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Made:

One pillow, with circular cut-out, cream on blue. I used a basic, 14×14 pillow form and canvas materials. The pattern was close enough on each fabric that it almost matched. I quite loved this pillow.

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One prefab baby blanket. I am not usually a fan of these because the “creative” work is already done, but how cute is this? I machine quilted and hand sewed the binding. New and recycled materials were used for this project.

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Both of these items were donated to a fundraiser to be auctioned off to raise money for the revitalization of a local town park. I hope they do well!

Before I had the handsomest, most wonderful boy I was not one of those people that got super excited when someone told me they were expecting. I mean I would congratulate them and all but deep down….well lets just leave it at that shall we?

Anyhow, that changed after I had my own because kids just change you! I like to think that they mostly change you for the better and I can now honestly say I get excited when most people tell me they are expecting!

I’ve gotten excited a lot over the past couple months because there will be several new babies in my personal universe this year!

I might be a little biased about one in particularshe’ll be making her debut this summer but that’s okay because I’m the auntie! and aunties are supposed to get super excited!!

And sometimes aunties like me! make things for their babies. So I made a blanket of course! and really are you surprised by this?

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Isn’t it cute?

I found this piece at Joann Fabrics when I went to visit one if my bff’s for a weekend. I have learned to curb my spending there after the first visit when I spent SO MUCH MONEY so I wouldn’t be broke five minutes after getting there! It is way too easy for me to spend money on fabric which is why I try my best to reclaim and that gets expensive!

I am sure I am not alone in this when I say the fabric speaks to me. I swear I’m not crazy. I mean I can literally walk around looking at fabrics for hours and not find a single thing that “feels” right while other times I know in two minutes.

I had picked out a half dozen other fabrics when I came across this one and the image of the finished project flashed through my mind. wow, I am not doing much to disprove the crazy theory am I? I put all the other bolts back.

I normally like to cut and piece but this was a first for me, starting with something that was already half done! I’m not going to lie, I liked the simplicity. But it was already SO cute, I only aimed to emphasize the cuteness.

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I hope I was successful. I embroidered around the animals and the circles around them, finishing the sandwich off on the machine following the borders already in place and completing it with a pieced binding.

I procrastinated as usual but for once managed to finish something with time to spare by which I mean I wasn’t sitting in the driveway of the party location still sewing! which sadly has happened on more than one occasion.

So I made cupcakes!

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They were awesome.

My cat fell into a bucket of motor oil. Used motor oil. Now she smells all diesel-y and oilish. I gave her a bath with head and shoulders and it worked about 85% so I may have to try again with dish soap. Don’t ask me why we have buckets of used motor oil just hanging out because I don’t know. It isn’t even ours. So to sum it up, we store used motor oil that doesn’t belong to us in places that cats can fall into. She’s all slick now and boy can’t get as good a grip on her to smother the life out of her hug and cuddle her.

Stupid and bizarre crap like this happens to us all the time. All the time. And as I say that I can’t remember any of the other truly bizarre events that have happened only the really gross and slightly weird stuff. Maybe I’ve repressed them.

We had a porcupine living with us for about 3 days last summer. I named him Fred. he was friendly as porcupines go I suppose, kinda just slow and didn’t care much about anything. of course I’m probably the only one that would think a porcupine was friendly and want to pet him. then he left as quickly as he appeared.

We raised 5 racoons once. my rottweiler wanted to nurse them. we had them from a few weeks old until they were old enough to release. they would follow us around like little racoons follow their real mothers. they were ridiculously cute and loud and smelly. but mostly cute.

my dog got hit by a car and did more damage to the car than to himself. he broke the fog light with his head. he required 3 stitches. I can’t even say it caused brain damage because he was kinda thick before the car hit him.

that same dog also chewed on some bottles that may or may not have had antifreeze in them (we keep those with the oil buckets, you know, just cause) 2 nights in the vet office, a whopping bill and lots of alcohol treatment meant my dog was fine. and now I can honestly say I’ve seen what a dog looks like with a hangover. and it was hilarious.

My rabbit will try to procreate with my cats every time he is out of his cage. Every time. The cats are all fixed but apparently that isn’t a deterrent. I don’t know if its a rabbit thing or an “out of jail” thing. Maybe both because it happens so often.

I’m beginning to think maybe we just have some really messed up animals. Actually I don’t have to think that hard I know that’s true. Don’t get me started on the cat that’s allergic to everything (including, possibly, being a cat).

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