I’m feeling a bit scattered! I have lots of things that NEED to get done and a few that I really want to get done – isn’t that how it usually goes? I had a couple of hours to myself Friday evening and decided to cut into some fabric for this bag -
The fabrics are Amy Butler Love, and I love it! Sadly my machine has been overused in the last 6 months, and needs a tune-up. I have no problem piecing, but multiple layers of fabric and interfacing – not happening. So that’s going back on the bottom of the list, until I can part with my machine long enough to have it serviced. Just imagine no pins holding the lining in place and that polka dot strap attached on the sides :)
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Hi there! I’ve been so glad to hear from so many of you, making the move with me easily here :) I love to know that this space is part of your morning/daily routines, and thanks for the profile pic love! I had my hair cut and colored by a professional. A nice treat and I had to document it!
Last week I went to a guild meeting to share my quilts – I had fun talking with fellow quilters, and meeting a blog friend! Emily invited me to share a while back, thankfully it worked out after my deadline, unfortunately Joe was called for Jury Duty the very same day! Not wanting to bail on Emily, I packed up the kids and made the drive – I’m so glad I did too!
Emily put together this sweet basket of goodies … Read More »
I have a question for you, but first, I thought I would tell you a little more about me.
Life of a stay-at-home mom (sahm) is not all bon-bons and manicures is it!? Prior to our move to Utah 7 years ago, I was working full time in a Financial Aid Office at a private university in Orange County, California. There was always lots to do, recognition for a job well done, and I had a great boss and co-workers. Joe was working through the Master’s program and home with Ella.
Moving to Utah was good, but hard. Our small town has 2 grocery stores, no mall, and snow for half the year – big shock to the system! Couple that with now being the one to stay home – I was ecstatic, but a little lonely.
Since being home I’ve always looked … Read More »
Hi there! It has been one of those weeks, where everything happens – all at once!! I’ve had scheduled posts, filling in the gaps for my busyness, which is great since I have no sewing that I can share with you :(
Tuesday I had lunch with Natalia and Amy, (I met Amy last year). Amy came up from Salt Lake, where she’s visiting her mom, with her kiddos and we all congregated at my house. Soup for the ladies, Mac&Cheese for the kids – we had such a blast, talking, talking, talking for 3 hours, while the kids played! If you have a chance to meet up with a blog friend ever – I highly encourage it! It’s nerve-wracking at first, but the jitters pass as soon as you start chatting :)
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Looking back at the last year, I’m thankful for this blog, and the relationships I’ve made here, if it weren’t for all of you blogging wouldn’t be as much fun! I did manage to do a few things on my list from last year, and the other items remain goals. I’m ok with that! Thinking up the Blogger’s Quilt Festival has opened lots of new doors and taught me that it doesn’t hurt to ask, if you need help just ask!
Looking forward to 2010, it is the year of making dreams come true! Not as many sleepless nights – I have been able to put my sketchbook ideas to fabric. Want to know why?I’m working on a book! I submitted a proposal, last spring, and they actually liked it :) Huge boost of confidence for me! With this book … Read More »
Sophia, Owen, Emmalie, and Gabriella
Of course my snow bunnies are big part of my highlight! And of course the reason for my constant running to and fro. The day started with a student council meeting for Ella, a half-hour before school starts, then a coffee for me. We stayed in the car and dropped Emmalie off back at the school. Sophia, Owen and I stopped in at home, to check email and grab a snack – you know they are never full – then went back to school for Kindergarten centers. One hour well spent with attention loving Kindergartners :) My little ones play for an hour in the classroom, it works!
That’s Sophia walking back to get another sled. Our street is piled high with snow!
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We have had a week of frigid temperatures, I’m not complaining really, but I have to stay warm! So here’s a fun post for you –
1 – Wear your warmest down jacket, over your second warmest down jacket, with a scarf from mom too.When we first moved here from Southern California, I needed the biggest warmest jacket I could find – I was never warm! Now I mostly wear the lighter of the two, this week I’ve doubled up when taking the girls to school at -10F.
2 – Good boots.Those ugg boots don’t work for me here – I need traction so I don’t land on my bum outside! These are a pair of North Face boots I got on Steepandcheap a couple years ago. They zip up the back, making them a quick and … Read More »
It’s assumable that I repeat this phrase to my kids daily (I do), but I also find myself telling me – Do it now!
This is true of the 2 baskets of laundry waiting to be folded, the 2 hampers full waiting to be washed, the dishwasher that needs to clean more dirty dishes, and the floors that never seem to stay clean.
It’s also true of the seams that need to be ironed, the few junctions that don’t match and need to be unpicked and re-sewn.
There are times when I just ignore it all and work on what’s in front of me, but quite often – I just do it! How else is it going to get done?
What should you be doing?
I’m headed back to my sewing station for a few more minutes :)
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I must say – your response to yesterday’s post has been amazing! Thank you for all your answers and questions, and being so encouraging. I will take my turn after I show you this –
I finished this one off in a mini quilt – it measures 8″ square. I love it! I decided my larger colorwheel needs to be put in a frame, I want to protect it from dust and kids! But this one will hang out :)
I couldn’t stop doing the embroidery on Sunday when I took the pictures for the stitching tute! Football was on, my self inflicted “homework” had been completed the day before and I just sat, and stitched. It really is that sort of easy project, and seeing the colors come together as I went around … Read More »
I do my best to be content with what I have each day, and not covet. But some days it is SO hard!
Here’s a brutally honest picture for you — my computer/desk space.I’ve been spending so much time here – I need to purge again! One of my wishes is a netbook, so I can sit on the couch and browse the quilt festival. Not to mention orchestrate it :) Today I’m feeling a little under the weather with a head cold – making it even more desirable.
My other wish is lots of Amy Butler Love! Dresses, quilts, bags – I would love to make it all with a bit of this fabric – I love the depth of color and those flowers are so fabulous!
So I just wanted to share before I imploded … Read More »
While I quickly recover from a case of the sniffles. It seems to happen easily this time of year around here – the daily temperatures flux from 70 and 80 to 30 and 40 on a daily basis, and the body just has a hard time keeping up!
Ella and I stayed on the couch as much as possible, entertained with a good book, cartoons, and the regular antics of the kiddos. I’ve gotten good about excusing my kids from school, and should do the same for myself and my responsibilities. Thankfully the laundry is mostly caught up!
Hopefully I have the stamina to quilt soon, she’s basted and waiting for me :)
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We were married 10 years ago today, well tonight. We had an evening, candlelight ceremony in Poulsbo, Washington where I grew up. It was beautiful and just as planned, but more than anything I was so happy that the day had come and we were married at the end of it!
10 years seems like a long time, but I know that they are a small portion of our lives together. Over the years we have laughed together (a lot!), cried together, prayed together, pushed each other to be better people, weathered storms together, and made beautiful babies! I’m so excited to see what God has for us in the next 10, 20 and 30 years!
I love you Babe~Amy—————————————-
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