Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bean Bag Chair Tutorial (Now for the grownups!)

adult sized beanbag

*Sigh* This is perhaps the most beautiful thing I have ever made. (eta: Thinking that sounded pretty braggy. Not trying to be's the fabric...the pretty fabric!!!) Now you can make one too. The tutorial is here. Action shots of Laura Gunn and her cuties sitting upon it (and the kids sized versions) are here. To see the entire fabric collection, go here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

This weekend

My husband made us some of this:
homemade cinnamon bread

and I discovered I have a new obsession:
by hand
Yes, by hand. As soothing as knitting.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My Etsy Shop

The day has come. My etsy shop is now (finally) open for business.

I decided not to name it after my blog because I have no intention of selling shoes (or star dust, for that matter) and I don't want the name to be misleading. Instead, it is named after my maternal grandparents, Cecil and Edith. They lived in rural Maine and both worked hard to provide for their family of ten children. My grandfather was a carpenter and his wife a homemaker. In their spare time they found happiness in creating things--he made toys out of wood, and she made tatted lace. I'd only met them a handful of times, since I lived across the world from them, but I know them through the stories my mom has told me. Naming my little shop after them is a way to connect with my family history and some of their creative spirit.

p.s. I've only sold one thing before (and that was by accident). I've always made things to give away, so it's a very curious feeling to be putting myself out there like this.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Okaaaay (rolling my eyes)


The other day I had a friend over and I showed her my blog. Not sure, but I'm guessing it was probably her first experience w/a blog.

She scrolled through and said, "Um, you write about your unmade bed?"
Me: "Yeah."
Her: "And people want to read about that?"
Me: "....."

Funny to get a reality check like that. Yes, I blog nonsense. No, I don't know if people want to read the dregs of my brain (probably not). But it's my blog, so whatevs.

Thanks for reading my nonsense. I hope you're not bored (but if you are, I'm sorry.)

p.s. More nonsense for you: shopmaking is coming along slowly, but i'm having fun. Planning to launch this week.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Circle Happy

We wanted to give you a heads sis and I are declaring April the month of circles. For a long time, we've both had circle projects in mind. When she came to visit a couple of weeks ago, we both got circular sewing attachments for our machines and now are planning some projects and tutorials on our blogs that incorporate the happy, well-rounded circle. (BTW, you don't need a circle attachment to make the projects, although, if you've been thinking about getting one, now might be a good time). We'd love to have you along for the ride. If you have any circle ideas, links to inspiring projects, items you've made, or items you'd like to make, we'd LOVE to hear about them.

See? It's official--we have a button, even.

happy circles button

And a flickr group too!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


"So," I said to myself, "I'm going to make five things to put in my etsy shop before I open up for business."

"Hmmm. I wonder how etsy works? Maybe I'll just upload a couple of items just to see if I can do it."

A few days later: "Whoa! Something sold! Now I only have one thing in my etsy shop. I guess I need to make 4 more things before I can open my shop." Sigh.



I'm tempted to announce my shop even though there's only one item in it, but I think I'll hold off. Afterall, I still have a button to make for my sidebar. And 4 more things to sew up. Why do I do this to myself? I seriously have no idea how people who update their shops with a big huge inventory do it. No idea.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The New Law

La la la myself a new book at Goodwill.

home comforts

new law


p.s. When I first started blogging, I was worried I'd run out of things to blog about. Evidently, that is not a problem. :)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010


I attend knit night every other week or so, but I don't blog much about my knitting. That's because it consists mostly of dishcloths and other boring unblogworthy objects. I was thinking to myself that I should just invest in some beautiful yarn and that might provide enough inspiration to knit something pretty for myself.
yarn from keri
Well, look what arrived in my mailbox yesterday: a gorgeous, luscious handspun b-day present from my generous bloggy friend Keri. She knits the most amazing stuff, and it's wonderful to be able to see firsthand that she also spins the most amazing stuff too. I CANNOT wait to knit with this.

Knitter or not, everyone should have a skein of this, if for no other reason than because it makes for great picture-taking practice. :)



You can get some for yourself here.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Boys' Room (a work in progress)

bed 1

bed 2

bed 3

science table

Three boys, three beds, one room. I love me some happy matching comforters. Even when the beds are unmade, they still look acceptable.

The dressers were crowding the space, so they had to go. They're in another bedroom--now called the dressing room. I wish I'd done this ages ago. The dressing room is pure genius for getting clothes put away quickly. That room will be the next makeover. When, I don't know. Maybe I'll save it for the next time my sis comes over to help me.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

A Good Find

My sister has come and gone. She's wonderful to have around...she's a lot of fun, makes herself useful, and always has interesting things to talk about. I like where I live, but I dislike being so far away from my family :(.
I have a few more touches to add to the boys' bedroom before I post any photos. We painted it in pretty quick time, but progress was slowed down due to a sickie boy who needed to stay home instead of going to IKEA. Ah well...
But anyway, I wanted to pop by to tell you about a great discovery. I needed a new pair of fabric scissors--my good ones always seem to be messed up by people who quick grab whatever scissors are nearby to cut cardboard, paper, string, you-name-it. So, when I was at my grocery store I picked these up for around ten dollars. How can a person go wrong when the scissors claim to be able to cut through 18 layers of denim? Right? Check this out:

amazing scissors

24 layers of fabric. No sweat.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The Project

boys room

Welcome to the boys' room. All three of them sleep in here. They could spread out if they wanted to, but they prefer to be together. Sweet, huh? I talked to my sis and she's agreed to help me spruce it up. New paint, new bedding, new window treatments...probably all store-bought, but that's OK. Over time I'll add a few handmade elements. I've walked past this room waaay too many times thinking about all the potential and how great it would be to have a little extra oomph to get it done. My oomph will be here soon.