Friday, October 18, 2019

Sewing things

 I picked up a very small stack of little quilt blocks in an antique store when I was supposed to be looking for Halloween stuff. For some reason they were one of those things that just should be sewn up immediately.  So, doll quilt it is.

 I had been working for a few months on a quilt for one of my nieces. I got a little hung up when it seemed like I was lacking enough fabric to make it big enough, but after letting it sit for a few weeks I sorted it out. I added the big flower bc it felt a little meh without it.  None of these photos really do it justice.

 The off white fabrics are reading very yellow in the pictures instead of a softer white.
 I put a shabby sheet on the back.
I was given a big bag of fabric and this purple Halloween print was in it. It also said SEW ME UP NOW! So I whipped up some Halloween pillowcases for the kids. I have one more project almost completely before I move on to the costumes!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Playing catch up, a permanent state

 I imagine playing catch up will be a permanent state here on the blog from now on. So, what's been up here worth remembering?  I found some clearance honey comb paper at Tuesday morning and immediately made myself some pink pumpkins. I had bought a other pink pumpkins at home goods this year, now I have a bonafide collection.
 Last Saturday on a whim we went to springfield for fabric and burgers. My favorite!
 I noticed the other day in the foyer that Jackson is inching past his father in the height department.
 We had a bit of a surprise visit for a whole week from nani and Papa!  Grant got some basketball lessons from Papa, we visited the pumpkin patch in sweltering 100 degree heat, enjoyed lots of yummy of food and visiting.
 On the day Nani and Papa left my brother and I high tailed it to Iowa for the last flea market of the year.  It was AWESOME to have a day to relax and let someone else drive.
 And I found one of my most wanted Halloween items!

 Then 2 days later I went with Grant's class on their field trip to the pumpkin patch. I normally skip field trips because I go to every party and do other volunteer work at school, but pumpkins? I AM IN!
 We celebrated Grant's birthday by taking two of his friends to the movies to see Abominable.

 And the not twins have been busy working every day on one million clay creations.
Busy, busy!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Like Sands through the hourglass

 Somehow all of September has just passed me by,
 It is ALWAYS busier than I imagine it will be when the kids go back to school. Bossing homework, doctors visits, school activities, cleaning, errands, you know the drill.
Social Media has left me completely aggravated this year though. It just feels like so much gimme, gimme, gimme. Buying, dieting, botoxing, extensions, wearing all the clothes, going on all the vacations, hoarding all the things. I don't know man. I think its a sign that I am getting old. Instagram is definitely not full of the relationships that blogging used to bring.

 In this old space you would all know I had been struggling. You would know this week the kids have been sick with one problem after another, I have been to the doctor with them three times already in 4 days, that my house was in a state of limbo between holidays when my parents in law decided on a spur of the moment trip (which is great! We haven't seen them in so long and they haven't seen the house in it's Halloween glory ever) but that means that I have been BUSTING ass trying to get a bunch of messes cleaned up and all the decorations ready for them to arrive. (And no, don't tell me it doesn't matter, I like my house to be a certain way. ) That this is all happening on the week of grant's birthday and I feel terrible that I forgot to even make his birthday shirt bc I have just been going, going, going for five days. That I didn't have any wrapping paper, went to target to buy it and the shirt to make the birthday shirt, get home and see I have no tape AND no interfacing to make the damn shirt. That my RA means I just don't have the stamina to go like I used to and that every day I pray a damn merry maid will just magically arrive at my door to take over some of this nonsense. That I am SO HAPPY I have these damn standards most of the time bc it means I had already taken care of a lot of large house jobs this year (getting the tub fixed, we worked on the basement finishing some more, I had just cleaned out the closets, etc), but that after a decade (HOW!) in this house some things are really starting to need replacing. (Bathroom vanity I am looking at you.) Sigh....

So. Here we are.  I know that on Monday all of this will be in the rear view mirror, but maybe the uneasiness about social media won't be.  And maybe that needs addressing too.

As soon as I am able to sit down a bit.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Hapde Burfday Grant!

My Dearest Grant,

Today you are 7!

I completely cannot imagine our family without you. You are funny and witty and still certainly the baby of the family. You are a smarty pants and everyone at school tells me how much they enjoy having you there! You are a friend to everyone and always enjoy being a role model while you are there.

You still give me a daily heart attack with your mixed up feet and can be stubborn as hell too. ha!

You love music and cars and that damn youtube, you don't mind me dressing you up (for photos only), you play well with your sister even if it's shopkins, you can read entire chapter books by yourself, you can play with numbers in your head like your big brother and OH SO MUCH MORE!

7! The years are just flying by, right?

I love you baby,


P.S. Clothes can MATCH and not be exactly the same color. I PROMISE this is true.

Friday, August 30, 2019


 A friend found me these eggs on facebook and I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE.
 I have also bought a ton of quilts lately. So many that I had to reorganize two massive piles of quilts in order to put them somewhere. This one I bought because I had never seen a quilt with locations all over the world on it. After doing some research it appears this is a tribute quilt rather than an autograph quilt. The names are all names of important missionaries from the Church of the Nazarene. It really is a lovely thing!

 I sold this one.
 And this one.
 And this one which had ONE MILLION tiny pieces, but was too late for my collection really (1950s). (Hey, I have to draw the line somewhere, LOL)
Lucky me!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Around the house

 I did manage a little bit of house puttering this summer. I made a new bathroom curtain based on pinterest one that has been on my pinterest boards for like 8 years. I still am not sure I love it.
 I finally got so sick of looking at a constant mess in Sam's room that I used up some gift cards and bought her new shelves. It's been my experience with the kids that cube shelves are kept infinitely tidier than book shelves.  I have to say it's been a total win - she really has kept it tidy.
 I bought her some dream catchers for the wall next to her bed after being unable to come up with any other ideas.
And I finally found some organizers that fit her vintage desk.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019

Summer road trip

(These photos are totally not what I would have chosen but I have no preview on the vacation photos and there are approximately 1000 of them, LOL).

This years road trip was to Mount Rushmore! We went through Nebraska on the way there and Minnesota on the way home. We spent a week in Custer State park and saw ALL THE THINGS!  we saw a pony express station, the quilt museum, Mount Rushmore, the Crazy horse memorial, Custer state park, The badlands, The Ingalls homestead in De Smet, Walnut Grove, Chimney rock, bison, antelope, deer (twin fawns!), parts of the Oregon trail, we took a chuck wagon and had a cowboy cook out on the fourth of July, and so much more. It really is the most lovely, peaceful place and we enjoyed every minute of it.

The kids are at a really good age for road tripping. As long we allow them access to screens in the car they pretty much just ride. We always do "mom camping" and stay in a cabin, this time the bluebell lodge in custer state park. The kids get a kick out of "tiny housing" it and I get the peacefulness of camping but with a bed and a toilet. The weather was AMAZING. Jackets in the morning, shorts all day - not hot and only cold on the chuck wagon. It did rain every evening on our S'mores parade, but meh, if that's the only disappointment we are winners.

We are already thinking about where to go next!