• Finished Quilts in 2010

    Click pictures for full details! Julia's Field of Blessings See Mom, I *Can* Make Snowmen in Texas! All Shook Up Pansies & Primroses Vintage Spring Vintage Baby A Bad Copy
  • Finished Quilts in 2009

    Click pictures for full details! Sunshine & Swimming Pools Loving Hands Boy Woogies Carina's Quilt Front Charity Quilt 1 Charity Quilt 2
  • Finished Quilts: Previous Years

    My sister's quilt Elena's Signature Quilt Cosmic Spiral Simona's Flower Garden ...And Everything Nice The Wool Quilt The Original Woogie
  • Finished Craft Projects

    Traveling Car Playmat Brown Bear Matching Cards
  • Finished Girls’ Dresses & Costumes

  • Quilt To Do List

    *Julia's "Baby" Quilt
    *Bethlehem Quilt
    *Kaffe Fassett String Quilt
    *Star Happy Batik Quilt
    *Red & Tan Single Wedding Ring Quilt (blocks made)
    *Batik Charm Square Quilt
    *Lingerie Quilt
    *Purple & Gold Mystery Quilt (just needs quilting!)
    *Eagle paper-pieced Quilt (@ half pieced)
  • Other Craft Project To Do List

    *Alphabet Matching Card Game
    *Apple/Pear Dress for Elena
    *Pillow Case Dress for Julia
    *Knit Dress for Elena (need to do post!)
    *Knit Shorts for Me

Carseat cover

I am totally hoping I win this giveaway — a new & pretty carseat cover: http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2009/11/chubby-baby-car-seat-cover-guest.html

Both my girls are in carseats still, of course, but I have never been a fan of their carseat covers.  Totally stoked that this giveaway could be used for a toddler carseat cover, and oh my does Chubby Baby have some cute ones!  Wish me luck!

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Happy 35th to Me!

I’m generally pretty easy-going about birthdays, but man, 35 suddenly sounds old!  Despite the growing number, my birthday was Fantastic!

We started the day with going to Chuy’s Christmas Parade here in Austin.  The girls are at SUCH good ages for parades.

The whole drive to the parade, Elena asked again and again about the Princesses.  She said she was sure Ariel would come say hi to her because Ariel would Love to have Elena for a little sister.  (Ariel has always been Elena’s favorite — she called herself “Ariel” for a good 6 months when she was 2 or 3.)

So imagine Elena’s glee when this happened:

(Julia got a hug too, but we didn’t manage to get that on camera.)  After seeing Ariel and Sleeping Beauty, Elena turned to me and exclaimed “Mommy, they were *so* nice!”

Julia was also thrilled, and with the opening motorcycles she’d watch them for a bit, and then turn to me with a big smile and give me a big hug, and then go right back to watching the parade again.

They danced to music, waved at everyone, and watched in awe at the balloons and the Disney characters.

Good good day.

Later in the afternoon, I took a good long nap with Elena while Julia napped in her crib, and then tonight went to eat at one of my fave restaurants, Benihana.  And after that I got to enjoy cake made and decorated for me by my little family:

OH, and the writing on the cake is great.  My husband asked the girls what they wanted to say on the cake (of course, thinking ‘happy birthday Mommy’).  Instead my cake has a love letter written on it:  “Dear Mommy, I love you very much”, and is covered in Tinkerbell candies.  Best birthday cake decorations ever.

And then my husband gave the girls their baths – completely on his own – while I started this post and downloaded photos.

The whole day in 1 word: *bliss*

Happy Thanksgiving! (with a flashback)

Hope you are all having good eats today!  Mmmm, baby, pumpkin pie!

Once I had kids, I learned that one of the most important parts of Thanksgiving isn’t the turkey, or even the pumpkin pie, but…..the handprint turkey!!!  It just isn’t Thanksgiving if you’re not doing some sort of turkey handprint craft!

Last year, I kicked the craft up a notch:  I made Elena a skirt and Julia a dress – each with their own turkey handprints!  So very crafty, I know.  Enjoy the flashback pics — I can’t believe how much the girls have grown!

Ten

1.  A bad way to wake up in the morning:  You walk out into the living room and find a pile of kittie puke.

2.  An even worse way to wake up in the morning:  You do #1 above, and then make some exclamation of some sort about the kittie puke.  Your 4-year-old then pipes up behind you as she follows you out of your bedroom “I KNOW Mommy!  I didn’t see it because it was SO dark and stepped in it by accident!  But it’s okay, Mommy; it came off when I climbed into your bed!”

3.  Totally. true. story.

4.  Elena’s favorite word is “Actually.”  Since we’ve noticed it, I’ve actually noticed that I use that word a lot too.  And I’m actually trying to stop.

5.  I’ve been hitting up all the resale shops lately, doing my winter-clothing shopping for the girls.  They always have cribs set up.  Julia labels each one as a “nigh-nigh!”  Awww….

6.  The girls love Elmo. (and neither Elmo nor the girls have any sense of where the camera is!)

7.  Elena is for some reason really questioning death and dying, etc etc.  Nope, we don’t know anybody or anything that has died recently, but it is a favorite subject.  She really wants to know “well who’s going to die first??” and has drilled me on “so is ____ going to die??  Is that butterfly going to die??  Is Daddy going to die??”  I need help!  SO, anyone know any good books for 4-year-olds?  I’d love some recommendations.  I would like to cover the religious side too – we are Catholic and want to teach heaven & God, etc. along with death in a kid-appropriate way.

8.  Made 2 more tree blocks yesterday on my snowman quilt!  13 more to go!

9.  A year ago I put away a little play tent.  The girls weren’t playing with it much and it was in the way and driving me insane.  I brought it out again today.  ‘Twas like Christmas.  An upside-down Christmas, that is:

10.  My husband and my girls all crawled, roaring like lions, all the way to the girls’ bedrooms last night from our bedroom.  Cracked. me. up.

Joy in the New Year Challenge

I’ve been hemming and hawing about this challenge.  Of course I have lots and lots of UFOs (unfinished objects).  But ACK — finish them before the New Year?  When I have both one of my daughter’s birthdays and Christmas???

SO, instead of counting every UFO I have (seriously, we don’t want to even acknowledge that number), I decided to count my three Christmas quilts which are in various stages of completion:

1.  Bethlehem quilt.  The top is practically finished — need to connect the 4 big blocks, add a dove and borders, and do all that other quilty stuff.

2.  QN magazine snowman quilt.  This quilt is the one I finally started at the crafting quilt together and shown here.  Currently, the snowmen are in the same state as they were in that picture, but I have started on the trees for the alternate blocks!  5 down, 15 to go!  This quilt I think is the one I have the best chance of finishing.

3.  “Fun” Snowman quilt.  All the fabric is bought, including the backing!  I just need to make it!  Sounds easy, right???

All of these quilts are just for me, not for gifts, so there is no real urgency to getting them done except it would be nice to use them this Christmas season.  So wish me luck!  Only a month and a half to get them done and reach my goal!

Crafting Get Together

This weekend I met up with some girlfriends for some crafting goodness!  There’s no set schedule to the meet-ups, and just whoever can come comes (its a changing group).  We all just bring whatever we’re working on and a snack to share.  It is fun to chat and see the other cool stuff coming together in the room, such as sewing, scrapbooking, cross stitching, etc.  And yummy goodies too!

Another great part for me is that it forces me to get work done in preparation for the get together.  I don’t know about you other sewers out there, but my work tends to be scattered all over the room in various stages of assembly.  A get together makes me clean things up as I figure out which project is portable, or even to make a project portable!

All that to say, I *finally* cut into some of my blue and white snowflake fabrics on Saturday afternoon leading up to the get together, and at the get together I managed to put together 12 snowman bodies!

Beginning of Snowman Quilt

I did the little black buttons while watching football Sunday, and now of course need to make the eyes and carrot noses.   The quilt also has trees for the alternating blocks.  I haven’t even started those yet, but I definitely got a good start on the quilt on Saturday.  So happy!

Ten on Tuesday

1.  Julia LOVES “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.  LOVES it.  She’ll randomly start singing “Be..Night…Be…Night”: shorthand for “Tonight’s going to be a good night, tonight’s going to be a good good night.”  My husband plays it for her in the car regularly, and she’s a dancing fool in her carseat.

2.  I have been working on designing a quilt especially for Julia.  Lots of decisions to make on the design, not just fabric.  (Combining a couple different patterns into one.)    Perhaps I’ll show off my very sophisticated graph paper stick drawings.  Wish me luck!

3.  Elena made a bunch of fake random phone calls the other day to try and get things her way.  For example, she wants a friend to have a sleep over, and we said we’d have to talk to the girl’s parents.  So she got out her (non-working) phone and called over there:  “Hi ____’s Mommy!  Yeah.  Yeah.  Can ___ have a sleepover?  Oh good!  Great!”  Then to us: “Mommy and Daddy, I talked to her Mommy and she said Okay, so let’s have the sleepover now!”

4.  Hit Joann’s Halloween fabric sale and have fabric to make the girls’ Pocahontas costumes.  Thought I might have to finish those in time for Thanksgiving, ha!

5.  Haven’t been able to find a Native American costume pattern I like.  Might have to ad lib it.

6.  We take a nightly walk to the mailboxes after dinner.  Ever since Halloween, Julia expectantly says “Treats?!?” when she sees porch lights on.  And “UhOh! No Treats!” when we pass a house without lights on.

7.  Finally have the girls sleeping past 6 am for the first time today since the end of daylight saving time.  Thank goodness!

8.  Elena’s pretend games are getting so much more involved every day.  Of course, we need to figure out how to play without destroying the house!  (making her own pretend houses and the like.)

9.  This weekend I started one of the two snowman quilts for which I have already bought the fabric.

10.  Get the feeling my Sewing To Do list is out of control?  It is.

And an extra just because I don’t like to post without a picture — here’s Julia doing on of her favorite things in the world: going down a slide.

Julia and the slide!

(um, you’ll have to imagine it right-side up because, well, I suck.)