Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Nina on May 16, 2011

Things here are chaotic at best! We’re in full demolition of the main floor of our home.. which includes the kitchen, bathroom, dining room, living room, and laundry… I think we are now approaching the halfway point. The cabinets are mostly in, appliances will be coming soon, flooring is ordered, and the man is coming out to take measurements for the counter tops next week.

so please forgive me if posting is a little sporadic for a little while!

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Posted by Nina on Apr 15, 2011

So I am that photographer who seldom carries a tiny camera in her purse but uses her cellphone to snap those random images of things, people, and places you want to remember… but they are all so RANDOM!! and cellphone photos are never really creative or fancy… until you apply tilt shift + filters! Add instagram and your random photos are not so… boring! lol

Please forgive the random flood of weird images… I think I am obsessed!!

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To Do List

Posted by Nina on Apr 3, 2011

While we remodel our kitchen I have planned a ton of things to keep me busy as I do not handle demolition very well.. so I figure if I just avoid the whole main level I will be ok.. and my craftroom is upstairs so I won’t even have to see it! YAY! to keep myself busy I have the following projects on the back burner..

1.) Cupcake Quilt – in progress
2.) Max & Whiskers Quilt – started
3.) Quilt for Grandma
4.) Central Park Quilt
5.) Marine Baby Quilt
6.) Scrapbasket Surprise Club Quilt #1
7.) Scrapbasket Surprise Club Quilt #2
8.) Scrapbasket Surprise Club Quilt #3
9.) Scrapbasket Surprise Club Quilt #4
10.) Jelly Filled Quilt

Maybe not exactly in this order but… that should be more than enough to keep me busy!! In happy news we have finally picked out our appliances and are now moving on to lighting and backsplashes!

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Junebug Quilt

Posted by Nina on Mar 21, 2011

This weekend I finished my quilt and washed it. To say that I love it, is a vast understatement! It’s a perfect size to snuggle up with on the sofa and it’s also a perfect weight.. not too hot, not too cold. The colors are bright and cheery and perfect for spring! and I am so happy that I chose the ladybug quilting design.. it adds just a touch of whimsy to keep the quilt playful.

Pattern: Junebug by Thimble Blossoms (Camille Roskelley)
Fabric: Sunkissed by Sweetwater


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Little Things..

Posted by Nina on Mar 18, 2011


As far back as i can remember I have always wanted to be a wife and mother. I never really set any goals or limits of things I expected to achieve by the time I was 20, 30, 40,.. but one thing was constant.. I always wanted to be a mother. I never thought I would be in my 30’s and childless.. now, do not get me wrong, I am perfectly happy with my life.. I love my family, I love my job, but more than anything, I love the simple little things. New quilts, new yarn, new patterns, and all things sparkly.. but we’re thinking the time might be soon that we would like to add to our family and so.. while we are not expecting yet .. I’ve begun crafting little things.


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and it’s on it’s way!

Posted by Nina on Feb 8, 2011

The top is finished and it’s beautiful! It’s bright and cheery and everything I hoped it would be. If I had seen the fabrics in person before ordering I would have chosen another backing but I think it’s going to be just beautiful all quilted up!

I’ve chosen to have Donna @ Donna’s in the attic quilt it for me. She’s even purchased a design just for my top! 🙂 I know it’s going to be fabulous! I just cannot wait to get it back and add the binding! The photograph was taken on a queen size bed.. the finished quilt will be approximately 65″x72″. It will fit perfectly when washed and quilted right in the center of our king size bed. I will be on pins and needles until it arrives safely at Donna’s door.

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June Bug Quilt – In Progress

Posted by Nina on Jan 29, 2011

For a long time now I have had this quilt in my mind.. I didn’t really have a pattern in mind, more like a color scheme… one of the things I remember most about my childhood summers are watermelon, freshly cut grass, and Grandma washing our bed linens and hanging them on the line to dry. Remembering childhood summers mostly comes back to food and smells… Did your grandma hang her bed linens on the line to dry too? Do you remember how wonderfully awesome they smelled? It was almost like the magic of summer followed you inside and you could wrap yourself up in it. I LOVED it.


I’ve known that I wanted something yellow and white, because that just seems proper for summer, and then I found the Sunkissed by Sweetwater fabrics and everything fell right into place. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Camille’s patterns.. I love the way she designs and I really appreciate the straight forward, easy to understand instructions.. and I purchased Junebug when she first released it but never found the right fabrics until now.


Here is my progress on Junebug. It’s going together very quickly and is just beautiful! I plan to do traditional applique and it will be my first quilt going off to the quilter since I do not own a long-arm.. or in fact a machine with a regular sized arm! but, more about all of that later 🙂 I am really enjoying quilting this little beauty.. I cannot wait to see it finished! The quilter has told me that she will not be able to start until the end of February or the 1st of March but I am hoping to have it finished quickly after!

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Cupcake Quilt – In Progress

Posted by Nina on Jan 20, 2011

Everyone who knows me knows that I am more than slightly obsessed with cupcakes.. so what is a quilter to do to cure cupcakitius? Quilt one of course!

I found this adorable pattern and just had to make it up. I chose a bunch of fabrics from different collections and the backing is an adorable cupcake print! Everyone keeps telling me that the cupcakes look like sailboats so I am a little sad about that but I hope that changes once I add the plates.

The pattern is meant to be a baby quilt or a wall hanging but since we use a heavy white comforter during the winter months, I think it would be perfect on top of our king size bed. I cannot wait to finish it!! Maybe if we eventually have a little girl I will hang it in her nursery some day 🙂



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Handspun Mitts For A Friend

Posted by Nina on Jan 9, 2011

Back sometime ago I joined a swap to spin up some yarn and knit an item out of it and mail that off to my partner.. turns out my partner and I are in the same group knitting circle.. it made stalking her easy. We had very different tastes in colors but it was nice to push me out of my comfort zone of clown barf into the world of deep, rich, jewel tones.. and she had this beautiful pattern in her queue.
After coming up empty handed, I asked Dyeabolical Yarns to post stalk and spy on my swap partner and dye up something based upon her favorite colors… and this is how I spun the beautiful roving we made! I think she liked her package.. the mitts are really stretchy and would be fantastic to wear over a pair of gloves as well! I have very small hands and they fit me nicely (see photo) and would stretch to fit man hands as well since the pattern is mostly rib.

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November in Review!

Posted by Nina on Dec 18, 2010

When I was dating my husband he went to Minsk to visit his family.. and while he was gone I went shopping at a local yarn store and by chance I looked over and saw a magazine that said “Russian Lace” and I ran over and bought it and the yarn to make the beautiful scarf/stole..

You might remember that this scarf came up missing and I had decided to start over.. well low and behold, it is finally finished! It is breathtakingly beautiful, delicate, and so very soft! It is everything I had hoped it would be and more! It just might be the most beautiful thing I have ever knit.
For a while now everyone was telling me that I should get a hot water bottle to keep myself warm during the winter… so I finally did! I designed this really adorable cozy for it out of some red acrylic yarn.

I love how the heart cables are off set by the cute little heart pull ties. It helps keep the water inside warm and hopefully will keep me from getting burned if left on a spot for long periods of time. I would recommend using acrylic over wool for this type of thing because if you use it while you’re ill you might find you need to toss it into the washing machine from time to time.

I’ve been a Twinkie Chan fan for a little while now and I eagerly pre-ordered her book especially for this scarf! When it came I cast on right away and finished the scarf in just a couple days! I had 2 shades of red acrylic and this Red Heart Baby Cloud yarn on hand and decided on a whim after a few stressful days to just hook it! I love this thing to pieces! I wear it almost every day! The sprinkles are silver lined rainbow seed beads.

Then I whipped up some mini socks for these cute little sock blocker key-chains. I used some left over sock yarn bits and some worsted rainbow yarn I had in stash. Aren’t they cute?!

I’ve spun these 2 rovings into a regular 2ply with plans to cable ply them together… I got some amazing yardage out of the darker skein.. my best yardage to date! I really love the color from these skeins!

However, when I cable plied them… I ended up with this yarn. It’s around worsted weight and while it’s pretty… I think I much prefer the 2 skeins alone rather than plied together. I plan to untwist and keep them as 2 separate yarns.. but I learned a lot while making it so I am happy I took the time to do it!

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