Sunday, January 31, 2016

Last night I looked at my old albums, and I cried.

Last night I pulled some old scrapbooks from my shelf, and looked through them. I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed lately -- working too far away from home, missing out on our family five days a week, and not enough time or energy to think, plan or do. Anything. For a good long while I've also felt overwhelmed and disconnected from memory keeping; my albums aren't cohesive, I feel like I'm missing out on telling our story, and I don't know what's wrong. 

But last night I looked at those layouts, ten year old memories, and cried. A sudden gasp, unexpected, and I squeaked "I'm missing so much!"   

I'm really grateful I had the opportunities I did, to document that nice life. Because it really was nice. And so precious. And fleeting. It was spent, so quickly. 

The motivation to remember those moments fleeting has been replaced by the burden of not wanting to forget, not being able to afford a mistake. 

I know, understand logically, that a moment documented is more valuable than ten forgotten, but decision making is not easy when it feels like everything will be lost before I've even realized it was found. 

I posted a much briefer version of these thoughts on Instagram last weekend, and before the work week started again, and challenge was born. Some fellow scrappers and I are doing a "just make something" challenge once a month. If you'd like to join us, check out our Facebook group, or #2Peas2remember on Instagram

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

nine patch dash: layout

I've been working on my nine patch dash quilt, all in citron/mustard and white -- except for one block which is dark grey! -- and have it laid out to start sewing rows together. I did discover that I'm somehow sort about 9 blocks, so it will be back to the cutting board (and ironing board, and sewing machine!) to remedy my counting error. 

I'm pretty happy with it so far!

Follow along with my quilting adventures here: on Instagram.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween plates

After a self-imposed thrifting hiatus, I recently bargained with myself and agreed that I would buy any vintage tableware that co-ordinates with my orange and black pieces I've been collecting for a few years. My ultimate goal is to have enough pieces for  full Halloween table of complete mix-and-match place settings.

And the, I thrifted the very next day and found two more plates to go with my collection!

Most of these are the Marigold series by Alfred Meakin, my go-to fave china designer.

Do you collect any vintage settings for Halloween or other holidays?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

a little bit spunky: Hallowe'en washi tape by the foot

I absolutely love the bit of bright spunkiness the lime green shabby floral adds to this Hallowe'en washi tape sampler. I can totally picture this set working with so many different Hallowe'en themes and costumes: everything from the cutest  little witch to the creepiest zombie.