Monday, May 30, 2011

Just because I love my blog friends...

Today is a giveaway!
The reason? I don't have one...
Want this super cute passport sleeve?
 Leave a comment telling me if you like your passport picture. If you don't have a passport, then do you like your driver's license picture (I guess if you don't have a passport you wouldn't be wanting this passport sleeve. I think this would hold my kids shot records as well:))?.
My passport picture: I look like an androgynous tennis player.
My driver's license: Magda from There's Something About Mary. For some reason I look wrinkly and tan.

I will keep the comments open till Wednesday morning about 8-9am my time which would be about midnight (Tuesday night) California time. Did that make sense? I hope I calculated that right..
*passport sleeve made from this pattern.
*I will ship internationally
*I have no idea if other passports (other than American) are shaped different and would not fit in this sleeve. Measurements are approximately: 3.5" wide x 5" tall.

Friday, May 27, 2011

So not me

This fabric is SO NOT ME but it's my friend Connie's most favorite print (or any animal print really). She has a 1.5 year old named Lily and when I saw this fabric (it's waterproof, bought on etsy) I got excited because I had been wanting to make her something but I don't have any animal print fabric. Connie has had a very bad couple of months with her husband being down range and BOTH her cars pooping out on her. I think this cheered her up a little:)

Oh Ava Ava Ava. How can you be so cute, so evil, so sweet and so funny all at the same time?
I'm going back to San Diego for the summer!
Me and the girls will spend the summer enjoying our family and helping with Jon's mom as much as we can.
I need some book recommendations...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

thought bubble

What they're really thinking....
Why are those fake tattoos the hardest things to get off? And everyone assumes after seeing the same one on your child  for 3 months, slowly getting grungier and grungier, that you don't wash your child. I googled it and one person said to apply packing tape then rip it off. I tried this and it didn't work. It did however make Emily cry and she's now hair-less on her forearm.
These are 6 pillow cases I made my sister to go with the fabulous quilt I made her. Oh I'm not done with her room! I'm going to make a cozy for her TV out of this fabric and matching pj's and maybe little curtains over the painting with a pull cord so she can open it like stage curtains. And what else...slippers! Maybe a house for the kitties. Or a little doll bed with a miniature replica of this quilt for her kitties.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tree Carving

An embroidered pillow for my sister and her husbands Anniversary. 
Happy Anniversary Steve and Julia!
I completely copied this idea from this seller on etsy. I was going to have this seller custom make one for my sister but since I sew and embroider I wanted it to be made by me. I think this makes an excellent anniversary or wedding present so if you don't sew, you can have this seller make one and the price is not bad at all! I will eventually buy this other pattern  to make a "family tree" for us.
The fabric is linen and completely (front and back) interfaced with iron-on interfacing. I used prepackaged brown piping and pearl cotton embroidery floss. It also has a zipper at the bottom so you can take the pillow from out and wash it. The pillow measures 16"x16" (the middle panel measures 8"x10").
And above is a picture of it on her bed! Correction: above is a picture of it on the wonderfully beautiful spectacular quilt I made her! Toot Toot!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Girl on a Swing

 I had been wanting to make this "girl on a swing" mini quilt for some time so when I had left overs from a quilt I'm making as a birthday gift, I knew it was time. Although I'm not sure red was the best choice since there are red apples sewn along the bottom of the tree and some in the tree. But you can't see this because I used red scraps! ooops.  I like it though and now I have this out of the way I can move on to other things I feel the need to make but really don't need them.
 I have a ton of old labels from starting about 10 years back. I just couldn't ever decide what I wanted so I have some for when I used to make cat houses and other cat things, one for things made for the home, 2 for costumes, 3 for babies/kids and some simple ones with just my name. I was thinking of what I could do with them and decided after I had made this mini quilt that I would sew these old labels in to things like this. When I don't want to waste one of my new labels (the mushrooms) but I want it to have a label to show I made it. I don't want my girls to be looking at my stuff some day when I'm gone and wondering if I made it or someone else did. If I was giving it away it would  have a new label but this is going on the wall and no one will see the back unless they look. I'm going to take down my mini quilt clothes line and sew old labels on all of them! How exciting! Just kidding, I have a life:)
 I just finished reading The Winter's Sea. And LOVED it. LOVVVVVED it. It's about Scotland and Jacobite's and love. I'm now ready to start the new Sookie book!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

And the almost done shirt goes to.....

And the shirt goes to: Crafterhours !!
Send me your address and I'll get the shirt in the mail to you on Monday:)
I want to see a photo of it when you get buttons on!

All of your comments were very interesting and funny! I'm glad at least one person (mrsc1345) admitted she does it every time. because I do too. I got the idea for the pee question because I wanted to ask a question but not a normal one like who do you most admire, etc.? So after an hour of thinking and searching the web, I got up to shower and as I was stepping in I thought, I have to pee. I always have to pee when I get in. Hmmm...that would be a question I would really want to know the answer to!! Because for some unknown reason it's considered gross to do so. Does anyone know why? Personally I think it's grosser to "pop-a-squat" somewhere where there are no toilets. That is a situation where you are most likely going to pee on yourself and you can't wash it off! At least in the shower..ok, you get the point
Thanks everyone for answering that embarrassing question! It was fun for me to read:)
There were 10 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. crafterhours
  2. margaret
  3. sylvia
  4. mrsc1345
  5. venus
  6. vicky
  7. leigh
  8. christhequilter
  9. eve
  10. mb

Me and Ava at Märchenwald amusement park about 20 minutes away. It's for kids about 2-6 years old. After 6 years old it's probably boring.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Music Class Bouse Giveaway!

Oliver + S Music Class Blouse Giveaway!
There are no buttons or button holes-you have to do those yourself!
Size 6
(I accidentally wrote size 5 on the post where I originally posted this)
Measurements when laid flat are:
arm pit to arm pit all the way around: about 27-28"
hip is about the same
shoulder to hem: about 15.5
Fabric is Denise Schmidt Hope Valley in sage green.
The fabric was pre washed and then washed again after I made it.
All you have to do it leave a comment on this post!
And tell me (so you have something to say) if you pee in the shower. I do. But if you think it's gross, then I obviously don't! Gross!
I will leave it open till Friday May 6th at 7pm my time (Germany time)
I will ship internationally.

~Good luck!~

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

chickadilla (and when it rains..)

Another Ditty bag by Keyka Lou. This is actually the 1st one I made. I made the turtle one after holding this one in my palm upside down thinking, this looks like a turtle on it's back. I don't know what the fabric is except I think I got it from fabrics galore on etsy. And for size reference, it holds a pack of tissues, cell phone and chapstick. Probably a little more like I.D. cards too. I love these bags!
*Chicadilla (the post title) is what Ava calls Quesadillas.
I had to show my latest accident because when it rains it pours:) Yesterday I was carrying in a huge flat awkward 40 pound box (that had unassembled lawn furniture in it). I tripped over a brick and went flying. I landed so hard I could see out of the corner of my eyes, my feet fly up behind me. I hit my thigh as you can see above (although you can't really see how bad the bulging bruise really is) and my other knee slammed into the box too. I slowly got up and went and got the neighbor to bring it the rest of the way in. I wanted to cry sooo bad but I didn't want to be crazy lady next door sobbing and pathetic. My whole body is sore and I feel all of my 39.5 years:) That's it though. No more injury posts because I'm done getting hurt!
Oliver + S Music Class blouse giveaway next post. I swear!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pity Party

You're invited to my pity party! Jon is off playing in a sand box for a year (gotta be kind of vague) and I haven't cried yet. Until yesterday. When I sewed through my finger. That hurt unleashed other hurts and it just wasn't a good day! The girls are driving me crazy, I have things I have to deal with that I don't want to deal with (setting up the satellite dish is something a guy should do) and just other random crap. I know I'm one of thousands who are going through this type thing but I just want to throw myself a pity party and act like I'm this is only happening to me:) I did talk to my BFF in California for 4 hours. That's right 4!! And I felt so much better:)
FYI, that needle went pretty deep and I had to manually crank the wheel to get it out. I screamed the loudest, longest, creepiest scream I think I've ever heard. I have read in books people saying things like, "I heard a scream and then realized it was me". I always thought WTF? How do you not know you're screaming? Well now I know. And I have some advice: never (or just be cautious when doing this) yell at your child while sewing. Or don't turn your head to make eye contact with the child you're yelling at while sewing.

Easter morning. The Easter Bunny left their baskets at the back door. We woke Emily up and  told her to check if the Easter bunny left baskets. She checked the front door and was confused when there was nothing there! We told her to check the other door. It was so cute seeing them oh and ah over what was left for them.
The girls received super large dragons and dinosaurs and fairy wings. Ava got a Shaun the Sheep cup and bowl set while Emily received two used DVD"s. Shhh don't tell her they are used. I'm so glad she's oblivious to that kind of thing. Or maybe she knows and is thinking I'm a cheap mo fo but is to kind to say anything. This is only the 2nd time I've put Emily in a dress for Easter and I'm not even sure Ava's ever worn a dress!
Just wanted to show what spring looks like at our house. And this picture wasn't even the worst day! Emily puffy-eyed, scabby and snotty. Oh and wheezy. And coughing fits till she throws up.

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