Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Much ado about not that much

Busy, busy, busy... that's what I've been.  In the past 4 weeks I've been in New York, Arizona and several different parts of Florida.  I've been to Butterfly World, Flamingo Gardens, Animal Kingdom and Epcot Center.  I've cried more times than I can count over the bombing at the Boston Marathon --- as a mother, a runner and an American.  I've taken care of sick kids and a sick husband and now, I'm trying to take care of a sick self.  I've done very little sewing, but that's OK... I'm at home now, with the people I love the most, and counting my blessings every single day.  

Here are some photos of my recent adventures.

We fed the birds at Butterfly World.  Rachel may or may not have enjoyed this.

My younger daughter, Jessica, is in there somewhere under all that hair.
She was quite disappointed when I said it was time to pry the bird off her forehead.

I couldn't let them have ALL the fun :-).

Rachel, Jessica and Rachel's BFF, who I refer to as "Number 3."

Jessica got a monarch butterfly puppa at Butterfly World.
It "hatched" 3 days later and we set it free in our back yard.

If you're looking for a simple way to put your sewing skills to use to support Boston, check out To Boston With Love over at the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.

I wouldn't call this a "craft project" but I used a Sharpie to make this shirt, which I wore on my run the day after the marathon bombings.  

With only 1 day notice, I made this tote bag for Jessica's BFF, Lotta.  She likes dogs so Jessica picked this fabric from my stash.  She told me Lotta's never had anything with her name on it because it's uncommon, so I got to put my embroidery machine to good use :-).

I was planning to take better photos (these are from my iPhone) but Jessica ran off to deliver it before I had a chance.  I "cheated" and used pre-quilted fabric for the lining, which allowed me to skip the fusible stabilizer step for the outer layer.

Change purse to match.

No trip to Phoenix is complete without a sewing request from my friend Phoenix.  (And I wouldn't want it any other way!)  This is one (of many that I'll get to) pillow cover for her couch.  She bought pillow forms a year ago but couldn't find covers that went with her decor, which has elements of brown, black and beige.  A few yards or corduroy and problem solved!  

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kat ~


  1. Wow..you have been busy. Now take care of yourself and feel better soon.

  2. Love the picture of Rachel and the birds!!

  3. Did you stop for a moment or two at all while away? Lovely birds, butterflies, and Boston support. Take care, you need some "myself" time to catch up, get well, and be ready for another challlenge. Fond greetings from Jean

  4. I just got home yesterday from Boston, where I taught classes over the weekend. What a brave, supportive city; my heart goes out to all of those affected by this horrible tragedy. Take care of yourself--love the birds and butterfly, XOXO

  5. You are such a sweet soul, my Friend.....I love your new profile photo with your beautiful daughters.....and you are right...Home with family is the most wonderful place in the world....please take care of yourself and thanks for sharing your new projects.....xoxox


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