back from my little break, all rested (ha!) and refreshed. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I went to Utah. We love to go in the winter (well, we love to go any time of the year!) so that the kids can ski and TheManoftheHouse and I can just have a good time. Sadly, this time, TheManoftheHouse and TheSecondChild couldn’t make it.

I went out a few days early so that I could visit TheWorld’sGreatestAunt and a few of my cousins. I had fun playing with Aunt Annie — we talked a lot, played hand and foot and visited a few quilt shops. After I left her, I had a few hours before I needed to pick up TheFirstChild and SweetiePie from the airport, so I decided to drive up into the mountains. BigDaddy’s father spent his life in these mountains and I loved having the time to drive around and take in all the incredible beauty. Here’s a view along the ridgeline of the mountains — Skyline Drive. It’s rare for a little car, like my rental, to be on this road in February — usually, there’s a ton of snow up here in the middle of the winter and the roads are closed.

Thimbleanna: Utah

Looking across the valley to Mt. Nebo.

Thimbleanna: Utah

It was an unbelievably gorgeous day — about 50 degrees F and sunny – no coat required!  There were even people in shorts flying kites — crazy!

Thimbleanna: Utah

I drove along the ridge and thought it was pretty funny to find an outhouse.  Luckily for me, it was actually open ;-D!

Thimbleanna: Utah

After a few stops to enjoy the views and breathe in the fresh, crisp air, I left the mountains and went down to the valley on the other side.  And while I was there, I decided to take a quick stop in a small town where some of my ancestors are buried.  I’d never been there before and I was lucky to find a few graves of family members.  I was also really lucky to see these beautiful big owls up in a pine tree.  I’ve seen owls before, but only in zoos or raptor centers, so this was a super fun bonus to my day!

Thimbleanna: Utah

Anyway, moving right along with my week …  I had a great visit with Bonnie one afternoon — Hi Bonnie!  It’s a good thing that we don’t live near each other — we wouldn’t get much done and we’d wear our voices out!  Then, after the kids arrived, along with the planned skiing activities (with warm temps and not much snow, the skiing wasn’t great this year ;-( ) we decided to do a few things we hadn’t done before.  Not surprising for the kids, but as many times as I’ve been to Utah and all the years I actually lived there, we’d never been to the State Capitol.  It’s beautiful!

Thimbleanna: Utah

And one evening, we went out to The Great Salt Lake (never been there either — it was about time!) to view the sunset.  (That’s not snow on the ground — it’s salt.)

Thimbleanna: Utah

Some of my Instagram friends say the lake is really smelly, but we could only smell salt.  Winter must be the best time to visit.  It was chilly, but oh. so. pretty.  Our Little Miss Crazy decided to wade out into the lake — we were wearing coats, so I’m sure her feet were freezing!

Thimbleanna: Utah

So, that pretty much sums up the trip!  Home again, home again, jiggety jig. It’s been hard to go back to work, but finding a little surprise waiting for me when I got home, made it a lot easier.  These beauties have arrived:

Thimbleanna: Utah

Mmmmmm. Lucious Liberty. They’re loaded in the little Liberty Shop (at always low prices haha!) if you need some Lovely Liberty for yourself.

Have a great week!
XOXO,
Anna

 

The Aunts’ Quilt – Month 4

Well Auntlets, we’re on month 4 already, can you believe it? We’re more than half way on the big blocks — we’ll have this quilt done before we know it!  I know I’m ahead of our reporting date on the 15th of the month, but I thought I’d report in a little early for Valentine’s Day.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

So … my blocks for this month.  The applique block:

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

And then the two pieced blocks (Oops, it looks like I did a little funky cropping on these pics — the blocks really are ok though):

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

And here’s a closeup of my little animal of the month.  Finally, a sheepie!

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

Now for the Cookie of the Month.   Of course, it HAS to be a Valentine cookie.  We have a family sugar cookie recipe, but I saw this one on Pinterest the other day, so I thought I’d try it.

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

This cookie is big (I made mine even bigger than they called for in the recipe) and soft and yummy with a cream cheese frosting.  I really liked this cookie, but TheManoftheHouse said he prefers a more traditional sugar cookie.  He isn’t a cream cheese fan.

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

Okey Doke. That’s it. I hope you Auntlets are having fun and working hard on your blocks (and sorry — since I have limited computer access on my little getaway, I can’t link up to everyone who is caught up this month ;-( ). Have a VERY Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

XOXO,
Anna

Sweetly Stitched Handmades

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to snag an advanced copy of one of Amy Sinibaldi‘s new books, Sweetly Stitched Handmades.  I missed out on her first batch of books, so when she mentioned that there might be a second batch I started stalking her instagram account.  I wanted a copy of her new book for one reason:

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

That. Bib. Pattern.  There was a sneak peek of her baby bib a few months ago and I knew it would be perfect for the Liberty fabrics that are in my Liberty shop.  Humpty Dumpty patiently waited for weeks, and finally, it’s his moment in the sun.  Or, snow maybe.  I thought he might be cute modeled on a little snowbaby (to compensate for the lack of real babies around here ;-D).

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

The Alice in Wonderland print has lots of cute characters — Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee can’t wait for the arrival of a more masculine Liberty print so that there can be a boy version of this bib.

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

In the meantime, I’m just going to fondle that sweet little ruffle.  I LOVE Love love that ruffle!  I do have a go-to bib pattern, and I easily could have just added a ruffle to my pattern, but this was Amy’s cute idea, so I wanted to get the book and give credit where credit is due.  Amy is the genius of cute!

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

I’m really glad that I have the book anyway as there are lots of other adorable projects in there — Amy’s style is just Beautiful!    I think the book officially comes out in May, so if you don’t have a copy, it’s worth putting on your watch list!

Thimbleanna: Liberty Bib

Ok, must run. I’m off on a little adventure in the morning. I’ll be closing my etsy shop for a week. The Liberty shop will remain open but new orders won’t ship until after February 20th. Be Good! (And don’t worry Auntlets — I have you covered on the 15th ;-D)

XOXO,
Anna

Five on Friday

1. After my last post, local peep Jenny questioned how I could post without mentioning our snowfall this week — she knows how much I love the snow.  In my defense, when I posted, we didn’t have any snow on the ground yet and I’ve spent way too many forecasts getting excited over nothing.  But this time, those weathermen did not disappoint!  On Sunday we got 11″ of snow and on Wednesday (?) we got another 4″.  It’s beautiful and I’m in heaven!  Sadly, we’re expecting warmer temps and rain this Sunday — I hope it’s short-lived and we don’t lose too much of our “base” (as-if!)

Thimbleanna: Snow

2.  Just a little shout-out to the Auntlets!  How are you kids doing this month?  I’m a little behind, but hoping to kick it into gear this weekend to make the deadline for block 4 — only a week left!

Thimbleanna: The Aunts' Quilt

3.  Barb (you know, FUN Barb!) had trouble finding a quilt stencil for a LARGE baptist fan.  Sooo, she decided to have her own made.  She’s opened an etsy shop and I’m happy to say, I was one of her first customers!  ;-D  These stencils are beautiful — big and sturdy and I can’t wait until I can use them.

Thimbleanna: Fan Stencil

4.  I love Ted Talks and I recently listened to a fun one titled 10 Myths about Psychology: Debunked by Ben Ambridge.  I thought it was an interesting listen and one of my favorites was the one about learning styles.  Here’s what he says:

Learning styles are made up and are not supported by scientific evidence. So we know this because in tightly controlled experimental studies, when learners are given material to learn either in their preferred style or an opposite style, it makes no difference at all to the amount of information that they retain. And if you think about it for just a second, it’s just obvious that this has to be true. It’s obvious that the best presentation format depends not on you, but on what you’re trying to learn. Could you learn to drive a car, for example, just by listening to someone telling you what to do with no kinesthetic experience? Could you solve simultaneous equations by talking them through in your head and without writing them down? Could you revise for your architecture exams using interpretive dance if you’re a kinesthetic learner? No. What you need to do is match the material to be learned to the presentation format, not you.

So much for being a visual learner!  He talks about left-brained and right-brained too — go check it out if that sort of thing floats your boat.

(And because I like a picture with my bullets, here’s one of my knitting progress — I’m on to the sleeves.  I’m hoping I don’t regret that neon green choice — you’re going to be able to see me coming a mile away — I’ll look like I stuck my finger in a nuclear reactor socket ;-D!)

Thimbleanna: Lopi Sweater

5. And finally, my sample spree order from Moda has finally arrived.  I have three fat quarter towers left:

Feed Company by Sweetwater
Ambleside by Brenda Riddle
Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell

 

Thimbleanna: Sample Spree

They’re all so beautiful — I tried not to fondle the fabrics too much while taking pictures. They’re in my etsy shop if you’re interested in having these fabrics a month or two before they’re released.

I’ve done a little fun sewing (key word being little!) and after I take a picture or two, I’ll be back to show you!  Have a great weekend!

XOXO,
Anna