ronald mcDonald house

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I joined a quilting group for the Ronald McDonald House here in Cincinnati. I love to sew quilts as gifts, and I've wanted to "reach out" beyond my friends and make blankets for other children. Every child that stays at the RMH receives a welcome gift bag, and included is a hand made quilt. Every child gets a quilt!  So, this bright and cheery blanket will go to a little girl, who I’ll never meet, who can use some extra love and prayers while she is away from her hometown. (That’s our visit to the RMH... Jackson got to meet Ronald himself).

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norwegian krumkake

Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Norwegian relatives decided that I needed to learn the art & tradition of making Krumkakes. For Valentine's Day, Ethan gave me a Krumkake iron, and the Larsen family recipe was passed down to me. Last night we opened the box, and after a few tries we had dozens of Krumkakes. They were wonderful with whipped cream and fruit, and even Jackson enjoyed a nibble. I’ll have to uphold the Norwegian family tradition now and make them every Christmas (even if my married name is Italian!).

capes for the nephews

Monday, February 14, 2011

For Soren’s Birthday, I made him his very own cape. I wish we lived in the same town... it would have been so fun to be there for his third Birthday (and look, he’s even wearing the crown that I made him last year). For Grant’s cape... he helped me design it, and he perfectly described the way Batman’s cape looks. When I referenced Grant’s drawing to a Google search, he was precise. Grant suggested that I make a Robin costume for Jackson... hmmm?

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baby jack

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I stumbled upon this fabric and thought it was perfect for baby Jack. He was born in November, and yes, I’m finally catching up with all my quilting! My son is now taking 2 hour naps in the afternoon... so after I race around the house to clean up, I head downstairs for some “me time”.

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baby eli

Thursday, February 2, 2011

Baby Eli was born in August and, hooray, his quilt is all finished. I’m making baby blankets rather small these days... so I call them, “lap quilts” (they also work great the while the baby is in the car seat). This design was a fun challenge. My friend Amy loves black & white and she has a beautiful modern taste. The baby’s nursery is blue, green and orange... so this quilt combines all that style.

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not much these days...

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I’m having a hard time finding time for most things these days. I feel like I’m always 2 days behind where I’d like to be. My craft wish list is getting longer, and my real life responsibilities are getting bigger. Even if I had two days to catch up, I’d probably go find all the sleep I’ve lost. This is a picture of the Birthday cake we made for baby Jesus. I also included (for your enjoyment) a picture of Jackson... who, I’m pretty sure, is teething!

baby jackson

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Jackson is six months old now, and look at what I finally made him... his own quilt! I wanted big colors, with lots of white space. So here is what I came up with (along with inspiration from other quilter’s blogs). The backside is fun too... I used scraps to make the row of stripes. I’m happy and thankful to finally have a quilt for Jackson.

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optimus prime

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I love making Birthday cakes for my nephew... he’s so easy to excite. This six year old’s request was a Transformer’s cake, and it was big hit. 

my little skunk

Monday, November 1, 2010

I think I’m going to like Halloween more and more as a mom. Maybe I’ll attempt to make costumes in the future... but this year, my boy wore a store-bought Skunk costume. He was so stinkin’ cute.

lion puppet

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I volunteered to make a puppet for my church’s Kids’ Club. I’ve never made a puppet before... I’ve never made anything three dimensional before! I didn’t have a pattern, so I just winged it. It turned out well, but I’m glad it’s done... I much rather sew flat, straight lines. (And just for fun, I included a picture of my boy, Jackson with his cousin, Grant).

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