Friday, July 10, 2015

Piggybank Challenge

Last summer I read about Val’s piggybank challenge.   Living in a house with three kids, each of whom own at least one piggybank, I thought this challenge would be impossible for me.  I always give my spare change to them.  Would it be morally okay for me, their mom and provider, to keep the spare change for myself?  And I didn’t even have my own piggybank!  So I just kind of forgot about it until one day I was in line at Michael’s and spied this cute little piggy:

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At first the kids were slightly jealous of the new piggybank on the block, and they didn’t like the fact that mom was putting money in it.  But soon, they were excited about helping me find orphan quarters in the laundry, payment for my services we’d say.  Three cents found on the kitchen counter was more than fair for making dinner.   And they would help me periodically dump the change from the “poor box” into it.  (Yes, that is what my kids call the cupholders in the minivan thanks to the movie Robin Hood.)

In a few short weeks the little pig was completely full!  I needed something else to hold change, so I went on walkabout in my house and borrowed an old dusty jug from my husband’s office.  The kids continued to put anything they found—pesos, play money, and even a $2 bill—into the jug.  When I got the reminder email to count my money a few days ago, I was pretty excited to see how much it all added up to.

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Now, you moms out there know that I couldn’t count this money during daylight hours without the children asking for their share, so I counted the quarters out separately, $81 including golden dollars and the $2 bill.

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And the kids promptly got out their quarter collecting books and pillaged my stacks of quarters.  Now their books are looking much more complete.

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We took the rest of the change to the bank and the total was $55.45, so all in all I was able to save $136.45. 

Now the fun part, what to buy with all that “spare change?”

Actually I’m going to donate the money to the Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center near where I live.  And I’ll just buy what I was planning (I keep a list, for real!).  My favorite new line coming out is Story by Carrie Bloomston and I just saw a custom Aurifil thread box to go with it, cue angels singing from the heavens.

Thanks, Val, for letting me join in the fun, and we are already putting change in for next year!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I’m Back!

Naomi Eugenie Skye arrived on April 23rd, very late at night, almost the 24th which happened to be my guess for her birthday.  She was 6lbs, 12oz.  Not my smallest baby, but she felt so fragile those first few days.

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It was a bit complicated that first week (I had pre-eclampsia which developed into HELLP syndrome, so I had to be hospitalized again a few days after her birth) but now, almost a month and a half later she’s as sweet as can be and a good sleeper, that is as long as she’s snuggled by someone big and warm!  In case you wonder, she sleeps with us, which is what we did with all our kids.  Co-sleeping isn’t for everyone, but it’s what works for our family.

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When she realizes I’m not hugging her anymore, she’ll wake up, which doesn’t help me find a lot of time to sew, but I have managed to sneak in a few Farmgirl Friday blocks from Lori Holt’s QAL.

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I’m not sure what I’m going to make with these blocks, but I am enjoying picking the fabrics and sewing when I can find a few minutes to sit down at my machine!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Dresses

This year I wanted to sew Veronica a new “cherry dress.”  Two years ago I took a class at the Riley Blake Fabric Fest from Lindsay Wilkes, aka The Cottage Mama, and sewed this adorable Janey Jumper for Veronica, which always had the top spot in her clothing rotation during warm weather.

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But when I ordered the red ribbon trim, I accidentally ordered just 1 foot of trim, which is not enough.  So we had to go with a back up plan until the new trim arrives.

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The fabric in this version is called Wee Gallery by Dear Stella Fabrics. 

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Somehow I had the right color ric-rac and matching button in my stash.

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This dress is destined to be as popular as the cherry dress!

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My older daughters wanted their own Easter dresses too, so I happily obliged.

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My oldest went with a tropical parrot print from Michael Miller.

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And my middle daughter choose a Grace in a Pickle 30’s inspired dog print.  It has a really classic look to it—perfect for the age old past time of climbing trees.

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Or perhaps for scootering around the neighborhood.

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It was a gorgeous day outside with family and friends.  I hope you had a wonderful Easter, too!  Thanks for visiting!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bird Tree Hop

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Time to dust off the blog with a fun blog hop celebrating my favorite animal! 

I planned on making something with the selected fabric  by Tracey Lizotte for Elizabeth Studio, and she’s got other lines featuring hummingbirds and owls that are just gorgeous too, but it didn’t happen with being sick with one thing after another since Christmas and pregnant with baby #4.  Someday I will cut into those beautiful panels and make a quilt my kids will fight over!  But until then, I want to share with you a few “bird” themed projects I’ve finished or have in the hopper.

Has your winter been as brutal and cold as mine?  Earlier this month we had a “warm” spell of 50 degree days and I made this table topper to celebrate.  My kids love to set the table with linens and various “treasures” they’ve collected at thrift stores, so this topper has been in heavy rotation lately.

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The bird fabric is a new line called Milk Sugar Flower by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics.  As soon as I saw those cute little retro inspired birds, I knew I had to make something from them! 

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Paired with linen, these fabrics look perfect for heralding in spring.  (Is it coming anytime soon???)

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The back has the same bird print in cream.

Once I finished up that project, it was time to make a spring-themed mug rug for a swap.

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This wonky star features retro bluebirds that I picked up from my friend’s online shop Donna’s Lavender Nest.   Donna stocks some really cute 30’s inspired retro fabrics and a whole bunch of pretty florals.

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And I’m a staunch believer that no mug rug swap would be complete without coordinating mug, so this sweet pink mug with owls galore accompanied the mug rug to its destination out west.

That’s it for finished projects…I still have two bird themed quilts in various stages of completion.

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This large purple owl is part of an improv quilt that will be for my 4 year old daughter, Veronica.  She wanted a quilt that would “talk” to her at night since her sister Esther has the Mooshka quilt that talks, so we picked Cori Dantini’s Good Company fabric.

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There are plenty of little birds and woodland creatures (foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels) to keep her company at night once this baby arrives and she has to sleep in her own bed.  This quilt will take a few days to quilt up because it’s quite large and I’m trying every kind of fmq design I feel brave enough to attempt.  It’s a quilt that will be loved no matter now it looks, and the improv sections provide the perfect backdrop for practicing different stitch designs.

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The last project I’ve got going is this Charley Harper quilt for my cousin’s baby, due to arrive March 17 but he has not made his grand entrance yet.  I finished quilting it up today and it’s ready for binding.  I don’t want to show too much of the quilt because I plan to give it to her this weekend and want it to be a little bit of a surprise!

Thanks for visiting my stop on the hop and make sure you visit all the other hoppers and see their creative bird-themed projects!  I’ve been so inspired and amazed by the creativity and productivity of the participants of this hop!

Freemotion By The River

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Tea Time Creations

Baa's Amazing Adventures!

Selina Quilts

Ramblings of a Quilter

Busy Bee Quilts

Quilted Delights

Grandmamas Stories

Super Mom - No Cape!

A huge thank you to Mdm Samm for making this hop possible and Lana Dunkerley, our super, wonderful, invaluable cheerleader for this hop!!!

Thanks for stopping by!