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.


Kim said...

No, I cannot believe that she is 16! What?? But, what a lovely person she is.

I always love to see your posts and all of the eye candy that comes with them. I hope that you'll share details on your projects!

ladybugs and baseballs said...

I always have a big, joyful smile on my face when I read your posts--please never stop blogging! I can't believe Emma is youngest is 17, so I can relate to 'where does the time go? And will it please slow down?!' I love your new trolly....your craft room is dreamy!!

NanaDiana said...

She is beautiful but I can't believe she is SIXTEEN..HOW did that happen? She looks like she is as sweet on the inside as she is pretty on the outside. I love your new trolley. What a GREAT gift from your hubby. It is wonderful that he "gets it". Hope you have a great night, Jen. xo Diana
ps. Sending you a little separate email.....

Blondie's Journal said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter...she is just lovely all around. I'd love to see some of her artwork further down the road if she would like to share it. I hope she is feeling better.

I LOVE your craft room. All of your sewing and knitting/crochet yarns. It's just perfect. Good for you! :)

Jane x

Art and Sand said...

I the different homes Steve and I have enjoyed together I have had no space to work, rooms dedicated to my creativity, a closet under the stairs ... and now an armoire in our bedroom for sewing. So, I love your space and your cute little trolley.

Tania Valéria said...

Very beautiful and special girl! Congratulations!

Teresa said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Emma! Looks like you had a fabulous day. And your dress is absolute perfection.

Jboo said...

Love your new trolley -looks so perfect! And your 16 year old -- she's so adorable and I think she was around 12 when I found you~ Happy Birthday Beautiful and Smart Emma!

Melanie said...

So good to see a blog post from you again! Your studio trolley is amazing - I'm so jelly that your husband has the talent to build something like that! Happy birthday to Emma...sweet 16. She's a beautiful young lady. xoxo

mrsrobinson said...

Oh my, 16! Happy birthday. All looking rather beautiful and restful at the cottage nest!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Happy Birthday to her! I hope her cold is all better. I read The Little Paris Bookshop and loved it and have her next book on pre-order.

stefanie said...

Just came across your post last week...Thank you for sharing...And I LOVE the joy of your 16 year old over the pastels, and just great gifts...a real reflection of her heart!...Enjoy these years...they are fleeting for a mother!!!

Kit said...

First off, Happy Birthday to both you and your Emma (you need to celebrate too, cause you did all the work!) I love your new cart, how handy that will be. I love the look of your room as it evolves. Do you know I have a truck just like yours!? I love it too! You have incredible days and enjoy that new cart. :) Kit

Helen Philipps said...

Happy Birthday to sweet Emma....such lovely pictures of her gorgeous gift opening. The pastels look so appealing to me too! Your studio always looks lovely, and the new trolley is so amazing.
Happy weekend.
Helen xox

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter! Such wonderful gifts she received! I love that she only asked for things like art supplies and tea. She sounds like an old soul like my son who will be 16 in December. What a wonderful cart your honey made for you. He's very talented!! : ) xo

~ Wendy

Rue said...

Holy smokes, Jen.... 16?! Where on earth does the time fly? I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that Annie is 21. Good Lord. Happy Birthday to her :)

That cart is amazing and I can tell how thrilled you are. I'm really happy for you, my friend.


Sewn With Grace said...

I love the look of true joy on your sweet girls face! I'm so looking forward to the day I meet her in person. Such lovely projects and your craft room (SWOON) what a lovely place. With a daybed you'd never have to leave (wink). xoxo