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November. {Sigh}

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.  It’s November already.  Can you believe it??? I’m still firmly planted in July, so, I’m in denial.  I have a few projects that I want to make for the looming holiday, so I should probably get in gear.  It’s hard though — I feel like I need to spend more time outside and enjoy the last little tidbits of fall.  I’m sure I’ll get my chance shortly — the leaves are finally starting to come down and leaf blowing is a big job around here.  I’m really looking forward to it this year though — I guess because I’m inside most of the time, between work and hanging out with MeMum.

In the meantime, did you have a good Halloween?  Ours was very uneventful — sadly, I didn’t even get any decorations out.  SweetiePie provided us with some entertainment though.  From all accounts, they’ve had a beautiful fall this year in Utah.  Here’s our little cherub being attacked by a hoard of pumpkins LOL!

Thimbleanna: Pumpkin

I mailed her a little Halloween package with a pumpkin smocked dress that I made a few weeks ago.  I loved seeing her wearing the dress — SweetiePie is so good to send us lots of pictures.  And here’s FinallyAGirl in one of her several Halloween costumes — perfect for my love of sheepies, don’t you think?  This is definitely my favorite-ever sheepie picture LOL.

Thimbleanna: Lambie

I don’t really have much else, but here are a few tidbits:

  • You probably know I love most things Ina Garten does.  Have you seen her little list of Magic Tricks?  And did you know Ina hates cilantro?  I’m so disappointed — I LOVE it!
  • It’s too late for this year, but this quilt is a serious contender for next year — I love everything about it and I think it would be fun to make.
  • Have you seen Julie’s latest pattern?  Oh. My. Oink. Gosh.  It’s just Tooooo Cute!

And last but not least, there are lots of new fabrics in my etsy shop.  This picture shows just a few of them.  The section of what I call “basics” is growing too — there are several Dear Stella Little Heart prints, Riley Blake Ginghams, and Cori Dantini’s little seed prints will be in the next few weeks.

Thimbleanna: prettyfabric

Also, Tilda’s new Cottage Collection is here.  Fat quarter packs are listed, there’s only 1 stocking kit left, and a few of the prints should be available in yardage in the next few weeks.

Thimbleanna: Tilda

So, that’s it from here. Off to pack a few orders and hop in bed….

XOXO,
Anna

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

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

Cookies I Don’t Want to Forget

Did you have a good weekend? Mine was short and sweet. Mostly cleaning and doing odd jobs around the house, but I did squeak in a little time for sewing. And if a girl’s going to clean and sew, she needs some sustenance! I was cleaning out the pictures on my iPad and ran across a picture of the recipe for some iced oatmeal cookies and they hit the sewing spot!

Thimbleanna: Oatmeal Cookies

Usually, when I try a new recipe and like it, I tell myself it’s a keeper and I’ll make it again soon.  The problem is, when “soon” comes around, I can’t remember where I found that really good recipe.  So, I’m trying a new trick.  I’ll file it here on my blog … and hope I can remember that that’s where I put it when the time comes. (Unfortunately, I have no idea where I first saw this recipe, so, if it’s yours — Thanks LOL!  No, really, tell me in the comments and I’ll give you credit!)

Thimbleanna: Oatmeal Cookies

Iced Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light-brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until soft and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs, mixing until combined. Stir in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, slowly add dry ingredients, scrape the bowl as you go, and mix until just combined. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes.

Using a standard, medium-sized cookie scoop (about 2 Tbsp.) drop cookies onto a baking sheet, leaving plenty of space in between for spreading.  Bake for 10 – 11 minutes or until edges start to turn a light golden brown color. If you like a crispier cookie, leave them in a minute or so longer. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

When cookies are completely cooled, drizzle with the icing. Store in an airtight container.

Icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. milk
Whish together until combined completely.

And, next to having a cookie (or three) while you’re sewing, there’s nothin’ better than cookies in the cookie jar!

Thimbleanna: Oatmeal Cookies

XOXO,
Anna

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