After getting bombarded by the snow bomb cyclone last week, a blizzard that left fourteen inches, bitter wind, and frigid air in its wake, temperatures hovered near zero—and felt much frostier, thanks to that bitter wind's chill. The snow itself was manageable, as we've gotten far more than that many times before, but the cold… Continue reading Winter Blues Patchwork Pillow
Hi there! As I write this, wearing my thickest, coziest socks and huddled under a fat down blanket, the East Coast snow bomb cyclone swirls outside. The forecast predicts up to 14" in our area by the time all's said and done (which should be in about another eight hours), and if the view from… Continue reading Snow Day in the Garden District
Hi there! I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday filled with love, laughter, and all the happiness hearts can hold. Our Christmas was extra special this year, in part because the preceding weeks were unexpectedly tough. Sadly, earlier this month we had to say goodbye to Murphy, my sweet little sewing sidekick, who'd… Continue reading By Annie, For Mom
When we were little, my mother promised my sister and me that we'd be best friends one day. I thought Mom walked on water and normally believed every word she said, but on that particular topic I found her to be severely misinformed. For one thing, Kristin was six years younger than I was. For… Continue reading Norway by Thimble Blossoms
Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you had a wonderful day with family, friends, yummy food, and lots of gratitude. I know I did! I also hope you've had a successful start to the holiday gifting season! I'm not a big stand-in-line-to-shop-at-midnight kind of girl, but I do appreciate a good sale—so took advantage of a… Continue reading Gift Card Mini Stockings
When experimenting with website templates and designs for Thread & Pen a few months ago, I knew I wanted a certain look. Something clean and simple so photos and projects popped off the page, but not so clean and simple that the site felt sterile. I eventually chose the template I did because I liked… Continue reading Gather Round Place Mats by Sharon Holland
Have you ever had cutter's remorse? Perhaps after holding onto a pretty fabric bundle for years, just waiting for the right project to come along, and finally making that first irreversible slice? I was a bit worried I'd experience such a feeling this week, when I finally—finally!—cut into a layer cake I'd bought forever ago.… Continue reading Pillow Pop & La Fete de Noel—Finally!