Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Desperately Seeking Stephanie!!

If your name is Stephanie, and you left me a comment on my giveaway post, PLEASE send me an email with your mailing address! You are my winner!

Here's what the winning comment said:

Stephanie said...
I would love to win this! I am a mommy that just got a sewing machine. I would love to make things for my babies.

Here's my problem. I can't find your email address! I've been trying and trying to get it to work, but my stupid computer will NOT cooperate with me! (I am certain that this is a problem on my end, and not yours, but the result is the same: an error message telling me I'm stupid for thinking the computer would do what I want, and no way to get in touch with you...)

So, please, please, throw me an email so I can get your goodies on their way. I would love for you to use these fabrics to make wonderful things for your babies.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Giveaway Winners!! And other stuff...

Merry Christmas everybody!! I hope everyone has been and will continue to have an amazingly wonderful holiday full of love and joy. :)

I know that everyone is really hear to find out the winners, so I won't drag this out for you. I have some pictures at the bottom of the post for those who want to stick around. ;)

My first winner is..... commenter #2


I've sent you an email, so keep a lookout for it. Congratulations! You will be receiving a lovely little parcel full of Quilt Diva. :)

My second winner is.... commenter #10


Now, Stephanie, this is super important. I could not find an email address anywhere on your profile. So, I NEED you to send me an email, or comment on one of my blog posts. Otherwise, I won't have a mailing address, and I won't be able to mail you your lovely little Moonbeamers. And that would make us both sad. :( So, give me a shout as soon as possible, please...

Okay, for those of you still here, I have a few more pictures of Christmas gifts. They've all been opened now, so it won't spoil any surprises. :)

First off, I think these are the last couple of food pictures. Here's breakfast: pancakes and syrup, bacon and fried eggs. Don't forget the butter!

Whole eggs and green beans in a can...

Here's another hat. Last year, I think there were two of these done up. My poor SIL had to wait a whole year for hers, bless her heart. She has one now. :)

And finally, a mustache necklace. Don't ask me why. My niece is obsessed with mustaches. It has to be a fad of some sort, because I'm seeing them everywhere... She requested this months ago. Now she has it. :) I'm waiting for photographic evidence that she actually wears it. :)

I hope your Christmas has been wonderful. Ours started out pretty great, but suddenly, its headed way downhill... It's bad enough that I woke up sniffing and snotting, and getting worse as the day goes on, but now my Little Miss is sick. She hasn't acted well all afternoon, but now the puking has started... :( Hope it doesn't last long... Merry Christmas everyone! And happy stitching.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last Post Before Christmas

First off, let me remind you about my giveaway. (Because I forgot to mention it last time. Ooops!) It will end on Christmas Day, so there's still time for you to enter. :)

How is everyone doing on their holiday prep? I'm such a slacker this year, I swear. I think it's because I feel so behind schedule and unorganized. I suppose that comes from being away from home for about half the year... I pretty much scrapped a lot of my baking right off, at the beginning of the month. I don't have anyone to help me eat it anyway... I've been squeezing in little amounts of candy or cookies anytime Little Miss is cooperative, and I sorta feel like I need to do more... At this point though, I don't think much more is going to be accomplished, and I seem to be okay with that. (As mentioned above, I'm a total slacker this year.)

There are a couple more candies I would love to make, and another batch of cookies, and then I'm done. Except for the birthday cake my daughter has insisted her daddy NEEDS. (Poor thing, he's a Christmas Eve baby. He doesn't get many birthday cakes. Mostly, he seems fine with that... At least, that's what he says... )

I did managed to get everything finished and "wrapped" (meaning that nearly all gifts ended up in bags, instead of pretty wrapping paper). Even the last minute pillows that I just started. :) Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the first one, and it is one of the few things that ended up actually being wrapped in real paper... On the plus side, it stays at my house. So, we'll see it again on Christmas Eve (it goes with the annual Christmas jammies) and I'll have another chance to snap a pic. The pillows were simply fleece tied together- quick and simple. Hers is in the shape of a heart, blue and pink. I think she'll like it. (In fact, I know she will, because she watched me make it.) I did remember to take a pic of the other one. It's here somewhere... Oh, yeah, there it is- way at the end of the post. Ooops.

And I have a few more pics of the felt food. There's still a lot of it that hasn't been posted yet... Maybe I went a little overboard? It was fun though. And I hope to make more of it this year. :)

Hamburgers, onion slices, and tomato in this picture...

Carrots, tater tots (because it sounded easier than French fries), and little goldfish crackers...

I love this cookie set. Here's a shot of some of the finished and frosted cookies on the cookie sheet...

And an overview of the whole set. These are the only ones that Santa will be bringing. Because once I had them arranged in the kitchen, they looked so cute, I couldn't bear to move them... The rest of the felt food is safely wrapped and under the tree...

Here we go. The fleece pillow. The face is felt, and the whiskers are yarn. I think he turned out pretty cute. And so does Little Miss. She tried to swipe it last night. (I think her exact words were "...and finish it, and wrap it, and put it in my bed!" As if there were room in her bed for one more thing!) :)

Well, I'm off to maybe sneak in a little baking (or maybe laundry... it's getting pretty necessary...) if Little Miss will allow. I hope everyone has an incredibly wonderful holiday filled with family, food, friends, and love. (And maybe even a little sewing?) :) Merry Christmas everyone!

(My spell check doesn't want to work today for some reason. Please excuse any errors you might find...) 0_O

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2012 UFO Challenge

I've decided to join up in the UFO Challenge over at Patchwork Times. I missed the sign-ups last year, but boy, do I ever need to finish up some of this stuff! So, this is the year I'm gonna try it. I hope.

Here's my list of UFO/WIP's:

1) Top Secret Quilt. This is going to be a Christmas present. If it ever gets finished. I've been planning it for at least 5 years now, and I actually started trying to piece it... 3 years ago. I think. Anyway, I ran into some difficulties with the design that I wanted and it's been languishing in a box for ages. This is the year it NEEDS to get done. I want to wrap it up and give it away already!! (Sadly, it didn't happen this year. Here's to 2012 being THE year!)

2) My mitten quilt. The top is done. I just need to layer it and start the quilting. And I would love to do all of that before the weather warms up and I can't stand the thought of working on a wintery quilt. ;)

3) The elephant wallhanging. Because I take my Christmas quilts down, and then have this huge blank spot on my wall for the rest of the year. :( I really need to get this done so I can hang it up... This one still needs a LOT of work...

4) The Birdie BOM that I started... Yeah, that would be the one over at Little Miss Shabby. The one that just ended. All of the blocks are pieced, but all but 3 still need to be embroidered... and then sewn together...

5) My charm quilt. I've been sewing these little hexies together for years, off and on. Most of them are joined now. I still need to finish the last of the borders, piece the backing and quilt the durn thing...

6) The leafy wallhanging. See explanation for elephant wallhanging, only for the fall months. ;) I started quilting on this one. Last year sometime... Need to finish the quilting and bind it.

7) The Saltbox Harvest quilt. I bought a kit to make a fall wallhanging. Then I got it home and pieced the top and realized that it was a whole quilt, and way to big to hang in the spot I wanted to hang it. Needs quilting and binding.

8) Paddington. The quilt top is all pieced. Just need to quilt him up.

9) A flower BOM I got at Jo-Ann's about 4 years ago. (I think.) All the blocks are pieced, but the applique and embroidery isn't finished yet. Lots of work left there.... :(

10) The small quilt I started last year. The top is pieced. But then, I decided the border needed something else and I started to applique flowers to it. Need to applique the last flower and then quilt the stupid thing. (It probably isn't really stupid. But I might be. Why on earth would I keep fiddling with something like that when it was less than a month before Christmas???)

11) My Holiday Happy strippy quilt. I got the top pieced (for a FNSI last winter), but it needs trimmed and, of course, quilted. Hopefully in time to snuggle under it next Christmas.

12) And, finally (notice I didn't say last? It's the last I'm listing, but I'm pretty sure there are a couple more hiding down there somewhere...), my OTHER Holiday Happy quilt. It will be a lone star, if it ever gets done... I'm using paper pieces for it, and I am still in the process of basting the fabrics and figuring out what will go where. Not certain that this one will actually be finished by the end of the year, but I'm willing to give it a go...

So, there is my list of the stuff that needs to get done ASAP. I don't know for certain that I can get all of that, and all of the future projects (I've already started getting quilt requests for NEXT Christmas!!) done in one short year, but I sure am willing to give it a go! I refuse to promise to work on them in the order listed above, depending on what mood strikes me when, but I promise to do my best with all of them in the year to come! ;)

How about you? Got any UFO's you'd like to tackle? Here's the link to join up with Judy for the UFO Challenge:

See you there! :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

My First Giveaway...

...but first, a little bit of babble. Feel free to skip down a bit if you want.

So, as you may know if you look back a few posts, I didn't get very much done this year, sewing-wise. But, I did get a few (small) things done. And I thought I would finally get some pictures posted. Of what I could show, anyway. The next couple of posts, (if all goes to plan) will be of my daughter's Christmas presents. She doesn't read my blog, so the surprise won't be ruined. Besides which, she sat and watched me make them anyway. It was a tiny hotel room.

So, she will be getting a huge play kitchen from Santa this year. (We even worked out an early delivery deal with the fat man, so it's already assembled and waiting. Love it!) And, I really am not liking the plastic food that they sell these days. It's all so mini... when my sister had her kitchen, the plastic food was bigger. (No, its not because I was smaller, although I was. She still has some of it tucked away somewhere, and I've seen it more recently. It really was a decent play size.) The chickens (or turkeys) that came with this kitchen are so puny... a bit smaller than an egg. And it's supposed to be an entire roast chicken!! Anyway.... I've been seeing adorable felt foods all over the internet, and I decided to try my hand at making some for the kitchen...

I didn't really manage to get as much done as I wanted. (When do I ever?) But, I did get quite a bit, and if she likes it and plays with it a lot, I'm planning to add to her little collection over the next year or so. There are still a lot of cute foods I want to try to make. (They were right. Making this stuff IS kinda addictive...)

Up first, bananas. The pattern I had was for a plain old banana. But I saw an idea (somewhere- sorry I forgot exactly where....) for one that unzips. So, I fiddled with it until I managed to get this. I kinda like it. And I hope she does too. :)

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches... I only hope she can tell that that's what it is... (my husband had a little difficulty. I had to tell him....)

I promised months ago that I would make sure she got a new tea set. So, I made some tea bags and sugar cubes to go with it. I think I'm gonna stick them in with the tea set before I wrap it...

I have more pics, which I will try to put up here over the next few days... (You have been warned.) ;)

And, now, we get to the real reason you all came here today. :) The giveaway. I am going to, purely out of necessity, embark on a massive organization project in my sewing room this coming year. It would already be done if there were more hours in the day and days in the month. Oh, well. It will get done, even if it takes all year.

In light of this massive clean out, I have made the decision to part with some of my beloved stash. Since I have (long ago) managed to achieve S.A.B.L.E. (for my family, Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy), I have more yummy fabric than I will ever manage to use. And even though I love it, and even though it's great, I have had to face facts. I am never going to use it. Never. There are too many new projects and fabrics yelling for my attention. The projects that this fabric was purchased for have been pushed aside so often that they have been forgotten... That is so sad. These are great fabrics that deserve to be loved and used. And so, they need a new home.

First up, THE RULES: I'm keeping this very short and simple. Because who needs hassle at this time of year, right?

Rule 1) Leave me a comment, and you're entered. (Please make sure I have some way of contacting you.)

That's it. Simple. I like simple.

I got this started later than I wanted, so comments are open until Christmas Day, Dec 25th. At whatever time our daughter wakes us up. At some point during the day, I'll pick two names at random, and they'll be my winners.

Now, for the prizes:

Prize #1- jellyroll of Quilt Diva, plus 2 panels, one of which might actually be Stash Management. But they're still cute. :)

Prize #2-Moonbeamers. Such cute fabric! This is a (book) panel, some yardage, and a little quilt kit, complete with matching binding.

Like I said, it's wonderful fabric that needs a home full of love. It has been sadly neglected for too long. So, good luck everyone. I hope that whoever gets this lovely fabric will enjoy creating with it.

Now, I have to get back to work. There's groceries to buy, cookies and candy to make, LOTS of presents to wrap, a couple of last minute gifts to try to make, etc. etc. :) I do love Christmas!

Happy stitching!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Getting my "geek" on...

But only just a little. ;) I don't really qualify as a geek. (I'm just not smart enough.) But, as my husband is quick to point out, I have some distinctly geeky leanings. He usually starts telling me this anytime I mention a tv show, movie, or book that is in any way science fiction-y. (He has flat out refused to have anything to do with Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, and he made gagging noises through most of the Twilight movie rerun on tv a few weeks ago... Ok. Slight exaggeration, I'll admit. He didn't make gagging noises. He just complained about the movie for the entire time it was on...)

But, that's another story. Never mind. Anyway...

Back in July, we were preparing for a family vacation. And I had a little problem. I LOVE my kindle. But I really was not loving the case I had bought for it. I needed something to protect it when it was floating around the nightmare that is my purse (where it lives anytime I leave the house), but I needed something it would just quickly slide out of when I wanted to read. The purchased case was way too heavy and bulky for comfortable reading. Not to mention that there was an open side, which had a habit of letting various objects sneak in and rub against the screen, basically defeating the whole purpose of a case...

So, I took matters into my own hands. And, not having a pattern within easy reach, I faked it. The result? An adorable little bag, sturdy enough to make sure my reader doesn't get squished in my bag, but easy to pop it out of for easy reading.

The design? A tardis. (This is where my geeky-ness leaked out a little bit.) I really couldn't think of a better image to put on my kindle.

After all, just like the tardis, my kindle is apparently bigger on the inside. ;)

This is the back view. (I added the little button in place of the flashing light. After I assembled the thing and realized that I forgot to quilt it into the design... oops!)

I've been using it for a while now, and I still like it just as much as I did before. :) I love it when that happens.

So, that's it for now. I'll be back in a few days. Now, I'm off to attempt a little more Christmas prep. I feel so unorganized and behind schedule this year! I suppose that's what I get for wandering the country for most of the year... Time to try to catch up! See you next time.

(And, I hope to have a little announcement then, so stay tuned! It's a surprise.)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I'm not dead... just roaming.

Or rather, I was roaming. Now, I'm finally back home, and attempting to get all caught up and maybe even (in my dreams, at least) organized. Christmas is already upon us, and I'm so very far behind...

I still have a post that I wanted to get up here before our vacation... Way back in July...

Ooops!! (I promise to try to get that posted soon.)

So, where have I been? Well, at first, we went on vacation with my family. (For a week. I know, I've been gone soooo much longer than that.) And then, my husband got a six week job, and I thought it would be nice to go with him. Because, we really didn't want him to be that far away for so long. (And also, I've always wanted to go there, and never have. I sort of thought it might be my one and only chance, so I jumped at it.) And so, we loaded up the truck and headed for California. Imperial County, California. (Which is in the middle of the desert, and only a few miles from Mexico. Where we did not have the chance to visit. Oh, well. Maybe next time.) ;)

Thank goodness we went with him, because six weeks turned into almost four months! Don't get me wrong, we had a nice time. We saw new places and neat things. For my daughter and myself, it was our first trip across the Mississippi. (Which was not super impressive. But that's a different story.) It was our first trip to the desert, and the Pacific Ocean. Both were very neat. (Can't really say 'cool' because it wasn't. At least not the desert. It was pretty warm in the desert...) ;) And also, we got to see lots of cool trees. Huge trees. Really really huge trees. (That was my hubby's favorite part. He's already planning the next trip.)

What we didn't see much of, was time to craft. We lived in a tiny hotel room. (Although it was twice the size of the hotel room we had earlier in the year in Florida. Thank goodness.) And, the toddler was active. Way too active for much in the way of needles... At least at first. She settled down towards the end, and I finally did get a little bit accomplished. And, I need to get some pictures of all of that stuff up here too...

So, until I get a few more minutes to type up something quilt-y, or at least fabric-y, here are a couple of snaps from our very long trip.

This was in northern California. Actually, all of these pics are...

This is near the Lady Byrd Grove (I think that's what it's called). She's waving to the critter. Which is a banana slug. (I don't think you can really see that in this one. Sorry.) She was fascinated by it.

This is the first sign I have ever seen that asks this question. I'm wondering if maybe the guy was trying to convince you to take some of his?

(Believe me, he had plenty.)

He had this lovely fellow, who refused to pose for a good picture. No matter what we did, he would not look at the camera.

This guy was there, in a little... campground, I guess it was, (There were a few buildings, and a church nearby, too. I think.) with about 50- or possibly more, I didn't actually count- of his nearest and dearest. The herd apparently just claimed the whole area. Cars just drove around them or waited until they moved. Fortunately the things seemed to have enough sense to stay off of the main highway. But they camped out in the driveways and access roads... And everywhere else!

We have about ten million pictures from California, and everywhere along the way. Okay, maybe not quite ten million... but we have A LOT! I haven't even managed to look at them all yet. Don't panic. I promise I won't bore you with all of them! :)

I just wanted you to know that I'm back, and I haven't just totally abandoned my blog. And next time I post, I will have some sort of fabric-y something to show! Until then, happy stitching!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Pay It Forward and other ramblings...

Hey, all! It's been awhile, I know... Been busy, busy, busy. But not with sewing, much. :( Little Miss and I spent a week up at my mom's house. Helping with a rather sizable yard sale. Our stuff, her stuff, and my sister's stuff. The good news- we got rid of almost everything. Either sold at the sale, or donated afterwards. So, I suppose it's worth it to get all that junk out from under our feet, huh?

I did spend several days making up some t-shirt bracelets for Polly @ Helping Little Hands. . She was donating her time and talents to a fundraiser for histiocytosis research. I hear they did really well, and I think she's planning a post about it in the near future. (As soon as she rests up a bit, I imagine.) But, I mailed them off rather quickly, because I was afraid it would take a long time to get to her, and I forgot to take pics of them... Ooops! You can get a good idea what they looked like if you want to check out her post here: . Just change the colors in your imagination. ;)

I do, however, have some pictures for you today. I have been working away on my Pay It Forward projects. And I have the first two packages all finished and ready to go. Well, the first one is already gone. And I have the pictures right here:

My friend Lisa was the first to sign up to Pay It Forward. And happily, since we had to go up to Mom's anyway, we were able to hand deliver it. So, here it is...

This is just some of the cute little extras- patterns and such- that I stuck in there...

I made a couple of pincushions to throw in. I sort of like the finger pincushion there...

And here is the main event. I thought it was the cutest idea ever. And since I thought she might want to hang it in her sewing room, I made a spool block... But, the colors match almost everything she has, so it can really hang just about anywhere...

The block was done with paper pieces from Paper Pieces. com... The first time I had used their spool pattern. I love them. I need some more, actually. I want a huge quilt of spools... Eventually. This block finished at about 12 inches. Perfect for the Quilt in a Clock kit I had. Now I need to find some more of these little acrylic pieces so I can make one for me. ;)

The second Pay It Forward package is all ready to mail out. I just need Robyn to send me her address, and it will be off. So, Robyn, if you see this, please give me a shout. I'm afraid you haven't been getting my last few emails, for some reason... (I'm also gonna leave a note on your blog. If Blogger will finally let me. Grr...)

And, I need to remind everyone that I still have one Pay It Forward free. If anyone would want to sign up to pay it forward, let me know. I would love to send you something pretty. If you want to review the posts where it was mentioned, they're here:

And finally, this picture is here simply because Little Miss said "Take picture me, Mommy!" And then she posed... I had to, don't you know...

So, that's what's been happening here lately. I still haven't really got back into a sewing groove since I got back home. We've been doing lots of summery stuff... Bubbles, trips to the farm, Little Miss went swimming, that sort of stuff. This week, a picnic is on my list. I hope.

Sewing-wise, I'm slowly starting to work on Little Miss' Christmas. I'm going to arrange for Santa to bring a play kitchen, and I've been making felt foods (or trying, anyway. My felt finally showed up, so I'm hoping to pick up the pace...) here and there. I was just going to buy some of the plastic foods that we used to have, but I'm not having any luck with that. Some toys have just gotten cooler over the years, but in this area, not so much. I've been really disappointed with what I've seen. Thus the felt... Also in line are the birdie BOM blocks. The first half are ready to be embroidered... I've really got to get on that...

So, that's the news. Such as it is. I love it when it's calm. :) See ya next time.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day! And a very quick summary...

Hope everyone has had a great day so far. May it only get better for all of you...

So, the most exciting news of the week is:

Isn't she precious? This is my beautiful new niece, Annabelle Lee [yes, like the poem. I really hope she grows up to like Poe. :) ]

We got to run up and visit the happy family a couple of days ago. Got a bit of snuggle time...

It was wonderful. I really wanted to bring her home with me... Just for a few days, mind.

It's so hard for me to believe that my Little Miss was that size just a couple of years ago...

Ok. I'll try to get on with the rest of the summary... What else did we do this week? Oh, we went to the greenhouse. We're getting a very late start on things, but my husband decided he wanted to try planting a few things, so we got a couple of tomato plants and some strawberries, lettuce and herbs. Hopefully, I won't kill them by accident. He is supposed to supervise and save them from my "black thumb" if necessary. Little Miss was allowed to bring home a flower for her very own. She picked an African Daisy. It's very pretty. And hopefully she won't drown it. (She loves using her watering can...)

In crafty news, not too much. I got the birdie blocks pieced, and the first several patterns traced onto them, picking out my flosses now... And the Holiday Happy strippy flimsy is (finally!!) pieced- but I refuse to take pics of it until I get it trimmed and pressed. It looks pretty rough at the moment. Also, whipped up a couple of pincushions, trying to decide if I like them... And I'm gonna try and get a quick project whipped up for Polly over at Helping Little Hands. She's collecting crafty type objects for a fundraiser her friends are holding soon for histio research. I encourage you to run over and have a look:

And also, the rest of her blog is great, too. Check it out. Especially if you have little ones. There seems to be a lot of cute stuff for littles...

That's about it for the week, really. The coming week will be pretty slow, craft-wise, I think. We'll see what I can come up with to talk about... See you then!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

FNSI report

Hello! I'm still here, yes... I've wanted to blog several times, but I never could think up anything to say... Yes, we are boring around here. That's a good thing.

But, now I finally have something I can show you, so here goes:

I'm sure everyone knows that last night was the Friday Night Sew In... Here's what I worked on.

Unfortunately, I didn't get this set finished before I was forced to quit and go to bed. But, I got almost halfway there...

...and when they're done, they'll look something like this!

These blocks are for a project I'm starting (like I need another one!!!) a little late on. I just recently found out that there's a block of the month over at Little Miss Shabby... It is so cute! I have no idea why I didn't jump all over it sooner... But now, thanks to Cindy at Fluffy Sheep Quilting, it has been brought to my attention, and I'm in! Better late than never, I guess. So, half the blocks got pieced last night, just needing to be pressed. The other half, I hope will be ready soon. And then, I can start on the embroidery. (I forgot to mention, the fabrics for this are the Just Wing It from Moda... I think.) I'm adding the button for the BOM over on the side there. If you click it, hopefully it will take you right over to Little Miss Shabby's so you can join too! Or, just drool over the cuteness if you prefer...

(EDIT: I just tried to add the button, and it didn't work... So, here's the link: Hope it works for you.)

In other news, this is what last month's FNSI project looks like now... Not a lot of progress since the last time you saw it, but some. I LOVE these fabrics. Love love love them! But, I'm starting to think this might have been the wrong thing for me to do with them... All those really long seams are starting to get to me. They just seem like so much work... (I feel the same way about seaming backings. Which explains why I have 2 or 3 flimsies lingering around with nothing to layer them with...) But, I know I'll love this quilt when I finally get it done. So, I'll keep trudging along with it. The leftovers are probably gonna end up as a Lone Star, so that'll be fun...

Also, I've mentioned a lot of handwork has been going on. And I can finally show you just a bit of it. I had two finishes this week- YAY!!! The first is the very last Christmas stocking I wanted for my decorating last year... Now, I just have to remember what I did with the others when I packed Christmas away, and I'll have them ready for this year. Better late than never, I guess...

The other finish, I don't want to show in its entirety, because I have plans for it... But here's a little peek. I'm really happy with how it turned out, I think.

So, my husband finally comes home from work this evening. YAY! And, that means, I can't actually predict how much will get done this week. He's full of plans- things he wants/needs to do, etc. Hopefully, I'll be able to find something to show you soon. Happy stitching!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

So, last night basically sucked...

Last night was no fun. At all.

I am sure that pretty much everyone will agree with that statement.

Last night, I spent hours glued to the tv, hanging on every word that the weathermen would say. Trying to figure out where the storms were, where they were going, and whether or not anyone I know and/or care about was in danger... Some weathermen were more helpful than others. (For instance: Do NOT tell me you have seen rotation in a storm that is anywhere close to me and then suddenly decide that the weather for a wedding on the other side of the globe is something I need to hear about. It isn't! I couldn't care less if a prince gets a little wet on the way to the altar. You just told me a tornado is headed my way! I want to know exactly where it is, how fast it is moving, and how much time I have to get my daughter and get somewhere safe!!! That's way more important to me right now!!) Needless to say, we found a different tv channel!

The next tv channel was a little more local (a little) and, fortunately for my sanity, they were pretty much a nonstop "here it is, this is the direction things are moving" sort of news coverage... The third channel was actually talking about places I recognized. And they did a very good job of terrifying me... (You have to understand. I'm NOT used to this sort of thing. Where I'm from, we NEVER have tornadoes. It is extremely rare. I have never seen a supercell, or a wall cloud. Never even been aware that tornado watches have been issued. Some of you out there are probably pretty used to this sort of thing and don't think too much about it until the sirens go off... Please don't think I'm too hysterical... I've calmed down a lot since last night...)

Anyway... I sat glued to the tv, prepared to snatch Little Miss out of bed and run at the slightest hint of "freight train" noises, and listening to people reporting baseball sized hail near my father-in-law, tornados and severe thunderstorms headed north towards all my friends and family there, and watching the rotating circles heading my way for hours last night. I was super relieved when the worst of the storms all passed off to the south of us, and even happier when the weatherman told me it was safe to go to bed (about 1:45 this morning). And so, this morning gave us sun and happy, friendly little white puffy clouds, and the chance to check in with relatives... Happily, everyone seems to be ok (although, I'm still waiting to see if I worried myself into an ulcer or something). And most of the damage appears to be farther along the storm path. At least for us. Believe me, my heartfelt prayers are going out to everyone who was not so lucky yesterday...

In other news (because I need something else to think about for a bit), I've once again spent the week doing a little hand piecing.

I took some of these....

...and turned them into these....

...which ended up as this. About 12 inches square. Cute, huh?

And as a further little distraction... My husband got me this a week or so ago. It came today.

Two fat quarters worth... Cute, in a geeky sort of way... Isn't it? Now I just need to figure out exactly what project to use it for... (Have several possibilities. Really wish they would have agreed to ship the other 3 FQ's worth too...)

So, that's all the news for now. Excuse me while I go research storm cellars and the cost of getting one actually installed at my house... (I wish I were joking, as my husband seems to think. But, really, if this sort of thing is going to be happening, I'm afraid my sanity requires the acquisition of some type of shelter...)

Until next time, happy stitching. And stay safe.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The one that's mostly for her grandparents...

... because it is mostly just pictures of the Little Miss...

I've been doing quite a bit of hand sewing for the last couple of weeks, instead of sneaking down to my machine. Mostly, she has cooperated with this. But every once in a while she can't help but snoop and grab at all of my sharp pokey objects...

So, I figured the perfect solution was to break out the sewing cards I have stashed. (Way ahead of schedule. I figured I had at least another year before she was interested in sewing...)

This turned out to be a great distraction for her, and she was pleasantly occupied for quite a bit.

She didn't actually get much lacing done, but she sure had fun with it...

These last two are just because she's just too cute here...

And here. :)

That's about all the news for now. See you next time.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

FNSI report

Hello, all! So, here are the results of my sew-in... As I suspected, there are no finished anythings to show off, but some progress was made. I got a later start than I really wanted. Mostly because bedtime was a few minutes later than normal. Which was mostly my husband's fault. He distracted me with videos of Little Miss as a teeny baby. Not sure why he decided to watch them, but he turned them on right about bedtime, and we got distracted for a bit. Little Miss seemed thrilled to stay up for the extra twenty minutes, though... :) First off, I threw my squares back up to look at them again... I had it all planned out, and then I needed the design wall... (That was last year. :( ) Since then, I had forgotten which way I had decided to do it, so back up they went. I kept looking at them the entire time I was at the machine. Pretty sure I've decided what I'm gonna do... This is the one my husband likes best. And I think I do as well. So, this is what I'm probably gonna aim for, more or less. (I think it's actually the opposite of what was originally decided, but oh well.) Now for my main project of the night... I LOVE the Holiday Happy fabrics from Happy Zombie! I got some of them last winter and then immediately froze up. I could not decide what to do with them! Finally, just after Christmas, I found this pattern in a magazine. It's adorable, it's relatively easy and quick, and best of all, there will be enough left of my Holiday Happy to make another quilt after I finish this one! So I got some of the cute floral fabric the pattern suggested and started cutting. Then, we packed up and went to Florida for six weeks... Needless to say, I got a little sidetracked. So last night, my neat little stacks of fabric turned into rows for a quilt top. White rows, sugar flower rows, and...
a pile of Holiday Happy rows! :)

Now, I just need to get some time set aside for assembling the flimsy and I'm good to go...

Now that my camera issue seems to have fixed itself, I have my pictures uploaded from this week, and hopefully I can put them up in a day or two. They probably will mostly appeal to all of the grandparents in the family, as they are mostly about Little Miss. So, you know, fair warning to everybody else. ;)

I guess that's all the news there is for now. Happy stitching! :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In

Because it's been way too long since I sat down at my machine... Ever since I started reading blogs, I've been seeing a button for the Friday Night Sew-In. And I've been meaning to join in. Well, this week is finally the week for it! I've been away from my machine for far too long, and I intend to sneak off to my quilt room for at least and hour or two... I might not finish anything, but that's not really the point, is it? :) Now, to decide what to work on...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

After the shower, part 2

Ok, for part two: First, a couple of random pictures of Little Miss in one of her new dresses. It is adorable, covered with cupcakes (and so, perfect for a party). That's the back of her cousin, there. As you can see, neither would stand still long enough for the camera to catch them in a decent pose. Just action shots... Here's the close up of the flannel from the blanket... Sort of blurry. I seem to be having problems with blurry pictures lately... :( Not good for a blogger, is it? Oh, well... And now, for the fun part of the day's events... NOT!! I mentioned thunderstorms already, did I not? Well, we had yet another one this afternoon. Timed very inconveniently to coincide with the end of the shower. (A bit ironic? It showered at the shower? Bad, I know. Sorry.) Well, so we got to the car just as the rain was starting. And we began to drive home. Halfway there, I remember a couple of things that were forgotten on the last shopping trip, and since we're driving right by the store... We were almost at the grocery store when the hail started. Not too bad, just a few hailstones, none bigger than a large marble. And I do mean very few. So, I hopped out of the car and ran in to grab the things we needed... At this point, I feel the need to make it very clear that I was not in the car. I was nowhere near the car. My husband was driving. (I've been blamed for things in the past that I was in no way involved in. Can you tell? Like that time in the tent shop... That's another story, and not very interesting. Never mind...) So, my husband was the one behind the wheel. And he's just waiting in the parking lot until he sees me at the door... As I'm checking out, the rain begins to POUR down. And the wind picks up- A LOT. I get to the doors, and everyone is just standing around not wanting to go out. The wind is blowing so hard that it's raining sideways, and the plants on the stands outside are diving to the pavement... I'm looking out the big windows trying to get a glimpse of my car... And then someone comes running through the door saying, "Oh my gosh, did you see that cart hit the car??" I suppose you can guess whose car? (Actually, mine was not the only casualty. Another car took one in the trunk...) The light in the garage was not the greatest, but for the curious, here's a couple of shots of the damage...
It looks huge to me... My husband's question was "It's a shopping cart. How bad a dent could it possibly make?" He didn't much like my answer. Which was "Big enough for me to see, with my bad eyes, from all the way across the parking lot! In this weather!" He still seems to think it isn't as bad as I think it is. (Although he did admit that it was a lot bigger than he expected. His first words when getting a look at it were "Oh, wow..." followed by "That is kinda big..." I told you!)

But, then, it isn't his car either. He doesn't have to drive around with a big dent in the front fender. Where everyone will see it. And assume that I did it. (You know you've done it, too. It's ok to admit it. When you see someone driving a dented mess, you automatically assume that they are the ones who did it- because who else would willingly drive that?? Right? And you start wondering about their driving abilities. Don't you? I know you do...)

Needless to say, I'm a little annoyed right now with people who don't take their carts to the cart returns... At the time, I really was hoping to find the person who left it there. I was wanting to bop them with my purse. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, not sure) the culprit(s) were nowhere to be found... Which was ok, cause I didn't actually have my purse with me...

Oh, well. Overall, we had a really great day. We got to hang out with loved ones, eat lots of yummy food, look at cute little baby stuff, and watch the little guys go wild for a bit. And now that the storm is over, I think my internet might work again for a while. Until the next storm anyway. :) Hope you all had great days too.