Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Morning mess, Afternoon Applique, and a little laugh

morning.mess

I have been making one mess after another around here and only cleaning enough in between to keep the brain clear. As it turns out my brain operates pretty well in the midst of a physical mess, which you might have guessed by now.

front.row.seat

As long as there is one clean pretty space in the process of becoming something, like the quilt on the board in the background. Roman, no surprise, has a front row seat to all the goings on here in the studio. That sounds easier than it is. It doesn't always please him to sit and watch. It doesn't always please me to do instead of cuddle. But we both give in a little and mostly I am just happy that our days are becoming more routine with each passing one. Small rituals arise out of no where.... like making sure to fold large pieces of fabric in front of him, because he really likes following all the motion and color flipping through the air above him.

afternoon.applique

I felt myself almost striking that balance today that I haven't known in a few years...nurse, cut, rock & pat, sew, cuddle, sew, diaper change, email, swing, sew, nurse.....and so on. Both of us getting in all our varieties of daily duties alongside each other.

back.row.swing

And this would be the binky/swing soothing his afternoon sleepies in the background while the needle/thread soothes my long day in the studio in the foreground.

No day would be complete without laughing a little, and here's what did it for me today:

Listening to our Patsy Cline Radio on Pandora has of course given us some Johnny Cash as well (gladly). Eleni was balancing and walking along one particular plank in the hardwood floor today and when I asked her what she was doing she replied "Ohhhh... just walkin' the line."

hope you balanced along a nice line today xoxox Anna

79 comments:

  1. You amaze me! Your fabric's are beautiful and your talent as a Mom/design artist is just amazing! Thanks for sharing on your blog!

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  2. That reminds me of my 4 year old, upon hearing that Johnny Cash had passed on, asking me if he really HAD fallen into a burning ring of fire! : ) Gotta love what comes out of those little mouths! My little guy is 2 1/2 months old, and we very much don't have a routine yet, I'm afraid. I SOOO need to do that!

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  3. When I had newborns, it was all I could do to get out of my bathrobe by midday. I'm impressed at your productivity.
    And so beautiful too.
    Thanks,
    Andi :-)

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  4. jenny6:46 PM

    Beautiful quilt...hope you show the finished product. Made my "dish towel tote" today with your towels....LOVE it!!!!

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  5. You have a sweet voice. Thank you for sharing. I like to visit your blog and soak up the vibe here.

    I got your book and am teaching myself to sew from it. It makes me feel connected to women--mothers, daughters, grandaughters, neices, aunties--everywhere. thanks! : )

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  6. Andi- still in my nightie here :)

    xo,Anna

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  7. Hi Anna Maria!
    Fun post! I love the circular motion going on, here! Reminds me of ginormous sundials!
    Hugs,
    Laurie

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  8. so nice that the 'mess' is this colourful!! looks fantastic!

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  9. Loving your dresden plates! I think that your fabric can turn any project into to beauty!

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  10. Hi Anna Maria,

    I have a brand new little one to nurse and hold, too. If you'd like a peek, check out www.poeticanatomy.blogspot.com

    Cheryl

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  11. So sweet, its lovely the other kids come in and out and while you and Roman begin to settle on what will be the loving routine for the next few years...hope you get to stay with Patsy and Johnny..but there might be a playlist with Raffi in your future!

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  12. You are making me soo jealous..
    My daughter is already a year old, am yearning for another little one....
    Enjoy him.. :)

    nandini

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  13. Did you move into my studio while we are out of town? I think I left a very similar mess....even after a thorough cleaning last week, by Friday it was a mess. I think I function better that way too! The dresden plates look FABULOUS! I can't wait to see the final product. xo Simone

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  14. uh...studios can be clean? Only my wife's half...not my half!! And thank you SO much for the Pandora reminder....I am reliving my juniour high/high school years here noe...Punched in Boney M (whom NO ONE remembers) and now I am listening to We Are The Champions by Queen (and just heard an ABBA song I didn't remember at all)....Long Live late 70's pop music!

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  15. Ahem...."now" not "noe" sorry...

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  16. Love the dresden plate with your fabrics!

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  17. It's lovely hearing about life with new baby. The years I was able to stay home with my children when they were small are very precious to me. And I love and appreciate seeing someone else loving and appreciating the little moments. I love that fabric makes such a great baby mobile! And it's fun to see little glimpses of what you are working on. The colors and patterns are gorgeous!

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  18. this is just so very beautiful and glorious... thank you for sharing how you balance your mamahood with creativity... it is a deep and dear blessing!

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  19. Do you have a Moby yet? I'm going to keep commenting that you need one until I see a picture:) I was able to work for hours without stopping while he slept on my chest-- it's one step above being on the inside...

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  20. I've yet to master the art of making things with my newborn :-) I think I need to make better use of the little snatches of time rather than dinking around on the net LOL.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. I enjoy your writing so much, Anna. And the quilt you are making is gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing these small bits of yourself with us.

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  22. Love your fabrics, your new quilt, your posts and your choice of music.

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  23. Anna, your post gave me "a little laugh" and a smile on my face - your blog is so colourful, warmhearted and inspiring! Thanks, that made my day. :)

    Kind regards, Frau Maus

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  24. My grandparents were HUGE Johnny Cash fans~your post brought back some great memories. Thanks! And Eleni, you just keep walkin' sweet pea. . .

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  25. You are such a talented person. You truly amaze & inspire me with your zest for creative & pretty designs!! The quilt looks lovely...

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  26. Love the colours! I see an arm... but where is Roman? has he grown??

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  27. Daisy Bliss1:21 AM

    I actually ordered your fabric a few weeks ago to start a dresden plate quilt! It really is the perfect fabric for dresden plates I think. It will be my first try at them though, so I hope all works out.

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  28. You have more talent in your little pinkie than most people have in their whole bodies! You are amazing! BTW- your fabric has finally arrived in Morocco via my Mother-in-law. I just keep looking at it because there are so many things I want to do with it but I don't want to CUT it! LOL!

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  29. I am supposed to be working AND it's our one-year wedding anniversary today but I can't stop reading your blog! I stopped long enough to make my sweet one-year hubby some scones for breakfast and now here I am again. I need your book. mmm hmmmm

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  30. How charming - your family sounds delightful and your studio is a feast for the eyes.

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  31. yep, sometimes front row seat for my 7-wweks-old is all she asks and sometimes ... well, like knowing mommy is gonna crafting agan, she starts "protesting"before i put her in seat!
    Luckily she sleeps (almost) through nights so I have at least night for myself and knitting/sewing/blogging!

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  32. ahhh, the balance of motherhood, no? :) what a joy, a crazy & sometimes cockeyed kind of joy, but a true joy none the less!

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  33. Lovely, as usual :-)

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  34. I'm amazed! I don't know how you do it all. I'm sure by baby number six you have it figured out :) but do you have any multi-tasking advice for someone expecting their first little one?

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  35. This is wonderful, I ordered a bunch of extra Garden Party just so I could make Dresden Plates.

    I was stuck on what to use a background though... I didn't think I could get your blessing for solids ;)

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  36. I'm always charmed when I visit with you. I feel like I've walked through a magical door.

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  37. I know how it is, having such a little one here with me right now myself. That rythm comes and goes, as I have experienced. But indeed, these times are so precious.

    By the way: Even your mess looks pretty, with all those beautiful colours :-)

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  38. you are so talented!

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  39. Gorgeous colors!

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  40. I don't know how you do it! I have been lurking for a while and think it's about time I came out of the shadows :)

    I love your blog, your fabrics and reading about the goings on in your life.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  41. Hi Anna, your post made me laugh. I work best in the midst of a physical mess too! Then I get a sudden urge to have everything spick and span (although I must confess this doesn't happen very often !!!!)Your fabrics look fabulous together - 'sumptious' is the word that springs to mind. Hugs, Jane x

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  42. great dresden plate coming along - at first glance I thought they were ties all sewn together - my hubby would dig a tie made out of your fabric. I shall add one to my never-ending 'to do' list.

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  43. Hi I love the wall art you have here. U are a great source of inspiration. It's incredible how u juggle work and family. I am a jewelry designer. Do drop by my blog when you have some free time... cheers!
    http://sharart.blogspot.com/

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  44. Your children are beautiful! And so are all your many projects. I am new to sewing/quilting and I was wondering what your board on the wall is made out of? I would love to be able to layout quilts on the wall like that instead of taking up my entire floor.

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  45. I admire this balance you have found....love how natural it has become for you, so much so that you hardly even noticed. Fabulous!
    Cheers,
    Julie

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  46. This blog is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! \o/

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  47. I'm astounded how mothers can balance all of that and more! It must be some sleeping gene in women that wakes up when you have a baby. I purchased a planner recently and still am learning how to prioritize and make the most of my time... still praying for a few magical hours to appear in the week, to no avail.

    I've enjoyed your blog a lot and will most definitely continue reading. Thank you for something so whole and beautiful. The world needs it!!

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  48. love this blog, and your beautiful way of combining family and creativity. I just found out via my niece that I know your cousin Anna T! What a small world!

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  49. HAHA! That was very cute. Lynn

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  50. Love seeing your WIP! I'm amazed how much you manage to get done with caring for Roman as well! I remember how bad it was having a 22 month old and a newborn...the first 6 months of life is just so demanding. Thanks for sharing so much on your blog.

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  51. I'm loving the colours in your blog. You're talented. If you don't mind, cold I add your blog to my list of blogs? :)

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  52. Thank you for sharing your talent and family with us all. Both are incredibly beautiful.

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  54. You are the living metaphor for the phrase: There's a Method to her Madness! Love your new summer banner...

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  55. I love the all fabrics focus. It's a great rainbow !!!

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  56. yeah, today I found and bought Garden Party in Munich and I can't wait to be back home in Ireland tomorrow evening to sew.... it is so beautiful! Unfortunately my favorite shop in Munich didn't have more fabrics from you as they have some kind of difficulties with Westminster.

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  57. Hi Anna!

    I have a question -- do you sell a pattern for the table topper? I'd like to make one but I have no idea how to get the proportions right or make the tip nice and pointy.

    Thanks!

    deirdre dot reagan at gmail dot com

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  58. I, too, am in love with all fabrics and old country music. Love your blog. :)

    Car Seat Blanket

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  60. Your comments take me back years to when I juggled all my sewing and crafts and raising 2 babies. I don't know how you do it all! Your children are beautiful. Keep up being wonder woman. One day they will all be gone and you will hardly know what to do with all that time!

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