Tuesday, February 23, 2010

~The Simple Woman's Daybook~


Outside my window... The sun is shining in a blue cloudless sky!! Its warming up and I am LOVING it!

I am thinking... about my Precept Bible Study on Isaiah... It is REALLY good!
I am thankful for... Detto being home and for my perfect kids!

From the learning rooms... We finished up our study of Abraham Lincoln today and the kids are writing reports that they will give orally on Friday! Also, I am catching up on grading today! I have all of Alyssa's caught up now for Stephen's stuff!

From the kitchen... I am mostly lost in the kitchen, but tonight I will make baked chicken and sweet potatoes! Yummy!
I am wearing... stretchy pants that wont cling to my bandage and a t-shirt! My hair is in a pony tail and I have on socks!!

I am creating... Downy Quilts for Kids! Stephen just finished his quilt top and Alyssa only has to sew the blocks together and she will be done with her's too!

I am going... to the grocery store MAYBE!! I dont want to but I need to and I think Detto might "strongly suggest" I go today!

I am reading... Book #4 in the Elm Creek Quilters Series - The Runaway Quilt! Love it so far!

I am hoping... That Detto finds a job soon!

I am hearing... Stephen on the phone with Noah and Alyssa typing away on the computer (working on her Abe Lincoln paper!)

Around the house... We finished a puzzle today! I found it in a baggie and didnt know which one it was! So... we put it together! There is a piece missing :(

One of my favorite things... Ice Cream! I had a bowl of ice cream after lunch! It's the first bowl of ice cream that I have had in over a month... YUMMY!!

A few plans for the rest of the week: I have my Post-op Dr's appt tomorrow! And then I'm looking forward to church tomorrow night! Also, I get to watch CHLOE on FRIDAY!! YEAH!! I miss her alot today?!?!?!

Here are the pictures for thought I am sharing...

Amazing Freebie and Giveaway!

Giveaway Contest Begins Today!

This quilt is beautiful!!
I cant believe this amazing giveaway!! Go enter!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Downy Quilts for Kids Update... One Down and 2 to go!!

I cant believe that I totally finished this quilt! I'm so happy!

Tomorrow the kids and I will work on theirs....

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday Night Sew-In Results!

I am trying my best to participate in this new group Called the Friday-night-Sew-In...
With Detto being home, it makes it more challenging! I LOVE that he is here and so I end up wanting to spend time with him and I have to Make Myself go into my sewing room, well... Kind-of!!

Anyways.... Last night I finished making the last 3 borders for my Shabby Chic Quilt Back! I cant wait to have it finished. Then I sewed them together, now all I have to do is add them to the quilt back and then it can be QUILTED!! Yeah!!

I also added a border to my 2009 BOM!! Yes, I know its 2010, but I had to take it apart and fix something!! Now all I need to do is make the back for this quilt! I'm really excited about working on UFO's! I love the feeling of completing and Un-finished Object!! Hee Hee Hee!!

I am working on my postage stamp quilt and I finished about 15 more 4 patches for it last night... Yeah!!

And... I finished about 5 blocks for my Quilts for Kids quilt!

I really accomplished alot! I was surprised at how much I was able to get done! I work on my postage stamp quilt as my leaders and enders so it is always being added to! I wonder how big I will end up making it??!!

Picnic by the Lake!

Today Detto and I had a Wonderful day!! We left the kids with some of their friend, grabbed some sandwiches (at Publix), brought some books and...

Found a Beautiful spot next to Lake Dora!! I love where we live. We had a wonderful afternoon. We spend over 3 hours laying on a blanket reading, talking, eating... watching boats, animals, and people! It was so relaxing!
It was such a perfect day! The temperature was in the low 70's and high 60's, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and the breeze was movie perfect!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Mount Dora Art Festival, Valentines Day, and Quilts!

It has been a few days since I have posted on here! I have been really busy lately with Detto home and surgery! My 3rd surgery went good. I'm glad that I only have one left! Yippy!
Things have been crazy, but sewing is my stress reliever and so I make a point to sew Something every day! Even if its just a few of my postage stamp blocks!
I am currently working on a few projects...
This is how far I am on my Rag Rug!
I am making scrap quilts for Haiti!
I am finishing up my quilt tops for Downey quilts for kids!
I am finishing up my UFO BOM 2009! AND....
I am adding the final touches to my Shabby Chic Quilt that I started in Spring of 2009! I thought it was done until I threw it on the bed to measure it! Then I realized that it wasnt long enough! I needed to add a total of 20 inches to the quilt top and to the quilt backing! UGH!! I had to dig through my stash and find the scraps from this project!! (Thank you Lord I didnt use them for something else!) I was able to add a couple of scrappy borders to finish this off! I have finished the top, but I have 4 more borders to add to the back and then I will had it over to have it quilted!! I have decided to pay a professional to have it quilted on a longarm!! I am so excited about this. I have been saving my pennies and I FINALLY have enough!!

Here are some pictures that we took at the Mount Dora Art Festival! We didnt stay very long it was too cold... The kids and I loved looking at all of the art! I was surprised that I didnt see one single quilt booth! I had the kids on the lookout for Fabric ART! We found a few purses and knitted scarves, but we were disapointed... Well, I was disapointed! For all I know there could have been a booth hiding somewhere that had quilts, but I never found them and noone knew of any! Oh Well!!

Alyssa's favorite "Fairy House"!

I have asked some of my fellow quilters to donate fabric for my scrap quilts and I have been overwhelmed by their generosity! I will be able to whip out some REALLY pretty quilts! YEAH!!

Here is one of the blocks that I have gotten from my fellow swappers!! I think I might change my theme to Pink and Brown OR Pink and Green!
Here is one that I have made recently...

I just added the sashing and border on this round robin!
I made this pillow case for my car pillow... I was sick of plain white!

Detto and I had a really nice Valentine's Day! We went to a Cuban Cafe in Downtown Mount Dora! The food was AMAZING!! It was so nice having Detto home for Valentine's Day! I am glad that he is here! We have been getting so much accomplished. He has been hanging fans, fixing computers, and just working on my "Honey Do" list! It's great!! I'm lovin' it!!
Today he is off looking for a job. He has applied for dozens of jobs online, we'll see what comes up! I'm not worried too much... When he puts his mind to something there is really no stopping him. I am amazed at the changes in him. He has decided that he doesnt want to sit behind a desk anymore, so I am being suportive of this change! I dont care if he decides to drive a garbage truck, as long as he is happy... I will be happy!! I am just glad he is HOME!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!!

Happy Valentines Day!!
Look I straightened my hair yesterday!! FUN!

I hope everyone is having a great day!! My hubby and I are about to go out to dinner!! YEAH!! He's FINALLY HOME FROM THE ARMY!!

We have a winner for the GIVEAWAY!!! Thanks to all of the entries!
I had my daughter pick the winning number and it was.....
Dimes2Vines!! Congrats!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentines GIVEAWAY!! It's Finally Here!!

And so because I love it so much..... I have decided to celebrate it with showing the love!!

I am giving away some FABRIC!!

This giveway includes:

1/2 yard of Heart Fabric
1 Fat Quarter of the Pink/Green Marbled
2 Red Strips
2 Mixed Red/White Strips
14 Squares of Mixed Fabric

If you are a NO-reply blogger and you do not leave your email address your entry will be disqualified. A new winner will be selected at that time!
I winner will be selected on February 14th through a random drawing!

Also, I will ship the items to the US only!! No international entries please! I will NOT include insurance to cover items damaged in transit!!

To enter this Giveaway you must enter a separate comment for each entry. 

1) add a comment, to let me know you want to be entered in this giveaway and you'll be entered with one point.
2) Post about this giveaway on your blog, in a unique post that includes a link back to this post, and you'll receive 5 points.
3) Follow this blog and you'll receive 1 point. Just tell me if you are already a follower!

That is seven possible entries!! WOW!! So share this with your friends!!

Giveaway Found!

I found this great giveaway going on!! I thought I would share!

Go here to enter the Giveaway!! They have lots of GREAT STUFF!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Down on the SQUARE!!

Yesterday, I took Stephen to watch his friend play music in the Villages! If you have never heard of the Villages, WOW!! It is a Retirement Community, but it has changed the town that it is in!! You can find out more here!
D.J. was playing guitar in his fathers bands farewell concert! They have been playing in the Villages for 13yrs. They play a few times a month and they play the Annual Chili Cookoff!
It was fun watching the people dance and groove to the music!! Stephen and I spent most of the time making faces at D.J. and just observing...

I was happy that I ended up next to a woman who was embroidering pillowcases!! I got to talk to her about what machine she uses and her techniques!! I learned some new stuff!! Yeah!!

Alyssa joined us midway through the show and she had a blast! Alyssa is more of a free spirit!! Her eyes LIT UP when she spotted a Clown across the square. She had to get a picture with the clown and they she drifted back over to find out about the face painting and balloon animals!!

Then she danced and danced and danced and danced some more!! 

I really enjoyed our time!!

When we got home I finished making a diaper bag for a friend of mine and I organized my sewing room for my Super Bowl SEW-IN!! I am doing a UFO Challenge!! I'm really excited about it!!
This is one of the blocks that I just finished for another SWAP!! It is an iron!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Quilting Update!!

Lately, I have been joining lots of swaps!! I am trying to get all of my blocks completed before Detto comes home!! I have been loving making these!! I LOVE SWAPS!!

More to come soon!! Still plugging away!!