I received a priceless gift from my daughters this year. My eldest daughter asked a friend to do a photo shoot of she and her sister. I love my sweet girls!! They are 8 years apart, but they sure love each other and had a great time together making this gift for me. I am so happy with these pictures. Birdie is 23 and Pearly is 15.


Merry Christmas

Last week, our children participated in the Christmas performance and Caboose was all too thrilled to be Joseph. Actually, he did very well as a stoic Joseph. He is such a serious kid and it's always a challenge to get a smile. See how much better he looks when he doesn't realize Mama Paparazzi is shooting him? LOL Here he is before he saw me with the camera:

And here is after - lol!!!

We had a wonderful Christmas celebrating with our family. I felt especially spoiled with my dh getting me an iMac - wow, I forgot how wonderful they are.

Here are a few pics from our sweet day together.

Eating our traditional Christmas breakfast - homemade crepes with Oregon raspberries. We have a new "adopted" son hanging out with us. He's in the Coast Guard and his parents were stationed with us in Maine years ago when we lived there. His parents are overseas and so we are "keeping an eye" on him.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you were able to enjoy special times with your loved ones.


BRRRRRR - Fleece Pullover Kwik Sew 3094

I just whipped this up last night. It's been in the teens in the Pacific Northwest and I needed something to keep me warm in our house which has cool spots (due to heating with wood stove). This fits the bill! Click on the picture to enlarge.

More warm clothes to come.


Dress and Cardigan

I sewed a couple more items recently. The dress is New Look 6922 - very simple dress made of a knit. I love the colors. Click on photos for close ups.

And then I made a knit cardigan from Kwik Sew 3693. These are so comfortable - - stress free dressing and perfect for travel as they can be folded in a suitcase and then worn immediately. I LOVE knits!!


Simplicity 2766 Jacket

I've been sewing a lot lately and have more pictures and reviews to upload. Here's a new jacket. I should have picked a heavier weight fabric, but for a "muslin", it went together nicely and now I can pick another more substantial weight fabric to make another one. You can read the sewing review in my sidebar.

Edited to add: I received a comment that this is boxy and pilgrim-like. I appreciate the comment. The pictures show it on the dark gray side, but it is really more black with little white specks. What do you think? Too boxy, pilgrimy? I don't think pilgrims would be using those flashy buttons - lol. I was thinking of making a shorter version - not as short as the pattern, and also a different color.

Pearly's volleyball season is over at the local high school. Her JV team didn't do too well, but she was able to play Varsity and this week she will suit up with the Varsity. That has been a pretty big thrill for her as a freshman.


Silly Boy

This is right after I cut Bunny's hair. He had a squirt bottle with water and was having a little fun looking at himself in the mirror. I could eat him up.


And again Simplicity 4076

This pattern is really incredible with all the variations from summer to fall. This is my "muslin". It's a good start. I'm going to redraft the neckline so hopefully I won't have to wear a camisole. I also want a thicker fabric with more lycra to avoid some of the wrinkling. Check out the length of my sleeves - that is a rare thing for a 6'3" mama! Woohoo!


Sewing and More

Several of you guessed correctly on what was in the pear - an airsoft pellet. There are lots of airsoft pellets in my yard! Boys!!
Since school has begun again, life is crazy busy. Pearly is playing volleyball for the public high school and made JV team as a freshman. Just last week, the Varsity coach asked her to swing up to Varsity. So it looks like she sill do both JV and Varsity (maybe more on the bench at Varsity games). What a thrill for her (and her mama).
I've made a sewn a few things. If you would like details - checkout my sidebar to read the review on
Hope all is well with YOU!


Boy Antics

So . . . . I’m still in the midst of processing pears for canning and came across a peculiar-looking pear with a “worm hole”. I looked closer and found that it was not a worm. Can you see it? What is it? This is just every day life at the Smith house full of boys.



This is occupying part of my time and I probably have twice this amount of pears still on the trees! Gotta get moving!


Back Home Again

Our favorite meal is the grilled salmon dinner: Caesar salad, fruit salad, seasoned oven-baked potatoes, bread, strawberry lemonade, and the most delicious salmon EVER!!!

For the third year in a row, my parents came along. It's great for the kids to have those special memories with grandparents.

I love my Mom's face here!

We've had quite an amazing summer. My dh had his 8-wk sabbatical and so we have been doing lots of traveling and playing. We finished up our travels with our yearly homeschool family camp in Whidbey Island, WA and had a blast. The weather was sunny and in the 70s all week. It doesn't get much better than that for WA!


Cool Pic

I was just going through my daughter's pictures from vacation and found this. Isn't it cool? The sun was setting and it made the very dry CA hillside that vibrant golden color.


  © Blogger template Shush by 2009

Back to TOP