Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Can you feel the excitement in the air???  Not only is tomorrow the first day of JENuary........it's the biggest JENuary ever!  I will be celebrating my 40th birthday next month!!!  And no....the JENuary thing is not a typo.  Long ago I decided to rename the month JENuary in my honor.  As you've probably already guessed, I'm not one of those people who says that my birthday is no big deal.  I plan on celebrating ALL MONTH LONG! 

As of right now, I have a 3 part celebration plan....

Part One:  I was inspired by the Mission Statement of Saucony (a running clothes company):

At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run.
A great day is when we inspire someone else to run.

So here's the plan.......I'm going to run 140 miles in the month of January for my 40th on 1/14/14 aaaaand.....I want you to join me!  I want it to be kind of like a quilt along......but we'll be running or walking instead!  But don't panic.....you can drop the 1 and just run or walk 40 miles next month.  Or 14 miles.  Or 4 miles.  I'm so, so, soooo excited that I already have a small group of awesome peeps on Facebook and Instagram that have said they're giving it a go!   I really hope you'll join me for my Run or Walk Along.  I'll be doing weekly updates about my progress....and I hope you'll be posting comments about your progress too!

Part Two:  A week long Staycation.  Yeah.....I know.....I just took one.....but it's my 40th birthday so this is no time to be practical or responsible.  Some people want a huge party for their birthday.  Or a long, extravagant vacation.  I just want to be at home with my pets and Col Sew Fab and hang out in my jammies while watching Netflix and working on all sorts of crafty projects!  I'm sooooo cool!

Part Three:  A weekend trip to Napa sometime next month.  Because I love wine.  And food.  And wine.  Did I already mention that I love wine???

Well, Happy New Year.....but don't stay up too late....because we're going running tomorrow!  Col Sew Fab and I have an exciting evening of sipping champagne, eating a nice dinner of tenderloin, bearnaise, creamed spinach and button mushrooms with warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies for dessert, watching t.v. and pretending that we're on the east coast so we can go to bed at 9:00!  Like I said before.....I'm soooo cool!


Monday, December 30, 2013

Quiet Holidays

Is there anything better than a quiet holiday season at home full of your favorite things?  It's my favorite way to celebrate!

Puppies in Christmas sweaters....
Baxter the Cavalier puppy in a Christmas sweaterStaycations with champagne minis and lots of sewing.....
Hello Kitty champagne glass The Twelve Days of Christmas in cross stitch....
The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery cross stitchLots of yummy food to nibble on.....
Holiday table

And a quick Daycation to the winter wonderland of Yosemite.....
Winter Wonderland
I hope your holiday season has been merry and bright, warm and fun and full of everything that makes your heart happy!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Susan Branch

I can't believe I haven't told you all about this yet but I MET MY IDOL last month!!!
Susan Branch signing A Fine Romance
The most amazing artist EVER, Susan Branch, was doing a book tour for her new book, "A Fine Romance" about her journey through the English countryside and one of her stops was at the sweetest little quilt shop about 3 hours south of me.  So, I grabbed my amazing friend Karen and off we went on a mini adventure!!!

It was love at first sight when I first laid eyes on her artwork 13 years ago.  Everything about it was just so sweet and perfect and warm and full of joy and inspiration.  And ever since I discovered her, I have been on a mission to gather up EVERYTHING that has her name on it - books, scrapbooking supplies, fabric, greeting cards, calendars.....if she makes it, I buy it!
Strawberry Patches Quilt Shop in Bakersfield, California
I was absolutely giddy with excitement when I got to meet her!  Fortunately, I didn't say anything too embarrassing.....although I do think the first words out of my mouth were "I am SOOOO excited to meet you."  Hey, you should never postpone joy, right?!  Why act cool when you can't contain your excitement???!!!  Just go with it!

And Susan was just as gracious and kind and sweet and lovely as her paintings are.  It was a fabulous day and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to meet someone so inspirational who I admire so much!  I can only hope that one day I inspire someone as much as she has inspired me!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

12 Days Of Christmas

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Just thought I'd pop in for a minute to show you my latest project!  I got caught up in the cross stitch frenzy going on over on Instagram and last Friday I caved......even though I was determined to not start another new project.....even though my addiction to cross stitch had been on the back burner for a few years......but I just couldn't help myself and I started this adorable 12 Days Of Christmas counted cross stitch sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery over Thanksgiving weekend.

It's a mystery sampler which I've never done before because.....well.....I'm kind of a control freak and the thought of starting something when I didn't know what the whole pattern looked like never appealed to me.  But when I saw how cute the first row is, I HAD to throw caution to the wind and just do it!  The second row comes out tomorrow and I'm seriously giddy with excitement!

And now I've gotta run.....no, not to get back to cross stitching....we're having a party for Col Sew Fab's work department tomorrow and I'm nowhere near ready.  I have lots of fun baking and decorating and appetizer making ahead of me and I've gotta get to it!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

26.2 miles

Well......I DID IT!!!  I finally did it.  On Sunday, November 3, 2013 I ran my first marathon.  Yup.....26.2 very, very, VERY long miles!

This is Col. Sew Fab and I before the marathon (he ran the half marathon).....
Marathon running
And this is me crossing the finish line.....
marathon running
It was exhausting and exhilarating and epic and it made me feel kind of invincible.   I went from being a non-athletic kind of girl to running a marathon in the course of two years.  Pretty cool, huh?!
It was also a bit overwhelming at first.....so much excitement and energy in the air....so many people around cheering on the runners....so many funny signs....so much to take in and soak up!

But somewhere around Mile 8 when I was really starting to "hit the wall" my arch nemesis appeared.....yup.....SHE just couldn't leave me alone.  Maybe you know her too....SHE is the voice inside my head who likes to tell me things like.....

"You can't do this."

"Everyone else is so much better at this than you."

"What makes you think YOU can do this."

"You're not going to succeed."

And finally I decided that I'd had it with her!  Enough is enough!!!

So, I told her "Shut up!  Shut up!  SHUT UP!!!  I am trying to run a marathon here and it's really, really, REALLY tough and I don't have time for your negativity and shenanigans right now.  I need to focus!  I'm done with you!  Buh bye!!!"

And I left her in the dust and kept on running.  And I haven't heard a heck of a lot from her since that day. 

So much of the rest of the run is a foggy blur in my mind.....but I distinctly remember that at Mile 20 each mile became twice as hard as the previous mile.  But all of the wonderful people that stuck around and kept cheering on the slow poke, stragglers at the end of the race really motivated me to keep pushing forward one step at a time and to keep giving 100%.

Wouldn't it be great if every day there were crowds of people that you'd never met cheering you on and telling you you're awesome???!!!

And finally......I saw the finish line.....and started to cry.  Mostly because I was so overwhelmed and proud of what I'd accomplished.....but also because I was so darn happy that I was about to be DONE and didn't have to run anymore!  

And Col. Sew Fab stuck around for HOURS after he finished the half marathon so he could be there to see me finish the marathon in 363rd place!  How sweet!!!

Soooo.....if you're wondering.....

Yes, I'm sooo glad I did it.

Yes, I'll do more marathons in the future.....but I'll probably do a few half marathons first!

Yes......I was incredibly sore and exhausted for several days.  I knew it would be hard on my body.....but I was pretty surprised by how mentally draining it was too!

And I guess the moral of the story is.....

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."  -Henry Ford


Monday, October 28, 2013

Not At Quilt Market....

So I wasn't at Quilt Market this weekend.  But you know what?  I'm totally o.k. with that because I've been looking at the bright side.....

I slept in my own bed all weekend.....

I went for a long run in fresh air, under bright blue skies and along streets full of trees showing their glorious autumn colors.....
Quilting Fabric
I made TONS of progress on my hexie quilt......
Hexagon quilt made from pink, green and aqua Lakehouse Dry Goods fabric
I spent my days relaxing with Col. Sew Fab and the fur babies....

And I felt like I was "virtually" at Quilt Market thanks to the all of the wonderful, inspiring, colorful, fun photos all over Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  All of the eye candy.  None of the travel hassles!

And just when I thought it couldn't get any better.....

I woke up this morning to a super cold, grey, blustery, rainy day......and I LOVE IT!

Because that just means today is full of fleece pants, hot cups of cinnamon spice tea, homemade mushroom soup, a warm, glowing fireplace and snuggling next to the fur babies as I work.  Heaven!
Baxter the quilt shop mascot

P.S.  Are you on Instagram?  I'm a wee bit obsessed with it lately!  I'm @SewFabShop.  Who are you???

Friday, October 25, 2013

Still Hexie-ing Along....

It's finally coming together....

I'm almost halfway there.....

Bit by bit.....piece by piece.....a sweet, little, hexie quilt is coming to life....

And as I'm sewing hexie after hexie.....I keep thinking......Oooohhhh.....I should do a Christmas hexie quilt.....or maybe a red, white and blue one......or maybe autumny colors......or maybe a bright one in shades of lime, aqua, pink and orange.....or maybe one with little motifs embroidered in the center hexie of each flower.....how cute would that be???!!!  The hexie possibilities are endless!!!
Hand pieced fabric hexagon quiltBut for now, I'm just looking forward to a weekend full of sewing hexies, playing with Vintage Valentine quilt pieces, sipping wine, eating warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies, snuggling with my fur babies and chillaxing with the fabulous Col. Sew Fab.  Happy weekend to all!

Happy Sewing,

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Things Baxter Has Chewed On

Puppy on quilt fabric
Oh, how I wish I would have kept a list of all of the things Baxter has chewed on since we brought him home four months ago.  In the past two weeks alone he has chewed on......

A bundle of silk embroidery floss

The plastic wrap that held a raw pork roast

A razor

A piece of slate from a patio tile

Col Sew Fab's reading glasses

And a bag of marshmallows.  

That last one was actually pretty darn cute.  I was putting groceries away, I turned my back on him for about 5 seconds.....and when I turned back around he had dragged the bag across the room, torn it open and his face was inside the bag as he happily chomped away on marshmallows!

And a few other notable items that have been chewed on in the past few months....

Col Sew Fab's wallet

The lid to a gasoline canister

A random sharp, jagged piece of metal that he found in the yard

Every snail in the yard

Lots and LOTS of fabric hexies

Spools of thread

A glow stick (one of those emergency, flare type of things)

My needle book full of threaded needles 

Wine corks

And a Christmas ornament with jingle bells on it
quilt shop puppy mascot
Isn't he the best???!!! I love my little guy soooo much!  Puppies are awesome!!!


Monday, October 21, 2013

Block Of The Year???

Vintage Valentine by Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool
I've never made one of these really fancy, schmancy, highly detailed applique "Block Of The Month" patterns before.....but now I get it.  I really, truly understand why they assume you'll need a month to do each block.  I'm even considering calling mine a "Block Of The Year."  That way if it takes me 2 or 3 months to do each block I can still feel good about myself for getting more than 1 block done per year!  It's a logical way to boost self confidence and keep my motivation going, right?

Even with all of the tedious and time consuming steps of prepping a bazillion applique pieces I still love it.  Every minute of it.  There's something very soothing and calming about tracing and cutting and ironing and then seeing it come to life piece by piece.

And there may have even been a few squeals and happy dance moves once I had the first block haphazardly laid out on my ironing mat.  It's just so pink and green and feminine and flowery and sugary sweet!!!

Now, I FINALLY get to move onto the sewing part.  Yippee!!!

Happy Sewing,

P.S.  I'm using the Spray Starch and Freezer paper applique technique.  You can find a great tutorial right here.

P.S. #2  The pattern is The Vintage Valentine by Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool.  You can find it here.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

First Day Of Autumn

Vintage Valentine quilt pattern and Lakehouse fabrics
Yesterday was the first "real" day of autumn to me.....

The air was cold.  The sky was gray.  The leaves are starting to turn.  But inside it was cozy and warm and the house was full of the scent of freshly baked rum cake and the sounds of snoring pups and purring cats.

A sweet new friend came over with a loaf of homemade pumpkin bread for a day of sewing.....

We talked and ate....and talked and ate.....

And we even managed to get a bit of sewing done in between all of the talking and eating!

And I finally dove into a quilt pattern that I've been hanging onto and dreaming about and drooling over for eight long years - Vintage Valentine.

I happily retrieved my carefully selected pile of fabrics that were tucked away in a box.  And this isn't just any pile of fabric.......this pile includes those fabrics that you hang onto forever and never cut into because you just love them tooooo much!  But I'm being brave and throwing caution to the wind and using them in this quilt.  I think I'll love them even more once they're in a beautiful quilt.
Lakehouse and Lecien fabrics for pink and green quilt
I'm still at the stage where I'm prepping the pieces for the first block.....the one in the upper left corner....
Vintage Valentine pattern by Verna Mosquera of the Vintage Spool
I'm not even at the sewing stage yet!  This quilt is going to take a LONG time to make......but it definitely made my heart happy to see how the pieces and colors were all starting to come together.  

And no - the hexie quilt isn't done yet!  You know that I'm easily distracted!  But since I don't have any other applique projects going on I felt justified in starting this new project.  I feel you need to have at least one project from each of the "Craft Food Groups" going on at once - applique, hexies, pieced quilt, embroidery, cross stitch, doll houses, hand quilting, hand tying.....I know I'm forgetting a bunch......which ones am I forgetting???  But that just means I'm obligated to start projects in all of those categories to have a well rounded "Craft Diet," right?!  If this theory is wrong, I don't want to be right!

Happy Sewing,

Monday, October 7, 2013


Bear with me because this might get kinda long.....

Back in February, the talented, hilarious and all around awesome Mary of Spoolhardy Girl told me about a creative design retreat she'd signed up for called "Find Your Lula."  She thought I might be interested because there were going to be a lot of Illustrator classes and she knew that was my current obsession.  There were also going to be life coaching, photography and some craft classes and the whole event was hosted/created by one of my favorite designers - Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish and it was being held at a fabulous house in Park City, Utah.

I looked at it.....thought about it.....and then made my decision - NO!  Come on.....I can learn Illustrator at home with online classes.  And life coaching.....seriously!  Pfffft!!!  That sounds sooooo silly.  And being trapped in a house full of people that I may or may not like.....yeah, right!  No thank you! 

Great attitude, huh?!

I'd also recently taken a bunch of online classes and most of them were a total waste of money so I was pretty apprehensive about spending money on ANOTHER class.  Especially one that involved forcing my introverted self into a house with a bunch of strangers for four days!

A few months went by and for some reason the thought of the retreat popped back up into my head one evening as Col Sew Fab and I were planning our whirlwind move from Florida to California.  Maybe I just felt a pull deep inside of me to be brave and try new things and break out of my shell......maybe it was some desire to embrace adventure and change because so much adventure and change was being forced upon me....or maybe it was just the wine talking.....

But on a whim, I did it.......I signed up.  I bought plane tickets.  And waited for five months for the big day to arrive.

I thought about cancelling a million times.  I was pretty sure I wouldn't be missing out on much.  And I couldn't bear the thought of leaving my pets!!!  It was going to be the first time that I'd EVER left Baxter alone.....the first time I would leave them all alone in a new house with a new pet sitter......and the worst of all.....it would be the first time I was going to leave my fur babies since Daisy died while we were off house hunting in California. 

Talk about an event that could scar a girl for life.....I'm already so paranoid about leaving my pets behind while I go on a trip.....and after my biggest fear became a reality back in May I just didn't know how I was going to do it.  How on earth could I leave???!!!  My heart would race and I'd get lightheaded at the thought of having to say goodbye, walk out the door and not see them for four days.

But some nagging little voice inside my head.....probably the same one that convinced me to sign up in the first place.....also convinced me that I was about to become an agoraphobe if I didn't get the heck out of the house for a few days. So just do it!  Go, girl, GO!

Soooooo......I packed my bags, faced my fears and headed out on my little adventure.  And I am soooooo glad that I did.

It's hard to find the words to describe just how amazing this retreat was......but the one word that keeps coming to mind is MAGIC.  
Amanda and the Lula Team showered us with gifts all week - adorable tote bags full of crafty and fun goodies, custom slippers made in everyone's favorite colors, fabulous name tags on our doors, a dreamy, colorful room full of a rainbow of candy and snacks, Smash Books (kind of like a scrapbook), a mountain of scrapbook supplies, trinkets and baubles to make an amazing necklace, a needle turn applique kit, aromatherapy samples, a book on discovering your strengths and a pewter "Dream Big" key chain were just a few of the fun surprises.  
My days were full of taking amazing classes learning all about Illustrator, photography, needle turn applique, aromatherapy, photography, stretching and alignment and running a creative business while wearing my pajamas ALL DAY LONG with my snuggly new slippers, learning amazing things about myself and feeling truly energized in the life coaching sessions, eating wonderful homemade food, watching the snow fall on the mountains, having hot cocoa with mounds of whipped cream every morning, making amazing new friends, coming out of my introverted shell, laughing hysterically at least 10 times an hour, watching hilarious videos, eating ooey gooey cookies straight out of the oven and basically feeling completely warm, cozy, inspired, energized, grounded, centered, rejuvenated, pampered and completely lucky to be spending time with such an amazing, talented, fun and awesome group of people.

Leaving Lula was like leaving a safe, warm cocoon but it's o.k because I'm ready to fly.  Ummmmm.......apparently, Lula also turned me into a sappy, sentimental fool because I never would have said something so touchy-feely in my pre-Lula days!  

And the cherry on top of my extraordinary week was that after I returned home and opened my suitcase I found that everything inside was covered in glitter from the goodies I brought home.  What a fitting end to a totally magical and sparkle filled week!


P.S. - #IMissMyLulaSistersAndBrother (It's a Lula thing.......)

P.S. #2 - It was pretty awesome learning Illustrator from a human who I can bombard with questions and I'm going to give life/business coaching a whirl (being coached.....not becoming a coach!).  The girl that thought it was going to be silly now thinks it's the coolest thing ever.

P.S. #3 - I don't think registration is open yet for Lula 2014 but as you've probably already guessed I would HIGHLY recommend that you sign up the second it's open! 

P.S. #4 - You probably already figured this out but I LOVED everyone there!  

Monday, September 23, 2013

Random Thoughts....

That was the look on Baxter's face when I told him I hadn't blogged in 10 days!!!  Or maybe it was just the look on his face when I pulled out the evil vacuum cleaner and he and Sammy ran and hid in the kennel together.....

Anyway, here are a few random, scattered thoughts on what I've been up to lately.....

Not much sewing going on because I have a new, big, super exciting, non-quilting project in the works and my head has just been spinning and going at mach speed with ideas for this new thing.  Sorry to be so secretive......but all will be revealed in due time, my dear!

I ran 20 miles for the second time ever last Saturday.  You may have already guessed this but running 20 miles is really hard.  I mean really, REALLY hard.  Like crazy, huge, am I totally nuts to be doing this kind of hard.  But I did it.  And I felt like some sort of invincible, running superhero after I did it because I never in a million years thought I could do something like that!  I also felt completely exhausted and sore beyond belief after my run.....but lets just focus on the invincible superhero part, o.k.?

Baxter and I celebrated our 3 month anniversary together last Friday.  Yes.....I remember these dates.....and yes.....I feel they need to be celebrated!

And wow.....that's about it!  What's new in your neck of the woods?


Friday, September 13, 2013

Baxter Is A Big Deal!

Baxter has been in desperate need of a new harness and leash for a while now.  He was rapidly outgrowing his "baby boy" harness....it's been getting tighter and tighter......and the last time I put it on him he yelped as I shut the clasp!  Eeeek!  I immediately unhooked it fearing that he was going to break a rib if he took a deep breath while wearing it!

I searched all over the internet for weeks looking for the perfect harness......because that is what a sane person does with their time.  You obsess over finding just the right harness for your dog.  I found so many cute ones but I really wanted to find one that matched his personality even though Col Sew Fab said that Baxter doesn't really have a personality yet.  And I guess he's kind of right....Baxter's personality right now consists of generic sweet, happy, loving, air-headed puppy.  But there are small sparks of a real personality starting to shine through. And as I searched high and low for the perfect harness there were so many that were cute but they just didn't mesh with his budding personality....

Sailboats???  Cute....but it just doesn't "say" Baxter.  And he's kind of afraid of the pool so he definitely won't be taking up sailing or any other water sports anytime soon.

Squirrels???  Again....it's cute.....but Baxter isn't a big squirrel chaser.  He kind of chases anything and everything right now.  He doesn't favor squirrels over the cats over the dust bunnies over the laser pointer.  If it moves he'll chase it.

Argyle???  Totally cute.....but is Baxter a prep?  I just don't know yet.  Maybe he's more casual.  Or more modern and trendy.  Or more outdoorsy and rugged.  Who knows!

Well....it got to the point that I couldn't put this important decision off any longer.  When I went to PetSmart today I told myself that I couldn't leave without getting a new harness for Baxter even if it was just plain old solid blue.  He HAS to have a new harness NOW.

And then I saw it!  The one! After searching through the rows of leashes and harnesses something caught my eye......and the angels sang.....I had found the perfect harness that just screams BAXTER!
I'm Kind Of A Big Deal
Yup.  "I'm Kind Of A Big Deal".  

Why yes, Baxter......you are!  You are a VERY big deal.
Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy

P.S.  If any of you have seen the movie "Anchorman" you will understand the multiple layers of funny coming from the fact that I have a dog named Baxter and he now wears a harness and leash that say "I'm Kind Of A Big Deal."

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Prom

Maybe I shouldn't have mentioned the big haired prom picture yesterday because now it seems like everyone wants to see it.  And since it is "Throwback Thursday" I guess today is the perfect day to share it.  This "Throwback Thursday" thing won't become a habit.......I'm only doing it just this once.....but I guess it won't be too horribly embarrassing to show you a little blast from my past!  So....here it is....me.....at 18 years old....in 1992....all ready to go to the prom in my re-decorated Laura Ashley bedroom.  With our giant, fluffy, orange cat photo bombing the picture by rolling around on my bed in the background....
And me being me I just couldn't leave well enough alone when I bought the dress.  You know......since it obviously didn't already have enough going on with all that lace and the big satin bow and the layered tulle skirt, I just haaaaad to sew sequin trim to the neckline and add individual sequins scattered across the skirt.  Even back then everything needed to be a craft project! 

But my most vivid memory of that night happened shortly after we left the riverboat restaurant in Cinncinnati where we had dinner before prom.  The area was full of prom-goers and a random woman came rushing up to me and enthusiastically semi-whispered into my ear "That is THE BEST dress I've seen ALL night."  

That comment just made my night. I felt so special because of a sweet compliment from a stranger.  And 21 years later I still remember it as if it just happened moments ago.  It's kind of nice to realize that you might not be able to change the world....you might not be able to fix all of your problems overnight.....or help everyone who is struggling.....but you CAN make a huge difference in one person's life with just the smallest act of kindness.


P.S.  I know it totally looks like the wall color didn't match the Laura Ashley wallpaper in my bedroom.....but trust me....it looked GREAT in person!  Do you really think I'd ever tolerate mismatched colors - Gasp!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - Memory Lane....

Working on this hexie quilt has made realize something......my style and interests haven't changed much in my 39 years on this planet.  Everything that I loved as a little girl.....pink and green, cats, crafts, baking, Hello Kitty, dollhouses and anything very, VERY girly are still the exact same things that I love today.  

My hexie quilt in progress today.....
And a corner of my bedroom when I was about 12 years old.....
Muffy the Cat - around 1986-87
Wouldn't my hexie quilt fit in perfectly in my old bedroom?  Don't you just love the wall paper?  And oh my gosh.......the chevron crochet afghan!  I was sooooo ahead of my time with that one!  And the antique quilt on the wall.  Oh wow.....how I wish I still had that......

Isn't it funny how the smallest things can send you on a happy, little stroll down memory lane? 

Soooo.....other than a new found love of running and the fact that I'm no longer painfully shy (Yay!) or extremely impatient (I'm only moderately impatient now!) I really haven't changed much since this picture was taken over 30 years ago. 
Me and Kitty Paw - around 1979-80
And now I'm going to go hide the photos I found of my huge prom hair....some memories are best left hidden away in a closet!

Hugs from Memory Lane,

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - Sabotage!

I'm almost there!  Only about 20 more white hexies to go!!!
Hexie quilt
But as expected.....it get's a little monotonous making white hexie after white hexie after white hexie.  Next time, I'm going to set up some sort of rule or system where I make 10 white hexies for every colorful hexie flower.  The colorful hexie flowers will be like a decadent dessert after a healthy meal of white hexies.
Hexie quilt
It's really starting to come together....
Hexie quilt
And if a furry, little sabotuer would quit jumping up on the coffee table and stealing white hexies and my spool of thread I might have this quilt done in a week or two.....
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy
Happy Sewing,

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

If The Pets Went Back To School.....

Have you ever wondered what your pets would be like if they were people?  All of this "back to school" talk online has made me wonder what my furry children would be like if they were going back to school now like all of the human children.....

First off.....Cassi really wouldn't be going back to school.  That girl is 19 so we'll just say that she's already graduated and retired and now spends her days watching birds and puttering in her garden and telling stories about the days before canned cat food had easy open pop tops!
Cassi the orange tabby cat
I think Bailey would be in high school.  He'd wear skinny jeans, a black leather jacket and sunglasses and he'd ride a motorcycle.  He'd be in the drama club and I'm pretty sure I'd be getting frequent calls from the school about him skipping class to go smoke catnip under the bleachers at the football stadium with his friends.
Bailey the orange tabby cat
Emma would probably be in the 5th grade.  She'd wear pleated, plaid skirts, cardigans and bows in her ears.  Her favorite subject would be lunch and I think she'd take ballet lessons just so she could wear a pink tutu and a pretty tiara.  She'd volunteer for the school fundraising bake sales so she could eat all of the cookies.
Emma the Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog 
Sammy would be my super social, tom-boy in the 3rd grade.  She would wear blue jean overalls and she'd be captain of the soccer team, the yearbook photographer, class president and a Girl Scout.  She'd have the most badges and sell the most cookies out of everyone in her troop.  I'd end up having to buy half of her cookies every year because Emma ate them.
Sammy the Golden Retiever Dog
And Baxter.....sweet little Baxter.....he'd be starting Pre-K and he'd definitely be the most popular boy in the class.  Everyone would want to be his best friend.  He'd wear shorts with a button down shirt and suspenders.  He'd excel at nap time and recess but would refuse to color inside the lines!  And he'd definitely be the ring leader of any mischief that occurred in his classroom!  Baby powder on the ceiling fan???   Yup - that was Baxter's idea!
Baxter the Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy
Maybe you're just like me and have an inner monologue about these things too.  Or maybe I've now confirmed what you've been wondering for a while now......is this girl totally nuts?  Maybe I should just get back to sewing hexies now so I can fool you into thinking I'm completely normal tomorrow....

But seriously.....if you think like this too don't be shy!  Tell me all about it!


Friday, August 30, 2013

World Peace

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy
I have found the key to world peace.  It's really quite simple.  I can sum it up in one word.....


Yes.  It's really that simple.  If everyone had a puppy (or a kitten!) of their own to love and snuggle and kiss and squeeze I think the world would be a much happier place.  Puppies have a kind of magic about them that can't be described.  It's just not possible to be upset when you're looking at this.....
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy
My little Baxter Boo Boo, Nugget, Snuggly Nuggs, Pudding Pup continues to be full of sweetness, curiosity, innocence and pure joy. 

He's growing up soooo fast.  His paws are huge.  His legs are long.  He's actually doubled in size in the two months he's been in our family!  His sweet and soft Cavalier "fluff" is starting to come in. And he is now able to jump up onto the sofa or the bed effortlessly!  This is an accomplishment that fills my heart with both pride and fear.....just think of all the new trouble he can get into now when I'm not looking!

His days are full of chasing butterflies and splashing in puddles and napping in the sunshine...
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy
I think he dreams of rainbows and unicorns and gumdrops and candy canes and seas of lollipops.

And ohhhh....the look on his face when he's about to get a treat....it's almost too much to take!  It's a mixture of joy and anticipation and wonder and amazement that something so magical is about to happen!

There's so much to learn from this little guy.  Take delight in simple pleasures.  Nap when you're tired.  If you're happy about something, don't hold back.  Never postpone joy.  Greet people with enthusiasm.  Live life to the fullest and enjoy every second of it!  Be so awesome that the world is a better place just because you're in it!

Hugs from me and puppy kisses from Baxter,

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - Hexieaholic

I think I am now addicted to hexies.  I am a hexieaholic.  And I need a hexievention.  I finished up the rest of my hexie flowers as I was lounging on the sofa over the weekend recovering from my 20 mile run.......
Hexie quilt made from Lakehouse and Susan Branch quilting fabric
Yeah.....I just had to casually slip it in there that I ran 20 miles on Saturday.  Anyway.....I was actually kind of sad when I finished my hexie flowers....I was not sad when I finished my 20 mile run....but I was sad when I finished my hexies.  Soooooo, it should come as no surprise that I decided to take my quilt in the all hexie direction instead of the applique direction.....
35 white hexies down.....only 88 to go!  Yup.....that's 123 white hexies needed to finish this little hexie quilt.  I can't even imagine the mind-numbing amount of hexies that would be required for a full size bed quilt!  Eeek!
Quilt made from Lakehouse and Susan Branch fabrics
I decided to replace the "loud" lavender and yellow hexie I made last week with the "quieter" new lavender and yellow hexie in the bottom left corner.  I think the rejected hexie will get over it, don't you?  And fortunately after I arranged....and rearranged....and rearranged.....and found the perfect layout.....I was smart enough to snap a photo before this happened.....
Hexie quilt made from Lakehouse and Susan Branch fabrics and Bailey the orange tabby
Seriously!  What is it with cats and quilts???!!!  If I'm not able to make anymore progress on this quilt before next Wednesday it's simply because I was too scared to move the cat!  Law #1 of Kittydom:  You may never disturb a contented cat!

Happy Sewing,