Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Week In Review...

~ our week ~

cooking is more fun with a helper

tenting is fun, especially when you have company

daddy's hat provides quality entertainment when going out to eat

lots of play and learning how to clean up after play 
(which is almost just like playing when it involves a dust buster)


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Beating the Winter Blues

If you haven't noticed, it has been an incredibly cold winter.  Cabin fever has been running high around here with every member of the family and colds aren't making life any more tolerable.  But with temperatures running below zero and the wind howling, play time out in the yard is just not happening.  Timothy broke down in tears the other day because he just wanted to go out in the sandbox.  :(

Luckily, he has been a good sport about finding ways to stay entertained...

Timothy has a large selection of books that he has memorized, so now he "reads" to himself.

Forts have taken over various locations in our house in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors.  And sometimes a good movie is fun, too.

What is better than a new box of crayons?

Or a new blanket to snuggle under?  My penny patch quilt is done and currently in residence on our couch.  At 60" by 72", it is the perfect size for snuggling under and even to share with Jared when he isn't under his own quilt.  I am loving this multiple quilt more tug of wars over precious inches of quilt goodness!

Masking tape has been my new best friend the last couple of days.  Timothy has been busy racing his cars, animals, and himself along yards of tape all throughout the house.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  I think later today we'll have a car wash for the matchbox collection in the kitchen (the floor needs to be mopped anyway), a crockpot of chicken soup, and maybe some playtime with scissors (Timothy loves making confetti and practicing his new skills).

Wishing you sanity until the temperature breaks!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The New Member of the Family

No, I don't have any good news about the adoption.  We are still waiting.

But I did get a new sewing machine that has made my life sooooo nice in the meantime!  With the help of Christmas and birthday gifts from my family, I purchased a Juki TL2000Qi.  It looks really basic - no computer screen, no list of 200 different kinds of stitches, not even a buttonhole option - but it is exactly what I need.  This machine is designed to stitch a really good straight stitch and free-motion smoothly and it does both just fine with plenty of space for quilts to move around.  I can also put my heel down on the pedal and cut my thread and it comes with a knee lever (see that thing hanging down in front?) that lifts the foot up and down.  Hands free!  Oh, I could go 1500 stitches a minute if I wanted to.

I think that is pretty cool. 

I am a dork like that.  :)

So I have been doing some playing around on it, piecing a new quilt, and doing the quilting on this penny patch quilt that I made before Christmas.  It is meant for the couch, so I have been happily experimenting on it, not minding if some of the circles are a little wonky and the stitch length isn't even.  Just getting used to the new machine and making something for us in the process.

The back is a creamy colored flannel and you can really see the pattern!  I finished it up a couple of days ago and picked up the binding fabric.  Hopefully I'll have a finished quilt for you to see after a couple of evenings of attaching the binding.  It goes a lot slower if I am watching something really interesting on tv...or if there is popcorn involved.  :)

And for all of you grandparent types reading this, here is one of the dozen goofy faces that have been going on here recently.  :)