Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Rock On Baby Quilt

Don't you just love finishing the binding on a quilt? It's the perfect ending to the quilt journey. This quilt is for a friend/business partner of my husbands. He and his wife are both teach music and are expecting a baby boy in July. My husband actually picked out the fabric. Not bad, huh? The print on the tan fabric is music instruments and the black has little music notes. I placed the fabric in a way that reminded me of piano keys. I'm making my way through the audio books in the classic section of our library and listened to Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Such a good book!
On Saturday we took a stroll through the Hallow and Josh showed off the hide out that he and a friend had been working on.
I was pretty impressed. They thrifted wood from the Hallow and a new house being built - the builder donated the wood and a few nails. Well, off to make dinner...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Grandma and Grandpa

Grandma and Grandpa, and Nagymama (which is Hungarian for Grandma) are loved so much by my kids that I had to add a set of them to my Wooden Doll collection. These look nothing like my kids grandparents, but in my mind, they capture the sweetness that we think of when we think of grandparents.

As you can see, I'm up and running on my computer (she says holding her breath) and can now upload pictures. Thanks Steve-O.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Serenity Now

Would you like to see a picture of the new quilt I'm working on? How about the "There's No Place Like Home Quilt" that I've almost finished? Or maybe a picture of the new grandma and grandpa wood dolls that are going up on Etsy? So would I - I can't upload any pictures because our computer is "in the shop" aka at our friend Steve's house. We're making due with Aaron's computer which has problems of it's own.

This morning I scratched it all and went for a walk with Sara.

OK, so we didn't actually walk through this field, but we imagined we were while we walked through the park to the library. If I did take my camera with me, I wouldn't have been able to upload the pictures anyway. It was so beautiful. Neighbors were starting their gardening, kids were riding their bikes, toddlers were at the park with their moms and bird were singing all around - and there were no computers to be seen! We got an extra treat when we got to Main Street. They are filming a movie and have fixed the historic part of the street up really cute. We were able to walk through the set and look around. It reminded me of home, not the cuteness of the street, but the filming of the movie - I did grow up in Burbank after all.

Here are my "star" sightings -

Uncle Jesse from the Dukes of Hazard - he held the door for us and said good morning when were going into the Copper Penny.

Fred Savage from the Wonder Years - they filmed it at our high school when I was in high school

Mary Kate and Ashley - at the mall when they were about 13

Sylvester Stallone - when I was working at the equestrian center during a polo game. He said - hello - in that Rocky voice.

The weird lady from the Drew Carey show - in an elevator.

Jay Leno - at Fudruckers

Pat Sajak - we watched the Wheel of Fortune being filmed, I guess that means that I saw Vanna too.

Gary Coleman - when I was working for a balloon company and we were setting up for the Land Before Time premier. He had just used the ATM...and I was taller than him. I'm only 5'2". Which reminds me of the time that "Willis" tried to run over my husband, but that's another story and I wasn't there so it's not my sighting.

I think that's it other than a few people that were in smaller roles and the kids that we went to school with that appeared in a show here or there.

So much for the trivia of my life...off to enjoy this beautiful weekend. Maybe I'll get my garden started.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Dentist and a Toilet Brush

That sounds like the beginnings of a good joke! Well, I have to say that I'm extremely happy today. Not even the gray clouds can get me down. As you know I've been dreading going to the dentist again for fear of losing a tooth. Really, I don't look like a toothless hillbilly and truth be told I've only had one tooth pulled, but it's traumatic. Especially when your one of those people that are obsessed with teeth. Since I was little I've dreamt of losing my teeth. It could have been that 4 years of braces that did it to me...but I digress. The good news is that they were able to fill my tooth and save it. There still is a chance that things could go south and I'll need to go back, but for now, it's over.


So yesterday I went to my first quilt guild meeting and really had a great time. Francine, the tip lady, gave us a great tip. Buy a new toilet brush and use it to pick up all of the little threads on the carpet, or hard wood floors, of your sewing room. It saves your vacuum and it really works. It even worked on clothes. So there you go, the tip of the day. I can see crafters everywhere hanging a toilet brush from those cute little peg racks in the studios.

I'm loving this free pattern - I'm gonna make me some of them- and am being inspired by these books by Konda. That girl is talented and inspiring. I'm trying to get her to blog.

Well, I've got to run...I've got some cloth pad orders to fill, lunch to eat and a toilet brush to buy. It's been nice chatting with you.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spring Chick and Easter Egg Craft Tutorial

This egg cracks open to reveal a tiny chick hiding inside. The best thing about this project is the pattern can be made with a few items already hanging around your house.

Here’s what you’ll need:
Scrap of light yellow fabric
Scrap of dark yellow fabric
Scrap of batting
Pinch of stuffing, fabric scraps or a cotton ball
White or ivory wool or felt – really, any color will work
Embroidery Floss
Egg shaped cookie cutter
Two different sized spools of thread for tracing
I’m not sure which came first, the chicken or the egg – in this case, I started with the chick. Grab a regular spool of thread and trace a circle – either on paper as a pattern or directly on the fabric. You’re going to need two light yellow circles and one batting circle. Layer one light yellow circle and one batting circle, the wrong side of the fabric should be against the batting. Embroider the chick’s beak and eyes. Add the last light yellow circle to the bottom, with the wrong side of the fabric against the batting, and hand stitch around the circle. Be sure to add the pinch of stuffing just before you finish the last few stitches. Now grab a smaller spool of thread like Guiterman, and trace a circle on the darker yellow fabric. Cut the circle in half to form the wings. Stitch or glue the wings on.

To make the egg, grab an egg shaped cookie cutter and trace it on your felt two times. If you don’t have a cookie cutter lying around, borrow one from your neighbor or print out an egg shape from your computer. Word has all kinds of egg shapes in clip art.
Cut one of the felt eggs in half making v shapes as you go. You now have one solid egg back and two egg halves for the front. Here’s where you get creative…grab your favorite embroidery book or go on line and find some stitches that you like. Embellish your egg – go crazy or keep it simple. When you’ve had enough, blanket stitch the front pieces of the egg to the back, going around the edges of the egg and matching up the middle section where you cut the v’s.


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Feelin the Love

Can you feel it? Can you feel the new sewing machine love? I've just been finishing up a few projects and stopped long enough to spread the love. Another Softie Doll House finished and up on Etsy, not trying to push the Etsy shop, just saying "Ta-Dah". Those layers were thick and my last machine didn't like them at all. Now it was just like a hot knife through butter!
As my Dad would say...back to the drawing board. His favorite saying of all time is -meanwhile back at the ranch - but that didn't apply here. Oh, and those hearts are from Hungary, too cute! Can you feel it?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Secret Life of (Quilting) Bees

"The world will give you that once in a while, a brief time out; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life."

This weekend it was my sweet, sweet hubby that dabbed mercy upon my beat-up life in the form of a new sewing machine.
Along with the machine came 6 sewing classes. Yesterday was my first ever sewing class, and I have to say that while I love to just jump in and learn as I go, I really enjoyed the class. I learned little things like wind your bobbin at half speed so that you don't stretch your thread. Don't you just love little tips like that? Another tip, don't pull your thread out through the top of your machine - like when you're changing colors. Clip the thread at the top of the machine, then pull it out through the bottom by the needle. Apparently this helps to keep lint from building up in your machine. Are there any other tips that I've been missing out on? If you have one that would help me, post it in the comments.

Monday, March 3, 2008

A Little More Snow

The sun was shinning Saturday and everyone was running around in t-shirts and jeans with smiles on their faces. Just about all of the snow had melted away, then Saturday night brought with it a new dusting - and new colds for the kids. Josh and Sara sound like little seals barking in unison. Their cheeks are red and they look helpless - don't you just love that? I don't like them being sick and feeling awful, but I love the cuteness and snuggling that comes with it.
I just picked this up at Etsy from Vynal Wall Art. Don't you just love it?