Monday, January 19, 2009

have you seen this commercial? the snuggie?

Click here to see Snuggie Commercial

i'm sure they are very comfy. but, i think i'll stick with my quilts.

anywho, hubbie, after seeing this commercial today said,

"you should make quilts with sleeves!"

um, i think he was kidding.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Have A Sandwich

My little princess turned 2 this week!

To celebrate, I made her a sandwich. Oh, and I thought she should have something for breakfast too.

I'm in love with felt food. This was so fun to make! And worth all the effort to see her pretend to eat my creation.

She needs something for dessert now. I'm thinking cupcakes.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Project Improv

I've been swept up in the excitement surrounding Jacquie's Project Improv. I've long admired stuff like this online but haven't done much of anything like it. So here was my reason to start cutting fabric at random and see what happens.

Here's my first block.

And the 4 that followed.

this and this were floating around in my brain for inspiration as I started. Aren't those pretty? My blocks don't really look like either of theirs, but I'm quite happy with how mine ended up too.

If you haven't already, give this improv stuff a try. It's fun!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Just one more post about 2008

I finally caught on to how to make one of those nifty Mosaics.

So here in all their quilty splendor are my 2008 completed quilts.

Top L-R 1. Joseph Smith Quilt 2. Candy Pinwheels 3. Buttercream Quilt
Middle L-R 1. Blackberry Pie 2. Austin's Wedding Quilt 3. Little Boy Blue
Bottom L-R 1. Squares 2. Hurricane Ike Scrap Quilt 3. Zig-Zaggy 9 patch

I know there are lots of more prolific quilters out there. I only quilt when its fun. And unfortunately, I do try to stay out of the poor house.

I can't decide on my favorite. It's either the Candy Pinwheels or the ZigZaggy 9 patch. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to get busy and see what 2009 brings!

What I did between Christmas and New Years

I love those lazy days between Christmas and New Years.

Here's how I spent my holiday:

I got this one quilted over Thanksgiving and bound before New Years. Nothing like squeezing in one more finished project before the end of the year!

I L-O-V-E, Love how this one turned out. I've never said this before but I think I'd actually like to make this one again in a different colorway. It was so fun to see it come together.

The 9 patches were from an exchange my friends and I had in 2007. I let them sit for a long time, mulling over the possibilities of what to do with them. This is finally what I came up with.

Friday, January 2, 2009

2009 Goals

So I've had several days now to really think about my New Years Resolutions. (It's still early enough to make them!) And here's what I've come up with in regards to my quilting, crafting and homemaking.

1. More Color! This was something that I've been thinking about for a long time. I talked about this several times in 2008 but I'm determined that in 2009 I'll make adding color to my life and my quilts the highest priority.

2. Be frugal. I don't really have a problem with this. Atleast I don't think so. My husband might disagree, though. I don't buy fabric that often and I usually buy it on sale. My problem is that I often buy on impulse and then my pretty fabric just gets added to my stash instead of incorporated into a great project. So in 2009 I want to buy with a purpose or at the very least not let my pretty fabric sit and collect dust for long.

3. Experiment with Etsy. I've thought about how I could get involved in etsy and want 2009 to be the year I dive in.

4. Get organized. My fabric stash is pretty neatly organized. But other than that (projects, tools, other crafts, etc) I'm a mess.

5. Get Creative with my kids. Crafting and being creative is such a great outlet for me. I want to make sure that I'm including my kids in the fun and helping them explore new ways and new mediums to be creative with (fabric, paint, yarn, etc.).

How's that for a start?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Holiday Recap

I guess I fell off the blogging bandwagon this past month.

December started and I found all these cute crafts for me and for my little ones to work on.

And then life got crazy.

We had a big health scare with our little guy involving falling off the couch, a concussion, something worrisome showing up on his CAT scan, an MRI of his brain and finally after a week and a half of stress, a clean bill of health.

As quickly as this major scare popped up, it was gone again. Thank goodness. But it left us feeling more gratitude for what we have. We spent the holidays the way we should have anyway. We spent the holidays counting our blessings, loving and appreciating our family and remembering our Savior and His love and blessings.

It was nice.

I did get some crafting and sewing done but I'm just gonna have to wait until next year to post pictures of the Christmasy stuff!

I will post a picture of my finished Blackberry Pie quilt that I gave to my mom for Christmas, though.

Since my mom is also a quilter and since she's the one with the big quilting machine, I gave it to her as an unfinished top. I hated to do that but.... I did. I LOVE how it turned out.

As far as presents go, my hubbie spoiled me. He stuck to my wish list. :) Usually he likes to take my suggestions and then use his own creativity to get me different stuff. That's fine and I always appreciate his thought. But it was fun that he actually got me what I asked for this year.

I got some GREAT books. This one is my favorite so far. Amanda Soule has a great blog too. This book has already given me some great ideas for playing with my kids, encouraging their imagination and being inspired by their natural creativity. I'd definitly reccommend this book to any mother of young children.

I also got these two books which I've begun to devour also. Fun stuff.

I hope you all had wonderful holidays. I've enjoyed seeing how others spent the holidays and reading about all the resolutions out there. I LOVE New Years and am formulating my own resolutions as we speak. I'll post about them soon.