Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dangerous!!

Earlier this week, little man and I ventured across town to visit ... the Hobby Lobby.  Wow!  Let me just say that that place is dangerous!  They have way toooooo many fun things that are just dying to hop in your shopping cart and come home with you!

Maybe I was tired ... or maybe I was expending too much energy trying not to laugh out loud at my little bug who was doing his screechy best imitation of two real-housewives-y gals in the next isle that were just a little too excited about an amazing{ly tacky ginormous} chandelier to hang over their teenager's bed ... for the record, I wasn't the only one in the store trying not to laugh at these gals, but I digress ..

... but I was able to finally leave the store with a few modest purchases!


Ever since my embroidery class last year, I've been wanting to try my luck with some flour-sack towels.  I just happened to come across this cute little set of Aunt Martha's Superb Herbs and decided to stitch a couple up for hubby's grandmother's birthday this weekend.  I was only able to finish one, but I think it turned out well!


I used an outline stitch for the lettering and a plain 'ol backstitch for the picture.


It was such a quick and easy little project that I'm looking forward to working on a few more.  Happy sewing this weekend!!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Another Kit!

So, I'm slowly but surely working my way through some boxes in my sewing room, and I came across this kit!!


I can't believe that I haven't posted it sooner!  The kit includes all of the PRE-CUT fabric needed to make my Pretty in Pink quilt, which finishes at 48" x 48".  That's almost 4 yards of fabric!  It's currently available in the etsy shop and I only have one kit available.


The pattern is finally available in my Craftsy shop, as well.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A New Kit and A New Coupon Code!

Just popping in for a second to share a couple of new kits from my store.

I have just one more 24 piece Regatta Gala table runner kit available for $3.50.  Get it while it lasts!

I also just put together a new kit with the same fabric line for a nice and scrappy table runner.

available here
The kit includes all of the pre-cut fabric (top and binding) to make a Scrappy Stars Table Runner.  The kit includes a full-color .pdf pattern as well.



Use the coupon code "POPLUN101" to receive 10% off your order through 9/1/12.

Now, I'm off to sleep, as a nasty little stomach bug is kicking my butt - blerg!  Sweet dreams!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Too much heat!

I don't know about you other Californians, but I've HAD IT with all the heat.  I miss my morning walks and enjoying the delta breeze through open windows in the evening.  I know we're supposed to be enjoying summer and all, but I'm longing for fall ... now.

To try and put me in a cooler frame of mind,  I'm releasing this fun Halloween Wall-hanging pattern ...





The pattern is both Charm Square and Fat Quarter friendly.  It goes together much quicker than you'd think and would look great with any type of prints ... even summery ones, I guess.



The pattern is available on Craftsy and Etsy.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Housekeeping!

{Is that line from Tommy Boy in your head now?  He he he}

I simply can't believe that our little monkey is almost 10 months old!  Time is flying by so quickly that it makes my head spin.  Our life with him is so wonderful and it's so amazing to me to be able watch him grow into his own little, independent man and learn new all sorts of new things every week!  I'm really enjoying my time home with him


I'm not {by any means!!} one of those people who has to have a perfect, spic-n-span house at all times.  I've come to accept over the years of our marriage that hubby and I are both a little on the clutter-ish side ... but as long as we keep the chaos to a controllable minimum - as in the house can be presentable in 45 minutes or so - I'm happy!  Before this little munchkin came along, we didn't have much of a housework routine.  We both were working full time jobs, so just took care of little things as they popped up during the week, and generally spent an hour or two tidying up on the weekends.

That all went out the window with Aiden, as you can imagine.  Most days, I've been lucky to get the dishes from the previous night done in time for dinner and I can manage the occasional load of laundry.  A couple of weeks ago, however, I came across this House Cleaning List on pinterest.


Hubby and I decided to give it a shot and I have to say that it's really working out well.  I started out with a chore'o'the day, but that derailed rather quickly.  Instead, we keep a reasonable list of chores for the week underneath the family calendar.  I can usually manage one during the day, depending on nap schedules (or Aiden's willingness to play or bounce in his chair without me in his direct line of vision).  Hubby pitches in in the evenings, and I can usually get a noisier chore {vacuuming} or task {like bathrooms} done that require me being out of the room while he and the little guy have their manly play time after dinner.

It's been going so smoothly, in fact, that I don't even feel guilty over spending naptime or evenings after bedtime with a good book or my sewing machine, because the housework is getting done too!  I know we have lots to learn and adapt as Aiden gets bigger and as our family grows, but it's nice to feel like I've found a nice balance that fits our life right now.  Do you have any tricks or secrets that help keep motherhood, homemaking, and crafting in balance?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Design Wall Monday!

I'm so happy to actually have finished some sewing this weekend, even in spite of the triple digit heat wave we're experiencing.  Last week's epiphany led to several more "Ah Ha!" moments over the weekend, and I was finally able to complete several blocks in my latest project!


I recently treated myself to an Etchings fat quarter bundle to use specifically with this pattern and the fabric is just so beautiful to work with!  It's so silky, which makes piecing and pressing a dream!


Eventually, these cross blocks will be joined with floral blocks to make an 80" square quilt!  I'm not quite sure if I want to tackle the quilting on this one on my own yet!

I also made some great progress on Shiloh.  The paper pieced setting triangles slow things down a bit and makes for a ton of scrap fabric and wasted paper ... but boy do those points come together beautifully!


Since my little one decided on an early bedtime tonight, I'm hoping to finish at least four more Shiloh blocks ... that is if I don't get distracted by my latest Nook purchase!


I cannot put this book down!  I've flown through the almost 600 pages in less than a week and I'm so thankful that the sequel was released last month - I'll probably be picking that up tonight!  If you're looking for a fantastic summer read, especially for one with a little bit of fantasy, lots of history & research, a bibliophile, a love story, and fantastic wine ... all tied together by a superb author ... pick this book up now!

In the meantime, don't forget to stop by Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times.  Happy Sewing!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Aaugh!

Have you ever spent hours and hours and hours working out a complicated new project, making sure your measurements are 100% accurate, the piecing directions are spot on, maybe even going so far as to chart out all the cutting instructions in Excel {I know ... don't ask ...} just to make sure it's all correct ... to finally sit back and realize that there was a freakin' MUCH easier and simpler way to go about the whole thing!


That was my epiphany last night ... or should I say this morning at 12:15AM!  So this morning, I'm heading back to the drawing board.  I did make a big pan of this amazing baked oatmeal this morning - found the recipe on pinterest earlier this week - to help ease back into things.  It's so yummy ... and only 6 WW points for a giant serving!  I definitely {highly} recommend it!

Photo & Recipe via Emily Bites!