Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another busy weekend and week....

On Friday afternoon I got off work early and drove up to Cartersville to meet with Hannah and Eva as we work on the plans for her 16th birthday masquerade party. I think this is going to be a fun one!!(Check out the cool old building she is having it at! I love it!)

After that meeting I went by the civic center where they were having a quilt show (I went right as they were closing, so all I had time for was to quickly run through and get a few pictures.) There was a wide variety of styles and patterns on display. I just love quilts!!

Late Friday evening was the rehearsal and then all day was spent at Stonewall Manor for the wedding of Erin and Justin Gravitt. It was a beautiful day! (Here is their cake!)

Sunday my mom came over and we did some rearranging and clearing out of "stuff"...I still have more to do, and I need to hang some of the artwork we rearranged, but it feels good to have a change.
(Friday I found this pillow at TJ Maxx, and I wanted to buy it something fierce...but it was pretty expensive & I had already blown the budget on a gorgeous gray winter wool coat! (I will show pic's when I have the weather needed to wear it!!) I need to find some similar fabric, so I can make some pillows for our couch!)

Monday evening on my way home I saw this beauty! (It was amazing, so bright and you could see it all the way from one side to the other-with a faint double in there as well!! I had stopped at the grocery store on my way home and everyone was in awe and snapping photos with their phones! It really made me smile, not only because of the beautiful & amazing rainbow, but also because of the reaction from everyone-young and old alike-when seeing it!)

Then I worked on getting some fabric cut and sewn together for a baby quilt...I need it for a shower this weekend! Yikes! We will see if I get it done in time!!

Tuesday I went to Andi's for a "Girls night in" party and we dyed some doilies that Nicole had picked up, and did some Sharpie tye-dye. (We all got a little high off of the fumes-but it was fun!!) I did my tye-dye work on a piece of white fabric...I am not sure what I want to do with it yet..maybe a mini quilt back, or I can fussy cut out the designs and use it in a quilt!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Life...& what has been keeping me away!

I don't mean to be bad at this whole blogging thing, I really do have great intentions, but apparently I just don't have enough time to get everything done that I like to think it possible!! (Just check out my wedding blog...I haven't posted ONE THING since my first post-I really have so much to say, just no time to type it up and post it!!)

Life has been keeping me really busy, with some fun times enjoying our "vacation", some long drives (see uhaul pic below), work, saying yes to even more projects that are added to my overcrowded "to do" list, fabric shopping (I just can't say no to a good deal!!), tv watching (So excited for all the Fall shows that are back-Glee, Vampire Diaries and The Big Bang Theory are my 3 favs!!) and of course weddings!! (Fall is a big wedding season!!)

I love my life, but I could really use more time-I just don't know what it is that I would give up to make more time!! I like everything that I do...and really just want to keep adding more on!! I wish I could give up some sleep, but I can't function if I don't get enough sleep, so that one can't go by the wayside!!

Over the 2nd weekend in Sept, Mom, Dad, Travis, Kevin and I drove up to Indy and back to move some of my grandparent's furniture/etc. down here since they are moving into a small apartment. (We left around 7:30AM on Saturday, and got back to C-ville and returned the Uhaul trailer by 6PM on Sunday-I think we spent as much or MORE time in the car than we did in Indy!!) (There is a too funny MIRACLE story that goes along with this weekend as well. Friday night we loaded up our living room furniture and drove it up to Kelsey & Travis' house near Chattanooga. When we got there around 11PM we saw that we were missing a couch cushion. Kev figured we just left it at our house, but I was pretty sure it was on the side of the road somewhere. There wasn't really anything we could do about it at this point, and we had to get up early the next morning and drive up to Indy, so we were just PRAYING it was at home!! Mary called us Saturday morning on her way down to Marietta and so we told her to keep an eye out for it just in case...she was in a hurry and said she wouldn't have time even if she did see it. A few minutes later she called back to say she had found the cushion!! She had seen it nearly immediately after getting off the phone and so she went back to get it. (She was on I75 mind you, so she had to go around to the other side of the Hwy to get it and then loop back around to go back the way she was needing to go!!) It truly is a miracle that she happened to call right before driving by it, so that she would know and remember to look for it, that she saw it, and that it was perfectly fine! (It spent the night on the side of the Interstate, but thankfully it didn't rain that night!) Kels sprayed it with Lysol and Fabreze so that she wouldn't be weird-ed out about using it!! Praise God for the little miracles that come our way!!

(My green fingernails!! I painted them green last weekend because green was a big part of the wedding I did last weekend at Stonewall Manor. I thought it was a nice way to blend in with the wedding!!)

Fabric scraps I stuffed into a bag from Tiny Stitches in Marietta.
(It was $5 a bag for as much as you could stuff in there of these little scraps!) I needed some yellow and brown scraps for one of those extra "to do list" projects I added recently and then just stuffed as much of the other cute fabric scraps I could in there!! I really love a good challenge!!
(I also went over to Hancock Fabrics and got some great fabric from their sale rack as well. Now I have been busy washing it all...I am not looking forward to all the ironing I now have to do!!)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Yesterday evening, I found out that my husband's great aunt, who I met on our trip to Germany last year and immediately loved, unexpectedly passed away.

She was such a sweet and wonderful women, full of life and joy. She helped make me feel so comfortable when we were there, like I had been a part of her family forever!

She will be missed by many, and we send our love, thoughts and prayers to all of her immediate family dealing with this tragic loss.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dr. Suess

I sooooo want this fabric!

Isn't it too cute!?!

I can't believe it...I won!!

I signed up for a giveaway over at Fat Quarterly and I won!!

WooHoo!! Robert Kaufman Fabric!!

I can't wait to get the fabric and get started on the project!!

Plus they are having another giveaway, so head on over and see if you can be the lucky winner this time!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Busy, busy Labor Day weekend!

Well, I wanted to post some pictures from our full Labor Day weekend, but I am having camera/computer connection I will just talk about it for now and hopefully post some pictures later.

I did get the baby quilt finished Thursday night and gave it to Keith on Friday morning at work. (I did the binding by machine...Let's just say that I really need to practice that process. It wasn't horrible-I didn't pick it out-but that may have had to do with the fact that I had to have it done that night!!)
Friday night after work I spent HOURS at Joannes shopping their Labor Day sales and getting some quilting/sewing goodies for my sister Kelsey. (She got a sewing machine for her birthday from Mom, Dad, Betsy and Mare!)

Saturday I met my sister Mary in Marietta Square for some shopping (they have a farmer's market on Saturday mornings, and they were having an art show) Mare ran to dance practice and I ran a few errands, then met Kevin at REI and Dick's Sporting Goods to check out their end of season sales. We each got a wet suit (on clearance) so that we can hopefully enjoy our jet skis even as the weather starts to cool down. (Since they haven't been working for the warm weather time!!) Mare met us there and we walked to Borders (I got Kevin a new Bible he thought looked interesting) then we all met the 'rents for dinner here and some more book shopping at Barnes and Noble. (I just can't get enough!!) Saturday night Kev picked up the wood I needed at Home Depot and we finally got a headboard made for our king size bed. Now we just need to get it attached to the wall! (We were up until after 2AM!)

Sunday we got up early and drove up to TN (we picked up Mare and the 'rents) and met Kelsey and Travis to go down the Hiwassee River. It was nice to have our own life jackets so that we didn't have to use their stinky ones (I always forget how nasty those things smell until I get there, and then I wonder why did I want to do this again?!?) After a run in with a huge tree branch (I think Kevin was trying to get rid of me, but I survived and came out with only a few scrapes and bruises) we made it down the river (It really is a lazy river, so we try to make obstacles for ourselves so that Kevin has fun, which is why we then got caught in the one place there was a bit of rapids and pushed under a big tree growing over the river and I, being in the front, got the tree branch in the arm-thankfully I did get down flat so that I didn't get it in the face!!) and helped Kelsey and Travis load up their canoe and went to their house for a cookout and to celebrate Kelsey's birthday.
After dinner we helped her work on the final design placement of the blocks for the quilt she is working on for Travis. (It was funny when she told me about the fabric for this quilt because I bought some of the same fabric as well ages ago, but I haven't made anything with mine yet!!) That was a fun day, but it was another late night since it is a long drive home from Ringold!!)

Monday we got to sleep in a little bit, but then we were up and getting everything together to go out on the jet skis. We were able to spend about 2 hours on the water and with no major issues! What a relief!! It was so much fun!! Then we went over to Kevin's mom's house for dinner and a nice visit. (And we ended up playing canasta, I didn't do very well, but that is a fun game!!

Tuesday morning came too fast and I was not ready for work, but work was ready for me, so now we are back to the regular daily schedule after a full and fun long weekend! (Although I am working the early shift all this week and next since my boss is out of town, so maybe I will actually get out and hike a couple times over the next week or two and try to get my energy level back up...I am tired all the time lately!!)

I hope to get some pictures on here soon!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A baby quilt

I did the quilting on another baby quilt earlier this week. (I am thinking baby Ava will get this one. She is one of my co-workers brand new little grand-daughter! She is so tiny-she was quite early-but is at home now and growing every day.)

Now I just need to get the binding ready and sewn on. (Hand sewing the binding down is a love/hate thing for me. I really enjoy doing the work by hand, but my neck and back are always killing me when I finish because I slump over while I am working on it-and I pretty much always end up drawing blood or scratching myself pretty bad on the pins holding it all in place!) I think my goal is to do that part tonight when I get home from work so that I can get it to Keith tomorrow before the long weekend.

My body is actually already sore today (so this may not be a realistic goal to get that quilt binding done) since I ACTUALLY exercised yesterday!! I think it has been literally 6 months since I have done ANY form of physical activity that would produce sweat!! (Scary, I know!!) My mountain walking partner text me on Tuesday night, and so we hiked Kennesaw Mountain yesterday after work. It was wonderful and miserable at the same time! I really can't let myself get that out of shape...I thought I was going to black out for a moment near the top when I got light headed and super short of breath! She is doing a 5k run the first Sunday of next month, so I think I am going to have to see about joining in on that and so it will keep me motivated to keep exercising and get into better shape!