Just popping in to share some of the decorations I have going on around here. I got smart this week and decided to bribe the goobers. For every 5 “chores” they did (Put this away, put that in the trash…) they got to put up one decoration. Now, my house is clean and decorated to boot! (Score one point for mom!)

How’s your Halloween decorating coming?

PS You can print your own bunting just like mine here.

How about them apples?

I just have to say: there is something incredibly, immensely, overwhelmingly satisfying about growing your own food. I know I’ve said it before, probably more than once, but seriously, I can’t get over how awesome it is to plant a little seed, and get so much in return.

Plus, I’m quite proud of my little apple tree! Only 3 years old and producing me these amazingly beautiful apples? Great work little tree!

I love that I’m going to make applesauce with these, knowing they haven’t been sprayed with chemicals. Knowing they are safe and wholesome for my kiddos. I’m a sucker for stuff like that.

You know what else is awesome? Not one worm. Not one bug.

Apples. Just one more thing I LOVE about autumn.

Happy weekend!

PS: Thanks for all the love about my magazine pattern! You guys are the best. (It hit stands on Tuesday!)  xoxo


So. I have a black love seat. I don’t love it, but it does the job and is only a few years old. This week, it got a bit of cosmetic surgery, in a botched kind of way.

Yes, that’s a hole. Made by a 3-year-old. With a pair of mommy’s sewing scissors. I’m just glad no hair or digits were cut off.

I can’t really be mad about it, because I seem to recall my own indiscretion when I was about 15. It had to do with an iron and my mom’s new couch. Any guesses what happens when a hot iron is set down on a polyester couch for a few minutes?

An iron shaped hole, that’s what.

My mom? I think she was channeling a saint, because all she did was laugh and flip the couch cushion over. Her only comment? “Don’t tell Dad.” (I should really check with my mom and see if she has a picture of that.)  So, being mad about the hole is out, and karma is real.

The good news? My couch gets a makeover. The bad news? I have no idea how to do it. I need suggestions. Do I slipcover it? Reupholster it? If so, how do I do that? Help!

Farmer’s Wife: Playing catch-up

I’ve been a slacker of epic proportions on this whole Farmer’s Wife thing. I am trying to get them all cut out, so I can just sew them up quickly, each week. For now, here are my weeks 9 & 10 blocks! (I’m only like 10 weeks behind, darnit!)

#17 Cats and Mice: This one turned out a little softer and more “pastel” than I expected, but I really like it.

#20 Churn Dash: I spent way too much time on this block, making sure that the stripes and the diamonds all went the way I wanted them to. I’m sure I’m just weird, but it drives me crazy when the pattern of the fabric isn’t all the same direction in a block. I love how it turned out though, especially because it doesn’t really look like a churn dash at first glance. Those stripes steal the show!

#21 Contrary Wife: This one is really nicely balanced, I think.  Plus, how can you not love orange and aqua together. I mean really.

#19 Checkerboard: Again with the “I’m insane and spent way to long making all the background print go the same direction”, but it pays off. I LOVE this block. The contrast is there, the direction is there, and best of all the navy blue sets off the rest of those bright colors perfectly.

And here are these four, together.

Besides the Farmer’s Wife blocks, my laundry could use a little attention today, along with some vacuuming. What do you need to catch up on today?

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