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Reflection 2013

This was my first full year of sewing/quilting. I originally started sewing in October 2012, and have been addicted to making things and buying fabric, since. I got a lot accomplished this year. My biggest goal was to try a new project/skill every month. I definitely did accomplish that and feel my skills have definitely developed over the year. Here are some of my finishes in 2013.

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I still struggle with “what is my style”, but I am sure it will come the more I make things. I did discover, I like designing from things I see around me (you also have to love pinterest).  I was delighted when my first quilt design won designers choice award, it offered some validation, which of course we all need :-). Since September, when I discovered threadbias, I have been able to come up with these designs. mosaic365af607ffad9a580baf0547924240a9047a0383

 

I have also kept up with the baking/cooking aspect of my blog but I will admit over the year my blog has shifted focus. Some of my favorite recipes over the year include the triple berry trifle, a Banana Nutella Chocolate loaf, Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins and Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake.FoodCollage

I have big plans for 2014, and that I plan to post over the next couple of days. So, that was my year, how was yours?? What do you have planned for 2014??

I have been checking out some of the blogs on the subject that have been already posted….but looking forward to reading them all over the break.

 

For the boys blog hop



I was so thrilled when I found out I could participate in the “For the boys” Blog hop.

I loved making things for my 6-year-old son. It is so exciting when I see him loving the things I made for him….its the best reward I can receive. I hope these inspire some ideas for the boy/s in your life. These are some of the things you can find in my son’s bedroom.

Dr. Seuss growth chart:
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Painted square wall:
Sean's room

Wonky Universe Pillow:
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Chair Bags for Storage:
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Finally, how about an idea for Christmas…Christmas stockings for the boys.
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Go and take a look at the other “For the Boys” blog posts for November 13th

Finally don’t forget to check out the yesterday’s book review + giveaway here.

Triple Zipper Pouch Swap + Winners!!

The two winners from last week’s give away are:
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Which is Sara who wrote: 27. Wonderful! I love the fabric! She has won the 2 fat quarters.

And….
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Which is sarahschraw who wrote: 8. Wow! I love that fabric. and you have one the 12 swatches.

I will email both of you to get your mail addresses.

For a quick Finish it up Friday, I have finished my triple zipper pouch for the Triple Zipper Pouch Swap. It is a secret partner swap where I know who I am sending it to but they don’t know who they are getting it from. I will be posting tomorrow 🙂

Fabrics:

  • Lining: Straw hat blue, Cloud 9 (purchased from Joann)
  • Small pocket front: Flirty Flowers Tonal Dots in Pink, Robin Zingone, Robert Kaufman (purchased from Fresh Modern Fabric)
  • Small pocket front: Crosshatch in Plum, Architextures, Carolyn Friedlander, Robert Kaufman (purchased from Westwood Acres)
  • Back + large front pocket: Hexo in Kryptonite, Technicolor, Emily Herrick, Michael Miller (purchased from Fat Quarter Shop)
  • Zippers (purchased from Zipit)

I love the technicolor hexo fabrics, don’t you??

Front Side
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Linking up with AmandaJean @ Crazy Mom Quilts

Addicted – my work in progress

So, this is the post where I admit I am addicted to buying fabric. Yes, like many out there – I can’t help myself. I see a cool new print or fabric line and I get an idea and I just have to have it. I promise I have a plan and idea for all of it 😉

I discovered, this week, how bad it is when I decided to start organizing my fabric and workspace. This is my work in progress this week (linking up to freshly pieced)…..keep reading my admission below.

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Below, are photo’s my fabric in the middle of being organized. I am using comic book boards (which are amazing) to stack my fabric easily and allowing visibility. After going through 200 boards and still only 2/3 of the way through….I was thinking – oops, that is a lot of fabric. Now, to some this might not seem to bad but wait – I only started buying fabric sometime September or October last year (yes I am saying…no more than 5 months). Hmmmm….but it sure looks pretty.

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But wait there is more…..this is my basket full of more fabric that I am using for dedicated projects – there are at least another 50 fabrics in this basket and most of it is from spoonflower.com. Did I say addicted…..well spoonflower is my favorite shop 🙂

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So I mentioned and showed you my fabric, well the other part of my crafts include men’s neck ties…..this is my collection for making neck tie art pieces.IMG_6921

Lastly – here are my scrap jars for all my fabric scraps. I would love to here about your craft addictions (help me feel better, maybe I am part of a club 😉 ).IMG_6920

 

Oooh – I forgot, here is my most recent purchase which may have to be my last for a while….I love it – my son’s school’s mascot is a penguin and I will use this for gifts for the teachers at the end of the school year.
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February goal check

This weekend has been really productive!!!, and it means that I am closer to my February Goals. If you remember, I linked up with A lovely year of finishes  and The Girl who Quilts (and I won the give-away, which is so cool!!!)
A Lovely Year of Finishes The Girl Who Quilts

This is a check-in on where my goals are.

  1. As mentioned on Friday 1st, complete top and back of my “Four Seasons in one day” (named after a crowded house song)
    I have now almost completed the top – I worked out a way to make the border in more of a block instead of a string which gave me more manageable pieces to work with. I also worked out the corner pieces as well 🙂
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  2. Finish 4 sets of chair bags.
    I have cut out 2 sets of chair bags but have not started sewing yet. 
  3. Finish 4 sets of pot holders.
    I have 3 sets of pot holders completed…our kitchen is a light green – these are the ones I made for use in our kitchen.
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  4. Cut out fabric for my son’s quilt.
    Not started yet 
  5. Triple zip pouch.
    Fabric and other materials selected. 
  6. Try out a paper piecing block.
    Not started yet but I have something in mind.

More general goals

  1. Continue with Life Style Challenge.
    See yesterday’s update here. 
  2. Post 3 times a week min.
    Check – doing well. I also joined Pinterest, I was struggling with just using bookmarks to find things I liked in the www. Let me know if you have a site or which sites you would recommend I follow. 
  3. Post a new recipe each week.
    Check – doing well

Celebrating 100th day of Kindergarten

It has been a few months since I posted a craft/art project my son (whose 5 1/2) and I have worked on together. The objective of this project was to complete the homework assignment for the 100th day in Kindergarten (due Tuesday 12th Feb).

Objective:

  • To complete the project your child will need to collect 100 items
    Sean has been collecting beer bottle tops for a while now. He counted out 100 tops (all on his own).
  • After collecting the items they will decide how they will display them. Your child should bring their project to school to share with the class.
    Sean decided we could make a spaceship out of recycled materials (he was given several options to choose from 😉 )
  • Have fun and be creative
    I think Sean did a great job, don’t you think so !!

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Materials:

  • 100 x beer bottle caps
  • 1×1.25L Coke Bottle (for the rocket body)
  • 1 x large laundry detergent bottle (for the wings)
  • 100 x Craft Glue dots (for the body) and some Glue stripes (for the nose)
  • 4 x 1/8 rivets (to adhere the wings)
  • 1 x can of white spray paint (for body)
  • 1 x can of black spray paint (for nose)
  • Stickers (Sean choose his flags and 100 stickers)

Surprisingly enough, Sean stuck on most of the beer bottle tops and with supervision we spray painted the bottle, once dried he stuck on the stickers.

As parents, we cut the shapes of the wings and the bottle, so the wings hold, with a blade and then used rivets to hold the wings in place.

We are still thinking of adding flames out of paper, so it can launch 🙂

100th post, give away and February’s goals

Guess what??? This is my 100th post. In celebration of all the support and fun I have had so far, I have my first give away…. a pair of pot holders I have made (seen here or here or in the color of the winners choice). Like the post, leave a comment or become a follower; and a winner will be chosen at random, and announced next Friday.

What are my plans for the near future – well at least for February??? Well, I linked up with A lovely year of finishes and The Girl who Quilts to give me the incentive I need to finish some of my projects and my goals for 2013.
A Lovely Year of Finishes The Girl Who Quilts

Here are my crafting goals for February:

  1. As mentioned on Friday 1st, complete top and back of my “Four Seasons in one day” (named after a crowded house song).
  2. Finish 4 sets of chair bags.
  3. Finish 4 sets of pot holders
  4. Cut out fabric for my son’s quilt
  5. Triple zip pouch
  6. Try out a paper piecing block

More general goals

  1. Continue with Life Style Challenge
  2. Post 3 times a week min.
  3. Post a new recipe each week