Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Holiday Weekend

This weekend, in celebration of Memorial Day, I did:

  • A hike in the woods with the man friend and the fur baby. Rosy got filthy and had the best time, although it was hotter than heck. Actually, I got pretty filthy too. And also had the best time!
  • Went cupcake decorating with my friends, followed by dinner.
  • Visited Johnson's Farm with my friend Katie and picked strawberries, cherries and snap peas. All were delicious!
  • Bought a new sofa for my living room. It's coming Friday!
  • Had lunch with my friend Pam.
  • Started work on a pillow for my new sofa. I'm hoping to have it done by the time the sofa is delivered.
  • Appreciated the freedom I get to experience and remembered those who sacrificed to make it possible.

Friday, May 27, 2011

36 Things

I forgot to share this... before my birthday at the beginning of the month, I brainstormed some things I'd like to do/experience/happen over my next year of life. Some are relatively simple and experiences I've had before and loved. Some are stretch goals. Some are creative or financial or healthy. All will help me be a better, more confident, happy person I think. My 36 things for year 36 are....

  1. Get a facial.
  2. Find some new and exciting challenges at work.
  3. Buy a new couch.
  4. Buy myself a nice piece of jewelry.
  5. Master a new recipe.
  6. Drink more water!
  7. Save $2000 in my money market account.
  8. Watch the sun rise.
  9. Go to an amusement park.
  10. Take a vacation somewhere I’ve never been.
  11. Sew a wedding quilt for a friend getting married this year.
  12. Take the glassblowing class I keep thinking about signing up for.
  13. Write more. As part of that, blog more.
  14. Eat more salads.
  15. Work on my portrait photography.
  16. Read a book a month.
  17. Complete a handsewn project - Alabama Stitch variety.
  18. Take a circus class.
  19. Go see fireworks.
  20. Go golfing.
  21. Write the mentoring curriculum that is in my head.
  22. Develop a more regular yoga practice.
  23. Try to do a painting of some kind - on canvas.
  24. Continue my 365 project (Year 2) and focus on the skill of photography and the blessings of daily life.
  25. Find space to plant a garden and tend it.
  26. Have an empty inbox at least twice this year!
  27. Create an inspiration board somewhere at home.
  28. Make a couple of pieces of jewelry.
  29. Determine whether I want to relaunch my Etsy store.
  30. Go for a massage.
  31. Go cherry picking. And peach picking again!
  32. Send more handwritten notes in the mail.
  33. Visit DC.
  34. Visit more flea markets in search of chairs for my kitchen.
  35. Save money for Iceland trip!
  36. Continue my sad little running routine because sad running is better than no running. (Because of scoliosis I really shouldn't run. But I really love running. A happy medium will occur.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What I've Been Up To...

It's hard to believe May is almost over. It has been a busy month here. I've been...
  • Attending graduation at work and saying goodbye to some great students.
  • Celebrating my birthday.
  • Reading on my new Kindle. I love it and feel like I read more.
  • Hiking in the woods with my fur baby.
  • Stopping to smell the roses. Sometimes the ones the man friend brings to me, like these below.
Life is good!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bernette's First Project

This project was started on the old machine and finished last night on the new one! Part of the front was pieced before my old machine decided to take a long vacation. Yesterday, new friend at the ready, I finished piecing the front, quilted some batting on and then attached some minky.
The blanket is about stroller size - maybe 16 by 24 inches. (Hmm, guess I should measure it huh?) It's a gift for a sorority sister having a baby boy in the fall. Hopefully she'll like this little surprise.
Yay for sewing again!

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Toys are Great!

I made a new friend today. Her name is Bernette and she's all mine. She's a refurbished model from Steve's Sewing and Vacuum in King of Prussia. Wow, does she has more umph that my old Singer (which I'm trying to get tuned up as a back up).
She comes with an introductory get used to your machine class. I'm thinking I'll take it sometime in June once I've played around with her a bit. Now to get started with all of my outstanding projects.... pillows shams, baby gifts and the like! Woohoo!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Dog's Day in the Woods

Today was our first hike of the season in the bigger wooded area by my home. It has boulders, hills and a creek. What more could a dog ask for?

Rosy went with 3 friends and their owners. We had a great hike and a fun splash about in the creek. This little video is from the end of our hike. The dogs still had enough energy to pull on the stick and run on the beach. After coming home to a bath, my little girl is on a fast nap. After all, having that much fun is exhausting!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dumb Luck

Or the one where I go curb shopping....
I found this chair on Friday out by the dumpster. After testing its sturdiness, it came into the house. I'm now one chair closer to my mismatched set for my kitchen table. If I can find the last chair over the next month or so I can sand, prime and paint this summer. I'm thinking red.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Seeing Red Again

I recently bought some beads at my local shop with the intention of making myself a necklace. On my birthday I decided what better way to start the day than being creative. (Really, that the best way to start any day but sometime getting to work on time gets in the way.....) I put together this birthday necklace. It's about 18 inches long and will look great with some turquoise accessories I have for summer. Such a great feeling to be crafty!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fabric Love

What better way to spend your birthday than fabric shopping? How about relatively free fabric shopping? Groupon for $50 of fabric + $11 = fabulousness.
I'm loving the pink and green combination in this first photo. They all look so awesome together. and mixed in with some of the other pinks and greens I have, these will be an awesome patchwork quilt.
I bought a lot of 1/2 and 1/4 yards for quilting projects. These two of above will be a bag of some kind. I'm loving the two together. The fabric on the right is some oilcloth, which will be fun to work with.
And some additional 1/4 yards. The color scheme is obvious, isn't it?

And some fabric for some upcoming baby boy projects. I love working on things for kids.

Luckily, a friend also showered me with fabric. My friend Laura sent me some of the Denyse Schmidt fabric for JoAnn's since I couldn't get it at mine. And she wrapped my presents in fabric, something I think is just awesome.
According to the woman at the store, I'm definitely not a hoarder. Just a fabric lover. Yep, I'm going with that. Now off to roll in my fabric.... or something.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Going Golfin'

I went to the driving range today. It is the first time I've gone this season and probably the first time in about a year. So let's say I didn't hit 'em all great. There was a lot of slicing to the right going on. And self-talk, although I learned a long time ago to quiet the negative voices and only positive self-talk when it comes to golf. I'm kind of proud of the two (or three maybe?) straight drives of about 75 yards. Especially since the wind was working against me the whole time I was there! I have 3 tokens to the range left (it was a groupon) so there will definitely be a few more visits sometime soon. Oh, how I love the warm weather!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Seeing Beauty Where You Are

Oh, I'm blessed. A simple walk with Rosy around the neighborhood yielded this lovely, gorgeous find. There was a bee buzzing around too but she wanted nothing to do with me and my camera. But I am grateful to have found (and photographed. Oh, how I love this photograph!) this bloom.

What beauty is surrounding you lately?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Weekend Project

I dug my sewing machine back out (aside: I really wish I had dedicated sewing space rather than just my kitchen table. I'd do more.) yesterday and decided to finally do a project I've been thinking about since I finished this project. With the same fabric on hand, I cut 2" by 13" strips and pieced them together.
A bit of quick quilting and now I can get rid of the ugly towel that was providing traction of the items on the back of the toilet. This looks much nicer and coordinates with my little pouch storage.
Yes, it's like a placemat for my toilet. I don't recommend eating there though.....