Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The best things in life aren't things.

"The best things in life aren't things."
This has got to be one of my favorite quotes.

This morning while getting ready for work my son drew this on the shower door while my somewhat wrinkled shirt hung getting a nice steaming.

He was so proud of his creation. Every day he tells me he loves me. Every. Single. Day. Often times more than once. It can make the worst, most stressful and busiest of days just melt away to hear those words, even if it is for just a moment. 

As adults we get caught up with things; work, chores, bills, groceries, errands - and we often look past the little things that pass us buy every day. Opportunities to call an old friend, to play a game with a child, or ask someone how their day was are passed over so we can do something for ourselves instead. Other times we just overlook things, like that we believe our spouses or kids know that we love them, so we don't take the time to say it. 

Well we need to stop, slow down and take time for others. Call that friend. Play a game. Say "I Love You." It really can make a difference in someone's day. Even if it is for just a moment.

There's another quote that I've read somewhere that goes something like: While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. I couldn't agree with this more!

So, thank you Wyatt for all of the life lessons. And by the way, I love you too!

Just One Star

Moda is participating in the Quilts of Valor program and is asking any and all quilters to help. They need to collect 1800 Star Blocks by May 1, 2011. I know the deadline is drawing near, but it's not that difficult to whip a few blocks out in an evening. For more information about the program, visit the Moda Blog. For the pattern and instructions, click here.

There's something to be said about doing things for others. It just feels good, you know? Did I have to make these blocks? No. Could I have used that time to work on something for myself? Sure. But honestly I got so much more out of this. I don't know who this block will end up going to. I don't know their name, their face, or anything about them. But what I do know is that I'm grateful that they're serving our country, risking their lives so that we can live our lives with our freedoms. So to anyone and everyone who has ever served, Thank you. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU.

If you have some extra fabric sitting around, an an extra hour to give - please consider making a block or two. 

One of the finished blocks.

Sewn, pressed, signed and ready to go to their new home!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ever wonder what happens to leftover frosting?

I made a cake for a little girl's first birthday this weekend. I had leftover batter so I did what anyone would do .... MADE CUPCAKES! I slappled a little of the buttercream I made onto them, and set them aside. Well, after I was finished decorating the cake, I had some piping bags with icing still in them. So I thought, why not let Wyatt have some fun?

He decorated and sprinkled a giant cupcake and a dozen and a half small ones and enjoyed every minute of it!

He put the sprinkles on so carefully!

And now you know where leftover frosting ends up!

Mmmmm.... now that looks like a sugar induced coma just waiting to happen!

3 x 6 Sampler Quilt Mini Bee

Done! Finished! Completed!

I've got my six blocks done for the 3 x 6 block swap! WHEW! They're not due until June, but now they're done and out of the way. I hope the girls in my hive like them, if not I guess I have plenty of time to make new ones! LOL.

These blocks will be sent to:

Bright fresh and modern Colours: red, blue, green, yellow, purple, turqoise
Cleof, I picked green and went with it.

2. Lydia - [blog]
Gray, Green, Black

Red, Green, Pink

Green, Gray, Purple
Amy, after I put this together, I thought they looked a little batik like.
Most of the fabric is by Marcia Derse.
I'll gladly remake it if you don't care for the fabrics. Just let me know!

Orange, Gray, Aqua

Gray, Lime Green, Aqua, OrangeLaine, hope this is okay!
It's mostly lime green with bits of light aqua and orange sprinkled in!

These ladies were WONDERFUL to work with and so much fun!
I'm glad that I was able to meet each of you, even if it was just online. ;)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Vinyl Designs

I just added a Sea Life themed set of vinyl decals to my Etsy Store. Check them out and let me know what you think! Stop by

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lights, Camera, Action - Fabric Auditions

I'm auditioning fabrics for another block for the [3 x 6] Sampler Quilt Mini Bee

This block is for Cleo who's requesting a variety of bright colors and white. Here's what I was thinking...

I think the light teal and dark pink need reworked. But I'm pretty pleased with the rest of the colors.
Hopefully I can get some feedback to be sure that's exactly what she was looking for.

I didn't realize what little reds, yellows and blues I had in my stash. Guess I better start collecting! HA!