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Monday, January 10, 2011

SNOWMAGGEDON 2011

I am stuck at home while the Georgia General Assembly Session starts today. I have been working as best I could at home, but its difficult. Its a little surreal watching all of this from home as I am usually there.

Anyway, there has been a "weather event" here in Georgia this weekend. Snow, ice, and freezing rain has covered the Southeast. I am trapped at home.

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Toby is having a little trouble doing his business.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

TodaysMama and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I'm sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family?
I hope that we can come together as one and celebrate the Season with humility and graciousness. To love one another and help those in need.

2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition?
Parents get up and make coffee and maybe, breakfast. Kid must wait upstairs with his stocking stuff until coffee and/or breakfast is ready. Then its presents time. We usually sit around the tree and play with toys and put stuff together most of the day. Fun, Fun! Love it.

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?
A vacation anywhere...but just me, no one else. I love my family, but sometimes I need a break.

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?
We (I) cook and make crafts and we like to ride around the neighborhood looking at all the pretty lights.

5. What games did you play with your family growing up?
We loved Yatzee! Later on we had Pictionary and that was hilarious!

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?
I loved opening one present on Christmas Eve and it was always new pajamas. We have kept that one up. I love it, but I don't think the boy really likes it, he wants toys.

7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip?
If I was going on a trip for the holidays, I would love to go to a snowy, country place and have an old fashioned Christmas.

8. Check out GameStop and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year:
I would love a Wii and Playstation 3 and a Nintendo DS with LOTS of games!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My First Quilt(ette)

Here is my first "EVER" quilt. It is a doll quilt with doll. The quilt was supposed to be a baby quilt but I ran out of brown and pink fabric and it ended up being a doll quilt. It measured about 20" x 20", great for a doll quilt. This was for my neice, Christina, for her second little girl. I had so much fun making this. I worked every night for a week before the shower to make this and had the time of my life. These pictures are after I had gifted them. I didn't have time to take pictures before I wrapped them. I was still wrapping it while driving over to their house.

The doll is the Black Apple Doll and it was so easy.... and can I say its the cutest thing I have ever made. She matches the quilt. I made her with some muslin and left over fabric from the quilt. I love her embroidered face. She has a little smirk.

The binding was premade quilt binding and it was so easy. My mitered corners worked out the first time and I was so STOKED. I wish I had taken pictures during the process (I didn't because I was afraid it would be a disaster). I was dancing around the living room and my husband thought I had lost my mind and had no idea what I was talking about.

Here is the back. The pink fabric I had was too small so I used leftovers of the front to make a stripe in the middle and used some brown on the sides. I noticed in the bright sunlight that the brown binding didn't quite match, but in the house it looked fine. I machine quilted this with a diagonal. I was going to make a diamond, but after I did the quilting one way, I thought doing it the other way would be too much. After washing, the quilt was perfect and had that wonderful puckery (is that word?) quilted goodness.

Mama loved it! That's all that counts. I talked with her earlier about the colors of her nursery and she said Brown and Pink and that worked so well for me. I had a nice stash of pink and brown fabric and really only had to buy the binding.
I cannot wait to do this again and I am sure I will as we have about 4 more "mother's to be" in our family.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine SNOW!

It's snowing! again. We here in Georgia don't get alot of snow, but this year is a banner year. This is already our 3rd snow event. I say "snow event" because when it snows here, everything stops. This is our back yard only after 2 hours of snow.

This is the boy at the basketball goal as the snow was initally falling.

This is our side yard while the snow was falling. Its pretty, but its cold.
Here's Toby trying to do his business. But its too cold and he doesn't know what to do.








Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bucket of Monkeys


I have made a little gift basket for the my neice's baby shower. I made a flannel baby blanket with 3 matching burp cloths. I then made a fabric basket to put them in. I included a little monkey bib I found at the Dollar Store.




Isn't it cute?

The basket is a pattern from thestitchinkitchen.com and was made from a cotton dishcloth and I used cotton batting to stiffen it. I thought she could use this in the nursery to put diapers or other baby stuff. I have to make me one now. I think its so cute.

The blankets and burp cloths were just two pieces of flannel sewn together with cute stitching.

I'm loving this! I hope she likes it.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Homemade Christmas


Ain't it cute. I made this little sweater last year and it is so cute. There are matching mittens, hat, and a stocking on the tree also. I just haven't gotten any pictures of those.
This year I made all my gifts. I made this rice bag pattern from V and Co. blog. I made about 10 of these, but I forgot to get pictures of all of them. Here are a few.

I have also been working on these little magnetic paper dolls that I found at One Pearl button blog.



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Heartfelt Thanks

I have spent quite a few hours (shhhh, don't tell anybody) going through the Sew Mama Sew giveaway blogs today. Oh, my goodness, there are so many inspiring blogs out there to see. You must go and see them, even if you don't join any of the giveaways, just look. Such inspiration, creativity, and just all around wonderfulness (is that a word?).

I have personally entered many of those great giveaways and have actually had some responses from some of the wonderful craftspersons(?) from those blogs. I am excited and humbled by their comments. Me and my elementary skills are thankful for the responses and good will that has come from them.

Thank you to all of the great people having the giveaways and for Sew Mama Sew for sponsoring.

I don't think I can ever find enough time to go through each and every blog that I have seen today, but I tell you, I will do my best. And there will be lots more buying handmade and from these independent sellers from now on. You can't buy this stuff in stores it comes direct from the heart. I think the thing I love the most is the little peek I have into their lives and homes and the new perspective I gives to my own life and home.

Sincerely, I thank you.