It seems I have avoided this place for much of the week. This year has been full of ups (mostly our children) and downs. As you know I am always thankful for the big and little blessings in my life – I AM blessed. But this Thanksgiving was different – in so many ways. I didn’t want to be a wet blanket for anyone else, and haven’t been sure how to express myself – so I didn’t. We were blessed to be with good friends for the holiday, and there was tons of good food too!
I guess I miss our church family most of all. Being around a table of 20+ people, young and old, coming each with something delicious to share. It’s been that way for 5 years, and now being here … Read More »
I probably could produce three different posts out with all that I have to say . . .
First up – I finished our tree skirt! I love it :) It is just over 40″ square. After seeing a couple of others a bit smaller around blogland, I thought it may be to big, but why go to the trouble if no one will see it under the tree!I opted to add a tie to the center – it’s festive :)And I quilted stars randomly – I had to find a good one – they were not all this happy.
Now I can’t wait to start decorating for Christmas!
Next up – My new loot!
These fat quarters and thread are from the Freespirit giveaway. I have no idea what they will become but they sure are pretty to look … Read More »
I know that they could have used it though, they have been at each other’s throats since 7:30 this morning. Rest time. I’m sure some of you are thinking “What she hasn’t been having rest time!?”
In my defense – for the last 5 years almost, I have had a baby and a napper, who would both go down for a nap in the afternoon. And the bedrooms up stairs are right next door to one another – causing one to keep the other up, if rest time were to go awry. So I haven’t done rest time.
Today – I’m losing it and it’s only noon. Emmalie and Sophia, only 17 months apart, are both independent and smart little girls. Many days they play together without trouble, other days they are trying their … Read More »
So somehow I managed to sit on the goodie bag from Beki for the last two weeks – hmpf! Here’s the goods she sent –
Her Short and Sassy Pleated Handbag, can be found in Beki’s etsy shop if you happen to have a hankering for a cute new bag! I’m trying to decide which fabric to make mine from – I’ll fill you in as I make my mind up :)
Yesterday I had a great crafty day! I quilted the tree skirt. I designed/made two new bookmarks. I got to 75% finished on my scrap quilt. And cut binding for the skirt. I just need to get back to the machine and the tree skirt should be complete tomorrow. We’ll see!
I have plans to make orange chicken for dinner – yummy! … Read More »
A clean house/space does wonders for the creative energy! I’ve done other stuff too, but want your thoughts on these – if you please :)
Gotta run! It’s time to get Ella :)Thanks for your help!
Words from Ella as she came inside from playing at 4:45pm. Yes, the sun has already set here by then. While they were outside I whipped up a batch of these yummy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Well technically my mixer did the grunt work, but someone has to operate it – right? And I let each one have a small cookie before dinner – I wasn’t able to wait myself either. Yummy :) And here’s their smiling faces to prove it!Ella – always ready with a pose and smile.
Emmalie – I had to ask her to open her eyes – her smile is that big!
Sophia – she likes to roll her eyes at the camera – or is it me? Pretty sure it’s the camera!
And Owen! Who happens to … Read More »
It may only be Tuesday, but I feel my week quickly getting away from me! So I thought I would post what needs to get done and hopefully be able to check it off.
– finish the binding on my swap quiltie, photograph and mail.– quilt the tree skirt, I’ve had it pinned together for a week now – I need to sit down with it.– continue sewing with scraps.– cut fabric/interfacing for bookmarks.
Looking at it here, it doesn’t look like much, but I have another “to do” in my head. Cleaning. I feel like a few areas in our home have been ignored long enough and I need to pay some attention to them.
With that, I’m off to get started! Hope you are having a fabulous day~Amy
Oh and look over here – I think I … Read More »
In a nutshell . . .
~Dinner at friends’ house, playing games, and letting our kids run a little wild.
~ Sewing with scraps~ Owen figured out how to put olives on his fingers – all by himself, and it was his first time eating them.
~ Cleaning/picking up the house. Multiple loads of laundry and dishes in the dishwasher.
~ A mini quilt for a swap. I’m dying to show you the whole thing! I’ve had so much fun working on it :) I joined this group a few months back when it was started up – and haven’t had the chance (or I’ve been too intimidated) to participate. The challenge was two-color, and these are the two colors I decided to work with.~ A 500 piece jigsaw puzzle with my girlies. Within minutes Emmalie and … Read More »
I just finished up cutting all my strips this morning. I probably could have finished yesterday, but I took a little slice off my index finger . . . that slowed me down – a lot! Watch those fingers people! I just got caught up I guess, thinking I had it all together and wham, ouch. Thankfully I didn’t get any blood on the fabulous fabrics :)
I counted them – 263 pieces. I know, your thinking – it’s a scrap quilt – just sew it! I’m a planner – I can’t help it :) It should be a queen size by the time I finish – that’s exciting, especially as it is all scraps!
Bookmarks: The four that I made two weeks ago, have all sold! Thanks for your encouragement to put … Read More »
I’m cutting!I know that I mentioned a coin quilt . . . but a block I drafted a while back really needs to be created. I will share more later :)Amy
for~ my faith~ my husband~ my kids~ our safe home~ trials that make me a stronger person
You are welcome to join me in being thankful! I would love to know the blessings in your life – leave a comment and let me know :) Or post your own list.
My friend at No Crying Over Spilled Milk is spreading the love, go check her out, unless your hungry . . . she has a picture of a candy bar up at the moment :) Yummy!
Part of the award is sharing more about myself, that doesn’t necessarily end up here regularly. Here goes!
Seven things I did before…1 – Fit kids shoes at Nordstrom2 – Financial Aid Officer3 – coordinated events big and small4 – publish weekly bulletins5 – and monthly newsletters6 – kept the church financials7 – had more trust in people (I’m working through this)
Seven things I do now:1 – Change diapers2 – pick up after Owen, sometimes his sisters too.3 – lots of dishes/laundry4 – blog5 – quilt/sew6 – drink coffee7 – purge paper clutter
Seven things I would like to do:1 – sleep in on Saturday … Read More »