Sunday, January 10, 2010

Snow, Sewing, and a Finish

Thursday we got the first "significant' snow of the season here in St. Louis. I have to say, as a transplant from the desert, I absolutely love that we experience 4 seasons here in the midwest! But I perfer to admire the snow from inside where I can sip some (spiked) hot chocolate and wear my down booties that keep my toes so toasty.

So speaking of the snow, I must say that DH is such an amazing husband and father. I don't talk enough about him on my blog. He's doting and patient. He deals with my mood swings and my lame attempts to pick a fight from time to time. He rubs my feet, makes my coffee exactly right, runs out to the craft store for me when I run out of the thread I need to finish a project, prays with me, tells my I'm not chubby, and sits in the corner of my LNS playing with the kids all the while telling me to take my time and get whatever I want. And that's just the husband part of him. As a father he blows me away! He's on the floor putting together Lego train tracks into crazy loopy shapes with bridges and switching tracks. He plays peek-a-boo and asks what the specials are when Cuddle Bug plays restaurant in the playroom.

So what does that have to do with snow you ask? Well Thursday, that was my husband taking a vacation day to take Cuddle Bug sledding for the very first time! Those are the moments that will add up in the lives of my children. They will look back and think "my dad could have gone to work that day, but he took a day off and took me sledding instead!" And he showed my sweet boy how to make snow angels and build a snow fort too. I love him for the husband he is to me and for the father is to our children :)


So now that I've gotten past the sappy part of the past few days, I have a few things to show off.

First up, I finished LHN's "Peace" thread pack into a pillow on Friday. I finished the stitching on this one last year and I had the finishing kit from Mary Kathryn's ONS. It just needed to be completed. So I went ahead and did that on Friday.


Additionally, I've been sewing up a storm working on my first quilt! Knock on wood, but so far so good. I got all 42 blocks finished and sewn into 7 rows of 6 blocks each. Soon enough, barring any unforeseen hiccups, the top of this one will be finished. I am loving how this is turning out and really enjoying the process! If it turns out as I hope, this will be my birthday gift to LadyBug when she turns 1 exactly one month from today!


I haven't gotten to put too many more stitches in Poinsettia House. My fingers have been too cold to hold the needle and I kept dropping it. I finally set it down. I hope to get some more stitches in it tonight after I've warmed my fingers up with a cup of coffee. I hope everyone has been having a wonderful weekend and staying warm! Happy stitchy wishes to you all!

20 comments:

Heather said...

Hi Kim
I am coming from Canada to St Louis in two weeks for a conference. Is there any good stitch shops downtown
Love to hear from you
Heather3057 at rogers dot com

Catherine said...

What a nice tribue to your hubby!

Your pillow finish is great - I like the fabric.

Stay warm and stitchy!

Marjo said...

What a sweet picture of your husband and the little one making snow angels. I love it. Your quilt is lovely too. I really like the colors. Great job.

Kathy said...

Hope your husband reads your blog. You said some very nice things about him and he needs to know how you feel.

Nice finishing on the pillow. Your quilt is going to be beautiful. Sewing machine seems to be humming right along. Great job.

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful thing to say about your hubby. I have to admit I have a hubby who is the same. Don't they make life so much easier?

I love your pillow finish and your quilt blocks.

I wish we could do snow angels, I think the best we could do was a sandy, dust angel here!

Carol said...

I loved hearing about your husband, Kim--he sure sounds like a keeper! Reminded me a lot of my own husband of 32 years :)

And what a beautiful pillow and quilt--when do you find the time to create all of your lovelies!! I'm amazed!

Cari said...

what a wonderful tribute to your husband - he sounds like a great father and husband, what a blessing!

Love your quilt blocks -those colors are fabulous. I can't wait to see what you do with them.

I'm off to grab myself a mug of coffee to warm my hands.

Julie M said...

What a wonderful post about your husband! And yes those little things will be what your kids remember when they grow up!

The pillow is beautiful and the quilt is going to be an awesome first birthday gift!

Ranae said...

"Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a daddy"
Pretty pillow and the quilt looks awesome

Michele B. said...

I'm glad you have such a wonderful husband. I bet he feels the same way about you! I love the colors you've chosen for your quilt. Think how far you've come as a crafter since you started your blog!

linenstitcher2 said...

Loved reading your tribute to your hubby. What a special guy!! And your projects are beautiful. What a fabulous pattern for your quilt top! So playful and colorful! LadyBug will LOVE it!

Sally said...

What a wonderful photo Kim and what a special husband you have.

Love your pillow finish. It's beautiful.

Karen said...

what a great pic of your little and big guys! :) hoping to see a little "new" snow here in Reno while visiting my parents. the snow on the ground is ok, but old. LOL
love the pillow!! and the quilt is going to be gorgeous, love the colors.

Jennifer said...

Hi there Kim from Canada, Love your blog. Poinsettia House is looking great! I have this to start also among a million other titles.Loved looking at your 2009 finishes.

Luv 2 Kreate said...

Sounds like your hubby is a keeper :) and your quilt is going to be LOVELY!

John said...

Kim, I'm sorry I don't read your blog more often. I have to admit, I may be blushing just a little...

I'm glad that you feel that I am a good dad, and I'm even more glad that you think I'm a good husband even though so much of my energy goes toward the kiddos sometimes. I love you so much and I think you are amazing in every way - wife, mom, crafter, you name it!

I love you!!

Michelle said...

Love love love your quilt blocks! They are so bright and cheery. And your pillow finish is beautiful - congrats for finally finishing it up!

Jill said...

Hi Kim!
I love that LHN Peace piece. I have not seen this design before. I am going to have to look that one up. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the great comment. Happy Stitching :)
Jill

Vonna said...

You made me cry about your husband. That is exactly how I feel about mine. Except mine doesn't go to the LNS with me, and he doesn't rub my feet....BUT he DOES paint my toenails...that's pretty great isn't it?
And he does go sledding and he makes snow angels too...we're lucky Kim :)
Love Lady Bug's quilt...it is gorgeous and old fashioned looking, a true treasure!

mymarkdesigns said...

Aw, your hubby is definitely a keeper! Love those quilt fabrics!