Monday, March 25, 2013


Milo is the most unique craft project I have made recently.

On Saturday I went to a free class at the library and made this creature. There were parts of it prepped for the participants by the teacher. I stuffed the guy, sewed on the arms, snout, eyes, ears, and embroidered the mouth. I made the scarf myself at home out of some scraps of fabric. The program was titled making a sock monkey, but I am not certain that is what it most closely resembles. What kind of animal do you think he looks most like?

Friday, March 22, 2013

a simple bag

On Monday, I made this reversible bag.  Finished I think it measured about nine inches by twelve inches.  The handles are around eighteen inches long.  The inside is pink fabric with white polka dots.  It is a custom made bag-a friend of mine doesn't sew and asked me if I could make bags for her to give as gifts to both her niece and nephew.  The bag for her nephew is made from baseball print fabric and a similar one can be seen here.  The thing I like about making these simple bags is I can complete one in less than an hour.  What is one of your favorite craft projects? 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Five Miles South of Peculiar

I read Five Miles South of Peculiar by Angela Hunt  this week.  Set primarily in northern Florida,  it is the story of twin sisters Darlene and Carlene and their younger sister Nolie (short for Magnolia).  Darlene and Nolie have always lived on their family's estate while Carlene went away to New York City for a career on broadway.  The story begins when Carlene finds out that her career is over.   She and Darlene are approaching their 50th birthday.  Despite Carlene and Darlene being twins, they haven't been particularly close since Carlene went away, so her return home is complicated.   Though somewhat predictable, I was satisfied when I set down the book at the end.  If you are looking for a relaxing book to read, this would fit the bill. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

new things

Three new things to blog about...
Number one is the quilt top I finished this week.  I won ten single yard cuts of solid fabric last year when I was in Kansas City with my sewing sister for the International Quilt Market.  I think I have enough fabric from the bundle to piece it together for the back.
The second new thing is the book Nora's Chicks written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Kathryn Brown.  Nora moves with her father, mother, and baby brother from Russia to the prairie of the United States.  She misses her old home and wants a friend in the new place she is living.  When her father brings home some chicks, she has new friends, but having new chicks eventually helps her become friends with a girl her age.  It was a well written book that I plan on sharing with my students, nieces, and nephews.

The third new thing is my writing sister's new website.  It can be found at  I really like the image she chose for her home page.

Have you made anything new or found anything new lately?

Friday, March 1, 2013

winner of reading challenge

Congratulations to Anita,  the winner of the winter reading challenge. Thanks for all of those who participated, even if you were unable to complete the challenge.