Monday, January 31, 2011

stress relief


what a day.

It was mostly a good day except for one thing that affected the whole day.

                         Zeke did not nap.

Friday he napped 5 hours(more than his usual 2-3)

Saturday he took a 20 min nap during a walk.

Sunday he tool about 40 min after church

Monday(today) nothing.

Ok- so he is continuing with his 12-13 hour nights (been like that for a long time) but he is only 15 months old- he should still be napping.

I know, I know mom. Mom tells me that I gave up naps shortly after a year.
but Zeke was doing so well.

I got a lot of errands done this morning. This afternoon I maintained my sanity with the movie Cars with Zeke on my lap for a bit of it. I am lucky that he will go play on his own- he just likes to be near me.

The afternoon was a lot of fussy baby time due to not wanting to nap and being tired. Everything was affecting him. I am so glad that when he gets tired he gets giddy first!

I got supper in the oven even tonight. That and the errands were my accomplishment today.

Zeke went down easily for bed tonight!

Then it was mommy stress relief time!

First I read my blog list.

Then I headed over to the craft/spare/store room.

With a handful of chocolate from Aldi

Where I had a lot of Half Square triangles waiting to be sewn together. (I had the first triangles made with help from Thangles)

I then sewed them into Pin Wheels

This one had perfect points! (a few did not)
 My Sewing table- See my papers taped to the wall- they are how I figured out my MILs quilt.
 How I worked out this block
 I only have 1/2 (of the 40) of the blue pinwheels I need and I only have 5 of the 40 red ones.
 Look- Its seems like Im kinda organized this time around.
That candle made its way there thanks to my son. I had tried working in here during the day- and I didnt get much done with a Zeke following me :)

Now I think I will finish up with a glass of wine in a bubble bath with a book.

The book? The Girlfriends Guide to Toddlers :)

How do you get your stress release?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

going for a walk

I woke up this morning with a bit of a cough and wanting to spend time outside.

I decided to go for a walk with Dave and the Dogs and Zeke.

It was a bit chilly (32F) so I put my gloves on Zeke. 
It was nice and sunny and I was walking so I was nice and warm.

Zeke was fussing so we let him get out and go for a walk
He did maybe 3/10th of a mile
I love how the gloves look on him!
Dragging his cup on his Little Lasso  
I LOVE this invention! It attaches to the stroller or high chair or car seat and when the kid throws the toy or cup overboard it doesnt hit the floor- the elastic lets it bounce and hang. 

We were home by 11 and went out again after lunch and it got up to 64F!
very nice day!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Facebook homemade challenge #3

Winner number 3 for my Facebook Pay it Forward Challenge
(winner 1 and winner 2)

Well Kendra received her Prize in the mail today!
She was VERY excited and posted on my facebook wall right away! Lets just say her post started with: ‎{SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE} 

You can read about it from her point of view. (really - go visit her blog)

Her request of colours was black, grey and "that golden-mustard-y yellow color".
That was as close to mustard as I had. 

She is also obsessed with the letter I so I made hers look like Is when turned :)

I also quilted it so the back looked liked Is as well. this was Daves idea- Thanks dear!

Top 10 ways to get your house cleaned quick- by Kendra

My friend Kendra posted this last night.

It rings so true for me.

Top 10 Ways to Get Your House Clean QUICK

You wanna know how to get your house sparkly clean, right? Well, thank goodness I'm perfect, otherwise I might not be able to enlighten you with my Top 10 Ways to Get Your House Clean Quick:

(Just ignore her - she's bitter because I'm an expert.) Photo Credit

1. The Funky Smell - Nothin' says, "clean me now!" like a funky smell. Is it the dishes that have been sitting in the sink for (murmur, murmur, whisper, cough) [insert heinously long amount of time]? Is it the clothes that I accidentally left in the washer overnight...2 nights ago? I don't know - let's just clean the whole house.

2. Watch Hoarders - That's all I need to say.

3. The "Really Important Project" - Have someone task you with something you know you'll dread doing. A project for work, a favor for someone you don't like...I don't know, you're clever, you'll think of something. I find house-cleaning to be extremely procrastinatious because sometimes it sucks less than that other thing you need to do.

4. Fight Night - You know what makes me some women do dishes (really loudly), fold clothes (really loudly), clean bathrooms (really loudly), and generally buzz about the house like the cleaning fairy (really loudly)? Domestic disagreements. That's right, gals, pick a fight, get a clean house! *Poof* It's like friggin' magic!

5. Nesting - Want a spotless house? All you have to do is get pregnant...and wait about 7 months for the nesting instincts to kick in. Ready, set, go!

I KNOW you want to find out her top 5 (or last 5 depending on how you count).

Let me just say that the top reason is how most of my cleaning gets done :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

a few more photos

Talking on the phone with Daddy :)

 Yeah- Daddy is right there :P



look- a foot!

Monday, January 24, 2011

traveling stash is on its way!

remember a few days ago I posted about a traveling stash giveaway?

well I won!

Whoo hoo!!

im so excited!

I will let you know when I get it, what I keep and what I put in it :)

Thanks Ariane!

Facebook homemade challenge #2

Before I start with the challenge- I need more of the fabric. I bought it at Hancocks. I am on a fabric diet (not to buy more fabric for 8 weeks) So I am willing to swap. 
CP30352, Stitched Butterfly, Springs Creative Products Group 2009

Her colour request was Purple.
I didnt have much for purple so I put a call out to a friend who just made a purple and green quilt for a niece.
I used up some of her scraps (the solids were all I had)

For this one I learned how to hide my beginning and ending stitches so it looks just a bit more well done
 (sorry to the others)

I didnt use it- really! Just a sample picture.

Leslie happy to get it (her other smile was very cheesy!)
# 3 has been mailed out
#4 is waiting on an address
#5 I dont like so I'm going to re-do it.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Traveling Stash giveaway

Now this is a neat idea.

Here are the rules of this giveaway!!!
 You must be willing to continue the travelling stash giveaway. Once you receive the package, you must fill it up again with fabric from your stash and any fabric that you don't want that I've included. Then, you will have a giveaway on your blog, continuing the travelling stash.

Hopefully, the travelling stash will make it around the world a few times.

I want to win this and I <3 Sewing, Ariane's Crafts is giving it away.

Go and Join the giveaway goodness there!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Plans for Valentines Day?

I work with a group called Pet Partners Network. They are a group working towards a No Kill Shelter in Caldwell County.

We are a long way from getting a facility but are fundraising in the meantime (as well as adoption events)

Here is our event planned for Valentines Day. 

If you are in or near Lenoir please contact me for tickets. (I will have them in my hands this week)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Facebook homemade challenge #1

I have given my Facebook Challenge gift #1 today.

Her request was "apples, red and green"


She was surprised that I had them done already (little does she know I have 3 of the 5 done!)

Look out for #2

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wordless post

In the toy box

playing nicely 

Dave couldnt get up!

Such a good daddy

hey mommy

He got a little too quiet

caught with tissues
Here is the video of the tissues

Friday, January 14, 2011

I won!!!!!!!

I won!!! I am so excited!

Actually I have won 2 things. 

One thing came in the mail today and one thing was an email.

First - the thing I won today.
I entered a give a way at the Plaid Scottie
She asked for advice on buying an new house (as well as normal ways of getting entries)

This was what I saw on her page. The quote is below.

Item #4: Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts

Comment #504 from Debbie:
"The very first home that my parents bought didn't have a drain in the kitchen sink. They didn't know that when they bought it (just a bucket under the sink), so since then my grandmother's wisdom to buying a house is to look under the sinks!"

Isnt that exciting!!

That is the book that I looked at and Deborah bought for me. I then gave it back to her since I never paid her back. She said she was happy to have the book- and now I will have my own copy!


The other thing I won was from the blog Such Sweet Tierney.

This is what came in the mail today:

"Mara May's sweet paper garlands are the perfect detail for any season. Last Christmas I hung one on the mantle with the stockings! So cute! This is for the nature one pictured above and has pretty greens and lots of book paper!"

Isnt that sweet? I look forward to using it. Im just not sure where yet. If you have any ideas- let me know.

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