Lily’s first ballet recital

Lily had her very first ballet recital this past weekend and the show nearly killed us all with the levels of cuteness. The recital included about 6 dances from 6 classes all with students ranging mostly from ages 3 to 5 (Lily turned 6 during the school year) and oh-my-goodness was it 30 minutes well spent.

Lily’s class danced to “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. She has been practicing her recital dance since they started the routine this winter–asking for me to play the song so she could go over the steps.

Arabesque, pirouette, jeté, demi-plié, relevé…This kid loves practicing ballet at home. I don’t know if she’ll stick with it moving forward, but I’ve absolutely loved watching her this year.


And here she is with Miss Maggie, her teacher, and it sort of breaks my heart a little because she just absolutely LOVES Miss Maggie and she only teaches the little ones.


I hope another dance teacher like Miss Maggie comes into her life!

Big changes!

So, goodbye townhouse…

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And hello, new house!

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All of these things are set to happen at the end of May. I am very excited for the end of showings (read: no more strangers traipsing through my house all the time and leaving me feeling yucky and sanitizing my doorknobs constantly). I don’t have to make my bed every morning any more! Dishes can stay in the sink to soak! Yay!


There is so much to do in about 5 weeks worth of time! Eeeeeee!

Try Something New Every Month: some embroidery for April!

So, I’ve embroidered before in my life, sure, but I pretty much just hacked at any kind of satin stitch or backstitch with no real regard to actual embroidery patterns or techniques. For THIS project I was determined to actually do it nicely.

To start, I bought a pack of Aunt Martha’s Hot Iron Embroidery Transfers pretty much just for this bird design because I love it so much. I mean COME ON; it’s adorable!


And okay, I love it, but I don’t know about putting it on a shirt 🙂


The instructions for the transfer process are pretty straight forward. Iron your fabric, put your design face-down, iron again. It transferred quite quickly and was easy.



Then came the fun of picking out colors. I don’t have a super extensive collection of embroidery thread, but I certainly had enough to make this pretty!


Then I referenced Sublime Stitching’s tutorials to get started…mostly to make sure I was in fact doing the backstitch properly, and eventually to do a real honest-to-goodness french knot!



I worked and worked and finally late one night it was done! In all its wrinkly badly-lit glory!


The whole time I was working on it I was *pretty* sure it would become a pillow, and a trip through my fabric stash determine yes, yes it would. This was also my first time doing anything log-cabin-y for fabric piecing.


And ta-da! A new overly pretty pillow for our sofa.

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We better hurry up and buy a house that has a sewing room for me so all of this overly-pretty stuff can live somewhere 🙂

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