An Update and a Bit of Crafting

So for those of you who follow this blog have noticed, I haven’t posted in a while. Life around here has gotten very hectic. Both Mr. Tux and I are on rather large projects at work and my free time has shrunk significantly. I am still sewing, quilting, spinning, and knitting, but my blogging has fallen by the wayside. For the next few months I will not be able to blog quite as regularly as I had been. However, I am still crafting when I have a free moment I will do updates on here about what we have been up to. So without further ado, here is an update for the last few weeks.

Mr. Tux, Tuxley and I survived the holidays in style and we are settling back into a normal routine. I was able to spend two days at a spinning workshop with Sarah Anderson. It was a total blast, and I now have size 6 Czech beads on order to ply with some purple painted top merino I have set aside. Recently, I have discovered the Jelly Roll Quilt Race from the Missouri Star Quilt Company and I have been playing with some awesome Jelly Rolls. If you want to give it a try yourself, check out this video. For variations on the quilt check out this video and this video.

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Some good friends of ours are expecting their third child, a boy, in May. Last year, I made this quilt for them using my old Singer sewing machine. After my experience using the old Singer to appliqué the monsters on the quilt, I swore I would never quilt like that again until I got a new machine. Mr. Tux surprised me with my Janome last may for my birthday. It seemed appropriate that the first real quilt I would make after the monster quilt would be for the same awesome friends and their next baby. I used a combination of the Jelly Roll quilt race and the appliqué to make the quilt. I had so much fun crafting for them again. I may have gone slightly overboard with the crafting. By the time I was done, there was a phenomenal quilt, two receiving blankets, a burp cloth, a crocheted newborn hat, and a special knitted bunny lovey.

IMG_1829I just LOVE the monsters on this receiving blanket!IMG_1834The quilt back is so adorable. The puff ball monsters were perfect.IMG_1838Dinosaur quilt frontIMG_1836An up close of the appliqué dinosaurs. I couldn’t believe how easy they were on my new Janome!IMG_1842A fluffy yellow hatIMG_1840The bunny lovey turned out amazing! It is so cute. Big sister thought it was amazing and adorable.

Mr. Tux and I also got out and enjoyed some snow with Tuxley. We were able to go snow-shoeing. It may not have been on our anniversary, but at least we were able enjoy some snow. Overall, our new year has been going great. Busy but great. I am still around and will try to blog as often as possible.

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Kiera

 

A Little Baby Gift Sewing and Knitting

A co-worker of mine and his wife are expecting their third child, a little boy. Once I found out, I was all excited to do some baby sewing and knitting. Lately it has only been Mr. Tux’s co-workers who have been having kids. So I was thrilled to be able to do some crafting for one of my co-workers for a change. I raided my stash for some awesome flannel, picked out some yarn from my baby hat stash, and got right to work. The finished receiving blanket and newborn hat turned out perfect. I am absolutely in love with the “Somebody Loves Me” fabric. It is my current favorite to work with. The hat was a new pattern for me, and after a bit of a rough patch halfway through (I misread the pattern), the hat turned out perfect.

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I just love the blue and yellow combo. Plus the ducks are so CUTE!IMG_1335All together and complete the set turned out great. Another successful gift package for another special baby.

Kiera

Meeting Hamster and Chipmunk

Saturday afternoon, Mr. Tux and I visited Brynn and her new babies. Brynn’s twin baby girls were born May 19 and I was so excited to go visit them. Both weighing in just under 5 pounds, the girls are absolutely tiny and wonderfully precious. It was awesome to not only visit Brynn and hold the babies, but to also see the blankets and hats I made for them in action. Sadly, however, the hats, even though I used a newborn pattern, are still humongous on the girls. I did however get some wonderful pictures of the girls. So with special permission from Brynn, and without further ado, I introduce you to Hamster and Chipmunk!

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Brynn’s nursery colors are pink and greenIMG_4992

I used her colors to create two blankets using green chevron and solid pink flannel, and the green chevron and pink fleece to make two more blanketsIMG_4978

I also used the yarn I used in this post for the twins’ hats to make a special blanket.IMG_4973

It didn’t turn out quite how I wanted it too…oh well. It is still adorable.IMG_0201

Hamster trying on the hatIMG_0202

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Look at those tiny handsIMG_0199

I got to hold Chipmunk for ages. She was quite a wiggly sleeper.IMG_0203

Hamster is so over the photos!IMG_0207

After trying on the hat, we tried swaddling Hamster in one of the blankets.IMG_0208

That fell apart quickly. The girls do NOT like to swaddle.IMG_0209

While Hamster was making her displeasure known…IMG_0205…Chipmunk was all like, “Yo Dude! What’s up?”.

We had a wonderful time and I am going to have to make another trip to visit soon. Those girls are precious and I am so happy for Brynn. Congratulations Brynn on your precious babies!!

Kiera

My Janome New Home DC2014

Several weeks ago, Mr. Tux surprised me with a wonderful gift. He bought me a brand new sewing machine! I am such a lucky girl. My old sewing machine is a Singer from the 80’s. While it is a great beginner’s basic machine, it has reached the height of its usefulness. While sewing the Monster Quilt, it became painfully obvious that I had reached the limits of the Singer’s capabilities. If I wanted to continue to increase my quilting and sewing skills, I would need a new machine.

My dream machine is one of the Quilter’s Edition Bernina sewing machines. Those babies are pure heaven and cost a small fortune. Mr. Tux and I were not ready to spend that kind of money on a sewing machine. Maybe someday. On the recommendation of a friend and fellow quilter, we checked out the Janome machines. I had never heard of the brand, but they come highly recommended. After watching you-tube videos and reading reviews from sewers and quilters alike, we finally settled on a machine. Mr. Tux ordered the Jamone New Home DC2014 from Amazon and I waited impatiently. When the machine arrived, I fell in love! The Janome is so quiet. It sews smoothly, and handles my projects like a champ. I finished Mr. Tux’s new quilt on the Janome and was impressed. The different stitch options rock, and I can’t wait to use the walking foot for quilting. The best part: my sewing machine no longer bounces and vibrates across the counter. It stays in one spot. So so awesome! I am thrilled!

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all boxed up and ready to open!IMG_4988

A first look at the new machine. The picture doesn’t show it clearly, but the machine is white with purple accents!IMG_4989

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Sewing on it for the first timeIMG_4992

It plowed right through the flannel and fleece I was sewing togetherIMG_4991

I love this little machine! I can’t wait to try quilting on it this coming fall. I want to try more complicated patterns and maybe even try my hand at some more appliqué. The other cool thing about this machine is that it will sew clothing too. I may have to try my hand at clothing again. Who knows! For now, I am just so thankful to have a machine that I can grow my skills with again. Thank you Mr. Tux!

Kiera

Weekending: Spring Is Almost Here

This weekend was busy. Saturday we loaded Tuxley in the car and made a day trip up north. We met Lobstermom half way between our houses and had lunch together. It was awesome seeing them. Of course she spoiled Tuxley and brought him a new toy. Grandmas seem to always know how to spoil the best. Besides the day trip on Saturday, we also had breakfast at the local Co-Op this weekend (they have the BEST breakfast food), loaded up on specialty chocolates for the week (again the Co-Op has the best around), did some on-line and in-store clothes shopping, crossed off a major portion of our Spring cleaning list, and I finally mended the items in my mending basket.

I hate mending! Hate it with a fierce passion. Because of my hatred for it, the items in my mending basket really stack up for months before I finally breakdown and mend. This time I had two pairs of pants, a dress, one shirt, a sweater, and five of Tuxley’s favorite Lambies to mend. I finished my mending pile and will start collecting for another 6-10 months before I mend again. Overall, it was a fun weekend and we are ready for another week of work.

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Spring is finally coming to the PalouseIMG_5100

I love seeing the first signs of green. So Beautiful!IMG_5097

Tuxley chilled in the carIMG_5101

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There were lots of suspicious looking cars in the cityIMG_5104

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ApolloIMG_5114

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A Lambie on the operating tableIMG_5118

more Lambies waiting for surgeryIMG_5121

Their concerned ownerIMG_5119

This is the face that stared at me the whole time I was mending Tuxley’s LambiesIMG_5120Such a spoiled rotten little doxie boy

I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful weekend. Here’s to wishing you a fabulous week.

Kiera

Weekending: Adventures at Lobstermom’s

Mr. Tux, Tuxley, and I spent the weekend up at Lobstermom’s. Mr. Tux spend Saturday night and part of Sunday morning building her a project desk. While he was doing that, I conquered a 3 year long project and FINALLY finished Mr. Tux’s quilt. Tuxley spend time with the other dogs and getting lots of love and spoiling from Grandma aka Lobstermom.

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all four dogs on a walkIMG_5052

Bentley chillingIMG_5048

Beau doing what Beau does best…sleepingIMG_5044

Tuxley guarded my lap while I knittedIMG_5068

Mr. Tux’s finished creationIMG_5055

Getting the quilt all ready to tieIMG_5063Sewing on the binding.

Overall, it was a splendid weekend. I am so thrilled to have the quilt finished and out of my project queue. Now I can finally cast on for that sweater. Guilt free.

Kiera

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{This Moment}

A Soule Mama Inspired Ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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Kiera

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A Saturday of Sewing

On Black Friday, I braved the crowds and ventured out to the fabric store. Flannel was on sale at 75% off and I couldn’t resist the chance of yards of fabric with the lowest prices of the year. So for the last week I have had a pile of fabric sitting there calling my name and begging to be sewn into receiving blankets, Tuxley blankets, and one special doll blanket. Saturday morning Mr. Tux helped me drag out my sewing machine. I took over the kitchen counter and dinning room table with all of my sewing supplies and piles of fabric. I ironed over 15 yards of flannel and sewed a grand total of 8 blankets. Four of the blankets are for Tuxley – the two dark blue ones with ice skating polar bears and penguins, the orange and blue bicycles, and one of the pink and green flowered vines. The other pink and green blanket is a doll blanket for a special little girl. As for the remaining three blankets, they are for some friends and their special baby boy who will be arriving soon.

It had been a while since I sat down and spent a day just sewing. I loved it! It is so relaxing and rewarding to set aside time and enjoy quiet time sewing. Since I am a gift-oriented person, it is doubly rewarding to be sewing for someone else. I can’t wait to have the matching quilt finished and see our friends’ faces when they open up the custom quilt and blankets for their baby. It will be well worth all the time and effort spent.

Here are some pictures of my incredible Saturday of sewing…

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I absolutely adore this fabric combo for Tuxley!IMG_4270

blue and tangerine chevronsIMG_4276

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I love the combination of the varying shades of blue and tangerine chevrons when combinedIMG_4297

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this dark blue fabric is one of my favorite finds of the year for Tuxley. The penguins are totally appropriate for my little Tux…IMG_4280

a finished bicycle blanket for TuxleyIMG_4290

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both blankets togetherIMG_4294

They turned out perfectly!IMG_4295

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this combination turned out as amazing as I imaginedIMG_4312

a little girly for Tuxley, even by my standards, but perfect for a girl’s doll blanketIMG_4315

completed ice skating bears and penguins blanketIMG_4316

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all of the completed blanketsIMG_4318

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IMG_4320all eight of the blankets finished and stacked up make an impressive pile!

Overall, it was a rather productive Saturday and I loved it! I can’t wait to do it again when I have the fabric for the baby quilt.

Kiera