Friday, May 21, 2010

My New Addiction

So, since my kids are practically grown, I'm trying to figure out what to do with all the free time I have since I'm not running Mom's Taxi Service anymore.

Well, I think I finally hit on something that I thought I'd NEVER be able to do but now has become somewhat of an obsession for me: Quilting!! I haven't sewn a stitch (other than the random button repair now & then) since I was in 6th grade and made my Nana an apron in Home Ec. class. Anyone remember Home Ec.?? I really wish they still taught that in school as a requirement!

Anyway, here's my first project - was supposed to be a throw quilt, but after much trimming to make it somewhat rectangular, it ended up being a cute little baby girl cuddly:

Not too bad for the first time out, IMO. :)

I'm also working on some 12x12" blocks for other projects:

Love, love, LOVING this new hobby of mine! Any other sewers here??

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Random Dozen!

1. What is one really fast, know-by-heart "go-to" meal to fix in a pinch?
Pan-fried thin boneless, skinless chicken breasts w/salad

2. What is one item you won't leave home without. (Purse and license do not count.)
Cell phone

3. Where is one place you never tire of visiting?
Washington, DC - can't wait to go back for Memorial Day weekend!

4. Share one factoid of your family's history.
As Sandra says "We don't have a family tree, we have a briar bush..." - in other words, LOTS of in-laws, out-laws, steps and halves...

5. Complete this sentence: "Once upon a time I ...."
"...thought I knew it all. I was wrong."

6. If you could win a one year's supply of anything, what would it be?
Hmmm, practically - gas. But really, probably BackStreetBuzz "Payne" frappes!

7. "One quirky thing you may not know about me is ...."
I have a LOT of food quirks - just ask my hubby.

8. You have one dollar in your pocket. What will you buy?
I'd probably have to give it to my kid... lol

9. "One thing that always makes me laugh is ...."
My daughter - she's the funniest person I know!

10. What is one thing you could do today to help yourself reach a personal goal?
Not eat a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie from Subway. It's calling my name from the office kitchen...

11. What is one thing you could do today to bless someone else?
I think I'll give out extra hugs at church tonight - to people that I usually don't hug (you know we all have those 'regulars' LOL)

12. What is one thing you're looking forward to soon?
Esther Bible Study tonight - only 2 weeks left and I'm so sad that it's ending!

Click on the Random Dozen button at the top to peek into more random lives today...

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook for Tuesday, 5/11

Haven't done one of these in awhile, and I just saw that there's now a link-up so we can read other's daybooks. Fun!

Outside my window...
the rain has just stopped and the sun is trying to peek out. Perfect for my deck garden!

I am thinking... that I really wish I was a SAHM/housewife.

I am thankful orange soda.

From the kitchen...I have a pork roast in the crock pot - yum!

I am pants, 3/4 sleeve t-shirt, lab vest, Earth Footwear sneakers (my work gear)

I am first quilt! I can hardly wait to sit and sew awhile.

I am stop surfing and get back to work after I finish this post. :)

I am reading...The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

I am hoping...that my quilt is functional when I finally finish it.

I am hearing... Rob Thomas on the radio.

Around the house...I have started re-doing my quilting area, moved part in the dining area until hubby can take out the spare bed and I can move the table in there with all my sewing goodies.

One of my favorite things... seeing a new, red strawberry in the pots of them that I planted on the deck this year. My first time trying to grow them, and they are so sweet & juicy!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Sewing, cleaning/decluttering, getting things together for church yard sale donations, church tomorrow night, walking - trying to do at least 10 miles this week thanks to inspiration from my friends!

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From Coffee Pot to Clothesline

What I'm Making...

I love Spring! I love hanging sheets on the clothes line, but I hate the way my wooden clothespins look (since I forgot them all winter and left them outside - who knew they weren't made of treated wood??). I finally got some plastic ones, and then decided I was ALSO tired of the old linen bag that held them. So last night, I decided to try a new project. Here's what I came up with:

First, I found an empty coffee canister with a handle:

Then I had the Mister drill some holes in the bottom to drain out any rain that will come over the summer (please, can we get some rain this summer???), and cut the the handle straight across - you'll see why later...

Next, I used the handy-dandy $1.17 spray paint that my crafty friend Michelle got me hooked on last year.

Now comes the part that I *know* I wasn't exactly qualified to do, but I tried anyway. From a distance, it's actually pretty good...but let me preface this next photo with: "I am NOT a painter!" Somehow my children absorbed whatever artistic talent I had and now - Ptttpph. It's gone. : p

Notice that I can't even paint a CIRCLE. How pathetic is that?!? LOL

And the final product (minus the clear coating I have to go buy today to keep the paint from chipping off).

Just slip the clotheline through the handle (remember I had hubby cut through the plastic there before painting). It hangs at a perfect angle for grabbing the pins out as you work!

So here it is - a convenient clothes pin hanger made from stuff I had already in my craft box! I'm pretty happy with it, but I'm sure I'll try to improve on it the next time I empty another coffee canister. (maybe I can get an artist to do the painting portion next time. ;)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Do you do online college??

I've been wanting to finish my degree for some time now (umm, ok about 13 years now). I just found ed2go and I think I'm gonna check it out. Have any of you used this service?? Or do you know of a good online-based college program that's legit? I know some out there are kinda sketchy...

Note: I just realized that these are "non-credit" courses. But there are some there that I might still take - lots to choose from...

Still looking at online-based college degree programs - if anyone has any recommendations!

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