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I am still working on getting myself organized with regards to my quilting there‘s no hope for the rest of my life. To do this I’ve made a few purchases and put them to the best use I could.

My first purchase was a new cutting mat. It is much bigger than the teeny-tiny little one that came in the kit I bought a month or so ago. And I am already wanting to replace my wheel cutter so I will for sure be looking for sales on those. 

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Also I find myself constantly purchasing or wanting to purchase more fabric. And because it is infinitely cheaper to reuse fabrics I’ve been spending A LOT of money and time at Value Village. Of course this doesn’t curb my yearning for brilliant pieces from Moda but I’ve decided those will be the delicacies reserved for once a month splurges or if there is a really great deal.  And I can’t wait for the mail to deliver me my fix for this month. 

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Again in the interest of saving money I decided to hit a few yard sales to look for a bookshelf or small cabinet which I planned on using to hold my fabrics. We hit paydirt at the first sale and scored a new-in-the-box smallish bookshelf for $10. Yessir, I will rip you off by only paying you $10 for this shelf. It was the perfect bookshelf. It colour-matched the one already in the boy’s room and I figured it would be better suited there with some bins for toys. We had no more luck at the sales for the rest of the morning so I resigned myself to having to look for something new for me and my stash.

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This little cupboard in the pics is really cute, holds a surprising amount of fabric and can be closed so I don’t have to look at it if I don’t want to. And I can store my sewing machine right on top if I need my entire table top.

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I still need go through and cut up some of these into smaller, more manageable pieces but that is something I can do on a nightly basis, one day at a time so for now I am just closing the doors and hitting the hay.

Have you ever done something you regret instantly?

And then it shows up on the interwebs? yeah, me to. Unfortunately I was the one that posted it and it was this…

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I had this idea in my head and put it on paper and then even laid out the pieces before sewing. I kept thinking something just isn’t right. yet I continued to piece it together and it was just so wrong. I think I was hoping it was so wrong it would turn out to be right hey, sometimes that happens! but sadly that was not the case with this monstrosity. and sometimes I need to see something in its entirety before I can say, okay, that’s not going to work…moving on. and at least I am able to determine I am wrong and move on. so I ripped it apart literally the next night and proceeded to redo it.

I decided that it needed more of the same fabrics but also more of a plain colour to break them up a bit. I think I succeeded.

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I am much happier with the way it looks now. it is so. much. better.

besides my kid and books and yes the husband too, music is next on my love list. I couldn’t play an instrument to save my life but a good rhythm can stick with me like nothing else. I am the type of person who likes to have music on at all times.  I always have a music on when reading and can still recall passages to Stephen King’s IT when I hear certain songs seriously, it kind of creeps me out some days, flashbacks are not always fun!

I like to think I have an eclectic taste in music because I like all kinds metal, pop, dance, rock, etc even some country but I didn’t realize I liked bluegrass until I heard these guys. talk about LOVE. I realize they are not strictly bluegrass but they have a very distinct sound and I have been hooked since their single Little Lion Man has been getting some major airtime on my favourite radio station. I quickly scoured the Internets for info on them and discovered they had just released an album this year. I was like WHA?? These guys are just putting out their first full LP? seriously?

I don’t think I had ever become a fan of a band that was just starting to get mainstream attention, its the drawback of listening mainly to radio. Not that it matters when or how you become a fan of music, just that you are is what is important and frankly I like to jump on bandwagons besides isn’t that the point of them putting out albums and playing tours? they want to bring their music to the masses and I am thankful.

so thank-you mainstream radio for introducing me to fantastic music and thank you Mumford&Sons for existing!

White Blank Page

what? why are you looking at me like that?

that’s what you’re wearing?

yes, I have an office today so I have to be at least kinda dressy

so that’s what you chose?

what the hell man? what kind of thing is that to say to me?

well you normally only wear that thing around the house.

this thing is a skirt and I was only wearing it around the house cause it is cooler than a pair of shorts. besides it was dirty then and I did the laundry so its clean now.

if you say so.

this from the guy who wears the same ripped camo shorts day in and day out only taking them off at night and sometimes not even then? right.  I look fine.

I wash them in between.

stop talking to me.

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This is actually a duvet cover.

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It was a little prissy for me but the green leaves matched the green leafy sheet quite well so I kept it.

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Just liked it.

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Need a few more like this and the similar pink one, maybe in orange and green?

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Totally think of backwoods/cottage quilt when I look at this.  (green leafy)

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This is a pillow case that will be turned into a block or two (or three or four)

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Flower power.

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“For piecrust worth its weight in gold keep your main ingredients cold!” *

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This one will be kept intact and used as the backing for a gift for my brother who faithfully watched this show until it went off the air and the occasional rerun still.

*I LOVED the Holly Hobby tea set I had as a little girl. it was ceramic. there was a teapot, four saucers, four cups and four spoons. what’s left of it is still in original now very abused box with the styrofoam.

The blessing? inspiration is found everywhere I look.

The curse? I have too many ideas and not enough money.

This is what I did Tuesday night…

Quilt top only. to be finished at a later date

Life Savers and Stripes

I love this.  I have never made anything for myself. In all the years I have been crafting various gifts and knickknacks and stuff I have never once finished a project for me. This is for me. the strips and the life savers are so vibrant granted this pic doesn’t do them justice that I fell in love with it the moment I found the sheets. It actually took many forms before I decided to just put it together in long strips or stripes if you will but I think it turned out quite nicely. It makes me smile and think happy thoughts to look at it. I haven’t yet finished it. I have decided I am going to make quilts for everyone this year, immediate family only, for Christmas and in order to do this I thought I better get to work. In an effort to conserve time I thought I would put together all the tops, then do all the backings and bindings one after another. I’m not sure how this will work out but it sounds good in theory. but before any of that can happen I have one that I need to finish before the middle of August….

2 of 8 blocks. the leaves are made by the boy's hands covered in fabric paint and smeared. he really liked helping with that part

These blocks will form the middle section of a quilt top.

It is going to be spectacular and it’s for a very special lady at my son’s daycare who is leaving. Granted he’s not even in her class anymore but I felt an immediate bond with her as did the boy and she made the transition to daycare just so much easier. I feel like I owe her a lifetime of gratitude because she is such a wonderful person. I hope I can will finish it in time and it will look as good finished as it does in my head.

Of course I’m talking about Twilight, how did you guess? I don’t know what it is really considering how obsessed I became with it and so quickly too…and then I reread the books about 5 times again. I don’t know why so don’t ask I just did. Maybe I was hoping for something more, a different outcome. Maybe I just liked the way it took me away from the real world so easily. Or maybe I just really wanted to know what drew me and about 20 million other people into them to begin with.

I reread books all the time so why was this so different? Probably because I finally took the blinders off and saw the story for what it was. Its a great story for those looking for romance of the utmost extreme. And its a great story advocating abstinence and morals. But its also a story whose main character thinks she’s plain, and completely uninteresting. She tries constantly to blend into the walls and believes she is nothing without this “man”. She constantly allows him to tell her what to do, he lies to her repeatedly and its only after she runs off with another boy that he realizes he needs to be a little less controlling and that is pure fiction because real men don’t ever wake up to that notion. Eventually she grows into her own and by the very, very end you end up with a title character you can finally be a little proud of.

And I just keep getting disappointed with the movies. That’s not to say they aren’t entertaining or follow the general premise of the books but somehow the magic is gone for me. Maybe I’m tired of seeing Robert Pattinson mope and frown. do you know how cute that man is when he smiles? Or maybe its just gotten so big that it couldn’t ever possibly live up to the hype. Maybe its me. Maybe I just need to stop reading all the stupid reviews and opinions from haters and just see them as they are: entertainment and make-believe.

Or maybe, just maybe its the fact that crap like this sells and I want to be as disassociated as possible from people who want to eat off of “Jacob Black’s” face.

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My ever determined boy has decidedly taught himself to swim. Literally he decided he was going to do it and he wasn’t going to let us help no matter what. In an attempt to keep his head somewhat above water we went scouting for floatation devices. It seems to be generally preferred that toddlers wear life jackets when in the water these days but have you ever tried to swim in those things? Right, you go nowhere fast. We found a waterwing/chest preserver combo but of course the one size fits all didn’t fit our “one”. It was a genious design and would definitely have kept his head further out of the water but I wonder how much it would hinder his arm movement. wings it is! and he loves them. He patiently holds his arms out for each one then runs to the ladder and jumps in. He even started putting his head under which is extremely surprising since he doesn’t even like to rinse his hair in the tub. He makes me wonder whether its self-confidence, trust that we wouldn’t ever let anything happen to him or if he’s just jumping in both feet with his eyes closed and hoping for the best.

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So I decided I was going to get a new sewing machine. This is not it. Not that there was anything wrong with this one specifically I just wanted it to do more. I am fairly certain I could have made it do all those fancy-schmansy designs if I tried hard enough but let’s face it, that would never happen! If there is an easier way to do things and still get it right I will find it. Guaranteed.

Now the problem with living the easy life is that it usually takes money in which I am definitely not rolling so off to Walmart we go, land of the cheap and easy to see what they have available. and there on the shelf, semi-reasonably priced, was this lovely model….

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I thought it was it was a nice compromise between the machine I owned and the over-priced computerised model next to it. Off to the register we go! I got home and placed the box lovingly on the sewing table eager to open it like it were Christmas morn but then life happened. So 24 hrs later when I was finally able to take a peak you can imagine my surprise when I find this……

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!!!!!!wha?????
Turns out that the factory mistakenly put a better, more expensive, computerized model in the box that was supposed to be my new next step up from simple sewing maching. Can you say triple word SCORE!?!