Baby, Oh Baby!

Oh Boy, what a week we’ve had here in ThimbleannaLand! Our sweet little FinallyAGirl has FINALLY arrived. She was 8 days late, but she’s arrived safe and sound, and for that, we are very grateful! Waiting, Waiting …

Thimbleanna: Baby

… and, at last, at 10:43 p.m. on June 21st, our cherub was born. At 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 20 inches long, she’s the perfect size. And, well, just all-around perfect. Or, as my buddy Brigette would say, she’s perfect in every way.

Thimbleanna: Baby

Thimbleanna: Baby

Thimbleanna: Baby

Thimbleanna: Baby

And, of course, there is nothing in this world to rival the sight your child holding his first child.
The Unspeakable Joy of the Amazing Miracle of Birth.

XOXO,
Anna

Five on Saturday

Because I can’t get my act together to post Five on Friday! Ooops! Anyway …

1. No baby news yet.  There’s still a little making o’ baby stuff going on while we wait. A little princess has to have a little pink crown, right? (Pattern available here.)

Thimbleanna: baby crown.

2.  Are you a multi-tasker?  Of course you are.  You can walk and text right?  Or cook dinner and help with the homework?  Or do a million different things at the same time?  BUT.  Are you a Super Tasker???  Take the quiz and find out Here.  It takes about 40 minutes and fair warning … it’s not easy.  At least it wasn’t for me.  There are three parts — audio, visual and audo + visual.  I did great on the visual (confirming what I already knew about being a visual person — I even scored 100% a few times) but not so hot on the audio (I can just hear TheManoftheHouse now — “You never listen to me” LOL), so my combined scores put me just below the line to be a Super Tasker.  Darn It.  You’d think I wouldn’t have time for these games.  But No.  We’re Waiting on a Baby!  Anyway, Give It A Try!!!

Thimbleanna: Tasker Test

3.  If you’ve been around for awhile you know I’m not a big fan of facebook.  It REALLY honks me off that every time I comment or like something or whatever, it feels the need to inform the planet.  And don’t get me started on the Ads.  So, a few weeks ago, I had a new interesting facebook experience.  When TheManoftheHouse was in the rehab hospital, he had an elderly roommate.  The roommate had a daughter and granddaughter who are just beginning to learn the ins and outs of taking care of a parent at home.  Having recently been through that experience with BigDaddy, I told the daughter to call me if they needed any references.  About a month later, the granddaughter called and we had a nice conversation and I gave her some information.  Then, about a month after that, facebook suggested that I friend the granddaughter.  Wow!  Granddaughter lives 4 hours away from here and we don’t have one. single. friend in common on facebook.  How on earth would facebook know to recommend that I friend her?  I’ll tell you how.  Facebook is snooping around in my phonebook.  WTF????  They’re snooping around in your phonebook too.  #ieffinghatefacebook  (Facebook and effing both start with “F” — need I say more?)  (Gratuitous cat picture — #scruffhatesfacebooktoo).

Thimbleanna: Scruffy

4.  More trying to keep busy knitting.  A few little pacifier holders for baby.  The pattern is in the book Itty-Bitty Nursery by Susan B. Anderson.  (That’s not an affiliate link — I don’t get squat.)

Thimbleanna: Pacifier Holders

5.  A few beautiful Tula Pink fabrics have arrived in my little etsy shop.  I LOVE this beautiful Chipper line and this colorway is even prettier in real life.  I’m hoping to sew a little with it tomorrow.  But, maybe the baby will come!  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Chipper

Hope you’re having a great weekend!
XOXO,
Anna

Rustic Carrot Cake

Boy, I was sure hoping I’d have big baby news to post by now! Our little baby doesn’t seem to be in any big hurry to put in an appearance — she seems perfectly content to stay right where she is. The latest plan is that she’ll be here no later than next Monday/Tuesday, whether she wants to come out or not! ;-D

In the meantime, I’ll console us with cake. Carrot Cake.

Thimbleanna: Rustic Carrot Cake

You probably have a family favorite carrot cake recipe — I know our family has one. But, a few weeks ago, when we were in Utah for Quilt Market, we stopped at the little German restaurant in Spring City for lunch. My cousins were raving about the carrot cake, so we all split a piece (because, after one of their delicious lunches, you don’t really have room for dessert.) The carrot cake was chock-full of nuts and raisins and coconut and was really moist. And delicious! So, a week later, when I needed a birthday cake for a friend at work, and just happened to stumble upon this similar recipe, I decided to give it a try. {Swoon.  And insert the eyes rolling in the back of head emoji here.}  Everyone who had a piece LOVED it. Our old family favorite Carrot Cake recipe is still really good, but it’s much more “refined” than this recipe (i.e., not as chunky). If you like your cake all loaded with the goodies, you’ll love this recipe!

Rustic Carrot Cake

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups finely shredded carrots
1 – 8 oz can crushed pineapple, well drained
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Rustic Frosting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 3 (8-inch) or 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with oil and flour and set aside. (I love 3 layer cakes, but I only have 2 8-inch pans, so I made 2 9-inch layers. I almost think the frosting to cake ratio would be too sweet with three layers — and that’s really hard for me to say, because I have a huge sweet tooth! )

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add oil and eggs and beat at medium speed until well blended. Stir in shredded carrots, pineapple, coconut, pecans and vanilla. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans.

3. Bake 30 – 40 minutes, or, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the layers cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then remove to wire racks to let cool completely.

4. Frost between layers and on top and sides of cake with Rustic Frosting.

Rustic Frosting

2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter, softened
6 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth. Stir in coconut, raisins, and pecans until combined. (Since I made the two layer version of this cake I had about a cup of frosting left over.)

Thimbleanna: Rustic Carrot Cake

Enjoy! And don’t blame me for the extra poundage you’re going to gain — just plan on extra workouts the week after you make it!

Have a Great Week — and Think Baby ;-D!
XOXO,
Anna

The Grandma Quilt

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

I finally finished my Little Red Riding Hood quilt and managed to get some pictures taken.  Did you notice in the post title that I don’t call this The Little Red Riding Hood Quilt?  That’s because this little quilt is for me.  The Grandma.  ;-D

When the grandchildren of BigDaddy and MeMum were little, MeMum had two bedrooms where the children could stay when we came to visit — a boys’ room decorated for boys and a girls’ room decorated for girls.  Now that I’m on the cusp of Grandmahood, I’ve been thinking about doing the same thing.  Only, I didn’t want to give up two rooms — just one.  I’ve been wondering how to decorate for both the girls and the boys.  And then I saw her.  Grandma.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Isn’t she just the cutest?  And she looks just like ME!!!  ;-D  She’s part of the adorable Little Red Riding Hood fabric line created by Cori Dantini (long time readers know how much I LOVE Cori Dantini).  Grandma is just perfect, so, I’ve decided I won’t have a boys room or a girls room.  I’ll have a Grandma room!  It will have Little Red Riding Hood quilts on the beds and Little Red Riding Hood pictures on the walls.  I haven’t started to do all the furniture moving and re-painting that will be required, but I have the first quilt done — and that’s the most important part, right?

The other characters in the fabric are pretty cute too.  There’s the woodcutter.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

And the Wolf.  He certainly doesn’t look like he’d eat a little girl.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Here he is dressed up like Grandma.  I used pearl cotton and big stitches for the quilting stitches.  I mostly did 1/4″ quilting around all the seams, except for those sweet little characters — I quilted around their shapes and through their middles.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

I used the woodgrain print for the background.  The other brown print looks like the rings of tree sections that have been cut and I chose pinwheels for the ax blades.  Fun prints to represent the woods that Grandma and Sweet Wolfie live in!  Oh, and there’s Little Red peeking out of the bottom of this picture.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

I love the way this quilt quilted and washed up.  So much krinkly goodness and she’s all cozy — I wish you could feel her.  I’ll be making another one for a second twin bed, but it will have a green border, instead of a blue border.  This was a super fun project and I can’t wait to make some accessories for the new room.  I’m thinking there needs to be a little dress-up cape out of that red fabric!  Anyway, I have a little fabric left over and I put some quilt kits (with the pattern) in my little etsy shop in case anyone needs a Little Red/Grandma quilt for themselves.  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
XOXO,
Anna

Oh! P.S. See my quilt holder there? It’s at MeMum’s house and TheManoftheHouse thinks it needs to be taken down since no one needs the swings anymore. Hello??? What would I do for a quilt holder??? Hmmmm??? M.E.N. Sheesh!

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Spring Quilt Market 2016

Well Hey Kids!  I’m back from quilt market and VERY slow about posting pictures.  By now you’ve probably seen lots of pictures, which is a good thing ’cause my pictures just didn’t turn out that great.  I was gone for a week — I took MeMum out to visit her sister, the Best Aunt in the World, Aunt Annie.  So, I only spent one day at market (+ sample spree – because you have to!) and it was all a blur.  I really only saw a few of my invisible buddies, and a few of those were just because I happened to run into them.  Ms. YellowFarmhouse was my Sample Spree/Lunch buddy  (Thanks Karen!) and I got to meet a long-time reader which was super fun (Hi Dara!).  And, before market I had lunch one afternoon with the Super Sweet CityHomeCountryHome and she helped me choose some yarns and patterns at the little yarn shop where she occasionally works.

So…my market visit was very short and I don’t have a lot of pictures.  (I have mostly different shots on my Instagram account.)  I miss those days when we were doing booth setup and I could take pictures before the crowds descended on the booths.  Anyway, here are a few of the pictures that I did get —

There are always a few quilts displayed at market and I loved the mix of applique and patchwork on this quilt.  Not to mention the hand quilting.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

This quilt is by Susan Gorder of Green Valley, Arizona.  Such beautiful work!

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Here’s Melissa Mortenson in her Wonderland booth.  I love those cute rabbits!

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Sue Daley does amazing hand piecing and applique.  I always love to see her new quilts.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

This is Simple Simon and Company.  I’ll bet I saw at least 4 little teepees at market, but this one with the ruffle fabric was my favorite.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Fiberworks was new to me, but everyone else seemed to know about her.   Very interesting and beautiful quilts!

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

I mentioned on Instagram that I think the pending arrival of FinallyAGirl (it’s getting VERY close now — eeeep!) had me checking out baby items like never before.  Sweet Melody Designs is a new designer with Shannon Fabrics.  Their cuddle fabrics are sooooo soft — I love them for quilt backs.  They were also doing a cool thing for little baby quilts — they put four layers of double gauze together to make the softest, most cozy little quilts.  They would be pretty pricey, but so worth it!

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Here’s one where they put double gauze on the front and cuddle on the back (and wrapped around to create a border). I could see a lot of possibilities with this technique.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

This booth had cute baby clothes made from recycled denim.  I’m debating whether a few of those prints will appear in my little shop — they’re really soft and I think they’re pretty cute!

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the Carina Gardner camper — very cute!

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

The moda booth is always fun.  They went with a camping theme and each designer was handing out little merit badges.  I didn’t realize it until it was too late though — doh!  They’ll be selling the badges, but it looks like the one I really want isn’t available (hopefully, it will be eventually.)  It’s hard to see it, but they had cute little mason jar lanterns hanging from their “trees”.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Here’s the Erin Michael quilt that you’ve probably seen by now.  Super Cute!  (Sorry for you cat haters out there!)

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Amy Sinibaldi’s pretty booth.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Little Dickens, by new Moda designer, Lydia Nelson.  She has a must-have sheepie print!

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

And hey – look!  It’s our invisible friend Helen Philips and her beautiful book, Modern Vintage Gifts.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

I always look forward to Brenda Riddle’s pretty new collections.  She’s had so many lately that I can’t keep up.

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

And, you can’t really see the Bareroots booth, but I’ve just always loved their cute embroidery – they’ve been around forever!

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

So, that’s all I have for quilt shots.  Utah was absolutely gorgeous this year — I don’t remember ever seeing her so beautiful.  They’ve had lots of rain this spring and the mountainsides were lush and green, which is unusual.  And the lilac bushes!  Every time I turned a corner there was another huge lilac bush just full of blooms — absolutely gorgeous!!!

Thimbleanna: Quilt Market

Have a wonderful weekend — and for you in the US, a Happy Memorial Day!
XOXO,
Anna