Friday, March 30, 2012

A great beginning to spring break!

Today was officially my first day of spring break. Well not really. It is furlough day, but it is was still the first day I am at home. It was nice to sleep in. It was nice to wake up and the sun was actually out. It was nice to do things on my own time schedule. And is was great to get back into my sewing room. It had been way too long.

I had one goal today. It was to get my carnival blocks sewn together.

Finally finished with all my carnival blocks for Katie's shop

And I did it! I even was done in time to go visit Katie at Sew Katie Jean and get my borders, backing and batting.

Carnival Quilt top

I even made the top into a quilt sandwich.

Carnival Quilt sandwhich

Now I just have to quilt the whole thing together. I may even pull a finish out on the last day of the month.

However, first I have to pick up my sewing room. Even though I hadn't been in there in a bit, it seemed to get very messy. That could have something to do with me closing the door and pretending the mess wasn't there :)

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Out of hiding

Ok, Ok.. I think I am somewhat better and have the need to become crafty again. It may have something to do with the fact that I am on Spring break in just a few hours. My goals for this spring break are: to finish my carnival quilt, cut out my full spectrum quilt ,and work on my emboridery 101 quilt. I have lots of days off, but I am going to LA to visit family so that will cut into the sewing just a bit. Luckily I am bring my machine with me. Lets see what I can get done!
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Carnival blocks conquered

Awwh. I have finally done it. Thank goodness for FNSI and for rainy afternoons. It is officall all 20 carnival blocks are done. Now I just have to get them sew together!

Finally finished with all my carnival blocks for Katie's shop

In the near future - I see  a completed quilt.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

I am bad blog author

That is my way of saying sorry. I did mean to blog. I really did. I also really did mean to do anything creative this week. Now I know excuses are just that, but let me tell you something.

I went to the doctor about 10 days ago for some girl issues... and lets just leave it at that. She told me to make the issues better, I would need to give up caffeine, refined sugars, and make sure that all carbohydrates that I eat are complex carbs. Now this did not make me happy.

It was the caffeine part that really caused me to be upset... there were other things too (not food related), but believe it or not that was one of the things that had me the most upset. First of all  I am a soda addict (I am sure you have seen evidence of this in picture on this blog, the coke cans, the sonic cups)  I mean I have a really really bad problem with soda and caffeine. And have since I was a young.

We are talking really young. I used to get really moody, and really hyper and all amped up (adhd, before anyone ever said anything like that) and my parents found out mistakenly that a little sip of soda would calm me down. My brothers claim I was stroller age, I really don't know. All I know is that when ever I feel overwhelmed soda seems to focus me. So it is the way I like to start my day. I also like it when: I am stressed,  I am quilting, watching tv, playing on the computer, hanging out with friends, relaxing, driving... Truthfully, if I could just drink soda only I would.

Back to the issue at hand, why I was so upset. I think the most important issues is that I know what it means to give up soda. Now, see this isn't the first time I have given up soda. I actually went 4 years without drinking soda. I am not one of those people who can drink caffeine free or diet, it just makes me want a really coke/pepsi even more. This is what happened last time I really gave up soda. First, I started drinking sprite, and then sprite turned into caffeine free diet pepsi, and then diet coke or pepsi and the next thing I knew I was drinking straight fully loaded coke... See the who addict thing.

I have tried giving it up by cutting back. I have even gone days with out, even months when I had kidney stones, but the next thing I know, I am drinking soda again. Sometimes it is because I can't take the headaches. Or because I think that I can handle just a bit. Or I get really stress and there I am sneaking though the Sonic drive thru just to get my bubbly goodness. Oh the headaches, and the emotions, and the clumsiness, the distractions all around, the moodiness, and that desire, that unquenchable thirst for sugary goodness.  All have been my down falls many many times.

Not this time though. This time I just went for it. I just gave it up. Cold turkey.

And it wasn't even that bad. Ok I may have got a bit emotional, but I really didn't get the headaches, too bad that is. I also may have spent a lot of time moping around, and not really doing anything, including blogging. I mean really, what was I going to blog about; have done nothing, but go to work come home and suffer the consequences of giving up caffeine.

Thinking about it now, I should have said... excuse me while I suffer in the corner a bit... blog writing will resume once the caffeine has completely left my system and I can return to normal functions. But I didn't,  and I am sorry that I did not.

I am hoping this no caffeine thing can last a while. I am hoping the doctor is right and it will help things get better. The only bad thing is, that now that I have "conquered" the caffeine thing (the "" are because I know this will continue to be a daily challenge), I am on to those other favorites, sugars and carbs... Well, not quite yet. That may take some more planning on my behalf. But soon, very soon. Hopefully, I won't disappear again, but I can't make any guarantees. I mean it is bread!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Work in Progress

Quick up date for this week.

I am still trekking my way though the carnival blocks. I have 14 out of 20 done now.


I also made this cute little coaster, just because I had to finish something. Anything.

Cute little coaster

Additionally, I finished all my report cards and I have almost finished everything I need for my observation tomorrow. Acck, I am being observed! Not really a big deal, but still it is stressful to have your administrator come watch you teach.
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Want to but must do

This is what I want to be doing right now.

In prgress

This is what I must do right now.

Actually to be more technical than that I am writing the comments. Lots and lots of comments. Last report cards my count was almost 2,000 words. Lets see how I do this time.

Hopefully I can finish tonight and then tomorrow I can get back to sewing again.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Oh my and Welcome + a quick finish

I woke up this morning with about a dozen emails from Craftsy. I thought... hmm what is this all about. New followers and likes and huh. Then I got to the weekly newsletter from them.

And look it is me. I just can't believe I was featured in the Craftsy newsletter for my goose zag block. Thank you Craftsy for featuring me and Thanks everyone for stopping by from them and to the new followers who I am sure have made their way here from that newsletter/my Craftsy project page.

Now for a really quick finish. I need a quick finish. I have been working on my Carnival blocks for so long that I feel like nothing is getting done. So last night I made this really simple quilted coaster.

Cute little coaster

It is made from a scrap of AMH fabric, some random scrap of cream fabric, and a little scrap of batting. 1/4 inch seam all around. Flipped inside out. Top stitched and free-motioned following the flower design. Awwh it is nice to have at least one finish.  Plus it was super easy and turned out super cute!

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

February Accomplishments

February was not a very craft month for me. I am sure it has a lot to do with hurting my hand and then getting sick for a week.  I have very few accomplishments to note.

I did a lot of cutting for my AMH full spectrum quilt.


And then hurt my hand. I don't think it was related, but it put a damper on my craftiness for about a week.

My only somewhat really finish for the month was 10 Carnival blocks.


Now I just have 10 more to make and I will be all done with them.

I really like the blocks. They are super cute, but not easy to make at all. It is made with the lazy angle ruler and you have match up the blocks just right to make this little bow tie.


Then you cut again, and make the little bow tie again, except the second time it is hiding a bit. Finally you put 4 blocks together and try to match it up to a nice center.


This one didn't even turn out perfect, but I didn't realize it until the close up shot. I would say I need my eyes checked but I think I just got distracted. And let's be honest here, although, I am practically perfect, just like Mary Poppins, there is that word practically in there. Meaning just like everyone else I am not quite perfect.

That is it for accomplishments for the month of February. Luckily it is now March. Hopefully, this month will have more progress :)
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