March 22, 2017

Beloved Millie

I'm just mourning her so deeply, all the while feeling so deep down grateful for having had so many wonderful years with her. Our beloved Millie left us suddenly last Saturday and we could not have been more shocked and saddened. She was twelve and a half and we had been lucky enough to have her with us for almost exactly eleven years. Of course it wasn't nearly enough.

She was loved by everyone who met her and she never met a stranger. She was spoiled rotten and deserved every bit of it. She was the most special dog I've ever known and in fact was really much more person than dog except that she loved unconditionally and only wanted to be loved back.

She was such a part of every moment of our lives that we now have to find a new normal and it hurts in ways I never would have imagined. When you love with your whole heart. you grieve with your whole heart. As painful as it is, I would do it all over again to live these eleven years with her.

We will never forget you sweet Millie. We will tuck away the precious memories we have of you in our hearts and keep them there forever.

You can read more of her story here.

March 08, 2017

The Happenings

Do you have dreams of coming to this spot and finding something other than pictures of the studio and my makes? I do feel like that day will come but it isn't today! I am so excited to share my new craft trolley with you. It was made with love by my Sweet Man. There was a moment of fear about the time he finished building it, that it might be too big. It actually turned out to be the exact, perfect thing I needed! I love it so much and am so thankful for his willingness to jump in and make it for me, even if only to stop my begging!

Here are a couple of peeks of some of my favorite things. I still have plenty of space for organization but this has already made such a big difference in how I live and work in this room. It has allowed me to clear off my work tables which in turn clears out my mind allows me to be more creative.

 The top has been a great place to plan future projects as well as the perfect place for cutting out fabric. I now have no idea how I ever managed to cut fabric out on the floor. There is no going back.

I have no doubt that my sewing machine is going to be getting more of a work out than it has before. In fact, I feel like I have already done more sewing in the last few months than I have in the last few years so I'm off to a good start.

 It's also a great place to sort through some of my yarn when I'm trying to decide on my next project.

 For those of you who love seeing my yarny projects, I promise there is a post about that coming in the not so distant future.

The yarn above is a project I'm currently working on and the paper below is a project I hope to get to this week. There is something about standing at the trolley with my material and my thoughts that helps me gather my ideas.

Aside from so much creating, we also celebrated a very big occasion in our family. Our baby, Emma turned 16 this past Sunday. For those of you who are long time readers of this blog, I wonder if that shocks you as much as it shocks me?

I'm not going to lie. There were tears. Mine and Maddie's. Because of course Maddie is like a second momma to her little Emmy. It has been that way forever and always and I can't imagine it any other way.

There was no car for her as she just got her learners permit but she seemed plenty excited about her gifts anyway.

I mean come on! You'd be this excited too if you got brand new chalk pastels to go with your brand new fancy $6 a sheet art paper, right?

Seriously, all she asked for was art supplies, books and tea for her birthday. So when she opened up a new phone too, she was almost moved to tears at the unexpected joy. Because now that she has doubled her memory she can fit all of her musical soundtracks on her phone! That is joy inducing for sure.

Sadly she wrapped up her birthday celebrating by coming down with a cold but even that was okay as it allowed her to miss a day of school and read some of her birthday books and get waited on by Momma. I rather enjoyed it myself.

Today I finally got around to finishing this bag I was making her for her birthday. I first fell in love with the fabric because that little girl so reminded me of her but then when I discovered the line was called Emmy Grace, well I had to buy it for her! I even cut the name off the selvedge and embroidered it onto the front of the bag.

Aside from the ordinary chores that are required to run a household, my days really have been filled with as much creating as I can fit into them.

I find it difficult to stop long enough to cook and clean, let alone get on the computer. So while my heart is here in this place, my hands are busy stitching, sewing and knitting. And when they finally stop for the day, I am likely too tired to think. I don't seem inclined to change that very soon but I hope I will be better about recording it here so that I can look back on it later.

I hope your days have been filled with creativity and happy memories.