Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts

01 December 2016



I apologize to any of you who follow our farm account on instagram.  I have barely used my camera the whole month of November, so most of these photos were taken with my ipod and many, if not all of them, were shared on instagram already.

The month of November was so full... so full that I didn't think of grabbing my camera.  I can hardly keep up with the daily tasks of cooking and laundry, it seems, so I didn't think of posting on the blog.

The frosty days of early November (seen on the lovely autumn blueberry leaves) brought the kids and me inside most of the time.  It felt like a big deal to go out and dig the last row of carrots.  It's so funny how without realizing it, we go from such full days outside to full days inside that even harvesting seems out of routine when just a month earlier we had farmers' markets.

Being inside more means I am crafting a lot!  I finished F's Tiny Tea Leaves sweater and made myself, not one, but two Fen dresses!  I am so happy with how they turned out.  I had picked up some beautiful fabric and the pattern on my birthday weekend away in Portland, Maine.

Adam finished splitting the slab wood for sugaring seasoning, just in time for snow.

I helped a dear friend for a day cutting balsam for wreaths.  We only got through 8 of her 50 balsam bunches--wreath-making is no joke!

The kids got one good sledding afternoon in before the weather warmed again.

We spent Thanksgiving day with Adam's family (and got to snuggle up our baby niece the whole time).  And came back to the largest market I do with crafts--two full days of selling hand-made goods with several of my closest friends.  It was a great market this year!

In any of the spare moments I have, I'm trying to work on the gifts I plan to make for family and friends.  Looks like it will be a very full December, too.

24 May 2016

bonnet love

I had been wanting to find a toddler bonnet pattern to sew one for F.  After searching and searching etsy and other sites, I could only seem to find infant sizes.  Then, Soulemama posted this one
I bought it and made one that night...and then another one, and another one, and one for me (the grey one).  I would have included a nice photo of F and me in them, but we have been sick and busy and I took the above photos while she was napping. :)  I'll get a photo at some point soon. 

Joining Nicole this week...

20 May 2016


Glimpses of what we were making around the house yesterday...
There are few meals that all six of us equally love, but Moosewood calzones is one of them.  
I blend homemade ricotta with mozzarella, our eggs and kale from last summer (and garlic and herbs) and everyone loves it!
I cut another 120 squares for my "someday" quilt...
and wove a few rows of some washcloths I am working on.
We read some of M's Maps book (I photo copy sheets from the activity book for everyone to do--thank you, Melanie for sharing on your blog--we love it!)
And, legos, of course.  The kids are always making new lego projects.  

18 May 2016

more sewing

I finished a tunic for myself and my friend made herself a dress--so we posed for a photo of all three of us in our matching Dottie Angel pieces.   

Though I didn't end up altering something I already own (this week's challenge), I'm still joining in with my friend Melody and her handcrafted wardrobe fun.

12 May 2016

on the road again


I'm headed away again (with little F).  This time to a baby shower in Connecticut.  It's unusual for me to leave the farm this much and I find it a bit overwhelming to prep for leaving, even just for a couple of days.  But it will be nice to see family and celebrate the upcoming arrival of our first niece on Adam's side of the family.  

Months ago, I asked my sister-in-law if there was something I could knit for the baby and she like the idea of a baby sleep sack.  It's knitted with Madeline Tosh yarn (so soft and washable, too) and finished it off with some homemade covered buttons.   The second picture more accurately shows the purple color.  

I sewed up a bib/burpcloth combo, copying a pattern of one my sister made when F was born.  And I had to include our favorite board book with the gifts.  We love Marla Frazee's illustrations (she also illustrated these favorite books of ours).   I love how this book has breast-feeding, baby-wearing, and co-sleeping in it! 

As I buzzed around the house today preparing to leave, Adam slaughtered several pigs (among other farm busyness).  The day was beautiful and the kids spent hours outside, working and playing.  

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!  

03 May 2016


I sewed a dress!  ...and it fits (mostly...I am a bit unhappy with how wide the neck is, but I'm already working on a shirt with the same pattern and altering the neck).

It's a bit funny that I posed by tulips, as the fabrics I chose resemble a dutch costume (my favorite one) that any local to my hometown would recognize.  

This is the pattern that Melody shared a couple weeks ago that got me tempted to try and sew.  I started with F's tunic and then tried out the dress

Joining Nicole this week...

And joining Melody here:

19 April 2016

toddler tunic

I know I've said again (and again) I can't really sew.  I mean, I can sew a straight line--
a simple blanket, a simple skirt, a simple bag.
I have been wanting to push myself a bit, and when I saw this pattern on Melody's blog, I asked a friend if she had a pattern similar to it (or the actual pattern) as she has a large pattern collection.  She mentioned that Joann's was having a pattern sale and grabbed it for me, along with a few others for me to try.  She knows me well and looked for patterns that did not include buttons, zippers, or anything beyond my simple sewing skills.
This is a tunic pattern she picked up and the night I got it, I stayed up way too late finishing it... but I am happy to say that I followed the pattern and it actually turned out!  
It has gotten me excited to attempt a dress for myself... I'll keep you posted!  

Joining in with Nicole this week...

13 April 2016

what i've been working on

With Mother's Day in mind, I've been working on some projects for the Mama Collaborative shop.  I'm having fun using my linocuts on fabric and have a lot of ideas floating around my head...I just need some more supplies.  :)

05 April 2016

Another quick dress (and more...)

F loves her Easter dress so much that I decided to knit up a quicker one.  I found this pattern, which knit up very fast (though I just realized I somehow read it wrong and missed the stockinette section... oh well, it still looks alright!)  I aimed her towards some darker fabrics this time and she chose a vintage looking flower pattern (on grey--perfect for play!) 

Just days ago, on April 1, I posted my daffodil blooming to my instagram account.  We loaded next winter's wood into the shed/mudroom and it felt a lot like spring here.

Then, on Monday, it snowed (and snowed and snowed) and today we woke to just 4º temps here.

Lots of projects going on.  F found some tissue paper and we were glueing and drawing.  M was making up games on many (many) scraps of paper and we pretty much stayed inside most of the day.  I love this weather in January and February...not as much in April. ;)

Joining Nicole today...

22 March 2016

cerisier en fleurs

I have been eyeing these dresses on ravelry since little F was born.  And, like usual, in the middle of many other projects, I dropped all of them to work on something new.  I wanted to get this done before Easter and I ended up finishing it in just a few days last week, so F wore it to church this past weekend.  Honestly, she has been wearing it every day since I finished it, so I'm thinking of making another shorter one as a play dress.  She chose the fabric, the Madeline Tosh yarn is the same that I'm using for another project I'm working on.  (Don't mind the shiner on her forehead...she had a little accident with a chair this week) ;)

Joining Nicole this week.