Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mommy, you're belly is huge!

Yes, D, yes it is.

20 weeks and counting, my friends.

D's old enough, that I get questions like:

How does the baby come out? Out of your belly button?

Down by your toe?

My answer: God brings the baby out.

I mean really, do I need to go further than that with a 3 year old?!

I think not.

And the answer seemed to satisfy him.


(And though his comments about the size of my belly don't bother me,

I do hope that when the belly gets smaller again,

he feels the need to point that out to the world too!)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Merry After-Christmas!

Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas??
My husband got me a Kindle.
I was on Amazon the next day, and there was an ad
that started with: "Are you one of the people who opened
up a brand new Kindle for Christmas?" And I actually
talked the computer screen: "Yeah! I did!" Those words
may have been followed by a giggle or two.
Anyways, the best was having all 7 of my siblings home
for the celebration of Christmas. Loved that.
Here at my house, my hubby and I worked our butts off
trying to make some home-made Christmas gifts.
Combined effort we made each of the kiddos a chalkboard:
Inspired by this DIYer Blogger.
This barn was my husbands doing. I asked for a 3-sided open bay thingy
that my 2 year old could put his animals into.
This is what my husband did:

He's amazing. Oh - I primed it. =)
And I have no idea why there are loaders and
rollers parked in the stalls.
And the silo roof is on a hinge so the kids can drop stuff in it,
(still looking for fake corn or something.)
And there is an access hole on the inside right of the barn to
get whatever they drop inside back out.

And remember those hexagons that I was making this summer?
Well, they turned into tree ornaments.
My dad asked if I was going to make a quilt out of them. Seriously?!
(See the "faLa" in the white ornament? I'd buy yardage of that falalala fabric!)
I also did up a quick snuggle fleece blanket for my foster son,
and a flannel blanket for my 3 year old.
It was a good Christmas.
Any home-made gifts at your house?

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Just thought I'd show some recent finishes:

I pulled these blue fabrics out of my stash to make a

quick small baby quilt for my friend who had her baby.

5 weeks early.

5lb baby.

I got to hold him, he is so healthy even though

he's so tiny.

Smallest baby I ever held!


An upclose on the feather quilting I did on the one border.

The whole quilt (on top of other blankets.) Not a great pic,

but I didn't want to pull it back out and try for a better one.

Folks, this is definately not a photography blog.

Maybe someday, just not today.

Anyways, this quilt has no home.

I guess I may try and sell it again.

Baby size as well.


I have, despite the drama, been being "crafty". And it does help keep me sane.

So here's some of the things I've been working on:

A Christmas-y brooch. I like it.

I may wear it shopping tomorrow.

Some Christmas garland. I actually made tons of this.
My mom asked me to make some.
A stranger at a craft show bought some.
It is kinda cute.

And then there's these guys.
My little Japanese santas. I bought the fabric they
were printed on sometime last year.
And as a quick fast-to-complete project,
I just recently whipped them up.
And my husband told me they look like
something a grandma would make.
I did admit- they'd probably make my MIL cringe.
But I like them.
And there are 2 more smaller ones,
but I'm pretty sure they are upstairs,
being snuggled by my santa theives.
What have you been up to??

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

S's Story

I haven't posted, because I have nothing nice to say.
I don't want to post pretty crafts that keep me sane.
Or quilts I'm working on.
I want to post about how dysfunctional CPS is. How they preach about how "its all about the child." Even though, the child actually means NOTHING to them. Their careers matter. Keeping the judge happy matters. Keeping other people happy so they aren't bombarded with phone calls they don't want to return matters. But the actual child they are "working" for, no, he's just one more box to check off the list.

S came to us 2 summers ago. From a house he was left at by his mom, who then went to another state. He wasn't related to anyone in this house. Then, CPS removed him and another child from this house and placed them both in foster care. S's mom hoped he would go back to that house eventually and therefore did nothing. Finally, after it appeared that S wouldn't be moving back to that home, his mom decided she may want to work to get him back. See, CPS had said he couldn't live with her because she allowed people into her life that hurt S in crazy scary dispicable ways. CPS kept telling us that S would never go back to his mom. That he would go up for adoption. Not ready for that step, for many reasons, we hoped he would soon be placed in another home that would eventually adopt him. Fast forward to now. Now S has been on 2 long visits to another state with his mom. It appears that he will be moved back with her this winter. Which is odd to me, because she has no job, no drivers license, no car. She lives with her boyfriend at his house. But apparently, that's ok. That's not a big deal to anyone. That she has no way to provide for her son. That if she and her boyfriend break up, she has no where to go. You would think that S's lawyer would care. Do you want to know what he said in court last time we were there? Try this: "S is really good at art." Thanks buddy! That was sooooo helpful. Sooo relevant.
We felt good about the situation back when we thought S would be adopted. We could still maintain contact, our kids could visit with him sometimes. See, our kids are little, and I doubt recall life before S was with us. And now, he is just going to dissapear from their lives. The guy they call brother will be gone to another state never to be seen again. How do you explain that one to a 2 and 3 year old??
After S goes, to wherever the judge sends him, probably back to mom, we are closing our home. I can't do this to my kids. My kids who wait for S to get off the bus everyday. Who can't wait to play with him all weekend. And I can't keep making happy faces at judges and case workers and lawyers who are just plain dumb and lie. And I may just tell them all that when we close our home. I'd rather send money to orphanges in Haiti, than continue to support our dumb system her in NY that should have already had S adopted by a loving family. It's not complicated folks: if you leave your child, and he needs a home, we are giving him one, a permanent one. How can something that simple be so darn complicated??? You want a "do over?" Fine. Make another baby. But you lost this one. Or should I say, you gave this one up?
*End of Rant*

Friday, October 29, 2010

The REAL "What to Expect..." Story

So, you have kids. You read the books. They tell you to expect pain in labor. To take your vitamins, so your baby is born healthy... and all that good stuff. But somewhere along the line of childrearing, you start to say to yourself: "Well, they didn't tell me about this!" And you start to say that to yourself more and more often. So I'm going to just fill in some of the empty blank spots that they miss. *Note, just SOME of the stuff. I can't really write a whole book ya know!

They don't tell you:

That you'll scrape things like smushed snicker's bars, and gum off your kitchen floor. Items that you didn't buy, nor give to your children.

That that your children will say things that you have never said. I mean, we all have had embarrassing moments when our children repeat something we've said, and we just want to crawl in a hole. But what happens, when your child blurts out: "You come in here or I'll get a knife and cut your head off!" You don't watch violent movies, much less does your child. Yet here you are, and there he said... and you just gotta wonder...

They don't tell you that your laundry will triple. I advise keeping the laundry in a well lit place, as I feel it tends to breed when left alone in dark places.

And as much as the financial geniouses preach budgeting, it's impossible when one week your child eats like a pigeon, and the next week you are sure you are feeding a t-rex. It's just impossible to budget for groceries, let alone anything else!

Did they mention the house fund you should start? Forget college folks. They should be paying you by then! The house fund is important -you know, for when they are wrestling and knock each other into the china cabinet, and every glass pane on it shatters. Or when they sneak the baseball inside and it goes right into the front of your tv screen. Juice box into the dvd player. Your coffee upended on your white sofa. Your laptop permanently damaged from baby bum cream smeared between the keys and into the speaker, and dvd burner. The permanent marker on your wallpaper.

Or how about a page of "handy tips" like: when shopping for a new kitchen table and chairs, DO NOT purchase chairs with fabric seats! Don't do it! Nice solid bottoms, that can be wiped off.

Maybe they don't say everything, 'cause if they did. No one would have children. I mean, holy guacamole! have you had to deal with a 9 year old? Let me give you an example, and be warned, things like this go on in my house every 5 minutes! Me: "Ummm, why aren't your clothes put away. They have been folded and sitting there for 3 days. I've asked you 10 times." The response from the 9 year old: "Oh, I didn't know you were serious." You see, because they don't think you are serious unless you are yelling right at them, your face is all red, your blood pressure is wayyyy too high, and you are on the verge of tears. Then, and only then, might they take you seriously. That doesn't however, mean that they will actually do what you want! But they will believe you are serious!

However, when your three year old comes up to you unexpectedly, plants a kiss on your cheek and says: "You want to go on a date with me? It's my favorite thing ever going on a date with you!" You think that you just may have 6 more just like him!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Well, Hello There!

So, Yeah. I've been gone. And the longer I was gone, the more guilty I felt. And it made me not want to post all the more. Crazy huh? So here I am, and I have bunches of things to show you. 'Cause I've not said anything for a month. *Sigh* Do you forgive me??

Speaking of forgiving... Well, I'll save that for a different post. 'Cause it's kinda long. But here's some photos for you faithful readers!
My in-laws are gifting me this beautiful camera. Can you believe it??? Sure, it still uses 35mm film, and AAA batteries. But it's gorgeous! And it also comes with an even stupendiously longer lens. I will admit - I have no clue how to use it - yet. My mother in law is going to teach me. But it's free- so why not learn how to snap some awesome pics. Right??
And in case you can't read the sign above, it says happy birthday. I made it for my foster son's birthday this Aug. He turned 10. Now... teaching him how a 10 year old should behave... that's been tricky.
Anyways, I'll be back soon with more.
Thanks for staying with me.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


So sorry I haven't been around.
Or posting.
Or giving you photos!
And I've been working on stuff!
I have lots of projects - some even finished!
But my card reader that attaches to my laptop is missing.
I have the cord, just not the reader itself.
So, until it turns up (unlikely)
or I get to the store again (next week)
There shall be no photos. =(
But like I said,
I have lots to show you!!
So here's to next week!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


So sometimes,
when we have lightning and thunder storm
so strong that it shakes the house
(Like it did last night.)
I just want to climb on my roof
and yell at the top of my lungs:
Behold! A small glimpse
of the awesome
power of the Almighty God!!!
Disclaimer: I make no apologies if you think I'm nuts.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dear Rediculous Court System,

Attn: Catt. Co. Family Court Judge

*Clearing throat*

I am sorry Mr.Judge, that you got in trouble and got demoted, and now work in family court.
And I'm sure you hate listening to all sorts of "I need more money from him." And "I can't afford to pay for that 6th woman I just got pregnant!" and all manner of stuff like that.
And I'm sure you think that you are just one smart cookie for not making any decisions in any cases... just sitting around making everyone hold their breath waiting for you. Perhaps you are just trying to make us appreciate the judge we had before you, and it's working.
Well I'm here to remind you that CHLDREN AREN'T PAWNS FOR YOUR AGENDA! And my foster son's case has been waiting on a decision for A YEAR! And his life, my life, my husband's life and my children's lives, will all be affected by the outcome of your decision. So if you could go ahead and make a ruling because YOU ARE NOT FUNNY ANYMORE!!! And if you ever read this, those really dumb and inappropriate remarks you make during court, could stop too. You're not as funny as you think you are.

Thank you.


Friday, August 27, 2010

I said I wouldn't do it...

I said I wouldn't be a part of this maddness.
That they were just too old fashioned.
That I didn't really like them.
And that the concept of them be "addicting" is craziness.
And yet, here I sit.
Making up piles of hexagons.
Because they are so portable.
And I can take them outside while I watch my kiddos.
And my Moda Christmas charm pack cut up into 2.5" squares so nicely.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Emma's Quilt - Completed!!!

So here's what I finally decided to quilt Emma's quilt with. See, the quilt is more brown on top than green, and the back is mostly green.
So against everything that I've been told, I used a green bottom thread and a brown top thread.
And I like the way they are varigated. Alot.
So, here's the quilt, all put together, quilted, and bound.
And then the back -
Now, before you say anything I can explain...
You see, it started with that Echino fabric.
And I got the green grass fabric (directly above and below the echino) to go with the glasses fabric. (The colors match better in "real life.")
But I cut the grass fabric wrong.

So I had to add the stuff on the sides.
But my sister loves it.
So that's all that matters.
And it'll keep her warm while she's on the otherside of NY.
We'll miss ya girl!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Progress on the Emma

Worked on making my blog look better.
But there is still that darn dark red border behind my header.
Anyone know how I can get rid of that??
I made good progress on Emma's quilt:

Now, folks, she picked out the fabrics and the pattern...
And it's coming along.
Now I just have to find border fabric and backing fabric to go with her
Echino fabric she picked out.
That's it for now.
What have you been working on??

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Catch Up

Did I tell you my brother Tim got back from Afganistan?? Yuppers. Safe and sound. A couple weeks ago actually. And my whole family was home. And we did some pictures. Here's my whole family! Now, I would just like to take a moment to point out a few things in the picture. Like: the giant gap imbetween Jeff (tall, purple/blue shirt) and Shawn (beard, maroon dress shirt.) Now... can you see me? My little head to the left? Right there imbetween Emma (furthest left) and Tim (Marine, white t-shirt.) What the heck guys? I hope you had enough elbow room! Anyways. Danny is to the far right. Then seated are my mom and dad and my two adopted brothers J and A.
So, that's my immediate family members. Wouldn't be a picture of our family if everyone was looking at the camera and smiling. That's just too much to ask of 10 people.
Anyways... I was putting some fabrics away and these kinda popped out - and wanted to be made into something. Hmmm? Any ideas. Help!
I know I'm suppose to be working on my sister's quilt, but this is calling me...
And we went camping this last weekend. To Hamlin Beach State Park. We had such a great time!
And on our drive up there I made a camera case for our video camera. Which I got out several times, but never used. Crack me up! But hello: hand sewn camera case!? Not too shabby.

That's it for now.
Got the binding on my blue and yellow quilt for a friend, so hopefully that will be finished up by Saturday.
Then for real- working on Emma's quilt like I've got a deadline.
Oh, that's right, I do.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Best People Ever!

Lisa and illenion!
You commented.
Just 2 kind people.
Kinda makes me sad.
Even after i was like: "Please more than two people enter this..."
It's like the universe is laughing at me!
Lisa you win the giveaway.
Because you commented first.
And the first comment never wins.
But you do this time.
And illenion, You get a consolation prize!
I'm getting a whole bunch of scraps together to send to you.
Because you are awesome too!
Thanks so much!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Well folks it's Tuesday.

What better day than Tuesday for a giveaway??

Lookee here at all these leftovers after I cut out the blocks for Emma's quilt:

Whatever shall I do with all of that?

Well I used some of the greens to start this:

A baby quilt for some friends of mine! (Oh, yeah, I did say I was going to work on Emma's quilt exclusively, didn't I?!) Well, let me explain. We are still waiting for some fabrics that we ordered online. SO I couldn't start sewing 'til they got here and got cut. I did cut everything that had though:

And I probably should have worked on Tim's quilt:

Or my quilt for a friend with cancer:

In my defense on the yellow and blue one, I ran out of white thread to quilt with. Crazy, right?! Who runs out of white cotton thread?


Right here.

Oh yeah.

On top of things.
So anyways, back to that giveaway thingy.
So I have that extra fabric. And I'm sure I could dig up more from my stash.
So you want it?
Here's the rules:
2 ways to enter: 1. Leave a comment. Tell me how you would never make a quilt out of such a mismatched bunch of browns and greens. Or tell me anything. Whatever. Just comment.
2.Blog/Facebook/Give.a.shout.out about this giveaway.
That's it folks.
Max 2 entries per person.
Winner to be pulled on Monday.
When I'm back from camping.
Please make me happy and more than 2 people enter this!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Emma's Fabric

Here's the thing.
I like 3 or 4 coordinating fabrics in a quilt.
Or at least that's what I'm brave enough to work with.

I love looking at awesome quilts full of all different fabrics.

I'm just a scardey-cat.

In walks my sister Emma.

She wants a brown and green quilt for graduation.

So we go fabric shopping.
And we buy brown and green.

Tons of brown and green.

*So, don't judge me, my sister picked them out!*

So far, in these pictures, there are 7 browns, and 10 greens.

There are 3 more browns on the way.

And, a whole yard of Echino, that we will put a border on for the back.

Yup, wouldn't buy any Echino for me.

At $17 a yard, I just couldn't do it.

But I would for my sister.

Cause I love her.

Time to start ironing and cutting!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Quilt With Me

My sister is leaving for college in less than a month.
So starting this coming monday, I am working on her quilt.
And her's alone.
Join me on this journey.
I'm going to do a little posting journal about how I do it.
From start to finish.
And tomorrow I am going to finish getting the fabric.
We have most of it.
Need a little more.
Hold on tight,
Here we go!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I spent 2 weeks at a children's camp.
With my three kids.
Without my husband.
Nursing a bajillion other people's kid's injuries.
And tummy aches.
And bug bites.

Then I was home for less than 24 hrs,
got my hair done,
deposited my children at various loving people's homes,
and went to a wedding.
With my husband.

And there was a tornado.
Right. At. The. Reception.
So there was no....
c'mon now, you know this...
Electric! Right!

But the reception was nice anyways.
Albeit candle-lit, completely.
And I had to pee in the dark.
Cause the lights in the bathroom weren't on.

And we came home.
On the way home we saw:
Little calf houses strewn accross the highway.
Pieces of roof hanging from trees.
Like bad decorations.
And a bajillion trees uprooted, broken off, and other wise destroyed.
That's right.

And now,
I'm in a funk.
A Rut.
Got my cranky pants on.
And forgot to change them.
Don't want to clean.
Don't want to sew.
Don't want to bother uploading pictures to this post.
That picture one - that's mainly because I didn't take any pictures at camp.
Not a single one.
Or at the wedding.
You can however, look up a video for yourselves on youtube.
Of the tornado.
I am relatively sure that there is only one of the actual tornado.
And it was taken from the parking lot of where we were for the reception.
Try searching: Tornado in Mayville, NY, or Tornado on Chataqua Lake.

That's all I got folks.
There's more to these stories, but for another day.
And photos. Of no cookies.
Don't even get me started on that.

and my coffee grinder is still at camp.
so i have had no coffee.
since the 22nd.

*Rant over.*

Now send me good types of tea you drink.
Or whatever you do to get out of a rut.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I need some of all of it....

I don't have extra money to spend this week/month/until further notice.
I'm trying to "beef up" our savings.
So, in my free moment online...
I looked at the "Coming Soon" section of the Fat Quarter Shop.
(Reasoning: if it's not available yet, I can't buy it...)
I need some of ALL of it!
It is all looking awesome!
So, once I'm done beefing up the savings,
I'll take some money out, and buy fabric.
Maybe enough to get that free shipping.
Did you see how much you need to spend to get that free shipping?!
I've never spent that much at once on fabric.
But I just may.
Next May.

Sorry, I digress...
Well, I hope that link leads you to looking forward to all the goodies coming out!
All the dots!
All the cute plaids!
The argyle!
Oh my!

Off to sew to make room for incoming fabric!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Completed Table Runners!!!

I'm so glad to have finished some items!
Hows this little number for the 4th of July?!
Isn't she patriotic?!
Oh - by the way- my brother is back from Afganistan!
We haven't seen him yet, but he's safe in the States again!
I quilted this one with stars on 1/3 of it, then waves.
So it'd make a great wall hanging too!

I kinda like it, but it's a little short for my extended table! It measures 55x20"
Interested in it?
It's going to go on my etsy shop.

This next table runner I quilted with feathers. I am just learning feathers, so they aren't perfect, but I feel that such imperfections prove that it was made by a human, and not a machine!

She's perfect for my table. So if she doesn't sell on my etsy shop, that'll be okay.
She looks awful nice.

Have you all completed any projects recently??

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Much to show you

I was at my mother in laws the other day. And she pulls out this big cardboard box. She tells me it's full of fabric from Grandma Nat. I gleefully tear into the box. Here are just some of the treasures I found within:

These first two pictures are on a cut of fabric I figure is about 1.5 yds. I have noooo idea what to do with it! Any suggestions??

Dots! Love it! Of coarse my favorite, the red with white dots is the smallest piece!
Sorry about the blurry picture. My normal camera is MIA! But aren't these ginghams cute?! They are really bright. I'm thinking picnic blanket!

This is my newest project. I'm thinking... Etsy shop??? Yikes!

My question is: Is it good enough? (Clearly not as is, I have to finish it...) But I mean the quilting? The piecing?
Would you be willing to pay, say $35 or $40 for said table runner???

I really like this end of the table runner. It's my favorite part.
I have more projects to show you in another post. That's it for tonight,
But let me know what you think, k? Etsy shop? Need to get better first? I'm okay with honesty. Honestly. I am. =)

Monday, June 14, 2010

I want

I have a few "wants."
Or shall we call them desires?
A few thing I would like to acquire.
Here's what I'm looking at folks.
That way, you can share in my eye-oodling longing...
I am a fan of this little number.
I may have to purchase it soon.
But lookie down here:
This one has little yellow stones on the side of it too! And it comes with a band.
Now, in justifying this "desire," I need to get an "everyday ring," so that I can put my original ring away. The ring I where now was my husband's great grandmothers. And I have had to have it repaired. Twice. It is far to fragile for this clumsy girl. And I feel that one of the above photos would work just fine.
Pictures of rings from

I want my own house.
My own ranch-style house with a finished basement.
And laundry on the main floor. A whole laundry room. Not just laundry closet.
It doesn't have to be brick like this one. But I want one without a stupid gate accross the driveway that has to be shut and locked every night. One that is mine. So I can leave the toys in the yard if I want to. And I can paint the trim whatever color I desire. And knock out a wall if I so choose. I just want a house of my own. Picture compliments of Yahoo Photos.

And I neeeeeed one of these really soon:
Hello Pottery Barn. Would you sell me the floor model for say... $350?

Oh, it's only available online and in catalog? Okay, how about the model in the picture. That would be fine too! I have to have something to put all my sewing supplies in. And I want that something to be fantastically beautiful. Like the armoire pictured above. How about a coupon for this awesome advertisement? No? Bummer.
So those are some of my wants.
What's on your list?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Been gone so long!

Dear readers,

I have been busy.
And I have a lot to show you.
None of it quilting.
I'm venturing out.

This is my most recent project. Finished for all of... lets see... 2 hrs, as of the time I write this post. Now, I will give credit where credit is due. The shape of this skirt, I used Amy Butler's Barcelona Skirts pattern. The first time I used her pattern, I did everything as said in the pattern, with a friend of mine who is an amazing seamstress. She even helped me put a zipper in! However, that was a year ago. But this time I was wanting to make a skirt with some awesome sale fabric I got at Joanns, and do it quick. So I fudged my way through.
First thing I did was eliminate the lining. No need for lining. It's summer time kiddos!
Then, I eliminated the zipper. Two reasons: A. I didn't have one. And B. I was scared to do it on my own. (No fault of the Amy Butler pattern! She has drawings and excellent directions. I'm just a scaredycat!)

So the above picture is the whole finished product! And it fits me great! I love skirts! They make me feel so girly! And perdy!

Anyways, the important part: How I got away without a zipper! Shocking... the way they did it before zippers existed: buttons! I searched my cute little antique button collection my great aunt gave me and found these neat green ones! (Pic below.) Cute aren't they!? Then, it's hard to see, but I added an extra little flap of fabric on the one side of the inside of the split; so that if the seams didn't close perfect you wouldn't get a glimpse of any skin! (I know, I'm crazy genius!) Okay, does that make sense?

So that's my "makes me giddy" skirt story. Now...

Onto my sister's prom.
Oh, to be young again.
Long story short: My sister got an amazing deal on a wedding dress and I told her we could totally make it into a prom dress! (Make a note of the fact that the most complicated clothing sewing I have done is shown above!) But we did it!!
This is the back of the dress. It is a halter style, so that green v at the top is part of the front...

Okay, so what I did:

I cut off most of the train. And bustled some of it. At the bustle points I put little green rosettes I had made. I personally, didn't like the flowers, I would have taken them off, but my sis loved them. (B.t.w My sis picked out the green fabric.)

So onto the front. More green around the neck. Another green rosette near the waist where there is a split. Green down the split and round the bottom hem.

She was gorgeous!

And I made her comb. Never did that before either.
Didn't turn out like I had it planned in my head, but awesome nonetheless.

Anyways, that's why I haven't been posting. Prom was Friday. Now I'm back in the saddle. Working on more stuff!
Hopefully by Tuesday I will post a picture of the dress on my sister!
Now off to catch up on my blog reading!