Monday, March 30, 2009

It's coming along...

Slow but steady wins the race - right?
Actually I feel as though I have made excellent process on my office -- seeing as though Stuart took a last minute trip to Cleveland to visit his Pop (who is feeling much better) and Jenna is teething and a cold. But what would life be if it was all smooth sailing?

Sometimes I send my children to clean their playroom, and three hours later, it still looks the same. They get distracted by neat toys and cool stuff. Well, the same things happens when I clean my office!

Jackson picked a quilt out of a absolutely fantastic book that had a rocket ship in the center. So of course I started searching for applique techniques and then found some really cool rocket designs and then could not resist starting.......I am still practicing with the feed dogs down, but all in all, I think it turned out quite well. Yes, the green and yellow stars are not finished -- that would require me changing thread two more times!



Also while cleaning, I came upon boxes of items from my Grandma. Magazines and more magazines. This magazine cover, it rocks. Come on Susie, look at this!
Here take a closer look at the best part!



This magazine cover plus a few other ads will be framed on hung on the office wall.
That's all for today folks!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

One huge mess...

will be gone by the end of the weekend. There it is written down. It will get done. My office/craft room is what I am talking about. This room has been a mess since we moved in. Really, it has. I have a terrible habit of staring a project, then setting it down to start another. The paperwork piles up. I did take photos, but I am way to embarrassed to show them. Maybe once the "after" photos are taken I might. Maybe.

Today I assembled a few cabinet fronts and a drawer for my Ikea bookshelf thing. That explains exactly what I am talkin' about, doesn't it! Anyway, my ribbon is organized. And I am sorting though my yarn. There two garbage bags full that will be taken to the Senior center so someone can make good use of them. I will keep some yarn, but left over yarn is not like left over fabric. Misc. yarn is just hard to use, and I rarely knit these days. And no, I will not donate of any of my Grandma's handed down yarn - that is mine! It will feel so nice to be all organized!!

Otherwise, I am just busy tending to Ms. Crabby Pants. Jenna that is. She has one crazy stuffy nose and is teething, I think.

Off to find dust bunnies -- wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cancun - Round 2

We are back from vacation!!

We had a very relaxing trip to Cancun. The weather was absolutely wonderful. The battery ran out of juice on day 2, so not too many photos! But here are a couple of the kiddos.
Jackson and Hailey enjoying the hot tub on our balcony.


Swimming in the beautiful blue ocean. The kids loved the beach.

And Jenna loved the sand! Here she is hanging out under a palm tree making beautiful sand art!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Hi Baby"

Yesterday, I went in to get Jenna out of her crib and she said to me, "Hi Baby!"
And she has not stopped since.


video

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Lazy Weekend

It was so nice to enjoy the peace and quiet of a weekend. Gotta love quiet weekends. Of course I no less then 10 loads of laundry and packed for next week....



And a little sewing....




And Hails got a hair cut.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The days fly by....

And a lot of them! Since Valentines day, our family took a trip to Milwaukee to visit some friends. We stayed at a water park hotel downtown - Hilton. If you are heading to Milwaukee with younger kids, this place is worth it. The water park was small, but perfect for kids 10 and under. Good breakfast and comfy beds. And the Milwaukee Children's Museum -- very nice. So here are a few snapshots from the trip.

So this the point where I run and get the camera. Umm...only photos of Stuart's trip so San Fran on there...so I search my computer no photos of Milwaukee to be found. Uggg...disappeared. Poof.

So maybe some sewing photos then! (even though photos of the kiddos are much more exiting!)

So (just cause I wanted to say that AGAIN!) Hailey picked out some fabric awhile ago...awhile like last summer. In Hailey style - bright pink purple colors WOW! I found a pattern for a 9 patch Quilt and thought it would be simple enough for a beginner. And it was. Quilting is very intimidating though. Sewing the top is no problem, actually quilting -- now that takes practice. One of my favorite quilting blogs had a tutorial on stippling the quilt and then adding a fleece backing. Which had an added bonus of covering up any tension issued that my have resulted in not so pretty stitching on the back side of the quilt...not that mine had any of that! And this quilt is COMFY! Now I just need to add the binding and it will be ready to snuggle with. This will not win a blue ribbon at the county fair, but an excellent first try - if I do say so myself.


(Hey look close -- photo of the kids...only, it is last years school photo!)

I have also completed two dresses, but my model is sleeping -- and it is better that way! So you will have to wait.....