Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fabric Pennant Banner Tutorial

It turns out that my exhaustion was a flu.  I'm pretty much over it.  Thank goodness!  This momma is off and running and I'm enjoying being creative again.  I am starting to make things that I've been pinning on my Pinterest boards over the past year.  I started with this fun fabric pennant.  In my search of good to share tutorials, I learned that these pennants are also called banners, buntings, and pennants.  

I've seen these super cute pennants go for over $60 on Etsy for the length that I made for Gwen's room.  YIKES!  Gwen chose the fabrics from scraps I had in my stash and also a couple of new fat quarters at JoAnn Fabrics with an extra coupon I had laying around.  

Now, I immediately need to say that I changed how I used the tutorial. Gwen wanted the edges to be finished, so I cut the triangles, sewed them right sides together, flipped the triangles wrongs sides together, pressed with an iron to make it look nice and clean, and then continued on with the tutorial. I'm not a fan of a raw edge, so I did the extra steps.  Take it for what you like.

Here is the tutorial I used from Your Homebased Mom.  The pictures and descriptions were great!

I love her blog and I follow her on Facebook. She's always coming up with something super creative!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Orchard Fun

Took the kids to the apple orchard today.  It was beautiful outside!  We got a load of different apples and I, of course packed the camera.  We had a great time and I can't wait to go back for more!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I have to go to bed by 10 pm.

Dang.  I can't take it anymore.  I have to give myself a bedtime.  10:00 pm it is.  I'm exhausted ALL. THE. TIME.  I just wanted to lay on the couch today and sleep.  Yesterday I went to bed at 11:15 and the 6:00 am alarm came and I thought I was going to pass out.  

BED TIME.  10 pm.  I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

First Day that Feels like Mine

Even though school started over a week ago, today is the first day that feels like MINE!  I'm not running an insane amount of errands or planning anything for anyone.  Just me unpacking my studio, making crafts, taking the dogs out.  I feel like I'm getting stuff done.  I'm finally recovering from a year of being behind.  It is WONDERFUL!  And it's rainy and gross out too, so I really don't feel like being outside either, so it's just inside stuff to do.  Love getting stuff done.  Maybe the tide has turned.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Beginning Quilting Class: Week 1

 I've been thinking about it for a while and I saw that this great quilt shop in my little town had a "Beginning Quilt Class" for $78.  The class is Mondays from 9:30-12:30 and is 5 or 6 weeks. Today was the first day.  I was thinking, "Man, I'm going to go in there and learn how to sew straighter lines.  Sew blocks together. I'll make me a great little quilt with some squares or strips or something.  I'm going to be a 'Beginning Quilt Class Rockstar'. Then I went into the class and this is what I saw.

I almost crapped in my pants. When our instructor said that this was our "BEGINNING QUILT", I started laughing like she was joking and I was laughing out loud.  For real.  She said, "No, I'm serious."  Then I started to laugh and almost cry.  

OMG. Here I was thinking squares or triangles or strips.  NOT THIS!  OMG!!  I'm making an actual quilt wall hanging.  After that, the next 20 minutes she said a whole bunch of quilty talky words. My brain was all frizzled out just thinking that I was going to make this in the next six weeks. Holy heck. If I can make this thing, I can make the kits and patterns that I just bought at the Madison Quilt Expo.   

At the end of class, we all spent an hour or so picking out our fabrics to make our own design.  

This is what I came up with for my wall hanging.  Now pray for me people.  I'm hoping that this thing isn't the ugliest thing on the planet, because if it is a rough go and I still feel like I have to hang the ugly beast on my wall, I'm hoping it's not to much of an eyesore.  

I'll keep you updated with the progress.  

ERMAGERD!  Let the madness begin!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Follow Me on Instagram!

I've started Instagramming!  I don't know what took me so long to discover so much awesome photo journaling, but yippee!  Now you can follow my adventures too!  Click on the little Instagram Icon on the right side of the page and it will take you to my Instagram page.

I'm so hip and with it!

If I Had a Million Dollars: Composition Rug

I think I found the cutest rug in the whole world if you had a homeschool room or for any kids room.  CHECK IT OUT!  It's a piece of PAPER!  

Land of Nod, you are geniuses!  I wish I had a million dollars so I could buy everything I wanted.  This would be right near the top of my list.  So cute!  I have a serious love thing going on for this composition rug.