Sunday, October 30, 2011

Radio Silence

Many of you have commented that the last posting of the Stash Resolution podcast has no sound. Yeah... A massive technical glitch happened only made worse by a computer failure that caused the raw data to disappear.

This last frustrating experience has led me to make the decision to put the podcast on hold indefinitely. I have to throw up the white flag and admit defeat; time is not on my side these days. When I do get a rare hour to do something I want to do, honestly, I'd rather sew. I'm sure you can understand!

Don't get me wrong - I so enjoy the interaction it has afforded me over the last year and a half. I've made many wonderful virtual acquaintances as a result and hope to continue those in the blog forum. When I can get back to podcasting with regularity and when it feels like something I want to do - not another thing I HAVE to do - then you'll hear from me again. I promise! :-) Thank you to everyone who has been so kind and supportive of that little venture.

Enough of that. On to some Flickr eye candy! Though the color combo may be peaking, I love yellow and grey together.

1. All three yellow and grey nesting chairs pillows, 2. Grey and yellow linen clutch, 3. Gray Grey and Yellow Crochet Rug, 4. Mustard & Grey Quilt, 5. Miss Jenny with grey skies (front), 6. Grey Yellow Hair Clips , 7. Cuffed, 8. Kitschicagoan Yellow & Grey Mood Board, 9. sculpted skirt in light gray and yellow

I also created a Pinterest board for Yellow and Grey as my inspiration for my master bedroom re-do. What's your favorite color combo these days?

Be back in a few to announce the fat quarter bundle winner!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Market Weekend!

Oh, what I wouldn't give to be in Houston this weekend. You?

For those of us watching from the side lines, there is the Bloggers' Quilt Festival hosted by Amy at Amy's Creative Side. If you have a blog, I encourage you to read the entry requirements and participate. I'm pleased to sponsor the festival with a give away. Check out Amy's blog for details.

In other online news, AnneMarie of Gen X Quilters is hosting the Charmed Prints Quilt Along with the goal of encouraging each other to make (and finish!) a quilt for a holiday gift. She came up with an adorable pattern with different blocks. All you need are one or two charm packs, depending on what size quilt you want to make. The fun kicks off on November 1!

Hope you all have a great Halloween/Market weekend!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


A couple of weeks ago, Isabelle was baptized. She wore the same gown her sister, Olivia wore. This was also the gown I was dressed in for my christening.

My Grandma Judy painstakingly sewed the dress. The details are incredible.

Eyelet trim, satin ribbon, and tiny button embellishments.

Pleats and lace.

The back as pretty as the front with the tiniest, most dainty snap closures you've ever seen.

Inside the dress on the lining, my name and christening date was embroidered.

I'm now adding my daughters' names and baptism dates and will take the gown to a cleaners to be washed and preserved in an acid-free box. Maybe someday my girls will want their girls to wear the gown. And, if not, that's okay - they can keep this family treasure tucked somewhere safe as a reminder of the many generations of blessings upon them.

Here is Isabelle's baptism shot with (left to right) her godmother, big-sister Olivia, Bill me, and her godfather. I couldn't get to Olivia's baptism shots, which are archived on a separate hard drive, and of course my photos are in an album in my mom's basement somewhere!? But you get the picture.

And here is Isabelle with Grandma Judy, the seamstress who made the gown nearly 30 years ago! I wonder if she is thinking about how time flies...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Little Apples Give Away

In the spirit of the fall season, I'd like to give away some Little Apples! Who's in?

To enter to win this fun red and aqua collection of 8 Fat Quarters, please leave a comment with your favorite way to eat apples. Apple pie? Carmel apples? Apples sauce? Plain 'ole raw apples? Feel free to link to recipes too so we can all get inspired to do some baking! :-)

Want an extra entry? Follow my blog and let me know you did in a comment.

Deadline to enter is Thursday, October 27 midnight EST. Good luck!

Hope your weekend is full of wonderful fall goodness!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Welcome to the new home for my blog - the blog formerly known as Stash Resolution. Ha! Thank you to those of you who hopped on over here and started following again.

The blog layout is a work-in-progress. Please bear with me as I make updates and changes, especially to the content in the new tabs.

To kick things off, here's a look at what I've been up to lately in the sewing room.

Can't be explained but suddenly I HAD to make a flying geese quilt. After a year still neatly tucked in it's package, I finally broke out the Eleanor Burn's Quilt in a Day Flying Geese ruler. Though slightly complex in the set up, the ruler gives amazing results, especially to those of us less-than-perfect sewers. :-)

Here are a few rows sewn together. I am using this lovely as my inspiration to play with the direction the geese are flying.

In more personal news, my family and I spent a lovely afternoon this Saturday at Young's Dairy near Yellow Springs, Ohio. Beware the sound effect if you dare to click on the link.

We're so lucky to live near several wonderful farms that put on amazing fall festivities for the kids to enjoy - tractor rides, games, pumpkin picking, hay slides, and animal petting. (How sweet is this cows face?!)

Isabelle (8 weeks old already!) slept through most of it.

Olivia had a ball feeding the goats - their whiskers really do tickle!

And won an ice cream cone as big as her head playing one of the games they had set up. What a silly family I have - but I think I'll keep them. :-)

What fall traditions does your family have?