Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Coupla things & Happy Thanksgiving!


Its gonna be a short work week & I wanted to stop in first and share a few things, and if you're on the mailing list, sorry for the overlap in info, suffer through it or click through pilgrim!

* First and most important, I fully intend to wear one of two things over the next several days : an apron : or : a pile of yarn- under which I will be making things I don't need and maybe a few gifts for people who don't need things either.


* I have a new collection of aprons and dishtowels in the shop and I am super excited to say that included in this group are some fun little girl aprons~My girls are always tying my half aprons up to their underarms, so they are giddy with anticipatory-holiday-baking excitement over these!


* Overwhelmed with thankfulness for all that we have, I know I'm not the only one who'd like to spread a little love around at this time of year. And without a doubt there are more families in need these days than ever. We will be donating a portion of all of our kitchen linen sales for the rest of 2009 to help feed hungry families in our area. So this a simple way for you to shop for yourself or to gift a loved one, and help us with a worthy cause.


* My Folksy Flannel collection is here, there and everywhere!

* Be sure and check back in next week for a giveaway and more about the fuzzi-luvi properties of these fabrics. I've been sewing a bit with them for the family and want to share.

In other news:

* Roman just turned six months old and I have given up on the floor quilt thing most days because he seems to find his way off of it before I am back to my chair. For a while the quilts that we put down got bigger and bigger, but now I am realizing that I am just going to have to sweep the floors more.

* Isabela has resolved to keeping her hair long instead of cutting it short because she says its good for thinking. When I asked her to clarify, she said you know when you're taking a math test and you have to run your fingers through your hair to figure out a hard problem. Of course.

* Salt dough is fun. The little girls and I made some a few days ago. I think the dough is smoother and easier to knead if you use a recipe with vegetable oil. (Though could this be why it isn't drying very well? Prolly.)

* I want to paint the dining room white.

* Well, creamy-whitish.

* I'm thinking I should not try to do that before Thanksgiving.

* Though I do think a roasted turkey would look so pretty surrounded by creamy-white walls.

* Roasted turkey fingerprints on creamy-white walls would be less pretty.

* Nevermind.

* I like asterisk-style-writing.

* Less pressure to make sense.


xoxoxox, Anna & family


  1. Oh, those eyes are just beautiful....

  2. oh when, oh when, will your little folks dobby (esp. the square dance?) be available on retail. OH! I love it so much from the pictures! Thank you for sharing your talent with us all in this way!
    Jennifer in Kansas

  3. Anonymous12:20 PM

    Love the flannel!!! Enjoy your family this week!!

  4. Ohh my belly hurts from laughing. Perhaps if I let my hair grow it would be easier to keep track of our accounts :-)

    Happy Thanks Giving!

  5. Fun! We just made some play dough this morning. My little one loved it! It was really easy to make - I found a great recipe on this website
    Have a great weekend! :)

  6. I think your dining room goes perfectly with turkey as is. Although we have the exact same buffet, unpainted, and seeing your sometimes makes me feel like painting ours. I'm also super excited about the linens-- perfect little hostess gifts and I love the ball fringe!

  7. How wonderful to have beautiful bright flannel instead of just pastels!

    Your children's aprons are adorable. Maybe if I made my tweens some aprons they would help more in the kitchen? It's a possibility I suppose.

    Love Roman's cute little rolls. could just eat him up!

  8. I love that you would even consider painting before Thanksgiving. It makes perfect sense to me, you should always add a little pressure to every situation! Love the linens and what a lovely idea to share the wealth. Good for you Anna Maria.

  9. I love that apron! It has such pretty details like the vintage aprons do. Your work is inspiring! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. That picture of Roman kills me everytime. And that 1st one? Wow!
    Happy Thanksgiving. You are in the middle of some very interesting times. It's wonderful to hear of such creative success.

  11. I love a fresh coat of paint! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  12. I already ordered aprons--one for me and one for my 3-year-old granddaughter. Maybe we'll wear them when we make salt dough.

  13. happy thanksgiving everyone !

  14. Anonymous3:47 PM

    Aprons are the best! Beautiful family and fabric!!

  15. You make someone that has never sewn want to give it a try. Your fabrics are marvelous! Hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

  16. PS: don't forget to make a Folksy Flannel Flickr pool :) can't wait to receive my fabric !!!!!!!

  17. I hope you and your wonderful family have a perfectly beautiful Thanksgiving, Anna! I think (and talk) about you often and love reading your blog. May The Lord's richest blessings be yours!


  18. I totally understand Isabella's Hair theory. Makes sense to me.

  19. I'm Canadian, so we did Thanksgiving last month (which is consequently also my birthday...you know, some years) but Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Anna Maria!

  20. Nothing more beautiful than the back of a child's neck, umm, maybe the smell of the back of a child's neck :) Roman has grown - Whoa, he'll be asking for the keys to the car before you know it - don't blink mom. Blessings and a very very Happy Thanksgiving. Janet

  21. I'm Malaysian, my English is broken, but I'm going to be honest with you that I like visit to your place here. It's so warming...

    Happy Thanks Giving to you too!


  22. Lovely table linens! Also, I totally agree with Isabella's Theory of Long Hair. That's wonderful!

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  23. Isabela is right...my hair is down to my waist and I can't tell you how many problems I have solved using the fingers through the hair technique!
    I think a creamy-whitish dining room would be just the ticket...after Thanksgiving though!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family!

  24. I have been making Play Dough for about 9 years - this recipe keeps very well in the fridge.

    The important ingredient, in addition to the vegetable oil, is Cream of Tartar, then you need to add heat.

    You can see the recipe that is most often used in Australia - it comes on the Cream of Tartar tin - here....


  25. Happy Thanksgiving AM, We have a lot to be grateful for, don't we ?
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us, have a good one!!

  26. I love the way your brain works!

  27. What a beautiful little boy you have! I've just found your blog and have been following it for a few weeks from UK. I love your bright and intricate fabrics - it has inspired me to pick up the sewing needle. I'm making felt stockings for my family this year. I'm sure my 8 month old won't care, but he will in future years!!
    Keep up the posts x Kate

  28. Happy thanksgiving to a talented family!

  29. Tell Isabela she is right! I always did that at school too and it helps! You can of course also do it with short hair but it's nicer when it is long.

    A couple of years ago I happened to read an article about why this running your fingers through hair is so good. Apparently you run your fingers through your hair over your head, thereby massaging the head, which improves the bloodflow, which in turn improves your ability to think!

    So it's scientifically proven. Something to tell them Isabela when they laugh at you! You are SO right!!

  30. Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  31. in the middle of renovations, etc. and just used a very yummy kelly-moore paint called, "Maybeck Muslin"...started with just trim and ceilings in every room...then decided to do our whole bedroom (so I could add some fabulous AMH fabric!!!!
    happy turkey day...gobble, gobble!

  32. * oh, I am foggy brained lately because I cut my hair.

    * I just painted my studio white--it is lovely, but the clutter looks clutterier.

    * what are you knitting? with what yarns? I am in a funk that Rowan discontinued its chunky print yarn.

    * have a lovely thanksgiving in a lovely apron.

  33. Love your list lol!

    Happy Thanksgiving - I know you have SO much to be grateful for! I am so glad I found your blog this year, as you have really blessed my life with your beautiful art, gorgeous children, and your sweet, sweet spirit :o)

    Thank you!

  34. Anna, Anna, Anna,
    I never cease to be amazed at all of the things you get done, you with your passle of children, your book, your sewing, your success. How DO you do it?
    I love the banner pic and Roman is adorable!
    Cheryl in IN

  35. Anna ive just found your blog (through a friend and your pillowcase dresses, off to make one now :)) YAY!!! im so happy love you banner piccy do you sell that fabric its awesome and i need some :)

  36. I enjoy your blog so much. Thanks for sharing your life and philosophy with all of us. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  37. I love love love your new flannels. I'm going to make PJs for me and my daughter with those. I also love all your aprons in the collection. They are too cute.

  38. Annie1:42 PM

    As the mommy of a darling boy, I want to say BOYS love to cook, too (especially if you watch lots of FoodTV with them as I do), and they also love aprons! Though not, of course, floral ones usually, if they are over, say, 4.

    Beautiful stuff. I have just discovered designer fabrics which has rekindled my interest in quilting.

  39. Is that beautiful flowing blouse from your solid voiles? Please say it is! I'm sooo excited to get my hands of some of them!

  40. Lisa Wallig6:01 PM

    Precious babies and gorgeous linens! Absolutely beautiful! Your designs inspire me to get sewing!

    Thank you for donating some of your proceeds to the hungry. I work at a regional food bank and we need more angels like you :-)

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