Friday, April 3, 2015

A Little Taste of Spring


Remember back when I decided to create a Lily a month for the year ahead? January and February fell into my plan well enough but March.....well March was a different story this year. Usually it's a hopeful month with melting snow and the promise of blossoms to come but this time around it was downright stagnant. Winter held on even though my calendar said it was time to say goodbye.


These past few days, however, things have looked a bit brighter and a rise in the temp warmed me up to my Lily work again. Quicker than I might have guessed the Lilies for March and April came into being right before my eyes! Delighted as I was to finally meet with them I must say I was a bit sorry to discover the wicked weather had left its mark on these two spring dearies. Lily Red Riding Hood is perhaps the more appropriate of the two for at least I can justify her cape by the fact that the deep dark woods can harbor a bit of a chill even in the warmest of months.


This pour soul on the other hand had best pretend to live in the north pole. There is no denying she is a winter wanderer and as such I had no choice but to name her Lily Snow.


On the bright side, she does sport a basket of flowers. 
I'd tell you to use your imagination as to what snow bank she plucked them from except for the fact that their true origins are too delicious not to share. It began with a search around and about Etsy way for some teeny tiny baskets. A shop called Chocolate Letters had several listing that fit the bill but they also had so very much more. If you don't believe me just pop on over and have a look for yourself....it's truly a world of perpetual springtime!


Thus inspired I tucked the girls away, changed up my background picture,
 and began dreaming of my May Lily to come. 


Monday, March 30, 2015

A Little Bit of Anticipation


It snowed AGAIN today...

  While I'm very much looking ahead to some brighter and warmer days in April
this little "Lily in the making" is simply hoping to get some hair!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Little Bit of Comfort Found in Familiar Stitches


Without reliving the gritty details of March's monotonous busyness let me just say I will be more than a little delighted to welcome April's arrival next week. In the meantime, there seems to be nothing more restorative to the frazzled mind than putting in a few stitches when you can.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Little Bit of a Round About Tour

 In the sewing basket.

 
 On the work table.

 
 Awaiting some stitches.

 
 Upon the page.

 
 Alongside my teacup...yum!

 
 Under the iron.

 
 Up in the nook.

 
 And on the "magic of tidying up" front...
the ongoing conversion of this,

 
 ...to this!
 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Little Bit More in the Castle Department

 
I had the most exciting surprise in the mail today....
another "Castle" to create!!!
 
It was gifted my way by a dear friend and expert English Paper Piecing artist and teacher.
I was lucky enough to be one of her students and continue to receive her words of wisdom at The Quilted Crow's EPP club
 
 
Considering the wonderful assortment of "bricks" I'll be putting into this new castle walls I should have plenty of work to take along with me to our next meeting.
So much fun to look forward to!!!
 
 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Little Bit of a Toast

 
Cheers to the completion of the Castle!
 
 
It's got banquet halls to feast in...
 

 
 ...and secret stairwells to explore.
 

 
One of them will even lead you to a pretty princess in the tower room!
 

 
There's treasure to be counted...
 

 
...and even some knights to keep it safe.
 
 
What there isn't, however, are small hands to play with it.
Well not yet at least....
 
 
Tomorrow, after a brief but epic journey to the preschool, the real adventures will truly begin.
Twelve little pairs of hands and unlimited imaginations are going to keep this castle and its cast of characters very busy for sure!
 


Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Little Bit of This and That

 
This afternoon provided me with an several hours free of
errands, shoveling, and carpooling.
I had to pinch myself to believe it was true!!!
Feeling that it was I made short work of gathering up some supplies and setting up shop.
 
 
Window treatments were designed.
 
 
Flooring was installed. 
 
 
And last but not least, red runners were laid in place.
It was so much fun!!!
 
 


Monday, February 16, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Little Bit More

 
Valentine's Day had some extra fun to it this year...my very own "mail box" and oodles of happy cards from the wee one's at school.
 
 
And as if that wasn't enough to put a smile on my face I also received a box of salted caramel cupcakes....YUM!!!
 
 
They made the perfect companions to the cups of tea we kept close at hand throughout the rest of the day as yet another doozy of a snow storm came to visit.
 
 
Saturday afternoon our shed looked like this, but less than 24 hours later...
 
 
...the snow bank had grown another foot or so.
Only a few more of these storms and I expect the entire thing will be buried!
 
 
Even our front windows now are becoming hindered by the piles
 
 
Down the road,
 
 
and across the street,
everyone and their brother is buried in.
 
 
Even the lake will have to wait until the spring for visitors of any sort.
 
 
One very industrious neighbor, however, did manage to find our mailboxes
and for that I'm ever so grateful as I don't think my little Valentine version would have held up well at all!
 
 


Friday, February 13, 2015

A Little Bit of a Surprise

 
I can't imagine how the snowdrifts surrounding our mailbox were maneuvered but look what was delivered into it today. A quick sneak peak revealed some exciting articles with links to Little Women, The House of Seven Gables, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
 

And then, as a little extra added bonus, there was this!
 

 
Look a bit closer down in the right hand corner.
 
 
See the Hitty sized bed and the two tiny raggedies?
Now look between them...
do you see what I see?
 
 
I do believe it's a petite patchwork pillow made by me!!!
Something like this here perhaps.
What fun!
 


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Little Bit of My Week So Far

 
 Snow, snow, and more snow.
No school, no work, nowhere to shovel it anymore.
Something new was definitely needed to fill the days!
 
So....a scavenger hunt in the basement turned up a long abandoned castle in need of a makeover. Some basic painting filled a bit of time...
 
 
...but there were plenty of hours ahead in which I dilly dallied with extra details.
 

 
By the return of sunny skies this afternoon I called it quits.
 

 
Until our next round of snowy weather that is,  when I think I'll have some fun with the floors...
 

 
...and see if the interior can't be cozied up a bit!