Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rainbow Binding

Last night after the kids were in bed, instead of doing the dishes or the laundry, or working on the multitude of other projects I made this. It's binding for my Color Wheel Quilt, you know, the one that I finished piecing back in oh, January. My goal is to get it basted and quilted this weekend. It really shouldn't take me that long and it'll feel so good to have it done and have one less thing on my "To Do" list. This is just a really simple pieced straight grain binding. I didn't have enough scraps from the quilt to cut on the bias but considering I don't have any curves to go around I think this will work just fine. I was going to go the lazy way and just use a purchased binding but I figured, if I'm taking the time to make an entire quilt from scratch I should take the time to make the binding as well. All of that color in one little place is making me terribly happy today. I love it! It was also just the thing I needed to get motivated. I'm ready to tackle that laundry and the dishes and all of the other sewing on my list. That is after I finish all the work from my full-time job. Ahhh, the art of juggling.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tiny Signs of Spring

Even though today is cloudy and cold, there are still tiny signs of Spring's approach. In the midwest it seems to come so slowly, teasing us with occasional glorious days of sunshine. In my house however it's in full swing! I've got the heat kicked up, daffodils blooming in a vase and these teeny tiny seedlings have sprouted! I decided this year I'd finally try my hand at growing some edibles. Anyone who knows me will cringe... In the past I've been known to kill a plant or two. I've never successfully kept anything alive. Just the fact that I was able to coax these tiny tomato plants to life from an inert seed has me pretty damn impressed with myself. If they'll actually make it until it's time to move them outside is another matter. But for now I'm babying them, moving their little trays around the house to find the best spots for them to sun themselves and making sure they have plenty to drink, hoping that in July or so they'll reward me with delicious, juicy fruit.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Blog It Forward

I'm following a really beautiful post by Jesse and Beth from Je Voudrais Que, and I have to say that I've been incredibly inspired just by reading all of the posts from the many, many blogs before me. This has been an amazing project so far and I can't wait to see the rest of the blog posts after me. I've had some time to really think about what inspires me and while I'm inspired by more things than I can mention in one post, there are two things that I believe inspire me the most. These two little girls.

They inspire me daily and in so many ways. Because of them I want to be a better person, I want to make a difference. I want to create, to make my mark. Because of them I want to make my footprint smaller, I want to reduce and reuse, not just to be creative, but so that they may inherit an earth that's not so broken. They inspire me to do my best, to work hard and above all to have fun and not take myself so seriously. They are my ultimate inspiration.

Please check out the beautiful blog Just a Dollop tomorrow to find out what inspires her!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Inspired Mondays

Some little pretties for this very sleepy Monday. These tiny little cloud mobiles make me so happy and have me dreaming of spring showers. By The Butter Flying.