With a newfound interest in making a really great craft blog, I  purchased “Sister” Diane Gillelands e-book, “Making a Great Blog: A Guide For Creative People”.  Diane is a powerhouse of the crafty community.  I adore her blog, she is a woman of many talents who comes up with ideas for crafts I might have never heard about, or attempted until I saw one of her tutorials.   I highly recommend the book to anyone who is hoping to have a successful blog.  She offers up a ton of great tips such as:  how frequently to post while avoiding “blogfade”, figuring out your content, using your digital camera to make the most of your blog, and even “blogger etiquette”.

I especially appreciated her idea of keeping a blog journal with you at all times.  Writing down inspiration when and where it strikes!  Genius!  Being the mother of a newborn and a 6 year-old, my brain can use all of the help it can get these days.

Making a Great Blog

So, having been inspired by my husband to really get back to writing and crafting (love you!), and by this book…you are going to see some changes around here.  For the better!


Finally… here she is in all of her fabric-y glory:

Whole quilt

A Square

Stripey Binding

I especially love the fact that my husband (back when he was just my boyfriend) came to Cool Cottons with me and helped me pick out the fabrics for this quilt, right about the time we moved in together.  I also really like the ginkgo quilting pattern, which I picked out as a surprise for him knowing it is one of his favorite, err, plant silhouettes.  I sewed the binding on by hand, my first attempt.  Binding the queen sized behemoth took less time than I thought it was going to, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it to boot!

I am currently working on a baby quilt for the little lady…the color pink is very much involved.



just born

We are all doing very well…more updates soon! We are still on our babymoon.

Crafty Craft!

Hello Friends!
My friend Jen had posted this on her Facebook page, I have taken her up on her offer and in turn, am offering some crafty goodness your way…So here goes…
I invite you to experiment with me in a pay-it-forward concept. I am offering to make something for the first five (5) people who respond to this note and who agree to do the same for five others. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. Whatcha get is whatcha get.
2. What I create will be just for you, with love.
3. It’ll be done this year (2009).
4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It may be weird or beautiful. But it will be something real and tangible, not something on the internet.
5. In return, all you need to do is post this text into a note on Facebook or blog of your own and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your note.
6. You will need to send me your mailing address so I can get your item to you.

IMPORTANT: This offer is null and void if I do not see you post your own note to pay this forward.


37 weeks and counting…

Hiya All! I thought I’d share a few photos of the quilt I made for Sebastians kindergarten class project for the St. Ignatius Auction.  The kids painted the main blocks, and I pieced it all together.  Sherri of BumbleBee Quilting quilted it.  I really love how it turned out, and it brought in $1k for the school!  Pretty great, yea?  I will also post pics of my “Bunch of Squares” quilt, which is happily laying across our bed as I type this as soon as I can.  My mom and sis are requesting some pics of my pregnant belly…and since I am due next month, I best get my mister on top of that stat!

Kindergarten Quilt 1

Kids quilt 2

Kindergarten quilt 3

In other crafty news, I am still stash busting my way through all of this yarn here…and am pretty close to finishing my Bartletts sweater.  Douglas requested a crewneck, so easy peasy!  I have also done quite a bit of sewing for the baby, and am really looking forward to my baby shower this coming Saturday.  I never had a baby shower when I was preggers with Sebastian, so this should be fun.

Forest Park

Last weekend, our family took a little walk in Forest Park.  One of the best places to go in Portland in my humble opinion.  Miles and miles of trails within city limits! Yee-haw!   On this particular walk we found out that Sebastian does NOT like mud…in fact, he spent most of the hike holding his pants up a bit (so as to not get too much more mud on them apparently, and hindering him quite a bit in the old balance department, which in turn got him much more muddy as he kept falling into huge puddles!)  Unfortunately for him, we were rained and hailed upon quite fiercely.  And after about 45 minutes of complaining on his part, we were able to convince him that the MORE mud you had on you the tougher you looked…and he, by far, looked the toughest by the end of our hike.  Sebs liked being nominated as the toughest guy in Forest Park, and then preceded to run in the mud downhill…all of the way to our car.

Sebbies in forest park

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