Crafting A.D.D.

I've had a lot going on lately, summer has been a perfect mixture of busy & relaxing...but I have been suffering from some serious crafting A.D.D. I've been sewing, quilting, building and painting...embroidering, fixing up, shopping and returning, and overall NOT cleaning. You know how it goes (or am I the only one who operates like this?

Luckily I have family visiting next Monday...which means I have a little pressure to have the house in some semblance of a presentable state. Ha. We'll see what gets done. 

In the mean time, I have a million things I want to show, okay maybe not a million, but quite a few. 

A few weeks ago I had a chance to get out of town and visit my brother Christian & his wife Lauren. We always have a great time together. Lauren & Christian celebrated their anniversary the day I headed home...the same day as Lauren's birthday...and they had just moved. I decided to make her a little something...a Happy New House Anni-birthday gift, if you will. This is what I came up with: 

A monogrammed pouch (for diapers or stuff.) I used the very simple pattern from Jamie at That's My Letter. I also made Lauren a simple little wallet to match. (I had made her a diaper bag as a shower gift when he first son was born--she's pregnant now again--just to clarify why I'd be giving her a diaper clutch when her son is almost 2....) 

I also monogrammed her some towels, since I have had my new sewing machine for half a year and am JUST learning HOW to do this: 

I also included some hand towels and wash cloths just to make a full set.

While we were visiting it was great to see the kiddies play so nicely together. My eldest is turning into an opinionated mess {as most 3 year olds tend to do?} so it was nice to see he was fairly pleasant to his cousin and not a complete bully like he is with his baby brother.

It was VERY hot while we visited. So I thought I'd include some of my favorite pictures from our visit:

And here is another towel that I made, monogrammed of course:

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