Wednesday, May 15, 2013

no, I'm not sorry =)


It's been awhile, hasn't it. Last time I wrote I was finally announcing my pregnancy and marriage, and then fell off the face of the earth. Not really, I've just been living, a lot. Very very much enjoying my little family, working, and staying (mostly) sane.
I have made a few things, here and there. A crocheted (and already much loved blankie for the (now 13 months old, tomorrow)) baby, a knitted striped hat for the baby too, two other knitted hats, both cabled, one for me and the other for my mom, and a small crocheted blanket for little Billy. Is that all, in a year? Probably. I don't know how people do it all. Like, take care of the kids, work, create beautiful things daily, keep a clean house and fed family, etc etc etc. AND THEN, they find the time to document it all beautifully and eloquently on a tremendously successful blog.
Obviously, this blog hasn't been even close to making it onto the priorities list, but I haven't forgotten about my little corner of the internet.
I do of course, have thousands of pictures from the past year, some of which I may actually post =). I will attempt to not forget completely about this, as I do enjoy we shall see. No promises though ;)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New year, a lot of news..

Well, I haven't written here since August 17th.. what?!?
That's crazy, it really is. I have so much news, and a lot of what I think are really great excuses, but basically with so much going on I didn't feel I had the time or motivation to write. Plus, until today, I hadn't made ANYTHING at all.
Okay, so the first big news is that I'm married! YAY!
Hubby and I had a small wedding for fifty people January 14th, 2012. And it was the best day of my life. We had the greatest time. We were originally planning our wedding for this upcoming May, but changed plans and bumped it up..which has a lot to do with my other big news...but before I get to that I want to say how happy I am to be his wife. I am so lucky that I got to marry my best friend in the world.

I'm pregnant! We are due April 19th. It was a surprise for us, but a very very happy one. We couldn't be more thrilled. On Wednesday I will be 30 weeks pregnant already! I can't believe how time has flown. We are so excited to meet our little guy =).

So, yes, my apologies for not writing, although I'd be surprised if anyone was actually disappointed LOL. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things and actually have a presence here. Hope you all had a great time since August!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


there's absolutely no reason for this picture except that it makes me laugh

I have been terribly neglectful to this little blog of mine, my sewing machine, even my blog reader.  I signed into bloglovin today and had over 250 blog posts to read! It's my day off, so I knocked down on that number quite a bit, went to the bank, bought stamps (what?!?--I haven't needed to buy stamps in like 3 years LOL) and have been generally productive.
I'm even pre washing some fabric. I had the grandest of plans to cut and assemble my sorbetto pattern while fabric was washing, the cut it out and make it all this afternoon. Well, I still may, but for some reason I am having the WORST time getting the whole pattern to print out. I had printed the whole thing, I thought. Turns out as I cozied up on the couch with scissors in hand, only half of it had printed. WTF??? Which I guess is just one of those things, because, well I don't know. So, I'm gonna try again, although as I found out this morning the printer in our home office is being terribly ornery. Whatevs.
I haven't completely not made anything though. I just haven't sewn anything as of recent. I finally finished that waffle textured scarf. FAIL, by the way. I only bought one skein of that particular yarn, and downright refused to buy more make the darn scarf long enough, because by about half a foot into the knitting I was about bored to tears. I diligently sat, though, and knit until I literally couldn't knit anymore (not enough yarn). It was long enough to be a cowl, so I bound off and used the long tail to stitch the two ends together. I considered keeping it for myself, but honestly, could not see myself wearing it. So, I pawned it off to one of my bosses from work, who said he'd give it to his grand daughters and they can play dress up with it, or whatever. It makes me feel better that a failed project will at least be enjoyed by some giggly little girls.
ALSO, I am like 95% done on crocheting a completely different scarf, which will end up being a present, I think! (SHH, don't tell). I'll post pictures after the gift giving has occurred so she doesn't see before hand and all my fun is ruined. =).
The house is clean, the laundry is caught up, and I need my printer to cooperate.
Nice talking at ya. ;-)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

summertime goodness

some things that have kept me away from my beloved sewing machine...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

still testing..

Ahh, much better. I changed the name of this little blog here, including the web address...which changed everything for bloglovin. Soo, I do apologize to my 4 (wonderful) bloglovin readers from heart on my sleeve, but I think I lost you in the switch. I think the google friend connect followers are still unchanged. I'm sorry for any confusion or inconvenience--but I needed a change. Heart on my sleeve was not a well thought out name, I chose it on a whim, not considering how many other blogs and things would already have the same name.

Soo, new name, eventually new (ish), fresher look. Yeah!


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Little Treasures

Have I mentioned at least a hundred times that we love yard sales here? Well, we do. Sincerely. You can find stuff you actually really need and have been looking to buy retail for next to nothing, and also some really great vintage/antique/collectible items. They are awesome. It's something to get us out of the house on days where we don't have much to do. Do you go to yard sales? Well, you should. lol.

On a very recent yard sale trip, I feel like I scored big with a bunch of vintage loot. And do you know what I paid for allllllllll of these items? One dollar. What?!?! You can hardly buy a piece of candy for a dollar anymore. I was thrilled to pieces. Take a gander.
2 vintage scarves, a glass honey jar, a few yards of lace, a bunch of vintage self cover buttons, and a small handbag

Everything is in really great shape. I mean the scarves are super clean, no stains. The larger of the two with the blue flowers has a little tag that says "Made in Italy" and it's 50% rayon and the other 50% is nylon, I want to say. The other scarf is quite small, but it's interesting because it has a bunch of pictures and writing on it describing the process of making fabric. I got a kick out of it. =). The buttons I grabbed because it just seems like a good notion to have on hand, and the lace looked bridal (lol) because it's white with a little bit of silver on it. The handbag ( I think it might be handmade) has a super interesting outer layer texture to it, and is a sweet blue fabric inside. And the honey jar. I just love it and and can't explain why haha. It says " 1 pound pure honey" on the front.

Now, if your eyes aren't completely falling out of your head yet from reading my ramblings, I have a couple of other little treasures to share with you that we picked up today from the Golden Nugget Flea Market. 

Look at this sweet cross stitch/embroidery.  I have no idea how old it is. I paid three dollars for it, but I just had to. It's almost the same prayer we would say at bedtime growing up. =). Except that after we said that we'd say "Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the LORD my soul to keep. Guide and keep (?) me through the night and wake me with the morning light. Please God bless: Mommy Daddy Leah Kayla Ben Aunt ___ Uncle____ Cousin____ etc etc etc and all our friends and animals and _____ and ______ and ______ in the world. AMEN." I'm sure our extras took about five minutes but it was cute and I loved doing it. Seeing this took me back to that innocent sweet time so I was happy to pick it up.
AND finally, something I'm extremely excited about--although I paid way more for it than I normally pay for anything at flea markets or yard sales--a miniature printing press, complete with the (badly decomposed) original ink brayer, and the original box.  It's only big enough to make business cards, or something similarly sized, and probably only accepts about size 7 font. But it's so neat, with original gold paint on it, and doesn't need much cleaning to get it functional. We paid $30. The guy wanted $40 but hubs talked him down. =). 

So yeah, that's it. =). What are some of your favorite finds???