Baby Eliot has arrived!


Introducing Mr. Eliot Michael Crook… deciding to make his appearance into the world on June 6 at 2:57 in the afternoon and weighing in at a healthy 9 lbs 6oz! Yes I realize that was 2.5 weeks ago. But you see, I’ve been a bit busy snuggling with this sweetie and his big brother. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are all in love over here. Eliot is such a sweet baby, and I am really enjoying the baby stage the second time around. Also really loving NOT being pregnant! FYI if you want more updates feel free to follow me on Instagram where you’ll be bombarded with daily baby cuteness! @brookecrook



My third baby (Bernina) is a bit sad to share her room with a newborn and not get any attention but hopefully she will get some love soon…when this momma starts sleeping through the night again and doesn’t have to nap during nap time. I am starting to get a bit itchy to get back in the sewing groove but so far haven’t been able to work up the energy! Soon, my friends. I can’t stay away for long. ๐Ÿ™‚ In the meantime I’ll be back soon to share with you some projects completed right before baby made his appearance. Back to sweet baby snuggles for me now… mmm nothing like the smell of a newborn babe. ๐Ÿ™‚

Already loved by his big brother ๐Ÿ™‚


My New Baby

And here she is…

Bernina 350-SPECIAL EDITION---Flower design

Oh wait, hope you weren’t expecting pictures of a real baby. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s another 12 weeks in the making- though I’m ready for that baby to be here as well! Here’s my special present from a very sweet hubby. I was surprised on Valentine’s Day with the offer to go pick out one of two options at the Bernina store. This little scenario came about with my frustration at the inability of my Singer machine to keep up with the demands of constant sewing- leading to my trying a friend’s Bernina and becoming hooked on how amazing it was!

However I had figured this was something I would have to work and wait for another several years. The hubs was so impressed at the quality of the Berninas and how well they keep their resale value that he decided I should go ahead and get one now since I could put it to immediate good use. Just so happened that the local Bernina store was having a great sale and had ordered the special edition which came with an extra free-motion quilting foot at a cute skin. For those inquiring minds, this is a Bernina 350 PE.

My actual machine… Isn’t is so pretty?

I am loving my new baby…might be neglecting the other baby in the house to play on this thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Free motion quilting is a dream on this thing! It’s amazing how smooth sewing can be… the Bernina brand definitely lives up to it’s hype. I was waiting a few weeks to write my blog review on this machine because I wanted to try it out for a bit, and I am here to tell you that I am still super happy with it. I don’t know all the ins and out of my machine yet, but my mastery classes begin in April, and I can’t wait to find out all the special things that it can do. Meanwhile I’m having fun learning on my own. I’ve got two quilts to be quilted on the list for next week and can’t wait to see how this baby does with them! And now I have my present for Valentine’s Day, birthday, anniversary, and most likely Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚ One stop shopping for the hubby!

This Weekend

First of all, Happy First Day of Fall! I am really excited about the upcoming cooler weather and all the fun fall happenings that go along with it! I need to go get some pumpkins today to bring in the new season.

This weekend is full of events so not too many crafting plans to share, but I do have a few things up my sleeve that I’d like to get done.

  • finish piecing together the guestbook quilt. I’ve been plugging away at this in my spare time and have gotten about 75% of the piecing done so I’m hoping to grab a few minutes to finish this…then to worry about how to quilt the humungous thing on my machine! I will share the finished top with you next week- fingers crossed!
  • tape together and cut out my pattern pieces for the oliver + s bedtime story pajamas. This week’s challenge on project run and play is to make something using a white sheet as your main fabric. What better to make from a sheet than pajamas? Probably not original enough to win but I am excited to see how these cute pjs turn out. It’s my first oliver + s pattern to sew!

Those are my two main sewing goals. Other than that we have: an outing to the park with our church group that a friend and I are heading up, a fun yard sale this morning for some friends heading across the pond, and, of course, church tomorrow. Oliver will be wearing his snazzy new outfit tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope your weekend is full of relaxing, fun, and some crafting endeavors! Any big plans you want to share with the class?

A Handmade Fall

Well, folks, it is now mid-September which means that the time has come to put away all remnants of summer and bring out the fall decor. After the extreme heat of this summer, I must confess that I am looking forward to the cooler temps. Today I pulled out the fall decorations and thought that I would share some of the handmade items. These are all made over the last couple of years. I would like to add a few more things this year, but we’ll see if I have time.

First off, I have a thing for wreaths. My door happens to have a wreath hook on the inside and outside which means both are normally in use. Only bummer is that we never use our front door so that outer wreath doesn’t get seen a whole lot. Last year I saw an idea for a wreath made from fabric strips tied to a frame. I can’t remember where I found it or I would post the link. However I loved the idea and it was a super easy project since I used all my scraps and a frame I had in storage.

For the inside wreath I just wrapped a wreath form with some burlap ribbon and then tied a fall ribbon around it in a bow. Very plain and simple but it adds a little touch of fall. Please ignore the fact that our door is unfinished. We moved into a foreclosure 2 years ago and are still remodeling!

On the dining room table is a runner I made last year. I like the fall print but am not super happy with the runner because I used some old fabrics for the solids, and they look really worn. Eventually I want to make another one, but who knows when that will happen.

And now on to the living room. I have vintage windows hung on the wall, and I like to change them out with the seasons. I don’t have too much there for fall yet, but am working on some more ideas. Iย  want to fix up that wreath on the right with some little pumpkins or acorns or something.

On my mantle I have a glass jar filled with fabric balls and pumpkins I made last year. I am fairly proud of those because I saw them in a snazzy home decor store last year for a ridiculous price and thought, “I can make those.” And I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well that’s about it for the house tour… I did pull out some fall pillows but they are not handmade so they didn’t make the photo shoot. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know about you, but there’s something nice about seasonal changes. Gives me a chance to sort through all the junk that accumulates over several months and make everything nice and clean the fresh looking. Love getting rid of clutter! How about you? Got your pumpkin on the front porch yet or still holding on to the last vestiges of warm weather?


This Weekend

Last night the hubs and I dropped Little Man off at Grandma’s house and went on a date night to the Indie Craft Parade Gala event. Sooo worth the money we paid for tickets! This is their third year running the Parade and our third year attending. I look forward to this every year! The Gala event featured yummy food, live music, and giveaways, (and I won! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) not to mention a chance to peruse everything without the crazy crowds of Saturday and Sunday. If you are even somewhat local, I encourage you to come down to this event. So much fun! Spoonflower is a sponsor of the event this year and has donated fabric for everyone to make their own stuffed elephants ( from the indie craft logo). There is also a free photobooth for your posing enjoyment.

I got to meet the lovely Rachel of Stitched in Color and got stuck for a long time at her booth. So many pretties. I ended up splurging and taking home one of her fabric-covered journals AND a picnic quilt. I just couldn’t resist the quilt- full of Lizzy House and Flea Market Fancy pretty fabrics. It just called to me!

Here’s a bit of a photo journal of last night- mostly stolen from my hubby’s instagram feed.

The loot I bought: handmade cloth napkins, picnic quilt, fabric-covered journal, and children’s art book.

My winnings! Cory Godbey print (which happens to be part of a collection we have in Oliver’s room), Lily Pottery ring, Ink Meets Paper letterpress greeting cards, found*ling leather wrap bracelet. Valued at $173!


Now for the rest of the weekend. Since I more than emptied my paypal account last night, I need to get busy stocking up my Etsy shop with lots of goodies that will hopefully make up for the fun I had on my spending spree. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am also happy to report that I have made some progress on the guestbook quilt and plan to plug away a little more at that as well. Oh and LIttle Man is officially a big kid and is moving up to toddler nursery tomorrow at church! Sniff, my baby is all growed up! ๐Ÿ™‚

This Weekend

Hope everyone is looking forward to a long weekend! We are headed out of town tonight to spend the weekend with my husbandโ€™s sister and her family, and I know we are ready for some relaxing family time.

Hereโ€™s what on my agenda for the weekend:

  • Figure 8/Infinity Cowl- free pattern from AMH. This is a present for my sister-in-lawโ€™s 30th birthday. Hopefully she doesnโ€™t read my blog today! Of course itโ€™s not done yet, and we leave tonight but I am thinking that it should be a quick project. Pictures to come when itโ€™s complete. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Gender Reveal Party tonight for a friend whoโ€™s expecting twins!
  • Enjoying a cookout with an entire smoked pig- My SIL has a friend with a smokehouse, and we are excited about bringing home some smoked pork.
  • Hopefully getting some knitting/embroidery WIPs done during the short car drive there and back.

Note for all you local readers: the first official GMQG meeting was a HUGE success, and I am looking forward to many more fun meetings. We have the fall schedule planned out and posted on the blog for anyone who is interested.

And just in case you need some fabric inspiration for the weekend, Pink Castle Fabrics is having a Labor Day Sale- 20% off your total purchase with the coupon code LABOR20.

Do you have any fun plans for this weekend?

This Weekend

Just a little newsy post where I ramble on about all the big plans I have for this weekend. Maybe if I write them down for all to see, I will actually get them done! ๐Ÿ™‚

First off a WIP that actually got completed last night. Woot, Woot! This is a little scarf I began back in the winter and never finished. It is my lovely grandma’s 77th birthday tomorrow, and she is a lover of bright, happy things so I quickly finished this up in order to give to her tomorrow at her birthday lunch.

Next up, a custom Etsy order that I need to finish up. Here’s the fabrics that I pulled for it. It’s a collage of 3 hot air balloon hoops and I am pretty excited about how it’s shaping up.

Another item on the old weekend list that I can’t post any pics of is some pattern testing for an upcoming quilt book. I was happy to be picked as a volunteer especially since she is sending up fabric as a thank you- I do just about anything for free fabric. Sorry to be cryptic but one must tease every now and then. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’ll be sure to post all the details once the book is published.

I have pulled out a few knitting WIP’s over the last few weeks as I prepare for fall’s arrival and am hoping to get the one off the needles this weekend so I can start something new. I am most definitely a novice knitter- and super slow at that, but every fall and winter I get the urge to pull out the needles and improve my skills a bit. This is a simple dishcloth using the Chinese Wave stitch. (I know, you’re thinking, why does a dishcloth take you so long?) Next, I want to start on a winter hat for Oliver. Got any good, easy patterns for toddler hats?

Lastly, some family fun time should also take place… who can resist spending time with my two favorite boys? We took Oliver for his first bike ride last weekend and hope to make it a regular occurrence now that it’s not so hot out.

FYI most pictures coming to you compliments of Instagram. Feel free to follow me there @brookecrook if you want to be bombarded with cute pictures of the little man as well as random fabric fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your plans for this weekend?