Saturday, August 02, 2014

There's a light at the end of the tunnel...

and it's not an on-coming train. ;D

I have just one more test to go this semester then I can get back to doing so sewing and blogging. Yippy!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Woo Hoo!

I got 100% on my first test...only 26 more to go by Aug. 10. :O

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Slacker...kind of

Ok, I know I'm a slacker. I've been meaning to post for ages but you know how life is. This is the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway week and I really wanted to take part again but I didn't have anything ready, so maybe next time. You can check out the other giveaways here.

I do have an excuse though. I've decided to go back to school and get a second degree...this time, a BS in Nursing. There's a program at the university I graduated from that allows you to get a BSN in one year if you already have a BA or a BS. First though, I have to take care of 7 prerequisites, 3 of which I have to redo because my sciences are well past the 5 year expiration date. So, I'm trying to do 5 of the 7 classes during the summer while my kids are taking a break from homeschooling, leaving me only 2 to manage during the "school" year. Classes officially start Monday but I've got my books and have already started working my way through some of them.

I may not post much between now and August but I'll still be checking out other people's blogs.

Wish me luck. :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I don't have anything new that I'm currently sewing because I've been spending time cutting my batiks into nickels, 2.5" strips and the random 2-3.5"x5" brick. This is only one set, I've got another set cut and about 18 more to cut into.

I've also got a little wall hanging that I'm finishing up from teaching a beginning quilting class to 8-14 year old homeschool co-op kids. The 8 and 9 year old boys in the class did far better at this project than the 11-14 year old girls. I should have taken pictures but never thought to bring my camera.

I never got around to showing the last baby quilt I made. I got it delivered just a couple of weeks before the baby's arrival. His 5 year old "big" brother helped pick out a lot of the fabrics for the snowball blocks. I didn't get a close up of the quilting but it's just wavy intersecting lines with loops in the black corners.
Sorry about the shadows. I didn't have time to get a better picture. That's ds2, my 8 yo, acting as official quilt holder, poking his head over the edge of the quilt.

Happy St. Patrick's Day or...

what happened to spring?
Here's a closer look for you.

It feels like we've had about a billion inches of snow this year. Nearly every week since mid-December, schools have been closed at least one day for either extreme cold temperatures or snow-mostly snow. This winter feels more like when I was going to school in Indiana rather than most other winters here in Virginia. I think I can safely speak for a lot of Virginians and say "We'd like spring to start any day now, please!" BTW, this snowfall was predicted at 2-4 in. yesterday afternoon and we're expecting at least another inch. That's another trend this year; the snow totals have been off the mark more often than not exceeding predicted totals.

This was taken two days ago when temps were around 60.

My 8 year old ds just came up with a new concept. He's not homesick, he's warm and sunny days sick. At least they've gotten good use of their sleds this year.

Here's wishing everyone sunny and greener days!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Happy New Year and Design Wall Monday

First off, a belated Happy New Year to everyone! It was a pretty quite night here but enjoyable none the less.

Here is what I'm working on right now. It's the baby quilt that I mentioned, oh, about a month ago. Right now it's at the sandwiched waiting to be quilted stage but I haven't taken another picture. Yesterday was the baby shower but since I've got a little guy running a fever I didn't make it. Which is a good thing, since the present was still waiting to be quilted. The baby is due at the end of the month but, fingers crossed, I'll have the quilt finished by the end of the week. (It just depends on how quickly H. recovers and whether or not anyone else gets sick.) This will be the first quilt I've finished or even worked on since last March.

I haven't been idle though. I've been working on crocheting. I, along with some friends, have made several baby blankets and scarves that were donated to foster children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. If you're considering ways to give to others, please include the residents of this community in your thoughts. This is one of the poorest counties in this country with many homes holding up to 13 people because of a lack of affordable housing as well as little chance of earning a reasonable income. Instead of asking for monetary donations, this website includes lists of needed items for the various communities on the reservation. ( You can read more about the reservation here and here.

These three are the items I worked on and the ones below are everyone's contributions together. Aren't the baby hats and dress adorable?