Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kids. Sleep. Thursdays.

Oh Grant. Dear, Sweet, adorable Grant.  We need to talk dude. This not ever sleeping thing? HAS TO STOP YO.  Not napping? Not cool, but I could make it work. But up ALL THE DAMN NIGHT LONG? No. Just no.  You are 2.5! I should not be getting up with you at least twice a night every.single.night. I am a zombie again. Might as well be catering to a newborn baby!

Speaking of Grant - he calls lemons "watermelons".  We had given him a lemon freeze thing in the car last week and he takes a drink and then says "no beuno watermelon." We about died. LOLOL
Yesterday while we were all NOT napping I gave up and let them play iThings so I could rest for a minute. (I don't have a ton of RA pain anymore, but yesterday my shoulder was freaking KILLING me and one of the things I do deal with every day is tiredness. By 1 pm I REALLY have to have a 60- 90 minute break to regroup.)  So they are sitting there playing and Grant can't make something work and I was refusing to help. Sam takes the iPod and says very seriously, "Grant, let me help you. That's what big sisters are for!"  (Sometimes you wouldn't know they often are fighting/hitting/screaming like cats and dogs still.)
And Sam.  I bought her this giant Mooshka doll at Goodwill yesterday. I had big sewing plans but then I couldn't move my shoulder, so I went thrifting instead. I have loved these dolls since they first came out, but resisted buying her one. We have all sorts of (thrifted) dolls she never plays with already - Bitty Babies, BlaBla, Pottery Barn kids, Madame Alexander. But this was three bucks, so why not, right?  Turns out she LOVES the giant one.
What she likes even better is that now she has "a mommy doll, a little girl doll, and a baby doll".  (The baby is not in the picture, but the midsized ones come with a little puppet.)  She kept saying, "Thank you mommy for my dollie! I love her!".  (That child has manners. Clearly she is not my child. LOL)

Three or four days ago she was arguing about using the potty before bed.  Dave told her she would have to change her sheets if her bed was wet and she says "I have chubby baby hands and I cannot do that!"


Other than that, it's Thursday. I have come to hate Thursday. I am so over the week by Thursday. I call it "no fucks left to give Thursday."

And that's life here right now. You?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Minted. I'd like one of everything please.

Have you looked at Minted lately?

I used them once a few years back to make our Christmas cards and they were the most gorgeous cards ever, but I hadn't visited them in awhile.

When I went to have a peek around their website and saw the fabric tab I could not click on that button fast enough.

And then I swooned!
 How gorgeous would these Strawberry Fields berries be as a little dress for Sam?
Since I've become a full on instagram junkie I have fallen pretty hard for a raindrop fabric that is IMPOSSIBLE to find anywhere. But lookie here! Playful droplets!
I painted a wall in the playroom with chalk paint. Partly because it was fun for the kids, but partly because I thought I could use it as a back drop for all those themed holiday photos I take of the kids. It turns out the light down there is SO bad that it just has not worked out.  But these photo backdrops would do that job in a place where I can get natural light for the photos. I could even customize the top to have it say our last name. Hmmmmmm. Need one. :-)

Then I had to have a turn at making an ADORABLE Room decor sign for each kid:
One for Grant, who loves planes.

 This one is perfect for Jack.
And I let Sammi choose her own, she loves the mermaid. (Which happens to match her room pretty perfectly.)
My last stop (before Grant decided to pour water in the cat food container, oy) was to check out the planners. Planners are another thing that is ALL OVER instagram, so why not have a look?  This one is gorgeous.

But really - so much pretty there. Independent designers, everything right on trend, super useful things like coordinated party packages (so much easier than hunting it all down on etsy!), home d├ęcor and more. 

Go have a look for yourself.

**I have been compensated for this post with a minted credit. After ten years of blogging, I am pretty darn selective about who I do this for here in this space. I hope you will enjoy minted as much as I do.**

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Flea Market Sunday, a FOUR quilt kind of day

Oh boy, this was a two flea market weekend.  And I am beat.

Before we get to the end you are going to be like "SARAH! Buy enough crap did ya? Didn't you just take a bunch of crap to the goodwill again?" LOL. 

Ah well, the junking circle of life.

Mary had a little lamb, with all her pieces. (For now, cough.)
Ginty loves these old pull toys.
Sadly the backs on these were cut to go over someone's porch lights, but for 50 cents, who cares?
Ah! The best buy ever. It works!  The blur on the bottom is a swinging girl. It actually keeps time and it plays edelweiss on the hour. I also bought a wooden German music box that happens to play Edelweiss too. Let's blame all that on the sound of music special Dave and I watched this week, okay? (If you are on instagram you saw that I paid a whopping $2 for this.)
Moving right along... This is the sweetest little cross stitch ever. I need to clean it up a little and iron it so I can get it framed.
It is done so well. Look at the tiger! I die.
One armed pumpkin man. Again, for 50 cents do I care? I think not.
Irmi circus mobile.
That fish!
A dancing bear! A dancing bear! When we went to the circus I died over the dancing, bike riding bears. Oh sure, it's wrong, blah blah. I still died.
Quilt number one. Slightly tattered, but a very interesting pattern.

An organdy apron. I never really buy aprons for anything but the shop anymore, but this one? 
I am weak.
Quilts number two AND three.  The light outside is not great, but these are a perfect minty green. Not the most exciting pattern, but the fact that she made two - one in girl colors and one in boy colors totally swayed me.
And there was no way I could split up the pair.
They are so soft and sweet.
Feed sack.
Another apron. I follow a seller on instagram who sold a piece of this fabric a few weeks ago and MAN I cried in my cheerios when I missed it. I stalk her sales hard core but the kids were sick or something.
So when I saw these bubbly beauties this morning I SCREECHED to a halt. I might have paid anything for them really.
The loveliest piece of vintage fabric I have bought in a looooong time.
Not a great picture of it though. It keeps telling me it needs to be a duvet cover.
I might have to let it boss me and make that this week.
And quilt number four.

Now, it is entirely possible that quilt number four will be the quilt that breaks my quilt storage's back. My home for wayward quilts is getting full up again. And I have ZERO luck selling them (mostly because of shipping I think). (I can, however, unload them at garage sales pretty easily and the neighborhood garage sale is a few weeks away).
The lady who sold me this one tried really hard to convince me her other quilts "were much, much better".

They were not.
I try to smile through that stuff - people telling me about their quilts - because let's face it I am a full on quilt hoarder. Unless it's related to the history of that particular quilt I am pretty capable of assessing them by now.

 And besides, the heart wants what the heart wants. And my heart does NOT want some 1970s embroidered quilt.

It wants this beauty. With it's meandering wedges, and that lovely quilting in the centers.

Ah, flea market season, I'd say it's upon me already and in full swing.

Happy Sunday to you!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

50 hearts for 50 years, a memorial quilt

I have been keeping my latest quilt project slightly secret.  My aunt and uncle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December and then, sadly, he passed away very soon after. 

I had his daughter, my cousin, help me (they live in Texas) by sending me one of his shirts.

I tossed around several ideas for a large heart quilt, but when I noticed Cluck Cluck Sew's hearts popping up ALL over instagram before Valentine's Day I decided that was the pattern.

As luck would have it, not long after I spotted Film in the Fridge's scattered hearts and decided I liked that arrangement even better.
With my kids being sick this took a LOT longer than I had planned.  The color choices are really unconventional for me, but I wanted to add brightness and fun.
I used three different sized hearts in the center.
And then just kept adding hearts, every which way, until there were 50 hearts on the quilt - one for each year of their marriage.
The final heart is an applique made from his shirt.
And I left the shirt pocket square intact so one could easily tell which hearts were the shirt fabric.

The final heart - the large outside one, was a last ditch effort to squeeze enough hearts in. I failed to plan for fifty hearts from the beginning! D'oh.

I wish I could've been there when she opened it. :-)
I think my plan for this year is to continue to make one quilt to keep and one to give away. This is my third give away this year, the next one is a keeper. 

I am looking for a recipient for the one after that though, in case you know any brilliant people in need of a quilt donation.

Lessons from 50 hearts:
I am totally over Kona Coal. In fact, I would never like to see it again.
My machine is a bit wonky with Kona for some reason.
Plan ahead a bit more, think it ALL THE WAY TO THE END Sarah!
Quilting is not about perfection, it's about the love and the intent.
Playing with scale is fun. The large outside heart totally made this quilt into something it wasn't before I added it.
2.5 inch bindings are WAY better than 2 inch bindings.
Guterman hand quilting thread is the only way to go hand sewing on the binding. Buy an extra spool since Joann cannot manage to keep stock of anything and you will surely have the binding half on and then run out.
Sheets make easy (and cheap) backing, but they are where the weight is coming from.
Large scale prints really are totally not for me.

It feels good, really good, to just make things and let them go out in the world. Someone mentioned on the baby quilts that she would've felt intimated quilting for the Amish, but you know what? That never even occurred to me! I have been listening to these two minute Pastor minute things my kid's preschool emails me and I have to say lately it's as if he talking directly to me about putting it out there, and sharing our gifts. I am not even close to a great quilter. I have no clue what the hell I am doing half the time, but I get there!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The wee leprechauns. And shenanigans.

Last year taking these pictures was a TOTAL pain in the ass.  One (or more) of the kids complaining, or refusing, or crying. My husband complaining about why we bother with this crap (for the record I mostly do this on my own, and I do it FOR ME)...but just one short year later that is totally changed. My little kids are INTO it and totally cooperative. I am not sweating and huffing and puffing and spending an hour trying to get

Jack was actually the least cooperative. (And before anything thinks he is forced, he is not. If he decides he is too cool for this he can opt out.)

Grant was TOTALLY into that hat.

How much do I LOVE this one? I see a canvas in the future.

Goodness they make me laugh.

Happy Wednesday! I can almost smell the weekend...