Crafty Craft Crafterson: Baby Quilt

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See, I said I’d get something domestic up. What could be more domestic than sewing and babies? Here is a beautiful baby quilt I made. I really enjoyed making this quilt. The satisfaction of finishing up that last piece of binding is wonderful. I was trying to use up stash pieces, so you’ll notice two types of binding on here, but no matter, still looks cute! This would be a perfect baby boy quilt. I still have to wash it one more time with fabric softener and probably stitch the year made in the corner, I might give it as a gift. I still haven’t decided what’s happening with it. I kept the quilting fairly simplistic, cause machine quilting still scares me. I would hate to mess it up. Here are some front and back photos:

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I just love these little adorable jungle animals! Especially the owl. Just makes me happy 🙂IMG_5000

Check out these cute little chicken feet. Note to self, remember if directional fabrics are going to piss you off during construction next time before you decide to use it as one of your main fabrics. Getting all those fee to point the same direction wasn’t that hard, but I definitely had to rip out some seems and redo them.

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I’m working on a scrapbook. More tomorrow? Maybe, I don’t want to commit to it yet :0

I promise, I’ll get actual domestic stuff up here soon…

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I know! I’m terrible at actually posting domestic related topics lately. BUT this isn’t only an outlet for my dometicity, but also for my life. Hence last post. This weekend, I promise. I have a blanket to share, along with the beginnings of a scrapbook for my Grandpa.

This is my Godson, he’s adorable. I give real credit to his parents, because he’s wonderfully behaved. It’s kids like him that make me think, “sure, I can do this one day.”

Anyway: The blanket is true baby blanket quilt fashion. I have to wash it one more time, with softener, and I think it will be good to go. It’s adorable, and I heart it!

I made soup last night, with chicken broth. I added celery, mushrooms, potatoes, cabbage, bow tie pasta, and carrots. I also grilled up some bell peppers for my hubby. That’s right, I used the BBQ. I even started it myself. So, he tells me that both were very good. Confession: I’ve never made a soup, and I kinda think he might be a liar. He always says everything I make is good. It’s hard to decipher. On the one hand, I’m awesome, so that could be a fairly accurate answer to anything I make. On the other hand, he does love me, and therefore creates answers like that to please me. He’s not he confrontational type. Not that I’d be confrontational if he didn’t like my food, but I’d be sad.

Now, if I just compare myself to my brother’s girlfriends, I’m ten times the wife they’ll ever be, for my cooking and sewing skills alone. I’m not knocking them down, they just have different skills. Does it really matter when you’re in love? I sometimes meet people and find out they have a boyfriend/husband/wife etc..and think “how the heck did they get someone to love them?!”. But that’s just it! To the world you might be one person; but to one person, you are the whole world. Life is funny.

Sad Day

It’s been a sad couple weeks for me. A combination of things that occured in the last two weeks, that have made me feel like the world is working against me.

It all started on Wendesday, June 10th. I fell down cement stairs, and practically killed my leg. It was hideous, and painful, but I pushed through. Injuries happen, no reason we can’t keep living.

Then, on Friday, worst news ever. My beautiful baby, Teek. My beautiful Himalayan cat, with piercing blue eyes and more love for me than anyone in the world. My amazing, wonderful and comforting cat, had to be put to sleep. Still not sure what exactly led to his kidney’s failing, but something led there, and it happened. It was painful, still is, and hard.

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I know this is sad to talk about or read about, but I can’t let him go without being remembered. The hardest parts are coming home, and knowing that he won’t be sitting at the door waiting. I hate being alone in my house. Nobody to sit on my lap while I’m on the computer, or walk all over my scrapbooking while I’m working on it. Nobody to drag poops out of the litter box, and nobody to sneeze goobers all over the wall by his food. Nobody to eat my house plants, or scurry across the floor in the middle of the night.

It’s been very, very hard. I miss him, I’ll always miss him…

7 things that exude my awesomeness

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I didn’t get tagged, but thought that this might be valuable information for people who are not already “in the know” about the radiant awesomeness that is me. So, with just a little further ado, here are seven random things, that clearly show I’m awesome.

 – I randomly make things like bags with golf related fabric for my DH who works at a private golf club. He takes it to work every day = awesome

– I’m great at thrifting, and find the most awesome deals, like this bench thingy. Wait till you see it finished = awesome

– I make food pretty, for God’s sake, I even have a shaker for powder sugar on french toast = awesome

– I can keep myself busy for a whole day, maybe even two, just doing random stuff = awesome

– The gifts I make people are better than anything you could buy, and I’m not just saying that because I’ve decided to handmake all Christmas gifts from now on = awesome

– When I get hit in the head with a golf ball at close range, I don’t fall down, I just take it. People have died from being hit in the head with a golf ball, not me. = awesome

– My Cher impersonation is spot on, just as terrible and amazing as she is = awesome

For today

FOR TODAY
June 22nd, 2009

Outside my window…my garden looks amazing, and my porch so not inviting, oddly cold

I am thinking…whether or not selling this condo is the right choice for us

I am thankful for…being able to survive, not being poor, and all the blessings God has granted

From the kitchen…more Mandarin salad tonight, delicious. BBQ’d salmon?

I am wearing…jeans, with sidewalk chalk smeared on them and I have no coat L

I am creating…distractions so that I don’t work

I am going…leave work soon, and head out to run errands.

I am reading…nothing, but I really should finish my book about the lion

I am hoping…that the condo sells, and we at least break even

I am hearing…people talking around me, but not realizing what they are saying

Around the house…are little reminders of Teek.

One of my favorite things…is being done with my work day by 2. I still have time to live my life when I get home J

A few plans for the rest of the week…filled with work meetings, but pretty low key all together. I want to finish up my Grandpa’s scrapbook.

A picture to share…

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Lucy – Sewing Machine Meme

I'll get a better pic this weekend

In the box

 

They are doing a sweet thing over at Sew, Mama, Sew, so I thought I would participate!! A little FAQ on my sewing machine, enjoy….Sorry I don’t have a better picture

What brand and model do you have? Bernina Activa 230PE

How long have you had it? Since September of 2008

How much does that machine cost (approximately)? $1100, I honestly can’t remember if that’s accurate at all. My husband swears it was more.

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? I quilt, make clothes, napkins, home décor projects like drapes. I hope to start making purses and clutches! All in good time though.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I try to sew every week, a little here, a little there. So far, this baby hasn’t had a ton of use, but I know she’ll take it.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name? I love my machine, Lucy. I never knew that sewing could be so much better with a quality machine. She’s amazing.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

  • The memorized buttonholes are amazing. I love them!
  • Memorized stitch settings is key too.
  • There are thread cutters everywhere, too, very handy, indeed.
  • I was ver apprehensive about the needle threader at first, but have come to LOVE it.
  • Needle up/down button has saved my life on more than one occassion.
  • The “Barbie Case” that holds all the accessories
  • I love that the feet are one cohesive piece.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? If I had to shop all over again, I’d probably buy a machine with more room in the arm, for bunching things, etch. Though, that would probably have knocked the price range up again.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it! The day I figured out that my machine was truly tough, and high quality was the day I sewed right through the fat head of a quilting safety pin. The needle didn’t even break, what luck!

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? Of course! I’ve recommended it to anyone and everyone who will listen. I looked a long time, and ultimately, I chose Lucy because I felt the quality of machine was amazing, and people at the local sew and vac, that sold Husqavara/Brother/Viking/Pfaff, was very unhelpful. I like to buy my things from people that care about me, and what I want out of the purchase.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? Consider what you’ll use the machine for. How easy is it to move, or will you have a designated space. How straight does it sew a line? Like I’ve already said, the people you buy from are key, because I can call the ladies at Bernina Northwest anytime they are open and they’ll gladly answer any silly question I have. No need to call an automated answering service, and these ladies truly know their machines!

Do you have a dream machine? YES, who doesn’t? Well, I suppose some people already own their dream machine, but it’s still a dream machine. I don’t want anything too elaborate, or not elaborate enough. I’d love to have a Bernina Aurora 440QE. That stitch regulator just sends me over the moon. How fantastic would it be to just push and things happen? It would be amazing.

Far too long

It’s been far too long since I’ve updated. There are a lot of things happening in my life lately.

We listed our condo a couple weeks ago. Nobody has looked at it yet, but I’m hopeful that it will happen, and not take a million years. In preperation for moving, we are cancelling our cable, we just haven’t picked an exact date for that.

I’m still loving my new job. I love the hours I work. Getting home at 3 in the afternoon is amazing. The only downside I see,  is that it’s hard to get going so early in the morning and I always feel like taking a nap around 7pm. I have also learned that if I take a nap anytime after seven, that I will gladly sleep through until the next morning.

Memorial Day Weekend was fantastic. It had been a ridiculously long time since I had a full weekend of no obligations.

Saturday, I had a wonderful day at the Woodland Park Zoo with my friend Scott and his children. Then, after Adam got off work, we headed to a friends for BBQ, and then we watched the Sounders game at our friends, Bryce and Elece’s place. It was a great evening.

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Sunday: We putzed around during the morning, taking care of a couple little things and headed out to Folklife in downtown Seattle. It’s great because it’s free to get in. They have amazing food all over the place, including roasted corn, and elephant ears (my two all time favorite fair/festival foods!). And the people watching, oh my goodness, the people watching! You can get some of the most fantastic people watching done at Folklife. B&E joined us, our friend Justin Hillgrove  was there and finally got to see Adam’s tattoo, all in all a good time.

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Sunday, we went kayaking with my brother on Lake Washington. It was my first time kayaking and I had a fun time. I think Adam complained more than I did, though. The boat wasn’t made for tall men to do the pedal steering, ha. That evening I had really sore arms, and the next day my abs were terribly sore. However, I did have a good time. It was fun, and I could see myself kayaking again, sometime.

 

So, all-in-all, a perfectly good Memorial Day Weekend. 🙂