First Spring Flowers

First Spring Flowers

A good piece of advice my grandmother gave me: wait to see what pops up in the garden in your new home before you start digging around. Now that I have a home with a yard, I see what she means. Moving in during fall meant I only got to see the tail end of what was going on in my yard. Now that spring is starting to creep in, unexpected flowers are popping up, too. And just in time……

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Tiny Buttons

Tiny Buttons

I’ve been making a pile of tiny covered buttons lately. I have a very hard time parting with even the smallest scraps of fabric. Of course, that means I have a seriously out-of-hand collection of scrap fabric. I’ve starting turning some of it into these tiny buttons, which will ultimately become push pins. I’ve also used bits of scrap fabric to make appliques. My pile is big enough, though, that I need to come up with some more good projects…

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Another Quilt-in-Progress

Another Quilt-in-Progress

Finishing the Zig Zag Quilt really motivated me to tackle some other works-in-progress I’ve had hanging around for much too long. I have had the squares cut out for this quilt I’m making for my own bed for almost as long as the Zig Zag Quilt has been hanging around. I sewed all the blocks into long strips, and then joined the blocks with thin strips of cream fabric. As you can see in the photo, Yoda is helping, as…

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Zig Zag Quilt Finished

Zig Zag Quilt Finished

Finished. Finished. Finally. Remember this post, from way back in 2009, when I said I’d started a Zig Zag Quilt? Or this post from a day later, when the top was all put together, and it just needed quilted and bound? Well, I finally finished it. It’s quilted, bound, and been through the wash for that little bit of crinkle. It only took me, oh, almost 2 years. I actually finished it a couple weeks ago, but I’ve been waiting…

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Snow Day

Snow Day

We’re snowed in today! We got a couple feet of snow, and with all the strong winds, it’s been piled in to high drifts. We spent the first part of the morning enviously watching our snow-blower-owning neighbors clear their driveways. I’m baking a carrot cake now, and then it’s my turn to go outside and try to dig us out. I’m wondering now why I didn’t think I needed a snow blower…

Taking Photos

Taking Photos

I spent some time this morning taking advantage of the sunlight and taking photos of little hootie owls. After looking at them, though, I think I need to redo the whole thing. I think I set the exposure too high, and everything looks a bit washed out. I did get one lovely photo, though. This little hootie owl hanging in a metal tree I found at Joanne Fabrics last fall. Now it’s back to the light box, to try to…

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Happy 2011!

Happy 2011!

2011 already? What happened? And on that note, where have I been? I haven’t posted since September, at which time I promised to get better about blogging. So much for promises from me. But it’s a new year now, and that almost requires making new promises. So, once again, I’m going to try to be a better blogger. And I’m going to start updating my Etsy shop again. Pop on over now and see all the new things I listed…

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Time flies… when you’re working all the time.

Time flies… when you’re working all the time.

Whoa! Where have I been?! I got a job… a massive, time-sucking, blog-abandoning job. But I missed you. And I never meant to abandon the blog. So this is me, peeking my head in to say, “hey, I’m sorry. I’m still alive, and I’m going to be better about blogging again.” Are we cool? Speaking of time sucking, I’ve been working on making some clocks as a way to create something functional, and highlight fabulous bits of fabric. If you…

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Business Planning…

Business Planning…

Yesterday, I announced that Anodyne Design had won a small business grant from the wonderful people at Intuit, and I shared my plans for how I would be using that grant to grow and improve my little business. It was exciting to really think about the my “next move,” and I can’t wait to get started! But the contest isn’t quite over. This week, the 9 finalists from April, May and June will be judged by Seventh Generation co-founder, Jeffrey…

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Love A Local Business

Love A Local Business

One of my strongest memories from elementary school was a school-wide presentation we were all herded to the gym to attend. On stage, a man and a woman taught us about cold pricklies and warm fuzzies. Obviously, warm fuzzies were good things to share with other people and cold pricklies were not. One of my favorite things about owning my own business and selling handmade is all the warm fuzzies people freely give me. I love hearing what you think…

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