Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2012 New Year Resolutions

So far 2012 has been pretty interesting.  We were snowed in with 11 inches of snow for a week - usually we get 1-2 inches that lasts 24 hours or less.  It was a good week of being creative with lots of sewing and trying to cook with what we had in the house.  We tried a vegan coffee cake the day we ran out of eggs and milk that was pretty darn good.
2011 was a good year it had its ups and downs but overall it was a good year.  Our little Sweet Pea (Malcolm) was born, I had appendicitis, we celebrated Dominic's 1000th day, took a few short vacations to visit family in Oregon, one long vacation to visit family in Florida, finished 11 quilts (and started at least 11 more), read lots books, and Will and I celebrated 10 years together.

I feel like my resolutions last year were good ones. All very manageable and accomplished.  It was a much more relaxed year than 2010 even with the added stress of a new baby and on-going family issues.  So here are my 2012 resolutions.

Use the kids afternoon nap/rest time to do something for me and not for chores.
Sew more.
Read lots.
Don't stress about on-going family issues.
Purge the file boxes and everything else! 
Take a real vacation (one that does not involve visiting family).
Do more hiking.

I feel like 2012 will be a good year. 

Monday, January 30, 2012


My first paper pieced quilt has been sitting around for quite a while just waiting for borders. I've gone looking for fabric several times and never found anything that was perfect for it. Then it dawned on me that nothing really will be perfect because there was no theme for the quilt - just little bits of everything. With that in mind I went shopping again this past weekend and found a nice border for it. To me the quilt was reading blue and green so I went looking for something that was a small scale print with a blue or green background that had lots of other colors in the print. Hopefully soon I can get it washed and cut so I can start the process of appliqueing it on. It would be nice to have it finished soon since I started it back in 2009.

Any suggestions on how to quilt it?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My first quilt...

This is my first quilt.  I made it over a 9ish month period back in 2002 as a gift for my Grandma.  When my Grandma passed away in 2006 it disappeared - I had an idea where it was but no way to confirm it.  Luckily, my Great-Aunt knew it was missing and where I thought it was and she went looking for it for me!  It is so nice to have it back and I love sitting with it wrapped around me (and I try really hard to not look at it too closely and see how many "mistakes" are in it!).  Not only does it bring back great memories of my Grandma but great memories of trying to teach myself how to sew and quilt!  Having it around is also making me want to sew another 9-patch star quilt.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Adventures in eating

I make (almost) all the baby food Malcolm eats and I made (almost) all the baby food that Dominic eats.  I like making their food because I know exactly what goes into it and I can add what I want to make it interesting (Have you tasted pre-made baby food?  It is just not appetizing to me and don't get me started on the pureed baby food meats - they just freak me out.).  

I made up a few batches of food a few days ago and it took me about 30 minutes and now I have enough broccoli, peas, and butternut squash for a month of meals.  All three of these items I steamed in the microwave and then pureed in the blender.  I also like to make up batches of baby puree and finger foods while cooking dinner for the rest of the house (i.e. I baked two extra sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving that I cut up and froze to have as quick finger food).  I did learn (the hard way) that there are some things that it is just easier to buy ready made than to try and make yourself.  Trying to puree prunes and spinach was a nightmare and I tried each only once when I was cooking for Dominic.  I'm also a big fan of introducing spices and herbs from a young age (sauteed garlic with the green beans, mint in the peas, cinnamon with bananas or applesauce, rosemary on the squash, etc).  I feel like both my boys are health eaters because I tried from the very beginning to include foods that we would normally eat in a pureed form and then later cut up into finger foods.  I don't want my boys to eat something that I wouldn't want to eat myself.  Not to mention the fact that I enjoy cooking and want to pass that love and skill on to them.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Handmade Christmas

Our Christmas this year was loud and eventful.  We spent it with my husband's side of the family which meant we had 4 boys under 6 all opening presents at the same time - it was loud.  Very, very, very loud. 

As a crafter I enjoy giving and receiving handmade gifts.  This year, I had grand plans to make pot holder/hot pad sets for a lot of people that fell through.  Two little ones being sick at the same time meant very little sewing time in early December.  I guess the good news is that I have a jump start of them for next year!  I did manage to finish up two crochet hook cases for my Mother-In-Law and Aunt-In-Law.  I kept it simple with a single band of patchwork on the outside of each.  Both are big crocheters so I know the gifts will be well used.

The trip also meant that I started working on my travel project again!  I had put it away early in the summer to finish up a few other projects so it was nice to dive back in and sew up a bunch of stars. Hopefully soon, I can lay it out and add the new pile of stars on and take updated pictures.