31 December 2013

Looking Back on 2013

It's that time for the end of the year wrap up! Looking back on my original post, I had created six goals for myself. Personally, I think I did a good job.

1. Become capable of walking up a flight of stairs without wheezing. 
This one was a win and a fail. I was able to accomplish this goal. I went back to physical therapy. I even went to the gym. I got stronger, and my back hurt less. But, I still wheezed. Turns out, it's because of the high altitude and my weak lungs. Yay.

2. Read more books.
I blew this out of the water with flying colors. Thanks to Goodread's book tracking, I was excited to watch my numbers grow. I checked out books by the dozen. I accomplished my goal of reading 52 books this year. And if I wanted to, I might finish one more before midnight chimes in a new year.

3. Cook better. 
This one actually turned into "eat better." While cooking less junk-stuff, I was able to create more energy and happiness for myself.

4. Create more.
Oh, but I did. I didn't get the herb garden I wanted, nor the knitted socks. But I most certainly got the quilts and other random sewing projects. No need to list them, just go back and look.

Though, I did discover that I could no longer knit or crochet. Going to try to remedy that in the upcoming year.

5. Be more organized.
Yeah, I won't even lie. This was a complete fail. I am about 10% more organized than I was at the beginning of the year. Not anywhere close to what I wanted. 

6. Survive the deployment. 
I think I did. I'm just happy it's over, and that he's home safe.

Over all, I think I get a B+ for my efforts. Looking back, what I see most out of these goals is how I've changed as a person. Some of these goals and what I passionately wrote about in January is nowhere what I want this time of year. Though, I'm sure to have some new goals for January 2014, that will look just as weird in December 2014.

30 December 2013

Quilty Box!

I don't remember what blog I saw this on, but I surely was fascinated. Apparently, there's a new monthly box in town. And it's geared towards Quilters. Why, it's Quilty Box! It's a box full of quilting goodies, for $38.95 a month. Yeah, yeah, it sounds a little pricey, but with what is included, I feel it's worth it. If you subscribe to them, instead of doing month-to-month, they give 5% of the money earned to Quilts for Kids. Also, if you donate a quilt to Quilts for Kids, they will give you 5% off your next box, or add that 5% to Quilts for Kids.

Moving along, they have a theme for each month, this month's was:

It was Give! Also, Save the Orphan blocks. Of course you don't have to follow along with the theme, but it's fun to have something to look forward to each month. Speaking of looking forward to things each month, let's see, WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!

As you can see, I got a nice newsletter explaining everything in the box. Along with that, is the awesome stuff. I got a book, Quilting Isn't Funny, by Megan Dougherty. It's a book about quilting antics, and not really a fiction novel. More of a collection of stories.
 I also got some Art Kloth, which I've never heard of, but it looks really awesome and exciting to use. Apparently, you can make journals out of it. The newsletter suggested making a 2014 Quilt Journal out of it, which I really like that idea.
 Along with that, I received a charm pack of Alison Glass' Sunprints. Which, I've been admiring it for a while, but never would have purchased it for myself. I won't lie, I was hoping for the Catnap charm pack from Lizzy House, but now that I have this and have seen it in person, I'm excited to have it. Mostly because...
That's right. That's Alison Glass' Feather's quilt pattern. I keep seeing it everywhere on blogs and Pinterest, and I'm excited to do it. Especially with this charm pack. Well, I think I can do it with the charm pack. Either way, it's awesome.
Last but not least, and not pictured is an awesome "Fabric Hoarder" art print from Sara Watts. You can kinda see it on the newsletter, but it's currently being flattened. I laughed when I saw it, because it's true. I am a fabric hoarder.
This month's box was worth $86.90, and worth every penny. I'm exicted to see what I can do with the box!

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This review is just my opinion. I am not being paid, nor compensated for it. I just like informing people about what's out there. :)

25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

This is as fancy as we get around here. Homemade pumpkin pie. 

 Merry Christmas to you and yours, 

from my loving family (and two of the four dogs.)

24 December 2013

Holy Crap, y'all.

So, remember my Aeroplane bag I made in the last post? Well, I entered it in the Sew Mama Sew Sew Sweetness contest, and out of 61 entries, holy crap, I'm in the top 15!! Are you in just as much shock as I am?! Look!

Sew Sweetness Bag contest voting

That link. Right there, is one of the most amazing things ever. I still can't believe it. Even if I'm not one of the top three (which I'd probably keel over) I'm pretty pleased that I'm in the top 15!

If y'all are feeling particularly full of Christmas cheer, please feel free to vote on my bag. There's other beautiful bags, and you can vote up to three, but please include my bag into your voting, if you find it worthy.

Best Christmas present ever?

And on that note, Merry Christmas, everybody! Hope Santa's good to you!

13 December 2013

Happiness in a Bag

Have you ever just had fabric and a pattern come together so awesomely and you didn't even plan it? It just happened to me. I was taking advantage of Hawthorne Thread's Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, and finally gave in and bought some of Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill collection. The Pristine Poppy in Midnight and the Tartan in Midnight. I actually had been drooling over the Tartan for some time now, but when the sales came around, I said to hell with it, and bought a yard of the Poppy and two yards of the Tartan. After buying quite a bit (shhhh) from them, I saw Pink Castle was having a sale, too. I'd been looking at some of Sew Sweetness's patterns for a while, and when I saw they were on sale, I figured why not. I was going on a trip soon, so I picked the Aeroplane Bag.

The week after Black Friday was like Christmas for me. Packages EVERY. DAY. It was awesome. Brian would just roll his eyes as I giggled when he handed me packages. The Hawthorne Threads package and the Pink Castle package arrived on the same day. And it was as if the angels had planned it themselves, as I heard a chorus of them when I paired them together. Shh...listen.

Can you hear it? Can you hear them singing? I think it may be Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, but whatever it was, it was perfect.

I set out the next day buying the supplies. I had no idea there were so many different kinds of interfacing! I just knew of WonderUnder, so I went with it. Found the perfect zippers, and came home and started right away.

The first day, I got the exteriors done.

I was completely shocked and pleased with myself at how they had turned out. I even fussy cut a pocket for the front. I like having a pocket I can quickly stuff things into on the outside, before going through the TSA checkpoint. I cut out the linings and ironed the interfacing to them, and I won't lie. I was scared to progress further.

A couple of days later (after finishing one quilt, and quilting another) I decided to work on it again. It was zipper day. Oh, good gravy, I am terrible at zippers. But not these. These were the BEST instructions I've ever seen for putting in zippers. If I would have known it would have been this easy, I would have stuck one on the backside of the exterior of the bag, too.

I find using tape to hold the zipper in place instead of pins works better for me.
I was so excited and motivated about these zippers, that I just finished the rest of the bags that evening. The hardest part of the whole bag was sewing the last lining piece to the zipper. And as I got the last stitch in...I realized that I could have taken the zipper apart. *sigh* This bag was a pleasure to make. The fabric was quality above par. It was one of the first projects in a while (that's not a quilt) that has put a real smile on my face. I seriously want to show everyone like a little kid who draws something for his mom. So now, it's your turn.

Can you see the pocket? Or am I that awesome? ;)

The back.
The inside! There's two zippered pockets in there.
Seriously, y'all this pattern and the fabric were a pleasure to use. If I can find the "perfect" fabric, I will be making this bag, again.

09 December 2013

So this is Christmas...

...and WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?! I've always pictured the "what have you done" part in that song, like a mother scolding a child. It makes me laugh.

Anywho, it's Decemeber, which means I'm sewing up a storm, praying that I can get all these Christmas gifts done on time. It won't happen. I only have four finished. Ha. So, if I've mentioned that I'm giving you something for Christmas....it might be a 2014 gift.

And because posts aren't fun without pictures, here's a teaser of a quilt I'm working on for a very special little girl.

Is there anyone else crazy like me, and get fantastic last minute gift ideas?

01 December 2013

Happy December!

I finished another thing! Look at it!

This I've had FOREVER. I started it either October or November 2012. I can't remember. But, it's a friendship quilt! All the members of my little group each made a spool and traded with each other. Mine's not perfect, at all. It was my first attempt at everything by myself, and I did it mostly wrong. Ha! But, it's done, and I'm super pleased with it.

I have all my pieces cut out for the Canoe Ridge Creation's quilt along. Just waiting on the sewing instructions. Hopefully, they'll appear tomorrow!

I started on my Christmas quilt. Doubtful it'll be finished by Christmas. Ha! My fall one still isn't finished.

One of my quilts is ready to be long-armed quilted.

And now, to make a bunch of little Christmas goodies.

Some one wish me luck for my sanity.

Oh, Thanksgiving was good. Nice and peaceful. Just me and Brian. Not complaining a bit.