Blake's Quilt!

I don't know what's wrong with my brain but clearly there is something.  Why else would I suddenly NEED to complete my nephews quilt precisely at the most frantic time of my life in the last few years?   But I did it.  I set a goal for three days (because I need a crazy deadline) and went to work. 
It may be my best work...and I am thankful that a nice wash and tumble in the dryer makes up for a multitude of sewing sins.  A meticulous quilter I am not...but I do alright. :) 
The front is super simple...I cut five half yards (of Fox trails by Riley Blake) into 3in strips...sewed them together and then used various Kona shades in 3in strips to make a border. 
This little fox is my first go at piecing work...I wasn't sure about him before he got washed and dried...but now I love him.  
The back may be better than the front...pieced together leftover strips from the front, and various Kona color blocks.  

I quilted it by sewing straight lines down either side of the seams on the front. 
It just so happens that this quilt is going to my nephew Blake...so a little tag from the selvedge was perfect.  
My quilting is far from perfect but I gave up on perfect quilting long ago...it's much more fun if I just go with it and accept the little quirks that I always manage to sew into a quilt. 


Oh sweet crinkle-ly goodness...



The binding is also from the Fox Trails line. 












I love it.  And now I am only two niece/nephews behind. :)
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20 minute crafter-- Pez dispenser display!

Last week I solved a simple, little, annoying problem. 
My boys (and I) like Pez dispensers.  But like stuffed animals and gremlins, if you leave them alone in a room together, they WILL multiply.  They were everywhere and there was no reigning them in.
I spied this idea in Family Fun magazine and I knew I'd be making one...or two.  
I got a HUGE oval quilting hoop from Joann for about $3.50 and two yard sticks from Lowe's for .64c each. 
I measured, cut and leveled out the yardsticks.  Then while I have it all laying level and flat, I tack it together with wood glue. 
When that was dry, I reinforced it a bit more with more wood glue.  
When it was totally dry, I used scissors to cut off the excess glue. 
 Spray paint it, sand it and hang it!
Once in our new house, I will hang it firmly in place.  
And that's it.  One collection of little things under wraps.  Easy, peasy! :)

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huggies num 6!


I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects surrounding babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons...I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!
This week's topic is the diaper bag -- post 3!
The next stage is the bigger-baby stage! You’ve made it. You can begin the transition to normal personhood once again. Everyone is still smiling and happy and by now you know that you don’t have to haul around all that stuff!
Once my babies were big enough, I gave up the diaper bag. I was done. I set out to find a nice big purse instead, one I could fill with MY stuff, with some little-people stuff thrown in. I did not carry diapers in there. Or wipes. At this point, I relied on the stash I kept in the car, only it wasn’t as much of an “emergency” box anymore as it was our “standard box of things we might need while hauling around little crazy people.” I kept the diapers, wipes, change of clothes and bags in there.
If I had to drop one of the boys off for childcare, they were sent with either the little bag that held a diaper and a couple of wipes or I just sent them with a gallon-sized plastic bag with the same things in it. However, now that the kids are bigger at this point, and less likely to be satisfied staring at the ceiling, there are some things you may want to consider keeping in your “adult diaper bag.” And no, not adult diapers. The majority of the kid things in my purse at this point are entertainment or distraction in nature:
  • crayons and small pads of paper
  • stickers!!!!
  • small snacks/fruit snacks (sure to make my kids ZIP IT in a minute), goldfish, granola bars, small boxes of raisins (If we are going someplace standard like the grocery store, I know I can make do with one snack, if it’s someplace more complicated than that, I stock up.)
  • a small car or two
  • a small bottle of bubbles (used only as a last resort)
  • a couple of small (and I mean small) toys.
At this age you can probably predict when they do their “business” or need to eat or snack or nap. And because of this you can haul around a lot less on your person. I much preferred to have to run out to the car on occasion than to have to haul around the diaper bag any longer.
Anything you care to add? What is your go-to child distraction/entertainment-in-a-pinch item
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what i made for monday- easy cookie brownie oreos (or pb cups)

I've decided that anything hiding an oreo is good stuff. 
You won't be disappointed if you make these.  Not a chance.
All you need is Oreos, peanut butter cups (the normal sized ones may work better but I already had the little ones on hand), brownie mix (mixed up according to directions on the box), a package of "break and bake" cookie dough and muffin tins.  
Smush one cookie dough square into the bottom of each tin. 
Like so...
Add an Oreo or peanut butter cup to the top of each one...
Cover each one with brownie mix.
Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes.
Devour.  Share.  Devour.  Whatever.  
The Oreo ones were my favorite but it's not like the peanut butter ones were terrible. 
Enjoy!

Idea found on pinterest with no link to original pinner. :) 


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$4

We have three Goodwill stores in our area.  Throughout the week I will pop into each one at least once.  Sometimes there is nothing but junk.  Other times, all of my searching and looking pays off.
Yesterday, we popped into my favorite Goodwill.  I spied this HUGE box of what appeared to be a random assortment of Christmas decorations.  All I could see was what you see above but with a little peeking, I could tell that it just HAD to be full of treasures.  I could tell that each item inside had been wrapped in a sandwich baggie and I just knew that no worker at the Goodwill would do that.  That meant no one had looked through it.  With a price tag of $4, it was mine.  I couldn't wait to go through it.   
And wouldn't you know...it was FULL of over 150 vintage Shiny Brite ornaments!!!!!
I may have squealed a few times as I opened them.  And opened them.  And opened them. 




There were a few from pre-WW II and there were a few of these, made during WW II.  They have paper caps instead of the normal metal ones. :) 


There were hardly any plain ones...each was an odd shape or decorated beautifully.






We estimated that IF I wanted to sell them the whole collection would be worth $300-$500!!!  Not too bad for a $4 investment. :)

Have you ever found any amazing treasures at the goodwill? 

And a HAPPY HAPPY birthday to my wonderful husband!!  He is THE most amazing man a girl could ask to be married to!  I'm so excited to see what this new year holds for him!! :)
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