If you have {a minute}


I’m what they call ‘time anxious.’  I’m ready to go out an hour before we leave and I worry I’ll be late somehow anyway.  If it takes 15 minutes to get somewhere, I leave 30 minutes early.

Also, I have a very nearly 2 year old and a very nearly 4 year old in my house so that throws another wrench in the time frames in my head.  Two very stong willed wrenches.  I’m also a housewife and an artist.  So, needless to say I have some shit to do.

Its happens too often that I don’t get anything done cause I’m anxious that one activity will overlap into another.

I created this To Do list with the idea in mind that I should organize tasks based on how long they will take and not necessarily importance.  I know I can’t pull out a quilt project while the kid is watching Curious George.  But I might be able to write up a blog post.   So if I make that list in the morning when it’s (in theory) a little calmer then I can glance at it later without the need to calculate how long things will take.

Sometimes people tell me that I over think things.  Eh.  If you over think things too you should right click the image, save it, and print it.

It comes out 4 lists on one 8.5 by 11 piece of paper.

Happy Listing!

todolist daisies for violet

October & November 2014

I can’t even think about all the stuff I’ve done this year.  Its been epic.  Its actually been a great year, if I stop and think about it.  Here is some from October and November.

The plan is to do a post a week.  Start slow.  Each month of so from last year I’ll post up, then I’ll just do a post about my week.  I’ll be using a lot of Instagram photos cause that’s just where they are all.  :)

{October/Novermber 2015}

In October I was still blogging but really losing steam.  I was feeling extremely anxious.  I was having nightmares.  I was very noise aware.  I felt like my entire sympathetic nervous system was on hyper drive.  I’ve had issues with depression since I was a kid, but the anxiety came up in 2008.  I remember it clearly.  And with kids its only gotten worse.  I heard about a class called “Roots & Blooms” being offered for free from The Light of the Heart.  They are amazing people and I found art therapy to be something that I needed at that point.   Traditional therapy doesn’t do anything for me.  I’ve been going on and off since I was 14.  However, I love cognitive therapy.   I need goals and tasks I guess.  The women in this class opened up so much understanding for me.   When I finished the class, the director, Melissa, offered me from counseling from one of the interns.  Jacquie.  She is a sister to me now.  I have come so far because she spent time with me figuring a whole lot of stuff out.  And letting me draw while we talked.

My boy also turned one in October.  Unreal.  He will be 2 in less than 2 weeks.  I made him a birthday banner.  I made one for the girl too before her first birthday.  Its one of the first things I had made in a long time and inspired me to create more.  So I guess thanks Vi  :)  I wanted to make these fabric because I wanted them to last through all their birthdays at home.  As long as they will let me still put them up.  Violet’s is very pastel so Wes’s is bright as hell.

I started a blanket that I actually haven’t finished yet.  This stitch is not the most forgiving.  But it does look really GOOD.  Crochet Intrelac is very cool and very time consuming.  I made half this blanket in about two weeks then just got sick of looking at it.  I have a hard time spending a lot of time when I don’t absolutely love the colors.

The October ArtBar them was Death.  The only Death I know was written by Neil Gaiman.  She is a quirky, sweet, and welcoming figure.  I love her.  This is the project that really got me thinking more about shapes and space and less about specific stitches.

I realize now I never posted a completed photo.  I remember doing an extensive shoot with my Nikon and a lightbox.  But you see how far that went.  You can see her in this photo.  She is still right next to me everyday.  Death is never far.

I also started this.  I’m an idiot. But I can’t say no when someone says, hey you wanna do a thing?!?  I ended up with 24 and I think that’s pretty damn good.  The craft show was at the Oswego High School. I remember going there when I was at the headphones in so your mom can’t talk to you phase.  The lady that was there selling lawn geese clothes IS STILL SELLING THEM.

The art show was Deamcatchers.  I did this as part of First Fridays.  Its a thing and its a great thing.  ArtBar is part of it, but it was so amazing to see my name alone.  I haven’t done a solo show since and I’m not gunning for one.  But I can’t lie.  I enjoyed it. I also liked making all of these.  I love the challenge of a doily pattern.

The Art show was before the craft so the left over Dreamcatchers got in on it too.  Like I said I didn’t sell anything.

Dang.  That’s some stuff.  I still have lots of those embroideries, let me know if there’s one you like and I’ll let you know if its still sitting over here.  October/November was an intense month.

Remember Me??

Hi everyone, is there anyone out there?



Oh, good, there you are.

So I took a little break.  11 months or so.  I was completely overwhelmed with figuring out blogging schedules, things to post, making stuff just to post it.  You know how it goes.  So I stopped.  It cleared up a lot of things for me.  I recently quit Facebook and that created so much space in my brain that I began to miss blogging and writing in general.

So, I decided to come back.  To write, to create, to share, for all the reasons I started this blog in the first place.  I refuse to get tied down by schedules.  I’ll try to post consistently just so its not annoying for loyal readers.  But I can’t promise anything more than what I’m able to get done today.  I know now that this is actually a respectable thing to say.  I know my limits.  I know what makes me insane and what makes me happy.  And I know what I’m passionate about.

In the past year I’ve moved more and more towards “art” over “craft”.  I’m helping to organize and run a group of artists and a monthly art show.  Its super important to me and I have created so many friendships.  We put together out first Art Festival and it was a huge success.  Learn more about this project here.   I also run the instagram.  Working with artists and organizing events is something I’m actually pretty good at.  I’m a god damn professional.

I’ve also changed my name.  I’m using my maiden name on my art now.  Because my husband didn’t make any of it.  Why should he get half the credit.  😉  I have been a Fiehn as long as I have been making.  It was feeling fake to write Millies on my work.

I’ve always been super active on instagram and you can always catch me there.  If you are a tumblr person I picked up one of those too.

I’m really looking forward to getting back into this.  And I really REALLY hope that there will be someone out there reading.


Have you ever taken an extended break from something you loved?


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Like a Diamond {jean jacket bling}

Violets favorite song is Twinkle Twinkle.  She’s enjoying a few Beatles songs I know of the top of my head now that she’s a little older.  But it always comes back to twinkle.  So there’s a small theme of diamonds.  Which I think is funny cause they represent marriage and blood diamonds and over priced valentines gifts and perceived value…

But I try to ignore all that and keep it something sweet.  She’s learn eventually.  Not yet.

After all.  I’m the cynic.  Not her.

And jean jacket. ADORBS.

I sketched the diamond on tracing paper with a heat transfer pen and ironed it on.



daisies for violet jean jacket

Crochet Pendants -and- Louche Puce

Something I have been toying with for a couple years is crochet pendants.  I have a hard time with them because I’ve not seen much fiber art jewelry.  And because they aren’t solid, so I think people will have a bit of a hard time with that.  But, the next Louch Puce is this Saturday so I decided I needed to make some and see what the interest is.  Especially since this has been in a bad folder in my brain for so long.

The goal is 10 pendant style and 3 statement style.  They are for the August Louche Puce and will probably be around for the September one  :)

Here is the first 6.  What do you think?

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foldio. omg.

I like stuff. I like interesting. Trinkety cool stuff. Same reason I like photos. I have a hard time not picking up small things that I think are interesting or have meaning attached to them for me. That’s what houses are for right?

Part of the reason I’ve slowed down on tutorials and blogs post is because Wes is 9 mo that now and Violet is 2.5 and they are on different sleep schedules and I can’t get anything done with wither of them awake. That and my lighting is really bad at night when they are both asleep.

A friend sent me this link and I had to have it. I hope it will make me photograph more things I’ve made.

My light tent works but it was bulky and I dropped and broke one of the lights. That was enough to push me to get the folio. Its perfect for my purposes now and I can leave it up all the time if I want to.

He’s the foldio in action and some of my little stuff.

daisies for violet

daisies for violet



{&stitches swap} Elizabeth Tower

I keep missing the Mr XStitch Fat Quarter swap.  Its something that seems very fun and its full of very talented artists.

So I was ecstatic to realize I could sign up for &stitches first ever swap. They are one of my favorite sites by far.  I set a calendar reminder to tell me when I could officially sign up. And I did, as soon as that alarm went off.

I got my swap partner.  Elisabeth from Germany.  She blogs at sewingfairytales.blogspot.com  and after looking at her blog and talking with her a bit I was even more excited.

I’ve said before that most of what I make are gifts.  I love the idea of making something for someone that I don’t know.  I feel like there is an odd purity to the chance to know very little about a person.  Maybe an email or two.  The only information you have is what they have told you about themselves.  Then come up with something uniquely for that person.  Its a challenge.  And a very satisfying one.

Elisabeth told me that she loves London and living in Germany she has been able to travel there twice.  I decided that she may like something that reminds her of one of her favorite places.  I choose to create a pattern for Big Ben because what’s more iconic than Big Ben?  I’ve never been there so my uncultured American guess is that its sorta a big deal.  I really hope I’m right.  Big Ben is the name of the clock that sits atop Elizabeth Tower.  It just so happened that my swap partners name is Elisabeth.  (Honestly. I realized that as I was just typing it.  That’s amazing.)

big Ben embroidery

I used yellow 783 green 501 and gray 844.   One strand of DMC all the way around. But as you can on the borders I doubled the stitch but still only had one thread for each stitch.  This is my now usual backstitch technique.

She is sitting in a 7′ hoop.

big Ben embroidery


I’ve never mailed a hoop before.  I’m only mildly terrified.

It got there and she likes it. :).

My package was amazing. The embroidery was only a piece of the wonderful goodie box. (Dedicated post to come)

My New York skyline is gorgeous and just my style. Manhattan remind me of what can be built from nothing.

Its up on my very special stuff wall :) Thank you Elisbeth!