A Birthday Party

Ya Know. {Sigh.} These gaps between posting seem to be getting looonger! And I keep thinking things will slow down a little more. Really, I keep telling myself, they will. We’ve been in a swirl of activity with the kids this month as they get ready for their big move out west AND the big one-year-old birthday — this week!

You may remember last summer I posted this picture of our little cherub shortly after she was born.

Thimbleanna: Birthday

And this weekend, we took a follow-up picture. Our little princess has GROWN! And how different it was to take her picture now. It was a hurried affair trying to keep her happy — she didn’t like being up on that pile of “matresses”. We were in such a hurry that we forgot to make the bed properly LOL!

Thimbleanna: Birthday

We had a little family birthday party for her this weekend too. LOTS of pink and lots of fun.

Thimbleanna: Birthday

I was in Columbus, Ohio last weekend and I found these darling birthday party hats. When I saw they were made to look like Liberty fabric, of course, we had to have them.

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Aren’t they cute???

Thimbleanna: Birthday

We had a traditional little birthday party — but without the games haha.  We ate lunch and then had cake and ice cream.  We had a little smash cake for FinallyAGirl, but, having never had any sugar, she wasn’t really sure about the whole cake and frosting thing.  (It didn’t help either, that she’d just had a very large lunch and wasn’t hungry at all.)  I think the sugar confusion was enough at one point for her to see if maybe those cute balloons might taste really good too LOL!

Thimbleanna: Birthday

We had lots of fun and it was so sweet for our family members to give up part of their Father’s Day to join us.  We took lots of pictures (because that’s what you do to get a few that you love.  ;-) )

Thimbleanna: Birthday

I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed.  We adore our little FinallyAGirl — she’s such a sweet little cutie and she knows just how to melt her Grammy’s heart — which she did rather effectively several times this weekend.  What a fun, wonderful year we’ve had (and I’m betting even her sleep deprived parents would say the same thing!  ;-D )

XOXO,
Anna

P.S. This Grandma did some sewing for her little cherub and when I get some pictures organized, I’ll post all about it.

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Spring 2017 Quilt Market

Did ya miss me?  Haha.  This might possibly be the latest I’ve ever written about a spring market trip.  Quilt Market was followed by my cute nephew’s college graduation, work, work, work, and then helping TheFirstChild and his little family with the first part of their move across the country this summer.  The second and final part will happen in a few weeks.  So, it’s been too busy to stop and think about market.  Thank goodness for three-day weekends!

I was lucky enough to have my long-time blog friend, CrazyMom for a roommate this time around!  We had lots of fun and it was great getting to know her a little better.  She was at market promoting her beautiful new book, No Scrap Left Behind.  She brought many of the quilts from her book for her schoolhouse presentation, so, naturally, we had to sleep under a different quilt every night.  CrazyMom was so sweet and she let me sleep under my favorites.  It took BIG willpower not to put that red Irish Chain in my suitcase too!  (And how darling is that cute little nine-patch???)

Thimbleanna: CrazyMomQuilts

Thimbleanna: CrazyMomQuilts

Thimbleanna: CrazyMomQuilts

So that’s it!  The highlight of market!  ;-D

Just Kidding.  We had lots of fun visiting all the booths and seeing all the new fabrics.  I didn’t get a lot of pictures, but here are a few, in no particular order:

CrazyMom and I love this quilt on the left side of A Quilting Life’s booth.

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American Jane – again, the quilt on the left!

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I always LOVE Brenda Riddle’s sweet lines — beautiful colors, as always.

Thimbleanna: Moda

Annie Brady is a new designer and her Big Sky collection is really cute.  She has a print that has tree trunks (a similar print was popular a few years ago) and I’m looking forward to getting some for applique backgrounds.

Thimbleanna: Moda

I was really looking forward to seeing Kristyne again — we met six years ago at spring quilt market.  Her new line is so sweet — and perfect for all of you Happy Quilt Along-ers!

Thimbleanna: Moda

Franny and Jane (love all the blue!)

Thimbleanna: Moda

Jen Kingwell’s booth is always so interesting.  We spent a lot of time looking at the blocks in all those quilts!

Thimbleanna: Moda

This is Sue Daley’s booth in the Riley Blake area.  CrazyMom and I loved that little clamshell quilt hanging on the end of the booth.

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And I LOVE this adorable little mini Gelati quilt.  I’d love to have an entire quilt out of this pattern, but oh, what a TON of work!

Thimbleanna: RileyBlake

We had a laugh when we arrived at Amy Smart’s fun booth.  There they were — CrazyMom and CrazyGingham both dressed in Gingham LOL!  Don’t they look cute — and perfect with Amy’s new line, Gingham Girls.

Thimbleanna: RileyBlake

Shannon Fabrics had a ton of double gauze — along with their beautiful, squishy cuddle fabric.  I liked these displays of toddler clothes.

Thimbleanna: ShannonFabrics

Thimbleanna: ShannonFabrics

Need a new necklace?

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Self-explanatory ;-).

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I was really looking forward to seeing this adorable little bird fabric by Kari of New Leaf Stitches and it didn’t disappoint.  I LOVE these cute birds and I MUST get some!

Thimbleanna: QuiltMarket

Here’s another fabric that I loved — it’s by the same person who illustrated the P.S. I Love You book.  Coming to an etsy shop near you soon LOL!

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Cotton and Steel had these cute squirrels — I mentioned on Instagram that this fabric could justify every time you drop a current project and start a new one.  SQUIRRELLLLLLL!!!

Thimbleanna: QuiltMarket

CrazyMom and I spent quite a bit of time in the Ella Blue booth with those Crazy Aussies.  And let me tell you — that’s a LOT of Crazy.  Jody is the Crazy RingLeader and she suggested that we pose for a picture so the shark could eat the other little sea animals.  Naturally, Jody was the shark!

Thimbleanna: QuiltMarket

And finally, just a picture of a cool quilt I noticed at market.  This little quilt was hanging in an antique booth and the owner said there are 9,216 colored squares — each measuring about 1/2″.  Add in the white squares and you have over 18,000 squares!  All hand pieced and beautiful.  I walked past the booth again, about 45 minutes after I talked to the owner the first time and the quilt was gone.  Unsurprisingly, it sold right away.

Thimbleanna: QuiltMarket

So, that’s it for spring market from this year. It’s always fun and I always come home with so many ideas. Hardly any of which I’ll ever have time to execute LOL!

XOXO,
Anna

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Three Things

1. Yipee! We have a finish over here! FinallyAGirl’s little spring bunny dress is all smocked and done. It would have been nice to have finished it by Easter, but we had a little unplanned hospital time with TheManoftheHouse, so there were other priorities. It’s all good though — little bunnies are just as happy in the spring and summer as they are at Easter!

Thimbleanna: Smocked Dress

I purchased my patterns online at The Children’s Corner Store. The dress pattern is Lee and the pattern for the smocking is Baby Bunnies. There are kits available, but I had my own fabric — the pink 1/64″ pima cotton microcheck that is available in my little etsy shop. I love this teeny little check — it’s so sweet and it was a dream to smock.

Thimbleanna: Smocked Dress

I put my favorite little flower buttons on the back and added white piping where I could. I really wanted to add piping on the sleeve cuffs, but I wasn’t sure those little bias strips of fabric would be very happy with a straight-cut piping putting a crimp on their stretchy style. There’s a deep hem in this dress — maybe with any luck, FinallyAGirl will be able to wear it next Easter. Or, maybe, with even better luck, she’ll wear it out this summer and I can make another dress! ;-D

Thimbleanna: Smocked Dress

2. I updated my blog header. Yipee Again!!!

3. I was surfing around Ted Talks the other day and ran across this interesting talk by the author of “Still Alice”.   “What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s”.  My first reaction was to go learn how to knit.  But I already know how to do that, so, I need to find some new skills to learn.  Every. Day.

Here’s to smooth sailing into the weekend!
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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Whoosh!

That’s the sound the last few weeks made as they flew by.  Holy Cow, it’s been crazy here and I’m looking forward to Easter just to catch my breath!

Last weekend, we had a flyby driving trip to Dallas and then back a longer way through Oklahoma — I should maybe back up a little.  A few months ago, TheSecondChild moved back home while he looked for a new job.  That was around the time that MeMum had been sick with pneumonia, so when she got out of the hospital, we moved her in with us too.  We have plenty of room for both of them, but their “buddies” made it a little extra interesting.  MeMum brought her cat Sally (she’s made appearances on the blog before) and TheSecondChild brought his two cats with him.  For those of you keeping count, that’s five cats (and according to Anne five too many LOL).  That’s too many cats to referee!

Fast forward a few months and a lot of poop-scooping, and TheSecondChild found a great job back in his favorite town of Dallas, so we packed him and his kitties up and took a roadtrip.  One 15-hour drive day, one unload the truck and drive to Oklahoma day, one quick visit with family and 5-hr drive with a fly-by to The Mercantile, and one 9-hr drive day back home.  Whew!  Before we left, we tried to get a Five Cat Family picture, but it was impossible.  We were throwing treats here and there to get them all in one shot, but it was a no-go.  Poor little Sally hates all the other cats, so she wouldn’t play at all.  The other four aren’t all that crazy about each other either, so they weren’t exactly co-operating.

Here’s a shot with Scruff and two black cats.

Thimbleanna: Cats

And here are three black cats.  They must have some rule that 4 cats couldn’t all be in the same picture at once.

Thimbleanna: Cats

Scruff was feeling very outnumbered — four all black cats and his little ol’ gray and white self LOL.  Anyway, the trip was quick but a success — TheSecondChild now has his first week at the new job under his belt and it looks like it will be a success.

THEN, three days after we got back, our little cherub FinallyAGirl brought her parents for a 4-day visit.  We had a great time — what a little doll!  She wore us out though — she doesn’t sleep much and she goes a mile a minute.  We had several days of pretty weather and we took her for her first wagon ride (in her daddy’s wagon ;-D) — she LOVED it!

Thimbleanna: Pixie

I made her the little Pixie hat — the pattern is The Jovie Pixie Baby Bonnet.  I made the largest size (and sized up the crochet hook by 2 sizes) and I won’t even tell you how many times it took me to get the right size — but it was lots of crocheting and ripping out and it may or may not have been more than three times!  ;-D

And finally, in the middle of it all, lots of new fabric arrived in my little etsy shop.  Lots of Atsuko Matsuyama prints from both Yuwa and Lecein …

Thimbleanna: Fabric

Thimbleanna: Fabric

and this super cute little kitty and macaron print from the Yuwa Live Life collection.

Thimbleanna: Fabric

Ok, I’m tired and off to bed! I’m hoping to get caught up on blog reading this week — have a good one!
XOXO,
Anna