Monthly Archives: March 2014

Cuddle Monsters

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These are my cuddle monsters. Not all are monsterly and not a single one is scary πŸ™‚ Some of these are large and some are small. They are each unique and would make a perfect little buddy for a little one πŸ™‚ I made one for each of my two girls and one for each of my two nieces for Christmas last year. Of course my eight year old isn’t to fond of hers, but my little one just absolutely loves hers. I got the idea off a Β pin on pinterest (where else LOL). On there they advertised them as scrappy monsters. Mine wasn’t made from scraps mostly and they was no where near as adorable as the ones pinned. BUT they are still soft and cute. These are also something I made plenty of with the intentions of selling them. In all I made ten of them to sell at the craft bazaar back in November, but sadly only three of them sold. SOOO I’m on a mission to get these little cuties out of their box and into some little arms by the end of this year. However if you like what you see and want something a bit more to your specifications I can make one up special just for you πŸ™‚ This last one pictured is for sell as a set, special for a little baby boy. It’s theme is sports. The size of the cuddle monster is considered a large. The little quilt is a little Linus drag along or would fit perfectly over the child’s lap while in his/her carseat.

The themes for the cuddle monsters is from left to right: robot/cyclops(large), floral garden(small), geeky(small), monkey(large), pirate(small), and puppy dog(large).

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Owl Tablet Cover

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Here is a cute little craft I did just before Christmas 2013. I made three different ones and each one was a different color scheme. These are made out of felt and all hand sewn and embroidered. I got the idea off of a pin I seen on pinterest, but she had made them for her cell phone and I think they was slightly different. It turned out way cute. I made one for my mother in law for Christmas because she loves owls. One other was sold at a little craft show in my super small hometown. Now there is just this one little lonely fowl left πŸ˜‰ A 7 inch tablet fits in it I believe. My kindle fire is what I went off of. A while back I had pinned a link from a very talented and much appreciated lady. Who shared so many embroidery stitches for this newbie. Doing it on felt was such an easy way to learn those stitches also. This is something I definitely enjoyed doing. This little bird is for sale and if your interested in it let me know πŸ˜‰

Patriotic Bandana Quilt

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Here is a nice little quick picnic blanket I threw together late last year some point. I had these sitting at the bottom of my storage tub of fabrics. It is made out of Β nine bandanas, batting and a red flat sheet. I had to trim the bandanas a little since they where not all exactly straight. It’s a perfect little picnic blanket that will come in handy when the 4th of July comes around and you want to sit on the beach or a nice grassy lawn to watch those beautiful fireworks πŸ˜‰ I am selling this little blanket also. So if your interested let me know πŸ™‚

 

JOB HUNTING

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So great news. My husband is finally getting that raise he was promised last year. But regardless of him getting it it is still time for me to venture out of the house and get a job of my own. I have been a stay at home mother for the last nine years. Dedicating my time and love into raising our children. One of the many reasons, and not being the most important was it was just cheaper for me to stay home with them then having to put them in daycare. Since I was a stay at home mother I was always available to help babysit for our friends and neighbors. Being a military life all those years I was never short of friends. We recently in the last year moved away from all of that and even though we have lived at this new place we still haven’t made any friends. And being that I went straight from High School to being married then having kids, not having a job of any kind or going to any school, finding a job recently has been very very very depressing. The last place I want to work is McDonald’s or somewhere equivalent. Nothing wrong with those places, but I really just don’t want to work there. However I applied at Pizza Hut and not even they was interested in me. I have so many skills of serving and cleaning, but it seems like no one will give me the time of day. If only I could make a living out of my quilts then I’d be doing something I love and making a little money off it to boot πŸ™‚ But I will keep my head up and just keep applying for jobs. Since we live in a Lake Town with many hotels and resorts I am bound to find some sort of job soon, considering it is getting to that time of year when all the vacationers and seasonal tenants come rolling back in.

Garden Birthday Party

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So that ever so busy birthday week for our family is approaching soon. One week in May we have four birthdays all in a row! I still can’t believe the chances of that happening. In the past I was a super organized Mom and had my daughters parties planned out two or three months in advance since all I had to worry about was our family of four and our friends. Now that we moved back home to all our family and away from all our friends I have more to consider than what weekend and what not is best for us πŸ™‚ BUT I WOULDN’T CHANGE IT FOR THE WORLD! In the past I try to take into consideration what my little birthday girls want as a theme or based off what they have been really really into lately. But my little almost five year old really just doesn’t care. She is like her Daddy in soooooooo many ways. I always joke with people that the only thing she got from me was my eyes πŸ˜‰ I even just recently asked her what she would like as a present for her birthday. What does this little goober do, she looks around the room and says the first thing that her eyes fall on. My blanket, thinking this is a joke I laughed and asked what kind of blanket. Then she states the second thing her eyes fall on, Daddy’s fish tank, so she wants a fish blanket. Knowing she is just joking and that she would really be happy with whatever we make/buy her we are going to go with making our girls a playhouse outside πŸ™‚ I know they will love it and get much use out of it this summer. Considering this is what I’d like to do for them I thought having a great picnic/garden party off our great back deck again would be a great way to display they’re new and exciting play thing. Among other things will be the great game of cornhole, maybe some horseshoes, heck maybe even they’re pool if it’s warm enough by then, along with some amazing ribs and sides. Instead of going with the normal cake like we do every year I have decided to make dirt cake. I tell my little birthday girl this and she just thought that was so funny. Once that much anticipated weekend is among us I will gladly post a few pictures of my “crafty” decorations.

22 Reasons to love Scotland

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I love looking at pictures of Scotland and learning about their history. Maybe that’s why my favorite books are the Outlander series from Diana Gabaldon. One day I will visit this beautiful country. Here is a link to the Huff Post, an article they did called Scotland really is a place to love, here are some reasons why.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/08/reasons-to-love-scotland_n_4732016.html

 

 

Zigzag quilt

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ThisΒ is my zigzag quilt. Which by far has been my most challenging quilt to date. I like to do block quilts and wanted to stray from it a little. This quilt originally was going to be for my niece but once I started making it and realizing how much fabric, time and effort was going to be needed with it I changed my mind and went with something else for her. This quilt size is only a throw/lap quilt and I needed one that was going to be big enough for a twin. There was no way I was going to get it done by Christmas in that size. I machine stitched it on my regular sewing machine and that was also challenging. It is by all means not perfect, to the eye of the maker I can see many flaws, BUT it still turned out really good and looks to be a very sturdy blanket that will survive many washes and uses from a little girl. It is currently sitting away in a box, unused, waiting for the right little girls to come along and need it πŸ™‚

IΒ will definitely try the quilt again. But instead of using jelly rolls I will pick out fabric from the bolt and cut the strips myself. I don’t know if all jelly rolls are like this or not, but the affordable kind I can get at JoAnn’s was cut a little off and crooked. This was also my first experience with precut fabrics and will be a bit more watchful on it.

http://thelittlefabricshop.blogspot.com/2012/10/halloween-chevron-quilt-tutorial.html here is the link that helped me make this. I hope you it can help you too.

Where 5 little chickadees came from…

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When I was growing up I spent a lot of time visiting my grandparents house. I grew up what to me felt like the boonies. I lived about ten minutes out of town and that town was one small town. The greatest part, I lived about a mile down that old bumpy road from my grandparents. My grandmother was a big part in my life. She was so full of life too. She had a great passion for music and hats πŸ˜‰ she even dabbled in writing. Maybe I’ll figure out how to share some of her work on here with y’all.

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She wrote a children’s book called 5 little chickadees based off the memory of one sang to her when she was a little girl. It goes as:

five little chickadees sitting on a fence

one flew away and now there are four

chickadee, chickadee fly away

chickadee, chickadee fly away

four little chickadees sitting on a fence

one flew away and now there are three

chickadee, chickadee fly away

chickadee, chickadee fly away

three little chickadees sitting on a fence

one flew away and now there are two

chickadee, chickadee fly away

chickadee, chickadee fly away

two little chickadees sitting on a fence

one flew away and now there is one

chickadee, chickadee fly away

chickadee, chickadee fly away

one little chickadee sitting on a fence

he flew away and now there are none.

I will always remember and cherish those memories of her singing and picking away on her guitar and banjo.

 

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“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once. -John Green

TodayΒ marks my awesome husband and I’s 9th wedding anniversary! I feel like words alone can never express how blessed I am to have him. Our story started when I found out I was old enough to go to my schools Christmas Ball and I didn’t have a date. So what does a girl do, lean towards her best friend to help “hook” her up with one of her boyfriends buddies, that’s what. AND that is how I met my own personal red head πŸ˜‰ From the day I met him ever so shyly and ever so briefly in the Walgreens parking lot we have been nearly inseparable. He is my true best friend, lover and companion. I look forward to the next 60 years with this man.

“I fell in love…