Hello! This week’s blog post is a méli-mélo of topics! I learned this word from one of my sweet readers who explained that it is a French expression for mish-mash or hodgepodge… Continue reading
Hello and happy weekend!
I love weekends, don’t you? We always start our day with a cup of tea and a bagel with cream cheese and it’s the best way to start the weekend! I just love the relaxed feel and the possibility that the weekend brings!
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Today, as I started to write my blog post, I had the word TITLE staring me in the face…ugh….titles for my blog posts can sometimes Continue reading
It has been a rainy and dreary couple of days here in Pennsylvania. The weather was so HOT and HUMID last week and then on Friday it turned and became very chilly ( I think it was 56 degrees this morning!) Time to break out Continue reading
I am happy to report that we are all moved into our new home! We still have lots of boxes to unpack and items to organize ( and to find that ” new house groove”…you know what I mean??), but we are getting there. This week was also the first day back to school for our youngest. Usually that means Continue reading
A quick blog post to fill you in on what’s happening around here! Moving day is coming up quickly and I have been packing up a lot of my goodies already. We are very lucky that our move is paid for so we don’t have to do the packing ourselves, but those precious items whose safe-keeping I need to ensure are being packed by moi. I know that professional movers do an awesome job packing things up carefully, but did I share the story of my sewing machine in our previous move? No? Well, when the movers arrived they opened up the little side door in the truck, and there was my expensive sewing machine teetering in the doorway, on top of a pile of other stuff. I think I might have screamed….or at least sent that driver scurrying back to the truck to save my machine from falling. Enuf said. So last weekend I packed up my van WITH sewing machine and rotary cutters and rulers and took it up myself. My hubby joked that now he knows for sure that I will be moving ( and he is not wrong 😉 ).
After finding a safe spot for my things, I spent a little bit of time removing drapes and cleaning windows so that all my furniture and treasures can be moved in right away…why yes, I do have my priorities straight, why do you ask?!? Just kidding of course! The kids’ rooms are all cleaned and pretty much ready to go too, as are the downstairs rooms. All we have to do is move in the big furniture and then unpack. No biggie…..and I might just unpack my quilt stuff first…when noone is looking of course. I am really hoping that I will be able to fit ALL my crafty supplies in this room. If I can’t, it means I have too much STUFF and I will have to donate some of it….eeeeeeekkkk! All kidding aside, I do intend to be super organized and neat in this space and am hoping to even get some kind of organizational system for that closet…that should help a lot. If you have any advice for me on what works well for you please share it in the comments!
When we returned home, I found the nicest surprise in the mail! A tea cozy made by a friend I met through my blog! Diane is also a blogger ( you can find her at https://lookoutmountainquilter.com/) and she designed this herself! I think it is just perfect because I love mushrooms and gnomes and tea…..and do you see those little quilts on the line? They really move! So thank you so much Diane! I will treasure this!
Well, that just about wraps up my news….please bear with me as we pack, move, and unpack. I really can’t wait to get back into the full swing of things with making fun little projects and sharing them here. Don’t forget that I will be revealing my Christmas ornament pattern right here on August 13th! I am also trying to come up with a new challenge for in the FB group ( which you can join here ), AND I want to do a sew-along featuring this adorable pattern by Lori Holt. Isn’t she adorable? You can find the pattern right here, but please note that you also need the book in order to have the patterns for the bowl, chicken, canning jars, and fruit! ( However, the book is awesome and you will love owning it!).
Alright, that really is all….have a great couple of weeks and I will talk to you all ‘from the other side’.
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Oh my goodness. These last couple of weeks have just been crazy around here! I didn’t even have time to think about writing a blog post, let alone actually sitting down and coming up with something to write about! With the last days of school for our youngest two, plus high school graduation for our middle son, having to finish his graduation quilt, and hosting company for said graduation, working on our new house, PLUS having house showings thrown in here and there, it has been a crazy, nutty, unorganized, out-of-routine couple of weeks.
But now most of that is behind us….School is done for the summer, graduation was a success, company has all returned home, quilt was done on time, and now the “only” thing I have on my agenda is house showings whenever they pop up and new house renos. Much more manageable :).
So first things first: Our middle son graduated from high school and was selected Salutatorian. For those of you not familiar with the American education system, the student holding the highest grade of all graduating students is selected as Valedictorian, the second highest grade holder becomes Salutatorian. Needless to say that we are super proud of him!
I managed to finish his quilt the day before his grad party so was lucky enough to not have to work on that till the wee hours of the morning!
I think it will look very nice lying at the end of his college dorm bed! And those are his college’s colors too! ( Total fluke; I had a lot of blues and thought those would make a nice manly quilt, then realized that blue and white were his college colors~ Yay for me!).
With school out for summer now we have a little more freedom to work on our new house. We have gotten quite a bit done already, but there is still LOTS to do! Our oldest son has been a great help, stripping wallpapers from many rooms, and ripping up flooring and getting them ready ( by removing many, MANY staples) for the new laminate flooring that we picked out. Our downstairs bathroom is getting a complete gut job and it’s scary how much I am enjoying saying that! I ordered some beautiful new (WHITE!!) cabinets for all the bathrooms and all the old, dirty, decrepit BROWN ones are coming out! If they were in decent shape I would have just painted them, but they are not, and they have that certain old smell…
These ones will look so much nicer! This weekend we will shop for flooring for 2 of the bathrooms. They both have not so lovely brown linoleum that is 40 years old and I am not a fan of brown ( had you noticed?!). The bathrooms are super small so I feel like I can go CRAZY with any type flooring I want because it will not break the bank, no matter how hard I may try ;). So today I was eyeing some super wonderful vinyl that looks like tiles at Home Depot, but I’m not sure it would be too crazy and I would tire of it soon. What are your thoughts?
While our parents were here for graduation, we gave my mom and dad a tour of the new place, and they promptly wanted to get to work! So my mom cleaned out kitchen cabinets, and helped me paint over top of the wallpaper in the dining room, while my dad removed the carpet from what will become my new quilt room. My parents are always so willing to lend anyone a hand and we are so appreciative of them!
Our youngest son got in on the action too and removed a funky door between the dining and kitchen area! I think our new house is going to mean so much more to us, because so many people that we love and hold dear are helping to fix it up! We know that it will take some time and it won’t all be done before we move in, but in a few years I think our new home will be an awesome place! And in the meantime you all get to “enjoy” the reno stories?! Teeheeeeee!
Honestly though?I cannot wait to get a room to unpack all my crafty stuff in and to get creating again! I have been grumpy and out of sorts and I really think it’s because I am not getting enough creative time. There are so many patterns out there that I want to dive into! Soon…I just have to keep reminding myself about that 🙂
In the meanwhile I do have one little, no, make that 2 little projects I can work on. In my Facebook group I challenged people to the Sweet 16 challenge. Simply put, you grab any magazine, turn to page 16, and make a project inspired by something you see on that page. This was my page 16:What to do with that?! The mirrored headboard is begging to be used somehow, but I have to figure out the details yet. Stay tuned for updates on that project.
And finally, my friend Kristie and I have decided to do yet another Christmas ornament sew-along this year! We had so much fun doing it last year, and the participants really seemed to enjoy it too, so we are repeating it again this year.
More details will follow, but I can tell you that the format will be a little different from last year but we are excited about our theme and our plan! So stay tuned for more info on that project also!
Phew, this turned into a super long blog post…thanks for sticking with me all this time! And if you have read all the way to the end of this post, I have a little surprise for you: I am holding a giveaway! One of you will have the opportunity to win this super cute Amy Bradley pattern!
This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere ( because that is way more fun!). Just leave me your name right here in the comments and I will randomly choose a winner from all entries. Winner will be announced in my next blog post!
Until next time~Happy creating!
I think Spring may have finally come to Lancaster….but, shhhh, I don’t want to scare it off… 🙂
This winter has been so incredibly long, and every time that we had a glimpse of nicer weather, it would turn cold and yucky again. I know that everyone in the Northeast was suffering from this extremely bizarre weather, but let’s hope that we can truly enjoy some nicer weather now ( it is May after all!). Although I still have a few stubborn ( or are they smart??) bushes and trees that are resisting budding out, my daffodils and tulips are beautiful, my crabapple trees are filled with blossom buds, and my Viburnum is just about to look and smell amazing! ( Do you have a Viburnum bush? There are so easy to grow here, and for about 2 weeks every Spring they are filled with the pinkest blossoms and smell just heavenly~ I highly recommend planting some where you can enjoy their scent!)
Our yard has been a haven for all kinds of wildlife too..the birds are very busy nesting and I love watching all that “traffic” in the morning while I enjoy my cup of tea. Mama bunny decided that our big wine barrel flower pot would be a great place to have her litter and this morning I spotted some little brown furry ears peeking out of the grass and fur. I did decide to plant some pansies in there a few weeks back, but had my suspicions that there was a nest so planted very carefully around the outside!
Last week we closed on our new house and we are now the proud ( or is that crazy?) homeowners of 2 homes. Hopefully our current house sells soon and then we can relax a bit. An hour after we closed on our new house, I had taken down the matchy curtains and we had started removing wallpaper! Do you know that if you are really determined ( and you are lucky and the wallpaper is strippable 😉 ) you can clear an entire room in 10 minutes? I did just that in the family room that was so dark and depressing:
Looks so much better already, and just wait until I get my hands on that fireplace brick ( insert an evil snicker here~ bwahaahaa). Obviously lots to keep us busy these next few months, but it is exciting to dream about all the colors I want to paint the rooms and the new flooring I want to install, and all that other fun decorating stuff. Just imagine how different it will look with some pretty quilts hung on the walls and hung over the back of chairs!
Okay, now unto quilty business, if you are still with me after all that home reno talk ;).
I am continuing to work on my big Churn Dash quilt with a big ( or utility ) stitch. I gave up on using a hoop. Sometimes hoops and I don’t get along and then I enjoy quilting more without one. I do always baste my quilts so there is no issue with the layers shifting.
I think I will just bind this baby when it’s done, no messing with borders, and then I can enjoy it…perfect colors for summer in my opinion! ( By the way, this pattern came out of a Camille Roskelley book and the fabric is mostly Fig Tree~ two of my favorite designers combined in one quilt!)
I treated myself to a new quilt book as well:I am looking forward to using some more of my scraps and am hoping that the ideas in this book will be a great inspiration. Have you tried just mindlessly sewing scraps together? It is really fun and very relaxing and I highly recommend it! As a matter of fact, last year I designed this scrappy Piggy quilt where I used that method (you can find the tutorial and pattern for that quilt by going here )
And finally, in my Facebook group ( click here to join), we finished April’s challenge of the embroidered stamped images. Below are some of the beautiful creations that people came up with.
I think everyone had a lot of fun with this idea! And it’s always nice when you can cross-purpose your crafty supplies. Next week I will share what I did with one of my girlies ;). On Saturday I will be revealing the challenge for May…it is going to be another fun one so make sure to visit my page on that day!
Until next time~Happy creating!