Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
These are a sampling of some projects I have in the works. I am spending the rest of my free time snuggling with my kids and hubby so blogging continues to be sporadic (at best)!
I wish you a happy, healthy, and above all joyful season!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
The fabric used is Gobble, Gobble by Sandy Gervais for Moda.
The pattern is for the Simple Little Table Runner by Camille Roskelley and came from the Moda Bake Shop. She has a great tutorial on the site for it!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Here is a picture of the back: The quilting was done in designs of bats, witches, ghosts, the moon, black cats, etc...all Halloween-y things!
Below is a close up of the quilting:
It was such a fun little project. I highly recommend it. I did the binding on this one all with my sewing machine. I started a table runner with this same pattern using Gobble, Gobble fabric by Sandy Gervais for Moda, but I still lack like a foot on the binding where I am hand sewing it around to the back....I just need to get on it! I will post pictures of it when I have it completed.
Friday, September 11, 2009
This morning I had the most in depth explanation thus far of what September 11, 2001 means with my 8-year-old daughter. I have always talked about it with her on this date, but this morning the conversation was more understood by her so she had plenty of appropriate well asked questions. I admit that I shed more than a few tears by the time we had ended our talk. It is not that it was laden with crying and blubbering but I find it impossible to talk about those planes that crashed into the buildings and the other that our brave 'everyday' brothers and sisters crashed into the field in order to spare other innocent lives on the ground without my emotions bubbling to the surface.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
And here she is this week on her first day of Third Grade!!!:
My little sweetheart is growing so fast! She did want me to walk her in the first day and I was more than happy to do so. I love living so close that we can walk around the corner to school!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I have been wanting to use the tutorial Camille posted at the Moda Bake Shop for quite some time now and this afternoon I thought, why not use the Gobble Gobble charm pack! I will have to go shopping for some fabric for the backing now but that should not be too hard ;-)
I pieced this together in a little over 1 hour this afternoon while my little boy talked to me and played around me in the dining room/sewing room. Now that I know how quick it goes together I think I will have to make a runner with fabric that matches my decor for every day to keep out on the table in the breakfast nook or on the island in the kitchen. I am going to practice my stippling quilting on this since it is not too big a piece.
What a fun project for a quiet Sunday afternoon. Go visit the tutorial and make your own!
Tamara over at 1/4 of an Inch hosts a 'Sunday Stash' each week. It gives peeps like me who love fabric to see what others have in their stash and to explore different color combos and projects that are planned with the fabrics. She also has a Flickr group with the pictures as well.
I thought I would play along this week since I am so excited about the newest addition to my stash!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Remember the Neapolitan Bouquet Quilt I was working on for my daughter? I blogged about it here and here. The pattern is from All Washed Up called Five and Dime. Well IT IS FINISHED! While the Princess was at her Grandmother's last week, I finally finished sewing the binding on her quilt! I am very pleased with it...and especially since it is my second quilt completed!
The back of the quilt is shown first as it illustrates why the name of the quilt:
I had it quilted in various flower patterns with dark pink thread:
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
And here is what my little guy was doing as I was cutting. He was finding a place for all the fabric scraps beneath the table and chairs...lil cutie!
So what do you think? I got the inspiration from Cami and the quilt she blogged about in January.
I'll let you know how it is coming along! Now back to our summer fun!!!
Friday, June 19, 2009
This is an amazing arrangement that I just came across. It is Jon Schmidt. I love his reason for doing this arrangement...for his 7-year-old daughter. My 8-year-old daughter LOVES the song Love Story and so do I. I also love Viva La Vida by Coldplay and he meshes the two beautifully! It just gave me goosebumps listening to this arrangement. Definitely going to get the download for my iPod.
I just wanted to share!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Winner list of 2009 MTV Movie Awards:
Best Movie: "Twilight"
Best Female Performance: Kristen Stewart, "Twilight"
Breakthrough Performance Male: Robert Pattinson, "Twilight"
Best Fight: Robert Pattinson vs. Cam Gigandet, "Twilight"
Best Kiss: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, "Twilight"
The movie New Moon is being filmed now. It will be filmed in Vancouver and Italy. It is due to open in U.S. November 20, 2009. The confirmed cast so far is:
Kristen Stewart … Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson … Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner … Jacob Black
Ashley Greene … Alice Cullen
Peter Facinelli … Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser … Esme Cullen
Kellan Lutz … Emmett Cullen
Nikki Reed … Rosalie Hale
Jackson Rathbone … Jasper Hale
Chaske Spencer … Wolf Pack Member
Tyson Houseman … Wolf Pack Member
Kiowa Gordon … Wolf Pack Member
Bronson Pelletier … Wolf Pack Member
Alex Meraz … Wolf Pack Member
Billy Burke … Charlie Swan
Edi Gathegi … Laurent
Rachelle Lefevre … Victoria
Dakota Fanning … Jane
Jamie Campbell Bower … Caius
Michael Welch … Mike Newton
Noot Seear … Heidi
If you are a fan and want to find more information on the movie, visit the official movie page here.
Monday, June 1, 2009
I am in need of a few good books to read this summer. I have my copy of Persuasion by Jane Austen and a copy of the Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman but those two are a bit deeply written and will take some wading through to read. What I am looking for is a good read that is not smut or cheap romance but that is fun yet with some substance. You can view my Good Reads on the side bar to see some of the more recent books I have read.
Anyway, any suggestions are appreciated!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
She had a recipe on her site for Best Ever Chocolate Chip cookies and since I am not one to pass up trying a 'best ever' anything let alone cookie, I just had to make these! The Little Prince and I mixed up the batter and decided we would stray a bit from the Chocolate Chip only part and instead we added 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 cup of butterscotch morsels for variety ;-)
The recipe claims to make a cookie that will stay gooey moist and chewy even after they have cooled and since that is my fave kind of cookie I was glad to try out the recipe...so here they are and guess what? They are WONDERFUL!!!! Definitely a recipe that will go in my recipe binder. Just see how good they look and they smell even better:
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
* 1 cup butter, softened (I used butter flavor Crisco sticks)
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 cup packed brown sugar
* 2 eggs
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 2 teaspoons hot water
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used 1 c semisweet chocolate chips and 1 c butterscotch morsels)
* 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) (I left these out)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt.
Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.
Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
I did what she suggested and used two level tablespoons worth of batter and rolled them up in a ball and baked 9 per large cookie sheet. I use Silpat or parchment paper to line my baking sheets for perfect nonstick cookies. I baked my cookies for 12 minutes and they were perfect. She suggested trying a test cookie for 10 minutes first and let cool, and see if you might like it even better. After removing them from the oven, I too let my cookies stand for just a few minutes until they were firm enough to transfer to a wire cooling rack.
They are delish and if you don't take my word for it, just look at the little Prince enjoying his cookie!
Oh yeah, AND she is doing a GIVEAWAY!!! Go check it out...you can thank me later! ;-)
Monday, May 11, 2009
And day's at the morn;
These things are making my Monday a happy one:
Rain falling softly outside...
A pretty pot of plants on the patio table:
The soft colors of the petunias in the hanging baskets...we always pot a few of these around my daughter's birthday in March:
The roses abloom standing tall and proud as the rain ever gently kisses them:
My newly potted 'fairy plant' (fuschia) by my wicker settee under the patio...sitting there watching the rain today with a cup of coffee is so pleasant:
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on."
Oh, and inside, my new ironing board cover is making me happy:
Monday, May 4, 2009
Viola! My daughter's 'Neapolitan Bouquet' quilt is ready to go to the long-arm quilters this week! I think we will quilt it with a flower quilting technique. Then I will bind it using the same floral focus fabric from the vertical strips on the quilt top. I can't wait to give this to my daughter for snuggling up under while watching a movie together. I made it wider than my last quilt so that two can snuggle easily under this one!
Also to note, our whole school district is closed this week due to the H1, N1 virus or Swine Flu. I am fortunate enough that this thrills me to have an unexpected week with both my kiddos home to just play and enjoy each others company, but I realize for many parents this is a hardship if they both have jobs outside of the home. I pray that the sick are healed and that the parents facing hardship due to school closures are comforted and that relief for all of this comes soon. Please keep our community and especially the sick in your prayers.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Contentment, bliss, harmony, ease, delight, happiness...joy.
What a surprise this afternoon. I have had a terrible pressure headache most of the day and it is grey and raining here but I am feeling complete contentment right now. I picked up my daughter after school and a neighbor friend came home with us. My son and the girls had a snack and then sat at the kitchen table with the girls each painting a masterpiece and my son happily playing with Play-Doh. I put some kid tunes on the iPod and fixed a pot of coffee (with yummy sugar free vanilla caramel creamer) and was able to forget about my headache and tidy up the kitchen while listening to the delightful conversation of the children.
We are so blessed to live in the community that we do and especially in the neighborhood that we do. We have the best neighbors that have become dear friends and it feels like family around here, truly it does.
I just wanted to savor and remember this feeling this afternoon...so happy...so joyful...so grateful.
"The more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings,the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become."
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
These are the fabrics I chose: Back Porch Bouquet for Maywood Studios. (The pink and chocolate damask on the right is from Joann's but I decided I did not like it with the other fabrics so I nixed it.)
Here is my layout for the quilt top without the borders:
I already have the top just about pieced. I had to order a bit more fabric for the borders I want to add and hope to have that fabric by the end of the week so I am crossing my fingers that I will have the top and the back complete over the weekend and have it ready to quilt early next week!
I'll update as I move along with this latest project!