When I was a little girl, my mom didn’t drink coffee in the morning.  Instead, she would wake up by the method of creativity, with a needle and thread.  I will never forget the sound of the needle, filled with embroidery floss, making a distinctive “pop” through the canvas, and then the voice of the fibers rubbing together as the threads created strokes of …

If any of you have read the story of how I came up with the title of this blog, Of Ruffles and Rifles, you will remember that it has connotations to the poem, “the best laid plans of mice and men often run awry.”  And I titled my blog Of Ruffles and Rifles because this is a journey; a fantastic, …

He called me Easter morning before we headed off to church. My husband and his parents spent nearly a week driving from Pheonix, Arizona, through Canada and then to our home in Alaska. Six LONG days of driving. “We just saw about ten swans on a lake as we were driving by,” he said, “maybe they’re stopping here and on their way …

Happy New Year everyone!  Can you believe it’s 2017?!  I’m dragging my feet a little as I do with every new year.  It’s change after all, I’m not overly fond of change.  And it’s January, which equates to total and complete utter darkness in our home by the mountains in Alaska (okay, so we get 2 hours of direct sunlight …

I cannot begin to tell you how this is a dream come true.  I am sewing clothes for my little girl!  It took me nearly four months to finish this tiny little project (can you tell I have a new baby still?).  I cut out the dress a couple weeks before my daughter was born, and finally finished it a of couple …

Happy October and pumpkins and spice and everything nice everyone!  I know it seems so cliché, and yet, I love pumpkins and fall and my birthday month and the anticipation of the holidays coming.  (I don’t love the impending dark and cold, but we won’t think about that today.) In my Pinterest and internet wanderings over the last many years, …

It’s that time of year you start seeing an abundance of costumes, everywhere.  But at our house, costumes and imaginations and practicing greatness are not relegated to any specific time of the year.  In fact, pretty much everyday is a costume day at our house.  You never know if you visit if you will be ambushed by the past Revolutionary …

Well, it happened. Fall came this week.  The brilliant green leaves that have been celebrating life and sun and warmth all summer have started fading, like hints of grey hair on a 30 year old.  The inevitable is coming, and in Alaska, if we blink, we could miss fall altogether.  It is noticeably the shortest season of the year. And …

Happy Weekend friends!  Thanks for joining me once again.  Today, I am sharing another original apron I created about a year and a half ago.  This pattern is hands down, my favorite.  I need to make myself one in blue and white of course! Last Christmas, I made my mom three different aprons.  They all had a common theme, they were …