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A SLOW Spring

March 13th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Life here in the woods, for the most part, is lovely.  But the tail end of winter can be a bit rough.  Spring and Winter yo yo back and forth, the skiing may be done but the bike ridding has yet to begin, and the mud begins to invade.  It’s “break up” season as they call it in Alaska.  And the children are restless.

Field trips are always critical  this time of year and digging deeper into the bag of trick for games and fun to fill  these lingering days spent indoors.  Sewing projects are abound but dreams of gardening, oh they have begun.

A trip to town for puddle stomping, new library books and warm coco can brighten even the worst case of the …

Why is Winter sooo long  blues.

Let the sun shine.

YES, they will love pink forever

February 18th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

I made TWO quilts for my TWO three year old boys.  It is so fun and exciting to be able to wrap them in mama love while they sleep.  I found a quilt tutorial I LOVED at Film in the Fridge

Her work is all so beautiful!  But I didnt get involved with the color palette at all, I just let the boys choose their fabrics all willy nilly, whatever they wanted.  Sadly the result was harder to put together than I had ever suspected.  I am a bit of a color snob, pattern snob, design snob, okay, okay – a bit of a snob.  When I sat down and began to piece things together I realized I kinda hated the way it was all coming together.  Now the children they love, love, loved it.

But me, I was dragging, I felt a longing for rich patterns saturated in fab color and instead what lay before me was a slew of randomness that didn’t totally gel.   It made it harder to power through, i mean this is TWO quilts here.. did I say two MATCHING quilts.  Alas the mere fact that winter was looming and the little lads were actually in need of warmth did manage to get me scrambling around the floor of the studio in haste. But  a little last minute dose of Amy Butler’s Full Dot Moon and Heather Ross’s Mendocino did manage to fill it all out.

At the hundredth hour the men folk suggested that my dear sweet boys might not like pink forever – to which I say poo poo.  These boys of mine they will love their Mama made blankets till they are a pile of tatters, RIGHT?

In the end we are all happy but I think in the future the seamstress might have to pick the palette! I can see those juicy magenta’s, pink paisley’s and orange dots in my dreams.