Thursday, April 13, 2017

Rope ladder




Have you ever climbed a rope ladder? You get your foot onto the first rung and tighten your grip on the ropes. Are you supposed to pull with your arms or push with your legs? You climb a few rungs and then the whole contraptions starts to swing in the air. Unless it's up against a brick wall, in which case you just start banging the wall. You start to get the hang of it and find a rhythm for a rung or two. And then your muscles are burning with exhaustion because it's really, really hard. You can't concentrate on anything but the current task at hand. One arm up. One leg up. Repeat. And don't forget to breathe.

Prom 2017. Senior addition. With college decisions looming and high school graduation within sight.

I can see the end of the rope ladder. But I think I'll just hang right here. For as long as absolutely possible.

-dana

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hall bath renovation









Tile fitting of our house built in 1950. Searching for vintage plumbing parts to make a gorgeous sink from 1946 operational. Trim and paint. Currently at a stand still while Razor races, the oldest goes to prom, soccer and track season march onward, and I make super, scrappy pineapple quilt blocks like a crazy person.

It'll be so pretty. Eventually.

-dana

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Moda Skill Builder Blocks


This year I've been making the Moda Skill Builder Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop. This is a February through November project wherein each month I make the blocks that correspond to that month. You can see February's blocks more closely here. March blocks can be seen here.

April's blocks are the Pineapple Blocks that I made in pinks with an orange center. The Moda Skill Builder pattern calls for three 8" blocks and four 10" blocks. And, as any good quilt sampler should, making those blocks inspired me to start an entire Pineapple Block quilt!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I've become a woman obsessed with making these super scrappy blocks. There's even a hashtag.... #superscrappypineapple . 

I haven't looked ahead to see what the blocks are for May, but if the past months are any indication, I'm going to love them.

-dana

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Germinate haiku





Fingers in the dirt.
Busy hands. Much time to think.
You will find me there.

Haiku is fun. It always makes me feel like a poet and appear to be a deep thinker. I don't know that I'm either when I'm working with seeds and dirt and water and sunlight. But watching a seed no bigger than grain of sand emerge from soil and eventually feed my family does more than just fill our bellies. It soothes my soul.

-dana

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Healing hearts






I started stitching patchwork hearts back in January. It just felt right to make something with such an obvious symbol of love while I was feeling the way that I was. I continued making hearts in February because I just felt compelled to keep going. This month I assembled all my hearts into this quilt top. And I've included a little note on the back as to why. A personal love note to myself in a time where I've felt so anxious, uncertain and untethered. Making something with my own two hands has always been a sort of therapeutic practice for me. This one even more so.

-dana

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Another new quilt


This one is a new pattern from Fat Quarter Shop called Spellbound. It's made with two jelly rolls (I used two with nothing but bright solids,) two yards of fabric (I used white and gray.) It measures 64.5" x 80.5" and came together in a snap.


Can you see the secondary pattern that pops out? Focus on the white. See the giant stars?




A storm was moving in when I took these photos and this shot makes me think of the movie, Wizard of Oz. The barn. The leafless tree. The dizzying array of colors. Spellbound is aptly named as I could stare at it for hours.

-dana

Monday, March 13, 2017

Time to start the seeds (a few weeks late!)


Each February I order my seeds from Hometown Seeds and get many of them started in the greenhouse. By now I usually have tomatoes, peppers, herbs like basil, dill and chamomile, and all my summer flowers like zinnia, marigold, cosmos and blanket flower spouted and reaching towards the sun. This year, however, I'm several weeks behind schedule. Life is busy. The weather is nuts. And I haven't even driven to the local feed store to buy my potting soil.

But! It's on my list of things to do this week! And the fact of the matter is that I'll still be pulling vine ripe tomatoes out of my garden in July whether my seeds were started in February or late March. Mother Nature is funny like that.

I always get questions about my greenhouses, gardens and where I purchase seed. About five years ago I stumbled across Hometown Seeds' website and have been purchasing there ever since. (Click here and here to see more about when I first started using their seeds.) All of their seeds are GMO-free, they are strictly available on-line, and their customer service and ability to quickly answer my questions and point me towards helpful resources, makes me certain that they are a family run business. I love family run businesses and much prefer giving my money to them rather than larger operations.

Over the next weeks I plan to share more about my greenhouses and what I'm growing. ::she says as she grabs her car keys and heads out the door to buy potting soil:: I'd love to know what you are growing too!

-dana