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I just wanted to say that Hotmail has seemingly kicked me out of my email and I’ve been trying to get back into it over the last 6 months or so.  If you’ve emailed me, I’m not ignoring you, I just haven’t seen it.  😦  I’m trying to get it resolved.  Sorry!!  It looks like I haven’t posted in almost 2 years, wow how time flies.  My life is so drastically different than the last time I posted, but I cherish all the friendships I’ve made here.  I wanted to say hi to everyone.  HI!!


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Quick housekeeping…it apeeeears as though I missed out on some comments that were left for me on the last 2 posts.  Granted, the second to the last post was over a year ago, but I have a bunch of comments on there I never saw.  So I apologize for ignoring you, I didn’t know! 😉

Okay, so not to leave out Benjamin on my quest to make ever-lasting Easter baskets, my hubby eyed this wooden boat at an antique mall, and on home it came with us.


I think this is the ‘before’ picture.  I was tempted to leave it in it’s distressed glory, but I saw a picture of a real painted boat that I loved, so I used that for inspiration.  Plus, once I sanded it, most of the white paint came off anyway.  So, it got sanded, painted, and I found a wooden anchor at Joann’s that I painted and glued on as well.


Then, for a little personalization, I painted his name on the back.  I won’t tell you how many times I sanded it off and repainted it.  And guess what, it looked exactly the same every time I painted it back.


At least it’s spelled right.  And now it’s all ready for tomorrow morning.  He’s only 4 months old, so he won’t have any appreciation for it.  But he will someday, right?  Right?


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So Easter is right around the corner, can you believe it?  In some ways this year has gone incredibly fast, and in some ways it seems like January 1 was a lifetime ago.  It’s also been a whole year since I last posted.  A whole year!  Crazy.  It’s definitely been an eventful year for me.  Eventful last 4 months, really.  We moved cross country, and I had another baby!  But those are all stories for another time.

So back to the point, Easter is right around the corner.  I’ve been wanting to make an Easter basket for my daughter.  Last year, when she was one, I broke down and just bought a little wire one to make do.  I have scoured and scoured the internet and pinterest, but couldn’t come up with anything I loved.  Anything that seemed to fit.  I was wanting to make a basket that she could use every year.  Not for egg hunting, but to wake up to Easter morning filled with goodies.  I wanted to make a basket for her that would be a memory.

I remember when I was little, I had an Easter basket that had a stuffed bunny head on it.  A little gruesome when you write it out actually, but it was cute.  I still have that basket.  I don’t actually remember ever using it, but I’ve seen it in pictures when I was little, so I know it was loved.  So that’s what I wanted for Avery.  Except I want her to remember it.  I have these images of her waking up every Easter morning to the same basket, filled with goodies.  All the way until she leaves for college.  Then when she’s gone, I’ll cry over her basket every Easter morning, sad that she’s away.  Then when she gets older, she’ll appreciate the nostalgia of that basket, and want to use it for her own daughter….Okay, so maybe I get a little carried away.  She’ll probably not even notice the basket, just grab the stuff, and it’ll get tossed aside.  Then in a few years we probably won’t even do Easter baskets anymore, she won’t remember it, and it’ll get left in the attic somewhere.  But, I can dream, right?  So, as you can see, I put a lot of pressure on myself for this ‘Easter basket for a lifetime’.  Ha, I don’t know why I do this to myself.  Anyway, now that I have baby boy, I’ve got to do this times 2.

I wasn’t worried about it being a traditional basket so much, just wanted to find something cool and unique, so I set off for the antique store.  This is what I came up with for Avery.



It was an old metal ‘flower basket’.  A little worse for wear.  Not sure what it looked like originally, but it had been painted a green color, and it was terribly rusted.  But, it had potential.  Pretty shape, and it was big enough to hold goodies, but not so big it would be hard to fill.  I started by sanding all the loose rust I could, then primed it with a spray paint Rustoleum primer.


After it was primed, it already looked much better.  Avery’s favorite color is currently purple, and she picked out the color she wanted her basket to be.


I had some pretty blue leftover from a different project, so I sprayed the inside blue, for a little contrast.


At this point, all that was left was to give it a little personalization, so I made a bunting banner with her name.  But of course it had to be a double-sided banner.  Why?  Because I like to complicate things.  And because then I can be less decisive.  If I can’t decide between 2 different banner fabrics, why not do them both, right?  So, after all is said and done, this is what I came up with, all ready for Easter morning.



I’m pleased with how it turned out.  It may not last until my children’s children’s children, but maybe the next couple of years.  🙂  So now it’s on to Benjamin’s…

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Au Revoir

I’m a ‘list girl’.  At any given moment, I have a fairly extensive to-do list.  I’m also OCD about getting every item marked off that list.  I get great pleasure from lining through all the things I’ve done, and I get great stress from leaving things undone on the list.  Lately, the latter is where my blogging has been falling.  I’ve been just awful at blogging lately, even though it’s always on my list of things to get done.  I used to love blogging.  It used to be easier.  Now it’s just become stressful because it’s this thing I know I should get done, but I just never get to it. 

I think one reason I haven’t been blogging is because the blog is having an identity crisis.  When it started, it was a quilting blog.  It fit in that nice little box.  But in the last year or so, I have done very little quilting.  Like, maybe one quilt in the last year.  So I really have nothing quilty to talk about.  Now I have baby on the brain all the time.  I could maybe write lots about my baby.  But one, that would be very boring to everyone else.  And two, it seems odd to write about babies on a quilting blog.  So perhaps this blog will evolve into a mommy blog someday.  But now, I just don’t have the time or energy to put into it.  I’m just starting to figure out how to be a full-time mommy/housekeeper.  Then I have a part-time sewing job (which incidentally makes it much harder to sew for fun), and I’m about to start another part-job back at the doctor’s office I worked out before I got pregnant.  So blogging just isn’t there right now. 

So this isn’t a goodbye forever.  It’s just a ‘see ya later’.  This isn’t the end of the blog, it’s just a closing of this chapter in my life.  The blog is going up on the shelf for a while.  And who knows, if I find a way to get back into quilting, maybe this will come back better than ever as a quilting blog.  If I find the desire to blog about other things, maybe this will morph into something else.  Maybe I’ll pop in to blog updates every now and then…

I want to thank all my readers I’ve had over the years, and I’m so thankful for all the friends I’ve made through this little adventure.  It’s truly been a joy to meet so many absolutely cool people.  Hope to see ya soon!!

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What a month.  I had such great aspirations to have a really productive quilting month.  And then we moved.  And then I took a part-time job.  And then I accepted another part-time job to start in the next couple of weeks.  And then I remembered OPAM.  And then I got overwhelmed. 

But, I did manage to finish a quilt this month, but that’s only because it needed binding and tying off some quilting threads.  It’s my quilt from the ’12 Days of Christmas’ line from Moda, I LOVE that fabric!  One of my favorites.  A week before Christmas of 2010, I said, ‘I think I’ll whip up a festive quilt real quick’.  HA!  2 years later I’m just getting it finished.  But, I’ll say, I’m really pleased with it.  It’s hard to make a bad quilt when the fabric is this cute.



So, I now have to figure out how to be a full-time mom, work 2 part-time jobs, spend time with my husband, and still get some sewing in for myself.  I’ve barely figured out how to do the first one and still get a shower in… 

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Moving On

I’ve finished another quilt top, but think I’ll wait a bit to quilt it.  I quilt on my mom’s machine, and I think we’re going to have it set up for some embroidery for a while.  We got this great ambitious idea to each make an embroidered Sunbonnet Sue quilt, and so we each have about 1000 hours of embroidery coming up.

So I’m starting on my next top.  My next challenge is to turn this stack of t-shirts…

…into a quilt for my husband.  I showed him several examples on the internet for him to choose between.  He liked the more puzzle pieced looking ones, rather than cutting everything the same size and being uniform squares.  So I’m thinking it’s going to look something like this…

There’s already been a few more edits to this as I’ve cut one shirt wrong (so far that I know about), and then wanted to spread out the colors some more.  But it’s turning that huge stack of shirts into something more manageable and useful.  He loves all those shirts, and now he’ll be able to see them more often, rather then them being stuck back in a box in the closet.

This will be my second t-shirt quilt.  I’m using much more lightweight stabilizer this time, as the first one was pretty stiff.  But I’m always stumped on how to quilt these things.  I want it to be enough quilting, but I don’t think I want to quilt over the design on the shirts.  Any suggestions?

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Great site I stumbled upon. Lots of pretty things.
Sweet Home Style

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