Wow, after several years ive decided to try and resurrect this little blog of mine. I recently told a friend I missed having a place to write. Then out of nowhere a blog "challenge" if you will came about on a public group im in. So here I am and I'm going to try and keep this thing going. Bare with me as I make changes and update content. Feel free to sift through my old posts, you just might learn something new about me....

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

WIP {Work-In-Progress} Wednesday

This week I made 2 adorable little purses.  It was my first time doing pleats and I love them!  It was a fun quick complete.

I cut all my Soul Blossom & Love fabric for my Kaleidoscope QAL.  I have been playing with the layout on my design wall.  At first I thought it was extremely overwhelming, but it's growing on me though.  What do you think?  Sorry for the horrible light and blur, gotta love camera phones sometimes.

I also started working on the Sweet Divinity Baby Girl Quilt.  It's just simple and simply adorable.  I'm gonna keep it under wraps a bit longer though, I can't decide if it will be gifted yet.

Lastly I had a huge brainstorm moment this week and came up with a handful of future quilt ideas.  A lot of them, most of them actually, are based some some bits of fabric I currently have.  I am adding them on here so I can keep track of them all!  They are listed below.

Kaleidoscope QAL - I have all cutting done, waiting on sewing instructions.
Sweet Divinity Baby Girl Quilt

Future Projects:
Used to be Mini-Pinwheel quilt has been put aside for now.
Lily & Will baby quilt for Baby E
Mom's dutch girl quilt
Dick & Jane quilt Blogged my Inspiration HERE
Brock's Greens and Gray bed quilt for Christmas
Christmas tree skirt
Christmas quilt
Red/White/Black quilt
Sorbet quilt - as in the ice cream colors below....

Completed: 2 purses
Actively working on:  Kaleidoscope QAL & Sweet Divinity Quilt

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bachelorette Tuesday

I Love how she is SHOCKED that Bentley flew all the way to Hong Kong to talk to her.  Yeah, why wouldn't a douche take a free trip on her expense just to break her heart again?!?

This conversation is really awkward.  He's leading her on all over again.  Him touching her leg, giggling with her.  Talking about her and him being on the same page.  Not even in the same book, or side of the library for that matter!  He's in the comics and she's in the drama section!  "Knowing that I'm home it doesn't look good for us.  I would implore you to see what you have here".  What a wishy washy way about it.  I agree with her, just be a damn man and say "no I don't like you!".  I hate him.  He says to call it a period for them but then has this cheesy smirk on his face.

Thank goodness he's done.  I can't handle hearing about him again!

Lucas:  The resident hillbilly.  He's cute though.  Why does Ashley wear shoes like those when she is walking all over downtown.  She really is not fashion smart.  She could have worn some super cute flats.  Aww he wants to dance with her.  He asked for the kiss, he really is a southern gentlemen. 

Group Date:  Dragon Boat Races.  Recruiting people from the streets?  That seems a bit harsh, what is that supposed to prove to her?  Once they actually started racing I thought that looked fun.  Rowing is hard work though.  HAHA OH MY GOSH - the red team's chant mean "Idiot" instead of "eat it".  Oh wow, language barrier for Ben and Constantine!  Ames stealing kisses in the Elevator, he's growing on me too. Stupid Ryan P got the group date rose.

JP:  I love how confident JP is.  He just feels like he is meant to be with her.  That's what someone needs to have on a show like this.  Plus I like him and he's been my top pick from the first episode.  I appreciate her wanting to tell JP first and alone, he deserves that because he's such a good guy, but that sucks for him. 

Cocktail Party/Rose Ceremony:  I love how she just tells them soo excitedly and expects a good response from the guys.  She really dug herself a big hole.  Mickey says goodbye.  Bravo to him.  He is right, honesty is important and by hiding the fact that she was still thinking of Bentley she was lying.  She wasn't being HONEST.  Here is a tip Ashley - if you feel guilty, maybe you have a reason to.  So after a good heart to heart and a few more tears with Chris Harrison, she made her choice.  Blake went home this week.

I am still sticking with JP as my top pick, i pegged him night 1 and I'm feeling good about it still.  I'm still saying Ben F and then Ames lastly for now... 

Fabric Tuesday

This week I tried my hand at something new.  A little purse.  The Buttercup Purse by Made By Rae.  It's a free online pattern too, I just love when people are willing to share such greatness without making me pay for it. 

I made one and loved how simple it was, so I made another and plan to make many more for gifts!    My mom saw it and stole the first purse, glad it found a home, she's been getting compliments on it all day!
First time doing pleats and I must say they were a cinch!  Love them!

2nd bag with Soul Blossoms scraps.

Fresh Poppy Design

beyond tired and quilt idea overload!

I am exhausted!  I don't remember being so tired last time.  I was awake 1hr45mins and then took and hour nap so far today.  Geez.

On the other hand I am having a major quilt idea overload.  I can't stop thinking of new ideas.  I posted about my upcoming dick and Jane quilt this weekend.

I'm working on my kaleidoscope qal and a baby girl quilt.  I saw a stack of red, black and white fat quarters on my shelf and now have visions of a quilt in those colors.  Im still trying to figure out how to organize my moms Dutch girl/sunbonnet sue quilt.  I want to make my brother a greens and ash grey quilt for Christmas.  Speaking of Christmas.... I plan to make a square tree skirt and quilt.  when I get enough scraps in enough colors I want to do a rainbow quilt.

Also a Sherbet ice cream quilt anyone?

Oh and how could I forget I have some lily and will charm packs and need yardage to make baby E a quilt.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ive been inspired!

Today I went to my local fabric store and they had a big outdoor sale going on.  Score.  I stumbled on 2 different panels of Dick and Jane fabric that I just HAD to have.  I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but it was just calling my name.

Fast forward and I'm googling trying to find some inspiration.... and here it is!  All thanks to....

Chasing Cottons

I fell in love with the way she used them and the bright primary colors.  I get a "fabric allowance" in the next couple months so I think this will move up on my to-do list.  Can't wait to go find some fun prints to coordinate with this.

Friday, June 24, 2011

lets talk baby #2

So here I am a mere 5 weeks along, yet I am definitely feeling pregnant!  I have been having some cramping and pulling, good old uterus growing.  My back hurts, a lot actually, which I think is in part to carrying aiden still.  I'm trying not to carry Aiden around too much, bit considering I'm the only one who gets up with him at night its a bit unavoidable.

As a side note, yes my almost 21 month old still wakes up once or twice, sometimes five times, a night.  For the record we are horrible and he's still on a bottle too.  (hangs head in shame).

So this pregnancy has been good so far.  Its still early, but no signs of morning sickness yet.  I am feeling exhausted and lack energy lately.   I am craving fresh fruit again too.  I even feel like I'm starting to show.  I know its all bloat, but its coming around much sooner this go around. 

I am thinking its a girl this time.  I just have a feeling.  I was right with my gut feeling last time so we shall see.  Kris thinks its twins.  Oy vey. 

From this point forward I'll refer to baby #2 as BABY E.  If you haven't noticed my ticker above, we have already agreed on Ellie Rose or Eli Kristoffer for this baby.  If Kris is right and its twins our second name picks are Owen and Madeline,  just for the record.  Neither of my parents like those options, sad story. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WIP {Work-In-Progress} Wednesday

NEW or COMPLETED: I got some fabric cutting done, and I made 3 scrappy dishtowels to add to my mom's care package for my brother.

WIP:  Mini-pinwheel - well here is a big change.  It's not a pinwheel quilt anymore!  I just don't like the look of the pinwheels on my wall.  I have tried and tried, but i don't think I'm a pinwheel lover.  *gasp*  I'm in the process of trying out new half-square-triangle patterns.  I really want the floral print to show off clearly, after all it was the fabric I was given by Kris' grandma.  I think I'm going to stick with lines, diagonal lines?  Large square repeating lines?  Who knows.... any suggestions?  I think, assuming I am right and baby E is a girl, this will be her take home from the hospital quilt.  So it may not be my favorite fabric, but I think this quilt will be a wonderful keepsake quilt.  I just have to find a pattern that makes me love this quilt like i want to!

*GAH*  Picture uploaded isn't working, so you will just have to use your imagination when it comes to my fabric and patterns for HST's.  Please do make suggestions though!

- Kaleidoscope QAL - waiting for further instructions 6/23.  Can't WAIT to get cutting into this one TOMORROW!!!  I will be doing this all week.  Yay.
- Mom's dutch girl quilt
- Mallory's little girl quilt using Sweet Divinity.
Totals Projects: 7
Completed: 3 dishtowels - whoop-di-doo. 
Actively working on:  Just the "used to be a mini-pinwheel quilt".  :)
On-Hold:  3 quilts

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bachelorette Tuesday

Ashley must have heard me complain last week.  Today she is wearing a still too short skirt, but she has a fitted top on - bless her for not looking the same everyday.  However the strapless capri pantsuit with a belt HAS to go!

Ames said "Pro-Cess" instead of process. Cracked me up.

Ben F:  Still need to cut your hair.  I can't tell you and Constantine apart half the time.  Getting a fan painted is pretty neat, I wouldn't mind being there and doing that.  I like Ben F's personality a lot.  He is very easy going and doesn't seem to need the thrills of the fancy dates.  Plus he's a winemaker so I feel like he's romantic.  He proves that during the really beautiful dinner. 

Group Date:  My husbands cousin does this kind of fighting, Muay Thai.  Poor Ames got the pink set, but he wears it well with that large forehead of his.  I don't know what made her think that having a bunch of guys who all want the same girl to fight each other would be a good idea.  "The Jew from Long Island" - JP - I love what he calls himself.  I'm almost a little bit proud of Ames for not fighting back too much.  I feel bad he got hit soo hard though, Ryan P should have been a little easier on him when he noticed he wasn't fighting back.

Ames returns during the party, of course.  He said he has a mild concussion and "totally in love" classic.  She is spending time with Blake, but yet again we have to hear about Bentley.  I'm soo tried of hearing about him.  Lucas trying to teach her to golf, I like that.  He seems fun - but then he goes and actually mentions "he who should not be named EVER again". 

Two-On-One:  Ben C & William:  Dun dun dun. {Side note:  have you realized yet I write this as I watch it?}  William turned into an ass - and Ben C gets the boot.  Then William gets the boot too!  Ha - serves his ass right!  Anyone who calls themselves a "30 year old boy" doesn't seem like marriage material. 

Rose Ceremony:  Okay I lied.  I can totally tell Ben F. & Constantine apart.  Ben F. has potential to be hot, C. has a goofy nose and small spaced eyes - not soo cute.  JP sporting a pink shirt, he can pull it off well.  Here we go, a heart to heart with Chris about Bentley.  Oh whine, whine, whine.  Now we are all stuck seeing him again next week.  Great.

Nick is the only one sent home this week at the actual ceremony.  He wasn't anything special, just a floater.

Okay my top 3 keep switching it up a bit, but my top 2 stay the same.  I still say JP.  I really like him.  Ben F.  And maybe a wild card this week, Ames or Lucas?  Hmm...

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

Well I didn't get so far on the Friday Night Sew In.  I had the best intentions, but getting the kiddo settled in wasn't in the cards for us.

I did manage to make 3 quick impromptu dishtowels and chain sew all my hst's for the mini-pinwheel blanket.  I also for those cut.  I will take time to iron them tonight.  Oh well, I guess some sewing on a Friday night is better than none at all!

My Wedding Ring got cut off....

Such a sad morning.  I woke up this morning and my finger was turning a bit purple.  I tried Windex to get it off which is what our jeweler does.  I tried using string {you wrap it tight on your finger to make it thinner} and still couldn't pull it off.  Lotion, soup, cold water - nothing worked!  And it was getting more swollen and hurt more. 

Off to our AMAZING Kay jeweler Stephen.  He cut it off and is going to have it recreated on the back with new white gold.  Also he is resizing it. 

I have no idea what happened.  It was fine, I mean it's always been snug, but the my hands aren't even that swollen at all!  My ring finger just was swollen.  So I was in complete panic mode and now I have some small cuts on my finger and it's very misshapen from the ring and pulling and such. 

Kris said maybe since I'm getting swollen and soo bloated looking and that I got a positive test so soon this time maybe it's all signs of twins... SCARY idea!

Green Fairy Giveaway

Have you heard the news?  Green Fairy Quilts is having a great giveaway.  The giveaway is for a fat quarter bundle of Holly Jolly.  Love Christmas fabric!  It's really easy to enter so go join me! 

Not to worry though, if you don't want to go through all the steps of the giveaway there is still something special for you.  They are also having a blowout sale on fat quarter bundles.  It's 25% off fat quarter bundles, even new releases!  The sale goes through Monday. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

WIP {Work in Progress} Wedmesday

Not a lot got done in the sewing department around here this week.  I was tired, I was lazy.  We went out of town on the weekend.  Yada Yada Yada....

I did get all my fabric in for the Kaleidoscope QAL which I shared yesterday.  Love and Soul Blossoms by Amy Butler, plus her solid coordinates.  I'll take a minute and let you look at that again now.... My favorite part is those 2 pink lines hiding in the middle! 

I did start to work a bit more on the mini-pinwheel quilt.  I managed to make a little sketch and then pin them together so they are ready for chain sewing.  I love doing HST's - soo easy!  Hopefully during this week I can crank out all of those pinwheels!

Other than that nothing is new.

NEW or COMPLETED: zip, zilch, nada.  Unless you count the baby in my belly - that's new!
WIP:  Mini-pinwheel
- Kaleidoscope QAL - waiting for further instructions 6/23
- Mom's dutch girl quilt
- Mallory's little girl quilt

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Wordless Wednesday

Aiden @ The Grand Floral Parade
These are not in any order - sorry!

Please take note, I have started to cut my posts off.... click the little "read rest here" link under this picture on the lower right.  Due to so many pictures I am trying to keep my main page a little neater and less bogged down.....

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fabric Tuesday PLUS BIG SURPRISE!!!

I got the rest of my fabric for the upcoming Kaleidoscope QAL in the mail this week.  The entire collection of LOVE by Amy Butler, cut into a charm pack, more SOUL BLOSSOMS by Amy Butler, and her solid colored coordinates to the 2 collections.  PERFECT.  Oh wait.... is that something extra in my stash....

Just in case any of you are BLIND.... here is one more look.... yep.  Baby #2 in on the way.  Due around Feb 20th 2012

Join in on Fabric Tuesday - although no one can beat my post! lol

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bachelorette Tuesday

Oh Ashley, you are soo heartbroken over Bentley.  Get over it! 

Being in Thailand is amazing, I would love to have a chance to visit more countries. 

Constantine:  I think it's a blessing in disguise that their romantic boat ride was rained out.  Being forced to just "hang out" and spend time doing nothing special is more realistic.  I think they will learn more about each other instead of being wrapped up in some fantasy world.  However, finding a complete stranger and asking them to translate their random questions to the random old man?  That was interesting.  "Don't try to win!" was his best marriage advice to them.  Perhaps I should take that advice myself....  Anyone else find it ironic that she just was starting to get her heart back and now is already ready to give it away?  Sounds to me like she needs to find out how to be happy without a man.

Group Date:  Way to go ABC!  It's so refreshing to see them helping back the community instead out having expensive dates.  That said, Ryan P seemed to miss the memo and decided to delegate.  Ben F and his mural was a great idea.  He really took to this date and I think it shows his personality.  It seems like JP really felt the experience as well.  I like him more and more.

I think William said it right, the guys start bad mouthing Ryan P because they feel threatened by him.  I guess he was a bit bossy on the date, but I don't see the reason the guys are complaining.  All the small talk is annoying.  I mean I know she has to get to know all of the guys, but it's just boring.  I like JP a lot - and the fact that he is the best kisser there, way to go.  She is right, shaved heads can be sexy!  Ryan P does seem really cocky as the date goes on.  He pulled her aside for that weirdo "umm, hope to have more conversations with you". 

Ames:  I can't get over his forehead!  The little lagoon that they went into was really pretty, it was like a scene out of a movie.  He has a bit more character than I expected him to have.  Moral of the story - don't judge a man by his forehead.  After their dinner date Ames has really moved up a bit on my list.  No kissing really builds more anticipation for their next date too.   

Ashley observation:  Could she wear something other than short shorts and a long top.  I am really getting tired of seeing that same style over and over.  Wear a cute dress, or something that covers both of your shoulders.  Branch out a bit please. 

Rose Ceremony:  We got to see a bit of Lucas talking.  He's still a wild card - he seems sweet but it just floating there.  The Blake confronts Ryan P. about his personality and tells him that all the guys have a dislike for him.  Off camera he responds: "You can't help the fact that I'm frickin' happy all the time and not grumpy, well I'm sorry!".  Great quote buddy, that just showed what Blake was telling you!  That was pretty much all that we got to see for the cocktail party.  Ryan stole the show with his perky smile.

Dun Dun Dun - she changed everything and added a rose!  The sore loser going home is....West.  Good choice, I'm not sure he was ready.

My top 3 has been changed.... JP who moved up in ranks, Ames really took me by surprise this week and Ben F is my wild card.

I kicked William off the list because after last weeks issue I just don't see it as much anymore.  Also Ryan P has moved down due to his excessive perkiness.  :)

Our Mini-Vacation

It was great.  We had a nice drive up to Seattle, I took Kris on a detour up to see University of Washington.  It was so nice to show him where I worked for 4 years, it looked the same, my old dorm and some of the campus.  We saw Brock's friend Dalila and said hi to his friend Zhanna.

We got the car dropped off with the shipping company and got picked up by a sketchy Russian town car driver.  He had a prominent gold tooth and I could hardly understand him.  He kept stopping randomly in the middle of the road because he obviously can't read his own GPS system.  Then my side of the car almost got slammed against a semi who was honking fiercely at our driver.  It was a scary adventure to the hotel.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

Friday Night Sew In has come around again, and this time I'm going to join in!  It's very simple.  On Friday night {usually the 3rd Friday of each month} you get your family settled in for the evening, make yourself some tea, or pour some wine, get comfy and sew!  It's a great time to work on something you've been putting aside.  This week I will be working on a pinwheel quilt I have been putting off.

Then on Saturday you post a little something sharing what you worked on.  Perhaps add some photos to the FNSI flickr group and enjoy seeing other ladies {and a few gents} or spent Friday night "sewing with you!". 
Join in with us - I hear there have a giveaway too!

Handmade by Heidi

Friday, June 10, 2011

On a min-vacation!

The hubs and I are doing my mom a big favor.  She is shipping my brother's car to him in Hawaii, but it has to be driven up to Seattle to be dropped off.  So she arranged a nice hotel for us, money for a dinner and movie and a train ticket home.  So off we go.  Our first trip together with out our little guy.

We are both nervous and excited.  We have each spent time away alone, but it was somehow easier knowing the other was with him.  This time we just pray he behaves and SLEEPS for his grandparents.

He will have fun, he is even going to the big grand floral parade with my parents while we are gone.

Wish us luck.  I'll share how it goes when we get back!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kaleidoscope QAL

I'm joining in on the latest Quilt Along.  The Kaleidoscope QAL at Don't Call Me Betsy.  I'm soo very excited about it, and I am even more excited about the fabrics I'm going to be using.  It's an ode to Amy Butler for sure.  I am sure it will turn out beautiful. 

Been living under a rock? Haven't heard of this great QAL yet? Just click the button above, or the one in my sidebar to the right to check it out! Also there is a great flickr group if you decide to join us.
From left to right - "Love", Amy Butler coordinating solids, & "Soul Blossoms"

WIP {Work-In-Progress} Wednesday

COMPLETED:  The Lotus Quilt

I am very pleased with how this quilt turned out.  I LOVE it.  The binding needed more work, I only had 2 inch scraps to work with so it's a very tight, small bind, but who cares.  It was my first binding made from scratch and I call it a success.  Of course next time I have a better idea of how big I want it to be.  It's a great size, almost 70x70 so I can curl up under it perfectly!  Aiden even loves watching cartoons wrapped up in it.

I still am all a twitter about it's name though.  I'm thinking calling it "Tranquility".  Who knows.  Any suggestions??

I also completed the small tote and hot pads for a birthday present from last week.


Mini-pini's.  I inherited some fabric from my grandmother-in-law.  I want to use this pastel floral to make pinwheels.  I picked up some matching solids and have started cutting.  I have a few ideas in mind.  This is my next project to hopefully get finished!


I've added a new project to my list.  I probably won't work on it for a while yet.  My friend Mallory found out she is expecting a girl, I have already made them a sock monkey blanket, but now I want to make something super girly.  I have some Sweet Divinity fabrics I want to work with.  I also want to attempt the faux chenille backing for this one.  I drew up a simple sketch.  I think I'm going to just go with some large squares and add rows of a pale pink fabric in between.  Then the back with be a pink flannel as the main.


Mod-Times quilt {which may eventually get scrapped}
Dutch Girl quilt for mom
Baby Girl quilt
This  week's stats:
New projects 1
Completed projects - 2
Total Projects In Progress: 4 {down 1.  I completed the birthday gift from last week and my Tranquility quilt, but added a baby girl quilt to the to-do.}
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