A day in the life of a quilter

Hello again. A bit of a different post this week! I thought it would be fun to “map” my day and see where and how I spend my time. Monday was going to be a day dedicated to quilting but, as you can read, that’s not really how it turned out… ( for convenience sake I shared really exact times, but they of course were not that regimented!) Here was my day:

6:15 am: Alarm goes off and I head downstairs to make tea and breakfast for our youngest son. Sit for a bit enjoying a cup of tea and a book ( currently reading ‘ Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life’ by Marta McDowell~ a sweet gift from one of my followers!), then pack up lunch for son and head up to make beds and shower.

8:00 am: Walk son to bus stop, come home and start a load of laundry, water and clean up a few flower pots outside, and take the dog for a walk. It’s wonderful day…sunny, a little bit on the chilly side, and windy ( which does “wonders” for my hairdo 😉 )

9:00 am: Head out to the garden to plant a few veggies and flowers in my Peter Rabbit garden but the dog finds a baby bird who is just beginning to fly. He seeks refuge in my garden and I don’t have the heart to disturb him any further…the planting will have to wait! Luckily the dog cannot get into that garden and the baby bird will most likely be safe from any predators there.

9:30 am: Slice up all the overripe bananas that older son has been bringing home from his job in a hotel kitchen ( they will just get thrown out if he leaves them there), and put them in the dehydrator. They will take anywhere from 5-7 hours to dry and then I will store them as snacks for us, and as snacks for our bunnies and rats who all LOVE banana! Time to start another load of laundry and check email and Facebook.

10:00 am: Vacuum the downstairs, mop the kitchen, dining room, and family room, and start the diffusers ( while I fill up the diffusers, I also place some drops on the inside of my steam mop head…makes the house smell so good while I mop!). I also stamp some images for embroidering and pop those in the mail for another sweet blog reader.

11:15 am: Time to head into the quilt studio to see what needs working on today. I need to think of a cute project to publish in a small neighborhood magazine…and I need to work on my challenge project which is due in a little more than a week!

12:45 pm: Lunchtime! Also time to get all the pets a little lunchtime treat.

1:15 pm: Time to go back upstairs and work on some more quilty stuff! I think I have come up with the perfect no~sewing~machine~necessary project! 20190603_141145

2:30 pm: Laundry folding time! I have a HUGE mountain of laundry to fold….this will take until it’s time to make a cup of tea for daughter and me to enjoy when she gets home from work.  image used with permission

4 pm: Youngest son comes home…snack time, and then time to clean the ratty cages. We have 2 rats and they are adorable…no, really!

5 pm: Time to think of a dinner idea…it will be Tuna Casserole tonight. used with permission

7 pm: Cleaning up and getting everything and everyone settled for the night…this includes a trip to all the pet cages with my bag of kale…all our pets expect their nightly treat of kale…even the dog 😉

8 pm: Time for relaxing, learning some Italian, and maybe doing some stitching while watching some TV. I recently downloaded the Duolingo app, which teaches many, many different languages ( and they have a FREE version~yay!). I chose Italian because it has fascinated me for a long time. The program is awesome and after just a few days I was already writing in Italian! If you are looking to learn something new, give this a try!

10 pm: Time for a well-deserved night’s sleep!

Well, there you have it….not nearly as productive a day quilt-wise as I had hoped for, but busy nonetheless. I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my day :).

One last thing before I close: Last week I asked for suggestions for names for my thrift-store-fabric quilt….thank you all so much for your wonderful ideas! They all sounded so much better than “thrift-store-fabric-quilt”! I decided to go with “Cozy Posies” as a title! Thank you very much Brenda for the suggestion and please contact me so I can send you a little something in the mail!

Until next time~happy creating!

Monique

 

 

 

 

Why do I blog?

Sometimes I wonder why I blog. There are so many bloggers on so many topics out there already…does the world really need another one? Probably not. But the fact is that I LOVE blogging! ) I love putting my photos and projects out there for people to see. Because I love looking at other people’s photos and projects too! I think I have become a blog addict! I am signed up to receive many different blogs, and reading them, to me, is like opening a good book and enjoying  a few moments of inspiration and camaraderie.

What is a BLOG exactly? Here is one definition that I found:

“”Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order.”

When I first started blogging I would read advice on how to run a successful  blog. One of those pieces of advice was to always blog regularly and to publish at the same time and day every week. I tried doing that. I found it was not my thing. I want to write when I am inspired to, not because a date on the calendar tells me to. One of my all-time favorite bloggers is a lady in England who is a quilter. She blogs very irregularly…sometimes months go by and we don’t hear a word from her. But when one of her blog posts finally lands in my inbox, I get so excited! It’s like receiving a letter from a friend, even though we have never met. I will make myself a cup of tea ( seems appropriate somehow 😉 ), and then I will savor reading her post ( which is always filled with beautiful photos). As a blogger you are warned that if you don’t publish regularly, your readers will forget you and unsubscribe. I can tell you that I would rather wait months for one beautiful and inspiring blog post, than to receive one every week that just pushes products and really contains nothing to inspire me.

 

More Bee Happy blocksAnother piece of advice I read was that you have to stay ON TOPIC. Someone actually said NOT to go on about your kids or other OFF topics because no one would care. When I started my blog I wanted to write about my quilting. As a quilter it is super difficult to have a new project to share every single time. Quilting is not a fast process and projects can take months or years to complete. It seems silly to rush through projects, or to start a gazillion new ones, just because you must have something to blog about. And although quilting is a huge passion obviously, for me my family always comes first. our familySo sometimes there will be blog posts about family outings or important milestones or just about things that are affecting my life. So yes, you are going to see pretty pictures of the quilts I am trying to work on, but you might also see pictures of home renovation projects, and beloved pets that touch my life. Those things are all part of me and my life, and I can’t compartmentalize them and keep them separated. Those things are ALL part of ME. And so I will write about all of it. Some people get upset if a post is not all about quilting or quilting related somehow. Personally I love getting glimpses into bloggers’ personal lives now and again. ( I don’t want to know all the nitty-gritty, but it makes people more real somehow to know about their problems/issues/stresses/deadlines). Before you start thinking that someone complained to me about my posts, that is not the case at all! But I do have a large number of  new subscribers ( thank you!) and I want to be honest with you about what to expect.

There are bloggers out there that are great about sharing their projects and products in pretty pictures and they can write about just that. That is just not me. When you come here, you are just as likely to see a photo of a nest of baby bunnies as you are to see some sweet fabric that I bought. Or maybe you will see a photo of one of our kids in their graduation outfit because I am a proud momma.

If that is not your thing, it’s just fine. No hard feelings. Over the years I have subscribed and unsubscribed from blogs because they just weren’t a “good fit” anymore. As we grow older, it is inevitable that we change and that our interests change too. Do you remember any fabrics  that you just loved when you first started quilting and now you just don’t care for those patterns/prints/colors anymore? I do. And I think blogs are the same way.

So there you have it. This is my blog and I am going to write about things that are happening in my life, whether it’s quilting, family, decorating, or whatever the case may be. To pretend that those other things don’t exist and affect us all seems silly and phony to me. Here’s to being “real”.

Until next time~Happy creating!

Monique