Thursday, January 22, 2015

What's in the Box? Week of Jan 19

 I've been feeling uninspired in the kitchen.  Too often am I hitting the drive through instead of cooking something at home.  I decided to sign up for a farm box!  That's a mixed box of organic fruits and veggies delivered to my door.  Inspiration delivered!  I always get so inspired when my various scrapbooking kits are delivered, so why not get something to inspire me in the kitchen?

I woke up early Tuesday morning to find this lovely box sitting on my porch!  Now what's inside?

2 counts Red Onion
3 counts D'Anjou Pear
3 counts Navel Oranges
1 bunch Assorted Beets
4 counts Pink Lady Apple
3 counts Kiwis
1 pound Murcott Mandarin
1 bunch Nantes Carrot
1 bunch Broccoli
1 count Brown Beech Mushroom

So a couple of things... These boxes are fully customizable, you can pick and choose what you want or don't want.  I chose to leave the box as is.  I want them to send me veggies I've never cooked with because that's part of the challenge!  And where I find inspiration.

Second, you chose the frequency of deliveries.  Want a box every week?  Sure!  What about every two weeks?  Every three weeks?  Once a month?  You bet!  I opted for a box every two weeks.

Third, what the heck do I do with beets??  Please, I am open for suggestion!  This is going to be interesting.  I'll post what I come up with later, so look forward to it.  For now, happy creating everyone!

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Saturday, January 3, 2015


Finish.  Finish is the word I've chosen to focus on for 2015.  I'm a starter.  I love to write goals and start on new adventures! But do I always finish??  Sadly no.  My works in progress list is a mile longer.  I have an unfinished project for every one of my hobbies.   So for 2015, I want to start finishing!

What's on the top of my list?

Complete first draft of Curse of the Siren (working title)
Complete revised draft of Primitive Instincts (working title)

Finish baby quilt for my daughter Lily
Finish baby quilt for my niece Emma

Finish Lily's year 1 project life album
Finish Ryan's year 3 project life album
Finish December Daily 2014
Finish 2 travel mini albums

Finish various workout programs and stick to diet.

And these are only the projects on the top of my head.  There's oh so many more.

2015 will the year of finishing.  Any tips on tackling this huge list??  I'm listening.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Goodbye November, Hello December

November was one crazy, caffeine blur.  I won NaNoWriMo (a challenge to write a 50k novel in November) for the first time, clocking in at 50,240 words with only an hour to spare.  It was fun, exhilarating, and exhausting!  I am SO ready to do something other than creative writing.

Hello December Daily.

This is my first year participating in Ali Edwards' December Daily, and can I say I am SO excited!!  Because I spent every free moment writing in November, I didn't create any foundation pages.  Starting my DD album Monday, I realized why so many people create pages BEFORE December (because it saves time), and wish I would have too.  Oh well, next year.

Today, I made my intro and my reason why pages.  It felt GREAT playing with paper again!  For my intro page, I cut this star transparency to  8.25" by 5", then hole punched the sides with a hole punch.  I layered a red tag, dollie and some labels in the bottom right corner and glued the December Daily rubber banner that came with the kit on top.  I stapled a tab from the kit with my tiny attacher.

I heat embossed the deer wood veneer with gold embossing powder.  The "twenty 14" was stamped from the DD kit stamp set, with versamark and then heat embossed as well.

I think it came out very cute!  Here's what it looks like in my album.

On the back of the star transparency is my reason why, which I wrote on a project life card.  I stamped "embrace and celebrate," from Ali Edwards' Story Stamp, Get Real.   

I finished off the page with a couple of embellishments, a clipboard banner and star paper clip.

Who else is participating in December Daily?  What's your battle plan for tackling this project?

I don't have a photo printer at home, so I'll be making my daily pages on the weekend after I spend my photos to my local photo printer.  What I am doing daily, is taking photos, editing photos, and journaling my daily story.  Hopefully, this will help me when the time comes to create my pages.  We will see!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Swoon Mini Quilt

Our family does a Secret Santa every year. This past Christmas (shh I know its August, I'm super late posting this), I picked my Mom for Secret Santa and I knew just what to make her!

Swoon Mini Quilt

I love Thimble Blossoms Swoon pattern! Someday, I'll make a full sized Swoon, but for my Mom, I made a mini quilt using only one Swoon block. The Swoon pattern looks hard, but it was really pretty easy! I used fabric from the Lakeside Resort collection, along with some Kona cotton. This mini quilt is about 25" x 25".

Swoon Mini Quilt Close up

I meant for this mini quilt to be a table runner, but my mom wants to hang it in her bedroom. That's great because it'll match the quilt that I'm making for their bed! Guess I better get working on the matching bed quilt ;)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dannie's Storyboek Window Quilt Complete

So I've been bad. I finished this quilt back in January! I haven't blogged in what, eight months?? Sigh. Truth is, besides finishing up Dannie's Storyboek Window Quilt and Aviva's Hugs and Kisses Quilt, I haven't done much else crafting-wise. I'm trying to work out a balance between hobbies but it's hard! There's just so much that I'm into. Does anyone else go through phases? My wallet sure as liked my quilting low. I'm avoiding looking at new fabric until I do something with what I have! Deal? Anyways, on to the quilt!

Storyboek Window Quilt Front

I love this quilt! I wish that it was mine to keep, but I of course made it for my sister, Dannie. The quilt now lives with her, her husband, and her dogs. I'm sure that they are enjoying it! I followed Elizabeth Hartman's Kitchen Window pattern from her book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. I used fabric from the Storyboek collection by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics, along with Kona Medium Grey for the "window frames" and Kona Ash for the sashing. The binding was made with Kona Coral (which I think matches the Storyboek line PERFECTLY! I'm very proud of my color choice)

Storyboek Window Quilt Back

For the back I used more Kona Ash along with some Kona Dusty Blue. Love, love, love these colors!

Storyboek Window Quilt Close Up

Close up! I went with straight line quilting. I'm not ready to try free motion yet! Overall, I am very happy with this quilt! It's my best yet!!

Next update will be on Aviva's Hugs and Kisses Quilt, which is complete!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Andrea's Alice Clutch Purse - Frame Pouch Along

Eeep!  I'm been away for two weeks!  The flu hit my family hard, and during Thanksgiving Vacation too.  :(

Anyway!  I joined Rebecca's Frame Pouch Along and made a clutch purse for my cousin's 17th birthday.

Alice Purse Front

I used nothing but scrap fabric, yay!  I bought the sew on frame from Joann's.  I broke two curved needles before I got the hang of sewing the frame on.  It was hard!

Alice Purse Back

Here's the back!

Alice Purse Inside

I'm proud of my lining!  I think that it came out great!  :D

Alice Purse and Ryan

Ryan wanted in on the photo shoot.  :)

Overall, I am very happy with how this came out!  My first frame pouch!  <3

Friday, November 11, 2011

Almost There! - Storyboek Window Quilt and NaBloPoMo

Completing Dannie's Storyboek Window Quilt top by tomorrow seems possible!  I have 8 out of 10 blocks completed with sashing added!  Only 2 more to go!  So close!

Pug Foot Warmer

Maddie, our Pug, has been keeping my feet warm as I sew.  (Maddie was a birthday gift for my husband but guess who she likes best?  That's right, me!)

As of today, I am 1/3 of the way through NaBloPoMo!  Blogging everyday is tiring!  I hope my posting marathon isn't wearing you guys out.  When I reach the end, I'll have a giveaway to thank you all for cheering me on!  Your comments keep me going!  Thank you!