The Unmotivational

How Sweet It Is Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snack Squares (with chocolate chips! and found on Pinterest)


I don’t bake enough bar cookies. I always forget how good they are and I’m pretty sure the girls are going to think I’m awesome right around snack time. I’ve been baking a lot recently. This week I baked my tried and true pumpkin bread (with chocolate chips! Are you sensing a theme here?), banana bread muffins, and the snack bars.

Last week, I made these yummy Crusty Baguettes. They took only 30 minutes to make! Slight verge from recipe, I used whole wheat pastry dough because that was all I had. Still, and maybe even more so, easy and crusty and good!

It’s definitely autumn here in Portland. We’ve got wet, wet, wet and a little more wet just in case you missed the first three dousings. With the chill, I’ve been inspired already this week to make Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup (using our own heirloom tomatoes that finally came up around the beginning of the month!) and baked spaghetti (using Hub’s tomato sauce that we canned last month). I chose to wing it this week without creating a meal plan or shopping list.  Actually way more fun for me if not 100 times harder.

Oh, well. As you may have noticed, there hasn’t been much sewing done around here. I finally have the time to work and I am so unmotivated even going in my studio, much less sitting behind the machine, feels like a chore. Bleh! So I’m getting my creative expression out mostly in the kitchen these days.

That doesn’t mean I’m not still sewing some. I’ve started making the girls’ costumes, TinkerBell and Peter Pan, and I’ve been taking a clothing pattern, drafting, draping, and construction class so I’m currently working on making a muslin for an a-line skirt there. I also started crocheting a sweater for Q and now just need sit down and do it. Online, I’ve signed up for onegirl’s handprinted: a fabric swap (you should too!) and Jenn and I just need to make a date to do some handprinting. Anyone else interested in having a party out of it?

So that’s what I’m working on. How about you? Are you cooking anything I might need the recipe or link to? Working on any projects I need to know about?

Tinked Off

I got this pattern at a local fabric shop last spring, just in case. Now its October and PZ has decided she wants to be Peter Pan for Halloween and we’re pretty much pigeonholing Quinby into the role of TinkerBell. She wanted to be a turtle like last year, but that didn’t seem “fun” to me.

Two hours into the pattern tracing portion of this little costume project and the turtle idea is sounding more “fun” by the minute! I haven’t even started on the Peter Pan outfit. Grrrr…..




Onesie is the Loneliest Number

I’ve been hanging on to this pink flowery onesie from Old Navy for 4 years now and finally tonight did something with it. Maybe it’s the heat (HOT!) or perhaps I’m just dizzy with the precious hours alone I got today while both my kiddos were in school, but I was looking through my scrap piles while working on a different project (more on that later) and found this onesie. A snip, a few stiches,  and presto chango! I turned that lonely onesie into a great late summer dress!

I’m seeing lots of misplaced and put aside projects finally getting done in my foreseeable future. What projects are you excited about finishing now that the kids are back in school?

Sack Lunch

I did not hand make my children’s lunch boxes this year. Instead we went for these super cute Zoo Lunchies from Skip Hop that we found at Grasshopper. Aren’t they adorable! PZ is the bee and Quinby chose the penguin. I especially love how compact they are. There’s also a mesh pocket inside just perfect for a cloth napkin, utensils, and a little love note.

Did you choose handmade or store bought this year?

First Day Back

First Day Back to Preschool

Quinby’s first day back to preschool was yesterday. We were all so excited! I made her this little kitty cat dress with Sevenberry pinstripes and Tammis Keefe reproduction kitty fabric.

This dress was also a first for me. I made bias tape for the neckline! Super easy and looks way nicer than the store bought plain.

First Day of Kindergarten

Today is PZ’s first day of Kindergarten, (sigh). I’m a bit of an emotional wreck this morning. Plus I’m EXHAUSTED! Does any Mama sleep the night before their child’s first day of school? Well, I sure didn’t. She didn’t get much sleep either so I’m hoping she doesn’t drag her way through the day.

Happy back to school everybody!

RIP Dear Boy

We had to say goodbye to our dear Dudley Do-Right this morning. We spent 15 great years with him and he will be missed. We love you, boy!

All it takes for me to make something is to say I’m not going to…

So I said to my friend Yancey today, ” I’ve decided not to do ANYTHING productive until school starts.” I then proceeded to go home and make these two skirts. Yep. After days of going into my studio looking at fabrics, searching through patterns, drawing up sketches, etc., I just went in, grabbed some fabric from off the floor, and knocked these two guys out in less than an hour.

The fabrics are all vintage pieces I’ve gotten from Knitt’n Kitten over the past few months. The main fabric is a quilted cotton, I’m guessing from the 80’s, with little flowers on one side and big ones on the other. The plaid feels almost like a calico and the pattern looks like 60’s to me.

Quinby’s is the big flower side of the quilted cotton and a red and white striped flannel. I may go back and add pockets to the skirts. Not sure yet. I like that these were all super cheap vintage fabrics. Both skirts all together probably cost me $2 to make. Not a bad way to spend an unexpectedly warm afternoon.