My In- Laws live in the forest…….my MIL is an avid animal lover ( so is Clarissa) …my MIL takes care of everything that comes around…wild or not. my FIL ..well he is a good ole boy.
I am pretty sure my MIL would be a vegan if she wasn’t married to him. LOL
anyway..he has all kinds of guns and hunting stuff…( see how versed I am in that subject?)He loves fishing and guy stuff..fixing cars..amping stuff up and all that. My DH well he likes fixing things…sometimes. ROB doesn’t hunt or fish….Do any of you watch ..Big Bang Theory??
Those woudl be my DH best friends…LOL. citing social protocal…superman Pj’s and playing with his lightsaber. Yeah…I know?? I think Big Bang theory makes us all love those nerds even more.
Anyway…all my kids get a dose of what it is to be a …REAL man….when they visit my FIL.
So this is Clarissa …..Pretty cute in a redneck sort of a way….am I right?
I am kind of on the fence about Halloween. I mean I used to love dressing up my kids and take them to the mall for trick or treating. That’s when I lived in a big city and it was safer to go to the mall. We didn’t really walk through neighborhoods.
My kids were small enough I could choose their costumes ( or at least have a say) and all the family based activities before Halloween…like carving pumpkins, decorating the house and preparing for the day …those times were fun. Now as my kids get older..we don’t decorate, half of them don’t like carving the pumpkins…and all they really care about is candy. I saved myself money buy just buying them each a bag and being done with it.
Clarissa is still young enough that all those activities are exciting to her….so Rob still went through the motions..I think I had bible study this last year.
I had contemplated not even celebrating the occasion because …I don’t know?? It doesn’t seem like a HUGE deal? It’s not Christian based…and what kind of ideals do I want to set for my family? We don’t believe in Santa….so why celebrate Halloween…but honestly the family fun activities surrounding it is what I loved and that isn’t bad…..
So we will just keep going until everyone is out.
Do you know when Bryce was little I wanted him to be dressed in CUTE costumes…I had to convince him every year that he was actually wearing a scary costume….the year he was a clown…he would tell everyone he was a scary clown….the year he was a spider..he was a spoooky spider. LOL That year his brother, Cole was the cutest bumble bee. Hehe.
I made this quilt a few years ago when Halloween was a BIG deal in our house.
I really want to make a quilt for each holiday and occasion for each of my kids…so when they start to have their own kids they will have these momentos….the tradition of having a special quilt out when that time comes near. Maybe they won’t all want them…but I know some will. SO I am slowly but surely working on them.
This quilt I fell in love with…it was in a magazine..I think I changed it quite a bit. The white strips on the backing may seem kind of odd….but it is actually glow in the dark fabric ..so it HAS to be included. I have a ton of that fabric. My kids love it. LOL
I quilted a spider web in each block….Swirlies in all the black areas and I just outlined all the other areas..Thanks so much for looking.
well I am kind of worn out today.
I think I am making myself work to hard…especially when I am sick. I am actually not feeling sick anymore..just tired and worn. But I am so inspired to work on things I can’t make myself stop. DO you realize that if I was still a student I would be having a full load of homework right now? Just to think about it makes me cringe. LOL
I thought I would be having withdrawal at this point. I kind of miss it in a way. But I definitely know I did the right thing.
I am glad I don’t have that hanging over my head anymore.
Now I just need to figure out what I am going to do about volunteering at the domestic violence center. Part of me thinks it would be good for me..but part of me thinks I shouldn’t fill my plate to full of other things….or I might as well have stayed in school. So back to square one right?
I am so content with everything now…hehe…I kind of don’t want to upset the applecart and do anything else. I need this time. I will wait…I will see what God wants me to do. His plans are always better.
My family didn’t contact me much today. I am surprised. They must be busy having fun. Usually Rob texts me or calls me several times during the day. I am glad they are having a good time.
I had breakfast with my quilty friends…then went to the LQS…spent the whole morning visiting and having fun. I brought home several shop quilts. I thought maybe something was happening..because it had been a week and nobody had dropped off quilts..LOL They all came in today.
I am pretty set for the week.
I finished the ones I had planned for today…and now I can work on one fo my own. It is a cute halloween quilt. Again I made it a few years ago. I put some GITD ( glow in the dark) fabrics on the back….and I wanted to use GITD thread….but it was super expensive. I wasn’t going to spend 60$ on thread for one quilt…LOL. GREAT idea……not great on the pocketbook. So I am hoping I will have that finished tomorrow so I can post pictures.
I ordered pizza for dinner. I can eat it for the rest of the weekend….Guess what? My family isn’t here so I got to order a flavor I like. Jalepenos and tomatoes. YUMMY! Nobody else has to eat it….so I got what I want that is a rare occasion. What a happy experience.
I found this quote today….I thought it suited well
‘Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences than other people.’
— Steve Jobs
This is so funny because people ask me all the time how I linked this or that? It’s always a combination of my experiences.
I have always told my kids..it’s not about money or where we are or what we do…It’s about our experiences.
Of course I have a story for that…I had been saying that for years to my friends..my children….and of course my children don’t ever hear what I say…but Carla ( one of my besties) went with us on vacation a few years ago ( the first time she went actually) and I was stressing about the amount of money we were spending… Carla helped us pay for the trip as a Christmas present. She told my kids..it’s all about the experiences. She smiles her cute Carla smile….Then Bryce kept saying ..Yah Mom it’s all about the experiences.
I teased Carla…Oh sure he will get the message from you…but I have been saying it for the last 10 years of his life…Carla ( she is so smart by the way ) said…Charisma ..It doesn’t matter how he got the lesson as long as he got it…..it still came from you..just not through you. LOL. Now that is a creative way to give a lesson right? Maybe I should have her tell all of them why it is important to clean their rooms..maybe they will listen to her??
Of course right now my room is a pig pen too. LOL
anyway….back to creative experiences….it is trial and error…it is picking up something here and there..getting inspiration from all sorts of places, persons and things….nouns.
A few years ago my counselor explained to me one of the positive sides of having such a tragic childhood ( not that it is recommended by any means..but you have to be able to see the good in all situations right?) …I had all of these traumatic events that I had to learn to deal with at some level…more than the average bear…and it has made my adult life better in a way because I can’t sweat the small stuff. When someone would walk into the shop and take 3 hours debating a color choice for their quilt..I used to think that was odd. It’s not a life or death situation….if it isn’t exactly perfect…who really cares? I take pride in my work…it’s not that it is just that life is to short to worry about things that seem pretty minor. However….it is not a minor thing to that person so I value their concerns and just go with the flow. You know? Their experiences has taught them that life isn’t to short..they can take 4 hours debating within themselves the most minor of decisions. I am the person who says…well let’s experiment with this or that because I just want to know…..it could be great it could be awful…but let’s not confine ourselves to …perfection.
My experiences taught me early on that life is not perfect..it will never be perfect.
What else have my experiences taught me?
It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. It is so easy for me to fall in love with people. Honestly. I love so many. I have been hurt many times…but I still can’t really keep people at an arms length. I won’t continually let someone hurt me…I set healthy boundaries…I can love people from afar….
My experiences have taught me that all people struggle with the same things…All people want love, to be needed and worth…or value. Those are at the root of all of us. I know the secret to that…..God. But we wall have to find out on our own what that means.
My experiences have taught me that when you set goals …..they are always attainable. In some form or fashion…expect the unexpected.
My experiences have taught me that most people are good.
My experiences have taught me that life is to short….even if you live to be 180…life will always be to short…am I right?
I have also learned that the simple things make me happy. A hug and a kind word from my Dh…a giggle from my children. I wink or a smirk from one of my sons. Singing in the car at the top of our lungs….My kids quacking with their duck beaks at the duck tour in Seattle ( driving Rob crazy LOL)..or a good book and a bath. Simple things. Cozy warm feelings.
I wouldn’t trade any of my experiences…good or bad…. they are what brought me here….
anyway it is funny how one quote can spark all of that…isn’t it?
Steve Jobs was able to explain something I have been trying to explain for the last three years. LOL
AWE…..I don’t have that much experience in writing. Explaining . So I will lean on his experience for that quote. Thanks all! I hope you all value ALL your experiences.
So a few years ago( I can’t even tell you how many 5 or 6? How does times escape that fast?)
my LQS was offering a 5$ quilt. If you paid 5$ and completed your block every month, then brought it in on the assigned day you could get the next month for free. I am pretty sure I paid more than 5$ LOL. In the end I took scraps and tried to make my own blocks. …they aren’t all as fabulous…but there were two color ways you could choose from B&Y or Black and White ( B&W) I made both..the other one was finished and I actually sold it a few years ago. This one I made for my mother. At the time she was re-decorating her livingroom in these colors and I thought it would be a nice gift. I gave her the top at Christmas time with the hopes of finishing it in the new year. Life gets in the way and now we no longer have a relationship ( most of you know).
I don’t really have ill feelings and I feel like this quilt belongs to her…so I will get it bound and labeled. I will give it to a family member to give to my mother. I just have to be careful how that is handled…however…I am not sure that these colors are fitting for her anymore. But a gift is a gift and I honestly feel like it has to go to her. I made it with the intention of giving it to her….and if I didn’t I would feel bad. You know how that is?
So As you all know ( or many of you know) Last July August my machine broke down. Within a ten day period..my microwave broke, my house was threatened by a fire, my machine broke down, My car broke down…LOL There were a bunch of other things…I only owned one machine at the time..so no income…What else is a quilter to do? Start piecing quilts of course.
I had a lone ranger jelly roll. I had bought it on sale..only had one ..but it was Kansas Troubles(KT) and the GREAT thing about KT is that all of their lines use the same exact color palette so a line from 10 years ago coordinates with a current line. YAY! So I knew if I needed anything I could find it. My LQS keeps plenty of KT on hand.
I had this book in my stash called “Heart and Home” quilt of the month by Suzanne McNeill.
It uses one Jelly roll. Bingo-Bango.
I got to work I constructed the quilt in a few hours which is always really nice. Then moved on to my next project. The original pattern calls for borders (yardage) but I had so many Jelly roll pieces leftover I just used my left over strips to make a piano key border…why add more scraps to my bin..just what we have. All I had to buy was my backing, binding and a bit of fabric for that inner small border.
Again I knew it would probably take me longer to quilt it…than it did to for me to piece it….
I think it was probably about the same. I was able to finish quilting it in a night. I made myself work on a customer quilt..with a reward of working on my own. LOL. I play these little games with myself to keep motivated….please tell me you all do that too?
I added further embellishments by hand. I did some ruler work. But basically I just wanted to highlight the elements that were already in the quilt so the house got a shingled roof, lines in the windows, doorknobs. Leaves by the flower box, I just kind of had creating texture here and there.
I was thinking of adding little tiny black buttons in the center of each diamond in the border… but sometimes I think I can go overboard on embellishments..so I am still thinking about those….I did add buttons to several areas on the blocks…just to give it added pzazz. I love pzazz. There is a bit of everything in this quilt…..which always seems so interesting to my eye. Thanks so much for looking.
I used Hobbs polydown batting….and I quilted this on my 18 inch INNOVA. I have been doing all of my quilts on my smaller machine because it is so much better for the fine details. It is for me because I am shorter and I don’t strain so much. Plus it it so much more sensitive to me…I am not sure if it’s me or the machine. Anyway have a blessed Friday!