Monthly Archives: February 2013

Random thoughts

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Good Evening folks,

So not much new on the sewing front, the baking scene, or on my promotion. I woke up this morning with a migraine, just a minor setback for the day. I’ve suffered from migraines for a few years now, just a byproduct from high blood pressure. But, being the little scamp that I am, I decided back in December of last year, that I would forgo all BP meds and diet and exercise, to lose weight and lower my BP on my own. I was doing so well for the first couple of months and lost 12 pounds. But I’ve been a slacker for the last few weeks, that I have to get back on it. I knew last night while eating this pizza that I’ve been craving for a few months now, that I would wake up with a renewed sense of eating healthy. And low and behold, not to my surprise, I woke up with a headache. I made it to work though, but I couldn’t function and was completely unproductive, so I had to leave after working half of my shift. So, needless to say, I have to get back on my dieting (eating healthy) and start some exercising. (BOOOOO HISSSSS)

I did, however win another bid on the Goodwill auction site:

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Vintage Small Orange Carnival Glass Bowl

Per my previous post, I’m still trying to figure out this blogging thing, and I’m lost on how to add the Pinterest button, where people can pin images from my blog to Pinterest. I figured out how to add the button, but it won’t allow me to pin a particular image. Maybe someone out there can help me on that. I would assume it’s because I haven’t upgraded my blog or something of that nature. But I did figure out how to show up on Bloglovin, so points for me!!!

So, I’m going to go to bed early and try it again, meanwhile you all enjoy your evening and many blessings to you,

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark 11:24, 25 ESV)

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4854017/?claim=ta7c4whfksw”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>

No biggie, just trying to register my blog on Bloglovin’s website. Since I’m so new to this bloggin thing, I would like to have some more followers to suggest some new ideas or even explain how this whole thing works. I wish I new how to add “buttons” on my blog from some of the bloggers that I follow, to show people where I get some of my wonderful inspirations, tutorials, and interests.

Goodwill Hunting

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Good evening shoppers,

I would like to tell you all about my new (to me) thrift store shopping venue. I started going on Goodwill’s online auction website. Where you search for items of interests or just search all items. They have a WIDE array of antiques, furniture, jewelry, vehicles, toys, clothes, I mean absolutely anything you can imagine. And of course it’s just like an auction or ebay, where you bid on items and they’re listed for a certain amount of days. So, I’m too frugal to pay for shipping so I only search for items sold in my state so that I can pick them up (score). So here’s a few things that I’ve snagged on their website:

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Brown Asian Matte Finished Bonsai Tree Tea Set

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‘Japan’ Ceramic Teapot & 4 Cups Floral Pattern

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Northface jacket

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Contemporary chunky style dual light floor lamp

All under $50!!! I KNOW RIGHT!?!?!
Winnnnnning!

Get on there and find that rare item and let me know about the cool things you find!

Goodnight and God Bless,

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. (Luke 6:35 ESV)

Happy Sunday Quiltday

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Good evening out there in the Blogosphere!

So I haven’t posted in a while, and I’m so sorry for that. I’m so sure you all have been waiting at the edge of your seats!! But, I’ve definitely been busy with really good reasons. I’ve been, interviewing for a promotion at work, two interviews down and hopefully one more to go next week. I’m super excited, but I prayed about it and I’ll leave it in the Lord’s hands. He knows what’s best for me.

I’ve also been busy on my quilt for February! I found this tutorial for a bubble quilt on this blog http://www.awaitingada.com and she explains the steps really well.

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It turned out pretty cute. The mom-to-be picked out really cute colors for her baby boy. I had a couple of issues; I think I stuffed the squares too full, so it was difficult to sew the backing, ruffle, and the top on. So next time I’ll wait to stuff the squares around the edge last and then sew the backing and ruffle on and then stuff them before turning it right side out. And instead of cutting the back of the square to stuff them I’ll probably try the method that someone commented on her blog to sew whole rows together and then stuff them. Or use fusible interfacing on the cut to prevent having to sew each square individually. But, nevertheless it was a great sewing experience. I would definitely do it again for some new mommies.

I’ve also been busy starting new projects that I shouldn’t start until I’m finish with one. Like my tie quilt, which I’ve collected about 50 ties so far.

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And last but not least, this wonderful quilt, that I found at http://www.modabakeshop.com
It’s a Vintage Modern Pinwheels Quilt
And I’ve started with this beautiful fabric:

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it’s Annette Tatum, I believe, it’s her “Tailored” Collection

So, I’ll keep you all posted on my next few sewing endeavors. I can’t wait!!!

Have a blessed evening!!

For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:19, 21 NIV)

Stampede of Fabric

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Just a quick update on the ‘bag of fab’ that I snagged at Value World. Wait for it…..

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Yes, that’s 5 yards of a ‘Stampede of Horses’ and individual panels of horses. OMG!! What to do with this wealth of, of, differentness. And you would think it’s too much, but it’s actually cute. I mean, I’m not making a dress with it, but I’ll find someone who loves horses and make them a quilt with it.

Jealous?!?!
Hahaha, I know, I’ll keep you updated

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Good Monday Rummage Day

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Howdy!!

Well, I’m sure I’ve told you that I work a regular 9-5, that greatly interferes with my need for crafting. But, I love to eat and provide a humble abode to my children, so I work therefore I eat, isn’t that how the saying goes? Well anyway, I’m on my way home and I decide to make my biweekly trip to the local second-hand store, Value World. I don’t know if they are in other states, but we have a few here in Indy. It’s like a Goodwill, but a way better selection on clothing (better prices too). So every week or so they have a certain ticket color that is 50% off for the week, much like Goodwill.

So I’m attempting to make a tie quilt, a quilt made from men’s ties, not the traditional tie quilt of the olden days. So every few weeks I go to the Value World and buy up all of the cute ties that have that particular color tag that’s half off, so I never pay more than 60-80 cents on a tie. SCORE!! I’ve pinned pictures of tie quilts on my Pinterest board and the one in particular that I will copy I mean get inspiration from has about 80 ties, so I’ve been collecting ties for awhile. I also discovered a really neat trick to clean them, because I kinda get the willies thinking where the tie may have come from (I’ll leave that to your imagination). I roll them up and put a rubber band around them and put them in a net bag and tie that really tight so they don’t get loose and pop them in the washer and wash them on a regular cycle with regular detergent and lay them out on my ironing board and let them air dry. I place a piece of cotton on top to iron them and viola! good as new!

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AND, by the way this store sells fabric by the bag!! I have no idea where they get it from, but sometimes it has yards right off the bolt!

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Ok enough about my SUPER GREAT DEALS!!

Have a blessed evening!

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:3 NIV)

First time is always bittersweet

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Finally!! It’s finished, my very first quilt! I’m so super excited that it turned out pretty wonderful for my first time. I mean, aside from all the trials and (mostly) errors, lol. It wasn’t as hair-pulling as I thought it would be. Definitely less stressful then my first cake creations and a lot less screaming at the sewing machine than I do my oven. So all’s well that ends well. And like all firsts I learned from my mistakes. Like for instance; I think I’ll be quilting individual blocks as I go. I don’t think me and my sewing machine can handle the entire quilt. I’m sewing with a Brother CS-6000i, now maybe it can handle the load but I may not have the patience, always wondering if I’m keeping the backing from bunching up. I also, out of wonder and awe, I didn’t bind the quilt like I should have, because I thought I would be Ms. Fancy-Pants and add binding with piping, Ha! Is all I’m going to say about that. But, nevertheless, I think it turned out exceptionally amateuresque. And that’s great for me. And, I’m sure my mom will love it for Valentine’s Day, because like all mom’s she’ll appreciate anything that her baby made for her. Hopefully she won’t try to stick it on the fridge to show off to family and friends 😉
I want to thank all of my teachers (unbeknownst to them) Amy Gibson through her Craftsy class “Block of the Month” also at http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com where I learned how to do those asterisk and Dresden blocks and
Those wonderful people at http://www.Sew4Home.com where I learned how to add binding with piping. (I promise all do better next time)

Thanks and on to the next one!!!

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