May 25, 2011

Wrapping Up

Where did the weekend go? And now here it is Wednesday. Well, Friday, we went to Candlelite Inn for one last dinner as it's closing down on the 15th after something like 54 years of business I think. Might be 57. Anyway. Food was delish. Weather was a little questionble though. But then we got a treat to a double rainbow. The kids really enjoyed that.

This is Malek's new night-time ritual. Must put on gloves to help him fall asleep. Just weird. Yeah and it's 90-ish in Texas this time of year.
Another one of his nightly rituals is to sneak off BEFORE bathtime, a la in the BUFF, and jump under the covers in MY bed. Couldn't resist, caught him in the act. Luckily he had the covers up to his chin.
So yesterday was the BIG day for Miss Emma. Braces Day!


And After!
I think she was cheesing a little too hard in this picture. Think she was trying to show them ALL to me. Notice her choice of turquoise and pink bands - HER signature colors!

Well, after getting them on and then back home for lunch, we had to turn right back around as she popped one off when she bit down into her Sonic burger! That sent her into a tizzy - so worried that the dentist was going to be mad at her. Glue just wasn't strong enough. No worries. But then later last night, we had some crazy weather here in Texas. Lots of tornados touched down around us, hail and a lot of rain. Luckily, it passed around our house and we only got rain, but made for a long night.

OH! I found out earlier that I won a "door prize" from the giveaways that Amy from Amy's Creative Side hosted from the Bloggers' Quilt Festival. It's a kit from Pat Sloan!! Can't wait to receive it. I'll post some pics when I receive it.
Til then.....quilt on!

May 20, 2011

For Nancy

I know I've shown this quilt before, but today I wanted to share it again because today I received an email that my friend that I made this for, has took a turn for the worse with her brain tumor and has now had to enter hospice. It's not fair! She's the sweetest person you'll ever meet. Never a negative word ever passed her lips in all the years I worked with her. Always a smile and a laugh. She, like me, is a big Mary Engelbreit fan and when I first heard of her illness, I knew she'd have a tough road ahead of her and that a quilt might bring her a bit of comfort or at least know that I was thinking about her at this trying time. It's just a simple disappearing 9 patch that I added a topper to with letters that I free-handed in true Mary Engelbreit-ish style.
I saw this saying once and I thought it was so appropriate for her.

I guess the most important thing that I learned while making this is that as long as I made this for her, she'd always know that I cared no matter where either of us were.

So with a heavy heart, I leave you with my most special quilt ever made - Friends.

And because I like to be a follower of the masses, I'm also taking the plunge and entering this quilt in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival that Amy at Amy's Creative Side is hosting.

Happy Birthday Babe!

Babe - that's what I've always called my husband. For the longest time Emma actually THOUGHT that WAS his name!

Anyway, with the "help" of the kids, I made this little quilt for my husband for his birthday, which is today. Kindof corny for a man, but he was very happy with it because it had something to do with his kids and the fact that I made it for him. I think it finished out at about 12" x 14".

So - Happy Birthday Babe - Dinner tonight at the Candlelite Inn!! Whoo hoo. Gotta get there before they close on the 15th next month. Best place in Arlington, TX to eat. The only place you can get a steak, Mexican AND Italian food all in one place! After 54 years of business, it's about to close. All thanks to the big bad COWBOY STADIUM. Hope someone comes in and buys it so that this long standing iconic restaurant can stay open for another 54 years! My parents used to take us there when we were kids. It was my dad's first job. He was a busboy. I had an aunt that waitressed there for many years. Zack and I started going there when we were dating and after we had Emma. It's a great family place with great food (oh and super cute little juke boxes in the booths!). Now we will introduce Malek to it's fabulousness. And it's super cheap too. Bonus!!

Candlelite Inn - you will be missed.

May 19, 2011

Don't really like it, but.....

It's not perfect, but Emma loved it. It's a case to hold all of her DSi video game STUFF. It'll do for now. Such a learning experience I tell ya! I'm gunning for her birthday in July to have another one made the "right way". Learned alot thru this process. I'll save you the agony and won't go thru all my OCD issues that make me not like it.

I DO love the little handle though!

May 18, 2011

Doll Quilt #2 Sneaky Peak

Here's a sneak peak for my partner Megan Z. for the Doll Quilt Swap #2 that Christine is hosting over at Once Upon A Quilt. Stay tuned for more.......

Deadline has been extended til June 15th, but I'm pretty sure I will have mine done way before then. I love these colors - have a little extra, so I might have to whip one up for me too!

May 12, 2011

NEW baby quilt blocks

So I WAS going to make my co-worker's baby quilt out of the Origins tumbler blocks that I posted about here. BUT....they just found out they are having a BOY, so I wanted to make something that really screamed BOY. SO, I finally took the plunge and decided to make their baby quilt out of the Whirlygig block! SO fun and EASY PEESY!! I love how it looks so far. I just LOVE the marble fabric! (I've been hoarding it for a while now, like I do ALOT of my fabrics.) And it's for a baby boy, so marbles are so appropriate. But is the black too much? Does it need shashing in between? And if so, what color do you suggest? I'm still playing with it. Maybe I should put them on point? Oh the choices......

These things are like Lay's potato chips, you just can't make one! I whipped up 7 of them last night while I watched my Felicity DVD's. I'm 41 and living vicariously thru the lives of those college kids. It so wasn't like that when I was in college. Watching that show, I can sew for hours!!

Well, I'm sure I'll be making more blocks tonight! Let me know what you think.