Lara sent this quilt to us for all over stipple. My boys offer this service for a penny a square inch. This is a fabulous good deal for those quilts that are just screaming for comfort, cozy and simple design. I love stipple.
We used a green variegated thread…which complimented teh quilt perfectly. We used Hobbs polydown batting. Thanks Lara!
Well today is Friday so I had my normal breakfast meeting with my quilting friends…That’s always yummy. Sabrina (my shopping twin) is here quilting. I have 6 kids quilts that need to be quilted before Christmas…so she is here helping me get those completed.
While Virgina was here this week..she gave me some ideas on posting photos of my studio..so you will get bit’s and small snipets of my studio until the Christmas season is over and I can clean and straighten it..then you can all see what my whole studio looks like.
Here is one little section that I love….The jar of buttons was given to me by someone special from my church. She is a God-fearing kind hearted women who got rid of her quilting stash. I had helped her sell some stuff and this jar of buttons was in her yard sale. I picked them up ( Well Darlene gave them to me) because a friend of mine collects them ( Sabrina actually) …but I thought they were so cute and i like to have that reminder of Darlene in my sewing area. The fabric bundles are by one of my favorite fabric Designers, Tula Pink. The birdie pin cushion is from Laura. Laura always makes the best quilts I think her and I have such similar style. Anyway I quilted a quilt for her and it won ribbons so as a thank you she sent me this beautiful pin Cushion..so it gets a place of honor on my favorite little shelf. I also have a picture of my family,my brother, Nathan and his partner Robert, and one of my Bestie’s Carla last summer when we went on the Duck Tour in Seattle. It was so much fun and really a highlight of our last trip. So here is one little shelf in my Studio.
I also made this quilt for my Friend Carla….You know one of my Besties??
She is in Florida right now and she was able to pet a giraffe this morning…Pretty Amazing right? She is visiting a friend ..who just had her baby, Evander. This was a quilt we made for him. Courtney and Carla Constructed it..I quilted it and Beth bound it. Isn’t that called “Synergy”..am I using that term correctly? LOL . Yeah a fancy word for Team work!
I made this For Evander’s Older sister a couple years ago. Her name is Sophia.
Well I better go check on Sabrina….I have more picturs to post later.
Well It’s Thursday evening. That means tomorrow is FRIDAY! Rob is home so he is going to be be putting together furniture….I think we have a dump run, Storage run and then we can start arranging everything in the new family room.
My Bedroom is finally together. YAY! I just need my quilts quilted and some pillow cases…to finish it off. But I also decided I need to re-paint a few things to hang up again. It is so bright and cheery now. Before I had color coordinated everything…now it’s all fun and scrappy…kind of. I went and bought Amy Butler Home Dec fabric today so I can cover my headboard. Rob made a comment that I don’t know if I should share …I was auditioning the fabric on the headboard when he got home so he could see. All the boys were in the room. When I said that’s what I am going to use to cover the headboard. Rob said “Are you kidding me…are you trying to cut off my nuts?” Can you imagine the rolling laughter from the peanut gallery? Do you see what I live with? Do any of you feel sorry for me?
After I get this back from my friend, Joan. It is going to hang on the wall behind my new Headboard which will be covered in Amy Butler fabric..I am using this print here . YAY! Plus i am making a few quilts to put on my bed…one is here. The Bloom quilt. I am going to finish that one just as soon as my Christmas quilts are done…all my Yo-yo’s are made..I traded long arm services for someone to make all of them for me….I fell in love with it the minute I saw it…I also have a friend Sheila making the Sexy Hexy Love quilt. I made one for a friend of mine..but didn’t have time to make one for myself before my business took off.
The living room is almost cleared out now…I have to decide what I am going to do with these chairs bought at the thrift store a few months back. I had intentions to re-cover them…..Now I don’t know? I will see how much room is in storage and maybe recover them in the summer.
We have an extra bed that we need to give to a family who needs it…..I just need to find someone. I will post it at church. Hopefully some one can take it. We have another truck load of stuff to go to goodwill too..I got rid of 5 bags of clothes. Rob went through his clothes too. Rob tends to hang on to everything…so to get him to part with something is like an act of congress. I am wondering when he will realize that we have to decorate for Christmas this year and that means going through the storage unit and taking out the decorations? I haven’t wanted to ask…cause Thanksgiving is a week away..the kids are already asking about our tree. More work. LOL UGH!
So in our house we have a couple of kids that aren’t getting their chores done in a timely manner. Bryce is the first one..he has dishes. Dishes is the more difficult chore in the house because it’s non-stop…second is Laundry, That is assigned to Preston. The rule for Bryce has been that as soon as he does his chore correctly for 2 weeks in a row he can pass the chore onto Carl and we can make the rotation through the kids. Carl was so fortunate to have Bryce ahead of him. LOL It has been 8 months. It is killing me…because I have to deal with a bad kitchen all the time. I have wanted to give up every other day. I have considered the fact that he is stubborn…and what not, but if he hates dishes so much, why not just get it done and over with..instead of torturing all of us? Well that’s him…but Preston volunteered for Laundry. He is supposed to just wash and dry it ….Jeri volunteered for folding. We all put our own clothes away…Of course Rob and I fold our own laundry. Preston doesn’t get laundry done…I have no idea what he is doing because we all remind him every day…several times a day…”Is laundry running?” I can survive on my clothes for awhile…but getting into the shower this morning I had 2 hand towels to dry off with…that’s my limit.
Apparently, Clarissa reached her limit today too..she came home and started doing his chore. Which in this house doesn’t happen! Plain and Simple. ..they have to argue and fight over who has to do what…who did what last…who has to do what next…so on and so fourth. She sorted the clothes and labeled the baskets ( that’s her OCD) so that if anyone should go behind her they do it in the order she intended. I would try to maybe curve her OCD tendencies..but frankly I love them…I think more of us should have them in this house. So I am letting them go. Thank you Clarissa …I could have some clean jeans tomorrow…I am at the bottom of the barrel for decent sweats. LOL I have been wearing them all week….I am beginning to feel a bit frumpy.
OK Well I need to get to quilting…I did finish some quilts today…YAY! Work and housework. I wonder how I will feel when everything is caught up? LOL Will it ever be? Please don’t tell me..I need to live in denial.
well I was just sure this morning would be late start for the kids..I was holding out for the last minute…no dice. The waffle irons didn’t get pulled out…darn. But I did get a nice breakfast with Preston.
Apparently he has a girlfriend. He explained the process of asking her “out” (Rob hates that term….because they don’t go “out” any where?) Preston’s girlfriend is named Amity. Anyway he asked her out on facebook because apparently writing a note is ancient ( Apparently so am I) …he laughed when I suggested that. He also explained that guys can’t ask girls out when their friend are around because they will say “No”….OK Well now I have been “schooled” in ancient terms that would be educated. LOL Something they have in common…amity and Preston..they both have little sisters named Clarissa. I wonder if that is something you can build upon? lol. What do I know? I am ancient..my ways don’t make sense.
I have been working on my bedroom all morning..trying to get some organization going and working through my closet. My bestie’s are coming to town the first weekend in December. So they are going to take home 5 more garbage bags of clothes because I haven’t even gone through all of my clothes and I already have three down. It doesn’t seem possible? I don’t buy new clothes all the time? I think I just have stuff every where all the time shoved in nook and cranny of this house that when you clean it you find out how much you really own. I opened the linen closet today and realized ..it also needs to be cleaned out again…but that can wait.
We have today and tomorrow to get the house in working order before Carl’s birthday party….I think it’s possible. At least that is what I keep telling myself.
Yep! It snowed today..it is still snowing it could also possibly rain. I fully expect school to start late tomorrow because of ice….I am supposed to have a breakfast date with Preston…But I will postpone that if it is late start and make breakfast for all my kids…remember the new waffle irons we bought for the first day of school? Those will be getting some more use. If they don’t plans stay the same.
I have to say I grew up in Anchorage, AK. I LOVED the SNOW. I loved sledding and snow mobiles…and everything involved with snow. I love when you look out your bedroom window in the morning and there is a pure white blanket of snow…it is so beautiful. I love the cuddling with a quilt in front of a fire reading a book snow day ( I haven’t taken one in a long time….so this year I will..for sure!) There is something so beautiful about snow. Moving to WA …we don’t get many snow days. It seems to be getting more and more so….since moving here 20 years ago I can say we have had more Christmas’ without snow than we have had with snow. So maybe this year will be different. We better gear up around here…I have CUTE new mittens to wear as well.
Here is a picture Tootsie in AK made them for me. She personalizes all of her mittens so if you need some I can have her contact you. Just leave me an email.
So the kids’ bean bag chairs came in toady along with my new computer desk.
They each got a different color ….Do you think that keeps them from arguing? No They had to argue about which color they were going to get….they drew numbers and still argue.UGH! But now they are set and done.
Rob is putting together my little book shelf for my room. Tomorrow I have to start setting up my room..which is going to be time consuming…I really wish I had elves. I have so much laundry to fold and put away it’s insane.
Do you see that I learned how to use color…LOL.
SO tomorrow is Proverbs chapter 2. If anyone wants to follow along.
Today while picking the kids up from school…cause i didn’t want them walking home from school in the snow ( Something I wouldn’t be able to do if i didn’t work from home) We stopped at a thrift store to drop off books and Clarissa’s old toys. I was more sad than her. She went through them all it was difficult for me to let them go because she used to love all the toys when she was a toddler and to think she is past that stage ….but I can’t hang on to everything. I need to let it go and know I have those precious memories.
We kept her favorite babies. She had one baby in particular. it was HER baby. She would carry a diaper bag around and change her baby, and feed her baby during church. One time her baby got lost at daycare. It was a Friday night. They gave her a substitute baby to bring home, for the weekend. My brother and his partner happened to visit us that weekend. It was so sad….Clarissa woke up from her nap and saw this “other” baby and started crying profusely….saying “This is not my baby!….where is my baby” No explaining could comfort her. She even threw the baby down the stairs and said “This is Linda’s Baby!!!” She was a wreck…My brother felt so horrible for her ..he took her to wal-mart to pick out any baby she wanted. That didn’t work. She had to go a whole weekend without her baby..it was the worst weekend of our life. I told Rob, “Clearly she is never going to be a candidate for adoption…throwing Linda’s baby down the stairs and all” You should have seen her Monday morning…She was like a whole new child. She was so connected to that baby. Clarissa still couldn’t part with it….but it’s in a box labeled for storage. Kind of reminds of Toy Story 3…which made me cry.
Well those are all my crumbs for today….so many thoughts and things going on in my world currently….but Life is good…God is Great! Many blessings to all of you.