~Weekending~

~Enjoying beautiful blue sky and really cold sunshine, winter storm advisory tomorrow!

~Just a touch of crochet.. can you tell what this is? I am not the best at crochet.

I started with this pattern and made a little chain and finished with a kind of   heart-y topper. I am going to use it as a bookmark. I wish I would have tucked in some lavender into the bottom heart. I have no idea how I did to the top, I just kept going until it kind of looked like a heart (to me).

~Cleaning, cleaning. Where does all that dust and whatnot come from?

~Organizing, organizing. My sewing area was so cluttered, I had to re-organize it. A cluttered space makes a cluttered mind. Not good.

~Laundering, laundering. So many things to launder.

~Listening to pandora. LOVE to listen to music while I work. So enjoyable.

~Hope your weekend was all that you needed it to be~

~What I am loving right now~

~I have had making shopping bags on my list FOREVER and a day. I love
this so much, I know I am going to do this for sure. I like the idea to of using the bags for gift wrap.

~ How cute is this??    Here is a cute little flower to go with the headband  Oh me. Seriously cute!

*so hard to get a good picture, trust me it is cuter in person then this. Plus I am having a bad hair day!!*

~ Then there is this.. how cute!   I think my feet need  a pair of these! My gir

ls do too!  

I am a little overwhelmed with the holidays being so close.. working.. eek. Just not a lot of time, but I think little projects are much more doable.

I always say I am starting in July, but I promise it just never happens. Every year it is the same thing. Sometimes I think I just do better when I am under pressure, yes, it is my own pressure, but you know what I mean… don’t you??

What are you into this year, are you working on anything special? Fast??? Would love some links!!  Especially for teacher’s!

~Welcome July~

So far this July, I have had ice cream for dinner.

I am joining in Habit for July and you should as well because it is open to everyone for the month of July. I love Habit!

Here is my first picture~

I was determined to make biscuits and I’ve made them before. However it took 3 times to get it right this go around. The first time I accidently used baking soda.. but they are called baking powder biscuits. Right. Well, then I used baking soda, but they turned out like little bricks… I went and bought a new container of baking powder.  Yup, that was it.  Let me tell,  you we demolished these like they were the last bits of food to be found. They were so good!  I used a recipe just like this one.

I am doing a lot of rocking and crocheting.  This is what I work on   for my quiet time  and when I want to watch tv.  Crochet is simply the best stress reliever.  Amazing.

These are happy colors with a touch of vintage-ish mixed in. I am really happy with the way this granny stripe blanket is turning out. Love!

I am working on my Far Far Away II quilt. I am so excited about this one.   So many plans, so little time I tell you.  I can’t believe the weekend has come round again. I hope you enjoy yours!!

~My rocking chair needed some love~

~My mom is planing a huge move soon to her lake house.. she has tons of “extra” furniture that she needs to find a home for.  She had a rocker and I needed a rocker.  It was comfortable.. but .. I wasn’t loving the cushion.

So,  I made a new cushion. I thought it was pretty cute.  I used the quilt as you go technique from Patchwork StylePenny did a sew as you go quilt a long using the same technique. I think whoever thought up this idea is really clever.  I am thinking of doing a quilt for my bed using this technique, but I am not completely sold.  Anyway, it is great for cushions and pillows! Which is what I made next, because the crochet pillow was not working for me either.

~see, not really cute!

~here is the pillow. Much better!

Here is my “after” I think it is better. I love, love, love this rocker. I love to rock. I sit in this chair and watch my shows and I crochet.  The little pillow above? It was my test swatch for Lucy’s Granny Stripe Blanket.  When I saw her blanket, I knew I wanted to make one.  It is not a fast project, but it is a really good one for sitting and rocking, and watching the Housewives!!

~Iraqi Bundle of Love~

~my Iraqi Bundle of Love (IBOL) is now airborne!

Follow the progress here
and on if you are on facebook  then follow here.  This is a great cause, check it out and pass it on!!

Also, I could not find an APO box- one clerk told me they don’t make those anymore.  I did not believe that, but when I went to another branch this morning to check one more time,  the clerk told me when they put in the zip code  it automatically knows it is an APO address which makes perfect sense now but not being able to find the correct box was stressing me out.   Anyway when I shipped the package what she said was correct and of course it all worked out just fine! 

     ~package inspected and approved by Sam~

~Iraqi Bundles of Love~ Taking time to give thanks and helping others~

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Ok, here is one of the coolest ideas I have seen a while.  I love the idea of sharing what I have, but I don’t always have the time and  the energy to make and to give to all that I want to..  Sometimes I don’t have the proper avenue in which to share myself, or give what I have to share.

There are great projects out there…don’t get me wrong but this  project  just really spoke to me.

This is a great way to clear out all of the bits and bobs that you are stashing.  Everything will be used for something. How perfect is that? The Iraqi people will waste nothing. They can use anything you can spare!
Old projects you have not completed? No problem! Knitter’s and crocheter’s? You are able to help as well~ send yarn, needles, hooks~ whatever you can spare!
If you collect vintage sheets (I do!), send your scraps, large pieces of fabric, bobbins, thread, needles, scissors, beads, old craft projects? Yes, send it on!
Anyone can help, it will cost you about $11.95 for a large APO box (that may be picked up from the Post Office), just think about giving of yourself, while cleaning up a little.  Everyone wins!   You may never know what becomes of your donation, but rest assured you have helped someone ~ somewhere!

 

Here is a way we  can give thanks to all of those in sevice for our country, who are giving of themselves in ways we may never imagine.

 

I will update once I have my bundled prepared!  Now, off to PO!

~Baby Shower check!~

So, I spent all week in suspense.  We had the shower for my sister… yay! Now I can show what I have been working on.

I made a decision to change from my hexagonquilt, to a string quilt.  I honestly was feeling uninspired for some reason. I also was seeing some flaws with my handsewing that was beginning to make me crazy.  Plus it has been a while since I made my last quilt so I was itching to get back to what I know I can do. For the fabric selection… it is a mix of  fabrics. My sister picked out her main fabric.. the lindley yellow check and a blue floral “Lucinda” from Covington. Originally to work off of the colors, I chose Tanya Whelan prints from the Darla collection. I love that line. It is very soft and girly. However, I felt like I needed some zip. That is where the Good Folk fabric came in. I just love the colors and the way they all seem to work off of each other. I was inpsired by this and thisquilt. I used a 2 inch white kona cotton strip in each block. I chose a large block to show the fabrics off. To finish the quilt I used this tutorial I like the idea of a handwritten label for my niece’s first quilt.

To finish it all off I made a little coordinating envelope quilted pillow. Love the back!

 


I will still complete the hexagon quilt, I just have to be inspired again..  I encourage you to make a string quilt.  It is kind of magical when you trim down your block. The whole thing just transforms.

  ~ love love love this itty bitty dress pattern!

 

I also made the itty bitty baby dress from Made by Rae  Omg!!  I love love love this pattern. I love it because it reminds me of when I first learned to sew, my daughter was just a few months old. I really wanted to be able to make her clothes. I signed up for a class at our local college. My husband bought me a little Viking and it was a workhorse. We got to pick out a pattern and we worked our way through it. I picked a dress and it was a lined bodice with a gathered skirt. This pattern just brought me back to the beginning. It made me so happy!


I ended up making bloomers from a pattern I had at home. I love the fabric I used the Anna Marie Horner Good Folks collection. Wow~ what a great line! I can not say enough about the fabric. I love the weight of it. I love the way it sewed up and how it look after I pressed. It has a very rich feel to it. Love love love it.
If you notice it coordinates with the quilt ever so slightly.
Finished off with a few burp cloths using left over fabric scraps.

 One cozy blanket and that finished up the gift. I loved every minute I spent on these little gifts.. thinking about this little one who is yet to be born. Who will she be, what will she be like??   Right now it just does not matter.. I am just ready to meet her when her time comes.

 

more pics in flickr

~A Little bit of this and a little bit of that~

We are into a new month and I feel so behind!  Hello July! Happy Birthday America, we love you and we are thankful for you~~!

  ~ I have taken a break from the cute little hexagon quilt. I just needed a break.  You know how it is when it is full steam ahead and somewhere along the way it kind of wears down a bit..  I have no problem with that, I just move on to a new project.

This is a baby slip, I can’t give much information yet as I am so fearful I will hit a wall and run out of ability.   I will not be lying by saying this project will stress me to the max, but in a good way..

~ I will be learning many new techniques that I have never done before, but if not now then when?   So, I will continue on. I  started with the easiest component and I will try to work my way up.   One guess who this is for??

oh well, I am excited can you tell? Well wouldn’t you be?

baby caroline

Here she is at 30 weeks.  I got the pleasure of going to her 4d ultrasound.  The miracle of life it is really awe -inspiring.

  ~ if you crochet, then you must try the Tiramisu Baby Blanket from Alicia of Posie gets Cozy I just love this pattern!   I used Lion Brand Organic Cotton I have to say I am very surprised how much I loved this cotton yarn. Really really nice yarn, I can’t say enough about it. It has a really nice feel to it. I used this ribbon from Farmhouse Fabrics . I think it is the perfect finish to a cozy little blanket.

I also want to mention this pasta I made for supper the other night~  (sorry for the blurry picture)

  ~ this recipe is from Heather of beauty that moves~ my gosh, it was so good. I have a really picky 6 year old and she ate 2 bowls full. All I can say is YUM!  It was a hit!   She also has an amazing giveaway going on right now.. go quick and check it out!

 

I have one more little bit to talk about…

A  long while back I won a free episode of Bommerang from Blair of WiseCraft I’m so sorry it has taken me so long to talk about this.. We chose the episode of Jacques Costeau and it was just  wonderful. We have had some major computer problems that resulted in a new motherboard~

but trust me it was so cool! You have a choice to either download to your computer or MP3 player, or you can purchase the CD. We went with the computer download, but after doing that I should have done the MP3 player. My daughter is 6 and she is a girl on the go.  The cd would have been a good choice for us as well as she likes to listen to the NPR/Classical station when she goes to bed.  (They share the same station.)

I love the format, it is presented by kids for kids. It is part humor, much education and really well done.   Now that I am pretty sure our computer problems are behind us, I need to go get another episode.  Thank you Blair! Please forgive my tardiness!

Wow,  such a long post for me, thanks for hanging in there! See you soon!

Wow, long post, who knew I had so much to say, thanks for haning in there!  See you next time!

Crochet Bag to chase away winter blues…..

One of my favorite new blogs to visit is Lucy’s Attic24. She is such a creative and colorful lady! You have to go and visit! I believe she lives in the UK in an old Victorian house and the scenery is unbelievable..

I was so inspired by some of her projects, it has certainly been awhile since I have crocheted anything, but I gathered some colorful cotton yarn and gave it a go…
It really is no comparison to her lovely bag, as I did not want to invest a lot of money in case I couldn’t make it/finish it, whatever.. so I kind of used what I had on hand to give me a similar feel.
I did not quite finish the whole pattern, it seemed the bag was getting big, so I stopped a little too soon I think.  I made the adorable flowers also from her site.  It is just so happy!

I am already on to my next project of course inspired by Lucy ~a lovely hexagon pattern so stay tuned and please go visit, you will be so happy you did!

~making me happy~

Yesterday morning we had a very brief “snow storm” in other words we had flurries for about an hour or two.   I have to say it was so pretty. Big fat white snowflakes. They melted almost instantly, but were lovely nonetheless.

I love this cardinal.  He and the Mrs. have been with us for a long time.  I love him all the time, but he really cheers me during these winter months. How can you not be happy seeing those beautiful red feathers? His mate is just as beautiful with her golden feathers and orange beak.

Also,

just look at these cute shoes…

I just really love these shoes, my latest thrift store find… ($1.98)

Also, my new foamer tool thingy to top this little cup of java… inspired by this post ~I have the same little silver stove top espresso pot.  In fact it was another thrift store find. After reading that post, I had to dig it out and give it a go.  It was fantastic!

I also found this great little blog Attic 24 it is so colorful and inspiring. I can not get enough bright colors right now. I am really over January. To long, to gray to cold for me.  So,  I have decided to make this cute little bag isn’t it the cutest thing ever??? Love it!

Hope your January is bright and cheery!