Saturday, January 24, 2009

One down, one to go, and another project complete

I am such a procrastinator. I have had the info on both of my swap partners for the apron swaps that I'm in (see sidebar to refresh memory), and today I decided to get started on them. I have finished one, and I pray that my recepient likes it. Of course I can't show it to you but I like it, and think it came out pretty good. I may start on the other apron after church tomorrow. I also have my calendar quilt up to date, need to take a pic of that. And I'm anxiously waiting for the next step of the ycmt quilt (again, see sidebar). Now I must get started on another project.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

An Award ? For Me ?

GASP!! That was all I could say yesterday when Melissa, from threeprincedesigns, awarded me with not one, but two blog awards. I started blogging to keep family and friends up-to-date. Never did I think I'd meet so many wonderful people, or that someone would think my blog worthy for an award, or two. Thanks so much Melissa, I'm honored. Okay, now on to the awards.

For the first one I need to list 5 addictions. Ha, that's all, just 5? Okay here they are, in no particular order.
1) fabric
2)the internet
3)crafting, sewing especially
4)Ben&Jerry's pistachio pistachio ice cream
5)my family

For the honest scrap award the rules require a little more digging than that.
The rules are:1) Honorees are to list 10 honest things about themselves - and make it interesting, even if we have to dig deep! 2) We are to pass the award on to 5 bloggers we feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap.
So with that said, here are 10 honest things about myself.

1)I wish I could win millions so I could spend my days sewing and crafting.

2) I am an introvert, and have very few friends outside of family.

3) I have so many allergies (indoor, outdoor, pet, and food) that my husband jokes I should live in a bubble. My allergist would prefer I walk outside covered head to toe, and wear a face mask. Honest!

4) I love to read and to learn about history.

5)My favorite tv shows are The Closer, Monk, and Psych.

6) I have so many crafting interests I often start something new before finishing the first project.

7)When I first started college I majored in Mortuary Science. I figured working with the dead would be the best job because they can't give you any problems. I ended up with a degree in Business.

8)I'm not only an Army Wife, I'm also an Army Veteran. I served proudly for 12 years.

9) Every night before going to bed I turn on the weather channel. They have some good shows on that channel.

10)My ideal job would be to work with small children (shaping the future), the elderly (could learn a lot from the stories they'd share), or as an art teacher (get paid to craft all day).

Whew!! That was difficult. Okay, now that I've spilled my guts to you all, I have to pass these awards on so that others can gasp and spill their guts as I did.
My honorees are:

1) Claudie of Tickled Pink
2) Cheryl of Peaceful Blessings
3) Aby of Abyquilt
4) Holly of MommyHolly
5) Molly of Molly's Place

Congratulations ladies! And thanks again to Melissa, and to my readers. Thank you.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Finished WISP's

Yeah for me! I have completed one of the items on my WISP list. As you may remember I have joined a challenge to complete one project a month. If you don't, that's okay. Just look on my sidebar and you will see a button that you can click on to learn more about it. Anyway, I have committed myself to so many projects, that it seemed I could not get my WISP's done to complete one project a month. But I eeked out some time and got one done.

This is an apron I made out of 3 bandana's. Peeking her arm out behind me is a trashbag lady I made. She still doesn't have any hair so she couldn't make a full body guest appearance. I may have to add her to my WISP list as well. Hmm, well back to the apron. The bodice part I learned from a fellow Apronista. Still didn't get it quite right to fit my small bodice, and I do mean small, but I like it and think it came out pretty good. Check back again for more of my completed WISP's as I'm determined to get more than just this apron done. Like Justin's Panther's pillow, and Alani's purse, and...

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! And Happy Blue Monday!This little boat is a picture holder. A good friend of ours gave it to Anaya over the Christmas holiday because she loved it so much.

I got this vase from my boss. She was cleaning out her office and was about to throw it away. She asked me if I wanted it. Well of course I would take it, and thank you very much. This blue beauty did nothing to warrant being thrown away. I know it will make a wonderful addition to our house somewhere. To see more wonderful pictures of something blue today, head over to Sally's.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Make-as-you-go quilt- Step 5

Wanted to update you all on the make-as-you-go quilt I'm doing. We are on step 5 of the quilt, which is a fun step, unlike step 4. My goodness, step 4 had us squaring off our triangle half squares. I think that's what they were called. Anyway, lots of cutting involved and I didn't think I'd ever finish. Finally, I got to my last square and could move on. Now comes some fun. Step 5 has us sewing 4 sets of the triangle half squares together to make a pinwheel block. How cool is that! I am learning so much and having so much fun. I have lots more blocks to finish, but I wanted to share one of the blocks with you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Calendar Quilt Up to Date

My calendar quilt is up to date you guys. This is a pic of the strips I've sewn so far. I have had some change of mind about this quilt though. I think that instead of the 1"x10" strips I have now, I will make the strips a bit larger. Or maybe not use strips all the time. I may want to use a square every now and again. I know for sure that once I finish using the strips I've already cut, I will start adding some variation to this quilt. Stay tuned.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Blue Monday

Good morning all. Are you ready for another Blue Monday? I am. Today my contribution is this lovely blue vase that I bought to decorate the new home we're moving to this year. I'm not sure where I would put it, actually I have two of them, but I'm sure it will not be too hard. Don't forget to go to Sally's and visit the other Blue Monday participants.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Make-as-you-go quilt

I am participating in a quilt along with Kim over at youcanmakethis. We're on step two of the quilt, sewing our fabric square pairs together and cutting them on the diagonal. And being the procrastinator that I am, I waited till today to get the 64 fabric squares cut, which was step 1. So, I've been pretty busy today cutting and sewing fabric. Above is a picture, although sideways, of the half square triangles that I spent all day cutting. I'm so happy to be doing this quilt with others though, because to be honest, if I was doing it alone it would be on my WISP list. Now I have to get started on my calendar quilt that I'm doing with Rachel. I have the strips cut out already, just have to get them sewn together. Oh, and did I mention that I'm also doing a BOM with Anne Sutton . It's called A Tisket A Tasket 12months of Baskets. This is going to be the most fun I believe because with this quilt along, we receive a new quilt block each month. At the end of the 12 months we'll get instructions on how to put the quilt together. The button for this fun project is on the left if you want to join in. I better get going while I still have the energy, lots to do.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Blue Monday

Today is Monday, back to work day, and thanks to Smiling Sally, Blue Monday. Sally hosts Blue Monday, and on this day participating bloggers share something blue on their blog. Doesn't matter what it is, as long as it's blue. My favorite color just happens to be blue, so I decided it would be kinda fun to participate. Today I'm sharing the Overalls Bill pillow I made for Justin. The background is blue and the button on his overalls is blue. So now that you've seen my contribution, head on over to Sally's blog to visit the other participants.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Challenge

As you all know I love to craft, all kinds of crafts, and am always learning a new craft. That means I normally would start something new without finishing what I previously started. So, I have a few WISP's (Works In Slow Progress) that I need to get finished. To get these WISP's done, I've joined a challenge with a lot of other people (whew, glad I'm not the only one) who have unfinished projects also. The challenge is to finish one project a month. That shouldn't be too hard right? Hmph, we'll see. I already have two aprons I need to finish for the apron swaps I'm in and they are not part of the original WISP list. Anyway, each month I will attempt to complete one of my WISP's and post a pic of it on my blog. If you have any in your craft room, basket, closet, that you need to get finished and would like to join in the challenge, just click on the button in the sidebar. It will take you to Aby's blog where she has posted some info on the challenge. As for me, I need to get started. I know you're probably thinking, well you have till the end of the month, but with 3 children and having to go back to work tomorrow, I need all the time I can get.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

Most people start the new year off with a resolution or two, and I'm no different. This year, my resolutions are, one, to be the best I can be. The best wife, mother, daughter, grand-daughter, in-law, friend, sister, cousin, niece... You get the point. And my other resolution is to do the best I can at whatever I may be trying to achieve at any given moment. I figure, why go with a resolution like, I'm going to lose 15 pounds by Spring, that I know will be too hard to keep? So I'll stick with something that's easier to keep. Hope you do the same.