Thursday, March 1, 2018

Really Random Thursday 3.1.18

March Already!!

I know I really haven't written any blog posts lately.  I haven't really had much to share.  I'm barely sewing lately, the family has been busy, and will continue to be busy, and I don't want to do lame made up content.  At least I can do some randomness.

 I made homemade granola.  It barely lasted a week. 
 We went to the Mitchell Park domes on Saturday so a couple of kids could take photographs for a competition.   This is a view looking up inside one of the domes.
 Was waiting in the car for a kid and noticed thread on my skirt.   Story of my life.
 One of my beehives is still doing OK here in early March.  That makes me hopeful that I've managed to overwinter one.  We're not in the clear yet, and I've been feeding them, just to help things along.  We've had a couple of warm days, so they've been out and about.  They do what is called a "cleansing flight"  aka Poop flight. 
 Mina and I stopped for a Jimmy John's lunch - her favorite and the first one in a while.  She ate her WHOLE sandwich. 
 I really like green tea lattes (matcha)  They aren't very pretty, though.
 Yesterday was gorgeous for a walk.  Took this picture of a barn cat from one of the nearby farms.  Such cool coloring. 
And, the sewing that I have been doing is secret sewing.  So yeah, I'm lame.  I've got two quilts basted waiting to be finished, so soon, hopefully.  And I'd like to get my On Ringo Lake top pieced, too.  Not enough hours in the day.....

Monday, February 19, 2018

New to Me Quilt Tops

I wanted to share some fun finds from going through my friend's mother's sewing/quilting items.
This bag!  Not sure how old it is, I consider it vintage Joann.  All the stuff for the project was in there.  Classic PIGS (project in grocery sack)

A really nice set of acrylic Hexagon templates.  I think these may have been custom made. 

And four quilt tops.  This quilter was very experienced.  These are all expertly pieced.

I will probably finish or have these finished for charity quilts.  Our guild has a number of quilt requests this year. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Family Friday 2.16.18

A couple weeks ago was observation day at ballet for Mini.  All the shots were blurry - on the move!  We just love her studio.  The instructors are phenomenal.  E used to dance there as well.
Last weekend Si asked to start learning to sew.  I sat him down with read thread and note cards.  I read somewhere it teaches them to start sewing in a straight line. 
Of course WP had to try, too.  Mini also tried - on my lap, with me running the foot pedal.
They all did pretty well.  The biggest problem teaching them to sew?  Takes away from my time to sew! ;)

The last two weekends have been basketball tournaments at school.  WD is here taking his free throw.  His team got 2nd for the tournament. 
The little dude in orange considers himself "the manager"  His older brother is on the team.

I made King Cake for Fat Tuesday.  Yum.  I used this recipe *here*  My colors are non-traditional, but I did hide a baby in a piece!
Mini has been asking to squeeze her own orange juice.  I finally remembered to buy "big" oranges, as opposed to clementines.
I caught Mr. Riley napping - with a friend.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Cutting all the Vinyl Things

I know I've mentioned a couple of times before that I got a Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutting machine for Christmas a couple of years ago.  It took me about a year to even unpack it and try it out.  

I'm over all my fears now.  Even E has been doing thing with it.  

 I designed decals for our local quilt guild.
 At the beginning of school E decorated all her notebooks.

 We learned a lot about which vinyl to use for which projects.
 Super helpful for labeling water bottles and other things.

And a little bit of Christmas Decorations. (true confession, I still haven't put the regular pictures back)
I mostly wanted to share these because the pictures have been floating around on my desk top.  Now I can move them.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Bags and Pillows

I've been doing a bunch of bag sewing and pillow sewing.

 These were the first tote bags that I started with .  Top and bottom, three of each.  They are both from IKEA canvas that I've had sitting around forever, with the purpose of making bags. 
 Then I decided, hey, I've always wanted to open an Etsy shop.  So I did.  I have the totes up there for sale and a few pieces of fabric.  Also a couple of photographs taken by my husband.  End of advertisement.
 I also had to make a bigger rainbow tote for Mini - so I got that done very quickly. 

And I had to sew Christmas presents for my dad.  You see, he does wood stuff.  He turns wood, mostly into bowls, some pens, and other various items.  He's got his own webpage here.

I had this great fabric (also from IKEA) and I thought that since now he's president of his wood turner's guild and he also does some shows, he might need some Wood Totebags!!
I actually made three - but they all look the same.  The third is just a little smaller. 

I also made him two pillows.
So then, once I was on the pillow kick - I made four for us!
Actually they are just covers. 
Check out that invisible zip!  And I even managed to keep all the fabric in the right directions.
 I have one more to finish, but I had to go get another zipper.  I can't believe how much new pillow covers make me happy!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Spirit Week Costumes

Working backwards with these posts. 

Last week was Spirit Week at school which leads up to the basketball tournament hosted at the school.

The Highschool has daily themes and the middle school goes by the rainbow - ending on blue - since that is the school color.  95% of what they are wearing was found at the thrift stores or at home. 

Monday: Book Character and Red
 E and two friends were the Women of Star Wars - E brought a graphic novel of the movies to prove they were in a book.   Padme, Princess Leia, Rey

WD went all in.   I even found red Converse at the thrift store.  I think he looks like a football coach in this picture.

Tuesday: Pirate/Princess Day and Orange. I tried hard to get E to be a princess, because EVERYONE ELSE was a pirate.  Seriously. 

WD on the right next to a few other orange friends.

Wednesday: Western Day and Yellow.

 E was a tumbleweed.  My favorite costume all week.  We wrapped her up in grapevine. 

 WD going all out, again.  The pants are rain pants! Found at the thrift store.  Plus a little free advertisement for his mama. ;)

Thursday: Tacky Tourist and Green.
E brought lots of props. Pretty much all of our travel books plus a globe.
WD really wanted to be a leprachaun for green day!  I even got that hat/beard thing at a thrift store.

Friday was Crazy Cougar Day and Blue & White. 
Not sure what's going on in this pose - but she was all blue.  There is even blue chalk in her hair.

For some reason I didn't get a picture of Will.  We spray colored his hair blue.  It was fun. 

Glad that the week is over though.  I'm sure next year will come soon enough.  At least I can hold on to all the rainbow stuff for WD!