Friday, February 25, 2011

Do you ever?

Do you ever find such a good product and never be able to find it again.

I did.

I am down to the last 2.

I am worried that I will finish it before I find a replacement.

I am sad to say that I have been looking all over town and cannot seem to find it anywhere.

I just find the same old boring stuff.

But I love this.

So Im asking you all to help me out.

If you can find Lipton Vanilla Carmel Truffle tea- PLEASE let me know

down to the last 2~

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Traveling Stash continues!

My Traveling Stash that I won has continued.

Go on and visit Shannon at Nunu's Quilt World and enter her first giveaway!

Im glad she took the Hawaiian Prints- I couldnt decide what to make with them so I let them continue on.

This is what she added to it!

Giveaway end this Saturday!

Monday, February 21, 2011


are you faking it?

Over on Scary Mommy they have a Guest Blogger today.

here is just an small piece.

We do the dishes more often and our piled of laundry doesn’t teeter as high as it used to.
Still there are things that plague me; things that continue to make me feel as though I am only playing at being a parent.
When he does something brand new and rebellious, I often have to fight not to laugh.
Sometimes, I don’t really want him to go to bed because we’re having too much fun and I don’t want to ruin it.
Other times, I really want him to go to bed so I can have some fun that doesn’t involve me scraping food off the walls.
I don’t really feel all that parental. Part of me imagined that once I became a mother I’d lose all touch with pop culture, snark and things that were in anyway disorganized.
But I haven’t changed that much. My hair didn’t whip itself up into a bun upon conception.
Instead, I’m wandering around in my pajamas at 4 pm. I’m scanning VH1 to see if I can get away with watching a countdown instead of Yo Gabba Gabba. Wracked with guilt at the idea of letting Alex know who the #1 celebrity train wreck of 2010 is, I choose instead to dance and shimmy with DJ Lance Rock. But I’m not always happy about it. Just like I’m not always sure how or when to reprimand him.

go and read the rest here

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A great weekend for fabric!

Back in September a Local Quilt Shop (LQS) closed its doors. They were not able to remain open. She (Nana) was going to continue going to quilt shows. Well this week she posted on her old facebook page that she was having a special sale this weekend. All fabric was $4.50/yd! (very good price).
She was renting a room in the Hudson community center.

Zeke had a great nap and then we headed out to the sale.
I got 9.5 yards and a fat quarter bundle.
a yard of each and 1/2 yard of the purple.
purple, pink paisley, orangey-yellow

pale yellow, pale blue, green

green dots, brownish green, light blue, white with black prints

fat quarters- very pretty red and white prints
I had a budget of $50 and I only went over by 22 cents!! yay me!


On Saturday I came home from the adoption event and Dave had a package waiting for me!!

Back when I started my fabric diet (8 weeks of not buying fabric) someone needed some fabric and wanted to have a swap. 
I sent her the fabric that she wanted and in turn she was surprising me with some bright fabric. 

The package took about 6 weeks to arrive.
EDIT: They were coming from England :)

Zeke got really excited to help me open it. He loves to play in the fabrics.

I was only expecting to get a yard and 2 fat quarters.

She sent me a lot more than that.

The clotted cream fudge was so much tastier than I expected!

and she sent some Cadbury chocolate! whoo hoo!

Such a cute card!
Love that fishy fabric!
key chain and a button as well!

 So this is a great weekend!
Now to go back to hand quilting that baby quilt :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Eligible Bachelor

May I introduce Mr. Zeke

He is single

Does laundry

Washes Walls

Mows the kitchen

Swiffers the floor (with his own pint sized swiffer)

Is good on the computer

loves the outdoors

Avid reader 

Can be a gamer
Loves Ski Ball 

Did I mention cleans?

Future football player

or Farmer?

Did I mention available? In 2030

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

‎"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." — Dr. Seuss

This really does apply for Dave and me. 

Here is his blog post today.

It is true that he leaned over to me after our vows and signing the documents and whispered "sucker"

Sunday, February 13, 2011

We have a winner!

and the winner is....

True Random Number Generator  
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Shannon said...

I have blogged about it on my blog. Thank you!


I will be sending you an email tonight.

my men <3  (notice Zeke has a stick- he loves sticks)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The twos have it

I chose number 2 from yesterday.

With Zeke down for a 3 hour nap I got the quit done to this point.
I had ironed the fabric earlier but cut and pieced it this much!

Yay for 3 hour nap!

I did smudge the main print so the recipient wont know its for them :)

I think it turned out to be a pretty decent baby quilt that I think is pretty gender neutral.

Friday, February 11, 2011

100 ways to hide your stash

Thanks to my Aunt for passing this to me!

I bet Dave is glad I'm not at this stage yet!

A little help?

I'm drawing out some designs for a baby quilt. 

These are the same pattern with different colours in different spots. 
They are not the colours that I am using though. This quilt will be 40x32"
This first drawing I did free hand trying out a design. 

I then used a ruler to define it better. I kept the brown to the side of the blue block with the green on the outside (same as 1 but the space colours are different ie: the orange/yellow vs the purple/pinkish)

I made this one take bigger "steps" by alternating the green and brown next to the blue blocks. I think this one will be easier to piece.

I think I can figure out how to piece this no matter which one I choose. 
I was looking for a step like pattern. (I dont follow patterns well- its easier for me if I make them up on paper like this)

Which one do you like better? 1, or 2, or 3?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My First Giveaway!

Are you ready for a giveaway?
I know I am. 
This is a first for me. 

For those new here- let me tell you a little bit about this blog. 

I started this blog to keep my family updated on my European vacation way back when. I then revived it after I had my son and we were living 12 hours away from them. 

I live in North Carolina with my Husband and son.
I started quilting 2 years ago at my local shop but stopped attending classes when Zeke was born.
I continued to quilt at home when I get a chance. 

Enough about me!

To see what arrived in the mail check this out.

Now here is what Im putting in from my stash.
EDIT: Plus all the stuff I didnt take from the box. 
You can see some of it on the post before this one.

Santa apron pattern, Christmas place mats, a couple of panels 

some baby FQ, Mickey print (over 2 yards i think)

the bunting piece and the blue on the far left top are from IKEA

This is a hankie that I got from my mom. I used all but this double in a quilt for my son. 

all packed and ready for someone to pass it on to. (I got a new box from the post office)

I copied this next piece from Ariane and edited so I get to know some more fabrics 

So, are you interested in winning this box of fabrics and patterns?

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'm so excited about this.

To enter the giveaway you must leave a comment on this post telling me that you are willing to continue the travelling stash giveaway on your blog. Also let me know your favourite fabric or place to buy fabric.
 That will give you one entry.

For a second chance to win, become a follower of my blog, or if you are already a follower, leave me a comment about it.

For a third chance to win, blog about this giveaway on your blog and leave me comment telling me you did.

Okay, that's it!!!

I will pick a winner using on Sunday night.

Ok- I'm very excited about this!


EDIT: We have a winner! 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Happy Mail

I got some happy mail yesterday!

Do you remember the Traveling Stash giveaway that I won?

It arrived yesterday!
 I could hardly wait to open it. Zeke was helping me.
 I needed to put Zeke in his highchair with a banana so I could go though the whole box.

a whole stack of Hawaiian prints

So I think I will keep the below stuff:
Dave wanted me to keep the moose and the monkeys (I was leaning towards the monkeys anyway)
I discovered I didnt have much pink- so I grabbed those.
I LOVE the light blue with the birds. They are calling to be fussy cut somehow!

So now to go though my own stash and see what I have. 

Expect the giveaway sometime this week!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

mommy guilt?

Estelle  had another good blog today.

There are so many times where I feel so frustrated with my kids. Parenting is probably the most challenging thing I have ever had to tackle in my life, and I'm only at the beginning! One of the main reasons it's so hard for me at times is because of how easy it is to feel guilty...for pretty much anything! Am I right, moms? I know I'm not alone because I've heard many a mother talk about the guilt they feel. It's when I'm at my lowest that I get pummeled with guilt. What may start as a challenge at the beginning of the day can quickly turn into an overwhelming problem where I see no solution. Then I get frustrated, overwhelmed and then I start to feel guilty for feeling overwhelmed..and then guilty for feeling guilty! hahaha

I am the only one living my life. That means, that whatever challenges I face, should never be compared to the challenges that others face. If I am faced with a problem that seems too big for me, that is important to God. He sees how big that mountain is in front of me...He's not looking at me saying, "Well, if you only knew how bad some people have it..." He is never condemning me. He only offers me love and compassion. He knows where I'm at. He understands why I'm there and He knows how to get me out. If I can keep that in mind and stop comparing myself to others, I may be able to make some headway.

Go and finish reading it here

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

better than a Hallelujah

I came across this article Why Facebook (and your church) MIght Be Making You Sad.

here are some quotes:

 “By showcasing the most witty, joyful, bullet-pointed versions of people’s lives, and inviting constant comparisons in which we tend to see ourselves as the losers, Facebook appears to exploit an Achilles’ heel of human nature,” Copeland writes. “And women—an especially unhappy bunch of late—may be especially vulnerable to keeping up with what they imagine is the happiness of the Joneses.”

 But, it seems to me, the very same phenomenon is present in the pews of our Christian churches.
Our most “successful” pastors and church leaders know how to smile broadly. Some of them are blow-dried and cuff-linked; some of them are grunged up and scruffy. But they are here to get us “excited” about “what God is doing in our church.”
Our worship songs are typically celebrative, in both lyrical content and musical expression. In the last generation, a mournful song about crucifixion was pepped up with a jingly-sounding chorus, “It was there by faith I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day!”
We can easily sing with the prophet Jeremiah, “great is thy faithfulness” (Lam. 3:23). But who can imagine singing, in church, with Jeremiah: “You have wrapped yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can pass through. You have made us scum and garbage among all the peoples” (Lam. 3:43-45).
So don’t worry about those shiny, happy people on Facebook. They need comfort, and deliverance, as much as you do. And, more importantly, let’s stop being those shiny, happy people when we gather in worship. Let’s not be embarrassed to shout for joy, and let’s not be embarrassed to weep in sorrow. Let’s train ourselves not for spin control, but for prayer, for repentance, for joy.
This made me think about my church. We often do sing those happy cheery songs. But we also sing some that are not. 
This one in particular.
I have a few friends going though some rough times and are crying out to God and this song makes me think of them as well.
Better Than A Hallelujah

God loves a lullaby
In a mother's tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes
God loves the drunkard's cry
The soldier's plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Woman holding on for life

Dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
Tears of shame for what's been done
The silence when the words won't come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Better than a church bell ringing
Better than a choir singing out, singing out

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

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