11 August 2014

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

I don't even know where to begin! Things have changed so much for us in the past few months. The super short version is Jake got his commercial driver's license, he now drives truck in the oil fields & often works 70-80 hours/week, we bought a house just outside of town, and Ruby is a 15 month old maniac! :)

Now that we're all caught up I feel like I can finally move forward here. I have written so many blog posts in my head it's ridiculous! But I always feel like I need to explain where I've been hiding first and just couldn't come up with the right words.

So let me show you...


Goodbye "drafty, mouse & black widow infested, empty for a decade, falling apart" ranch house! :)


On our front porch right after we closed.


Leading Grammy Leigh up to her new house.


Peonies from our yard!


Playing in the (overgrown because it was neglected for 2 years and I haven't decided what to do with it yet) garden.




Enjoying having her own room!





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07 March 2014

Back at the Spinning Wheel

Last week I found a new hashtag on IG...#spunday hosted by @threadybear. I haven't spun since Tour de Fleece last summer and even then it was only a bobbin or two. I've been itching to get my wheel out, but I was worried that Ruby would want to play with it too much. Once I saw the #spunday hashtag I knew that it was time to start spinning again.

So I spun...



And spun...





And spun!





And Ruby did great! Her favorite thing is either sitting and watching the wheel turn or standing between my legs to watch me draft the fiber.

In shop news I still have some handspun yarn listed and I just added stitch markers as well. They snag-free markers made with gorgeous book charms & accent beads and fit needles up to US10.5 (6.5mm). And there are lots of "books" to choose from! :-)

Thanks for visiting!
~Sharon~

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02 March 2014

Ruby's Spring Catnap Dress













A few weeks ago I discovered that my favorite fabric designer, Lizzy House, was hosting a dress making contest in her newest line, Catnap. I had just done a fabric swap with Maggie (@legs_benedict) and had a 1/2 yd of butterflies & fat quarter of playing cats that needed the perfect project.

It started with a simple sketch (well, more of a doodle really). I decided that I wanted to do as much handstitching as possible so I pulled out my copy of "Handsewn" by Margaret Rowan to get tips on smocking and buttonholes.

I did serge the edges and machine stitch the hems to give the dress a clean look. Then I went searching online for a tutorial for hand pleating. I found Marie Grace Designs, which was really lucky because now the website seems to be down. :-(

I used the American Honeycomb stitch for the smocking, in two colors. I chose to put the buttons on the front since the skirt (cat) fabric had to be seamed and it drove me crazy to think of that seam being in the front. I think it added a fun little touch to the dress.

I made it big for her to grow into this summer, but unfortunately I made it too big and it won't fit her for another year or so. But at least it is too big and not too small!

It was really fun to design & make this dress and in just a couple weeks too. Thanks Lizzy for the fun challenge! :-)

And thank you for taking a look!

*Sharon*

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22 January 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

This week has consisted of many late nights with a baby who apparently thinks that midnight is an appropriate bedtime. The nice thing about it is that she only wakes once during the night. When she was getting to bed earlier she'd wake more & it was a bigger fight to get her back to sleep again. She's like the Energizer bunny and just goes forever (or until she can barely keep her eyes open). She naps well during the day so I know she's getting plenty of rest.



But because of Ruby's late night parties I haven't had a chance for much stitching recently, but I have done a little. I've put a few more rows on my mom's Rocky Coast cardigan.



Finishing my sister's socks rekindled my love of sock
knitting so I pulled out a year old WiP and hope to have some new merino/cashmere blend socks in another week or two.



I also finished the top to Ruby's Briar Rose Rainbow Quilt. It was such a fast pattern to put together and looks great. Rae (Made by Rae) designed the quilt and it showcases Heather Ross' fabrics perfectly!



I will be tying it with perle cotton for now, but may eventually hand quilt it thanks to Katherine's suggestion. :-)

With all these WiPs I have going I hope to be able to show you some finished projects soon. Thanks for letting me share!

~Sharon~

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16 January 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

I know it's now Thursday, but apparently my post didn't fully publish last night before I closed Bloggeroid. I guess I need to pay better attention when I'm using this app.

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Last week I mentioned wanting to finish my current x-stitch before I started a new one, but I broke down when I saw how cute The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's new Once Upon a Time sampler is. Ruby & I have been reading a lot of fairy tales so I thought it was an appropriate distraction.



To prep for the new sampler I tea dyed some white aida cloth that I had on hand...



...washi taped my hoop for more visual interest. And in true "make it work" fashion used some hoop earrings to hold my embroidery floss.



It is a fun & quick stitchery and once I finish January I can get back to my ABCs of Aging Artfully until the February fairy tale comes out.

My parents came out for a visit from Southern California this week, which was lots of fun! Mom & I took Ruby to a pottery shop over in Casper and made a couple belated Christmas gifts. Dad is getting a dish for his keys & wallet (pictured below), Grams Sally (Jake's mom) is getting a handprint plate, & I will finally have a yarn bowl!





I also finally started piecing my Briar Rose rainbow quilt. It's been cut for a while now, I just don't get upstairs to sew very often.



I did get my sister's fibonnaci socks done this week at least! I forgot to take a final finish picture before I sent them back with my parents, but I assure you they are done. :-)



Ruby turned 9 months old this week and is as busy as ever. She's very close to walking, but has been sidetracked by climbing and now jumping. I've started calling her Little Roo (Winnie the Pooh) because she loves to bounce so much!



She also loves her books! ♥

Thanks for letting me share!

~*~ Sharon ~*~

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08 January 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

I've been wanting to do something other than knitting lately, but machine sewing with Ruby (who never stops) is out of the question these days. So I pulled out a WiP cross stitch that I started a couple years ago.



I'm hoping to get it done soon so that I can start The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Once Upon a Time sampler for Ruby. We've been reading a lot of fairy tales so this is perfect!

I also finally started my mom's Rocky Coast cardigan. I've been putting it off because of all the cables, but the body was actually very fast to knit.



Next up for the cardigan is sleeve island and then the collar. Hopefully the rest goes just as quickly.

And finally, some fibonacci socks that I made for my sister as a Christmas present. (They still need the ends woven in, which is why I'm calling them a WiP.)



The number of rows in each stripe are based on the fibonacci sequence; 1 1 2 3 5 8... My sister is a high school math teacher so I thought these would be appropriate. I also got her a pi shirt & math mug. :-)

Thanks for letting me share!

~*~Sharon~*~

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25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

It's 10pm Christmas night. The gifts have been shared, food has been enjoyed, & we're currently watching "A Bug's Life." Of course one of Ruby's favorite new toys is the box to my fabulous new Le Creuset kettle set, but she loves her mega blocks and is intrigued by the elephant shape sorter. She also got a great handmade soft book from Grandma & Grandpa.







I also have to share the gorgeous new necklaces I received. The first is from Winemaker's Sister (hopefully the link works!) on Etsy, it is a spinning wheel charm and a stamped disc that says "SPIN". She has some beautiful jewelry and great stitch markers in her shop including Doctor Who, fairy tales, & bacon!

The second necklace is a beautiful Stella & Dot pair of charms. One is an "R" for Ruby. The other is her April birthstone, which is diamond. Very simple and lovely.



I haven't quite finished the gifts I planned to make, but I'm pretty excited about the fibonnaci socks I'm making for my sister. We'll also be going to a pottery store in Casper soon for Ruby to paint some things for her grandparents!


We went for a family walk last night at sundown. It was a little colder than we thought, but we were bundled up nicely.



And we did some sledding today since we got more snow yesterday.



Ruby loved it!


I hope everyone had a warm & wonderful day. Thank you for visiting!

~*~ Sharon ~*~

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