Tuesday, August 25, 2009

First Days of School...

The boys started school last Monday. I can't say they were excited. I can't even say I was excited. But, I can say that last week has went well. The routine is slowly coming back.

And this years first week went sooo much better than last years!!!

Today was Sweet Pea's first day of preschool.

Do you see the smile? Can you feel the excitement?

See how she looked when I left her.

I know this for sure. She loves it. It is all a show...for me. Her teacher, Miss Kim, says that as soon as I am gone she talks and participates. Oh well...

As my Grandpa used to say, "what a character!"

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Threads of Life

Ever taken a close look at a piece of fabric?

If you look close you will see that it is made of of thousands upon thousands of single strands of thread intricately woven together to make one single fabric. It doesn't matter if it is beautiful brocade or silk or ordinary quilters cotton, burlap or taffeta. Each thread has its place in the fabric. Each thread touches other threads.

Today, I was given a gift. It was wrapped in a clear, zip up bag, but folded with the back side out. To me, it looked like a piece of quilted pink fabric. I knew what it was. I had been told about it. But, honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect. This is what a found.


Thousands or maybe millions of threads, made into fabrics, and pieced into a quilt thirty years ago. Piece by my grandmother, quilted by my great-aunt. A quilt made up of old skirts, and shirts and scraps that grandma had saved. A pattern that she had seen and made up herself. Given to me today, and perfect for my daughters bed.


When I think about it, I realize that Grandma pieced more than a quilt. She has pieced parts of my life, directly and indirectly through my mother.


The fabric of my life was influenced by and put together by my Mom, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Mammi.


and hers will be too.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Just because they were sooo much fun...

I had to make another one.


This one is uses two coordinating fabrics.

and I added a small pocket on the inside.

and look I even have a navy blue mini notebook to match.

Hmmm.....wonder who I will give this one to?

It does coordinate with one of these bags....

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Notebook Covers

Okay...so I found this super cute mini composition books while looking for school supplies for my kids.


Aren't they adorable?

I knew that they had to have a cover.

So I spent hours this weekend working on some sort of cover for them.

And this is what I came up with.


I made one for each of the kids and one for me that matches my Margaret Bag.


The inside.

I must say. It takes a while to actually make something you see in your head. Following a pattern is so much easier. But I think it was well worth the experience.

The kids love them. I love mine.

Now I may have to work on a cover for the full size Composition books I purchased.

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