13 March 2013

hello...anyone there?

Hello.  My name is Chris and I used to blog a lot, but then life got really crazy...and it's been a few weeks.


This post is mostly for those who noticed my absence and checked up on me (thank you!).
I'm still alive, still struggling with my diabetes and juggling my new life, family, and (gasp!) career.  I also still sew a little bit.  The first pillow was my attempt at herringbone quilting.  I'm sure I did it the hard way, but I love how it turned out.  I just used scraps left from the quilt that I still haven't finished.

Then I got the bug to try some embroidery and a dresden plate.  Now to decide how I want to quilt it.  Someday it will join the herringbone pillow on the sofa.  Emboidery design via Nana Company.  I followed the Dresden Plate tutorial from Sew Mama Sew.  Can you tell what are my favorite colors of late?


I've also been working on window coverings.  First up, a sheer cotton voile drape for the back door.  You may notice there are two fabrics...I ordered just shy of what I needed and had to improvise.  It still feels unfinished.  I can't decide if I want to add some lace or pom poms to the hem.  What do you think?  I used magnets to make a tie back, and added a turquoise button for fun.  I wish I could take a better photo, but that's the best I could get with my camera.  My turquoise kitchenaid is just to the left, so the button ties in.  :)


I am also mostly done with cafe curtains for the dining area.  The curtain rod is actually galvanized pipe and fittings.  (Inspired by Simplicity in the South, found on pinterest)  It was the only way to have a strong rod to span almost 7 feet.  The curtains still need to be hemmed, but we needed a little privacy more.  :)  The fabric for both curtains I found on fabric.com.  It's really a lovely white with golden yellow.


Another reason things have been busy...we've had 3 birthdays in 2 months.  Today is Big Sister's 10th birthday.  (Hence the banner.)  We celebrated last night, with a special dinner and birthday cake.  My oldest boy actually did much of the piping on the cake.  My hands were really grateful.  :)


I can hardly believe this bright, capable, creative child is 10.  She is constantly doodling on any scrap of paper, and reads up a storm.  We love her so much.

To sum up, I'm doing better, and still figuring things out.  I hope this finds each of you happy, too.

15 happy thoughts:

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Glad to see you back, Chris :) Love the herringbone pillow. It's beautiful! The dresden plate will look great next to it (amazing embroidery!) Happy Birthday Big Sis!

Melissa said...

The dresden plat is easily my favorite - the colors, the embroidery, everything - can't wait to see it finished.

Your daughter's cake turned out great - yeah for sons with pastry chef skills!

(I like the green flowers with daisies in the herringbone piece).

Impera_Magna said...

Good to hear from you, Chris! Hope your struggles with diabetes settle down a bit...

Your curtain projects look great.. you have been busy!

Happy birthday to everyone! Especially your beautiful daughter!


Janice said...

I love your Dresden plate. I too have been taking a break from blogging, but getting ready to jump back in there.

Jessica said...

glad to see your projects! I like to see other people take breaks, shows we're real people! great idea on the long curtain rod!

Narelle Heath said...

Great to "see" you again! I was just thinking I haven't seen you about in a while (but I'm not organized enough to check up). Looks like that house is slowly becoming a special home!

Stephanie said...

Chris. You'll get it,,,it just takes time. Don't rush it, blogging is nice but your health is more important.

traci said...

The curtains are beautiful. Your shear one is nice without any other details added. Just take your health issues slowly, but surely. It is important to give yourself a break when life takes over!

Naomi Rose Designs said...

Well, hello!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Happy Birthday to big sister! What a sweet banner and your dresden block is GORGEOUS. I have been thinking about you and hope you have been well, your home looks so happy.

JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose said...

Hi there! yep, life gets busy! my fave is the use of the pipe for hanging the cafe curtains, I love to think outside of the box on projects like this!

Maria said...

Hi Chris!, I completely love those curtains!
i'm also in a busy time right now! there's very little time left to sew or blg. I'm looking forward to the coming holidays!
I'm happy to hear that you're doing better.

Marianne said...

this is my first visit to your blog and I think I will stick around for a while.
the Dresden is adorable.

Whosies said...

i love the dresden plate with the embroidery in the middle. what a fun addition. :)

Tasha said...

Love the quote you embroidered. I saw both pillows finished on facebook yesterday. Love love love them both!!!

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