Thursday, July 10, 2014

Disappearing Act

Hi y'all!  
Oh my goodness so much has happened since our baby girl Jade has joined our family!  I couldn't even begin to go into all the details.   I will say that it has been hectic, fun, life changing, endearing,  filled with giggles, hugs and kisses.  Jade is a very good baby!  She started sleeping through the night at 3 months old.  The girl smiles ALL the time and has the most heart melting giggle.  Mornings are her time to shine!  Ayden is the definition of a fantastic big brother.  He helps when not even asked.  Simply put, he truly adores her;) 

With 2 kids things have gotten a bit more interesting.   Time for blogging is in the back seat.  Instagram is in the drivers seat.  The easy access and ease of usage has drawn me in indefinitely.   I can get an answer to a question quickly and learn about others lives quickly through their pics.  I ♡ it!  If you look at my sidebar---> you will see my IG feed.  My IG username is living4himjoshayden if you care to join me over there.   I'm going to try to blog more.  It is, in my opinion, not user friendly when it comes to adding pics from IG to blogger.  So I am giving this app on my phone a try for the time being.  I can type away while nursing Jade.  Kill two birds with one stone.

Time for some sewing lingo!  As most of you know, an APQ magazine QAL started up ages ago or maybe at the beginning of the year; )  12 blocks have been completed thus far.  My color palette is peach, yellow, pink with touches of blue and black and white low volume prints.  I like how easy these are to piece together and then to complete the whole block.   I am looking foward to creating the peach blocks next and then sewing my borders.  Don't know who the recipient will be quite yet.  It finishes at twin size so I am leaning toward this one going to Jade;) 

A few pieces of clothing have been added to Jade's wardrobe as well. 
A skirt from 
Strawberry skirt 
This little girl is pushing her mama into new sewing territory.   Loving it! 

Summer has been treating us well.  Adventures in swimming, Ayden learning to ride his bike without training wheels,  reading, math, picking fruit at local farms, cooking and so on has kept us on our toes. 

I have missed y'all.   Seriously missed talking to y'all through emails and sharing my life with you!  I know there are some that are not on IG so I have felt the need to be reconnected with those individuals specifically.   I am going to try my darndest to make it work otherwise you can always bug me in an email or sneak up on me on IG ha!



Monday, February 17, 2014

Stitches and New Potholders

 I picked this Daisy Chain Sampler up about a month or so ago and haven't put it down since! 
 It was thrilling to pick out a variety of perle cotton threads to go with each and every letter.
 Through the process, I have picked up lots of new stitches to include the short and long stitch, lazy daisy, chain, french knots, stem, fly, blanket and satin stitch.  I have added them to my bag of tricks when it comes to embroidery.  So this girl knows more than the simple back stitch now!
 A sampler has taught me to slow down and enjoy each letter.  No rushing allowed.
 Satin stitches are by far the most time consuming,but when they are all done they look mighty pretty!
 Color was what I had in mind with this as I knew that if I stuck to two or three colors I would drive myself batty.  I have the personality that I if I start something, I have to finish it.  Soon!
 With each thread and needle passing through the cotton, I was able to keep my mind off of pending tasks.  Our baby girl is one of the top three;)
 Playing favorites here....
 a cluster of lazy daisies brightened my day.  Does it do it for you?
 Tiny violets crawling up a vine gracefully.
Pink and yellow.  Tickles my soul!

I may have to go pick out some more yummy, new colors of perle cotton;)

First I have to go find myself a frame for this and get it hung up in Jade's room!!!!

On Sunday, I had to make some potholders.  Just because.  You see my old ones are pretty well loved. 

I found a pattern in one of my older 2012 APQ magazines.  It actually reminded very much of the economy blocks that are popping up everywhere these days.  Square in a square block.

Fabrics are Ruby by Bonnie and Camille Roskelley and Alexander Henry and little bits of Kona Red

I decided to simply do without the binding for once and just top stitch the turned edges.  All in all I am very happy with them and they really brighten my kitchen up.

**40 weeks tomorrow or full term to be exact....I have an OB appointment Wed in the afternoon.  Maybe she will choose a date sooner!**



Monday, February 10, 2014

Per Hubby's Request

I was packing an overnight bag the other day  and nonchalantly telling hubby what I was bringing in it for Jade.

I showed him one of the receiving blankets I had made and blogged about in recent months.  Suddenly, he chimed in with "doesn't she have a smaller blanket that is softer as well?"  Huh...didn't think of that hon!  As quilters, you know what happened next;)  The wheels were 'a turning.  Before you know it I was upstairs, in my sewing room Sunday, creating a soft blanket for our girl!

With some "pear" minkee dot and leftover Magenta Cuddle minkee, I pieced the back.  The front is a butterfly print in flannel with a ruffle trim sewn on by moi!  I used Aurifil in Blossom Pink for the top stitching around the entire blanket.

Little girl will be embraced in the softest blankie ever!!!!

*OH and it's been hubby approved! *