Monday, January 28, 2013

Top is done.....

I think.

I ordered fabric for backing and binding and there should be enough of the aqua fabric for the back to add a border. Just have to see it first.

I really love how this turned out. It was so much fun to put together. I have to leftover blocks. Pillow? And some scraps. Small doll quilt?

Had just enough time to sew it all together this afternoon - 30 min. or so. Otherwise, we have been doing school and caring for a mildly sick Michael. And then there are all these little people who live here that keep wanting things from me! Go figure.

There are several parts of the first reading from Mass yesterday that have really been something I have thought about over and over again. There is so much to rejoice about. Even on a harder day (mind you, not horrible, just harder) like today, there is much joy!

“Today is holy to the LORD your God. Do not be sad, and do not weep”— for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law. He said further: “Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared; for today is holy to our LORD. Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!” From Nehemiah

God bless your evening!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Half done

So glad I jumped on this wagon. What fun! These fabrics have been perfect. So very happy with the results.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


We made these Pizza Roll Ups for lunch and we were very impressed. I left off the Italian seasonings so it was Parmesan garlic butter and I popped them back in the oven for a minute after brushing on the butter. Super good.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Love at first sight

Sew what do you think so far?

Just a few things

Happy Monday, friends!  Yes, it is Monday.  We have arrived once again.  I actually felt ready this week!

I spent some time yesterday planning our current week of school and then I spent a nice chunk of time looking over our next Sonlight Core, Core F.  I am so excited.  I have heard that it has always been a great core, but it appears to me that, with the changes they made to all the Cores last year, it is AMAZING!  I can't wait to get started studying the Eastern Hemisphere.  It is full and beautiful and wonderful and the books are always so enjoyable.  I was able to spend a little time making some notes of items from other resources I have that would correspond with out different studies of the lands in the Eastern Hemisphere.

After looking at this Core, I have decided that I would give their writing portion a try again this year.  I dropped it a couple years back because I felt it was scattered and not thorough enough.  But while we have taken a break, we have used Andrew Pudewa's IEW and done some other writing lessons.  Jacob is taking a writing class at our Co-op as well.  This Core's writing portion, maybe due to the changes made, looks much more intensive and better thought out.  We shall see.  I am considering having Jacob do the Seton Composition once he enters 8th grade.  I have heard good things.  Writing is so very important.

I have added on a few Seton items that I am actually excited about.  For the most part I have not liked Seton because it is so workbook heavy.  But I am older now.  We have used their religion books for years on the recommendation of a friend and I love them.  Jacob has been using the 6th grade Vocabulary workbook this year and it is as good as any.  The older two do Bible Study of some sort daily.  They have both finished what they had been doing and needed something new.  I am adding on Bible History for both Jacob and Nicole at their grade levels and I like the look.  Though Nicole is technically 4th grade, I ordered for her the 5th grade Thinking Skills workbook.  Looks wonderful!

So many wonderful little time.

Soon I will have to write a detailed post about all that we use.  Maybe.

We made a trip to Kroger Sunday to buy additional pints of Blue Bell ice cream.  I had bought several on Saturday for a $1 a piece (usually $2.09) and then realized that 4 pints makes a half gallon and that $4 for a half gallon of Blue Bell is a super deal.  So back we went after Mass to choose more!
Here is Jacob at ice cream time.

Also, I have a recipe that I tried last night from Pinterest.  Lazy Sunday Casserole.  It was scrumptious!  Try it.  Flavorful, hearty, but healthy, rustic.  Yummy!  They all loved it!  I used chicken sausage and some turkey sausage and left out the fennel bulb.
Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Quilting Virus

Some may say I already have this sickness in its various forms, but this is a new strain that is sweeping the quilting population. It is an epidemic.

Scrappy Trip Around the World

Epic in its ability to infect.

There is only one cure.

Make one.

The original tutorial is here and the funny thing is I had seen this long ago before it was viral.

You can see many of the versions people are making on Flickr. They are gorgeous.

And so here is the cure for this illness. I have gathered these pretty little fabrics above. They are a wonderful use for the fat eighth bundle of Marmalade that I mistakenly bought at the quilt show (minus the yellows since I thought I was going to use the bundle for something else and they have been used!).

They are cut. They are pressed. They are ready.

Let the treatment begin!

And on another happy note, our school morning went so much more smoothly today! The past couple of days we had ALL gotten too late of a start and we just have way too much to do for that. So I encouraged them all in the benefits of getting back to getting going like we used to. They were very pleased with the results this morning. Yay!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Now I feel really caught up

If you really want to know what I have been up to over the past two years of very sparse blog entries, well, here it is.  Well, not all of it, I guess, if you want to include homeschooling, daily discipling and raising children, keeping home in many myriad ways, shuttling people to and fro, going on vacations and small trips, etc.  But these, I think are some of the prettiest!  Enjoy!

Wee Spin
Lazy Jelly Cabins
Flowers Garden Raw Edge
Hunky Dory Honey Bun
Sweet Michael Squares
Seaside Scrappy Log Cabin
Pretty Posy Pinwheels
Jacob's Ocean
Scrappy Nine Patch
Caged Birds
Little Hoot
Sweet Dream Sophie

Baby Cat in the Hat

Children at Play

My Gingham Treasure

Round and Round

Shades of Royalty

Sweetest Little Thing

Applique Initial

Mom's Tree

Modern Chevron Baby Quilt

A Few Minutes of Quiet

I have just a few moments to sit. I can't sit for long or I may never get up. But just for a moment I thought I might sit and tackle this blog thing again.

And here you can see my companion while I type. Another round of hot coffee on this cold and gray afternoon.

Do you see that pretty cup? I bought two of these with their saucers on eBay a week or so ago. Not too long ago I was thinking about the dishes we ate on growing up. My mom got rid of them, but I was hopeful that maybe she had kept just a few. Nope. We both like to purge and clean out and so I am not surprised. Feeling sentimental, I perused eBay for a piece I might use. Coffee cups! I am thrilled. I love having this memory. And I love coffee.

I had a wonderful weekend away with a precious friend. I have always loved reading her blog and back when I used to blog more (at all) she read mine. We met. Now we are friends. I always like that her blog is just a wonderful chronicling of her daily life. Lots of photos. Some words. Much like a scrapbook. I am inspired to work on my blog in that manner. While I would like to share deep thoughts and ponderings, I can't. I just don't have the effort it would require for me to organize them here. So maybe this journal of sorts would be much better.

Today has been a pretty good day back at life after my weekend away, despite cranky people at times and a clogged kitchen sink. My friend Laura and I spent much time talking and sharing and I too felt ready to tackle this mom life anew.

Have a beautiful day!

My new (used) dining room table

Our new arrangement in den after Brian got his TV

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