Sunday, December 12, 2010

Not much Christmas

goin' on around here. we are in the process of moving {finally}... at first i was opposed to the idea of moving right before christmas, but when it became an option, the thought of having christmas in a new home with happy, happy kiddos, made my heart happy and i new we had to do it. poor shawn is soooo busy painting the bedrooms, but they look super good! i've been packing, unpacking, packing, unpacking... the carpet comes in tuesday and then we can move the furniture in. so as for christmas decorating, well...there isn't any YET! although, i did get this stinkin' cute gift from a dear friend that i LOVE.
and we had our quilt class christmas party friday night. we each made a smallish quilt for the person who's name we drew. i scored a fabulous gift that i will share with you as soon as i find the memory card to my camera :) and the gift i made was the christmas presents quilt {showed in the previous post}. it's one of cheri's designs, of course! i had fun making my person her gift. i LOVE my person!
the food was delicous as usual and i would love to share a spectacular corn dip recipe with you if the other person that i LOVE wouldn't mind letting me...

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

W.I.L.I.N.G. 2010

here is a sampling of my
W.I.L. {ING}
w. - working, i. - in, l. - line, {ing} -stitching, binding, appliqueing, cutting...projects

{funny} 4 of the 5 are cheri's. the flower shop quilt is by renee plains.
i can't show you a good picture of the last one cuz' it's a gift.

i also worked on and finished two tops. masyns' basket bed quilt and a {twelve} year old ufo by country threads called garden club. i'll show you them once they are actually quilted and done.

gotta get back to my packing....*ugh*

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Friday, December 03, 2010

"My toys!"

as i mentioned, we are moving. therefore, i am packing everything that isn't used on a regular basis and this includes toys!
yesterday, nolan asked for a couple cars that i had packed. here's how the conversation went...
nolan, "where my race cars?"
me, "i packed them."
nolan, "you kidding me? you get them for me."
me, "ok"
so...i searched for the box that had his toys in it and retreived his race cars. i then went back to doing what i was doing...
several minutes later, i hear him making a whole lot of noise. he was loading all the toys that i didn't pack into a bag.
me, "nolan, what are you doing?"
nolan, "taking my toys"
apparantly he didn't want me packing anymore of his toys. he carried the bag around with him for the rest of the afternoon.
he insisted on taking them when we went to get the kids from school
and they HAD to stay on his lap.
poor kid!
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Make it do or do without...

and in this case, i'm making do...
last year at this time, my living room looked like this

and this.

and this is how it looks now.
the walls are bare (with a couple exceptions), the couch and chairs are getting a makeover, and we are making do with our {camping} chairs...the decorations are (for the most part) all packed up and moved to our {new} house.
we are officially moving and my poor house is not boasting it's typical holiday cheer.

but i'm not complaining
we are all very excited about moving!

and about the camping chair re-do...
gavin said, "it's ghetto"
masyn said, "it's desert fashionista"
she thought i did a very {fashionable} job :)
and nolan...
he said, "it beautiful horrible"
{i'm going with beautiful!}

p.s. {i have been soooo busy quilting & packing that i haven't made it to the post office, but i PROMISE i will go monday!}

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Wonderful Thanksgiving!

we spent THE BEST thanksgiving weekend, with the riddles, in the desert!

we played, laughed,

broke things, rode things, and did donuts!

but the best part, was thanksgiving.
craig & karen deep fried their turkey, while shawn bbq'd his. both were delicious.
we celebrated not only with an amazing feast, but also with a reflection of gratefulness around the campfire.

the weather was beautiful, the company was superb and everyone had a chance to relax and do a little of what makes them happy.

me, i finished a couple quilty things.
it was a great weekend with great friends!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

W.I.L.ling 2010-2011

once school started up again, i decided that i could get a lot done while sitting in my car, waiting in lines for kids. i've titled them {W.I.L.} which stands for working in lines.
i'm gettin' ALOT done working in lines!!!

my first task was to square up ALL {480} of the 1/2 sq. triangles that made up masyn's basket quilt. (did i show you that?, hmmm) that took FOREVER!

after those were done, i finished this project. (looking at it, i notice that my snowman doesn't have his eyes...poor guy, i've gotta fix him!)

as well as many others. i will show you the rest as soon as i take the pictures ;)

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pumpkin Bread

i made mini pumpkin bread loaves for class today and thought i'd share the recipe

pumpkin bread


3 cups sugar
1 cup veg. oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
1 {15} oz. can of pumpkin
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsps. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder


preheat oven to 350. lightly grease {2} loaf pans or {6} mini loaf pans

combine sugar, oil & eggs and beat until smooth. add water and beat until well blended. stir in pumpkin, and spices.

combine flour, soda, salt and baking powder. add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed. divide batter between prepared pans.

bake at 350 for about 1 hour. {about 40 min. for mini loaves}


my sister made these cute tags for me. LOVE them.
i'll ask her what stamp set she used.

{hey, suz...could you leave a comment and let us know what you used to make these fantastic tags!...LOVE you!}

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Friday, November 19, 2010

A Winner!

sorry, we've been under the weather and i forgot to post the winner!

congrats, {needled mom}!!!
email me your address and i will send out your cute fabric!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Finding Christmas...

i'm having a hard time getting into the christmas {spirit} and it's bothering me...
i am happy to have come across this blog post by vicki at the city cradle.
not only are her pictures beautiful, but the message is even better.

she filled these mason jars up with christmas goodies and let the waves wash them away.
what a fantastic idea...letting someone find christmas washed up on shore.

i would love to find her jar on a nearby beach, wouldn't you.
sounds like a PERFECT family home evening and a perfect way to find that christmas spirit that seems to be missing.

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Masyn & Paige

what a great day we had friday!
thanks to daddy, masyn, paige & i got to go to the park by ourselves!
the girls hula hooped, jumped rope, attempted handball, faced their fears on the fireman's pole and played in the sand.
i enjoyed our time and was thankful to have time just with her.
this is one of my favorite photos of her.
i just love it. you can see the joy in her eyes.

cute, cute girls!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Button-Button GIVEAWAY!!!

just in time for the holidays!
i have been going through ALL my fabric and came across some of cheri's OLD, oLd stuff!
{not that cheri's Old or anything! sorry cheri...hehehe}

i've bundled up {eight} different prints. all are fat eighths {9" x 22"}
of cheri's button button line.

to win, leave a comment by wednesday the 17th at midnight.
if you'd like {two} more chances to win...
become a follower and post the giveaway on your blog
and leave comments letting me know you did so.

there you have it!
GOOD luck...

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