Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Digs

I have some news!

Well, my family hasn't moved. But my blog has! I've given this a ton of thought and have decided to make the move over to Wordpress. There's nothing wrong with Blogger but I really like the functionality and ease of the Wordpress format. So as of today, you can find me at www.thesmallestsparrow.com.

I guess that means you need to change your settings if you're a subscriber or follower. Sorry about that. It will be well worth the trouble, I promise.

And good news! I got some more of that solid pink fabric and am almost done with the rosette night-light. I'll be posting the tutorial over on the new site tomorrow.

I hope you'll come by and check out the new place. It's shaping up quite nicely!

See you soon...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Good morning! Hope you had a lovely weekend.

I'm here to tell you a bit about that project I mentioned last week... the one that only involved hand-sewing. Well, do you remember this lampshade that I made (embellished) last year for Maddy's room?

I decided that she needed a matching night-light. So I got me one of these...

And I got to work.

Only problem is that I miscalculated the amount of fabric I would need and ran out as I was nearing the end. Doh!

I must run off to the fabric store to replenish supplies and then finish this baby up!

I'm working on a tutorial to show you my step-by-step, so stay tuned.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Rooms

Howdy. I can't believe it's Friday already. In some ways my weeks drag on and on and in other ways they seem to fly.

I finally took a couple of pictures of the kids new rooms.

Daniel's Room...

And Maddy's Room...

They're small but I think they turned out really cute and I simply cannot wait to get my little people moved into their new digs. We're just waiting on some trim that had to be special-ordered and the new carpet. I would have loved to have done hardwood but it was just too pricey. 

Anyway - if all goes well, the finishing touches should be put on these rooms by the end of next week. Keep your fingers crossed for me! 

Since my sewing machine is basically packed away, I came up with a project for the weekend that only involves hand sewing. It's a little something for Maddy's new room and I'll share it with you next week... hopefully along with a tutorial! 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Just a Quick Hello

Hi there. Just wanted to say hey. Things are status quo over here... no sewing, no crafting, no quilting. Just living under a thick layer of dust as we anxiously await the end of our construction project. But I can't post without a photo, so I'm sharing this sweet shot of Miss Maddy.

Can you believe those eyelashes? I'm so jealous! Both of my kids were blessed with eyelashes that never end. Lucky babes.

Hope you're well. I have lots of ideas in my brain that I hope to share soon.


Monday, February 28, 2011

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge

Hi friends,

Hope you're doing well.

One of my ongoing goals in life is to learn to take better pictures. I adore my Nikon D60 DSLR and it has really changed the way I think about photography. But I have sooooo much to learn! I was thrilled to recently discover the fabulous photography blog - I Heart Faces. There is so much good information to be found there and lots of great tutorials written by very talented professional photographers.

So I Heart Faces hosts weekly photo challenges and just for fun, I'm entering a photo in this week's challenge. The theme is "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes... Anything But A Face" and I thought this picture of Maddy's legs from our trip to Hawaii was perfect for the theme.

Wish me luck!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Looking on the Bright Side

Good morning. It's Friday. Yippee! Hope you have some fun things planned for the weekend.

I don't have much to share today. Just this photo.

We got a teeny tiny bit of snow last night. Normally (especially at the end of February) I'd be cursing this occurrence and wondering why I live in such a cold climate. But today, I'm choosing to see the beauty in what might be one of our last snows of the season. When I looked out my window this morning, I thought our doormat covered in fresh snow looked so pretty. I know that when it's 100 degrees with humidity in the middle of the summer, I'll be longing for the fresh, cold, crispness of the winter.

So we're headed out... in our coats and hats and mittens... to play in the snow.

Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pillow Talk

Hello! How's it going?

We're still covered in dust but are soooo happy with the way our new little rooms are turning out. If I can get up there with my camera today, I'll share some photos soon.

Despite the chaos, I've been working on pillow covers for some old pillows I had lying around (hence my new spring blog header). Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a slight obsession with making pillow covers. They're just so easy and can really transform your whole room. I think pillows are the best way to add color, pattern and texture without making a huge commitment to any of those things.

I had been scouring flickr looking for inspiration a few weeks ago (check my favorites to see what inspires me). I took the best of maybe three or four different designs and came up with these...

I added a little pleated border to the pinwheel-y pillow just for fun and to see what it would look like. I think I like the added texture.

These are meant to coordinate with my would-be quilt with embroidered flower centers. I imagine it will be a long, long time before I'm showing that one off on my blog.

But pillow covers are relatively quick and painless. I did some straight-line square quilting around the center of each pillow.

The little man is in love.

Just a cute shot of his feet. Boy needs a pedicure!

Come to think of it, so do I! 

What are you up to today?