Wow, I really haven't been blogging much lately. Some weeks it's like I'm writing 5 posts at once, and then I have days when I can't find time to blog at all. My excuse this week is that I'm working like an elf over here trying to get everyone's Christmas presents done in time. I've been doing homemade Christmas for a couple years now & I still enjoy it immensely. So that's really what I am up to today. The weather has dropped here & it's the kind of day I want to stay cozied up at home where it's safe and warm.
Here are a couple things I'm working on...
Hello friends! Two days away from my blogs! My Bloglovin' count is up to 154! This makes me sad.
I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving & a successful Black Friday, I know I did! So here are just a couple things I have found this week. I'm starting my first quilt & that is really kinda exciting. (Did I just say making a quilt is exciting? I need to reevaluate that one)
Anywho, here is what I have to share with you this week...enjoy!
Like I said, I'm trying my hand a quilting for the first time. This blog is a big help :)
For the homemade Christmas gifter...so many great tutorials, I don't even know where to start!
Great tutorial for kiddo's room. Jude's room is going vintage and I may need this tutorial for the reading corner.
So I am currently reading this book based on this review. So far, I'm completely agreeing.
You guys. I am obsessed with this song. Just the way a small group of people can create this sound with some simple instruments and their voices...amazes me. I <3 Music so.
I have been sewing off & on for about a year now. I've done small projects like crayon rolls, costumes, capes, etc. I have not tried my hand at quilting yet, and before now, I have not even been interested. For some reason, this week I decided I wanted to make a quilt. Before now, I thought of quilting as a tedious waste of time. Who wants to sit & cut out 81 fabric squares and then sew them together?
Well then last night, I cut out those 81 squares, and I have to say...it wasn't too bad. It was actually a little relaxing. Now I'm so excited about my quilt, I stopped caring about Thanksgiving or Black Friday.
So now my next step is to piece my squares together. I'm a bit nervous about that just because I tend to be a bit reckless with the machine. It can get crazy. I know how important it is to have my squares stay squares. Wish me luck.
I know there are a plethora of quilting blogs out there; for now, I am using this one. She gives a great start-to-finish tutorial on quilt making.
So far what I have learned:
-Choosing fabric is probably the hardest part.
-All-natural batting is expensive and I should always have a coupon handy.
-Selvage edges are very important in rotary cutting
-You only need 1/8th of a yard per fabric in a quilt...times 9 fabrics.
Do you quilt? What are some of your favorite blogs or books? Any tips for this beginner?
Whew! Didn't think I was going to get this done today! We're visiting Panama City and a couple other Florida coast towns today and tomorrow. So here I sit, at the laptop in the hotel room while everyone sleeps. The blogger life. Anyway...here are my interpretations...
Mainly One Color
This is what happens to those pretty Magnolia flowers after they die.
Kinda creepy looking.
Around the home
Jude & mirror baby
Water This pic is why it took me so long to post today. When I saw Water for the prompt, I knew I had to wait until we came to the beach today. Lucky for me, the surfers were out & having a blast. More pics to come later.
Happy Saturday friends!! I have had a lovely week. The hubby came home from his 5 week away-from-home school. He became a Warrant Officer. We had lunch with my dino boy at his school for Thanksgiving meal today followed by a 2 hour excursion with my mother-in-law at the Antique mall where I found some amazing treasures, which I will surely blog about. But anyway, enough with the chit-chat. Here are some of my favorite finds of the week...enjoy!
This girl and I used to live in the same town not too long ago...then I had to go & move & I'm really bummed we never got a chance to meet. For now, I can reminisce by seeing pics of that beautiful city on her blog.
Quote of the week:
“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words "make" and "stay" become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.”
― Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker My best friend recently had this tattooed on her back, and it's only a matter of time before I do as well.
And last but certainly NOT least...
EEEP! I can't even...you guys....this is just...AGH!!
I'll have you all know, I don't even acknowledge Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but I've enjoyed reading so many of these on everyone else's blogs...how could I not play along?
BTW...anyone else having Myspace flashbacks when filling these out?
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate. But only when walking around Christmas Markets in Germany. Memories. *sigh*
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Mostly all wrapped. Unwrapping is half the fun!
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? White. Griswold's anyone?
4. Do you hang mistletoe? No, but I like probably should *wink wink*
5. When do you put your decorations up? The weekend after Thanksgiving.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish? We've always had different meals on Christmas. Last year is burgers, the year before Mexican, before that Prime Ribs (which I didn't eat) and other bizarre things. It's fun :)
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Waking up. Yelling for my parents. Seeing the presents for the first time. Pure magic. Love it :)
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? What truth about Santa?
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Not when I was a kid. But we give our kids Christmas PJ's on Christmas Eve.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Just pure chaotic Christmas mish-mash. That's the only way to do it.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? I don't live in the snow now & haven't for a long time, but I didn't mind it in Germany. Just hated driving in it.
12. Can you ice skate? God no. Never could.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? 3 years ago. My Nikon D40 from my hubby :) Last year, a Kindle from my Dad which my Mom knew about...what she didn't know was that she got one too. It was a fun surprise :)
14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Just being happy & enjoying time together. Cliche? sure, but it's true.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? My mom's crazy assortment of Christmas cookies.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? For stocking stuffers, everyone gets 2 stocking stuffers for everyone else. It's fun to pick out little things for each other.
17. What tops your tree? A crappy little star. I really need a new one.
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Giving because I've started making gifts for everyone & it's so much fun to me, picking out something unique and perfect for each person. Also, Black Friday is like a sport to me & I get crazy into it. I'm not gonna lie though, I love seeing what people pick out for me :)
19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? Eh. I haven't eaten an entire one since I was a kid. I like the small ones.
20. Favorite Christmas show? Where do I begin...It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas story, Elf, How the Grinch stole Christmas (animated one only) and Christmas Vacation. All must sees around Christmas for us.
21. Saddest Christmas Song? I'll be Home for Christmas because many of past Christmas's my husband has spent in Iraq.
22. What is your favorite Christmas song? I love singing Christmas songs with my kids. Jingle Bells, Frosty, those fun ones. :)
Ok I admit. That was fun :) Kinda got me in the spirit.
Everything I've read recently has been OKAY...but I need more. I need a book that crosses my mind at least a hundred times a day. Fictional friends I can't wait to return to each night. There have only been a various few that have demanded my attention throughout the day. Ones that I have to pace myself with for fear that I will end my time with them too quickly and be left jonesing for more.
I need something to just TAKE-ME-AWAY. Another stamp in my metaphorical passport. A runaway romance. Nail-biting suspense. Literary love affair. *sigh*
Today I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a double-decker bus. My mother-in-law is feeling the same but we have convinced ourselves that it's just because we didn't get enough sleep and ate a bunch of junk yesterday. We refuse to say the S word. Too much going on this week.
So today I am pretending that I don't feel like poo and I'm hoping to get some stuff done. And this is what I'm up to.
I finished my Craft Room Wall! For so long it sat as undefined space & it drove me crazy! It's really a dining room, but we don't need a formal dining room & it's on carpet. Come on...you can't feed kids on carpet. Sheesh.
So, I have a wall. I almost had the whole room, but then decided I could do more with just one wall. One wall to rule them all. (nerd reference). The rest of the room is a computer/reading area.
I had a blast putting together this creative space just for ME. And it screams ME really. It was almost magic how it all came together so nicely. I started with the idea of an inspiration board, but that idea morphed into an inspiration wall. The "tapestry" is really a tablecloth I picked up from a garage sale a while back. I have loved it for too long & almost cut it up to make curtains but then decided to just hang it on the wall & I could not have planned it better. It really ties everything together. So without further ado...
Ahhh..it makes me smile.
I love having a place to stick random things I pick up that peak my interest.
Spray painted cork board.
Hot glue ribbon on to hold cards in place.
Before spray painting, put scrapbook stickers on.
Spray. Peel stickers off.
Metal sign covered with scrapbook paper & Modge Podge.
Instant magnet board.
Spray painted spool rack.
Clipboard hung on wall to hold current projects pattern.
Wood plaque-$.99 @ Hobby Lobby
Brass knob off old dresser - free.
Spray painted & screwed in.
Embroidery - thrifted.
Frame a piece of scrapbook paper = instant dry erase board.
Many peaceful evenings will be spent here.
Can't wait to see what my inspiration will bring :)
Today is Veteran's Day, so I must speak a moment about my favorite.
Military Ball, August 2011
I am so incredibly proud.
I could tell you about how much he has done or how hard he has worked and all he has sacrificed, but you already know all of that, just by seeing his uniform. Because he is not alone. So many others have given all of that and more. So many.
I am blessed. So blessed. That I get to call this one mine. He is so much more than that uniform, you see. He is an amazing dad, a wonderful husband, and my very best friend.
And in just 5 days, after 8 loyal years of service, he will come one step closer to pursuing his dream of becoming a helicopter pilot. I'm speechless...so proud.
I don't say this enough...thank you for everything you do.