Personalized cloth book the easy way

Personalized cloth book the easy way

My granddaughter, Hazel, will be one next week! She loves reading books, so I thought it would be fun to make her a personalized cloth book, but I don’t really have the time to make it as elaborate as I would like. Instead, I needed something quick and easy. A couple weeks ago I found a really cute book panel on Spoonflower that is customizable with the baby’s name, so … Continue reading

Keeping busy while traveling

What do you do to stay busy when you are traveling? I often read or play games on my iPad. On this last trip, I decided to bring a few projects with me. One thing I love about my “Making Faces” portrait technique is that you can do it just about anywhere. It doesn’t require a lot of supplies or space. When we flew last Tuesday, one of our flights … Continue reading

Review of 2014

Introducing Hazel Rinoa

I can’t believe it is already the end of 2014! This has been a busy, eventful year for our family. Being “Mimi” means a lot of quilt making gets put on hold temporarily so I can focus completely on little Hazel, but I expect in the coming year things should start balancing out more. Here are a few of the bright spots for 2014. Click the caption for the full … Continue reading

Merry Christmas to me!

New washer and dryer

Merry Christmas to me! Well, really, it is for sweet hubby since I am totally blessed, and he does our laundry. But I suppose that is a year-long Christmas present of a different sort, isn’t it? Anyway, at the end of the year, I like to buy us a little something with some of the profits I’ve earned through speaking at quilt guilds and teaching workshops. This year, we decided … Continue reading

Tutorial: DIY reversible drawstring toy bag & play mat

Toy bag tutorial

It’s fifteen days until Christmas! If you need a quick DIY gift for the child in your life, here’s a great one. I made this reversible toy bag / play mat in about half a day. Adorable little Hazel has three sets of grandparents within a ten mile radius, so they are often traveling from home to home to visit. DD#2 needed a way to schlep baby toys from house … Continue reading

Our Texas adventure, Part 2

Hazel's finished portrait

What do you usually do when you are on a long road trip, sitting in the passenger seat? Sweet hubby loves to drive, so I’m rarely behind the wheel, but that’s okay. I can always find something to do! On this trip, we listened to audio books most of the time, but I had to keep my hands busy, so I brought along a little project. I decided to use … Continue reading

Happy birthday to me!

Isn’t she just adorable? Happy birthday to me! Today is my birthday, and I’m thankful for every year I’ve been given. So, I haven’t been doing much quilting the last month, but I’ve been busy with many very valuable events. To begin with, I got to cuddle the little bundle of joy shown above almost every day. She’s almost five months old now and she always wakes up with a … Continue reading

DIY growth chart for the grandbabies

Amalya and Hazel's birth measurements are marked

I love chasing rabbit trails, especially ones that involve internet exploration and research. I recently saw a growth chart on Pinterest, which made me realize I wanted to get one so we could record our grandchildren over the coming years. I thought that it might be a fun activity to do with the grandkids each birthday. I browsed Pinterest and Etsy to get ideas. I wanted something creative, but simple. … Continue reading