Well today I got a few of my own quilts finished..along with shop quilts..tomorrow will be a day to work on Charismas Corner quilts yay! Plus I am going to try and get my Table runner finished up for Lindawe are doing a valentine table runner swap..I have everything out and ready to go.I am going to make one for me and one for her like a 2-4-1.HURRAY!
Rob and I went on a date today …it was payday..I wrote out the bills..and what did you know? We had enough money to go on a date. We have been very good about our expenses and sticking to the plan..which I think is killing him but it is good discipline for us.
We heard back from one of the churches we want to try out..they called tonight..it sounds like a possibility. So we worked it out with the Geunthers tonight as to which church we would try first. We are going to go two weeks at one church then two weeks at another church..compare notes and go from there. I like having a plan. While at dinner Rob and I mostly talked about that ..and the kids.. I wonder if we can ever have a dinner and talk about the kids? LOL Will it ever come to that? Probably not..I am sure.
Most of the scrap boxes went out today they were addressed randomly I cant even tell any of you what was in each box..except maybe most of them had white muslin in them I have been using that as a lot of my backing fabrics..so when I trim the quilts there is quite a bit extra.and maybe could be used as a background.
The boys are heading to Spokane tomorrow to be with Landon for a few days they will come back Sunday Other than that the same old stuff is going on around here. Bryce has a friend who has a troubled home life. He stays from house to house.Bryce was kind of concerned about him yesterday so Rob and I talked at dinner tonight . We said he could stay at our house..but he has the same rules as our own kids. Which means no wondering around town… in and out business. We dont let our own kids do that so if he is here ..he is completely welcome ..but that means he is here. Bryce says his friend doesn’t even have a bedroom at home he is not really welcome his step-dad doesn’t like him. In all honesty I dont see why. He is a really nice boy. He has stayed here Bryce has been friends with him for years and the other parents he stays with like him. I guess he gets teased at school sometimes too because he was caught crying at a movie..poor guy. That just makes me want to hug him! LOL
We actually have an open door policy here and most kids migrate here but we are so strict that some of them migrate where there is more freedom..the kids that crave structure .well they love it here. LOL You know how when your kids have something they take it for granted..yeah! I get teased ( by my boys) because I am always lovin up on the kids..(That could sound horrible)..but Honestly I just love them all in a mom way. The kids love it! It is easy for me to love..especially children.
We always have enough food,we always have enough room,and we always offer a kind word or ear.
One of my favorite moments was when Bryce was in the 7th grade I think we were at the pool..he came to me and said:
Mom I have a friend that needs to talk to you
Me: Oh OK
B: well it is kind of important..
Me: Oh Ok I am here.
He brings his friend over who was distraught about his home life. I wanted to cry.I held back. LOL I gave the boy scripture and coping mechanisms, but really it was just the comfort he needed.
After his friend and I talked Bryce looked at me then back at his friend and said : See I told you my mom would understand.
AWE!! That just melted me.
Bryce and I had horrible issues last summer..i didnt know if we would make it but I think we are back on track..he is such a good boy.with a good heart just insecure. I know he will be an amazing leader if he gains so me confidence along the way.
Well I should sign off it’s midnight and I am beat!
This is just a fabulous site to get patterns scrap or other wise…But I just wanted to shar ethis particular one..because honestly I probably could have seen Bonnie’s version..and at a glance not realized it was the same quilt.
Always glad to share.
I will try to put it on my sidebar.
Well again today started off slow…but I did manage to get some work done…finally. I will have pictures of a little baby quilt….but I worked on shop quilts today…I don’t take pictures of those. I don’t know how many of those people actually know I have a website or run my own business. Most of the people I quilt for at the shop ironically don’t know who I am either…Since I am not actively working in the shop….so they don’t see my face..just my work.
I am teaching Bryce how to quilt on the long arm..he and I both recognized right away that he doesn’t have the…..gift. It’s going to be a struggle for him. He wants to learn because he needs to start earning money for Drivers ed….So we will just work through it and hopefully he can get it down. I think I took for granted that Carl and Cole picked it up so easily right off the bat. Maybe Bryce will be better at computer work or something?
So I studied a bit about Gandhi in philosophy class…and Martin Luther King JR….Love those guys..and their non-violent resistance.
I found this quote today:
My Life is my message
I love that! That really is at the heart of what I feel. At the end of the day all I can be is me. If I am true to God and to myself ..that means I am living my best life. That is my message.
Talking with my kids today….you know I tease Bryce on his FB page..he makes quotes and as his MOM…I am not supposed to embarrass him in from of his friends and post things..but I do. Sometimes out of fun..but sometimes cause I am genuinely trying to make him be aware of what he is posting. Is he being funny ..and not being a light? I don’t shove it down his throat ..I just want him to think.
So he is constantly correcting me ..or telling me ..MOOOOOMMMMMM quit it! Today I just grabbed him and hugged him and kissed him. Told him how much I love him…and let it go at that. He let me. AWE! My big tough freshman son..let me grab him and hug&kiss him…. My message is there..he knows no matter what I love him.
Then I was teasing the kids about dinner…on our meal plan it said pancakes and sausage..which makes me like the best mom on earth when I serve breakfast for dinner…..and I told them no…we should have leftover turkey soup…That didn’t go over well..so Carl and Cole made the pancakes..I made the sausage and bacon. So I get my sash and tiara tonight for being the best mom ever!
My eyes have been opened to my house tonight as well. Clarissa is so much like me…she is to accommodating and she adapts to everyone. She has really good intuition to know what is going on around her and how to read people. I hate that! LOL..I love it too. But the problem is she is the younger of 4 boys …who makes stupid chauvinistic jokes…I had to put a stop to it…I don’t want oppression in this house. She likes to cook in the kitchen…so why make fun of her? She likes to craft..she is really creative… she is my daughter..of course she is going to pick up a think or two here and there. She shouldn’t be oppressed because of it..it needs to be celebrated. She also told Rob she didn’t feel she could go to him for homework help if he was playing video games…she is accommodating him …and trying not to upset him….we all kind of chuckled a bit….and he explained to her that that is not important ..her and her homework is way more important….so I was glad about that …but you know..if we are not on top of those things …if we don’t notice them she will constantly just live in the shadows and let everyone else take center stage..she will put herself last..how do I know this? HELLLOOOOO??? I just want to shake her and tell her not to be like me….She is not the leader…she loves everyone. She is soft. BUT…I also love these things about her…I love that she cares so much….I love that she wants to help the sick…care for animals. She does have a tough side when she is pushed to hard..she is developing that because of her 4 older brothers…but I just hope I am leading her the right way. My example only reinforces what she already understands and knows. One time when she was 4 …I was talking about plans…and I said something about how Dad wants to do this or that..and she said to me….Why do we always have to do what daddy wants to do? Why can’t we do what you want to do? ..I was in shock…I had never thought about it…..so even at 3-4 years of age..she was learning from me. I guess that goes to show you that kids know everything. LOL.
But today was eye opening….again. These boys are going to be the death of me.
Creative Charisma needs to come up with creative ways of parenting for rowdy boys and making them have manners and chivalry.
I better start researching…and building energy. Honestly!
Well I better get back to work..my shoulders are killing me lately..I had Rob rub them today..I thought he was killing me….So please pray for God to release that….it happens a lot with quilting..as many of you know.
Lori S and I have worked on a few projects together…I know she is a fabulous quilter/piecer…She also has a fabric addiction…. we like lots of the same designers….Like attract like.
So the first time I sent out boxes of scraps to have quilt tops made she asked for a box..I jumped at that….this is the top she made. I posted it when it arrived in December. I have had it hanging on my wall until Christmas day.
Studying it and trying to decide the best way to quilt it. I just LOVE it so much…when I love something so much I am in fear of quilting it…if it’s my own. I don’t know why. But I loved it so much I didn’t want it sitting around for two years waiting for me to decide. It finally hit me last week. On Jan First I went to a sale at my LQS and found this backing fabric which was perfect for it…4$ a yard I might add.
So I had everything ready…but quilts pinned on both of my machines..so I had to wait..I am so impatient sometimes. Finally I was able to get this on and finish it. I am so happy with it.
Anyway the name came from Sally. HA! See Sally went on this shopping …….experience, with me and Sabrina. Sabrina and I LOVE to shop and we love digging through things to find the perfect item. Life is about experiences right? Well Sally despises Ross ( the department store ..you know dress for less?)…because you have to dig and shop through a mess of everything. I find pleasure in that. Sabrina and I love all the same colors too. Bright happy colors…Sally likes calming colors like blue and green. Sally looks at all of my work and thinks I need to tame it down….but after she sees the finished product she usually likes it..( HAHAHAHA!) I am converting her. The funny thing is that when I see her work I love her work too. Sally thinks there always needs to be a place for your eye to rest…HUH? That doesn’t compute? When this quilt arrived Sabrina and I were quilting and I pulled it out…I am pretty sure I squealed..if I didn’t Sabrina did..we both loved it! Sally stopped by shortly after to visit….I said ..Sally look at this isn’t it great?…She tried in her english accent to be polite and say….For you…yes it is great. LOL. No matter how she tries to disguise her dis-like it doesn’t work..she is just way to honest….She said “It looks like Springtime at Ross”…LOL
the name has stuck..because I happen to love spring colors and shopping at Ross….Thanks Sally! I love you!