Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Vacation Photos and a Stitch-Along!

Hello friends!

How is summer treating you so far? We've been slowly getting used to the new routines and schedules of summertime, and also fighting off the blues since the end of our combined vacation.

Angel and her family visited Jenny and her family in Washington at the beginning of June and it was such fun! We thought we'd reminisce and share a few photos with you... (And keep reading for some stitch-y fun...)

The highlight of the visit was the 3 days we spent at a house on Hood Canal on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. We lucked out with awesome weather and had such a great time!!

Angel and Jen
Mamas and kids in Port Townsend, WA on a VERY bright day

Ian and Ben in one of many silly pictures

The beach just down from the house where we stayed

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Garden update for June!


Jenny! Hope you've had a great week so far, I miss you guys SO much! I've been a tad depressed, after our wonderful trip to Washington and having the husband home for three weeks, the day in/day out grind has taken some getting used to. But, I'm getting there!

I wanted to show you my garden today, it's one of the things that helps me keep my sanity most days! I think I shared with you that I've been studying biodynamics a little more closely this year, it has transformed my attitude towards gardening and the backyard space I'm lucky enough to be a steward of. I see the spirit in everything now, even weeds, even those insects that are chewing holes in my plants. (And, I apologize as I pull up the weeds, and squash the insects. Balance!) I'm quite proud to show you the plants that are gracing us with their presence this summer.

The raised beds Lee built me are working great, and the paths are (mostly) weed free! 

Angel: Garden Update June 2011

Angel: Garden Update June 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blankets for Craft Hope


Hi Angel! I hope you're well. Sorry I've been a little silent lately. I've been so busy: working on deadline projects (like blankets for Craft Hope and end of the year gifts for Ben's teachers) and taking the kids out to enjoy the sunshine that is making sporadic though slightly more frequent appearances lately in Seattle!

But here I am, and I want to show you the blankets that I made for Craft Hope and sent off last week.

Jenny: Blankets for Craft Hope

This project was the epitome of "mommy crafting". I am currently super sleep-deprived (WHEN are those teeth going to cut?!) and can only sew in 20-30 minute increments (at most!) during naps and between kiddo interruptions. Unfortunately, all organization and focus go out the window when I'm that tired and distracted. I barely planned this project and, as evidenced by my scrambling to finish them at the last minute and mailing them a day late, I also poorly timed this project. But, before I keep putting myself down: I made them, they're done, they're sent and they will hopefully make a couple of kids happy, right?

The reason I am bringing up my poor planning is that, looking at the finished blankets, I can't quite figure out why or how I got there. What was my inspiration? What was my initial vision? I am not sure. Yeah, I really am that tired, ha!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fashionable Fabrics: Giveaway!


We've welcomed Fashionable Fabrics as a new partner this month and they are getting ready to spoil our readers with a $25 gift certificate!

Fashionable Fabrics focuses on fashion fabrics as well as quilting and novelty fabrics. You can browse their selection by designer, collection, manufacturer or prints. Their pattern collection is also pretty great!

They are currently offering flat-rate shipping of $4.95 or less for all US orders.
And pssst, they have the amazingly popular Ghastlies fabric in stock (it just came in recently and is flying off the shelves!) as well as some of Anna Maria Horner's gorgeous LouLouThi collection.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Link Love


Happy Friday! I'm a bit late with my links today, as it is FINALLY shorts and t-shirts weather here in Seattle and we've been enjoying the sunshine and mild temps in the garden and at the playground! The summer solstice is coming up and there should be some fun stuff going on around here this weekend.

Meanwhile, here are a few things that caught my eye this week:

- Have I been living under a rock? Not sure why I'd never discovered the Inklore Design shop until now. I love the simple screen printed designs and natural materials. Her blog is great too.

Photo from Inklore Design

- Craftybird (aka Amy from Magpie Patterns) wrote a great round-up of posts about making time to craft. I really needed that!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bracelets for Craft Hope


Hi Angel!

I have been scrambling this week to finish some blankets for Craft Hope's Project 13. The deadline is today, eek! While I get all this stuff ready for the mail, I wanted to show you another project our family completed for Craft Hope: bracelets for Project 12.

Bracelets for Craft Hope

I love how Craft Hope organizes these projects. Like anyone else, I always have the best intentions to help out those who need it, but it's often hard to know where to start or what to do. Craft Hope makes it easy to put our craftiness to good use, providing specific projects for specific organizations with specific deadlines!

Ben and I enlisted the help of our friends Eila and Callaghan to make some beaded and woven bracelets for Russian orphans. We set up on their living room floor with all kinds of wooden and plastic beads and the kids did a great job!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Links: Back from vacation (wah!)


Hey Jenny! Still trying to get adjusted to life after vacation, the reality of piles of laundry, an empty refrigerator and 95 degree heat has finally set in. I had a full feed reader when I got home, after 12 days of not looking at it! Here's a few things that caught my eye.

New to Pinterest? Still confused by it? (Me, too.) Here's a little tutorial on how to use it....

Super cute felted playscape tutorial from Magic Onions

Sheep Shearing at Farmama

Anyone else dream of going to Squam some day? (Here's a link to Maya's Reinvention classes and her botanical printing class)

Love the mini quilts at Purl Bee, I'm thinking this may be a good way to hone my quilting skills without too much commitment (or wasted fabric). (Here's a link to their newest tutorial, the rainbow quilt!)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Patchwork Pouches - Round 2


Dear Angel,

Welcome home! I know it's only been a few days since we left each other and our families but I already miss you!! It was so wonderful to have some "real" time together and I will forever cherish those moments we spent stitching and chatting on the deck and way too late at night. I hope you're getting settled back in. Can't wait to hear about your camping adventures and the rest of your Washington visit.

I FINALLY finished my patchwork pouches. They are birthday and thank you gifts and I am so shamefully late! I learned a great deal through this project, both about technique (zippers, lining, etc) and about my style.

Jenny: Patchwork Pouches
Jenny: Patchwork Pouches

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Homemade Living Home Dairy & Keeping Bees: Book Review (and Giveaway!)


Today we will be sharing a review of Homemade Living: Home Dairy and Homemade Living: Keeping Bees, two books by Ashley English sent to us by Lark Crafts. The DIY homesteading philosophy behind the Homemade Living series is close to our hearts, as Angel and I both strive to lead as homemade a life as possible. Additionally, we are friends with author Ashley English and love her blog Small Measure. So we are thrilled to be sharing our thoughts on these two books with you.

Lark Crafts is giving away a copy of each book to one lucky reader! Read to the end of this post to see the details.

I'll start with the Dairy book and Angel will continue with her review of Keeping Bees.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Welcome June Partners!

It's June! Almost summertime, we can't quite believe it. Are your kids out of school yet? Are you enjoying the weather where you are? We hope so!

This month, we'd like to welcome new partner Fashionable Fabrics. From their website: "Fashionable Fabrics was started in 2004 as a dream to provide fashion forward novelty fabrics to crafters and seamstresses."

Fashionable Fabrics

They carry favorite designer fabrics from the best manufacturers in the industry. Their prices are great and currently all U.S. orders ship for a flat $4.95. We like how they categorize their fabrics so you can browse by designers, collections, manufacturers or type of print. And let's not forget the ton of cute patterns! You can browse their shop here and find them on Facebook here.

And let's welcome back Hawthorne Threads, A Child's Dream Come True and Lark Crafts (who just celebrated their 1 year website-iversary, congratulations to the Lark team!).

Stay tuned for giveaways from these lovely folks through the month of June!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Link Love


Happy Friday! When you read this, I should be on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington enjoying some fun (hopefully in the sun!) with Angel and our families. Yay! I'm so looking forward to this mini-vacation. I hope you have some fun weekend plans too.

With the busy-ness of our fundraiser, and Felt Week before that, I have fallen so behind on all my favorite blogs and web stops. I finally had a bit of time to catch up and here's what caught my eye.

Photo from Cluck Cluck Sew

- I continue to be wowed by the quilts on Cluck Cluck Sew. I especially like Allison's two latest ones. They're simple but modern and striking all the same.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Guest Post: Rainbow Mobile


We have a fun guest post today: a tutorial for a Rainbow Mobile to make with your kid(s), written by our friend Jennifer. Jen is a print editor and the fact that she is a Stumbles & Stitches reader keeps us dotting our i's and crossing our t's, very literally. All kidding aside, Jen is also a busy, creative and crafty mama of two. When she shared this project with our circle of mom friends, we knew it would make a great guest post. Enjoy!

by Jennifer Goode Stevens

My daughter colors rainbows. All the time. On everything. One day she took a piece of lined notebook paper and colored each line a different rainbow color, ending up with a whole page of rainbow stripes. It stuck in my head, and a few days later this idea popped in. You could use any colors, or any simple picture, really, but the rainbow turns out really pretty.

Guest Post: Rainbow Mobile Tutorial


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