Friday, March 14, 2014

It's Been Really Quiet Around Here...

I've been away for almost two years...

I've decided to start fresh with a new blog and a new vision!

Come visit me at Bella 9 Studio.

See you there!

Friday, June 15, 2012

TGIFF Party and a Finish

Welcome everyone to my blog and to the TGIFF linking party!

I'm so happy you stopped by and I hope you're ready to link up and show off your finish this week!

I've been so excited for my turn to host TGIFF and I've been planning to show off a finish that I have been really excited about.

But alas, things don't always work out the way that we planned.  While I was working on the last sections of quilting on this quilt, my sewing machine freaked out, and the tension just went crazy.  I spent about 45 minutes trying to fix it, but I couldn't do anything to make it right again.  There's something wrong with the bottom tension I think.  *sigh*  It looks like I'm going to have to take it in to the shop.  Again.  Grrr.

So instead, I have a smaller finish to show you.  A bonnet.

A bonnet??   Yes.  A bonnet.  My sewing plans for this summer have taken a 180 degree turn.  A bonnet is for sure something that is not usually on my list of 'I want to sew.'

We found out recently that our family is going on a Mormon Trek this summer, to honor the pioneer heritage of our church.   The requirements of the Trek are that each participant dress in clothing of the period.  Men and boys wear non-denim type slacks, long-sleeved button-up shirts and suspenders, with some sort of wide-brimmed hat.  All the women and girls have to wear dresses or long skirts and shirts, bonnets, and aprons.

I'll talk more about our Trek next week, with more details about what it's all about.

It's easy enough to get the boys ready, just finding shirts (and altering them slightly) and pants and hats.  It's not as easy to get the girls ready, as long dresses and skirts and bonnets aren't very easy to find.  So, I decided to make my girls and myself our outfits.  That means a lot of sewing!

This is my first project of many this summer that will have to do with our Trek.  It looks like my normal sewing projects will have to be put on hold until we go, which is at the end of July.  I have six weeks to sew bonnets, dresses, and aprons for five girls.  And we all need two changes of clothes for our three day adventure!

She is going to look so adorable in her little pioneer clothes.  How I'll look is a whole different story. :) 

So, not the most glamorous finish out there today, but I'm just keeping it real, ladies (and gentlemen!). This is what my life's going to be like for the next month and a half.  I just hope my sewing machine will cooperate!

Okay, so enough about me...I want to see what everyone else has been up to!  So link up all of your glamorous and fabulous finishes (and not so glam and fab finishes--we know we all have them from time to time!)

Be sure to link back to the TGIFF! website, either on your post or with a button on your sidebar, so your visitors can come and see as well!  

For a button code, go here:

And don't forget to visit everyone else's links and comment, comment, comment!  We ALL love comments!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Father's Day weekend!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I'm hosting TGIFF this week!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I'm hosting TGIFF! this week!

Pop on over on Friday to link up your finishes and to peek at what everyone else has been up to!

I can't wait to see everyone's projects, and I have an exciting finish to share with you as well, so I can't wait for Friday!

See you then!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Running With Scissors...

I have been trying to find an open quilting bee to get into for a while now...but as soon as one opens up all the spots get taken right away.  I'm just not quick enough!

Until now!

I joined the Running With Scissors Quilting Bee yesterday...I'm so excited!  It's a new quilting bee that's just starting up.

If anyone is interested in getting involved in an online quilting bee, there are still a few spots left:

Here is a running list of Quilting Bees on Flickr, and there is also a thread that posts up new bees and opened spots in existing bees:

Monday, June 11, 2012

I'm Being Featured!

My little handprint quilt is being featured over at Quilt Story today!

hand print quilt, wonky blocks

Head over and read the post!

Fresh Poppy Design

If you haven't visited these sweet ladies before, you're in for a treat!  They are a two-sister blogging team and their blog is so adorable.  Full of beautiful quilts, great tutorials, and fun linky parties!

Thanks, Heather and Megan!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pushing Through

I hope that everyone had a great weekend!

My weekend's been pretty quiet with three of my kids out of town visiting family.  So since I only had my two youngest at home, I decided to go ahead and do the one thing I've been dreading doing for months now.

Potty Training.


He's my last one.  But I just haven't been able to bear the thought of doing it for the sixth time--even if it's the last time I ever have to do it.

Just look at that little guy.   He is always happy!  He was our surprise baby.  Our blessed baby.  He brings joy to our family that we didn't know we were missing.  They all do, but there's something about the baby.  Sweetness that just never stops.  He'll always be my baby. 

But it's time to get my baby out of diapers.  He's two months shy of 3 years old.

So I brushed up on my favorite potty training book, and plunged in on Friday.

I told him no more diapers for him anymore.

The first day went really well.  We had one accident, but by the afternoon, he was telling me he had to go to the potty.

The next day, he did even better.  He even pooped in the potty!

Today, the third day, we've had no accidents, and he's going into the bathroom on his own to go potty.

I think we did it!!!

It's just a matter of pushing through!  
Knowing you don't want to do it, but sucking it up doing it anyway.  I really should apply this principle to more aspects of my life!

And just a note:  
For anyone that's preparing to potty train:  this is an amazing method for potty training.  I used this method with my last three kids, and they were all potty trained this fast.  You need to take a few days and set everything aside...other kids to G-ma's, no errands, just staying home and potty training.  I tell you, it works!!

Does anyone have any secrets to this process?  Favorite methods?  Leave a comment and tell us! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012


How has everyone's summer been so far?

My summer so far?...Well, it's not quite turning out the way that I had so happily planned it a few weeks ago.

I had planned on getting a TON of sewing done.  After all, we'd all be two youngest would be a little more occupied with the older kids home each day, and I'd take advantage of that fact for a couple of hours each day to get some sewing in.

I don't know what I was thinking!!!  I was kidding myself, that's for sure.

School has been out for two weeks and I haven't even hardly looked into my sewing room.  Or gotten anything else done, for that matter.  I did spend some time down there last week, hurriedly cutting my fabric for a swap I'm in.  That got sent two days later than the deadline, I'm ashamed to admit.  I didn't even get any laundry done the first week of summer break.

For those of you that have been following my blog for a while, or if you've looked at my About page, you know that I have six children.  My oldest is away at college, so I have 5 at home now.

My kids at home are aged 15, 13, 7, 5, and 2 1/2.  That age range makes it very hard to keep everyone entertained and happy all at the same time and with the same activities.  And very hard for everyone to look normal in a photo!

I do need to stop for a minute and let everyone know that I love being a mom, and I adore my kids!  I'm blessed in many ways in my life.  And I love having the privilege of staying home with them.  But, having such a large family does have its being that I don't get to spend the amount of time that I'd like to on activities of my choice.  Like sewing.  And blogging.  And showering, for that matter.  (yes, there are days that I don't get a shower in...I've admitted it.  Don't judge me.  *sigh*)

Anyway...I had big plans this getting going on my Swoon quilt (which I've planned a monstrous 4X4 setting for our king-sized bed, and I've only finished 1 block of), and making a Granny Square quilt for my 5-year old daughter, and making a pink and orange string quilt for my 15-year old daughter.  And quilting up my four quilt tops that have been sitting around for longer than I'm willing to admit, and a dozen other projects that I've had swimming around in my head.

Most of those plans aren't going to happen this summer.  Between my older girls wanting to go go go and spend time with their friends, and my three little ones wanting to have play dates and obviously needing my attention, and some of the home projects that I have planned (like the garden I haven't planted yet),  I'm not going to have time for most of my grand plans to happen this summer.

But, that's okay...I've learned this year with my oldest leaving for college, that time goes by quickly, and before you know it, little ones are all grown up and going away.

Hopefully as we settle in to our summer routine I'll at least be able to find a few minutes here and there to sew.

My 3 older kids are away for a few days visiting family, so I thought I'd take a few minutes and get started on this quilt.

Sorry for the bad pics, they were taken on my phone, whose lens has been clouded up by sticky little hands.

I thought that some large pebbling would look good on this quilt.  I thought that mimicking the pebble-y fabric and the circle fabric above would be fun.  I almost stopped after I quilted the orange center section and picked it all out to do something different, but then I laid it out on the floor and took a step back to look at it, and decided I liked it.

Sometimes being right up in your work isn't the best way to judge if you're going to like it or not, you know?  It's better to take a step or two back and evaluate from a distance, or even walk away from it for a few minutes and then come back for a second look.

I have a long way to go on this little quilt, but I'm making some progress, at least.  Hopefully I'll be able to call it a finish by this Friday, June 15th.

Because I'm hosting TGIFF!, and I need to have a finish to post for it.  If not, I'll find something small to finish and show that.

So, how is your summer going?  The way you planned and envisioned?  Or not?