October 05, 2011

Busy Busy World

Again....it's seems like forever since I've posted. I find that I'm being pulled in so many directions these days. Unfortunately, it's all my own doing. I just need to learn how to manage it better or figure out how to add 4 extra hours into each day! HA!

Here are a few things that have been keeping me busy lately.

These two, of course!! Emma is still progressing beautifully with her braces. It's amazing how straight her teeth have gotten with her only having had them on since May! She lost another tooth - thankfully not one that was connected to the braces!

The boy, well what can I say about him? He's always keeping me on my toes! Found out a couple of days ago, he's highly allergic to mosquitos after he stepped out into the garage for all of 10 seconds to tell us something the other night and when I put him in the bath that night, he was COVERED in bites the size of a quarter all over his arms, hands, legs and feet! And just when our weather was starting to get nice in the evening - now we have to keep him practically quarantined to the house! Poor baby! Which for him is ok I guess because if he had his way, he'd be watching Lion King on VHS 24/7! Oh wait a minute! HE'S ALREADY DOING THAT!!!

Here is one of SIX placemats that I made for a co-worker's upcoming wedding.

Here are my blocks so far from the Red & White Block Swap that Karen of Sew Many Ways hosted a while back. I'm actually copying the pattern that Annette from Sunshine Yellow did with her blocks. I did ask her permission first though. And the funny thing about this picture is that I took it in total pitch black darkness! We were in the middle of a huge thunderstorm that night when the lights went out as I was trimming the blocks. So this was the best of the pictures. At least I was able to guesstimate the center and get all blocks in the picture! That only took me about 7 tries.

Here is a commission quilt from a co-worker of mine. She was all gung-ho about learning to quilt and when push came to shove, she just didn't have time so she brought me her fabric and said - Can you make this into a quilt? Of course I said SURE! Well, about 4 weeks later, this is how it turned out. I used the Hourglass pattern from Allison over at Cluck Cluck Sew. I just love that girl! Here patterns are super simple to understand and her work is truly amazing! This was such a simple pattern but turned out looking quite complex.

The backing was a vintage looking sheet that I found on a trip to one of my local thrift stores. Oh and Malek himself picked out the orange binding! I'll have that boy putting colors together for future quilts before you know it!

Ok, so last but not least....I've been trying to throw together a SURPRISE 65th birthday party for my mom. Talk about stress! I keep biting my tongue everytime I'm with her because I'm busting at the seams to talk about it. Then luckily, I stop myself because I REALLY want this to be a surprise for her! So the invitations are similar to the ones that I did for my grandmother for her Surprise 80th birthday about 5 years ago. I'm a sucker for old black and white pictures and luckily, my cousin had made a scrapbook for my grandmother back at her party and had burned me a disc, so voile! All the old B&W pics of my mom that I could ever want! So cool how some of them totally remind me of Emma. She favors my mom alot! Oh and you see that little vintage car my mom is sitting in down in the center? She STILL has that! My Papa gave that to her when she was 10 months old. She's had it redone to it's original state and it's a real beauty. I've taken pics of both kids in it. I'll have to post them when I dig them up one day. Yeah - add it to the list!

So, that's my life round these parts in a nutshell. Still many other projects in the works. Oh and then throw Halloween costumes into the mix! I think my hair is about to set fire!


  1. Wow! You are one busy lady. The kids look so cute - but I do see a certain look on Malek's face. In fact, I am very familiar with that look! The invitation to your Mom's party is perfect! Hope the surprise works out. The quilts are all great too. Don't tear all that hair out - please.

  2. Good grief! You have been very busy! All those projects have kept your hands moving, but your brain must be very tired, getting all those cute things together! I love the spools! Malek's punk hair is so cute, and it truly is amazing how much Emma looks like your mom in those early pictures. I know the party will be a success! ---"Love"

  3. You have been busy, busy, busy!!! That invitation to your Mom's party (ssssh! surprise!) is great! But poor Malek! What an odd thing to be allergic to. I hope he outgrows it.


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