January 08, 2013

Etsy Shop is Locked & Loaded!

Happy 2013 my fellow quilting buddies!!

I've decided that 2013 is the year to really focus on getting my quilting talents noticed and hopefully in turn, reap the benefits of it.

My sweet daughter, Emma, has been nominated by her school counselor to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. next summer!  I know!  I'm so super excited for her.  What a great opportunity and tons of experience that will help her for years to come!  I'm so proud that her counselor saw the qualities in her that would make a great future leader.

Anywho....the whole trip is expensive.  Therefore, I'm going to be busting my single-momma-butt to help raise a ton of cash to get this girl to Washington D.C.!!  She even gets to go to the White House!!  Man am I jealous!  
Therefore, I'm starting to stock my etsy shop with all kinds of quilty goodness.  It's a work in progress so check back often as I hope to be continually adding new goods.  All items are ready to ship.

Here's a small sampling of what's over there now.

The first one is a simple doll quilt measuring approx. 22 1/2" x 22 1/2".
 This next beauty is a baby quilt measuring approx. 33" x 44" made out of reclaimed vintage sheets.  It's a little piece of heaven!  So super soft!

So help spread the word if you would.  I'd love it if it spread like wildfire throughout the blogging community.

Many thanks!!  Stay tuned - more to come!!
Jenn

December 13, 2012

Done!

I finally finished up the commission project from my etsy shop for the quad handprint pillow covers.  FOUR OF THEM!!  I even got brave and added a hidden zipper closure to each!!  Found a great tutorial on Sew Mama Sew's blog.  It was alot easier than I thought it would be and they turned out so beautiful. It's zipper closures for all of my pillows from now on!!!

And now they are on their way to Illinois to be enjoyed.



Hope everyone is getting all their handmade gifts ready for the holiday season.  I for one am way behind!  We had alot of drama in our household last week - Total of 3 dr appts, one of which was an allergist for Miss Em.  Then on Thursday Emma sprained her ankle in gym class and my mom went into the hospital because of a blot clot in her leg and lung.  All at the same time on the same day!!  It's been trying but we are starting to see an upside!  Emma's finally getting the hang of walking on crutches and Mom is home resting.  Needless to say, I'm a bit worn out!

So it was good to get these pillow covers finished so that I can move onto the next commission project.

Take care!
Jenn

October 31, 2012

Almost not enough room!

Laid this quilt out over the weekend....had to move to the livingroom to make sure I got all the pieces where they needed to be.  Took 3 hours just to lay it out and then get it all stacked and pinned back up for assembly.

So far as of Tuesday night, I've got 5 - 4 row units sewn together and pressed.  MIGHT get to sew them all together for a total of 20 rows tonight, but with it being Halloween, that might not happen.  We'll see.

I'll leave you with another parting Halloween picture........Peter Pan by night, but Roy Rogers by day!
Happy Halloween Ya'll!
Jenn

October 29, 2012

All we need is a little pixie dust....

Costumes for Halloween....
One Peter Pan and Wendy, coming right up!



October 04, 2012

It was a VERY productive weekend

Just as the title says.......it was a VERY production weekend.  It rained ALL.DAY.SATURDAY.  It was heaven!




September 25, 2012

Getting back in the GAME

I'm sure you can all agree with me that sometimes you just have to stop, totally reorganize and start the whole quilting/crafting process over with.  Sometimes I get in so deep and my room gets so out of whack that I just have to stop, clean up/reorganize, and start the process over again.

So that's just what my dear mother and I did this weekend.  I'm just sorry to say I didn't take any before pics.  Seriously, I was quite ashamed.  BUT...so super proud to show you all the AFTER pics.

Ok so first we'll start off with my little "studio" where I usually sew.  It's an enclosed porch I think, so it's a very odd shape and a bit narrow, but it's nice to be able to close the doors and not have to look at it when it gets out of control.  In those cases, I tend to branch out to the dining room table!  And that is just what's been happening the past month or so and I'd just about had it!  But check it out - finally hung up my thimble case and all of my thimbles that I've been collecting for about 20 years.  The pie safe was made by my best friend's dad back when I graduated college.  I would have opened the doors to show you my fabric stash but then again, too embarrassing.....  And the new little table over the is where Miss Emma sews.

 This side of my studio is where I do all my sewing.  I love how neat and organized my table is now!  Let's see how long I can keep it that way!
 Onto my dining room.  Behind those doors is my studio.  So to keep me from overflowing to the dining room again, I took one of the leaves out of my table.  Keeping it alot smaller so as not to be tempted to junk it up. Plus it just makes for alot more room around this area.  I also got to finally showcase this cute little quilt I made from a vintage sheet pack I bought off etsy a while back.
 Now this area in the next two photos would be my mad obsession for vintage bed sheets all grouped by color!  I love them so much that it's going to be hard to cut into them.  Maybe I'll just look at them a while longer.

 Other side of the closet.  I plan on keeping all my extra fabric in here for stuff I'm not currently working on.  I'm trying really hard not to junk up my studio again.  That and the fact that I don't want my family or friends turning me over to that Hoarders show!
 Finally, here's a cute little Halloween table runner I was able to whip up for my step-mother all because my studio was back in order and a much more comfortable place to sew.
So til next time......I'm going to get back in the game and start cranking out some major quilting projects!  Wish me luck!
Jenn

August 27, 2012

Rainy Days and Mondays........

So, yes it's been since May since my last post, but not because I'm lazy or anything.  Alot of my absence is due to some life changes that couldn't be helped, and then a larger part due to this darn blogger changeover in the format that my new posts come up in.  Has anyone else had problems?  Driving me crazy.  Slowly I'm adapting.  Otherwise, I'd never post again and that's just not going to happen!  I've got too much cool stuff to show you guys.

So today was Emma's first day of 6th grade.  Man where did the time go?  Especially this Summer.  The kids and I had some great times and built some lasting memories.  But now it's time for school to start up again and get us all back into that routine.  Except this year we have an added adjustment to our routine. Emma is riding the bus!  YIKES I know!  This is the first time in her life she has had to ride the bus to and from school.  The district changed our start and end times so that I just can't manage to drop her off and still make it to work in time.  However, I am able to SEE her get on the bus then dart off on my way to work, and provided that I have already taken Malek to daycare 45 minutes before.  That gives me time to get him dropped off and back at the house to walk Emma to the bus stop just up the street. Or at least stand in the driveway and watch HER walk to the bus stop.  Man it's tough letting go.  I cried the whole way to work simply because I wasn't able to DRIVE her to school myself.  I can only imagine what I'll be like in two years when I have to take Malek to Kindergarten!?!

Here's a little of what's been keeping me busy this summer............
Little getaway to Sea World in San Antonio....

Emma celebrated her 11th birthday.....
And then I did a little sewing.............
 This will be a graduation/going to college present for the son of a very dear friend.

And these little piles turned out to be 18 novelty pillowcases for the October show.


This cute little notebook cover was made from a tutorial from Rachel on Stitched in Color.  Her directions were so super easy that I made this one in about 2 hours.  Think I'll whip up a couple more for the craft show in October that I'm participating in.  So cute!


















So I guess that's about it for now.........School's back in session, we've got a new routine at home and there's plenty more sewing to be done for the October Craft Show!


p.s....and did I mention??  It was POURING down rain this morning when I put her on the bus!  Just my luck!