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Archive for February, 2012

How Are You Spending Today?

Doing something special today? 

Doesn’t have to be big just enough to make you happy…

…and I spent $300 on shoes from Zappos….(ok that was big)

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A Winner

A strange thing happened on my way to the red carpet last Sunday, I didn’t quite make it.  I’ve started my massage practice up again (on a very limit basis) and a couple I’ve been seeing regularly decided they wanted massages on Sunday evening.  OH SUGAR!!! It’s great money and pretty easy sessions but it was Oscar Sunday (insert whining)!!!!  But I opted to do the professional thing and went to work.  But before I left I made myself a little treat to come back home to.

And the winner is No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes!!!! I made them fast so the pictures aren’t pretty but who cares…the taste is heavenly!!!

Of course I had to sample before heading out, WOW! 

I made a little modification though.  Instead of using Oreo cookies for the crust , which I thought would be a bit to sweet I substituted chocolate graham crackers…less sugar, some whole grain, and super yummy!!

I got home from work about 10:30pm, watched the end of the big show, saw some pretty dresses, ate my dessert then went to bed.  Not a bad evening…

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BLT#8

I’ve got some good ones this week!!!

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 If  you’re looking for incredible inspiration, tons clear and easy to follow tutorials and lots of  fabric “eye-candy” try this blog.  It’s one of those sites that I always remembered to check after I turned the laptop off.  Trust me I don’t forget anymore.

The Moda Bake Shop.  

I also can’t resist the combo fabric/baking theme!!!  It feeds not one but two of my favorites.

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This is definitely one of those deceptive recipes that makes you look like you worked really hard on it but so not.  Another one for me to have fun with this weekend.   No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes!!!! I’ll be nibbling on one (maybe 2) of these during the Oscars!

No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes by My Baking Addiction

TUTORIAL

For all you sewers and quilters out there trying to maximize your stash this is an amazing site for you.  Of course I found this on Pinterest and once again couldn’t believe just how much information there is out there…and for free!!  You’re going to love this one.

Quilting/Fabric Math Made Easy

Thank you Minnesota Charms.

Have a great weekend everyone!!  See ya on Oscar Sunday!!

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Worth It

Stop whatever you’re doing, go to your kitchen right now and make Cream Cheese Rippled Banana Bread (BLT post #6 & 7).

It’s too good….my mouth is literally overflowing with happiness, while my poor rear end is raging to stay contained….

This battle of wills is so worth it….

Also worth it…being honest with my friend, myself and putting my feelings aside.  Thank you SP! And thank you to all who shared their feelings/stories.  Keep sharing Kim…I love it!!!!! It’s never too much.

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…my sewing project cup runneth over.

Puppy Dog Tails is pinned and ready to go. Just have to decide on the quilting design.  I’m thinking this or this.

If you have room in your home I highly recommend this.  Hubby borrowed/bought me 2 six-foot outdoor tables for pinning my quilts.  I had been doing this on the living room floor, the hard wood floor. 

While my darling husband is endlessly supportive of my hobby he would not be too pleased with deep scratches/gouges on the hard wood.  It’s a win win all around.  Floor stay pretty, quilts get pinned (and without sore knees and back aches), and we have tables for outdoor parties.

Here’s a block from my next quilt…I’m so in love with this project already.  Anyone following my Quilts & Patchwork pin board will know this pattern is a favorite of mine.    It is for someone who I owe an apology.

A friend of mine recently told me, via email, that  she was pregnant.  For purely selfish reasons, namely I’m trying for another baby too and have been unsuccessful, I didn’t reply to her message.  Some friend I am…  I got a bit caught up in myself while I should have been rejoicing with her.  Forgive me SP.  I hope you’re reading this. There is never an excuse for not celebrating someone’s joy just so you can sit on the pity pot alone.  I’ll stop here…

This is my other venture….a pair of pants for me!!!  I took a class two Mondays ago to make a pair of pants and jacket. 

While the patterns themselves are basic I’m hoping the knowledge gained will help me with these clothes for my girl.

Can you just picture my little one is these outfits?  I can’t wait!!!

Ok, gotta go sew!

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And Puppy Dog Tails…

…that’s what little boys and this quilt are made of. 

Here’s my latest creation.  When I first bought this charm pack, Lil’ Rascals from the Fat Quarter Shop, I wasn’t sure about it.  The big prints were super cute but the others seemed dull and almost boring.  I put it away for a little while but then “rediscovered” it the other day.  

We have new neighbors and they just had a baby boy.  I thought this would be a nice welcome to the neighborhood/baby gift.

Now that it’s all pieced together I think it’s so “soft” and sweet but still boyish enough.

I kind of made it up as I went along but was  definitely inspired by the many modern,  “cross“, and “x” quilts I’ve seen on various blogs.

My only hesitation was the image of the little cowboy (top left) holding the toy gun.  The PC side of me is a bit worried the new parents may take offense but I’m also thinking I’m over thinking.  What do you all think? 

The rest of the images are so adorable and innocent and classic little rascals.

I’m so glad I decided to give this another look.

This is the backing fabric.  Fat Quarter had some of the prints available by the yard.  This one was my favorite.

Last Thursday afternoon I took a Free Motion Quilting class at The City Quilter in NY.   What timing!! I can’t wait to try out some of the things I learned.  What a class!!!  The first time I took a free motion class I was a rank beginner and was using my Brother machine.  I was miserable.  I think I was expecting to be good at it right away but instead I was so endlessly frustrated. Since then I’ve practiced, a lot, now own a Bernina (the same model used in the class) and I’m now a bit less fearful to “mess up”. 

I can’t wait to get this sandwiched and on my machine…

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BLT #6 & #7

Fell off the radar for a bit but I’m still here.  In light of the fact that I dropped the BLT ball last week, here’s my 2 for 1 special.

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I have so much to catch you all up on but let’s start with some of my recent reading. I took a free motion quilting class last night at The City Quilter and oh what fun was had.  The instructor, Christine Janove, who was so awesome!  She told us about these two sites to use as a reference.  I spent a good portion of last night riveted.  Leah Day’s website is one.  I’ve been using her tutorials for a while now and she’s so talented.  There is much to learn from this woman, Patsy Thompson!

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Any banana lovers out there.  There’s one here!  I can’t wait to try these.  My waist line is going to hate me even more than it already does but my mouth will be my new best friend….

Cream Cheese Rippled Banana Bread…Oh yes please!!

And what goes better with banana than chocolate (I think so anyway).

Salted Nutella Tarts!!  You have to check out not only this recipe but then entire website…I was wiping the drool off my laptop, and the name…Spoon Fork Bacon!! Hello!! No skimping going on over there.

TUTORIAL:

In order to get really good at anything you have to practice.  Free motion quilting is one of those things and you have to practice a lot.  But there are some great tutorials out there to make it just a bit easy.  I’ve talked about one of these before but it’s deserves a second mention,  A Few Scraps really set me free with my free motion.  Hope it helps and inspires you too.

Oh Fransson! Dogwood Quilting Tutorial

A Few Scraps…The sky is the limit after a visit here.

I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up too.  I just need a few more days to make it coherent…in the meantime…ENJOY!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Leading By Example

If you’ve been reading my Twitter feed on the right, you know that my family is taking a journey through the wonderful world of potty training.  We’ll talk about that a bit more later.  Even though my hands are full I still pushed and pulled  a few moments out of 2 days to sew.

My project?  A toddler bed sheet!!  Last week’s BLT tutorial was just too inviting.  And with a 20% off coupon to Joann’s I had to give it a try.  Saturday went shopping.  Sunday measured and cut.  Monday added the border and Tuesday finished it up.  And guess what ? It fits the bed perfectly and was so easy!  I love easy…who doesn’t?

Now I say easy but it did leave a bit to be desired.  Most 100% cotton fabric, seersucker or knit fabrics are 44″ (give or take) and when you finish squaring it up (which means cutting off the selvedge) you are left with approximately 43″.  So per the instructions, cut a rectangle that is 45″ x 67…Problem!  So I added a 1″ border to each side to make up the difference.  It worked.  I’m so happy with it!!!  And of course can’t wait to make more.  

You can see a hint of the pink border.  LOVE IT!!!  And so does Kira!!!

It fits perfectly.  My one worry for some reason was that it wouldn’t be deep enough but it was more than.   Enough actually that I can pull the elastic back out, make a larger casing in order to  make the casing edge “cleaner”.

I had another picture to show you (the other/open end of the bed) but for some reason it disappeared but you get the idea.

I was so excited to “test drive”it  that I pulled the current sheet off the bed and put on the new one.  Kira took one look, grabbed a pillow, the pulled off sheet and as you can see was quite happy. 

A Side Note:  We still have the bunting on her converted toddler bed even though all the literature says to remove it.  But she tosses and turns and loves the “corners” so much we left it in place to avoid a bumped head or other body part during the night.

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Let’s Celebrate!

Yesterday, February 6th was my daughter’s 2 year and 9 month birthday.  It was also our first outing without a diaper so far from home.   I thought we should do something fun!   About a block away from our old apartment is a riding stable and facility.  We pass the stable whenever we visit my sister and the day before Kira saw the horses out and about and asked if we could go visit them.  I promised her the next day and here we are…

I know some adults that would not get this close but my girl is fearless!!!

I swear the look on that horse’s face was “Shouldn’t you be crying little one?”, “Don’t you see how big I am?”

Kira’s response…”Mummy can I pet him?”

Oh and we made it through the day with total success.  No accidents or close calls.  She’s loves beening a “big girl” now!!

I won’t bore you with all the details but I will say that we started “hard core” training on Thursday (she had been using the potty every night before bed for months but was in a diaper all the time).  The diaper came off in the morning and we went from there.  By Monday we were 7 miles away from home and a clean bathroom and we made it…Thank God!

Any website that says parents look forward to this milestone in there child’s life is telling the truth but what it doesn’t say is how much it’s gonna “suck” (pardon my language) and how much patience it’s going to require to get through it.  I was the one putting it off not Kira.  She was awesome and ready.  The only “problem” we have now is she wants to take care of the entire process by herself  and actually asks to be left alone to take care of her “project” (her word).  I’m sure you get what this means…a potentially messy/smelly tush.  That’s what we are working on now.  Getting her to let mummy help her.    Did I mention how much fun this is?!?! 

In the end, having a confident and happy child is truly worth it….

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BLT#5

I have to admit that I’m not really feeling to chatty this week.  Super busy the last few days potty training.  It’s going great but super exhausting!!!   Why is parenthood so darn hard some times.  Anyway…enough on the pitty pot…

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For all you bloggers out there…I didn’t even know that I was looking for this article until I saw it on Pinterest.  Definitely something to think about….

http://www.iheartnaptime.net/how-to-monetize-your-blog/

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If that doesn’t get my little one to eat more fruit I don’t know what will.  I found this picture on Pinterest (of course but there was no link to a site besides Tumblr.  So just for the record the picture is not mine but it has inspired me).

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Kira’s room just got a whole lot prettier!!!  Crib and Toddler Bed Sheets Tutorial…I can’t wait to try these.

If anyone tries any of the tutorials or recipes I’ve been listing I’d love to hear from you. 

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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