Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Sorry, honey but I have a new man in my life and I have to admit...

I am one smitten kitten. 

Mason Clayton Burnham made his entrance on June 17th, 2011.  Yes, while I was paying my final respects to my beloved Aunt Twila, Mason was pushing his way into this world.  I know there are huge cosmic implications in all of that, but I haven't been able to focus enough to sit down and understand what it all means.  All I know is that Mason's blessed arrival has helped lessen the pain of her loss.
But, I just can't talk more about it right now.  It is too big and the hole she left is too gaping.  Later, later...
Today I will focus on joy.

Look at those cute little fingers...

Don't you just love those piggies?  Couldn't you just eat them up?

He had a bit of jaundice, so he had to have the "light" treatment.  We started calling him our little, radio-active man.

 Can I tell you how much fun I had helping to bath him?

 This little piggy went to market...

 Love, love, love those cheeks! 

It's been a while since I've had to test water temp.  You test with your elbow, Right?

Trying hard to keep water from getting in those precious eyes.

Oops, looks like this little buck-a-roo is plum tuckered out.

Sleep well, my darling Mason.  Here is the lullaby I used to sing your father to sleep with.  I adore you.

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P.S.-Check out the quilt he's sleeping on.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I got the low down, no where, freeze dried, fat fried repair shop ba-loooes!

There's not much quilting going on here lately. My beloved Bernina is in the shop for a tune up and a minor repair. And, since the local dealer is retiring and forever closing his doors, everyone in town has their machine in for a tune up. The turn around time is going to be three to four weeks. Arrgh!
My quilting has come to an abrupt halt and I am definitely suffering some separation anxiety!

To ease the pain, I pulled out my old Kenmore, but it's a bit like going back to a horse and buggy when you have been speeding along in a sleek, red Ferrari.
Don't you just love the stylish piece of painters tape I use as a 1/4 " seam allowance guide?
And, what about that state of the art control panel? Wow.
Actually I feel a little guilty poking fun at my trusty, old machine.  I bought it years ago, to sew these costumes for my little tikes.
Well, these are my "tikes" today and that Kenmore is still going strong.  I have never, no never, taken it in for a service or repair.  I have never oiled it.  In fact, until I got the Bernina, I didn't even know you were supposed to regularly oil your machine.
I have carted that Kenmore from Utah to Texas, across the Pacific to the humid, dusty island of Maui for three years, and then back across that same ocean in the hold of a damp cargo ship, when we moved back to the mainland. Through it all that baby is still going strong.  I guess you could say I have gotten my $350.00 worth out of it.  Don't you think?

While I can't do any quilting and my nephew's new son is going to have to wait a bit for his quilt, at least I can sew quilt tops and some other crafty projects I have been wanting to work on.

 I made these to help entertain my friend Emily's daughter during church.
They are the cutest finger puppets with a fun little carry case.

Aren't they awesome?  They were not at all hard to make. It took me less than an afternoon to complete the entire project from start to finish.

This fashionable piggy is by far my favorite.  I mean who can resist that kicky, little skirt?  A definite must have for this spring seaon.
I used this pattern ordered from Pink Chalk Fabric. If you are looking for a quiet, low-tech toy to spark the imagination, this is great.  They were a huge hit.  Little Naomi was enthralled.
And sew, I mean so, I leave you with this, just because I found it when I was looking for the old picture of the Halloween costumes and it is my favorite photo of all time.
Love. These. Boys.