Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Portrait time

It was time to update our family pics so we did it last weekend. 

I've started having the kids get an ear photo taken while we are there just in case I can't get a decent one on my own.  Truthfully though the kids are getting really easy at the pic thing these days. Shhhhh, don't tell them though!

Monday, April 02, 2018

It'll be fun they said, the teepee version

This is kind of a not great photo, taken by sammi,  because it's rained too much to use this thing.

Sammi started asking for a teepee and I said no way man. I bought them a kids tent at IKEA instead. Apparently she got Dave to agree and then he started asking for the sewing machine and well, you can see where this will end up.

I had to use the Juki to sew this thing and even then if your mind wandered for even one millisecond you broke another darn needle sewing this heavy canvas. It was heavy and smelly and hard to wrangle too. I am not gonna lie - I cursed the ENTIRE TIME I was making this thing. Hopefully it stops raining soon and they can use it.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Alllllll the Easter in one go

Grant was down sick last week, then I was down sick this week, so this entire month has just gone by in a blink.  In the past few days we have managed to do ALL the Easter things.

Eggs were dyed.

 We MAGICALLY had ONE sunny day on Good Friday. It's been raining and raining for weeks here. Yesterday it was back to rain and today it's snowing! Pouring ice and snow. Fun times.

Baskets were made (and eaten).

 Dresses were worn to church.
 Ear photos were taken in the chair.
Rabbits were made for the not twins. (I didn't make one for Jack this year. I actually have an idea but I have just not gotten to it.)
And a visit was made to the big mall bunny! (Which was it's usual disaster including me being hit in the head by a flying object from a very naughty child several feet behind us in line!)

We had no family Easter this year due to illness, so now I am resting my bones in my pajamas already.  

Happy Easter to you and yours!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Flea Market Sunday on Thursday this time

 Right now I am so, so sick of the cold and so ready to be wandering aisles of junk in the warm sun. I've still been scrounging up junk though.  A big pile of eggs all at one time! Wooohooo.
 A vintage euro pillow cover.
 I just love this embroidery.
 Some needlebooks and yards and yards of a light lawn fabric. (Do I dare try to make clothes again?)
 That border print on the back of this quilt sold me in an instant.
 But the front is good too!
 A fab chenille.
 I paid quite a bit for this, but I just could not stop thinking about it.
Close up of the eggs.

Hurry up spring!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Little Miss Muffet, making a tuffet

 I wanted to make one of these tuffets when I saw them around on Instagram last year, but once I saw the price decided I was out.  One day on spring break I saw a tuffet kit in the clearance bin at Joann. I realized I had a stackable coupon so I made a rash decision and decided I was back in.
 The pattern in the kit is really not great. The instructions are basic and if you ask me - flat out wrong.  There isn't a whole lot out there on the internet either. (Because there is a company that makes $$$$ on these things.) I pieced together some bits and pieces and after a big struggle in the beginning it came together pretty easily.
 It still wasn't super cheap though. The kit was $32, the feet and hardware were $40, some incidentals were another $5, fabric was from a HUGE pile of jelly roll strips I had just bought on facebook.

So? What changes did I make? I foundation pieced it onto muslin instead of just sewing the strips together for starters. Then I added several inches of length to their pattern because I was scared it wasn't going to be long enough. I didn't staple my cover to the bottom either. I sewed a piece of cording on the cover with a zig zag stitch so I could just tighten the cording on. The large buttons from hobby lobby are cheap and dent as soon as you try to tighten them, do not buy those!  And we screwed the feet into t-bolts.

It's a cute little thing, and turned out way better than the jelly roll rug disaster.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Kid patrol

 The spring break for public school and private school do not coincide, so we had two kids on break for ELEVEN ridiculous days and grant still in school.  I had to have an urgent dental procedure, and complete 6 hours of preschool mandatory volunteering in the same week too. Dave took the kids to the science center one day, I took them to the zoo another and then we just hung out at home.

I am not gonna lie, I am SO READY for those school buses tomorrow. So, so ready.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Happy St Patricks Day!

 To be perfectly honest I didn't even realize it was St Patricks Day. There are just way, way too many things going on around here and I am constantly searching for things I can dump to lighten my load. Guess random holidays are first on that list.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Flea Market Sunday

 The first weekend in March brings a fundraiser garage sale that is HUGE and is the beginning of the yard sale season around here.  It will still be another month before anything else really starts going, but it gives me a much needed taste of junk in the winter. I have been going to this thing since it started 11 or 12 years ago, and it used to be a pretty small thing. Now it is more than 600 vendors, 5 miles of hiking and this year? Oh this year brought EPIC traffic that brought the entire town, interstate, etc to a complete standstill. They actually closed the event around 10 30 am because there was no place for anyone else to go.  I am really hoping they find a workable solution and don't just decide to stop doing the event next year!

I was there bright and early so no problems for me. Some years I have a hard time spending $20 here. This year I completely filled my cart and the extra bag I had brought.

So, what did I buy?
 A complete vintage quilt kit...
still in the original envelope.

This was also tucked in there and it's a treasure itself!

 Filled with gorgeously colored pictures and quilt patterns.

 I bought a few pillow tickings to use on the backs of my living room pillows. And a few embroidered pillow cases for cutting up.
 This candle holder is HORRIBLY painted but that bee!
 The sweetest vintage baby quilt top. It's finished, I wonder why she didn't quilt it?  I need to think on this. It really needs to be handquilted.

 The squirrel (and the curtains! so much detail) just kill me.
 A pile of vintage fabric scraps.
 Vintage candle clips.
 And the quilt drought ended too. I hadn't bought a quilt since November I think.  This one will be sold.

 This one will be kept.
 Apparently I failed to save a copy of the close up, I will put it on Instagram. Scrappy string stars. They are not quilted well, but I love the piecing.
 A piece of Hull pottery that I couldn't resist (even though I do not have my pottery out at the moment).
 And two huge antique mirrors. I am currently trying them in different places in the house looking for the right spot for them.

 The basket on this one is so awesome. I was actually on my way out of the sale dragging so much stuff when I spotted this one and added it to my pile.
That's my chandelier in the reflection. :)

So, an awesome haul this year and much needed!