Monday, November 22, 2010

Wonky coins with tufted tweets

I have a huge need to make things, to create. I am unhappy when I don't. Right now in the living situation I am in right now creating anything is hard. I am such a mess sewer. I can't make a mess here without making people crazy. Setting up and taking down, setting up and taking down. It makes it hard to find the time for all that is involved. I try, but it doesn't happen as much as I would like. I find myself feeling sad when I don't have something to make. There is no lack of ideas but a lack of my own space.
I was able to finish up this fun quilt for me. I love it so. The colors make me happy!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I did it again.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Life is an interesting place for me right now. Not having our own place to live has led to some very interesting situations for me. I am not sure if I would be dealing with some of this stuff if things had worked out as we had expected when we started this trip we find ourselves on. We moved up here to Oregon in August. We thought it would be only a few weeks bumming off family. But the sale of my parents house fell through. They are still in Santa Cruz trying to sell a house in a really bad market and we are up here staying with family. I can not tell you how much I appreciate that they have made room for us here. there are a lot of us to make room for. But now that we are here and people have gotten a taste of my wonderful personality I have upset many people by just being me. I have come to the conclusion that I suck. But the funny thing is I am ok with sucking because that is who I am. I am very comfortable with myself. I know who I am and I feel like I am a good person but not a person many people like to be around for long bits of time. I love my family weather they understand me or not. I am sure there will be many more things I say or do that will upset or offend. Sad but true.

On a lighter note I have been able to do a little sewing. It is amazing how much I miss a good place to sew. I am a sad girl without sewing. I have Christmas coming I need to make gifts. Ack. I am working on a list of things I would like to make for people. I know I will not make it to everything thing but I will try.

I am finishing a quilt up for me. There are not many me quilts, but I love this one and knew it had to be mine the minute I saw the fabric. Mine mine mine. I will get a pic up when I finish.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


opinions- Something we all have. Something that has brought me a bit of trouble. I am a firm believer in the fact that everyone has a right to their own opinion weather it is something you agree with or not. This should not take away the right to have one. Or express it if you see fit. I did this on facebook and offended a few people. Nothing new for me but then the nasty emails started flowing. So here I am having to stand up for myself and this right I have to an opinion. Free speech also. If you are going to take something personal that was just me expressing an opinion then maybe you just have a guilty conscience. There is nothing I can do about that. So I have been called nasty and immature and I have others monitoring my behavior. I am not a child, I think things through before I do them and I am quite willing to deal with the consequences of my actions. I admit when I am wrong and will apologise for any wrongdoings. In this case I do not believe I have done anything wrong. I will not stand back and be walked all over because of an opinion. So here I am expressing my opinion on opinions. Take it or leave it but here it is.

Monday, September 6, 2010


Transition, I really hate transition. Here we are in Oregon with no house. Staying with family. It is a really hard thing not having any space of your own. I want to sew. I want to set up a new sewing room. But nope not right now. I am in transition. With a hubby and 4 kiddos. School starts tomorrow. The kids are happy to be going back. I am happy that they are happy. Madelyn will be starting the 3rd grade. Wyatt will be a big 1st grader and Lucas will be going to my Aunts private kindergarten. Smaller classes will be good for him. With his mind for story telling this is a good place to start him. Less kids to distract. It will be down to just me and Abbie for 4 hours a day. I wonder what I can get done.
I will be making quilts for my Aunts classroom. They have a rest time and all get a blanket and stuffed animal to rest with. Her blankets needed to be updated so I will be making some fun quilts. I am happy to have a project. Limbo is not a good place for me. I want a house to curl up in and sew. My things out of storage.
So here is to the new adventures life takes us on and the patience to get through transition. I will be alright, life will go on and we will get a house. (I keep telling myself this, positive thinking works right?)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Crazy Life

So much has been going on. But where to start? Hummm?
* Our trip was nice. I still can't say that I love Hawaii. But it was nice to be away. The nicest day was the day we rented a jeep and took off just to drive around the island. We saw sea turtles basking in the sun on the beach, ate shrimp out of a truck(yummy), went on a silly tour behind a macadamia nut plantation place, and just drove. We will not mention hubby getting lost trying to find Punch Bowl cemetery driving to fast and scaring the s*** out of me. Grumbling and cussing and being unpleasant. Finally getting there then being mad at me for not caring or having any need to get out of the jeep. I'll keep that to myself.
* Lucas had his 5th birthday while we were gone. That made me sad. So we got him a huge anamatronic Dino that he loves.
* Got an offer on the house after 2 days on the market.
*Lots of house cleaning
*Finishing up a quilt for a friends little girl.
* teething baby
* making pillows
* making beds

Monday, May 17, 2010


Life is full of them. More are happening around here. We are spending our days painting and scrubbing and tossing out the junk. There is a lot of junk. We will be moving again soon. We have been living with my family for a year now. They have decided that living here isn't working after my dads retirement. So they are selling their house and moving to Medford Or. They are buying 2 homes and we will be living in one of them. It will be nice to spread out and have some room. A sewing room maybe. That would be so very nice. So instead of sewing I am painting.
I hope we will be finished soon. My arms are killing me.
I do have some super fun things going on soon. I super amazing friend is coming to spend a few days with me from very far away. I am counting down the days. (and going a little crazy with excitement) Then a trip to Hawaii with the hubby guy. We have been married for 10 years now and this will be our first trip almost kid free. Abbie will be tagging along. I am strangely not a Hawaii fan. We will see if it is more fun with the hubby.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

On my second cup of coffee

I am on cup number two this morning. Having a quiet moment is something that i am not accustomed too. It is after 10am and Lucas is still sleeping, Madelyn and Wyatt are at school and Abbie is napping. So here I am on cup number 2. (Lucas was up really late so he is sleeping in, a lot in) So what to do in my quiet moment? I really don't know. I have spent some time online looking into home preschool programs for Lucas. I am trying to decide if I should send him to Kindergarten in the fall or to give him one more year at home. I don't feel he is ready and I don't think the next few months will change a thing. I can't get him to sit still for 30 seconds. So how could he be expected to in a school situation. He would disrupt the whole class. So I am thinking we will start in the mornings working on some preschool stuff to see what happens. Any ideas on what programs are good?
I need to catch up on some swaps. I have had a hard time getting myself back into sewing. Having a baby has thrown off my sewing mojo. But I am trying. As much as I have loved these swaps I think I need some time off. Maybe I can get myself to finish up some of the quilt tops I have sitting around.

March was an interesting month. We ended up running up to Oregon to be with some of my family. We had gotten a call that my Grandmother (my dads mom) was rushed into the hospital. She was very unresponsive and not breathing well. When we heard how bad it seemed I got my gaggle of kids packed up and my dad, Dave, the kids and I squeezed into my car and we headed out for Oregon. We drove all night and got in around 6 am. Not knowing how my grandma was doing. I was able to go in to see her later that day. I have never seen such a contraption that they had strapped to her head. This mask thing that was doing all of her breathing for her. I guess it was better then a tube down her throat but she was not happy. Unable to talk she was so frustrated. But she did get out that she wanted to see Abbie. "Where is my baby?" she asked. No kids were allowed in ICU so I showed her pictures on my phone. I left feeling horrible. Hoping and praying that she would be able to meet her great granddaughter before we had to head home. She spent the next few days getting better and better and after about 5 days in the ICU they moved her into a room where she could have the kids come in to see her. She wasn't able to hold her but she did get to see her. We had to leave for home before they let her out of the hospital. But I am so happy we were able to drop everything and go. We had a great time with the family we are not able to see very often. After we knew my grandma was going to be alright the sad lifted and we were able to let all the silliness out and just have a good time together. A lot of laughing and swimming and playing.
But it is good to be home and get back to our everyday lives. Happy that everyone is happy and healthy.
Now i have a visit from a great and wonderful friend and a trip with my hubby to look forward to. I am ready for June.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Nothing But Sick Kids

With Abbie heading towards 3 weeks old what a whirlwind of a trip this has been. She is such a easy going little one. She fusses here and there but I don't think she has really cried yet. She just got over a cold. We have become good friends with Kerby the nose sucker. See, such good friends that the nose sucker got a name. But she took it all so well, no crying even with mommy sucking her brains out every few minutes for a week. Now this nasty cold is working its way through all the other kids. Lucas is the only one who hasn't had it yet. Something to look forward too.

Over the last few days I was able to finish up a quilt that I have been working on for a while. I used Woodland Wonderland by Jay McCarroll. I love the strung out deer and the mushrooms. I also tossed in some Amy Butler. I was going for a almost all grey quilt. I love how it turned out. This one is for me. It's 75" square. Nice cuddle under size. I do wish I had a better picture but it is all rainy and gloomy out. So this was the best I could do.

Now on to other projects. Happy Sewing to all.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Look- I had a baby

I had a baby so very fast it was almost scary. Because I had dilated to 6 without going into labor the doc sent me over to the hospital to brake my water on Thursday. I got to the hospital around noon. It took till 6pm for the doc to make it in to brake my water. With my other kids it took around 2 hour to have a baby. Not this time. Water was broken at 6 and Abbie was born at 7:01. As soon as one contraction was over the next one was hitting. I put up with it as long as I could. I asked to have my good friend the master of pain killers come see me, but it was far to late. So one contraction later the eager beaver was out.

Born Feb 11, 2010
So here is our little dark haired Abigail Elisabeth - 7 lbs 8 oz-

Monday, January 25, 2010

ready to have this baby

I think I am in boo hoo mode now. Not sleeping well, large and very uncomfortable. Very ready to have this baby. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes a while back. I get to check my blood sugar 3-4 times a day. My fingers hurt. And with how determined I have been to eat the right things and snack right (i am not a snacker so its hard) I still have had blood sugar numbers all over the place. It is crazy. I have lost weight in a time where I should be gaining. But I think that is due to a totally new way of eating. I miss chocolate and pumpkin spice starbucks.

I think I finally have all the baby things I needed. Crib is set up painted pink and ready for baby. Infant seat is ready and well equipped with the orange owl quilt. Then the smaller stuff is also purchased and ready. Now all I need is baby Abbie. So the clock tics on and I dilate further and further without any real labor starting. I go in tomorrow, it will be interesting to see if I am further then I was last Tuesday. I was just shy of 4cm. Almost half way there.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

No Power = No Sewing and crazy kids

Living in the trees has its perks and its down falls. Like falling trees. And when the trees go down the power goes out. Thankfully no trees came down close to our house, but close enough to wipe the power out for the last few days.
So we have been doing a lot of Lego building, kids running trough the house in the dark, in turn driving the grown up out of their minds, and I have done a lot of reading.
My mom picked up a new book for me the other day. I love kid book. Like the Harry Potter's and such. She had herd that this series was that good so she picked up the first book in the Percy Jackson and The Olympians for me. So with 2 powerless days I have finished the first book the Lightning Thief. What a fun book. The chapter titles are enough to pull me in. Things like...
*Three Old Ladies Knit the Socks Of Death
*I Become Supreme Lord of the Bathroom
*We Visit the Garden Gnome Emporium
What could be better?
Oh, I know, my favorite line from the book
"What horrible things would you have to do in your life to get woven into Hades's underwear?"
So that is the question of the day.

Now that the power is back on and the kids seem calm, it is back to sewing. I have a few things to do before this little one makes her entrance

Friday, January 15, 2010

Lack Of Brain Function

Proof once again that me and my pregnant brain do not get along. Wyatt lost a tooth at school yesterday. So he spent the entire day running around talking about the tooth fairy coming that night. So I made all the arrangements that needed to be done to make sure the tooth fairy succeeded. Then I went to bed. Yup, I forgot to the tooth removal and the depositing of cash. When I got up Wyatt met me outside his room with a very sad look on his face. *Oh crap, stupid mommy.* was what was going through my head. He told me how sad he was that the tooth fairy hadn't come. I told him that maybe she had way to many houses to visit last night and maybe he needed to try again tonight. But the poor boy was still looking heart broken. Than Madelyn gets up and he told her his sad tail. So while they were talking I ran back to my room and took $5 out of hubby's wallet rolled up one of those gold dollar coins in it and headed into his room. I was able to hide the money in one of his stuffed animals mouths. Then I called him in there and told the boy he didn't look very good and that the elephant looked like he had something in his mouth. He pulled out his riches and was so excited that the tooth fairy had played a trick on him. So this is now know as the day that the elephant saved my a**.

Then just to add to the already crazy morning we were having Madelyn's kitty came home. Her kitty has always been an inside cat. No outside skills at all. She got out a few days ago. Madelyn has been a mess. But this morning I heard a lot of kitty crying outside the front door. So her baby came home. And even with all the crazy excitement we made it to school on time. Now I am ready for a nap. No more excitement for me today please. I have had all I can take.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Sleepy Me

At least I now know why i have been so sleepy. I got a call from my doc on Christmas Eve, she told me I was positive for gestational diabetes. Yup, no pie for me. I meet with some kind of nutritionist this week. So I have spent this last week guessing my way through what I should and should not eat. And I am its just because I can't, I want chocolate and cinnamon rolls and all kinds of other sugar and carb filled foods. But I have been a good girl and stayed away from all the bad stuff and all in all been a big whiner about the entire thing. But with only a few weeks to go before I have this baby girl, I think I can do it. It will be interesting to see how big this girl will be. My other baby's were between 7 lbs to 7 lbs 10 oz. But because I am as big as a large house I have a feeling this may be a bigger baby.

I need to sit and make a list of all the things I am behind in. My quilt groups have been so hard for me to keep up with. Being so tired and having so little inspiration. I still haven't managed to get a Christmas gift out to one of my grandest friends. Sorry! Tomorrow it will be on its way. Then there is all the getting ready for baby stuff that I still need to do. I spent all day painting her crib this wonderful pink. I need to get it all ready for her to have a place to sleep when we bring her home. I still need to pick up her infant seat. I am sure there is more but my brain doesn't work right.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a nice New Year.