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After a little tidying and elbow grease things are looking a bit better...

After a little tidying and elbow grease things are looking a bit better...

Clear kitchen view two

Pinwheel quilt all ready to be stippled/quilted

Pinwheel quilt all ready to be stippled/quilted

Partially-quilted Just Peachy Baby Quilt - love the colours on this one!

Partially-quilted Just Peachy Baby Quilt - love the colours on this one!

Just Peachy quilt backing detail...cheery and retro!

Just Peachy quilt backing detail...cheery and retro!

That’s it for me tonight!  Time to relax in front of a Bond flick with my man!  Off on holiday tomorrow!  See you in a week or so…! ; )

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Today I’ve got sewing on the brain… {a big surprise, I know…}  I am working on 2 projects for friends and family but both are in the prepping stage and not the sewing stage…so I just need to keep at it and soon I can whip out my Silver Sewer! : )  For the time being, here’s a little bit of today for you:

Green tomato and material

Green tomatoes my dear man picked this morning from the garden, and the fabric I can't wait to start snipping into for this project here!

I found my sister-in-law-to-be’s blog and new etsy shop {see her folksy shop too}…and I am so excited for her so I thought I’d show her off here! : )

The project that's keeping me sane as I prep the others...thank you purl bee! : )

Ooh!!!  I just got a tip from my husband that a nice parcel has just arrived in the post…and its addressed to me…! ; )  I think some of my waiting’s over because {if I’m right?!} I believe that’s my rotary cutter and ruler {among other lovely accessories} for my quilting project…  I can start cutting + piecing today – yay!

Its been a fun-filled Summer for my husband and me! We’ve had family visiting from the States for the first time on two occasions and a 4-week trip to West Africa sandwiched in the middle… We’ve been busy little beavers hosting in our small bungalow and being hosted in one of the warmest parts of Africa (both the weather and the people)! We are so grateful for the opportunities we’ve had and the bit of rest we’ll have going into the end of this season!

But now I feel like I am officially back into the blogging world. I honestly haven’t properly checked my feed reader in over two months and I haven’t even thought of posting for longer. But my routine just went back to normal mode here in my little home, and I am looking forward to seeing what has been going on around me in the creative world out there…and even more, I can’t wait to join it once more.

Upcoming project:

Pinwheel Baby Quilt at Moda Bake shop by Jodi at Simply This and That

Pinwheel Baby Quilt at Moda Bake shop by Jodi at Simply This and That

4th of July Frock enhanced

I started this frock about a week ago, and I am very pleased with the outcome so far!  I am following a 1967 Simplicity 7049 from my mother in law ~ and its marve!  I just can’t decide whether to add the short sleeves or not…  Any opinions?

4th of July Frock detail enhanced

{Oh!  By the way ~ its upcycled from a men’s button~down shirt…  Which makes it even more fun!}

Wow!  I stumbled upon Hardanger embroidery a little while back and was mesmerised by all the carefully cut threads and the Norwegian styled motifs…  Well, I thought I’d make a little centerpiece as a gift for an upcoming wedding…  Its a beautiful craft but calls for a very hardy crafts(wo)man!  Whew!  I value symmetry and alignment, but maybe not as much as I thought, ’cause I think this little project might go flying out my window if I have to un-stitch one more time…!  Thankfully I am not alone in my endeavors… I have a lovely neighbor who lets me cry on her shoulder when I just can’t get it…!  She’s a wonderful Hardangerette (among many other things craft related) and I now value her hardy heart even more than I once did…!

Luckily for the rest of the world there are other Hardy Hardangerettes who carry on the wonderful tradition!  If you are interested in purchasing a gift for someone special, take a look at norwegianneedle for some really beautiful designs!

find the norwegian needle at etsy.com

find the norwegian needle at etsy.com

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