Emma & Myrtle

Brace Yourselves Kids — I actually have a finish from my sewing room!  A month or two ago that cute little CrazyMom sent me some fat quarters from her new fabric line, Emma and Myrtle for Connecting Threads.  Soooo Sweet — and I LOVE the name!  I’d been wanting a little travel sewing kit for a long time, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make one.

Thimbleanna: Sewing Kit

I looked at lots of different sewing kits on Pinterest and then I just made it up as I went along.  I decided on a tri-fold style (the size when it’s closed up is about 6″ x 9″) and wanted to do a little applique on the front.  When I saw CrazyMom’s cute spool print, I thought it would be cute to use for flower centers.

Thimbleanna: Sewing Kit

When the cover is opened, there was another surface to decorate — I took the lazy way out and added a little sewing badge, some hand stitching and called that surface done.  When opened fully, there were lots of choices to be made!

Thimbleanna: Sewing Kit

I knew I wanted one see-through pouch and I’d planned to put pockets for pencils and needles on the right-hand side, but then I started to think about things falling out of the pockets.  So, I opted for another see-through pouch for security.  Then, finally the middle.  I knew I needed a pin-cushion and a place to store scissors.  And something for needles.  I had this adorable beehive needle keep sent to me by a sweet friend, so I tucked it into a vinyl pocket and added a crochet edge.  And, just in case the scissors wanted to fall out of the pocket, I decided to make a flap to cover everything.

Thimbleanna: Sewing Kit

As a bonus, it provided a surface that could be appliqued ;-D.  I followed the needle-keep’s lead and went with the beehive theme and added some bees.  They really do have little white felt wings, they’re just hard to see.

Thimbleanna: Sewing Kit

My sewing kit has already been pressed into service and I’m looking forward to many years of use. Unless I decide to make another one.  Haha.

XOXO,
Anna

Waldorf

Wow.  Can you believe we’re in the middle of September already?  My last few weeks have just disappeared — partly because we took a trip to see the kidlets in Utah.  We can’t let FinallyAGirl go too many months without seeing her!  We had a great time — playing, eating and hiking.  I think I may have had a wee bit of altitude sickness on one of our hikes.  Or maybe just a bout of outofshapeness LOL.  Either way, I had to sit down for a minute and I had a raging headache that started about the time we reached the top of our mountain until we got back down.  Hiking is so fun in the mountains — the views are spectacular!

Thimbleanna: Waldorf Doll

Anyway, back to the title of my post.  Waldorf.  Are you thinking Salad?  Astoria???  Or, if you’re thinking dolls, you’re on the right track.  I wanted to make FinallyAGirl a little Waldorf Doll and I decided to make a baby doll, since she’s still so young.  It was my first Waldorf doll-making experience and it was lots of fun.  The web is full of great information!  I found this kit for a doll that I liked — Loetje by Bibidolls.

Thimbleanna: Waldorf Doll

The pattern is a pdf and the instructions are great — very detailed and with great pictures.  I had a bit of trouble stuffing the doll with as much stuffing as was recommended (she tells you by weight how much each part needs) and I feel like my little doll ended up being fatter than the original LOL.  The head was particularly tricky — I had to have TheManoftheHouse help me tie off the pieces so that I could get them nice and tight.  She explains that the reason for stuffing so tightly is so that the little doll won’t end up too flat as the stuffing compacts over time.

Thimbleanna: Waldorf Doll

I had planned to get a picture of FinallyAGirl kissing her baby or dragging her around, but she didn’t pay any attention to her.  She already has a favorite little baby doll.  I’m hoping she’ll pay a little more attention to this little Waldorf baby when she gets a little older.  (Oh, and little Loetje doesn’t have lipstick smeared all over her face — the pink around her lips is the reflection of the flower.  She has some red cheeks, but I took the pictures before I remembered to paint her cheeks on.  Ooops.)

Thimbleanna: Waldorf Doll

So, instead of a FinallyAGirl-Really-Loves-Her-New-Baby picture, how ’bout a shot of all the pretty fabric that arrived while we were gone?  Lots of pretty florals (I LOVE those Chelsea Market prints from Blend Fabrics) and some more Japanese prints.  And I couldn’t resist that Sheepie (!) print when I saw it at quilt market.  They’re all in my little Etsy shop in case you can’t resist.

Thimbleanna: Waldorf Doll

Now I’m off to watch a little tv with MeMum before bed.  The evenings slip by much too quickly!  Hope you’re having a good week!

XOXO,
Anna

Tube Socks

Well, it’s been too long, but I finally have another knitting finish. Remember this picture I posted in January?

Thimbleanna: Shirt

That’s the Mind The Gap yarn by Trailing Clouds and I’ve finally finished knitting the socks that belong to it. The yarn is so named because the colors in the yarn are supposed to match the colors of the tube lines on the London Underground map.

Thimbleanna: Shirt

They were a fun knit, but I felt like they took me a lot longer than normal (whatever that is LOL). Usually, I don’t care if the stripes match up on stripey socks, but I really wanted these socks to match. I couldn’t see how to do that using my normal two-socks-on-one-circ method, so I reverted back to one-at-a-time sock knitting on dpns. It was a nice change of pace, but it seemed to take longer.

Thimbleanna: Shirt

{Ummm. Excuse Me Paul. I’m trying to take pictures here.}

Thimbleanna: Shirt

I’ve been thinking about the UK a lot. I’m right at 2 years since my last trip and I’m homesick LOL. I NEED a trip! I’m thinking I NEED to plan one for next year.

Thimbleanna: Shirt

Sounds like a 2018 plan to Me! Have a great week — I’ll be dreaming of UK travel LOL.

XOXO,
Anna

The Dog Days

Well, I think I was on a little break again, only I didn’t take a trip this time LOL.  I keep hoping something exciting will happen around here so that I’ll have something to blog about.  But then I tell myself that these boring Dog Days are good.  Very Good.

After a really busy May and June, July has been slow and wonderful.  Our weather has been beautiful.  Stunning, actually.  The hot muggy summer days have been replaced by cool, perfect temps.  I’m missing most of it while I’m locked away at work during the day, but I’m sure enjoying it when I get home in the evenings.  We’ve had quite a bit of rain this summer and I think that’s why my flowers are doing so well.  I’ve been slowly replacing a “vegetable” patch with a flower garden and it’s finally starting to look fairly decent.  My favorite flowers are these pretty phlox.  I have my gardener extraordinaire friend Pam to thank for these lovelies — I’d never really paid any attention to this variety of phlox until I saw her beautiful phlox when SweetiePie and I visited with her a few years ago.

Thimbleanna: Flowers

My garden will never be as beautiful as Pam’s, but if these flowers look like this every year, I’ll be a happy camper.  My little garden has taken a lot of experimentation — it’s hard to figure out what the rabbits won’t eat.  So far, so good on the phlox.  The asters and sweet william haven’t fared so well though — they’re mowed down regularly by the bunnies.  Nasty Wabbits.  These pretty little coreopsis are doing well too — I didn’t think I’d like this flower because they’re so little and wispy, but I love them!

Thimbleanna: Flowers

In addition to little bits of gardening and pulling weeds, there have been lots of routine boring jobs around the house.  We’ve cleaned a few closets and done some long overdue painting.  And I’ve managed to sneak in a little sewing.  I made myself a shirt from the Rifle Paper Co. fabric that I used to have in my little shop.  The pattern is Simplicity 1279 — I took my time, enjoyed the process and I’m really happy with the results — it fits just right.

Thimbleanna: Shirt

I also finished up a little throw quilt just for me and the tv.  A year or so ago, I saw this adorable deer fabric at Hawthorne Threads (I was going to link to the fabric but I don’t see it listed anymore) and I HAD to have it.  I LOVE deer.  Among my best childhood memories are watching Bambi at the movie theater and sobbing while I read The Yearling, one of my very favorite books.  Now I have a little quilt and I can cuddle some deer!

Thimbleanna: Deer1

For the rest of the fabrics, I raided my little etsy shop and used the japanese dots for a border, some cuddle for the backing, and that fun japanese stripe for the binding.  I think that stripe is just perfect — it matches those cute little black deer noses.  The quilting is just some random machine quilting — easy peasy.

Thimbleanna: Deer2

So, that’s it for an update — just wanted to check in.  I hope you’re having a great summer!

XOXO,
Anna

Back from Break …

Well Hey Hey!  I’m back from our super fun trip out west.  It was supposed to be all business (moving TheFirstChild and his cute little family to Utah for a year), but we had lots and lots of fun instead.  The move went great — MyDadLovesMeBestSister, MeMum and I (along with Winston) drove the kids’ cars out without a hitch.  No traffic, no construction, no mess!  Winston was in my car the whole time and he was the perfect travel companion.

After the kids were pretty much moved in, we played.  A Lot.  Here are just a few of the highlights:

Horseback riding in the mountains  (the mountains don’t look very big, but that’s because we’re already waaaay up there ;-D ) —

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

Checking out teeny little cemeteries for my ancestors.  In all the times I’d been to the little town where my grandfather grew up, I’d never been to the cemetery.  I found lots of ancestors — as far back as my g-g-g-g-g-grandmother who was born in 1780.  I Love these old pioneer cemeteries — it’s so interesting to see the really old ones that don’t even have grass anymore.  So many stories to tell.

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

A ridiculously fun 4th of July in MeMum and BigDaddy’s hometown.  My very favorite place to be on the 4th — they have the perfect small-town gathering with activities ALL day long — starting with a pancake breakfast in the park and ending with fireworks at dusk.  This little doll couldn’t have been more cute —

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

Three-legged races —

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

Potato Sack Races (MAN DOWN LOL!!!) —

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

Egg Toss —

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

Watermelon Bust —

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

Greased Pole — it used to be only the boys who loved to do it, but the girls are all in now too.  That pole is VERY slippery — the objective is to grab the greasy flags at the top.  Look at all those spotters there to protect the girls in case they slip and fall —

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

And just all-round fun ALL day with family that we don’t see very often.  Being the only small child around, our little FinallyAGirl was very popular —

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

There was more fun after the 4th too.  It was SUPER hot in the valley, so we escaped to the mountains and hiked to not-so-secret Cecret Lake (where we actually saw a skier on those glaciers — in July!) —

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

Saw the largest flying US flag, hanging in Pleasant Grove canyon —

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

And the day before I came home, we did a 5k in lavender fields (luckily we took cell-phone pictures because my camera settings were WAY off and the pictures didn’t turn out — ooops!) —

Thimbleanna: Utah in July

And now it’s back to real life. Going back to work was Hard. And Depressing. Thank goodness I can sew and quilt and spend too much time on the internet for distraction LOL.

Have a Great Week!
XOXO,
Anna