Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Breeze

     So I checked my blog and I haven't posted in like forever and I saw that 12 people checked my blog today and there was nothing for them! (And there hasn't been for a month or more!) So sorry! July was crazy busy and hot, which I hate, so that's probably why I didn't have anything fun/positive to say all month. BUT - now it's August, the month where the evenings start cooling down around here, especially as the month goes on. And it's almost my birthday!!! (September 5 - favorite day of the year!)
     Mr. Handsome also started working at home in earnest this summer, which is fabulous, except when I want to blog and he is talking on the phone, which is most of his business in the office. Yes, we now share an office.
     Here is the quilty-ness I've been doing between the busy-ness: This is a gift for a new baby in the extended family:
      Here is a "just because" quilt. I certainly did not need another project and was super busy, but I was able to squeeze this class in on an amazingly free afternoon last month. I need to make 13 blocks, so don't hold your breath for this to be finished any time soon! But I love it! Even though these are primary colors, the colors coming up are nice, saturated oranges, purples, greens, etc. Yummy!
      I also finally got started on my wedding ring quilt, it will also be in brights on a white background. I'm making it with "Quilt Smart", which means no curved piecing, but it still took awhile gather fabric & then to cut it out, and it's going to be gorgeous!  I am planning on hand quilting it, so I am going to call it "Something Old & Something New" (I know, so clever!)
     My quilting machine is on the fritz (AGAIN!), but this time it's either going to be fixed or I'm getting a new one! I have quite a stack of quilts to be quilted now - frustrating. (The guy at the shop who takes care of my machines had a heart attack (the nerve), but happily is on the mend, so soon...

     The other new project I've started this summer is learning to play the piano: Mr. Handsome and I are planning on serving a mission for our church in a few years, so I thought I might learn to play to help out at church meetings where no one plays. BUT, don't let this "Easy" book fool you, it's SUPER hard! My piano teacher says I will be playing it "soon", but I don't know, there is a heck of a lot to remember in this piano playing business! I took for a few years as a child, but that was a long time ago, and I've basically forgotten everything.
It is encouraging that I've learned to quilt, because I used to just think you were either good at something or not, but through quilting, I've learned it's all about practice, practice, practice. So that's what I do everyday - practice the piano. (It's quite motivating to practice when you're paying for the lessons, not your momma!) Happy Quilting!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This Girl is On Fire...

So the chilly weather is gone, too soon. We've been going to the pool, but getting NO quilting done. My sweet daughter, Brooke has been into my stash and has made 6 or 7 quilt tops! She is giving me one to donate to our youth fundraiser next month. She keeps inviting me down to my fab quilt studio to quilt with her, but I just can't think in the messiness. The kids have their overflowing suitcases down there, and with all the other stuff down there, it's just a little messy for my taste. We are just a little cramped in this house with 8 people, but it's worth it!  Here is a picture of little Izzy at the pool:
She would not let her mom take her out of her little swim outfit all day, she just held on to her clothes and squealed! Hope your summer is going just the way you want it (mine is!)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Merrily, We Roll Along...

  Things are just moving along here, it went from really hot to quite chilly (yay!!) We are having a fun time with lots of grand kids here all the time.  There is some exciting news - our number 9 grandchild is on its way!  Here are the latest blocks from my quilt group block exchange, the theme was scrappy:
 Here is the "good deal" of a weight bench that ended up in my fabulous new bedroom while I was out of town: I have decided I will take a picture each time it is used for clothing and after so many, it goes! (Muhaha)
Speaking of our fabulous new master bedroom, it is FINISHED! It is gorgeous and each time I head in there during the day, I just want to sit down and stay! We still need a couple of chairs in there and a small table, but there is a comfortable chair in there, it's just a little worn looking and doesn't really match.  The office is pretty much done also, I am painting a little part of the built in desk and my wonderful daughter is here and she is going to refinish a couple of small things, then I will post pictures. Well, I'm off for a morning walk in this wonderful, chilly weather - hope you're having a great time, and if you're not, remember, it will pass! (That's what I keep telling myself!)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I think it's Summer already!

     We've returned from a trip to Missouri to pick up the grand babies and they are just as adorable as ever! It was a very long drive, but worth it. It was so nice to see my wonderful daughter and her family. We just brought the 3 "big" kids back, left the baby there with mom and dad. They will be joining us for Father's Day and staying until after the 4th of July.
     Our remodeling is almost finished!!! After having the house torn apart somewhat for the past 3 months, I realize how people can live in squalor and stop even noticing it! When Mr. Handsome let the painters in this morning, they all had to squeeze by two doors that need painting and have been hanging out in the entryway for a month, Mr. Handsome didn't even notice them and forgot to ask the painters to paint them! I am no better, I was here all morning with them and forgot to tell them about the big splotchy patches in the hallway, which I passed by multiple times! Luckily they are coming again to finish and can catch that patchy hallway!
     I will not have much time to quilt over the next month while the amazing grandchildren are here;  Here's what I've got done for now:  this Asteria quilt is nearly done, I just need to add the borders and it will be complete. I am not in a huge hurry though, since it doesn't really match my new fabulous bedroom (which incidentally still does NOT have closet doors on!) So I'm not sure what to do with this king-sized beauty! I'm sure I will figure it out.
     Here are my latest blocks for my "Rotary Club Quilters" group, we were supposed to do "scrappy" blocks, so here is my interpretation of that edict: (I was going to make the backgrounds scrappy too, but it was bleck!) I am glad I got them done before the party started around here for sure!
 And, I have added a star to the top of my Christmas Tree and voila! No need for a point after all!
Am enjoying my family and such, but I do believe it is a little warm already for May 86: degrees, which is nothing if you're from that sort of place (HOT), but for my hot-flashy self, I am just thinking it's going to be a long, hot summer. Luckily, I have an excuse to go to the pool, since I now have 3 kids! And, I can always look forward to the rest of the summer spent in the basement studio that is freezing with the A/C on.  Happy Quilting and such!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Life is Good

I have turned into the worst blogger EVER, I used to post twice a week, now it's more like twice a MONTH! I don't know if I'm running out of things to talk about, or if I have a sneaking suspicion that I've possibly already blogged about certain things, and can't quite remember in my advanced dotage, oh well.

Here's what I've been up to on the quilting front:
 I finished this cute quilt, from a "layer-cake", with a few other fabrics added in. It's for the "Grandchildren's Room", the other quilt I had on the bed was really too small.
 Here is my newest "mini quilt" to donate to the Utah Quilt Guild this year. It is a block I made for one of my quilt groups block exchange, I had a couple of extras, so I quilted it up and it made a cute little mini. Notice the clothespin holding it at the very top of the tree, I totally lost my point (no news there), but am looking for a nice large star button to put on the top to hide my faux pas.
Here is my haul from the HMQS show (Home Machine Quilting Show). I got some cute fat quarters, some of the "pounce" quilt marking stuff, some great pre-cut log cabin blocks and a few other sundry items. I took $150 cash, but had to break out the debit card on my second trip around the vendor mall. (Happy Mother's Day to me, right?)
Here is the latest block exchange in my little quilt group. We were supposed to bring our favorite blocks, mine is the log cabin. We should be done pretty soon, so I can start thinking of a project for these little babies (6.5")
On the remodeling front, still no closet doors installed (!!!), no transom window, but the linen closet in the hall is done:
While waiting for the paint touch up, etc. We decided to do a quick little remodel in the home office, since Mr. Handsome is working from home now (yay!). So we are still living in a bit of chaos, but it will soon someday be behind us, I know this because this is not my first remodel and probably won't be the last! Hope you're all having happy quilting times!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Life Goes On...

So I zipped down to California in my zippy little car (The Mini Q) to see this little beauty:
She actually lives in Missouri, but was visiting California with her Momma and sister. She is our youngest grandchild, Holland Danielle (#8 is great!).

 And if you can believe it, while I was gone, Mr. Handsome picked up this little beauty (not!)

He put it right in our new beautiful, fabulous, perfect new bedroom! Ack! "But it was such a good deal!" he explained. I mentioned that we belong to quite a nice gym and he visits it pretty  much every day! "But it was such a good deal", he repeats. Ah well, for now it stays. Still no transom window, or closet doors, but patience is a virtue, right?

I am headed to a fun quilt retreat next week and we are going to have a pin cushion exchange, I bought this cute pattern (Camille Roskelley) and made this adorable pin cushion:

Then I decided it was way to cute to exchange so I am going to keep it (It matches my studio, after all) and trade the one I got at a retreat last fall which is really cute, but it doesn't speak to me like this one. And for those of you who say, "You need a pattern for such a simple project?", the answer is "Yes,  I do".

And, here at the home front, it's play dough season! (Don't eat the play dough, sweetie)

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Remodeling and Such

So the remodeling is nearly finished and here is the progress: Here is the end of the hall as it looked before. We had these cabinets and drawers (that actually held a lot of stuff):
Here is the "master" before, we had these funky light boxes over the windows:
 Here is what the end of the hall looked like when they tore down the two closets in the bedrooms and the cabinet at the end of the hall(and framed in the new doorway)
 Here you can see where we have our little transom window, it will sort of match our front door, pictured below, but it will take like 2 months to have made.

Ah, paint. You can see our nifty ceiling and wainscoting:
 The peek into the master bath, which is also the regular/guest bath, since we just have two, one up and one down. I actually like this, because there are only ever two toilets to clean!
 New (soft) carpet!!! And you can see our wall sconces for reading. We did not put any can lights above the bed, since we decided you NEVER want a can light in your eyes when you are in bed. We also put the can lights in the other part of the room on dimmers. So when Mr. Handsome gets up earlier than me (an every day occasion) he can see to get ready without (hopefully) waking me up!
 The closet and sitting area: It's really nice to have 4 windows in our bedroom, that are on three sides of the house, plenty of light!
 Here is the doorway with the transom space, all painted up.

Of course, the first thing Mr. Handsome put up was the tv - it is mounted on a thing-y that will swing to either watch it from the bed or from the sitting area by the closet:
Here is my half of the closet, full up:
Here is our GIANT King-sized bed -woo hoo!
 We are still waiting for closet doors (big mirrors), the transom window, a couple of doors (since we switched out the rest of the doors in the house) and we are having another cabinet built into the hallway a little ways down from the bedroom so we will still have some storage up here. BUT we are living upstairs in the giant/fabulous, roomy bedroom after camping downstairs for 4 weeks -and it was ready to move into by our anniversary!