It’s spring break here. I find it silly to call it spring break since it isn’t even spring yet but I will take it. I have missed my big kids, Hollis has missed the big kids, and he and I are in heaven now that they are home. Being completely honest, my joy is partly because of the added help around the house they bring. It is so nice to have help with the daily household chores but also the company these big kids bring to Hollis. It has been many years since I’ve had a toddler to myself all day. I have been spoiled with so many years multiple children to occupy each other. Don’t get me wrong, I am loving our one on one time together but it is nice to be able to get things done and even have a bit of me time, at least more than a few minutes a day.
So far I have had time to finish up my green, pink, and red quilt top. The back has been started and should be done this week. Yay! I also picked up some colored thread and got to work covering this rock. It was a pleasant change to be working with color on that tiny hook. I really do like the finished product too.
Reading has also entered my day. A magazine no less. I have had time this week to read the first issue of Taproot cover to cover. I was a little nervous about ordering all the back issues without having read a single one but am so glad I did. Now I just need to decide which one to read next. Should I read them in order or skip to the next spring issues saving the other ones for their published seasons. Hmm.
All I can say is that it is Tuesday. Tuesday!! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings.
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Oh Hollis, I sure love you.
I cant help but laugh that you got into your sisters valentines she was going to take to school the next day, removed all the suckers, ran out of the room with as many as you could carry and proceeded to unwrap them as fast and you could.
I had so sigh, but smile when I saw that you had the capability of opening your sister’s rainbow loom rubber bands and were throwing hundreds of them up and over your head while happily yelling “Hooray!”
I was a bit grossed out when I found your sippy cup and beloved Thomas the Tank Engine when I was dumping your dirty diapers into the wash. But really all I could do was love you even more.
I think its interesting that you try all the cabinet and door locks regularly to see if we have left them unlocked. And take full advantage when we have.
When you grab my nose and pinch that super sensitive spot really hard while saying “my”, I wince and sometimes shed a tear but still think you are the cutest thing ever. That goes for the times you poke me in the eye, again saying “my” and then look so proud.
You keep me on my toes, give the very best hugs, look lovingly into my eyes regularly and are really just the cutest little boy, ever.
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I took advantage of nap time and got a bit of sewing in yesterday. I’m a little more than a third of the way done with my pink, red and green penny patches. Yay!
I am so glad my little boy is napping again. He had us scared there for a week or so. I did have to wake him though, to get the big kids today and his cheeks were rosy. Hopefully he isn’t getting sick.
On the note of picking up the kids- It started snowing a few minutes before I left to get them. Upon arrival, one didn’t take my advice and had bare red arms and the other was bundled up appropriately. I love that I didn’t have to say a word and can know that my point had been made. A little silent I told you so smile, if you will. Ha!
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Last week we had a teaser of lovely weather. The 50′s and 60′s can feel like shorts and tee shirt weather after weeks and weeks of below freezing.
Today I had to explain to the kids that even though they are tired of wearing a winter coat to school it is must. With a wind chill in the negatives it just isn’t safe to have bare arms.
Sigh… I sure hear them. February is hard don’t you think?
Lots of gray, maybe some snow on the ground, yet so, so, (sigh…) so ready for spring.
Hollis doesn’t seem to mind it all that much. He loves to go outside but is perfectly happy to race his trains around the track again and again.
I guess I should stop lamenting and get to working on my quilt. Ooh, now that I say it, that sounds lovely. I WILL
be turning on my sewing machine today. Even if it is for just a few minutes. Yay!!!
How do you combat the February Blues?
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Penny Patch quilt number two is all prepped and ready to start sewing.
(not so) Funny thing happened.
I cut all the way through my cutting board. Right along the ten inch line. Right onto the table. Never thought about that happening.
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I don’t know when it started. Sometime after leaving Turkey and before Hollis was born I think. I’d have to look through the blog to know for sure. It feels like it’s been a long time anyway. What I’m trying to say is…it’s back!!! I think I can finally say that my desire to make and create is back. Yay! It’s so strange how my mind let this part of me go. And then, out of the blue it’s back again. Not the same as it used to be, but back none the less.
In its absence I learned a lot about what I was spending my time on and how it affects my family, my marriage, my friendships and my own personal growth.
With this desire to create back in my life, I find my self treading carefully and for now am trying to keep things simple and use up materials I have.
So… Along with my ongoing quilting project I have been crocheting some stones.
My goal is to have a few projects going at the same time. Ones that I can have ready and available to pick up and get to work where I left off. My quilting stuff is organized on a table in the basement and these crochet stones have been in a baggie in my purse. I love this new way of thinking. No longer am I in a hurry to get projects done and I am finding myself enjoying the process of making so much more.
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My goal while in Nebraska (only 5 months or so to go) is to go through all my scraps and make them into quilts. I don’t imagine I will finish the quilts but I do hope to have things organized and moving in that direction.
I have completed the most annoying task to organize all my little scraps by color and then cut them into 6 in, 3 1/2 in, and 2 in strips. As it turns out for the pattern I wanted to start with I needed 6 1/2 in cuts instead but I’m trying not to think about that too much.
Right now I’m working with the blues, browns, and oranges.
This quilt top is now complete and I’m cutting into my large scraps to make the back.
I am following this Penny Patch tutorial and really like how it came together. I think I am going to use this same tutorial for the other quilts as well. Unless I change my mind that is.
If you are considering making your first quilt, this is a great tutorial for beginners. Actually, being self taught, I learned a ton from it and highly recommend it.
That’s all for now but I suspect there will be more scrap talk in the near future.
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