Archive | July, 2010

She Likes It!

27 Jul

I forgot to update about my daughters birthday quilt. Thankfully, she loves it, so it will not be for sale on our website (I knew she’d come around). Anyway, I just wanted to share a couple of cute photos I took that day.

And do you notice that cute skirt she’s wearing? That was made for her by her sister. Sara is 10 years old and already quite the seamstress!



Finally Home

22 Jul

Yesterday I got home from my vacation. I sure missed it. The familiarity and the freedom to do my own thing; to make an absolute mess if I so choose. That’s why I love being home. My week away was a great time, and I came back with renewed ambition. Something about being around other people for an extended period of time and seeing how they live always prompts me to make changes in my own life. For instance, I went grocery shopping today and I bought all organic foods. I didn’t buy anything microwavable. I’m a mission to cook more for my family and make us healthier.

Another thing about coming home that was wonderful… The day I came back we made another sale in our Etsy shop! Selling things that we make is so exciting! It’s like an affirmation that people really do like what we do. Family has to say “Oh, I love that!” because they’re family. But total strangers loving something we made, with our own two hands, and paying us money? Now that is something that really makes me happy inside. In case you’re wondering what you missed out on, it was the Summer Camp quilt that I posted not too long ago. It looks like we are going to have to kick it into high gear and get going on these sewing machines. We are doing far better than we had anticipated. Summer has kept us both very busy and I’m excited for the kids to go back to school so I can get some work done uninterrupted!

I woke up at 6 o’clock this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. Someone I know has a birthday coming up (where are all these birthdays coming from?) so I decided to head downstairs and start sewing up something for her. What I ended up with was a really simple and fun market bag. She does the farmers market a lot and this bag will be perfect for that. It was so simple that I am now planning to make several to list in our shop. Be on the lookout for some market bags that will be available soon.

It’s time to get busy with the rest of my day. I’ve got dinner in the crock pot so I’m looking forward to a house full of wonderful smells later this afternoon. My mom is coming for lunch today and we’ll be having hummus with pita bread, fruits and veggies, baked chips… Yum! If I could eat and sew all day, every day, I’d be a happy girl!


Vacation Time!

16 Jul

There’s a reason that I’ve been so horrible about blogging lately. We’re on vacation! My four kids and myself made the 8 hour drive from Western Washington where the temperature has been in the 70’s, over to Boise, Idaho. Today we are roasting in the 100+ degree weather. It is so different here. Parts are green, but it’s mostly very dry. And flat. I feel like I can see for miles when I stand and look outside.

We have been staying with some relatives here and they have 10 acres. They have several chickens, some goats, and someone has leased some of their land for their sheep, so we have those here too for awhile. A majority of our time has been spent in the pool though. When we come home everyone will wonder where we got these awesome tans!

As much as there is to do here, I miss my sewing machine. It sounds silly because a vacation isn’t for work. I guess that means I really love what I do! We’ll be getting home next Tuesday, and you can bet that I’ll be spending most of Wednesday sewing to my hearts content!


America the Beautiful

5 Jul

I’m writing this hoping that the day after the 4th of July finds everyone well. The 4th can be a crazy day (and night). We had a fantastic Independence Day. The kids and I went to a great BBQ that had ALL the works. I’m not kidding. The spread was amazing. I just started Atkins though, so I couldn’t eat most of what was served. It all looked really delicious. Getting old and fat sucks.

The fireworks we had would have put nearly any other show to shame. These people spend thousands of money on fireworks. It was insane. The kids loved it and you could hear cheering and clapping from literally blocks away.

I know I’m a day late, but Happy 234th Birthday to the United States of America! Land of the free, home of the brave! America, F*** Yeah!


Can’t. Stop. Buying.

2 Jul

I visited this adorable quilt shop in Chehalis last weekend. My husband made me go for a car show, so naturally I pulled out my phone and googled ‘quilt shops in Chehalis, WA’. Lucky me, I found two! The Quilters Junction was not my favorite, but the people there were very friendly. The one I just loved was called ‘Sisters’. It was difficult to get to with all the weird one way streets in downtown, but once I finally found it, I fell in love. They had the most beautiful quilts hanging everywhere. I really had to control myself to not buy everything I saw. Just when I thought that I was going to make it out of there with nothing but an eight dollar pattern, I found the sale basket… I ended up spending over sixty dollars because of that damn sale basket! However, I ended up getting A LOT of really great things for much less than I would have otherwise. Now that my daughter’s birthday quilt is complete I need to make time to sew, sew, sew!

My husband has made me put all that on hold. We are getting the house ready and even though we have at least 9 months to go, we have quite a bit to do. The last few days have been spent painting the outside of the house. Granted, the hubs has done most of the work, but I get to paint the trim, which I hate because that also means lots of blue painters tape. I painted a bit of trim today and did quite a bit of running errands. I stopped at the fabric store on my way home though (of course) and got a charm pack because they’re just so fun, and 4 yards of fabric because it was pretty.

This fabric buying thing has really gotten out of control. It used to be that I’d buy fabric when I needed it for something specific. I’d buy on a whim occasionally. Lizze has introduced me to something called quilt kits though, and now I cannot get enough. Up until a year and a half ago, I wasn’t aware that such things existed. I’d buy a yard of this, and a yard of that… Now I can get all I need in one package including the pattern, and I don’t have to choose fabrics! This, to me, is amazing. I have a serious problem. My name is Selina and I am a fabricaholic.