Last week Doug went and bought me a new (to me) car. We finally traded in the car that I had had since my college days. It was the only car that Doug ever knew me to own. It had a good life but barely made it to the dealership to trade in. Before he took it we cleaned it all out and off he went. Doug got home a few hours later with a nice newer CRV for me. :) I love it.
Doug comes in the house and says "I got you a present".
To which I say "Yeah, thanks for the car...I should be good for presents for a while". :)
He says "No, I rescued something for you from your Mazda".
And hands me the button in the photo. It used to say I (heart) JC (as in Jesus Christ).
"Thanks honey". I say.
I guessed it was kind of nice to have...was hanging out on my dashboard for as long as I could remember...it didn't really have any sentimental meaning to me...probably would have ended up in a drawer somewhere lost forever.
Then he says "That button was how I knew that you were the girl I wanted to marry. I saw it on our second date and you loving Jesus was a requirement for me to continue in our relationship. I figured that since you loved Him enough to advertise it that you meant it."
He had never told me that until then. :) I will now keep that button forever.
Isn't it great how being who you are can tell your story without you even knowing it?
Second reason (among many) that he is awesome.
I hate sports. He (beyond) loves sports.
Yankees. Hokies. Giants. Other.
Moses identifies many team logos as "Sports Center" (a show on ESPN).
Sports is Doug and Doug is sports.
It's a package deal that I wouldn't want to change.
But we had to work something out so that we could both be happy.
So. Our super awesome deal?
I will let him watch any and every sports game broadcast that makes his little heart happy.
And I will (try) to do it with a smile on my face and not give him a hard time.
In return...each time he watches a game. I get a foot rub. Lotion and all. :)
Makes us both happy.
I have the BEST husband even if he does put butter on his pop tarts.. :)
Making funky flower pins for each lady (sixty!), runners for the tables, flags and more.
And loving every minute.
There is something great about just doing for the benefit of others.
It just fills you up.
I want this year to be an amazing one for the ladies in our MOPS.
Moses has been asking about it for weeks now. :)
I am sure there are some who will enjoy some photos of my favorite boys.
So I thought of something else...to satisfy both me and my husband.
2) I will practice my quilt block making skills by making pairs of pillows for the shop.
I have LOADS of quilt square patterns that I want to try...way more than I will have time to make quilts from.
This way...I can try out all the fun patterns, use my favorites to make quilts from
and still make new things for the shop. :)
Now that all of your strips are cut up into squares...it's time to lay them out and decide how you would like to sew them together. :)
Since I had so many squares and since they are so large...I will be making two quilts out of my squares...one will be six squares by six squares...the other will be three by three (and be going in the shop!)
Just lay them out and play around until you get them how you like them...there is no right or wrong...just however you like. :)
Once you have decided on your pattern...stack the squares up and keep the rows separated so you know where each row begins and ends.
Do your first two rows...then sew your two rows together...do your next row then add it to your two rows, fourth row, add to the three rows, keep going like this adding your new row to your main quilt piece.
This way you can ensure that each row is how it should be direction wise and you won't have to make friends with your seam ripper...not that I would know anything about that. :)
After you have finished the top...you can measure for how much backing fabric you will need.
If you are sending it off...you will need about an extra eight inches all around.
My big quilt is 75in by 75in.
SO...to figure out how many yards of fabric to get...
I multiplied 75 by 75 to get 5625 which is how many square inches my big quilt is.
The fabric I am using to back the quilt is 45in wide by 36in long (per yard).
I multiplied 45 by 36 to get 1620, which is how many square inches in a yard.
I divided 5625 by 1620 to get ~3.47.
SO about 3 1/2 yards should do it.
Does that make sense?
Next week we will get our backing ready to ship off!
If you are sending your quilt away you will need to purchase
an additional yard of fabric, in a different pattern, for the binding.
I am trying to decide if I will send off the baby quilt or attempt to do it myself...so the quilt along may or may not end next week...we will see. :)
Leave any questions in the comments...I would also LOVE to see your progress!
Secondly...you just may want to become a fan of Little Bit Funky on Facebook...over there on the right...you just never know what surprises await you!
Thirdly, take a look at some of these great Etsy finds...some are trades some are purchases...but I would never tell you which were which. All of them make me so happy!
We also got this one...hangs above the mantle. Good reminder don't you think?
She does the BEST work!
This photo does absolutely NO justice for how awesome it is!
You will not be disappointed. :)
AND I wanted to make sure the fondant didn't taste like rubber. Important.
so I thought I would share...just in case you are at all like me.
a super cute reminder for a playroom or your kids room. :)
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I would never have to wonder "Is that chocolate or poop?"
I surely would never had witnessed another human scream "I love screws!" at the top of their lungs for 15 minutes...for no reason other than his genuine love for screws.
I would never have to shower with the door open.
I would never have someone offer to wipe my bum...thanks Moses, that's very thoughtful of you.
I would never had had the honor of putting my nose directly to someones bum to see if they pooped.
I would never have had someone puke in my face...and nose and mouth.
I would never have thought to buy goldfish by the gallon.
I would hopefully never ever had the impulse to throw my cupped hands in front of a someones puking mouth...WHY is that a mothers instinct?
I would never have to buy a whole new wardrobe for my kids while my husband and I make do with one pair of good jeans.
I would never have gained 55lbs (twice over) in a short time...along with stretch marks.
I may not have ever known just how much God loves me.
I may have never experienced as fully the mystery of God...like...why were BOTH of my babies born with a cord around their neck...tightly...and survived?
What amazing thing is God going to do with their lives?
I would never have eaten so many cold meals in my life.
I'm sure there are more that I will think of the moment I hit publish...there may have to be a 2.0. :)
How about you? Add your own in the comments...I look forward to commiserating. :)
Have a beautiful day!
The first thing we'll do is get a true, straight end to work with...
Do this by starting with your "even/selvage end"...line up the side on the bottom line of your cutting mat...using your cutting guide, cut a nice ninety degree corner...
To determine the size of your squares...you have to measure how WIDE your section of strips is...this one is 13 inches...so all of my squares will be 13in by 13in.
The squares for Moses' quilt were 11.25 in by 11.25 in because I had a different hem.
Yours could be 12 by 12 or something else entirely. The important thing is to get nice, neat squares.
You may have to trim up the other sides a bit too...it's ok...just try to be uniform and get the nicest squares you can. :)
You will do this will all of your strips...next week comes the fun part!
Any questions...leave them in the comment section.
And yes, last week I was ironing on the floor. What does it say about me that, not for one second did I think that was odd until you guys pointed it out? hmmmm.
These are delicious and can be frozen if made ahead of time.
2 cups cooked chicken (usually 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls
2 Tbsp. margarine (at room temperature)(I used butter)
3 oz. cream cheese with chives and onion (at room temperature)
¼ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. milk
Pepperidge Farm Blue Label bag of stuffing mix (I used Italian bread crumbs)
2 Tbsp. melted butter
Combine margarine and cream cheese in medium bowl and mix well. Add salt, pepper, and milk and blend thoroughly. Add chicken and stir until chicken is well coated. Divide the crescent rolls into 4 rectangles, pinching the diagonal lines closed. Place ¼ of the mixture in the middle of the square and then spread outward, leaving enough room around the edges to pinch them closed. Fold over and pinch edges. Brush with melted butter and then sprinkle stuffing mix over each one. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes. Makes 4 crescents.
My delish fabric is mostly from HERE or HERE. :)
It is also helpful to search under supplies on Etsy for things like "red fabric" or "polka dot fabric" or that sort of thing. :)
Yes, YOU can make this quilt we are making.
Yes, I cut out all the letter that I use for pillows and banners.
I make my own stencils, trace, cut and sew all of the letters. :)
I think the secret to the gravy was using the potato water...I just took the meat out of the pot, added some potato water, stirred it us, scrapping the sides of the pan to get the good bits, added some flour and brought it to a boil. Doug loved it...I hate gravy so I didn't even have any.
Lang bo Norge! means Long Live Norway!
All of Doug's family are from Norway. :)
In regards to potty training---when Moses takes a nap or goes to bed he wears a pull-up. When we go out we make him go potty before we leave...when we were first starting we put a pull-up on him for outings. :)
I have not made Moses any of the t-shirt pants yet...but to get the waist just right...wrap the elastic around their little waist where the band will go...stretch it just a couple of inches making sure it will be comfy for them and secure with a safety pin until you stitch it up. :)
Any more? :)
Grab your stack of freshly sewn strips...heat up your iron to the cotton setting and get your ironing board ready. :)
You want to make sure your seams are pulled apart and not folded over...See the arrows above...does that make sense?
Leave any questions in the comments. :)