26 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Tracking snow into the house is so much more fun when my boots make cool snowflake shapes!

We definitely had a white Christmas this year, thanks to a blizzard and over 13 inches of new snow. Because of the wind, the snow drifted in huge piles. When those piles are in the road, it makes for some crazy driving.

Thankfully, we were able to safely make it to see all our family.


Now that Christmas is over I'm in full baby nesting mode – I can't believe I'm just a few days away from starting the third trimester! Yikes!
Stay tuned for projects and photos.

06 December 2009

Plaid things to keep your neck warm

Today I made three scarves loosely based on this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew (yet another one of my favorite bloggers).

A few differences:
- I bought plaid suiting fabric (clearance at Joann's) rather than homespun fabric. Suiting is much thicker and softer.
- I doubled up the scarf fabric to both hide the lengthening seam and double the warmth since it's already very cold here in North Dakota (lows dipping down to zero!)
- I only had frayed all lengths of the scarf on one of the three scarves, the other two just have frayed ends. I found that although fraying give it a super cool look, it also makes quite a mess.
- My scarves are slightly shorted, measuring about 70 inches long (still plenty long enough to double up and wrap around my neck)

I bought two yards of suiting fabric and was able to make three scarves, thanks to it being wider than traditional quilt (or in this case, homespun) fabric. Awesome.

I machine washed and dried all three - they survived, frayed a bit, and softened up very nicely.


03 December 2009

21 days. Are you ready?

Only 21 days remain until Christmas. Well actually 20 for us since we start celebrating on Christmas Eve.

Yikes. As you can clearly see, our gift gathering is seriously lacking. I have lots of shopping to do. But on the positive side, the Christmas tree is decorated and we have a new Christmas quilt to enjoy.

Are you ready?