Monday, December 31, 2012

It's the end of the hustle.

Kelsey's 100 Day Hustle has come to a close and looking back, boy did I hustle these past three months! Here's where I stand:

  • Finish my brother's wedding quilt Done!
  • Halloween costumes for the kids (Peter Pan for Miss C. and maybe Lightning McQueen for Master W.) Done!
  • Christmas stocking for the baby - Unfinished. I wish I could say that I'd had just a wee bit of time and energy left after Little Miss C. was born to finish this one, but I can't. I'm definitely going to finish it next year!
  • Christmas gift for Miss C.'s teacher Done!
  • Finish the remaining green blocks for my postage stamp quilt Done!
  • Angel costume for Miss C.'s school Christmas pageant Done!
  • Gift for Miss C.'s sixth grade buddy Done!
  • Covered journals for Christmas gifts for friend's children Done!
  • BONUS! Little girl apron birthday gift for Miss C.'s school friend Done! (I'll write about this one soon.)
  • BONUS! Postage stamp quilt top (the first of two) Done!
  • BONUS! I didn't have this on my list, but giving birth to my sweet baby girl was a great way to bring 2012 to a close. :)
It feels so good to see so many great projects finished in such a short time. What a great finish to 2012!

Monday, November 19, 2012

We weren't planning a home birth...


... and we didn't anticipate our sweet baby girl being born in our garage (yes, you read that right!), but that's exactly what happened this past Friday night!

We were planning a hospital birth and knew that the baby would probably come quickly since I was only in labor with Master W. for a short 3 hours, but we had no idea just how quickly she would actually arrive! I felt my first contraction sometime around 11:25 p.m. on Friday night so we immediately called Hubby's folks to come watch the kids so we could go to the hospital.

Within minutes we were dressed and walking through the house to the garage, figuring we'd wait in the car until his folks arrived (they live five minutes away so the wait wouldn't be long). But by the time we were in the garage and Hubby had pulled the car out to make it easier for me to get in, I was feeling the need to push and I knew we wouldn’t make it in time. So we called 911 and the operator coached Hubby through the delivery. His parents arrived just in time to lend a hand and watch him catch the baby (yes, on the floor of the garage... Hubby's dad quickly gathered up and put down towels and blankets before she arrived), and the paramedics arrived just a few minutes after that. They whisked us off to the nearest hospital in the ambulance and the rest is history!

I hope you enjoyed our dramatic baby story! I've never met anyone else whose labor and delivery took less than 30 minutes total. It's pretty surreal.

Normally I don't post photos of my babies' faces, but I couldn't resist one little newborn shot taken just before we were released from the hospital to go home.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

No baby yet, but two unexpected arrivals

My due date came and went yesterday without the arrival of our much anticipated little one. Miss C. and Master W. were both late babies, so I'm not at all surprised that I'm still at home running around in a sort of crazed nesting mode. I've been cleaning the house like crazy, doing laundry, changing sheets and even managed to sew up a quilt top in the last few days.

Waiting for baby is not torturous for me (I can't say the same for my sweet hubby, though. The wait is killing him!). I am content to wait until the baby is ready. And even though my due date didn't bring me my baby, I did unexpectedly receive wonderful gifts from two very dear friends of mine.

The first gift was a surprise package in my mailbox. My dear friend, Robyn, whom I met through her blog sent me the most wonderful children's book. 'One Special Day' is a book about a little boy named Spencer who is a wild and carefree kind of kid. The author and illustrator do a masterful job describing Spencer: he is loud, he is wild, he is funny. And one day, something changes and he is something new: he is a big brother... and he is gentle.

Oh, how I cried when I read this book. I cried because little Spencer reminds me so much of Master W. I cried because my two sweeties are about to meet their new baby brother or sister and our whole world is about to change for the better once again. And I cried because I was overwhelmed by the perfection of this book, and the fact that it was so carefully selected just for me by my very thoughtful and sweet friend.

The second gift came later in the evening when my best friend's husband dropped by (we live about three hours apart and he was in town unexpectedly to visit his father who is ill, so he couldn't stay long to visit) with a beautiful hospital gown and matching pillowcase that my wonderful best girlfriend had sewn for me this week.

I was so touched yet again by the thoughtfulness of this gift. My sweet friend, who is dealing with many friends and family members who are seriously ill right now, took time to make something to make my impending hospital stay more comfortable. She is selfless and thoughtful to the core; I love her dearly and cherish our nearly 25-year-old friendship.

Of course, what post would be complete without a little sewing talk, right? If you look closely at the first photo you'll catch a glimpse of the quilt top I finished today. I finally decided what to do with all of those postage stamp blocks I've been sewing up this past year. As it turns out, there were exactly enough blocks for two lap-sized quilts (60x72").

I'll be working on both quilts as time permits after the baby comes. This first top came together in just a few days and is for my hubby's best friend and his two little girls (ages 2 and 4.5), who are going through a tough time right now. I thought perhaps they – and the girls in particular – could use something cozy for reading, movies or just spending time together. The second top will be for my own family and I can't wait to cozy up underneath it after it's finished.

I'm sure it's going to take me a long time to get around to finishing them, but I've made a good head start!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Halfway through the hustle.

If you're following along The 100 Day Hustle over at Kelsey Sews, then you know that today marks the halfway point.

I've been putting all those third trimester nesting hormones to good use these past few weeks and have somehow managed to finish nearly everything on my list, even after adding a few extra projects (I started with just five on my list)!

Here's a look at where I stand:

Finish my brother's wedding quilt Done!
Halloween costumes for the kids (Peter Pan for Miss C. and maybe Lightning McQueen for Master W.) Done!

Christmas stocking for the baby - In progress

Christmas gift for Miss C.'s teacher Done!

Finish the remaining green blocks for my postage stamp quilt Done!

Angel costume for Miss C.'s school Christmas pageant Done!

Gift for Miss C.'s sixth grade buddy Done!

Covered journals for Christmas gifts for friend's children Done!


I'm set to hit 40 weeks on Tuesday and my babies have traditionally been late, so we'll see if I decide to squeeze in any new projects before the baby arrives. I'm definitely feeling tired by the time I put the kids to bed these days, so I'm thinking my last project – the baby's stocking – may end up a last minute finish. 

I hope you're getting a jump on your project list, too! Are you flying through it or is it too big and scary to even think about tackling?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Blessings.

This past week I've spent a lot of time reflecting on blessings. I have so many. Too many to count, really. And I'm so grateful to all that God has provided for me: a wonderful husband, beautiful children, good health, a home to live in and plenty of food to eat... and so much more.

I have a bloggy friend whom I've never met who also has many blessings. God has blessed her with deep faith, a beautiful family, the ability to home school her kids, a wonderful husband and an incredible network of people who love and support her. 

But she and her family are also facing some challenges right now. They've been unable to sell their home. Her husband has had trouble finding work after they sold their business so their finances are tight. And she had surgery today to fix a not-so-tiny hole in her heart. 

After reading some of her recent posts – and one in particular where she let it slip that her children's Christmas is going to be a small one this year – I felt a little whisper in my heart. Maybe I could share one of my blessings with this wonderful person. True, our only correspondence has been through the comments section of her blog... but does that matter?

No.

I thought about something small I could make for each of her kids using my stash, since our budget is tight and the baby is due to arrive any time now. And then I remembered that they do a lot of journaling as part of their home school curriculum... a covered journal for each of her sweeties seemed perfect.

I floated the idea to her in a comment on one of her posts and she was so sweet in her response. She said she would love them and that she'd contact me soon. Well, a few days passed and my pregnancy-induced insanity must have gone into overdrive because by this Friday night I had four patchwork journal covers (using Rachel's awesome tutorial) finished and ready to go.

I emailed her this weekend for her address and she was so sweet, admitting that she'd been going back and forth in her mind about contacting me because she'd rather be the giver than the receiver. This was my response:
"I’m glad that I made them then! :) 
I’m sure you’ll have many opportunities in the years to come to be on the giving end of things. For now, it’s okay to be on the receiving end of things. There is Grace and goodness in being able to say “yes” when you need help the most. God provides us with many blessings throughout our lives. Right now, you are blessed with many people who want to help you and I am blessed with the ability to help. Sometime soon, I know, you’ll be back to fighting form and God will once again bless you with the ability to help someone else."
I'm not sharing this story today because I want any kind of recognition. I'm sharing it because I hope to inspire perhaps just one other person to share their blessings in an act of friendship. There are always people we know personally, or through the blogs we read, or even complete strangers who might need a little help this Thanksgiving, Christmas or any time of year.

I am a Catholic. And that voice I heard whispering to me? I'm certain it was God answering my prayers and questions and reflections. I'm equally certain that no matter what your belief system may be, we all have blessings and gifts that we can use to help someone else in the smallest of ways. If each of us helped just one other person or family this holiday season, think of the good we could do together.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cross another one off the list.

Every year the Kindergartners at Miss C.'s school are the angels in the Christmas pageant. A few weeks ago, her teacher put out a call for more angel costumes, as they're short a few for our little angels to wear.

There must be something about the third trimester that makes a pregnant woman lose her mind, because I volunteered to make a costume for Miss C. Sure, I had a spare white sheet laying around... but did I really have the time with only a few weeks left before the baby arrives?

I guess I did.
It's not fancy, and I needed my mom's help with hem placement and pattern adjustment... but it's finished! Miss C.'s teacher thought she had a pattern for us to use, but as it turns out it's an adult-sized pattern. Who knows how much extra work the last costume maker had to put in to adjust that thing down to pint size. I picked up a child-sized pattern for a dollar at JoAnn's and gave it to her teacher to keep for the future.

Of course, in my rush to get it to the school before the baby arrives (less is more when carrying a newborn and corralling a crazy toddler at school), I forgot to take a photo at home. So, I slipped my camera in my purse on the way out the door and took a quick photo in the car just before school started. Classy, right?

Here's a look at my adjusted (yet again) 100 Day Hustle list:
  1. Finish my brother's wedding quilt Done!
  2. Halloween costumes for the kids (Peter Pan for Miss C. and maybe Lightning McQueen for Master W.) Done!
  3. Christmas stocking for the baby - In progress
  4. Christmas gift for Miss C.'s teacher Done!
  5. Finish the remaining green blocks for my postage stamp quilt Done!
  6. Angel costume for Miss C.'s school Christmas pageant Done!
  7. Gift for Miss C.'s sixth grade buddy Done!
  8. Covered journals for Christmas gifts for ill friend's children Done! Post to come soon.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Meet Peter Pan and Lightning McQueen.

Halloween was a huge success at our house this year. How did it go for you?

This year, Miss C. wanted to be Peter Pan. I had originally planned to make a Peter Pan costume for her, but as luck would have it my mom found a fancy Disneyland costume (complete with shoe covers, hat, belt and shirt) for just $4 at the thrift store the very afternoon that she and I spoke about the kids' costume choices. (I call my mom "The Thrift Store Whisperer" – she can find most anything there, including vintage items worth five to ten times more than she pays for them!) We picked up an inexpensive pair of leggings and a red feather for the hat, and Miss C. was ready to go.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Master W.'s costume took a little more time to put together. The end result was so worth it, though. He had a blast running around in his "NaQueen" costume last night and can't wait to play with it again and again.

I hope you and your families enjoyed a safe Halloween this year!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A zippy finish.

All of the Kindergartners at Miss C.'s Catholic school are paired up with 6th graders at the beginning of the year. The big kid buddies sit with their Kindergarten buddies at mass on Friday mornings and help them out at assemblies and other programs at school.

Miss C. is blessed to have a wonderful buddy this year: Miss M. When the school year first started and Miss C. was having a tough time adjusting, Miss M. would come by the classroom every Friday morning before mass with a tiny gift or treat for her. She says "hi" to her whenever they pass in the hallway. And I've even spotted them holding hands on the way to mass on Friday mornings.

I know that my little girl has a great love for her buddy, so I thought it might be nice for her to give Miss M. a special gift before school lets out for Christmas break. A zippy pouch seemed like an age-appropriate gift. I don't know too many sixth grade girls, but I figured most girls and women love zippy pouches so I can't really go wrong, right?

With that in mind, I raided my stash and came up with a large scrap of Heather Ross Kelp Garden print in a light pink, some tiny scraps of a coordinating striped print, and a pretty yellow for the lining. A quick search of my Pin boards yielded the perfect zip pouch tutorial from Make It Perfect. I hopped on over to JoAnn's the next morning to pick up a bright red zipper and I was ready to go.

The zip pouch came together in a snap. I spent most of a nap time and part of an evening cutting, quilting and sewing it up (I also added a little strap on one side). And I just love how it turned out – especially those zipper tabs.  I've never tried them before and I'm hooked! I don't know that I'd ever make a zip pouch again without them, they really give it a finished look.

And of course, this is just one more thing I can cross off of my adjusted 100 Day Hustle list. Woot!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

A pretty little prize.

This past week Miss C. and I received this pretty little fall skirt in the mail from the wonderful (and talented!!) Kelli at Small Town Stitcher. Kelli was giving away a made-for-your-little-girl fall skirt and I was the lucky winner!
I snapped this photo of my sweetie as she gazed out the window while we waited for grandparents and great-grandparents to arrive on Sunday afternoon for Master W.'s birthday celebration. Goodness, she looks so grown up, yet still so tiny all at the same time.

Thanks, Kelli!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's Blogger's Quilt Festival time again over at Amy's Creative Side. I knew immediately when I designed my brother's wedding quilt that I would enter it into the Fall 2012 festival. Creating this quilt really stretched my skills, and I'm incredibly proud of how it turned out.

So, on to the details for my entry...

The story: This quilt was truly a labor of love for my brother and sister-in-law. They've been together as long as my husband and I (almost 12 years), but only got engaged last year. I love them both so much and knew immediately that I wanted to make a wedding quilt for them.

Now, they both have very specific, modern taste (with a hint of retro style for fun!) so I knew I couldn't simply whip up a quilt without consulting them first. I wanted to make something that they'd use and really love. After a few back and forth emails, with me sending ideas and links to fabric shops, my sister-in-law decided on a beautiful quilt concept and even selected specific fabrics. At the time I knew nothing about whole cloth quilts, so I thought of it as a kind of un-quilt quilt. After a little research, I discovered the simple beauty of whole cloth quilting and was hooked.
Ultimately, I think her dream quilt is brilliant – and perfectly suited to the two of them. I used my Janome's walking foot to quilt the top and hand-finished the binding. If you look closely, you'll see that the lines intersect and twist and turn throughout the quilt. My own personal style is far from modern, but I'm in love with the geometric design of the quilting. 
I finished the quilt about a week before their wedding, and was so happy to see the delight on their faces when they finally laid eyes on it. And I love it even more because they love it.
Size: 60 x 70"
Special quilt techniques: The quilting started with a basic grid in a contrasting color (later removed), then all of the geometric lines were filled in using my walking foot.
Quilted by: Me.
Best Category: Two-color Quilt, Lap Quilt or even Home Machine Quilted Quilt

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ka-chow! Finding my motivation.

There's nothing like entering the last few weeks of pregnancy... and finding out that I'm already dilating... to discover a sudden urge to check a few things off my project list.

This week I've been spending most evenings on Master W.'s Halloween costume. He wants to be Lightning McQueen and being the crazy pregnant mommy that I am, I said to myself, "I can make that!" Fortunately, this project has been a relatively easy one thus far.

Here's how it's been coming together:

  • Find the perfect car-sized cardboard box. This wasn't too difficult considering we moved this summer... and, well... still haven't unpacked all of our framed photos. Emptying it did give me an excuse to hang a few more pictures on the wall - bonus!
  • Cut holes out of said box to fit around the Master's waist. I eyeballed the placement, but did some simple measurements to ensure that the bottom and top holes lined up.
  • Cover with batting and red fabric. I didn't originally plan to cover it with the batting but you could see the writing on the box through the fabric and my crazy mind wouldn't let me take the shortcut. I wrapped it up like a present, cut the fabric out of the top hole and tacked it all down with staples and Tacky Glue.
  • Glue on felt details. This was the fun part, and because I'm tired (and too lazy to research, print out and trace everything) I did it all free-hand. I've come to the conclusion that it's okay to do a stylized version of a character when making costumes. Master W. doesn't care about all the details, he just wants it to look like "Whitening Na-Queen". 
  • Add shoulder straps. This is the last detail, and one that my mom is going to help me with tomorrow when she comes over. 
A few friends have asked if I'm going to match his clothes to the costume, but I think jeans and a long-sleeved shirt will be okay (he may be getting some Cars clothes and boots for his birthday this weekend, so I will incorporate those items if they work out). I spent my tiny costume budget on the fabric and felt, so this is it! Most people will just be looking at his car anyway, right?

I'll be sure to get more photos on the big day, but I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek!

And in case you're curious, here's now my project list from The 100 Day Hustle is shaping up:
  1. Finish my brother's wedding quilt Done!
  2. Halloween costumes for the kids (Peter Pan for Miss C. and maybe Lightning McQueen for Master W.) Almost finished! More on Miss C.'s costume later.
  3. Christmas stocking for the baby - in progress
  4. Christmas gift for Miss C.'s teacher Done!
  5. Finish the remaining green blocks for my postage stamp quilt Done!
  6. Angel costume for Miss C.'s school Christmas pageant - in progress
  7. Gift for Miss C.'s sixth grade buddy - still brainstorming (maybe a zip pouch?)
And yes, I'm completely nuts because the last two items on my list weren't there originally. I just can't stop myself!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Check another one off the list!

Today I was able to check another project off of my 100 Day Hustle list: a Christmas gift for Miss C.'s teacher. Woo hoo!
After some consideration (and a consultation with my mom, who is a retired teacher) and waffling over several ideas, I decided to go with a covered journal using the fab tutorial created by Rachel of Stitched in Color. If you haven't tried it yet, you really must! Not only is it easy to make, but it's very cost effective if you raid your stash. Don't tell, but I only spent about $3 on supplies (a composition notebook and a bit of bleached muslin for the lining)!
The fabrics used are as follows:
  • Chevron blocks – I cut into a charm pack of Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille that I had won over at the awesome blog, Fish Creek Studio.
  • Gray strips above and below the blocks – Another giveaway win, this time part of a custom jelly roll by the super sweet ladies over at Clover & Violet.
  • Dots along the top and bottom – Scraps of Denyse Schmidt fabric for JoAnn's left over from another project. I love, love, love this print and will be sad when the last few scraps are gone!
  • Lining – bleached muslin from JoAnn's.
I hope she loves it as much as I do. The whole thing came together in a few nights and nap times, and much of the time spent was me trying to figure out how to arrange all of those half square triangles I had created (my first try with HSTs!) from the Vintage Modern charms. The only thing I did to stray from the pattern was serge all of the raw edges, otherwise I followed it exactly. Rachel did a brilliant job!
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Postage stamp blocks finished!

I must be in nesting mode because I've had a sudden burst of third trimester energy and have managed to check a few things off of my 100 Day Hustle list. Woot!

Last week's big finish was my brother's wedding quilt and I'm so happy to report that I've finally finished the last of my green postage stamp blocks (there were 49 in total!). I had about 30 left to sew, and was able to crank them out in small batches during nap time and after bedtime this past week.

Now that they're finished I'm trying to decide on whether to make one huge bed quilt or two lap quilts. At this moment I'm leaning toward two lap quilts, mainly because I can quilt them on my own machine and won't have to pay for long arm services.

As to the design, I really want to showcase the scrappy blocks so the plan is to alternate each block with blocks of white, and somehow create some order with all the different colors (red, orange, green, blue, aqua, yellow, pink and coral).

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wedding quilt finished!

It's been a long haul, but I'm excited to finally be able to say that my brother's wedding quilt is finished! And the best part is, I finished it with a week to spare before the big day. You can imagine my sigh of relief when that final stitch went into the binding and the last thread was cut. Whew!
This was an interesting quilt to make in that the bulk of my time and energy was spent on the quilting itself, rather than the piecing. I spent very little time at all on piecing since it's a whole cloth quilt (my first!). The front was made from three pieces, with the widest piece placed in the center. The only time I felt really frustrated with the piecing process was when I couldn't get the print to line up properly on one of the pieces. In the end, it wasn't off by much and I don't know that it's noticeable to the untrained eye.
The quilting itself took several weeks. I spent pretty much every day during Master W.'s nap and some evening time quilting, quilting, quilting until my pregnant belly started to get sore from sitting in front of my sewing machine for too long. That sounds like a lot of time each day! Really, though, it was probably two or maybe three hours max each day, four or five days a week. The finished quilt measures 60x70", the perfect size for the newlyweds to snuggle under while watching a movie or favorite TV show.
Looking at the front, I'm incredibly proud of how the geometric quilting turned out. My brother and (almost) sister-in-law found inspiration in this gorgeous long-armed quilt made by Krista at Spotted Stones that I had shown them and had asked that I do the same kind of quilting on their quilt. The geometric lines are clean and modern, and fit their sense of personal style perfectly.
The back is where I found myself most challenged. I have a long way to go before I can say that I've mastered setting the proper tension when quilting, as you can see in the photo below. It's not terrible, but nowhere near as neat and tidy as I would have preferred. I'm hoping that the first washing will make some of my little mistakes less noticeable, and also that my brother and his fiancee will love it anyway. I suppose that if I'd been able to use the same color thread on both sides, then the mistakes wouldn't have been as noticeable. But given that I think the quilt looks best with the green stitching on top and gray on the bottom, I'm just going to have to be happy with the way it turned out.
I hope you don't mind me sharing a bit of the ups-and-downs of making this quilt. I'd love to show off lots of gorgeous "perfect quilt" shots. But handmade isn't perfect. And learning isn't perfect. But love is. And this quilt has a lot of love in it. So that makes it perfect, right?
My brother and future sister-in-law have excellent taste in fabric, by the way. Here's what they chose for the quilt:

  • Birch Organics' Mod Basics in Abacus Green for the top of the quilt
  • Robert Kaufman's Pure Organic in Steel for the back and binding

  • Special thanks to Rachel of Stitched in Color and Elizabeth of Seams French, two incredibly talented quilters who answered my quilty questions and offered up advice that helped guide me in the right direction when planning out this quilt. I highly encourage you to take a moment to check out their blogs. Not only are these ladies super talented, but they are very kind and generous with their time and talents.
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    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    The 100 Day Hustle

    Kelsey over at Kelsey Sews has hit upon a brilliant idea to help all of us busy bees finish up our outstanding projects before the end of the year; it's called The 100 Day Hustle. I'm going to keep my to-do list modest, because I know I won't get much done after the baby arrives. I do, however, still have quite a few things that I wish to accomplish by the end of 2012:
    1. Finish my brother's wedding quilt
    2. Halloween costumes for the kids (Peter Pan for Miss C. and maybe Lightning McQueen for Master W.)
    3. Christmas stocking for the baby
    4. Christmas gift for Miss C.'s teacher
    5. Finish the remaining green blocks for my postage stamp quilt
    I'm crossing my fingers that I can get even a fraction of this finished by the end of the year. What do you hope to accomplish by the end of December?

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    Quiet time and the wedding quilt

    I've been spending all my free time lately working on my brother's wedding quilt, which isn't as much time as I would like considering my free time occurs only when my wee ones are sleeping. It's been a long haul on a quilt that at one point seemed so simple (how hard could a whole cloth quilt be, right?). I hit a major milestone yesterday when I finally finished up the quilting. Hooray!

    I spent Master W.'s nap time today unpicking my grid (the pink stitching) and it felt so good to sit in complete silence with a project that required absolutely no thought and little concentration.

    What a rare, treasured afternoon.

    I rested against a few pillows and sat in the quiet for a good hour before my little guy awoke, enjoying the peaceful silence. It was a perfect time for saying a few prayers and reflecting on how life is about to change once again.

    I read recently that we Americans often so get caught up in "being busy" that we fear the quiet, the down times of the day. So we fill our days with television shows, web surfing, activities and other "must-dos" that keep us busy to the point of exhaustion.

    Where do I fall in all this? I'm a homebody. I know many people who thrive on being busy, but it makes me anxious. If truth be told, there's no place I'd rather be than home with my husband and kids. I love the laughter, the wild antics and the general warmth my children's very presence brings to my home. But I also love the quiet times when I can peek in my kids' bedroom door and see them sleeping like little angels (don't kids always look like perfect angels when they sleep?).

    How do you handle the quiet times? For us mamas, I know they are few and far between. Do you embrace them? Do they make you want to find something to do to fill them?

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    Softly Against Black: Mosaic Contest Entry

    Rachel of Stitched in Color has teamed up with the folks at Fresh Modern Fabric to host a super-fun mosaic contest. The theme is "Softly Against Black" and all you have to do is create a mosaic of 12 fabrics found in the Fresh Modern Fabric shop and share your link on Rachel's post for a chance to win.

    I ran out of thread tonight with only inches left to go on the quilting of my brother's wedding quilt (of course!), so I had a little time on my hands. The rabbit print was my inspiration fabric. It made me think of bedtime stories and how peaceful my sweeties look when they are sleeping.
    You can all of these little beauties over at Fresh Modern Fabric right now. 

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Cozy Up: 'Blueberries for Sal'

    Finding a vintage children's book in the stacks of the children's section of the library always makes me feel as though I've found a piece of buried treasure. Sure, I like modern children's books. But I love vintage children's literature.

    Last week's fab find was 'Blueberries for Sal', written by Robert McCloskey. The story opens with Sal and her mama (don't you just love her mama's outfit and hair?!) going to Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries to can for the winter.

    Sal follows her mama, eating berries along the way, until she becomes too tired to follow anymore. So she sits in a berry patch  for a while to enjoy some blueberries.

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the hill, a baby bear and his mama are eating berries to fatten themselves up for winter. Baby bear soon becomes to tired to hustle along behind mama bear, so he sits down in a berry patch to eat his fill.

    Soon, both Sal and the baby bear decide it's time to find their mamas. You can imagine what happens next...

    Miss C. was on the edge of her seat the first time we read it, wondering what was going to happen when each mama discovered that she was being followed by someone other than her own little one. And she couldn't wait to read it again and again! Even Master W., who often won't sit still for any book that doesn't contain a train or truck, was enthralled by this story.

    You'll have to pick up a copy to find out what happens to the mamas and their babies. The ending is a sweet one!