Thursday, September 27, 2007


This is one of my first attempts from Amy Karol's Bend the Rules sewing book. It was given to my friend Holly for her 30th Birthday which we celebrated this evening. We had pizza from our favorite joint with "oh my mushrooms." They are canned and lovely on a super doughy sweet sauced pizza. Than after our indulgent supper we feasted on a Chocolate Chip Cheese Cake. Not just a cheese cake with chocolate chips in it, oh no. Its a layer of chocolate cake on top of cheese cake with chocolate chips, iced with chocolate frosting with cherries on top. Milo & I made the trek special this afternoon to this here bakery. A funny thing about this particular cake, I celebrated my tenth birthday with Holly eating the same kinda cake from the same bakery twenty years ago. I even have a photo somewhere in the hovel here eating that cake and celebrating. I will dig it out one of these days. Its amazing to think I have been so fortunate as to have a friend so long....Happy 30th Holly.
As for the clutch, I had a good time making it. Its quite sad really, but it takes me forever sometimes to wrap my head around pattern directions. Even if they are 4 steps and really quite straight forward. I would be happy to lay the blame on my pregnant mind and a three year old dog tormentor underfoot during the process. Now that I "got it" I will be spreading the artsy clutch love around. Can't wait really though to do that Elvin Hat!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

getting it in there, mate

I delay often in posting my craft exploits, I think its getting the camera out in time to actually photograph something before out it goes, last minute as usual....but this time I think I possibly delayed because I wasn't sure if I actually like my new curtain tie-backs I made a few weeks back....I am in love with the curtains, those Ikea lovelies....I must say its nice to be back to the city which house not one but two Ikea stores is quite nice. But I was unsure of the fabric choice for the tie-backs...I love the polka dots, but the flower pattern was definitely not winning me over. My fabric stash is still packed away and hard to get to at the moment, due to my present condition, so I chose what I could reach....what kind of crafter am I?
I am not much loving the photo either, I think its the ghastly air conditioner, but I thanked the gods for it this summer when I was sweating it up, oh yes indeed.
My other craft project I have been plugging away at is the baby wipes......they are coming along quite well and they are fun to make. The photo reminds me of another craft blogger out there one year ago doing much of the same....Jess's photo is much sweeter, I must say
I have a list of projects before a certain someone's imminent arrival.....there is the mei tai carrier, a little man's Halloween costume and a Nappy Bag
Also with the new arrival of this fantastic book which I am trying not to let occupy to much of my very short crafting time......
wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

always a little late

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Went for a lovely walk this morning with Chris and Mr M. avec the dog and Milo took this photo of me.....
Just a funny little not, within the 8 block 1 hour time period excursion I ran into 4 different cousins all in different locations....gotta love home!
This is my contribution to last week's feet photo festivites....

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Back in the Saddle

sewing corner
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Just getting the sewing machine out again since May when I packed it up, and said "See you soon!" Little did I know that I wouldn't see it again till September. Its been a sad, hot summer for me with not much crafting to show for it. So this post, is a tribute to our pent-up creativity and craft mini explosion. detail
I'm happy to report that our beloved machine has been whirring away. Finally last week, with an encouraging project from my cousin, and inspiration from a busy bunny Jess, I set up the machine by the stairs in the living room and set upon making a gift for "T", Milo's cousin, whose 2nd birthday party was this past Saturday.
I posed the idea to Milo Thursday morning, told him to think about what could be fun to make and at lunch the same day he said, "We should make a Super Hero's Cape!" So off to the fabric stash it was....& what luck the right fabric for the project was right on top! With a few sketches we were off....or shall we say up, up and away....
I was very happy with how the cape turned out, Milo reported that for his he'd like softer material....but for my novice sewing abilities....I was very happy indeed....
Cape in Motion

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Monday, September 03, 2007


Originally uploaded by zavodk.
"I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who Intimately lives with rain.

Poemas are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree."

Joyce Kilmer
from an Anthology of Modern Vers for Boys and Girls

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Summer Photo

This is my favorite photo from Goddess Gathering this year in New Hampshire. Lilymoonstorm fire dancing. Absolutely stunning.
I hope to keep regular with some blogging very soon. Its been a truly hectic summer and now that we are in our home and have reliable internet service I have no excuse but to blog. So to Saturdays and heading out the door for September Yard Sales and more to come!
Points of Interest:
Foxy's Attack on Iran