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Today we are headed out of town to visit some friends and then heading south to visit with family for an extended weekend! I’ve grabbed a few projects to take along and I’m hoping to get some time to bust out a few 🙂

Here’s what I’m working on:

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Tacking on the binding to this one. One side left!

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I’ve started one color so far on this project.

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Hoping to get this top put together so Archer will leave me alone for a few more days.

What are you working on today? Hop on over to Freshly Pieced to see what everyone else is working on and join the fun!

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bring on 30!

Today is my 30th birthday! I remember growing up and dreading 30 and wanting to hold on to my 20s like they were a lifeline to something I can’t even remember. Maybe that is my aging brain working. But since it has turned out to be such a momentous milestone for me I want to kick it off with: 30 New Things

I have the year to accomplish the list and well not sure why I thought this was a good idea but here it goes.

1. Learn how to knit.

2. Knit a cowl.

3. Learn how to slip stitch.

4. Blog at least once a week.

5. Find a place to volunteer once a month.

6. Learn how to embroider (is there a pattern happening).

7. Embroider an alphabet set.

8. Learn how to paper piece. the lovely Christina taught me!

9. Make my own gelato.

10. Run once a week. this is not happening quite yet and I’m thinking it might need to be redefined.

11. Sign up and run a 5k.

12. Learn to cross stitch. Christina taught me something new again!

13. Make my own tag.

14. Make memory books for kids.

15. Visit with both sides of my family.

16. Setup game night at least once month.

17. Go camping.

18. Take a crafty class.

19. Try 30 14 new recipes.

20. Host a dinner party of friends.

21. Get a tattoo.

22. Complete 30 24 pins.

23. outside concert Celestine Street Fest.

24. Night out once a month to myself July.

25. Date night once a month.

26. Visit a different country.

27. Ride a tandem bicycle.

28. Meatless Monday.

29. Break ground on our house!

30. Throw a birthday bash for the Hubs and Me.

If anyone can help me out in any way I welcome the advice and assistance!! Going to be a great year!

Goodbye 20’s! You brought such great things to my life. My husband and his family. Being reunited with my dad and his family after twenty years. My gorgeous children. Beautiful friendships and the joys of living in downtown Indy.

bring on 30!

made: backpack

That is the request I heard from my three year old daughter. I have recently given up on diaper bags and just have been using a backpack for convenience. So being that is a mini-me (wearing her babies, nursing them, wrapping scarves around her neck) of course she would want a backpack as well.

I bought a pattern awhile back when we had plans to send her to preschool but looking at it again I knew it would be too big for her daily use. So as per usual I started scouring Pinterest for a DIY or a steal to buy one online. I found this one and fell instantly in love but find want to pay the price when I knew I could easily make one and also I wanted something I could throw in the wash.

So after a bit more searching I ran across this post that linked over to by this tutorial. After some measurements with the bag I loved and the tutorial I came up with my own style.

I hopped into the vehicle with Archer and headed to Joann’s in the hopes of finding some faux leather. We rolled over to the home decor fabric scouted out some options then continued on to find the leather (almost bought marine vinyl) and then had my light bulb moment and thought jean would be perfect. Back again to home decor for her to choose and then to the jean. I knew from her choices that she would need a splash of color to make it truly hers so we picked out a fun fab quarter and accessories. I also followed the first post and bought some interfacing to make the bag sturdy. It took me an afternoon nap (2 hours) to complete the bag.

Here is the final product and Lil Miss enjoying her new treasure:

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Supernova Swap #1

If you remember earlier this week when I put up this post about a quilt-a-long I was joining hosted by Stephanie @Late Night Quilter. And if not head there first to check out the details.

Well since Christina and I live in the same state (almost the same city) and are friends we were able to meet up for our block swap. We headed to our favorite pottery place, had some Asian comfort food, visited her work place for an errand and did our block swap. I can’t express how anxious I was to show her my block.

Not going to lie the darn thing gave me all sorts of trouble when I was trying to line everything up. I kept having to seam rip and adjust and I wanted every part to be perfect. I don’t have much experience with quilting and knowing Christina is a perfectionist like myself I knew I would really have to bring it!

We also had fun telling each other things we didn’t know about each other. I was pleasantly surprised since we have known each other for so long. One new thing I learned about Christina (we also happen to have in common) was that she was in show choir! Shoot I didn’t even know she could sing!

Here is my block that I put together 🙂

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Here is the block I received from Christina:

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Looks like we are drawn to the same patterns. It should be interesting to see what the next months will bring. And I know I can’t wait to find out.

Until then 🙂

Supernova Swap #1

quilt: rainbow dash (complete)

The name hmm… Well after talking with Christina about the various project we have in progress I kept thinking when was the last time I did something for myself. So off to the drawing board graph paper I went and the planning began. I knew that I wanted to go small and quick. I my mind I was thinking mug rug. My first attempt was a barn star using my rainbow colors and after many failed attempts and redoing and redoing I restarted. I began to draw out a design and whala!! So I got to work during nap times, while dinner was cooking and when everyone went off to bed and here is what I came up with:

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I also put up my first wip on Instagram and had fun linking up with Freshly Pieced. I’m really new at quilting but have been sewing for quite some time. I usually leave the hard stuff like quilting and binding to Gma Doris and she has been very wonderful in helping me out.
So I’m very proud of this one because I came up with the idea, put in down on paper, selected and cut all the fabric, pieced, quilted, and slapped on the binding. It’s not quite exact beautiful but I love it 🙂

Note to self:

Practice quilting
Binding-learn to sew by hand
Practice practice practice piecing hsts

quilt: rainbow dash (complete)

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Making: kitchen curtains

Cooking: not much. Just using what’s in the garden.

Drinking: My water goal a day.

Reading: Divergent Series.

Wanting: Little Man to finish getting his first tooth.

Looking: ahead to all the sewing projects I want to accomplish.

Playing: music morning noon and night.

Wasting: bandaids on all sizes of owies.

Sewing: 3 quilts for birthdays, curtains for my kitchen, quilt-a-long with my friend.

Wishing: there were more hours in the day for crafting.

Enjoying: evening strolls and bike cruises around downtown.

Waiting: for G to sleep through the night.

Liking: green tomatoes.

Wondering: when the rain will become a drought.

Loving: watching the kiddos play.

Hoping: for a mini-trip out of town.

Marveling: how quickly kids heal.

Needing: a bike tuneup.

Smelling: basil through the window.

Wearing: my one and only pair of jeans and a tshirt.

Following: the Cultural Trail around town.

Noticing: how light it stays later into the night.

Knowing: that sometimes all you need is a good nap.

Thinking: I need to relax more.

Bookmarking: colorful quilt ideas.

Opening: a new book almost every other day.

Giggling: as we “hide” when daddy gets home.

Feeling: pride.

 

 

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Supernova Friendship Block Swap

well friends I picked up another project about a month ago due to the begging request of my friend Christina.  We go way back to college and even dabbled in a blog together for a little while but had a hard time keeping it together.  You can find her over here and here. And here is the original post for the Supernova Friendship Block Swap.

Ok so here are the details:

1. Find a Partner. Easy Christina asked me to join up with her.

2. Choose a color pallette. Not so bad since she is extremely good at picking and finding color schemes. Check her post to see the color choices we made together.

3. Each month has a deadline in which 2 blocks need to be made. One for myself and one for Christina. This month is June 15th and we are meeting up this Thursday for a “date” swap, dinner, and pottery.

4. Hop on over to Freshly Pieced for all the details on fabric, cutting, placements, etc.

5. Blogger post!! This is it friends. I’m a little behind but am trying to catch up!

6. Monthly questions to get to know each other. Since we are already friends but don’t get a lot of time together with her working and me being a SAHM we figured what the heck we will learn about each other this way. Still need to make my list of questions. This month we decided to go “old school” with our questions since we don’t seem to know most of the basic stuff.

7.  Post answered questions each month.

8. Post completed blocks on the Supernova Friendship Block Swap group on Flickr. Here I am but be warned I just got the account today so there will be nothing to look at.

9.  Make a life-long friend or in our case keep one!

 

Stay tuned because this is going to be awesome!

 

Late Night Quilter

Supernova Friendship Block Swap