Sunday, February 18, 2007


Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Made with the best of intention last month, please meet Milo and I's Goldbug. Based on the Richard Scarry storybook character, Goldbug is my very first attempt at making a softie without a pattern. Please note the crazy length of his arms. Oh my! Milo seems to enjoy him, lets see if he lasts the test of time!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

what I love

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
belly-to-belly time with Milo
photos of brides with little girls
Dancing, dancing, dancing
dancing & friends
sailor boys
more bellies
more belly time &
Cadbury Mini Eggs, oh my!
& the coming season of the egg

Monday, February 12, 2007

a find of all finds

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Lately I have been keeping far, far away from any thrift stores and fabric shops, & its been difficult. After the move, I could not possibly justify buying one more piece of fabric, regardless of how inexpensive or original. This weekend my resolve wore thin. I have been aching to try out local thrift shops and the like, but honestly haven't really had the opportunity until yesterday while in Augusta.
It was brilliant. The linen section was chock full of old vintage sheets and curtains. I even stumbled upon my first vintage quilt. Its a little tore up in one corner but definitely workable. I was so excited to have found it, I feel like I am really in Maine now when I make a find like this!
I also found some great sheets and a nifty washcloth. The little chair is for our doll house.
We also spent some serious quality time in the studio this weekend. Its been great & Ieven managed to finish up a few valentine cards. That is what is on the sewing machine in the photos below.
More to come for this week, now that I have found the camera charger.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Stephen's Free Library

Stephen's Free Library
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
This building always fascinated me as a child. It was once a library which my mother and father both visited as children & than was turned into a residence in the early seventies. I used to play in the yard as a child with all the other neighborhood kids. Located in Manayunk amongst the row homes and narrow streets, it was one of the few places which had a grassy lawn. Whoever lived there never minded that we played, walking along the wall outside and as a teenager, trysting behind in the shade.
It tickles me to think that its still there on Krams Ave. My aunt Barbara who lived down the street has since moved. My grandmother who lived up and around the corner has sold her house and passed on. Even the church across the street,with its beaten graves, is locked and closed to the public. Manayunk, altogether has changed so much. All the families who made this place a neighborhood have moved up and out. Now traveling the streets there are few faces I know. But it feels good to know that the library is still there.
Maybe once day I will even get to go in...

"This is the information I found on the Stephen's Library.
The William B. Stephens Library on Krams Avenue was established by the family of a wealthy Manayunk mill owner (date undocumented). It closed in 1969 and its foundation was transferred to the Roxborough Library. That foundation continues to purchase most of the materials for Roxborough Library to this day. "

I imagine that this is not a terribly interesting blog post. But I promise more soon. Tomorrow I am going to meet Yana at the studio and start setting up our stuff. I can't wait to get to some sewing. And perhaps I will even find the camera charger and start taking some photos of our new digs.
Good weekend to all.......