Saturday, April 16, 2016


This weekend we are having our first camping trip of the season. Our snowmobile club has a last hurrah and we have a work party to pick up trash and work on the warming shelter. I walked 4 miles up hill today...just a little tired! And I didn't even have my Fitbit on, dang it! Tomorrow I will work out in the greenhouse and maybe stitch a few seams. How's your weekend shaping up?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Up Next...

Spring has finally sprung here in the high desert and I'm moving on to spring things! This is the first year I have had a green house here, which is must if you want to grow a garden here. Our growing season is pretty short, and we are still having freezing temps overnight. One of my girls who owns a garden store in town said they don't start most of their plants until Father's Day because she doesn't want to heat the green house. My green house is only 10' X 12', so it is staying pretty warm already. The back half is already full with some bedding plants and seed trays of things I am starting. Tom built a planter box in the back and made me a long gutter planter. Pretty exciting stuff!

In sew news, I have a knit dress half made, a fleece jacket to cut out and a stack of fabrics to consider for some artful tees. I have cleaned one corner of the studio...Ha! Let's see if I can clean the rest of it before the sewing machine station gets fouled again! Rhonda Buss did a piece outing the disarray of her studio yesterday. I don't know...I think tidiness is a barrier to creativity. At least that's what I tell myself so I don't judge the mess in my room!

Busy day ahead...Quality Improvement meeting early and then a meeting in Bend for the Immunization coalition group I'm in. That means I will have to miss the Trauma Informed care meeting at noon. One of my girls said "you need to take more time off". Maybe I do...

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Happy Saturday! Warning! Picture Heavy

Is anyone else excited as me that the weekend is finally here? Oy! What a work week! I think the residual work week stress is what woke me up at 2:00 am, but I did stay in bed and think about my next projects until 4:00 when a certain little dog realized Mama was awake! So I got up, took the dogs out and started the day. Little dogs are now sound asleep after their breakfast.

I have lots of projects on tap. I have a Kwiksew knit dress cut out that should whip right up Maybe I can get it done for tonight's Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation dinner? I also have the pink camo fleece jacket to pu together, and ideas are collecting in my head for some artful tees.

I am patiently waiting for a Fabricmart drop. They had some bundle offers this week, and you all know how I love bundles! It got me thinking about my fabric procurement. Once upon a time, I was a big supporter. Then the fabric and service started to decline, so my main squeeze became Fabricmart. Most of my favorite garments started with Fabricmart. Let me take a look down memory lane:

Monday, April 4, 2016

Time to Vote!

I'm not talking politics here...we've all had enough of that lately, right? The Fabricmart Pinterest Bundle competition voting is up here Go take a look at the creativity and please vote!

The sewing continues here. I partook of the Hancocks liquidation sale and picked up a bunch of patterns at 6 for $7.50 and the fleece was marked down to 75%. I picked up a beautiful pink camo. I also purchased the Tilton sisters Craftsy class the Artful Tee Shirt and am playing around with different designs.

In other activities, we went for a fabulous snowmobile ride on Saturday and cleaned the garage out on Sunday. The weather is warming up and the greenhouse is primed for growing. Bring on Spring!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

5 Easy Pieces and a Slip

I did it! I completed my Fabricmart Bundle challenge before the deadline! This is huge! Even though I probably won't win the competition, I feel like a winner because I reached a goal I wasn't sure I could reach. Work has been so all encompassing and for so long an excuse for not being creative. Excuse no more! Without further is my collection:

Sunday, March 20, 2016


The skirt is finished. I'm on track to complete my challenge with time to spare. Hopefully this week will not derail my efforts. 
I picked up 4 pairs of leggings at the Lularoe party. They actually are long enough and the fabric is incredibly soft! I don't think I could make them for the price, even if I could find the fabric. That won't stop me from making a pattern though! Going to spend the rest of the evening with my sweetie watching college basketball...regularly scheduled sewing will resume early tomorrow morning.

Heading In

After an awesome day of snowmobiling and hanging with good friends yesterday (we actually got 2 rides in...Tom said we did a our 60 miles!), I'm heading into the studio to sew for a few hours before my friend's Lula Roe party. Then we may go riding again, because the snow is quickly disappearing and opportunities are limited for me. Darn work gets in the way of all my fun! I just started reading Elizabeth Gilbert's book "Big Magic-Creative Living Beyond Fear". It's pretty good so far...more later! Happy First Day of Spring!