It's true I haven't blogged for a while. Life just go a bit too busy and then when it slowed down I actually rested and relaxed instead of writing about it =). There are a bunch of holiday pictures on our family blog, so I will not repeat them here. My desktop has serious issues, but I am thankful that I got an alternate computer - a laptop on top of that. So, these past days I have been working frantically to backup all the important stuff from the desktop which has been my only computer for 6 years or to move it to this laptop before the big one died on me totally. I think I managed to save most important things. Then it took me a while to get the laptop configured and set up and updated to be able to use it without major difficulties. Amazing how many things you take for granted when using the same computer and programs for a long time. But I think I have things [almost] where I wanted and now pray that this computer wouldn't act up (it already had to be repaired because something was wrong with the modem and now the newly installed Windows is not as stable as the one before... ). But I find it really neat to be able to write and surf sitting on the couch, although I do have to be connected through cables :-) I have found two potentially great sites. I can't vouch for all the content on them, since I didn't read all the articles on there yet, but from what I read, I think I will like them. The first one is Positively Feminine and has a bunch of great articles. It looks to me like they just started and I am sure there will be more. The second one is History's Women, which has biographies of different women from the Bible and also history. I like to read biographies, so I am sure I will find some interesting reading in there. On the homefront, we just took down all the Christmas decorations in our main area and as much as I love to put it up in December, I am glad when it is gone and things look cleaner and more decluttered again! The children are still home from school until Monday and are enjoying their free time. As soon as school starts, things are going to get hectic again, so I am enjoying peaceful time as well. But I am using the time to plan things and declutter my mind, which at times is really overwhelmed. I need to focus and find a better way to organize the many faucets of my life. I am searching for the right tools for me, so that I spend less time planning/organizing and more time living!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I planned to sew many more gifts, but this is all that I had time for. I never quilted before and really had no idea where to start, but then I found simple instructions on the purl bee and decided to go for it. I couldn’t find enough cotton fabric with suitable patterns/colors, so I had to combine different materials on the second pillow, but in the end they turned out well. I made one for my MIL and the other for my mom. I didn’t have any batting, so I just used some fleece. I worked out well. I didn’t put a zipper in these pillows, rather overlapped the back pieces, so that the pillow can be taken out through this hole. I think I like that very much. I may dare to do more quilting in the future. I wish I had a cutting mat and a rotary cutter, because I just drew lines on the fabric with a ruler and chalk and cut with scissors, which turned out to be not very accurate. I think this is the hardest part of quilting – exact measuring and cutting.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
This year we didn’t have much time for Christmas baking, but even with only one afternoon of baking, I think we have way too much sweet things! These are the cookies we made this year: Of course I baked a sweet bread for Christmas morning breakfast. Usually I make a snow man, but this year I tried something different – a tree. It turned out very good. It’s the sweet yeast dough I described in my yeast dough post. I used rum-soaked raisins for the decorations and inside as well. Very yummy!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
This year there was not much time for these activities, as the schedule was so very busy and some traditions just had to be left out. But the girls managed to sneak in a few things. My oldest daughter got a soap making kit last year, but didn’t like the color or molds that came with it. So she used some cookie cutters and mixed new colors herself. She made little soaps for all the relatives putting in some beads and little treasures. The 13 and 11 year old also used a angel making kit I had for years. They figured out the instructions on their own, but then made the angles totally different then the pictures suggested, LOL. Little artists! One of them ended up as our tree topper this year and the other one pictured on our Christmas cards.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I had this turquoise-green sweater knit for a while now and couldn’t get myself to cut into it. I really love the color, but I knew it would be potentially problematic to sew with. It is very thin, has little stretch and almost no recovery. But it goes with a skirt I made two years ago and I was really in need of a nice top for Christmas. I first tried to make a wrap top out of it. It turned out to be too small and wasn’t working very well. But I might still finish/alter it at a later time. So, my second attempt was a simple top. I used my trusty t-shirt pattern, but did an FBA on it, since I knew this pattern had little stretch. I made a simple v-neckline. I learned from the wrap top that there was absolutely now way to do a regular turn-and-stitch neckline (it stretched out a like crazy), so I ironed on narrow knit interfacing on the wrong side and only then turned and stitched with a zig-zag, since I knew I was going to cover it up anyway. I had some matching fuzzy wool I planned to put on the neckline. I wasn’t sure how to do it, but in the end I just crochet a chain and hand-sewed it to the neckline. It turned out nicely. I was happy to have something nice to wear for Christmas, although it doesn’t fit as well as I would love. I still have some of the fabric and will experiment with it some more.