hooray! frankie and i said hello to our chickens this morning and were pleasantly greeted by three perfect eggs. i guess the girls are back in business! micah & i built the coop together when i was pregnant with frankie…and then we moved it to our new house the following spring on a flat bed! here are a few pictures…my hair is so short and aidan looks so little!here’s our coop now…a bit worn in, but well loved.our girls started out much smaller too…simone (black australorp), phoebe (barred plymouth rock) and ginger (rhode island red).here they are now. phoebe is the queen, simone is not very nice & ginger is sweet, but a bit scrawny. they all lay really pretty shades of brown eggs.
ethan & aidan wanted to make valentines for their classmates. i have been seeing lots of cool paint chip ideas (mobiles, tags, etc…) on pinterest and thought they would be perfect for valentines. we used a martha stewart heart craft punch that i picked up at a really great local craft shop, collage.aidan decided to use the punched out hearts in different colors, so we cut cards out of white & brown paper and he decorated them…i really love the ones that have the graduating colors.ethan decided that he loved the negative space and cut the individual color strips and then punched a heart in it. i think this looks pretty awesome & i love that it still looks like a paint chip. he selected specific colors & color names for his friends. he had to be a little careful since some of the names were a bit provocative…’loves first kiss’, ‘enchanted coach ride’ and my personal favorite ‘hunny pot purple’.
months ago i started some coats for frankie and finally completed them. (thanks to my awesome friend jen, who came to visit a few weeks ago & nested with me!!)
for the first one i used a pattern from handmade beginnings by anna maria horner. i decided that with a few simple adjustments it could also be reversible. i love the bird print, the pieced hood & large vintage button. it was really simple to make it reversible and i think the lining fabric by joel dewberry is lovely.for the second coat i used a heidi & finn downloadable pattern from etsy. i love her patterns…they are simple, modern and easily modified. (i absolutely adore the modern cowl dress that i made for frankie too!)
i am not a skilled knitter. years ago, i learned the basics and made a dozen simple scarves for people. i got really excited about knitting and started a more complicated project…unfortunately it took me five years to complete. recently i saw a beautiful herringbone cowl on purl bee and decided that i would try to make it. i had picked up several silk/wool skeins at the st. vincent’s in eugene (only $1 per skein!!) and i used a fabric depot 40% coupon to get the circular needles. i had never knit in the round before and the stitch was new too. i ended up making a few mistakes, but i feel like it turned out great & i am a much more relaxed knitter now.
my goodness, it’s been forever since i’ve posted! life has been so very busy lately. school projects, oya no kai’s auction, running after frankie and getting ready for our baby! i am almost 36 weeks and it’s hard to believe that our little one will be here in less than a month.
my dear friend jen came to visit me a few weeks ago & we settled in for 4 days of sewing, crafting and catching up. jen is one of the most creative people i know…check out her projects, ideas and her latest office re-design at creating bits of envy.
we sifted through piles of patterns/fabric and decided to make some clothes to fit the new baby in the fall. she also encouraged me to complete my unfinished projects. months ago i started several outfits for frankie and never finished them!
first up, a modern cowl dress for f. i found the downloadable heidi & finn pattern on etsy. i made a matching headband out of fabric scraps & vintage buttons. jen finished the red velvet jacket i had cut out for christmas…it looks perfect with the stripes!
next we worked on some outfits for the baby. i made a reversible jacket/dress out of vintage knit, red flannel and handmade bias tape. jen pieced together an adorable dress out of the smallest fabric scraps EVER, using a patty young modkid pattern.
we completed several other projects…i will take pictures & post soon!