Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dress for Abigail.

I got this fabric from Handcocks. It was already like this. 

I got a half a yard and it was $12.50! This is more than I would pay for a dress normally! But I thought I wanted to give it a try. 

I added 4 ribbons to the top and then seamed up the back. (i did a french? seam so there was no raw edges)

Abigail was excited to wear her "tutu" this morning. 
It was hard to get a good picture of her in it with just my phone. 

It also didnt stay on long because it was a bit too cool for this.  

Here she is talking to daddy with her baby. 
I think the 1/2 yard was JUST right. It probably could have used another inch or two for space for her growing. But it fits right now and the bows on the shoulder are pretty cute

chillin after dinner

apparently we need to tie the bows tighter :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pillows and Placemats

Since coming home from the Girls weekend away (and getting sick for a week), I have not pulled much out of the sewing room. in fact it was all still pretty much packed up when my mom told me she was planning on stopping by on April 12 and asked if I had her placemats ready.


I had forgotten and/or been too lazy!

So I got going and got a couple done and got a couple pillows done for my dad.

2 placemats done. 10 more to go. The centers are fussy cut and foundation pieced.

Maybe the centers should have been a bit smaller. Oh well!

When we had gone fabric shopping on their way down to Florida dad found some fabric he liked.
So i made a couple 16 inch pillows. The back is a mottled black/grey

My dad was happy with his new pillows :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Girls weekend at the cabin

I have a group of women that get together once a week or so to do crafts together.

One of them, MC, has a cabin that she was willing to share with us about 45 minutes away.

One day she randomly asked if any of us were interested in going up with her one weekend.


I replied back with the date that would work best for me and a bunch of the others also said that weekend worked and it was set!

We went this past weekend. yay!!

MCs 2 puppies came with us

Tina, Judy, Sam
There were 5 of us Friday night and 4 saturday night. 

I managed to get 2 of the 3 projects done that I brought as well as going quilt store shopping with Judy.

I finished and trimmed 100 Half Square Triangles and this bag for MC

 and the fabric:

if you could only feel this fabric. It said 100% cotton and we were not sure so the people at the shop even took a small slice and took it outside and burned it and it is cotton! feels like rayon or something else soft and flowy! It was in the sale rack so I can try this pattern I found.

some new cotton

I think my mom would like this! We were looking for something like this a couple weeks ago- oh well!

We got a lot of relaxing in!

 Great sun rise to a sunny day on Saturday
Saturday night we stayed up til 2 and then woke up to rain Sunday morning. 

loved this tub- and I got a bath in it!

main bedroom

living room and dining room

Loft area

Such a nice cabin!!

Great weekend. 

Thanks MC!!
I had a blast!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Nexus 7 holder and tote

So my mom and dad stopped here on their way down to Florida. She had seen my bags and I offered to make her one.
I quickly made her a bag to take with her to Florida to the pools etc. 
She picked out the fabric and strap to go with the flowers.

inside pockets

Its big

Big enough to fit a small child (obviously the men care about us putting a kid in a bag)

I think she was happy with it. She can easily fit in the two towels and other stuff she needs

While they were here they got a Nexus 7.
I VERY quickly whipped up a case for it. Thats why its all raw edges etc.

pocket for the stylus and charger

So there you have it. 

now they have a project for me to work on while they are gone for me to hopefully finish when for when they head home. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

All About Me update -feb

So I have been going to aqua classes 3-4 times a week.

my week mornings look like this
monday- aqua
tuesday- aqua
wed - aqua
thurs- Bible Study
Friday- Walking OR aqua depending on the weather.
Sat- aqua  when I can.
Sun - church

So it has been going pretty good. The class I like is meant more for seniors but its the one that fits my schedule best. So I just amp it up a bit more than what's being taught. (more running etc)
(depending on the teacher)If I didnt feel like I got "enough" out of it I will stay for half of the cardio aqua class that is mon, wed, fri.
there is only 2 hours of child care available at a time and I need to have time to get showered etc after class.

I also just took my first Trainer Session 2 days ago.
oh man - that was rough. good, but im still sore.

I just have to say - Planks hurt!

but imagine my core /ab muscles after a while! I think thats whats hurting the most and a bit of my legs.
She wants me to do this twice a week as well as my aqua classes. She knows I like them better so she wants me to keep going to them since I enjoy them. (I get a good workout when she is the teacher of that class!

I have been following my friend Michelle on facebook and on her blog . She has some great exercise related posts. (and I apparently motivated her to get back to exercising again!)

And now the food:
I have not changed too much of what I am eating quite yet. Working on portion control first and adding in more veggies. Its hard when Dave doesnt like many veggies so I keep cooking the same stuff. (yes we still eat out occasionally and sometimes its at fast food places- deal with it)

I got a box of produce from Wild Pilgrim Farmstead. They are a first generation farm providing produce to locals.
 We love the simple things in life! We enjoy spending time with our family, growing quality food, and creating artisan products from our farm. We are not certified organic, but use organic practices in growing our fruits, vegetables, and meats. We raise entirely grassfed Beef and Lamb. During winter we feed certified organic hay from Reedy Fork Feed in Elon, NC.

We are an Appalachian Locally Grown Certified farm. This certification means our farm has been inspected and that we actually grow what we sell.
We are also vendors at the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone, NC. This is a 100% locally grown market. To be a produce and meat vendor you are required to raise 100% of what you sell. The market manager visits each farm to verify this when a farm becomes a member of the market.
General information
Our farm supplies Year Around Produce using OMRI approved methods through the use of Heated High Tunnels, Unheated High Tunnel Greenhouses, Low Tunnels, Field growing, and Frost Blanket coverings. We also raise grass fed beef and lamb. Our added value products include Pickles (we are a certified acidified foods producer), Cajeta Mustard (goats milk caramel mustard), gourmet jams and jellies.

this box includes:
- potatoes
- garlic
- apples
- carrots
- mushrooms
- acorn squash
- sweet potatoes
- green onions
- tomatoes
- romaine lettuce
- collard greens.

Its kinda fun getting a box of stuff and to think what you might use them for!
any recipe suggestions for using these ingredients?

So thats where I am right now with that. 

For my sewing- I still haven't done a thing with my bed quilt but that doesnt mean I havent been sewing for me. 

I have been making a few bags for aqua class. 
They have been kinda popular at class and a couple people have asked me to make them some!

I also added the lights that I got from Black Friday to my quilting space finally. (my room is brighter than this shows though!)

Oh- and the other thing is the Housekeeper- so far so good! I think every other week is about as long as I can go before the house becomes a disaster area. She has been here a couple times and It makes me happy to have her around!

Shoot- looking at the list from January - I still need to call about my wisdom teeth!

I attend a bible study weekly that has a 5 day homework component. I have been really bad about doing the homework in 3 days instead of over the 5 days. I still do not have a good personal devotion time. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Zeke's first "real" movie

 Zeke got to go to his first "real" movie today.

alright- he has been in this theater before to watch older movies for the summer rerun program they have for kids.

But this was on the release day even!

We got a sitter for Abigail and +Dave DeBaeremaeker and I took him to the theater.

Guess what was worth taking a 4 year old to?

Yep- the Lego Movie.

It was fun!

Zeke was enthralled (and this was during the trivia stuff) and also ate the whole bucket of popcorn!

Monday, February 3, 2014

quick and easy tote part 2

So I made a swimming tote here
using this tutorial: 
Super Easy Tote Bag Tutorial from Poppyseed Fabrics (follow her directions. I am just pointing out my differences)
but it was too small. 

So I tried again. 

and upped the size. 

bag pieces: 

2 batting pieces 25x20
2 bag pieces 25x40
2 pocket pieces 25x30.5
webbing- 4 yards cut in 2 pieces

I also used some leftover fabric for a pocket.

fusible fleece 

As with most things I tried something new with this bag. 

I decided to use fusible fleece instead of batting.

not sure the sides are as stiff as I would have liked. but thats not a problem.

I took my pocket material and lined it up and then sewed it down the middle.
I then made some pleats for pockets to hold more. 

sewed them down. 

I read a tip somewhere about working with vinyl covered cotton was to put the satin scotch tape over your foot and on the plate- leaving room for your feed dogs. 

I then sewed down to create the pockets. 4 wide pockets and 2 flat pockets.

so on the other side I did the layering and sewing on the handles.

I also sewed about 4 inches up from the bottom so the pockets didnt go all the way under the bag for me to loose stuff in. 

Using some heavy duty Heat and Bond I stuck a piece of Peltex Ultra Firm stuff for the bottom. 

Large bag
nice pockets

much bigger

with the same stuff in it


And I think it really is too big. 

The strap is too long. I think using 3.5 yards and cutting that in half would have worked out just as well. 
I do like the peltex at the bottom and the pockets. 
I should have made the pockets a bit lower so they would have sat closer to the bottom. Thats only because the shampoo etc I put in them weigh it down. and when I set it down- it collapses inward.

BUT its the perfect size to toss a quilt into or to take more than one towel to the beach or pool (with kids)
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