Saturday, July 22, 2017


I usually know just how a quilt will look from the start.
But Log Cabins can be arranged so many ways!
Kinda liked Star:
 but didn't like how the colors balanced out.
Really like Diamonds:
 again, didn't like how the colors worked out.
Decided on...
which got everyone's vote except my dad.
He said one of each.
Silly dad.
If I make another one, it will be all scrappy and wackadoo.
Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Home again!
How fun was our trip, you may ask?

Wednesday: Mickey Waffles for breakfast!
Blizzard Beach 6/10 Love the Lazy River and pool
Animal Kingdom 9/10 Kali River Rapids, fried rice and egg rolls
Magic Kingdom 10/10 as always 
The Happily Ever After Fireworks are the best.
Had wonderful Mexican food at Pecos Bill's.

Thursday: Epcot 10/10 Soarin', Test Track
 and Colton's favorite Spaceship Earth
Walked a lap around World Showcase.
Mickey Pretzel and an icy-cold Diet Coke hit the spot.
Crayola Experience at the Florida Mall 10/10
Adding our artwork to the animated wall
Filling a tin with whatever crayons you want!
Spent a little time at Disney Springs 6/10
Too crowded for my liking.
Friday: Lunch at Clancy's
 then a little beach time in New Smyrna 10/10

Love a quick getaway!
Are you going anywhere before school starts?

Monday, July 10, 2017


Same vacation, different Points of View

This has been a WONDERFUL summer, cooler weather, 
fun little day trips, sewing, but...

School starts in 27 days. 

I started getting panicky that we hadn't gone anywhere and planned a quick trip to Disney.

My point of view: a little nervous, driving straight through tomorrow, feeling guilty about using my credit card. In my defense, I bought new tires, had the air conditioners in my car and house worked on, bought a new vacuum AND had the septic tank cleaned out. Paid all that in cash. So even though my CC balances are still WAY higher than I like, I want to go on a trip and get a little Florida sun before another year of school.

Colton's point of view: Excited! His favorite cousin will visit us. We'll also do Crayola Experience and one day at Universal. 

My guy BFF's point of view: Can't understand why we'd go when just last week I wouldn't use my CC to buy a new couch. Told us to have a good time.

My girl BFF's point of view: Completely understands because July is flying by! (also a teacher)

My dad's point of view: nervous about me driving but always wants us to have fun

My mom's point of view: same as dad, making treats for us to have in the car

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Places we've never been
1. Coney Island Cute amusement park rides/
huge, wonderful pool you can take floats in
So huge, in fact,
a lifeguard rows around the deep end in a little boat

Of course, we've been here a gazillion times.
Field trips, my 40th birthday, family reunion
BUT...the golf course closed and is now a walking trail.
A little longer drive, but what's a quarter tank of gas compared to this?
My chair out in the lake.
Wonderful breeze.
Could've stayed a week.

Have you gone anywhere new lately?

A little sewing here and there
 pinks and grays
All the colors!
(My favorite)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


A little more sewing...
Kinda hard to see 
but the last "white" round of each block
is a cute confetti-ish print
I got at an unfriendly quilt shop in Myrtle Beach.
Maybe she was having a bad day but sheesh.
Love the fabric selection though :)
Pink blocks tomorrow!

Please check back next Tuesday to see
what a week's worth of TLC can do
to help this $3.00 clearance cutie:
Pretty scraggly and sad.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


A finish
Ready for a picnic!
or a drive down Route 66 pulling a vintage teardrop camper.
(dreaming) only after paying off credit cards
and getting hardwood floors.

A start
The third pattern in Quilts from the Quiltmaker's Gift
good old Log Cabin.
One and a half inch strips mean I'm using up tons of small scraps.
My goal is two blocks each day.

Saw this idea on Facebook, showed my BFF
and when I got home, he'd already brought me three pallets.
Harvested broccoli three times
and the flowers are taking over :)

How's your summer going?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Still enjoying summer...
Spent Saturday in Richmond, KY at our state Special Olympic games.
Colton participated in bowling and track this year.
Such a sweet day! Makes you count your blessings.

Sunday was my dad's 76th birthday.
Celebrated with potato salad and lemon cake.

Finished Intention Inspired's 30 Days of Brave challenge this morning.
My goal was to finish the school year strong.
It's easy to skip Writer's Workshop and turn on the TV at the end of the school year.
I tried to keep working instead of phoning it in.
Colton had a few bad days.
Change and end-of-the-year madness was a little too much for him.
Restarting the challenge tomorrow
with a goal of trying cool stuff we haven't ever done.
You get a motivational email each morning with a focus word.
They are fun to read and keep in mind.
Go check it out!

Saturday, May 27, 2017


If you can make it through Winter with only three snow days
then you can enjoy a bonus week of Summer!
A whole week off before June!
Made a Productivity Tracker for my Summer sewing:
Started counting from last Friday: Eighty days of Summer!
In the shape of a quilt (use your imagination)
Latest project:
Fifty-five 10 x 5.5 rectangles
Wanted to do all blues, but added reds, grays and denim.
Even a couple pieces of hoarded Route 66 fabric
purchased in Arizona ON Route 66!
Sorted by color
with sashing on right.
Can't wait to play with these.
Happy Weekend!

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Thursday was our last day of school!
Friday we worked in our rooms. Lots of decluttering.
Lunch out with friends.
Track practice.
Came home and finished this:
King's Hiway from The Quiltmaker's Gift.
While sewing on the binding
broke a needle, bent a needle, the thread started shredding
had to walk away from it.
 broke another one,
 then finally put a needle in that worked perfectly!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


End of the school year,
Twelve days to go!
things fall by the wayside...
mostly sewing and blogging.
Apparently it happens every year around this time :)
I haven't posted on May 2 since 2011
I sewed some that day too.
Decided I'm gonna do both this evening!

After a warm, summer-ish weekend, it's cool and windy this week.
Made Beef Noodle soup and Red Lobster biscuits last night,
warmed some up this evening with biscuits and Amish Christmas jelly.

 Testing week at school. 
First-grade has it easy.
I made the mistake of telling an upper-grade teacher friend
that we'd had a fun day.
Big mistake.
They are stressed.
Hope your week is going well!