Friday, April 25, 2014

Busy Days...

We have been pretty busy in this household recently! Seems as the years go by, I have gotten a bit more unorganized. Instead of more time for keeping things in order as the kids grow up, life is busier for us. We have two foriegn exchange students who joined us last night, so I have been cleaning and redecorating the guest bedrooms! It's been fun to get it done!

This room below belongs to my middle daughter who will be graduating from college in a few weeks. She had a bright orange wall to coordinate with the hot pink and orange quilt I made for her on her 16th Birthday. She also had her name painted above the bed in the same bright color palet! So, this room went from these colors....

To this theme! I love it... Peaceful, with a smidge of bright to pep it up... She was the one who decided it was time for the orange to be painted over, and bless her heart, she did the painting for the most part! If she ends up living at home for a while until her job situation works out, she will have a nice, neat room to come home to! In more grown up colors for sure! No time to make a king sized quilt so we used a duvet cover.

The second room used to be my oldest daughters room. She's married and took most of the decorations and the zebra quilt I made for this king size bed, so for the last few months it has been a mess with the door closed. I had no time to make a king sized quilt, so I decided to use a purchased bedspread and add a throw size quilt to the chair in the room in the near future. I like this look...a bit shabby chic! The Welcome Home above the bed will welcome our daughter and husband when they visit in the future.

There is one thing for sure that I know I miss in these rooms as I look at the pictures!!!! Quilts!!!!! I will have to get to work on that soon!

The German Students arrived last night and all the kids hosting the group awaited their arrival at the airport. My youngest is the one peaking above the left side of that bright pink poster! She's looking pretty excited!

And here are our two German girls we'll have for 10 days. Gully and Jana...very sweet girls! With Katie in the middle! (She's sweet too!)

Katie participates in track and has qualified to enter the Drake Relays, which is a big deal around here! She will run in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay Saturday morning. The three girls are off school today to watch today's events. It's a beautiful day and I'm sure they will enjoy!

On the list for me today? Hem this years prom dress...I'm scared so I have put it off till today, the day before prom! LOL

Wish me luck!

Take care,



Saturday, April 12, 2014

It Has Been Too Long!

Well, Hello Strangers! It has been too long since I last posted for sure! Life has been way too busy and unfortunately, I have not had much time for stitching! I did redo my pattern covers though, which was a huge job. I learned very much about several publishing programs, and also learned I hardly know anything about the tech world! I am thankful for Sonia, the employee at the printer who was so kind and helpful! Now, the covers look more professional and the pictures are much better. I hope my customers will notice the difference! I went for a bit of a rustic look. This is an iPad picture, so it's not the best, but you get the idea!

We have been busy preparing for two foreign exchange students and two graduations in our household. The exchange students will be here for ten days. Shortly after, my middle daughter will graduate from college and the youngest will graduate from high school. We'll have two celebrations on the same day! Since I am such a poor housekeeper, we are having a work day today to get prepped for these occasions...I am not a housekeeper, but a creative person. My excuse is that it is a known fact that those two parts of the brain work in that way...creative people are not usually organized. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! Hahaha!

Last weekend I set up my shop in Stover, MO at "It's A Gatherin' ". It was a great shopping stop! So busy we couldn't stop to breath until 2:30 both days. It's so much fun when the ladies and gents attending a show are excited to be there! The town is very tiny and the quilters really flock in to attend. Fun fun. I took my friend Marcia along this time to help me in the booth. She was a great assistant! You saw her beautiful condo decorated with quilts and wool a while back. We had a great time getting to know each other better and I look forward to taking her along to vend at the MN State Guild Show in St. Cloud in June. I hope to see some of you there! Please come say hi if you are there!

Since re turning from Stover, I have finally had a bit of time to get started on my next quilt! It has been WAY TOO LONG! Felt so good to do a bit of stitching. Here's the fabrics and the first block. That stack of Needl' Love fabric on top was just what it needed to finish my pile I've been collecting.

Yes, you can sort of tell that this in another English Paper Piecing quilt. My favorite relaxed way of piecing blocks together! It's so exciting to finally get on with this quilt as it has been burning my brain for a year now!

We've loved the wonderful weather this week and welcome spring, even though during unloading the van at the above shopping venue, the rain was pouring down! Rain is much better than snow at this point! It has been a long winter! Have a wonderful week and I hope to post a bit more often now that my busy work is done! Back to what I crave, stitching and quilting!

Take care,