Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Thank you to everyone that sent sweet comments and emails about our baby news!  I wish I could respond to everyone personally but if your email isn't attached to your comment I can't. boo.  But thanks times 1 million!

Our 2012 Christmas Card made from Instagram snaps. 
Many Merry Christmas blessings!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This year at Christmas...

I usually show my Christmas decorations each year but this year the decorations are pretty sparse.  I did hang the wreaths outside on the windows but I didn't add the live greenery to them like I always do.  The only thing that came down from the attic was our little S'mores tree, but we didn't even get the ornaments down. 
I do miss our big live tree, especially since we had an extra week of Christmas to enjoy with Thanksgiving being so early.  But I think our tree this year is cute enough and may be my favorite tree yet.  Every year we buy an ornament to represent the year and these are the ones we chose for 2012.



Since the tree was a little sparse with 4 ornaments, we used our favorite photos from 2012 as ornaments.



Yep that is our little baby!  Set to make an appearance next June!!  Growing a human, even if they are 3" long is tough work (hence the lack of Christmas decor)but we are so crazy excited and so extremely grateful that God chose us to become this little ones parents. 

So many of you have sent the nicest emails and comments of encouragement to me and I appreciate that so much.  And to those of you still hurting to fill that hole in your heart I am praying for you - every night while I am awake from 2-4am.  While I am forever grateful to be having a baby, my heart still hurts so badly for you.  I carry so much guilt that I was one of the ones that survived and got out of the "club" but just know that every time I think God for this baby I also say a prayer for you that you will get to take a happy photo like this soon.

The night we found out.  I slept with that test on my nightstand and probably looked at it 20 times all night!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gift Idea- A Hair Dryer?

Are you through with your Christmas shopping?  I am one of those people that is finished in November.  If you are not and still need to get a gift but have no clue what to spend $60 on I've got an idea for you....

For a few years I've been thinking about investing in a good professional hair dryer.  I actually bought 2 earlier this year and chickened out and returned them.  Then last week when my hair dryer died and I had to resort to the guest bathroom hair dryer which is terrible- I knew I had to do something.  Enter my Christmas bonus and with a healthy dog this year (paws crossed) that won't consume every extra December dime we have I decided now is the time.  I was prepared to spend around $130 and asked my hair stylest what she recommends.  She recommended the Jilbere de Paris hairdryer.  She said that out of all the ones she has tried this has been her favorite and it is way under my budget at $60- most excellent!


Off to Sally Beauty I went last night and bought the Jilbere de Paris titanium tools cubic print hair dryer.  I was so excited to wake up and wash my hair but little did I know that the stupid alarm company from work would call at 2am and pretty much end my slumber for the night.  I was still able to make it out of bed in time to wash my hair, I really didn't have a choice seeing that 5 days of unwashed hair is over the limit even for me.  Oh it was so worth it even with 4 hours of sleep.  My hair is fizzy fly away free and shiny today.  So if you are looking for something for someone that has everything or someone that wouldn't spend $60 on a hair dryer for themselves now you have a gift idea! 

Speaking of my hair this happened 2 months ago.

 I needed to get about 4" cut off for a more healthy look so I decided to keep growing until I had enough to donate.  I ended up with about 12" cut off.  At first I was happy and loved it but now I am sad because I thought it would grow back faster.  You would never believe that several years ago if I had hair past my chin it was considered long.    

Monday, December 3, 2012

New Jams

In the breaking news category (other than I updated this space!) check out my new pj's  bought myself for Christmas.  Gotta look out for #1 right?




Super cute with a little holiday sparkle but neutral enough I can wear them all winter.  I I haven't worn them yet, 76* isn't really the type of weather for flannel but I am sure I will feel snazzy when I do. 
Have you bought yourself a Christmas gift this year?  Eric bought himself a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, you would have thought he bought some metallic gold dot pajamas he was so excited!

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I just saw this Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day via Thrifty and Thriving:
The best show ever Downton Abbey Seasons 1 & 2 DVD set for $23.99!! or the blue ray version for $25.99 w/ free shipping!!  That is both bloody seasons people!  It is the UK version which means more material because the US cut some scenes!  You better belive I hit purchase faster than Lavinia came down with the Spanish Flu. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pressed Leaves

One Saturday morning during the summer Eric and I were running and happened upon an estate sale.  Of course we had to go in even though we had no money with us.  I found a few things that I couldn't live without, a big green jug being one of them. 




Eric being the good man that he is ran home (literally!) and got some cash and the big green jug was mine.  Fast forward a few months and that big green jug that I had to have was sitting in the dining room floor with all of the other vases and jugs I have had to have.  Country Living comes in the mail and shazam there is my big green jug's big brother.



I knew I could make this leaf wall happen pretty easily once the leaves started to turn.  So off we went last Saturday on another walk and I collected leaves.  When I got home I glued them to index cards and went to the football game.  The next morning I took a peak and most looked good but a few looked like this.


Boo hoo.  All of that long story to ask does anyone have any suggestions when trying to glue leaves to cards, I think the more technical term is pressed leaves? 

p.s. I hope y'all are doing good.  I haven't blogged much these past few months because I'm feeling a little uninspired and not really creative.  I also havent' been the best blog reader or commenter lately.  Maybe that will change wtih the holidays coming up.  Which speaking of I know time passes so fast and blah blah blah but seriously I don't understand how last week it was November 5th and next week is Thanksgiving?  It is really messing with me.  ha. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Chili

Oh snap, now I know what I'm dressing up as next year!



I hope all of you have a fun Halloween this year.  We don't ever have anything going on since we don't have kids but I do have a good costume so if you are reading this friends, stop by!  Other than giving out candy we will be eating chili.  We have chili every Halloween.  Since deer season began a couple of weeks ago, we have some deer meat to use instead of beef.  Yeah I never thought I would say that but tis the life of a hunter's wife.  This recipe was given to us by Eric's dad, if you don't have deer just use ground beef.

Texas Chili
2 lbs of beef or deer cooked
1 onion chopped and sauteed with the meat
2 TBS cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 can Rotel
1 can pinto beans
1 (15oz) can tomato sauce


Cook meat and onion together.  When meat is cooked add other ingredients.  Stir and simmer.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Serger Time

In 2011 my aunt Rhonda passed onto me her Baby Lock Imagine serger.  I was already intimidated before I even opened the box.  I tried to thread the machine myself but I am not good at learning though a book, I need a teacher. Our local sewing shop was having a serger class this week and the owner agreed to teach me how to thread my serger before I took the class.  She had never threaded a BL so it was new to her too.  Hello it was so easy with the air thread system for the loopers.  I have the best serger ever. Thank you so much Rhonda for this little jewel.

I learned a lot in the class and I am addicted now.  I can't wait to make something new with my serger.  Love the air feed loop threader and I have no tension to set!!!  Holla!  Tension setting is the worst thing about a sewing machine.  I love that you can sew "air" with a serger unlike a sewing machine.  In class to make our pillow we had to use the sewing machine for  a few things and I kept messing the sewing machine up because I was trying to sew air and pull like a serger.  opps.  I am not a very straight cutter or sewer so I also love that the serger cuts the edge fabric off straight.




This is my finished pillow project.  We even made the pillow inserts (SO much quicker than on a sewing machine) but she gave us the wrong fabric cuts so they were smaller than the pillows. I have taken a basic sewing, geometric smocking, picture smocking, and bishop construction sewing classes and I am always behind the rest of the students.  Not in this class, I was ahead of everyone and finished my pillow before others even started piecing theirs.  Not because I am a good student, but because I had the best machine. 


I gave my pillow to Claire for her cave. 


If you sew do you think it is important to invest in a good machine early on?  I am sort of torn because I think you should start low to see if you like the hobby then invest in good equipment.  But on the other hand a good machine takes away so much frustration.  I guess you should invest in the best you can afford and most sewing shops sell used machines that are in great condition.
p.s. Last year when I was trying to understand how to thread the serger I stumbled across this video.  OMG it is such a gem.  If you know me it is so a song I would have made up as an ode to my serger.  If you need a good laugh check it out. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Bellarose's Banner

Last month my niece Bellarose was born!  She was (still is) so tiny.  Her pinky finger is about the size of my pinky nail.  So sweet!  She was born a little early and had to stay in the NICU for a week. 
During times of emotion I craft.  So my other sister and I got together and made a little banner to decorate Bellarose's NICU crib.  By the time we finished and mailed the banner to Bellarose's mom, she was home from the NICU.  Praise the Lord!  He has worked so many miracles in her life already,  no other way to explain it but God's Grace!

Hopefully you will never have to make a banner to decorate a NICU bed, but they are fun to make for other times to decorate with.  Here is how we did ours:
The banner needed to be small to fit on her hospital bed so for the circles I used the inside circle of a roll of packing tape for my template - around 3" circle.  I made 2 circles for each letter to make them look stronger and for the felt to stand up to the decorative hand stitching.  For the letters I used the font pharmacy and made it 200 size then bolded it. After I printed the letters off I traced around the outside edges with a Sharpie to make them a little wider and cut them out.  Place on felt and traced over them and cut the felt letters out.  I LOVE the roses on the banner- for Bellarose.  I used this great
template/pattern, Flower #3 rolled rose.  The roses were so fun and easy to make.


I just cut felt in the shape of the grouped roses and glued them to the felt.  I glued the letters to the circles and then glued the bottoms of the circles together and stuck my pom pom trim in between the felt circles and glued the top of the circle.  This is how it looked when I was finished with my portion.  Cute but it needed a little pizazz.



My sister, Angie is really good at hand sewing.  She did a straight stitch around the letters and then a blanket stitch around each circle, this really took the banner up a notch.  Here is how it turned out.



photo taken by Fair Photography

The letter stitching is kind of hard to see but who is looking at that anyway when there is a sweet baby to look at. 
Yesterday was Bellarose's baby dedication.  She was so sweet in her antique gown and my mom used another antique gown to make her bonnet.  That little pearl bracelet she has on is about the size of a ring and when we saw it we thought there was no way it would even fit around her wrist.  We were wrong, it can slip off without being unfastened. So tiny.

So happy that Bellarose is in our family-after 2 boys we need a little doll to dress up and put pearl bracelets on!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bakin Bacon


Last night we had brinner - breakfast for dinner.  I had a new package of bacon but only wanted to cook a few pieces so I did it the old way, in a skillet.  Oh how my small mind forgot how annoying frying bacon in a skillet is.  It is so messy and makes your house smell like bacon.  Several months ago a friend taught me how to cook bacon in my oven.  It is so easy.  All you do is line a cookie sheet with 2 pieces of foil (yes 2 if you only use 1 the grease leaks through).  Cook at 400* for about 20 minutes.  If you turn the edges of foil up you will create a little wall and have no messy clean up. Never again will you be so happy.  Your bacon is cooked to the perfect amount of crispness and it lays flat not curly.
Bacon has become a big part of my life since I started my new low amylose "diet" a couple of months ago. Most mornings I eat bacon and scrambled eggs, to save time I cook a pack of bacon on Sunday night and keep it in the fridge all week.  In the morning while my cast iron skillet is warming I stick the bacon in it and it heats up.  No radiation box (microwave) needed.  After my skillet is hot I add some bacon grease and coat the skillet.  Very important if you are using a non stick then add 1 egg and 1 egg white.  I just scramble in the pan so I wont mess up another dish.  It takes a few tries to get the non stick issue right with a cast iron skillet but it is worth it.  This takes about 5 minutes max and it is quicker to eat than a bowl of cereal.  

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For those of you that have asked the diet is going ok.  I have lost several pounds so that is good but most importantly I have become a lot more disciplined with food-most of the time.  Before if I was counting calories I wouldn't care if I went over because it was just 100 cals and I can run that off-pretty much maintaining.  With this diet I don't eat chips because I'm not suppose to, I will eat 1 chip to get that taste and be fine.  If we eat something with a bun I will just eat the meat or 1 piece of the bun.  I use to eat a banana a day but I think I may have had 2 in the past several months.  I just don't want it because I know I'm not suppose to have that food.  I am no means 100% strict with the diet, I probably have something "bad" at least once a day.  It is usually small like few chocolate chips, but if I know I am going to have a lot of bad food like a Zaxby's club basket I won't cheat for several days. Yesterday I had a small pancake but at least it was whole wheat.  My biggest weakness is still sweet tea.  We don't and never have kept it in our house because I will drink a whole pitcher that day so that isn't a problem at home but going out to eat is.  I have gotten better at ordering water plus it saves like $2.

 Some of you have asked what my meals are so for breakfast I usually eat bacon, eggs, a piece of fruit and water.  The other breakfast option is a smoothie made with spinach, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple and 50% sugar orange juice. 
Lunch is usually a big salad with some type of protein.  My fav is to cook some beef with homemade taco seasoning and top the salad with the that, avocados, and salsa mixed with sour cream.  If I don't eat eggs at breakfast I love to make egg salad. Other options would be soup or chicken salad something like that.
For a snack I usually eat a piece of cheese, fruit or some cocoa dusted almonds if I need something sweet. I also make salt and vinegar kale chips on the weekends when I have more time. 
For supper I usually just have whatever but adjust my side items to exclude corn and potatoes.  If we eat spaghetti and I haven't cheated all day I will eat a few pasta noodles, if I have cheated instead of noodles I use zucchini.  I am sort of obsessed with black bean soup and just bought the dried beans to use instead of canned, trying to get away from the bpa in the cans. 
Like I said not perfect but better than I was and I feel better.  I don't really think about sugar but there are times that only a Reece cup will do and next week we are having roast with potatoes, carrots, and onions - all 3 on the no list.  I think when you make a lifestyle change there is an evolution period so I am sticking with that. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

My latest thrift finds

I used to do posts pretty often on my thrift store finds.  The thing about thrift stores and success is you have to go often to be successful.  I use to go at least twice a week.  Now I maybe go once a month.  Sad.  But good news last week I was able to go thrifting twice, and both times were a success.  The first stop was Goodwill where I picked up this brand new, never worn pair of LL Bean clogs for $4.



I use to love to wear clogs back in the day so I just had to have these even if it were for nostalgia reasons, but it wasn't because I plan on wearing them a lot.  I've already worn them twice.  The first time I wore my purple knit maxi skirt and chambray top.  cute!



The second outfit came from a pin.
Source: flickr.com via Vanessa on Pinterest


This was pretty easy to pull off, even though my outfit is nothing like that girls, ha!  Maybe when I get out my winter clothes.


My review is I love them and Eric's love is slowly growing.


The second score was this Auburnish throw. 


I was wanting to make an Auburn quilt out of old tshirts for our tailgate but lets be honest, we will probably win another championship and Cam Newton will acknowledge my existence before that happens.  This little handmade gem is much cooler and was $8.99.  Pretty steep in my thrifting eyes but it is so cute.  Some old lady probably was so proud of it back in the day but then her great niece thought it was hideous so she donated it to the thrift store.  Jokes on you great niece, your great aunt's throw lives on.  We will get lots of happy memories tailgating laying under the shade trees on this here blanket.

And last but not least this little milk glass vase, costing a major 10 cents!


That's all I've got in thrifting news, you got anything good? 
Maybe I will make an effort to thrift more since I am on that thrifting high.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How To Make Your Own Wax Melts



Do you have a wax warmer?  They seem to be everywhere now thanks to Scentsy.  I don't have a Scentsy brand but I am fancy enough to have a Walmart special!  I've really enjoyed it because I don't have to worry about an open flame and I feel like they smell stronger than a candle.  Even though it seems like everyone makes wax melts, I still haven't found a pumpkin scent that I love. What's a girl to do but semi-make my own. 
You don't have to use a new candle- this would also be a great way to get rid of the wax in the jar that didn't burn evenly or if you have a candle that has a janky wick, melt it down.

I went with my favorite pumpkin candle, $1 Pumpkin Spice from Walmart. 

This process is super simple.  Simply melt down the candle in a pot of boiling water.  I think it took less than 5 minutes to have the small candle melted down.   


After the wax is melted pour into an empty melt container.  Make sure you fill it all the way up, it makes it so much easier to pop out after the wax hardens.


 Wait a couple of hours for the wax to harden and that is it!  Pop those suckers out and you are good to melt.

Mmmmmmmmm I can smell the pumpkin spice now. 

Isn't this BHG owl warmer so adorable?!?  Do you have a favorite warmer scent?  My all time favorite is the Tyler Candles - Tyler scent.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

German Chocolate-Pecan Pie Bars

Did y'all get the September Southern Living.  So many amazing recipes to try from that issue.  I needed to make a dessert for tailgating a couple of weeks ago and was going to make the Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake but then I decided to make something without dairy for Eric to be able to eat and something that I don't like so I wouldn't eat it. ha.  The German Chocolate-Pecan Pie Bars won out.  One little problem, I usually don't like pecan pie but thought these were amazing.  Try them, you will love them too!

What you need:
3 cups pecan halves & pieces
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1) Preheat oven to 350*.  Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

2) Line bottom and sides of a 13x9" pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2"-3"  to extend over sides.  Lightly grease foil.

3) Pulse flour and next 3 ingredients in a food processor 5 to 6 times or until mixture resembles course meal.  (I don't have a food processor so I used my blender, and it took a lot more than 6 pulses to get right consistency.  When I had it as good as it was going to get I took it out of the blender and mixed a little better with my hands)  Press mixture on bottom and 3/4 inch up sides of foil lined pan.

4)  Bake crust at 350* for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust.  Cool completely on a wire rack (don't remove from pan) about 30 minutes.

5) Whisk together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients until smooth.  Stir in coconut and toasted pecans.  Spoon into prepared crust.

6)  Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes or until golden and set.  (I could never get mine to set so I lowered my oven temp to 325* after 30 minutes)  Cool completely on a wire rack for about an hour.  Chill 1 hour.  Lift baked bars from pan using foil sides as handles.  Transfer to a cutting board; cut into bars.  

7) Try not to eat the whole pan before you take it to tailgate.  Seriously I loved these and I'm not a pecan pie person.  They taste even better cold so I left ours in the fridge.  Makes about 2 dozen.

Recipe: Southern Living September 2012

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mint Green & Pink

Yesterday after work I got home and changed clothes.  I looked down and saw this.

Ha.  That minty green color is one of my favs right now and I guess it shows.  I saw the mint phone case on pinterest and actually pinned and ordered.  It is from SwitchEasy and was pretty cheap and shipped super fast.  I was a little unsure after I placed my order because I realized that I hadn't entered any shipping info but it took it from my paypal account. 
Although the case is cute on its own, I had to copy my friend Hannah and get a vinyl monogram to jazz it up.  Monogram ordered from Decal Innovations off of etsy in light pink. 
So I am loving my case. I did have a Lilly Pulitzer phone case but all of the pattern peeled off.  Then I got a Kate Spade hard case but I couldn't stand it and it freaked Eric out because he said it didn't look like something I would have. ha.  So here we are, all that about a phone case.
Do you have a phone case that you love and I should put on my next time list.  My mom said you can get covers made with a photo of your choice so I may try that one out next.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fall Is Coming: Squirrels & Beaches

Yesterday morning when I stepped outside to go to work I had to turn back around and grab my jean jacket because it was just a tad too cold for sleeveless. Ok I just checked and it was 66* in the morning and 85* at supper time-not cold but we are reaching for straws here. Since it was so cold we decided to make chili.  While I was cooking this squirrel hoped in the window and scared me.  He just sat there with his 3 pack of pecans.  

Then he started to eat them.  He took the green shells off super fast, it was neat to watch.  If I had opened the window I think I could have gotten him inside.  That is until Claire got a whiff of our new pet.  I love our pecan trees but hate the mess the squirrels make with all of the shells.  This time I let it slide.


With the chili and pecans all over the ground I guess fall really is coming.  To close out summer I made it to the beach one last time over the weekend for our 2nd Annual Beach Trip. 
We have a friend that grew up going to the beaches in North Carolina and for the past 2 years we have been trying to show her that the Gulf has some of the most beautiful soft white sand and crystal blue water in the world. Last year we went during a tropical storm and this year the water was super clean but dark because the remnants of Hurricane Issac were back in the gulf trying to stir up trouble.  Needless to say I had so much fun in the waves-which were huge.  All alone because no one would swim with me.  I think that being IN the ocean playing in the waves is my favorite past time. 
 Here is a picture of the girls that made it this trip.  We were only in Destin, FL from Friday night - Sunday but made the most of our time.  We ate at Another Broken Egg twice and Dewey Destin's which had the second best meal I've ever tasted the Parmesan Crusted Grouper. Oh and I got about 6 hours of sleep all weekend.

(yes I do have another swimsuit besides the yellow one but this is my favorite) 
The people in the tent next to us have been coming down from Indiana for 30 years.  They have a group of about 40 people and come the same week every year.  So much can change in 30 years but they were still all friends coming down to the beach for the week to have fun together. 
I am not a sappy person but, I am so thankful that God blessed me with the friendships that are in my life right now.  With today being Sept 11 it is so easy to look back and think about where we were on this day.  I was in first year at Auburn.  I only had one acquaintance that sat by me in history class and he was the only person that I could call to hang out with because no one wanted to be alone on that day.  The crazy thing is that all but one of my supper club friends lived in Auburn at the time, but not one of us knew each other.  Thankful that today I can take my pick of who to call.  Here is to at least 30 more beach trips! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Photo A Day July & August

Hi friends.  I hope y'all had a good holiday weekend.  It seems like I haven't shared much of what I've been up to lately and I miss that.  So if you don't you may want to come back another day.  Lots in the life of V sharing today!

Friday started off with me puting my football on the front door.  I have seen SO many cute team door hangers(?) this year, I may have to improve mine.  Never the less Claire approves and says War Eagle!

   
 Eric's office has been undergoing a little reno and he had some new tile installed last week.  Perfect for a grass man!

Saturday we went to my BIL's place on the lake.  He set up the tv on the dock so we were able to sit outside and watch.  We lost (oh well) but there was a lot of Cam on the sidelines air time.  Granted not enough (it is never enough) but it got me through the loss.  The guys weren't as easily distracted. We also took a boat ride and I found a new house, not sure if I like the house or the vintage Chris-Craft boat-amazing!



Sunday and Monday I worked on my weekend list.  I got almost all of it done.  I spent 3 hours digging up monkey grass.  Ugh to the max.  I was going to rip out my bell pepper plant but found 9 pepper and a few babies!  Does anyone have any good bell pepper recipes.  I admit I prefer raw to cooked but I've got enough to experiment with.


We looked at a "new" house on Sunday. The owner didn't really think this bathroom needed any improvements. Anyone want to buy my house :)


 I can't go another month without posting my Photo A Day.  July and August to catch up on.


1) I decided to join Eric at the driving range, hard but fun.  2) back again!         3)rain, finally.  4) firework on the side of the road for the 4th. 5) we had a storm that knocked out power and we were like drug addicts trying to watch Season 2 of Downton Abbey so we watched it in the air conditioned car on my laptop plugged into the cigarette lighter. ha!  At 11 we made ourselves go inside.  6) lake time.  7) if only my nephews were as cool as me.    8) tubing with Baron.  9) working with Eric.  10) garden to table for lunch.  11) storm at the driving range.  12) blueberry picking.  13) sunset on the way to Texas.  14) pool time in Texas.  15) Claire loved to bite at the watergun on the float.  16) Claire also loved to corral the pool hose.

17) Claire loves to lay by Eric's Nana.     18) one way to Texas.  19) loved my tomato harvest waiting for me when I got home.  20) hole in one!  21) more tomatoes.  22) I got my own wedge.  She is lavender and I named her Wedgina.  23) pity party = chocolate chip cookies for supper.  24) late birthday gift.  25) black eyed suzies in full force.        26) Eric's to be new floor.  27)  first this morning Eric had to put a squirrel that had fallen out of hte pine tree and broken his back and into Claire's control out of its misery with a BB gun, then when he got home he saw this snake going across the road headed for our yard.  Tough day to be an animal in our hood today.  28)  more strawberries than limeade.  29)  wore wet hair in a bun all weekend and it gave me curls.  30)  cozy Claire.  31)  new fabric on my front steps.


1)slumber party at Sissy's.  2)Brooks owned us at the driving range.  3)my new fav hobby.   4)beach with my sisters.  5)beach with my nephews.  6) my 1st time to play real golf.  par 3 nine hole at the beach, I lost but did get one par 3. ha.  7) so happy we are staying on the east side away from most of hte rain.  8) taking Claire for a swim.  9) the only drug I need. 10) Toomer's got trimmed and they look so sad. 11) lake for my sister's 29th b'day.  12) I had to take this pic because my kitchen was so messy for a BLT. 13) fresh fruit and sprite in a bottle. 14) this salad was so good I never want to forget it. 15) working on Bella Rose's quilt.  16) Eric spilled his water and look who cleaned it up!


17)smocking Bella Rose's gown.  18) sitting outside with friends.  19) celebrating out 10 year meetiversary where it all began. 
20) Claire is back in love with the frisbee. 
21) still smocking.  22) bad day for golf so I mostly sat it out because I was so bad. 
23) trying to find a Bible study for us, didn't get this one because I already bring out the best in my husband. duh.  24)  first stop when we roll into my hometown, Cardinal.  25) Baron's bday party.  26) my black eyed suzies died.  27) Eric's new office tile.  28)  Eric finally got his buck mount back and he is happy, can you tell.  29)  the first SK book I ever read was during a hurricane in 2004.  Now 8 years later during Issac I am reading her latest book.  30) the squirrels are collecting pecans and it is driving Claire crazy.  us too, they are messy.  31) football on the door, we are ready.  War Eagle! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Shabby Chic Quilt & Smocked Gown


Next month my sister is having a baby girl. For every niece and nephew I make a quilt.  Because of her name, Bellarose, I knew that her quilt needed to have some floral and I wanted the fabric to be vintage looking.  I went with the Treasures by Shabby Chic Rachel Ashwell Collection.  I had a hard time deciding which color to go with but since pink was the obvious choice I went with lilac.  This fabric is beautiful and so soft to work with.



I am not the biggest perfectionist so a little tuck on the back of a quilt doesn't bother me.  I've made 7 quilts and each one of them has some sort of flaw, lets just call it "extra love".  But this is the first quilt I've made that is square and no tucks on the back!!  The binding on the back isn't perfect, but it is the back of the quilt.


Since she is a sweet little thing, I also smocked Bellarose a pink daygown.  I didn't make the gown, ordered it ready to smock off of ebay from the seller sewlovessmocking.  I've smocked this pattern on 3 different outfits this is the first time I didn't make any mistakes.  3rd times a charm ;)


 So those are my latest sewing creations.  I've bought the fabric to make a quilt for me and Eric so I hope to get started on that soon.  It is a zig zag quilt out of Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane and it is going to be so beautiful!!!!!!  I'm sure I will finish in 2057 when the fabric is considered vintage.

Wasn't her shower cake so pretty with all of the little roses!  They saved the top layer for Bellarose's 1st birthday.

Another reason we went home was for my nephew's 5th birthday party.
My nephew had a space party because he is so into space right now.  It was cute and we had a lot of fun going down the jumpy slide.  Baron is such a sweet kid and when he talks to you he ends everything by saying "my friend or my Sissy" (they call me sissy).  Like come sit by me my friend or can I have some water my friend.  Hilarious.  He also has a big heart and is raising money for a well.  One day he wants to fly his rocket to the other side of the world and give kids clean water.  If you want to help him reach his goal you can make a donation HERE

Let's all pile on Uncle E!


 
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