Thursday, April 18, 2013

Couch to 5K

I've officially lost my mind.

At least, that's what most of you are bound to think reading this!

As I am finally tired of not fitting into my clothes, I'm in the midst of a life change. No, not a diet, life change. While my diet will also have to change with me, this is not just a "gotta eat less calories" deal for me. My goal is to lose about 20 lbs by Oct (aka, my 10th anniversary) so I'll feel better about myself and hopefully not have to buy a whole new wardrobe this year.

Without going into all that....

I've started running. Well, ok, right now it's mostly walking LOL. But SOME running in there too! I downloaded this nifty little app, C25K (couch to 5k), it tells me when to walk, when to run, when to cool down, etc. And it tracks how far I've gone, and how many miles per minute, yada yada yada. It's pretty awesome actually.

Anywho, gonna use my blog to track everything now, since it will probably make me a bit more accountable.

Today was week 2, day 1. Actually, I repeated today, since on Monday when I tried to do it, I had to turn around and come back. Today I had to walk the last run, but oh well. I still did 2.5 miles, and I DID IT!

My right leg still hurts some, even with my awesome new shoes (I'll post a picture some other time), so I'm thinking I may have to get some leg compression sleeves to wear while running.

Running in a skirt is humerous, to say the least. I wear capri leggings underneath to prevent any accidental flashing if I fall or the wind picks WAY up, so I'm decent, at least, but my goodness...I try to run early enough in the morning that no one is really out, but after all the buses and morning work traffic have left, to avoid too many awkward stares. So far so good.

I take my Aussie Shepherd with me for protection, which came in handy when I met a man on the side of the road that I've never seen before. He kept to his side of the road when Scout started barking at him. (I of course rubbed his head and told him a few "good boy!"s when we were out of earshot of the man!)

Well...I've only got like 8 more weeks to go on the program! LOL. Anyone wanna "join" me?

Friday, August 17, 2012


Been forever since I posted and a lot has happened, but I'll catch up on that later!

I wanted to share what I've been up to lately...crocheting!

Hopefully this works, it's the first post I'm making from my iPhone, so please excuse any oddities, I may have to edit this later!

This set will be for sale in my etsy shop soon!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

sewing room re-do

First of all, a big thank you out to my Fabulous, Wonderful, Aunt Aimee! (and Talon too, he's just too cute to leave out!)

She came and helped me clean out the room and move everything so that it can be finally!

I decided to go with an aqua paint, and red and white accessories. Which means I still will have painting to do on accessories, and making curtains and all, but oh well...I just really want it finished!

Anyways, I am looking for ideas for a kid's nook in the room too, so any ideas....forward them to me please! It's about an 8 ft by 5ft space (not that big, I know) for them to play in the window area, so keep that in mind. Eventually I'll have a tv up there, but for now, I just want a quiet place for them to play and read.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011


Well, I quit weight watchers! HA! Who didn't see that coming?

Ok, well, I did try it, but long story short, it wasn't working for me. I ended up going in for a talk with my Dr, since I hadn't been well for a while, and found out that there might be something wrong with my thyroid.

Even LONGER story short, seems that my thryoid is FINE! Thank the Good Lord!

I have been going to a "dietician" of sorts, and over 3 weeks have lost 5 lbs! That may not seem like much, but remember, this is the holiday season, so lots more food around!

Not only have I lost weight, but also 2 inches off of my waist, and 3 off of my hips! So I can wear some of my "skinny" clothes now! (ok, I was never "big", but I *did* have people asking me if I was expecting all.the.time.)

Anywho, just very excited, and wanted to share!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Saturday, November 26, 2011


That is all...for now!

Off to a Auburn/Alabama football party, first I've been to in years! We're all decked out in blue and orange!

Friday, November 4, 2011

So Far So Good

On Weight Watchers, that is. It took me a couple days, but so far I love it! I have lost some weight already, but waiting until my meeting to actually record it. I feel like I'm in a better mood, I'm not as hungry as I thought I would be, and my fruit and veggie intake is MUCH more that it was!

Overall, I love it. I Have a "buddy" that's doing this with me, and we are cooking for 2 and splitting recipes, so that we have different things to eat. Also freezing portions, so that if I get hungry I will grab it and heat it up, instead of getting junk food, which is my weakness.

I am having a hard time giving up my sodas though. I could drink them, but it would cost too many points, and I'm saving some extras for Sat. Morning breakfast at Nana's! (worth it, in my opinion!)

As far as life in general, you can tell it's cold weather here at my house, my kids have been sick. Mostly Gabriel, poor guy has been sick all week, been to the Dr twice, yesterday they told us he has pneumonia! Thankfully we caught it early on, so he is already doing better. If you think of him, any prayers are greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The beginning of the end...

...of my weight gaining, that is!

It's been no secret to most of my friends that I've gained a good bit of weight over the last year, so it's not like I'm telling you something you didn't know...but I'm tired of it now.

Tired of people putting their hands on my stomach and asking about a baby that isn't coming (this has happened waaay more than I care to admit!)

Tired of feeling tired ALL.THE.TIME.

Tired of clothes not fitting the way they are supposed to (let me be clear, I do not care about the SIZE or NUMBER, just that it fits, oh, and that I don't have to buy new clothes. AGAIN.)

I could go on and on, but I'm sure there are those of you out there that understand how I feel. I'm almost as heavy now as I was when I had Gabriel (and I gained about 60 lbs during that pregnancy!), and not having a baby to show for it really is making me feel gross.

Anyways....I'm starting Weight Watchers I will try to post new recipes that I try and update as I go along. Guess I thought by posting this I would have some sort of accountability, we'll see how that works out!  ;)


Monday, October 17, 2011

Pray for Taylor's Family

Please pray for Sister Taylor McLain's family. She passed away today and I know they need some comforting.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Beautiful Fall weather!

I am loving this fall weather we've had the last few days in North Alabama!

Turned off the A/C, open windows, campfires and cool night grilling....ahh!

Ok, well, not all of that happens at once, or else my house would smell like smoke! But you get the point.

I am finally done working kids market! Sad to be over with somewhat, but also glad to get to have all of my Saturday back with my family! This weekend was nuts, Thursday was Lee's Birthday, Friday we went out for our anniversary (it's actually the 4th, but easier to go out on Friday nights when you have kiddos in school!), and Sat I worked my last Kids Market shift! Today we slept in late, and have been cleaning out old clothes and trash around and literally UNDER the house!

This week we have a slower week, but Asher has another Dr appt with a new Dr this time on Wed, to find out why his blood sugar has been all over the place.

Friday night we have a singing at Hytop, but we will probably skip it this time (I know, I'm horrible!), since Gabriel's birthday is the next day we are having company and eating pizza, then roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Saturday we are off to Chattanooga for the day to spend time at the aquarium with the kiddos.

If everything goes right, Lee and Gabriel will both be home next Monday, too, since it's Columbus day, and then the next weekend we have camping Friday night with cubscouts and then it's 3rd weekend!

Fall is such a busy time around here, but we love it! Cooler weather makes us happier, it's much more fun to be outdoors on a cool fall day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I love Kids Market!

The last couple of sales I have worked enough hours to shop the full time workers sale, and LOVED it!

I got several things last night that I needed, and a few that I wanted.

I still need to get some long sleeved tees for Gabriel, but I will do that over the next 2x I work (both Saturdays, by the way).

I got 2 shirt sets (button up with vests), a nice church sweater, some L/S polos, several l/s tees, a couple pairs of pants (those are for Asher, though he didn't really need them), some snow pants and a jacket, a zippered hoodie, and a Shelf (that one was for me!)

All in all I spent $110, and that was GREAT! I got most of what I needed dress shirt wise for Gabriel, although I do probably need about 4-6 more L/S button up shirts for church.

Opens to the public on Monday, hope to see you all there sometime on the next 2 Saturdays!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ok, I'm ready for cool weather here!

Seems like every year on New Years Day (That's the day after my birthday, for those of you that need reminding!) I'm ready for SUMMER! Bring on the swimming and revivals and sleepovers, etc.

When summer is over (well, not officially yet I guess, but school starting back always ends my "summer") I'm like...BRING ON THE COLD!

Evidently I'm an extreme person, LOL.

When we got back from Disney (which was cool, by the way, pics later) I was sooo ready for it to be cool. And it was. For 3 days. HA! Ok, it's not super duper hot, but still, almost 90 is pretty warm!

I have set to doing fall decoration around the house, being September and all, but then decided to go ahead a do Halloween! I mean, hey, Halloween only gets a bit of attention here at my house, it's not my fave holiday. But Lee loves it, so I decided after being married for almost 8 years, I'd actually do a bit of Halloween decor for him. I mean, he helps me with my 6 (gulp) Christmas trees and all the other crazy stuff I do then, LOL.

I made potion jars for a witches brewing station, cutting out felt bats for a garland and to hang from the ceiling, and spider webs everywhere (hey, guess I don't have to worry about the real cobwebs this month, huh? BONUS!)  I have a skeleton garland hanging from the mantel, some crows, a skull candle holder, and of course a few pumpkins/jackolanterns. Oh, and a broom that needs a witch hat with it beside the fireplace.

Guess you guys need some pics, huh? Yea, well Drea can come up here and take some for me, LOL! (j/k Drea, but a tad jealous of the beautiful pics you take of the kiddos!)

(P.S. the crazy me has to admit that while I am cleaning and finishing up my halloween decorations today....I am listening to Christmas music. I know, I know...something seriously wrong with me....)

Monday, August 15, 2011

For those of you who have been to disney...

Give me your tips!

What kind of shoes? (I'm a flip flop girl, can I wear those?)
food/drinks....can you take any in the park?

we will have a smallish (slightly bigger than umbrella) stroller, with a basket, so we can carry a bit in the basket snack/drink wise, if we can take it in.

any tips are appreciated! We will have a 4 year old and an almost 7 year anything to avoid, would be nice too! We are going 4 days, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood studios, and then repeating one of those...epcot would be too much for the yougin's I think!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Disney here we come!

Ok, we FINALLY got to tell the kids that we've been saving FOREVER to go to Disney in 4 weeks!

While telling them was a bit ant-climactic (they wondered if we would still get to go to the beach in FL?), they are really excited now, and we don't have to worry about accidentally spilling the beans around them!

We are going at the end of Aug for a FULL week! (this is the longest vacation since my honeymoon, almost 8 years ago, not counting this Jan when I went to see my dad and step-mom, wasn't really a "vacation", LOL)

Our Condo has 7 swimming pools, including a mini water park built on for the kiddos and we are like 15 min from Disney! Of course, we are going to the parks for 4 days, and the beach, and yes, though my boys were worried we wouldn't get to, we are going to see Granpa too!

Just wanted to share...I've been dying to for months now, LOL

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Revival is here!

Started today at Hytop and already 4 new souls! Praise the Lord! Come join us this week!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Need some help!

I am FINALLY re-doing and organizing my sewing room....and I want desperatly to change the color! Right now it is a lime green, and it's not working it for me, LOL.

I have white tables and storage containers, and it is a LARGE room (about 17x20, with a bay window to the side big enough for a queen size bed to be in it).

I have a lot of natural light that I want to utilize, so not a dark color. I have light beige carpets as I want something that will not clash with it. I have soooo many shades of beige/brown/green in my house, and would rather not go with another shade of them, LOL. decorating friends, without a picture, can you please recommend me a color? (no pictures right now since it is in destruct mode for re-doing!)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Setting up shop again!

I am finally getting back into the swing of things, sewing wise, and am ready to start selling to the public again! (And hopefully getting some customs too!)

I've added Alabama and Auburn outfits to my store, and will be hopefully adding more soon! I have a very cute girl's pattern for a dress, and the outfits I have listed can be made with puffed sleeves and ruffled bloomers as well.

I do not know why the 3rd picture is sideways....go figure Blogger..LOL

Contact me if you are interested in a custom, I'm ready to be busy again!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 long has it been?

I'm not even going to try and look to find out, I just know my fall backgrounds are still up, HA!

It's been super busy around here, as always, and things are not about to slow down!

Since Christmas:

The kiddos and I traveled to FL to see my Dad and Step-mom....who we haven't seen in 5 years. Fun times...especially when Asher went swimming in the ocean (in January)....unintentionally, of course...thankfully I have learned in my almost 7 years of being a mom to pack extra clothing in the van!

We finally FINISHED our house! Praise the Lord! Of course, we still have a bit of painting to do, but in my book, not having to tile, install toilets, or build anything else for the house counts! (oops....we do have to trim out my closet and toilet room in the Master bath...but I'm not counting it!)

I have now met with the Vice Principle and Teacher of my oldest son a couple of times...not on the best of terms...however, things seem to be looking up, so there's a positive note....sorta.

We have been SICK....but thankfully not with the flu....just wish everyone could get over the whinny-ness bug and I'll be set...

KIDS MARKET is coming up!! YAY....and I have to work 16 hours...not so yay, but then again, both boys need some clothes, so here's hoping that I'll get some super good deals...

My sister in law found out she is having a little boy in a couple of weeks (well, she knew she was having him in July last year, but the boy part is new....LOL) James Alexander will be my first nephew in just a few days, and I'm soooooooooooooooooo excited!!

Oh, there is SOOO much more, but I'll save the rest for later, after I change my backgrounds, and of course, can post some pictures (I know Drea would LOVE to see us walking on the beach in January...the week everyone was snowed in with a foot of snow! HA!)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving at school

Yes, the food was as bad as I remember, LOL. Actually, the cranberry sauce was good, LOL, and the dressing wasn't half bad.

Anywho...I had to make Gabriel a costume. You see, the boys dressed up like indians, and the girls like pilgrims...LOL.

I had planned on making a paper bag vest (Lee said his was made out of a pillowcase), but couldn't find one, so I had to "whip up" (HA!) a pair of fringed pants, a fringed vest (complete with beads) and the headband with feathers.

Yes, I did it. And yes, I did it with under 2 yards of fabric, I was so proud!

But it took stinkin FOR-EV-ER! Oh, and the beads? Yea, over an hour there JUST ON THE VEST ALONE! and that doesn't include cutting out and sewing the vest together! And the headband...well, let's just say I don't want to make another any time soon.

But it was cute! And the kiddos all looked neat in all of their different costumes! (and yes, I could see that I really am an over-achiever, LOL, those other indians looked so cute in their painted t-shirts!)

Pics to come, later, LOL

Oh, and for those that coupon, I was so proud of myself grocery budget was $100 this week (mind you it's 3rd weekend, and I got laundry stuff and other items etc), and I spent $99.99. Yes, I recieved a penny back! LOL

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

So excited!

Ok, so I'm a bit behind, but I just got a new phone (droid 2) and had to test out posting a blog from it!

I may actually get back into posting if I can do it on the go!
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Santa came early!

Well, ok, he didn't come bearing gifts yet, but he did visit our church (see my previous post) this last weekend, so I snapped a few shots, and thankfully got one that was "ok".

Gabriel has been ok with Santa from the get-go, but Asher has always been a bit leary of him, so though he was a bit skeptical at first, he seemed to hit it off with him, and even told him "I want a DWAGON!" (translation, if you don't speak 3 year old, dragon).

So, drumroll please....this is our official Christmas picture, LOL. I'm too cheap to do pro pics this year.....we've got too many things we are doing! It's a bit smaller than I wanted, but hey, I hate uploading to blogger, LOL. And yes, my toddler has holy jeans.....that happens with little boys, LOL, and no, I didn't realize it showed until after I got home, and Santa had left so no re-shoots.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Church Christmas yardsale!

Hey everyone! Long time since I posted, but been super busy!

Just wanted to let everyone know that our church (Hytop) is having a Christmas yardsale tomorrow, Sat Nov 6th, and it starts at 8 AM CST.

We also will have donuts and other baked goodies for sale! If it's your regular weekend, come buy your desserts from us! Save you the dirty dishes and help our church out!

Santa will be available for pictures from 10 AM to 2 PM. Bring your own cameras and donations will be accepted!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 4, 2010

How long has it been since... cleaned out your pantry?

I'm embarressed to tell you how long it's been for me. *insert bag over head smiley face*

I did clean my pantry and fridge out this weekend...and threw away 2 bags of expired or yucky-opened-but-not-eaten-and-now-stale-foods...and gave away a box of things that we will most likely not use before it expired. Some things had expired in 2007. Yes, I said it right...2007. you can see INTO my pantry, and I had a good bit of things in there that I could use! I'm trying to really cut back on extra expenses right now, and so that helps a lot!

Sooo...quick (or not so quick, in my house, LOL) challenge...go clean yours out and see what you can make for dinner this week JUST with stuff in your pantry, fridge, and freezer!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I'm gonna kill ya hon! I hate doing the tagging stuff...yet feel oddly compelled to complete it! HA!

Fall Questions...

1. Do you like Starbucks? Meh, we have an expresso machine, so Lee makes me my Caramel Machiattos! YUM

2. How do you decorate and prepare for Fall? Put up random decor, fall candles, and pumpkins, of course! But we wait until about a week before Halloween to carve, or else they rot!

3. Will you participate in your college's homecoming activities? Nope, I don't like football, LOL

4. What is your favorite Fall clothing item or accessory? Urm, no new things, kinda broke, LOL. Things I already have? My Bass clogs(shoes), SOO comfy, but time for a new pair, the insole is wearing out! Knee High Boots, and fun socks!

5. What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? Gonna have to go with punk rocker year Mom let me use her leather jacket, and we teased my hair and spray-dyed it orange, green and purple..OH MY GOSH the amount of times I washed my hair to get all the glitter and color out! But fun! (Stunk when people asked me if I was a Spice Girl though...GRR)

6. Do you like Halloween/Horror movies? not really, I am *terrified* of zombie movies, but did enjoy the Saw movies!

7. What is your favorite Fall activity? going to the pumpkin patch or carving apples, or drinking hot apple cider....I could keep going...

8. What is your favorite Fall recipe? Hot apple cider!

Quick questions...

1. What movie coming out soon are you looking forward to seeing? Ummm? I have no idea! LOL

2. What will you miss most about Summer? Revivals...yep, I love 'em!

3. When do you start your holiday shopping? December really, all year long, but most of it in November.
4. Favorite exercise/activity? (First, can I say Drea, you can come vaccuum any time here!) I guess swinging on the swings at the park? I love to do that, LOL

5. Best book you've read lately? The Time Travelers Wife

6. Do you make your bed every day? sometimes, LOL

7. If you could choose a personal chef or a personal shopper, which would you choose? Hmmm...neither...but a full time dish washer? YEP!

8. Which TV show are you most excited for this Fall? My faves: Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS and NCIS LA, and Bones!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

So, how have you been?

Me? Oh, just tired. I've went to bed early (think a little after 8!) for the past few nights, and then today after I dropped Asher off at Preschool, I went back to bed, LOL. Maybe one of these days my house will get cleaned!

No, really, I'm gonna get started on that in a bit, right now I'm tracing out patterns for some more stuff to list in my shop!

Just wanted to check in, tell me if you checked out my shop, I'm wondering what if I'm really just talking to myself here!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Finally listed some things!

Hop on over to my Etsy Shop (Link button over there on the right side bar!) and see my new samples! I hope to be listing a few more things in the next few days, so check back, and please pass the word around for me! I NEED some business, I have to pay for my car to get fixed!

(In case you don't hear or Lee kills me tonight when he gets home....I backed into a tree today in my NEW van! *sigh*....and Drea thinks SHE lost her mind!)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Another first day of school post!

My BABY started preschool today! My precious (ok, not always) little (but chubby and pinch-able) baby ("I NOT a baby mommy, I a big-a boy!") boy left me for 3 hours today!

And you know what.....?

It was GLORIOUS! Ha! Betcha didn't think I'd say that, huh?

I did miss him, and it was odd that it was so quiet at my house, but I did get to do some things (crafts) that I don't usually get to, since it involved a hot glue gun! LOL. And this time I actually didn't burn my fingers to pieces!

I did take pictures, but incase you haven't heard, Scottsboro became a river today, we got over 6 inches of rain in about 2 hours, so I didn't get great pics! :( Maybe thursday I'll get some more. I did take a couple snapshots in the house before we left, but at the moment I'm too lazy to get up and go find the camera, LOL.


Church was really good this weekend. I sorta felt sorry for the church Sunday morning, I felt like the whole church had to sit there and listen to the ministers preach just to me! I'm sure others have felt the same at times.

By the time the brothers had all finished, I felt like I had been trimmed and cut down to the bare essentials of life. Which is a good thing, by the way. I'm always glad to hear the Word of God, and when it comes and makes you feel new and clean again like it did to me this Sunday, it's wonderful! I'm not saying I feel wonderful, LOL, I feel like hiding under a bush, all the things I've picked up and dropped off lately have made me feel so ashamed!

Probably the best (natural) part of the weekend though was Sunday in between church, I had to apologize to Lee for somethings I've done (not bad, for my favorite aunts that read this, LOL, just some things I need to work on!), and he asked me what made me say that? I told him that I realized some things I needed to work on when the ministers were preaching that morning, and he replied "Well, if it makes you feel any better, I didn't think of you at all when anything was said this morning!" LOL. Well, it did, for a bit, but then it made me wonder if he thinks of me during preaching often? Haha!

Oh well, glad the rain is gone, but the heat is back and I'm pooped, so off to watch TV and snuggle with the kids for a bit before getting supper started. Then it's off to bed, and then to Murfreesboro tomorrow to eat lunch with my sis for her 21st birthday!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The bus

So my little man decided he wanted to ride the bus. Since I know the bus driver very well (my whole life, really, LOL), and he is one of the first ones off of the bus, I'm ok with that.

However, I am NOT ok with the fact that he forgets all about me as soon as he sees it. While waiting for the bus to come (and YES, I do wait with him, we live on a highway people!), he was hugging me and talking to me, and all that gooey mama loves it stuff, and then the bus came.

And here I am, standing with my camera, ready to get that great shot of him loading the bus for the first time (well, in our driveway, he rode it home yesterday afternoon).....and nope. Forget about looking back at mom the way we talked about. Gotta see all of my friends and talk to the driver.

Ok, sorry, just had to get all that out.

My baby is growing up. All thanks to The Bus.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

First day of school!

So, just to add to all of the blogs out there today, my little man started school today. This is his second round of Kindergarten (his birthday falls after the cut-off, so they made him repeat!), so it wasn't as hard as the first go around, but it was definatly heart-wrenching to leave your baby in the hands of a stranger!

I won't bore you with all of the details, but today was also picture day (feel sorry for the teacher!) and a full day to boot! I was surprised that it wasn't half a day a first! To beat it all...I thought Gabriel would cry because he had to stay, but it was Asher that threw a fit, screaming and crying, because he had to leave! LOL!

So....wanna see pictures??

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Really? And some news for me!

So, I'm really surprised that no one entered in the drawing yesterday. So I'm extending it all weekend...just post a comment today or tomorrow (Cutting off comments at midnight on Sunday) and you'll be entered. Maybe everyone was just busy since it was Friday. I'd really hate to think I am talking to myself.

I'm making progress on my first advent calender, down to appliquing the numbers on the squares, and then making the pockets. It's more work than I thought.

Oh, my news!!!

I got a minivan! FINALLY! I've been NEEDING something bigger for a while, and WANTING a minivan, but we couldn't afford another vehicle, and Lee was set against a van, LOL. He thinks he's too young. (He'll be 30 in a couple of months!)

I'll try to post pictures sometime...soon. If I remember to charge the camera batteries, that is!

Talk to ya soon! I'm beginning to wish it WERE Christmas, and not's just too hot here in North Alabama!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Giveaway Friday!

Ok! So what have you been up to this week?

Leave a comment and let me know, and you'll be entered for the random drawing later this evening!


Colorful Christmas by Riley Blake Designs, bought from the Fat Quarter Shop!

I've already cut these into the 4.5" squares needed for the Advent calender. You will recive 12 different prints, 4 - 4.5" squares of each print, for a total of 48 squares. You will still need sashing, binding, backing, and batting to make the advent calender, but this is a GREAT start to your little mini quilt!

Fine Print....

1 comment per person.

If you are not already following, Follow me and then leave another comment telling me that you have for another entry.

Blog about Christmas in July with Our Mama Sews and link back to me, then comment again with a link to your blog for another entry.

Blog or e-mail your pictures of your Christmas in July projects and earn another entry! can earn up to 5 entries to win these precut squares! Prizes get better each week, and you are not forbidden to enter again later if you win this week! I will use a random generator to pick the winner, so it will be fair!

Open until 8PM CST.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Kicking off!

Ok Ladies (and Gents!), it's time to kick off Christmas In July with Our Mama Sews!

We skipped the first few days to allow everyone to enjoy the Independence Day weekend with your family! Hope you had a blast! We sure did!
There will be prizes awared for participation, so those of you that have been e-mailing me instead of posting comments, or who have been hiding in the woodwork, it's time to come out and play! There will be a prize given here every Friday in July; some of them are smaller, and some are really nice!

I had planned on making this a sew along with prizes only awarded for making the featured project, but then decided that you may or may not need to make an advent calender for each of your kiddos! LOL! are free to make ANYTHING Christmas related (even Christmas gifts!). You MUST, however, e-mail, blog, or link in comments about your project, and give me permission to share with everyone else to qualify for the big prize given at the end of the month!

To qualify for the smaller prizes (which are surprises in themselves!), just make a comment under any post this week, and I will draw at the end of the week.

1. 1 entry per person in comments, per day
2. Earn an extra entry by blogging/e-mailing/sharing photos of your project and posting another comment that day telling me this and make yourself eligible for the main prize at the end of the month.

So to re-cap....

If you are just following along and want to wish us good luck and Christmas Cheer....just comment with us to earn a chance to win.

If you are excited about getting a head start on Christmas this year with decor, gifts and more, leave a comment, go do your craft, and share it with us! You'll be qualified for the big giveaway at then end of the month!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sew Along Time!

Ok, so I need to get back to sewing, I am so behind! I am *finally* finishing up that big upholstery job, should be done in the next couple of days, there are a couple of things that I'm waiting on to finish.

So I decided to get to a project I've been wanting to do since LAST summer!

I'm giving you a few days to get your stuff together! Let's make this a "Christmas in July" sew along!

The pattern I'm planning on using is Elizabeth Fransson's Christmas Advent Calender, posted on the SewMamaSew blog here:

Please join me! I'll be using Riley Blake Designs' new line, Colorful Christmas, I think my boys will love it!

Join me and comment to let me know you're in for it, I will try to have a giveaway for those that join in and post on their blogs or send me pictures to show their progress!

Monday, June 28, 2010


So, this morning I had a flashback to the late 90's/early 2000.

The Backstreet Boys were what I lived for! Ok, maybe not really, but it sure felt like it, LOL. I actually got to go to one of thier concerts! And Howie walked right by me!

I know some of you right now are going "Who is Howie? And the Backstreet Boys?" LOL

So just for your viewing pleasure.... You can thank me I gotta figure out where my CDs are!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

What a wonderful day!

Thursday evening, my MIL called and asked if she could come and get the kids Friday after she got off from work, take them to McDonalds, and then spend the night with her, so that she could play with them on Saturday. She barely got through speaking when I told her "absolutely!" (actually, I may have interjected a bit, not even waiting for her to finish speaking!)

So last night, she came by and picked them up, and quickly got ready for church (William's Cove) and left. When I got home, Lee was playing a video game, so I joined him in the TV room to relax. We woke up this morning (at, um, about 11ish?) and it was heavenly! No little monkeys yelling at us to get up, telling us to fix breakfast, etc. We got to wake up slowly, and then my dear sweet hubby got up and fixed ME breakfast, nevermind that it was lunch time, LOL. (for the record, scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast!)

She still has them and we are working around the house (I just sat down to eat a bite and thought I would blog!)

Oh, and scroll down to the bottom of my page, and look at the SwagBucks icon, it's pretty cool!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

So we had our first oopsie with the birdy..

....Let's just say I'm glad I have a smallish child who is eager to touch the bird! LOL.

The bird (which still remains nameless!) flew from my lap to the floor, and crawled under the already reclined couch, and back behind it. Thankfully, since it IS a reclining couch, there is a little over a foot between the back of it and the wall. So Gabriel carefully scooped him up for me, while I watched from the front of the couch.

He still has yet to eat, that we've seen, anyways, but the pet store said that he should within the next 2 days. Seems to me that he might starve by then, but she seemed really informed on them and owns several herself.

He is, however, walking a bit around his cage, kind of exploring carefully.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

See my sweet birdie!

That's right! I've lost my mind! (and please forgive the non-attractive photo, I'm not that good looking as it is, but something about the webcam did me bad! LOL)

I now have 2 little boys, 2 doggies, 1 fish, and 1 bird, and let's not forget my husband, LOL!

Just wanted to share! Any ideas on a name? He's a male Budgie (American Parakeet) by the way! So as my little sister told me, "It has to have a boy name!"

Monday, June 14, 2010

11 years

11 years ago today (well, tonight, really!), the Good Lord filled me with the Holy Ghost!

I've been through many trials, and some where I couldn't see the way out, but He had great mercy, and He carried me through them to the other side.

In the past 2 years, I've been through the greatest trial I could ever imagine, but the strength that I have recieved through it has been amazing in itself. If you were at Skyline this last Thursday morning, you have already heard this, but oh well!

You know, the night I got the HolyGhost, I was begging Him to save me from torment. I never even imagined there was so much more to it than that! Through these last 11 years, the Lord has been my friend when I had no others, my Doctor when I have been sick, not to mention the times that He has healed my kids and helped my husband and I, and all He has ever asked in return is praise. I know I will never be able to thank Him enough for all that He has done for me, but I hope to see him again someday.

I tell my husband sometimes, when I get to heaven, the first thing I want to do, if I am able to, is to wash Jesus' feet and then dry them with my hair. He has blessed me with VERY long hair, that I prayed for Him to give me, and I feel that He blessed me through that. I had thought that I would wash them with my tears, but then I remembered that He will wipe all the tears from my eyes, and I will have no more sorrow! Praise the Lord!

I had woken up with a bad attitude this morning, but then I remembered what Brother Totchie says, about whether or not you have a good day is up to you and your attitude, and I tried to change my outlook. It's worked. I have felt the presence of the Lord while typing this out, and I hope you did while reading it. He's so good to me, and I know I'll never feel worthy of His love, patience and mercy, but He will love me anyways.

I'm off to Huntsville to church, hope to see you there!

Monday, June 7, 2010


Well, we finally went swimming today. I say finally, because Gabriel has been asking since, oh, January?, if we can go!

I got burned, of course, and the kids were exhausted (aka cranky!) when it was all over with.

I'm doing good with my couponing, and was SO excited today to get a $5 off of $15 purchase at CVS, going to go and get me some Frizz Ease hairspray, LOL.

I have so much more to post, but I'm burned and tired, and ready for bed, so I'll have to get back with ya on that!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thank you Lord!

The Lord has potty trained my baby. Laugh if you must, but I am totally serious! I have tried absolutley everything that I knew to do, and anything anyone sugguested, and it did not work. I was very discouraged, as it took FOR-EV-ER to train Gabriel, he was ALMOST 4 years old before he was trained, and so I was NOT looking forward to it again, to say the least.

After trying everything that I knew to do, and all the sugguestions, to no avail, I finally asked the Lord to help me. And.....He did, of course! Within a couple of days, he was trained, with little help from me! (someone has to button jeans, of course!)

So thank you Lord!

Oh, and I do have pictures from the zoo, but I have my 4 year old little sister (who spent the night last night) here and have been working like crazy. So they will have to wait until a later post! Just wanted to share my good news!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Argh! It's one of THOSE days!

Yea, you've had one. Where NOTHING seems to go just right, but just about anything else goes wrong? Yea. One of THOSE days!

It actually started last night....after I got home from a bridal shower, Lee was already ready to go to bed. So since I'm still afraid to be up alone, LOL, I took my laptop to bed to be with him. (By the way, have you seen the Bones season finale???) He was sooo grumpy, evidently it was a bit too loud, but the Fox website does something to freeze my computer up, so I couldn't turn it down too much or I couldn't hear it! And then after it went off, I could NOT go to sleep! I was up until after 2AM, just tossing and turning and trying to keep Lee's legs on his side of the bed, LOL.

So when he woke me up this morning at just a little after 5AM, let's just say I wasn't ready to get up. So I didn't. Evidently someone can't fix their own lunch without making a loud racket in the kitchen, but I digress.

Sooo....he's probably going to be in a foul mood when he gets home....but that's still several hours from now, LOL.

Then, when I did wake up when the kiddos got up, everything was fine. The kids were great (Asher has been accident free so far!! Wooo WHOOO!!), they ate, and I got to work on a MASSIVE sewing project for a client that I've been working on for a good bit. Then, after about 2 hours of sewing, I took a short break to come and iron something, then went back to sew, and.....did you guess? My sewing machine STOPPED!.

Just STOPPED. And then when I finally got it going again, it was looping big time. That's ok, I know what to do. Adjusted the tension, changed the bobbin, changed the needle, and re-threaded. Maybe not in that order, but you get the drift.

Nothing worked.

That's ok, I just went to my other workhorse machine, one of those old black Singer machines that was handed down to me. Beautiful stitches. Guess what happened? You beginning to see a story line here?

Yep, it did something similar, it won't lock the stitches, so the thread just pops right up!

Called Brother about my new machine, and they told me to call the place I bought it from, I had already done everything they sugguested.
Called S&R. They are backed up with repairs. Oh, and it's probably going to cost $70 to fix. And not before I need it back.


I've already called my client to let her know that her project won't be ready when I promised it to her (tomorrow) and then let 2 others know that their's will not be done either. This is really messing me up business wise, not to mention that I needed to finish making Asher's church outfits since Winchester's revival starts Sunday.

Guess this means that at least I can go to piano lessons today and my house will possibly be clean when Lee gets home, LOL.

Friday, May 21, 2010

It's a zoo around here!

.....and we're going to a real one tomorrow! LOL.

Asher's 3rd birthday was last Saturday, but it was 3rd weekend too! We don't do birthday parties for the kids but every 5 years, but we do a cake and of course gifts! We try to do something with them to celebrate, but a party every year is just too much, I think.

So we told the kids we would take them to the Nashville Zoo this Saturday since his birthday fell on 3rd weekend.

On top of that....Asher had his well check up and is now at 34 lbs and exactly 3 ft tall! He's a chunk of lead! All is well with him, he had a shot, which he tolerated a WHOLE lot better than the silly little bandaid! I don't know why, but both of my kids are somewhat terrified by bandaids, and even their favorite characters do not make it better!

We are also potty training. Yay me. Can you feel the enthusiasm? LOL. Let's just say after cleaning poop out of my beige carpets 3x this week, I am less than thrilled with it. Underwear (or "wun a wear" as Asher calls it!) seems to help more so than pull ups. Pray for us tomorrow, we are going to try undies all day tomorrow! He only had 2 accidents today, so we'll see how that goes! I am taking extra clothes though, just in case!

Is anyone out there reading? I never get comments, so I'm just wondering if this is just a public journal or if I actually have readers, LOL.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day

So, how was yours?

I got to sleep in late (aka 8:00 at my house) and then was showered with gifts and cards with handprints and cute handwriting by my children and husband.

I recieved 2 willowtree figurines (my favorite!), the "inquisitive child" (that was from Gabriel, incase you don't know my children well, LOL) and the "imagnative child" (Asher, of course), and a sleep-shirt (aka pajamas).

Then we went to church and then out to eat with my in-laws, where we waited absolutley FOR-EV-ER to eat, but in the end it was worth it, because Top of the River has THE best greens in the world!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sometimes I hate being a girl

Don't you?

Like started out ok, but then after I was up for a bit, I could tell it was all going down hill.

Ever have one of those days where you just want to be alone, to be quiet and maybe even cry, although the whole time you're crying, you can't really understand why you are?

Yea, today was one of those days.

Except I didn't get a whole lot of quiet (ever meet my youngest son?!) OR alone time. I did get to sit and read a really good book, but even then that made me sad because the ending was very sad. :(

And then church tonight...well, that made me feel even worse, as I pretty well was told to just grow up (by the Word of God, not anyone picking on me, just so you know)....and you know what? It was right (of course it was, LOL).

So....tomorrow will be a better day...I will be a better mommy and a better wife....and have a GOOD day!

How about you?

Saturday, May 1, 2010


On my studying, that is.

I *really* dislike this Psychology class that I'm taking, and since my final is on MONDAY and I'm STILL not done with like...ummmm...9 chapters....ugh....reviewing stinks, to say the least.

On the flip side....our singing last night at Hytop was WONDERFUL! The Lord really blessed us and the groups that we had singing did wonderfully.

SO......since you took the time to read my blog today....have you prayed for me to pass my test yet?? 'Cause I'm waiting for you to! LOL

Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring Finals and Summer Semester

AKA....I need some prayers! LOL.

But seriously, I have my final exam on Monday and to say I am NOT prepared is a HUGE understatement! I need you all (that's right, all 10 of you, my followers!) to pray that I will pass! With a GOOD grade...I desperately NEED to get an A in this class, to bump my GPA up, otherwise I'm stuck.

This is what happens when you marry young and have children immediatly. I stay home with my boys (well, I stay WITH my boys, home is a relative term there, HAHA), so since I've been out of school for, oh, 6 years in June now, it's hard to find any scholarships! Most are for seniors in HighSchool still, others for children of employees (Lee's company offers scholarships to employees and their children, so at least Gabriel and Asher should benefit, LOL), and then there are grants and loans.

I've had a pell grant a few times, but since the good Lord has blessed Lee with a better (paying) job, we no longer qualify or the grants. A loan is out of the question....if we can't afford to get a loan for a newer car (and ours are all falling apart here!But that's another post...), we DEFINATLY can't do a student loan! That, and well, we just don't want the debt!

Soooo....if anyone out there wants to sponser a young mama to go back to school (I know, fat chance!) or know of a scholarship that is still recieving applicants (that I can actually APPLY for, LOL)...PLEASE let me know! I'd like to actually be able to continue my degree!

Oh, and don't forget to pray about my final!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Nope, I didn't get a new motorcycle (much to Lee's chagrin!)!

A new puppy! He's a Doxle, that is, half Dotson, half Beagle. Kayla, my sister, had gotten him at 5 weeks old, but with here working and gone most of the time, she didn't have time for a puppy, so we took him.

He's 13 weeks old, and just got his shots yesterday. He's SOOO sweet, and very smart, he's already learning tricks! Hopefully pics will follow soon!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Wow, I have been super busy this week!

I planted all that I planted the other day, and yesterday I got my ferns for my front porch urns, and 12 more tulips!

I really need to get the rest of my veggie garden done as well, but we'll see how that goes, LOL. I have to get the money for the boards for that first, and money's been a bit tighter lately. I've been able to get all these other plants SUPER cheap! (like $2, some FREE!)

On a sader note, my Grandma's sister passed away to cancer on Monday evening, and her viewing is tonight and funeral is tomorrow. Please pray for my family, especially my grandma, this was her baby sister (I think she was only 56!) and she had lost her son on Christmas Eve (he was just 20). Thankfully she went peacefully, but it's still very hard for her, I'm sure. I would be a wreck if it was my sister, I know.

A quick thank you out to Bro. Dwight and Sis. Julie Parker, they helped me (aka let me borrow a CD) LATE last night, we needed a song that Bro. Rob Buckner wrote on CD to play during her funeral and they were happy to help! Thanks so much!

Have a great day today and enjoy that sunshine out there! Hopefully that yellow cloud of pollen will leave us soon too!

Oh, and a sewing post should be coming up soon, I've been commissioned to recover some patio furniture, so I'll try to start posting some pictures soon!

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's that time again!

Gardening time, that is!

Only this year I am already encountering problems!

We don't have a tractor, nor a tiller, so we have depended on family with those things to help us out previously. Since we're saving up for a "new" car, and our current ones both need tires, we didn't have the money to soak into a tiller this year ($600+ for a good one!).

Luckily, my PawPaw Edd came and turned my garden plot with a borrowed tractor, but then I was way to disc the plot after turning, since Lee's grandpa's tractors are pretty well out of commission, and I don't know anyone else that has one (locally, that is, pretty sure my other grandfather has one, but who wants to drive a tractor for 2 hours from TN to AL just to disc a small garden?).

Thankfully, my uncle borrowed his father's lawn tractor and disker and came to do my plot after he did his and my grandparent's gardens.


Now for the kicker....rather than worry about this year after year, Lee and I decided (well, I did, and he kinda sorta agreed, LOL) to do raised beds instead of a traditional ground bed. We have already built the Herb bed, and today I will be planting it, hopefully. Filling it with dirt is the hardest (and most expensive) part. Thankfully I have a lot of loose dirt in the garden bed, and can get free compost from my grandpa's horse ranch! I'll get back to you with pictures!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sorry for the delay!

I had planned on getting my shop up and running by this last weekend, but since it was so sunny, we spent the weekend outdoors! Then I had to work on Monday, and yesterday ran around Huntsville doing some errands!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A New Beginning

I'm ready to give this blog a new go!

I've started my Etsy Shoppe up, please come visit me this weekend, I should have several listings up by Saturday at the latest. (I'm hoping to have it up tomorrow!)

It's been a very eventful month for us here at the Petty household!

We all had the stomache bug to varying degrees, and I'm SO glad to have it over with! A friend made the comment on her blog about how when you become a mother, take the number of sheets and other various linens that you think you might need and multiply it by 3! You MIGHT have enough to get you through a night of sickness!

We are supposed to be getting some warmer weather this weekend and I am SO happy about that! The snow that we got finally melted today, so I'm a bit skeptical about us actually reaching the 60's, but we'll see!

Please hop over to my shoppe this weekend and then leave me a comment here on the blog, I'd love to hear what you think about my items!

Friday, February 19, 2010

The stomache flu sucks!

In the infamous words of Forrest Gump, "That is all I want to say about that."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

When it rains...

...evidently it pours!

I spent the better part of the long weekend caring for a sick toddler. After he finally was getting better, I had to work a long day, then come home, finish a study guide, and take an exam for my Psychology class....I got an 84 on the test, a "B" grade. Good, but I wish it had been better.

So...after the little monster, er, monkey got better, we had one day of wellness....and then the bigger lil guy was sick. And much worse that his little brother! A fever that will NOT break, and a tummy ache :( Hopefully soon we will all be well again!

I've been on a sewing kick! I've made 2 NCBE outfits for my friend that's expecting another baby boy in March, and I've got the fabric to make her a recieving blanket and a nursing cover too. AND I think I may make her a Mama Pampering kit as well...a lot more than I usually give, but she's a very good friend to me, and she's had a rough time lately, so it will be nice to see her smile (I hope!) at her new gifts! I'm supposed to be throwing her a shower, but so far I've been unable to get her to commit to a date! Call me back girl!

Along with the NCBE outfits, I've gotten a new pattern for undies for the boys. I'm going to make some regular undies for Gabriel, but for Asher I've modified it to make some trainers, I'll put a layer of microfiber between the cod pieces to make them a bit more's to hoping for potty training this spring/summer! He'll be 3 in May, but Gabriel wasn't fully trained until he was almost 4, so who knows?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What a deal!

So today I had to take the boys to get their hair cut (joy!) and while I was out, I stopped by a local shop that I knew was having a great sale on interlock knit......drumroll was 50 CENTS a YARD! Now, most of this was 60" wide, but one was I think close to 108"! I got about 30 yards of various colors/some rib knit for around $16, tax and all! I would have gotten more, but it was only solid colors, and I mean, after a couple shades of each color, you can't really get more, LOL.

I did get a cute red/cream stripe that will look really cute as Christmas Jammies for this next Christmas, now let's see if I actually make them! Ha!


On the upside too, I turned in my first 2 assignments in English and I 100% on both! So far, so good! Now if I can only get my 3 chapters in Psychology done before this weekend!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

And......I'm overwhelmed!

Yep, that's right!

Today I took down my 5 Christmas trees (hey, I've been sick and working a LOT), and cleaned almost my entire house.

Then, after getting the kids in bed, completed 2 of my English assignments. Let me just say, this is much more work than I thought it would be, and oh-my-goodness, I have forgotten a TON of stuff from school! Thank goodness for Google! Hahaha!

So, tonight when I finally curl up in bed, I will read the first chapter in my Psycology book, highlighter at hand, and tomorrow I have a full day!

Wake up early to help Lee get off to work, and then get dressed myself and finish cleaning up my room and the kitchen (hey, I said I cleaned ALMOST my entire house!) and then wake up the kids for breakfast. After that is done, get Gabriel to sit down and do his school work, then off to work myself! I have 3 cabins to clean, plus one to mop and clean the toilet and counters, since the pipes were frozen up last week. Hopefully everything will go well. I may only get 2 of them done tomorrow though, and go back on Tuesday to finish the other.

Oh, and on the note of sewing, since this is Our Mama SEWS *wink*, I have, in the last 2 days, made a tote/purse, zippered pouch and wallet (all matching), plus another wallet, which I like better, and am half way done with a quilted binder covering. I am planning on doing coverings for my books as well, with pockets to keep highlighters in on the front covers. Am I the only one that can never find one when I need it? Pics to come, I hope.

Well, off to bed!

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Year, New Beginnings

Yet another year has come and gone....
....and all that jazz, LOL.

In an update to my last post....the singer 66 electric that I got STILL needs a ton of work, and unfortunatly re-wiring, I believe. I am not up to that sort of work, and do not have the money to have it serviced as of yet, so it sits upstairs.

The Shark that my grandfather bought me at an auction was a fluke, it is locked up somewhere in the motor, and is not worth the money to have fix, so I'm going to collect the extra feet to keep handy and the other accessories, but probably chunk the machine itself.

The Singer 15 is still lovely! But it has yet to make it to my house! We are getting the edges of all of these wonderful winter storms, which, for us, has involved a lot of rainy weather. We currently have snow, but the rain is what has prevented us from getting the 15 to our house. My car is way too small to haul it in (including the cabinet, that is) and Lee works through the week, so we can only use the truck on the weekends, which of course have been full of rain and sleet and snow. Maybe it will make it to my house before summer, it tends to rain a LOT during Spring here in N. Alabama.


On another front, I have some new and exciting news!

I'm going back to college! Granted it's just 2 classes this semester, and I'm doing distance (aka Online) classes, but hey, it's a start, right?

With Gabriel being homeschool now, and me working part time (Cleaning for my Grandpa, the cabins at his horse ranch/campground), online was all I could manage this semester. It's possible that this summer or fall that I will take a class or two on campus, but that depends on how things go with the boys.

Sorry for the lack of pictures, hopefully soon I will have some uploaded!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Is it December already?

A lot has been going on here, so excuse the total lack of posts!

We were finally affected by the economy along with the rest of the nation, and could no longer afford Gabriel going to the private school he was attending. As much as we hated to, we had no choice but to pull him from GLS and homeschool for the rest of the year. (our local public school is not a favorite of ours!)

Money was tight for a while, and not too long after my last post, I sold my sewing machine to, among other reasons, help buy books for Gabriel's homeschool curriculm and some dentistry work I needed done. This made me sad, but also helped me to focus on my family and spend more time with them! So it wasn't that bad....

...but this is a blog about sewing, right? So let's get on with that!


Without knowing that I no longer had an ELECTRIC sewing machine (eerrr....I did have the treadle that was given to me through my step-dad's parents), my again gracious Step-grandparents, Brenda and "Squirrel" gave me HIS grandma's sewing machine for Christmas (still at their house).

It's a BEAUTIFUL Singer 15-89, that WORKS, and it AND the cabinet (and stool, which itself was full of all kinds of vintage goodies) was in near perfect condition! I'm sure it needs serviced, as it hasn't been used in nearly 30+ years, but I am estatic! I was also gifted some other goodies along with it, I will have to post pictures of it all together.


That seems like a lot in itself, but I also happened upon a Singer ELECTRIC 66 RedEye. Unfortunately, it needs a good bit of work before it's usable.

My grandfather also bought me a Shark brand new-ish style (plastic, not computerized) sewing machine at a local auction...I've yet to mess around with it yet, but it seems to be in working condition. I plan on using it for small jobs such as mending quickly, and for possibly teaching sewing to the local tweens that are interested it seems!

I have much to do around here nowadays, what with homeschooling and housework and keeping 2 little boys entertained INDOORS (said with a groan, as you know little boys HATE staying inside ) so posts will still be few and far between!

But at least I updated!

Friday, October 16, 2009

My Virtual quilting friends

I've not disapeared! My machine has been "broken" (i.e., the tension was so messed up that I couldn't sew on it) but is now fixed.

I have caught up on all that I "need" to be done at my house, sewing wise, and have 2 more blocks planned out for you all.

I haven't disapeared! comment if you see this, please!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!

Today marks my 6 year wedding anniversary to the love of my life, Lee.

6 years ago today, we married on a mild October Saturday, and then honeymooned in the Great Smokey Mtns, in Tennessee.

I guess I could share some photos, huh?

We took the boys with us this morning into town and ate breakfast at Hardees, then off to Home Depot we went, to get mums for the front of the house and some lumber to finish off my hubby's new work-bench in the garage and to add a railing on the back porch to hide some rope lighting.

After coming back from town, we all took naps, and that was a blessing. Usually at least one of us doesn't get to nap if everyone else is!

Tonight we have church, where Gabriel will most likely get to hold the basket (and get a dollar from every family), since his birthday is Thursday. This time of year is soooo busy for us, between all the birthdays and our anniversary!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pumpkin Patch!

Gabriel's kindergarten class had their field trip to the Pumpkin Patch today! It started out COLD and rainy, then when we got there it was just misty and muddy, still cold....and then the day turned HOT. Gotta love Alabama fall's.

We decided to hit the park when we got home after changing into some cooler clothes, only to have to come home early, as the weather quickly changed to cold again!

Pictures of the pumpkins to come!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Weather is finally starting to change!

Here in Alabama, we have HOT and we have COLD days, mingled in with a few "cool" days in between somewhere.

It has been COLD in the mornings (ok, in the 40's, so not too COLD) and "cool" throughout the rest of the day....we love it!

Now, if we can just get rid of that rain that's flooding us....

That's all, carry on, I am just happy that the weather is finally cooling off!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Happy Birthday to my dear husband!

He is 29 today (only 1 year away from the big 3-0!)

I have been/still am VERY busy, between kindergarten doings/field trips, family reunions, birthdays, and my anniversary (which is next Sunday).

Gabriel will be 5 on Oct 8th, which happens to co-incide with his fall break at school, and then his party is the following saturday, complete with bouncer house and a I am running wild at the moment!

Sewing is at a slow, almost standstill, but I'm working on quilt blocks, both for personal and gifted quilts, and a virtual quilting bee (which I am very behind on, sorry girls!).

Soooo....not a lot of posts going on lately, as you can see....I've virtually disapeared online, so thank you to all that have reached out to me, even if I haven't gotten back with you, I appreciate it!

Friday, August 21, 2009

A doll quilt

An online friend is going through a rough patch right now, and since she isn't sewing at the moment, when her daughter asked for a quilt for her dolly, I jumped at the chance to help her.

Granted, it's not perfect, and a bit wonky, but it's for a doll, and I'm sure she'll love it! I do!

Although I did poke a pretty deep hole in my finger with the needle while hand-sewing the binding on the back, it was a fun project to sew for a girl, and also inspired me to continue doing so (look back soon for a picture of the dress I made for my baby sister!)

The back is reversible to princess print, isn't it lovely!?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My baby is now a big boy!

Yes, it is true...he is officially a Kindergartener!

Gabriel started LAST Wed. and so I've been really busy with him and all the "new school" stuff, sorry for the delay in posting! he is on his first day of School, he did great!

And just for are a few baby pics as well! *sob* He's growing up too fast!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

I'm not avoiding you!

I promise!

I'm busy cleaning up and organizing my over-run sewing room! Which is taking FOREVER!

But I'm *almost* done, so it won't be much longer! And then I'll share pics of my sewing space and of course the projects that will come out of a clean and organized room!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Finally the pictures!

I call this quilt "Mommy's Lil Monkeys".

I have yet to label it! It's in the wash getting all crinkly and nice and soft!
And for the other pics! Can you see that I did the free motion quilting? I was very proud of that!

Ok, now this is the whirlygiggle quilt I'm working on...I LOVE the stick figure kids, and of course I had to incorporate the monkeys in again!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Virtual Quilting Bee

Since I don't have enough projects going (can you hear the heavy sarcasm?), I'm joining a Virtual Quilting Bee at my friend Crystal's blog!

Please join us!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Whew....I did it!

I got more thread today, and finished doing the FMQ (free motion quilting) on it. I tried a new way of stretching/basting it and was happy with it overall....I still think I would prefere a stretching frame *ahem, pawpaw build it for me, ahem* LOL

I also put the binding on, still need to whipstitch the back on though. I will probably do that tonight.

I know I promised batteries are not charged yet...I actually just put them in the charger a bit ago, since I was gone all day. Sorry!

Since I didn't have any new pics to share with you, I thought I'd share a picture of my sweet little boy! This was taken LAST August, on a field trip with our homeschool co-op to the Chattanooga Aquarium. He was MORE than thrilled, can you tell? LOL
He is starting Kindergarten in 9 days, I can't believe it! I'll definatly post pics of his first day of school, along with newborn pics for comparison (and for my pity party as I am so sad that my baby is growing up!)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

2 posts today!

Don't get used to it, chances are it may be days between posts, LOL

I've not felt well this weekend, so sitting at watching movies/computer/sewing was about all I could handle.

I've completed 19 blocks of the 48 I have to make for Gabriel's WhirlyGiggle quilt!

I also pieced a back (a simple pieceing) for a finished quilt top I had done last year before Christmas! Then basted and pinned it, and have stippled almost half of it, but I ran out of thread :( I will get more tomorrow. It's Moda's line with the monkeys (don't know the name!) I will take pictures when I get it done and post them....which reminds me, the batteries are dead, I need to recharge them.

Today's project

After making a quilt for Asher's 2nd birthday, Gabriel decided the HE needed another one too. (I made them each one, Gabriel's for his 1st birthday, and Asher's for his 2nd).

SO...I'm following the CrazyMom blog's WhirlyGiggle tutorial, and making him a scrapy quilt for Christmas/His birthday, depending on when I get it done! LOL

Here is the link for the tutorial I'm following:

I'll try to post pictures of the finished squares soon. (Well, what are done already, LOL) I'm doing prints and solids in fabrics he likes. That poor child....he loves fabric almost as much as his mama! *SWOON*

So I got a blog...

Ok, so I didn't think I would ever start a blog...I mean, I'm too busy!

But I guess I will..I used to keep a journal, but that got tiresome, and I love looking back at old memories, but don't really enjoy handwriting anymore, as typing goes SO much faster!

I'll use this blog to keep track of cute memories of my 2 boys, Gabriel and Asher, and to share sewing projects that I do...

I'm venturing into more complicated quilts and clothing, so hopefully this will help keep me motivated!