Field Trip: California, Coast, and Cousins

Welcome to March! I’ve got little daffodils blooming in the backyard to remind us that it’s not going to be cold and gray forever. It can rain some more, though. I’d feel better heading into summer with more snow in the mountains first. Back at the beginning of February, to help my grandmother celebrate her 90th birthday, we took a week off from the chill of Seattle and trekked to California. We had a lovely birthday dinner with family, and Caitlyn got to spend time with her cousins, whom we don’t see nearly often enough. The adults managed to pry …

Sew Grateful Giveaway: Thai silk

Hooray! It’s Sew Grateful Week, the annual event launched by Debi of My Happy Sewing Place, and today is Giveaway Day. I’m grateful that I have time to sew, even if I sometimes don’t think I do. I’m grateful for all the people out there who post tutorials, patterns, reviews, and inspiration. I’m grateful for the people who taught me to sew (that’s you, Mom!) and the people who enable me to keep at it (that’s you, Ian!). And I’m grateful for these giveaways. See, a couple decades ago my grandparents did some world travel. My grandfather took an enormous …

Miscellaneous Little Things

Sometime the makes are small things. Fortunately, I’m not always working on things that are 10 feet long. I’ve extended the stashbusting theme to the box of yarn. Thus far, yarn hasn’t been as much of a weakness as fabric, and I’ve been pretty good about keeping the yarn contained. The box is full, though, so most of my crochet projects have been about finding uses for the things I already have. Thank goodness for Ravelry’s search features that let you look for things based on the amount and kind of yarn you have! These are “Tula’s Mitts” and I …

Snow Day

Despite our general northiness here in Seattle, we don’t generally get snow. Thanks to Ye Olde Pacific, we get rain, wind, and cold, but not much snow. When it does, everyone celebrates (at least as long as it hasn’t shut down the city – we’ve done that, too). Last weekend we had perfect Seattle snow: just enough to make it pretty, not enough to cause problems. Although perhaps a half inch more would have been good. Just so Caitlyn’s snow angel wouldn’t be full of wood chips. She did make a grand effort at getting in some sledding. There was …

Cover Girl

Sometime last year I received an email from Capstone Press inquiring about a photograph on my site. I’d completely forgotten about the whole exchange. Last week, a box appeared on our porch. You can’t tell that’s my girl standing in for the actual Sarah Gillespie, but there she is, wearing the “olden times” Halloween outfit I made 3 years ago. Can I gloat just a little? The book is part of a new First-Person Histories series that uses diaries of real kids (approximately ages 10 to 16 or so) to make American history more than endless names and dates. In …

Trying not to lose my scissors

My sewing space is in our bedroom. There’s a table with my two machines which doubles as my cutting table (hooray for Ikea and height adjustable tables!), and there’s the ironing board on the other side of the room. While this leaves me some open space for pin basting quilts or playing with colors and fabrics while planning a project, it means I bounce back and forth between the machines and the ironing board a lot. I have one pair of fabric scissors. They are forever not where I am. There are lots of solutions to the problem: buy more …