How is it already the 10th?!? June flew by! Speaking of, let’s take a look at the goals, shall we? I actually got a decent amount done!
- Project Life 2018. Done! Yay!!! It always makes me happy to get a new album onto my book shelf. 🙂
- Scrap. Honestly, I didn’t get much scrapping done this month, but I did get 2 new layouts done. Still need to set aside a large chunk of time and work on mass producing some backgrounds.
- Sewing. Um, I officially moved the unicorn quilt to the Christmas gift pile. lol. AKA I didn’t work on it at all! The thing is, it’s not even going to take me that long to finish the top, but I’m at a spot with a coping border and I’m worried all of my seams won’t line up. I should probably just accept that my seams won’t line up and move on, huh? lol.
- Hexagons. I sewed together the big chunk! I also laid it out on Mimi’s bed and we discussed how big it should be and I’ve decided that scaling it back just a little bit will be just fine. So I need to make 3 more super hexie blocks, not 7. Yay! Here’s RaptorDad holding it up for me. I’m officially 1/3 of the way done!
- Windchime. It took a lot longer than expected to stitch together the hexies, partly because I ended up needed a ton of joining hexies! So, no progress on wind chime this month. ::pouty face::
- Applique. I didn’t manage to work on this at all this month either…
- Charm Quilt. My amazing Mimi took pity on me and added a bit more quilting to the borders and helped me bind it so it’s officially done! We have all loved snuggling under it together!
- Beach pics. Better! I’m obviously still awaiting some magical trick to have all of my kids smiling and looking at the camera at the same time (I suspect this magical trick is to hiring a professional lol) but I’m mostly happy with how these turned out. And we had a fantastic time at the beach!
- Beach Trip Prep. Well, I caved and just let the kids watch movies the whole way there. Oh well. My mom and I had a lovely chat!
- Montessori Trays. Big fat fail.
Should I even bother with July goals? lol. Of course!
- Project Life. Finish gap. Which is only 2 layouts and I even already have the pics printed! Need to just get this done.
- Project Life. I would like to tackle May of 2019 just in the interest of not getting further behind.
- Scrapping. I’m not even going to set a layout goal because my scrappy mojo appears to have taken a vacation, but I do want to make a big stack of mixed media backgrounds. I think this would go a long way towards coaxing my mojo to return!
- Hexies. Honestly, I would be taking a break from my hexies if not for the fact that my quilt guild is having a UFO contest this year in which we listed 12 projects and then they draw a number each month and we work on the corresponding project. Guess which number was pulled this month… Number 1 which was my hexies. lol. Clearly I’m not going to finish the top this month (this year?) but I do want to finish super hexie block number 10.
- Christmas Half Square Triangles. I pulled this out again this week and started working on it some more. I’ve now gotten half of the rows completed. I just need to trim down the other half of the squares and sew them together. Then I get to decide what I want to do with the borders. 🙂
- Take my kids swimming.
- Make popsicles with kids.
- Take kids to the splash pad.
- Library with kids.
- Thinkery with kids.
Notice anything about the last 5? They’re not crafty goals, but they are the most important goals on the list to me! Our summer is over halfway over! And I feel like we’ve been so busy that we haven’t “done summer” yet! So these are some easy goals to remind me of what my real purpose is this summer. <3 <3 <3
It’s June!!! That means that summer is here and I have all of my babies at home! <3 <3 <3 Let’s reflect on the insanity that was May. lol.
- Project Life. My goal was to get October 2018- December 2018 and April 2019 done. I got October, part of November and part of April. Progress!
- Scrap. This goal was massive and honestly I didn’t think I could do it. I wanted to finish up the first volume of my 2018 scrapbook which ended up being about 20 layouts. But y’all! I did it! The layouts are nothing special, but they are finished and sometimes that’s what matters!
- Sewing. I did nothing on either the Christmas Triangles or the Unicorn Quilt. lol. But I did work on another sewing project that’s going to be a surprise. 🙂
- Hexagons. I did not get my super hexie done, but I did start sewing together all of my blocks! Which has been super motivating and has given me the push I needed to keep going with this project.
- Windchime. I am so ready to play with this project some more! But I didn’t get a chance to this month.
- Applique. Finished! But then naturally I turned this set of bluebonnets into something else so I still need to do another set for my Texas Forever Quilt.
- Quilting. I didn’t get anything done on the Charm Quilt, but I did start hand quilting another project. It is much harder than I was expecting it to be and I was not expecting it to be easy. lol.
- Pictures. Done! I love my chalk board front porch pics. 🙂 My chalk board is all cracked, but I bought it so long ago don’t even know that I can get another one. lol. And yes, I totally write the wrong date on Kate’s. ::sigh::
- Yard Art. Done!
- Summer Curriculum. Lol. I always have such high hopes. This week is VBS and I’m volunteering in the pre-k class with Mia and Xander so my brain is mush! But next week will be better!
Time for June goals!
- Project Life. I want to finish 2018!
- Scrap. Hmm… I need to take stock and see what I should attempt next. Off hand though, I’d love to work on some current stuff! Maybe I should make my goal to finish 10 current layouts. I think I’m going to take one evening and try to make a big batch of mixed media backgrounds.
- Sewing. Since the Unicorn Quilt is meant to be a birthday present for Raptor and she’s turning 10 July 1st, it seems like I need to bump this up to high priority! Of course, it would also make a fantastic Christmas present. lol. Or 11 year old birthday present!
- Hexagons. I want to finish sewing together the huge chunk of hexagons at which point I will be 1/4 of the way through the quilt! I also want to do super hexie block #10.
- Windchime. I’d love to get the pieces cut out for the next block.
- Applique. I’d like to work on the next set of bluebonnet blocks. I have all of the pieces prepped so it’s just a matter of stitching them on.
- Quilting. I’m about ready to decide that I’m not going to do any fancy machine quilting on the charm quilt and just be happy with the stabilization stitch in the ditch quilting that I’ve already done. lol.
- Pictures. We’re taking another trip to the beach this month, this time with my mom, and I’m planning to attempt another round of beach pics. I’m sure it will be another disaster, but I have cute outfits picked out!
- Beach Trip Prep. Off hand, I’m thinking car ride activities and fun stuff to do at the beach!
- Montessori Trays. I’m thinking that updating them every week is a pipe dream, but I should at least swap out the Valentine’s Day trays for a summer theme. lol.
My rough plan is to finish sewing together the giant bunch of hexies this week and then I think I’ll reward myself my cutting out some pieces for my next windchime block! I’m also pondering the next block I want to tackle for my Texas Forever quilt. Maybe the rainbow? I’m thinking I’m going to make the stripes out of bias tape…
I’m baaaaaack!!! I haven’t posted in a while, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy! Let’s just jump right into the update, shall we?
- Project Life. I may be a few days late, but I actually just edited and ordered 200 prints! This is enough to “close the gap” so to speak. Since editing and printing the pics is always what takes forever, I should be able to knock these out pretty quickly once the prints get here. 🙂 I also finished March of Project Life and I am so in love with my new Citrus Kit subscription!
- Scrap. Finish January and February of 2018. Done! I kind of can’t believe it. lol. I also wanted to scrap our spring break trip, but that didn’t happen. Maybe next month.
- Sewing. I was hoping to finish both the unicorn and the Christmas quilt tops. Spoiler alert, I didn’t manage to do either of those. lol. But I did start *another* quilt. lol.
- Hexagons. Finish 1 block. Done! And I’ve halfway talked myself into changing the plan, again, and just making a king size quilt again. Who knows.
- Windchime. Finish 1 block. So close. I got all of the hard parts done and I just need to decide on a fabric choice for the center circles. I want them all to be the same (I think?) so I’m having a hard time committing. Something in teal I think…
- Applique. Finish butterflies for Texas Quilt and prep some butterflies for Mia’s quilt. Well, I did finish the butterflies for the Texas Quilt, but I’ve done basically nothing for Mia’s quilt. I did decide on Xander’s quilt though! His is going to be caterpillars. 🙂
- Quilting. Nada.
- Bluebonnet Pics. Done! I didn’t get a single good one of the 3 kids, but I got some adorable individual ones of each of them and a few really cute ones of the kids with RaptorDad. 🙂
- Art Room Redo. Done! And it’s amazing!!! RaptorDad and I have shared the art room since the beginning, but he decided this month to let me have the whole room and it is just as amazing as you’re imagining! I need to finish up a few things and then I’ll do a proper reveal. Here’s a pic while we were still working on the shelves in the closet. It’s even better now!
- Birthday Party. Done! It was a bit crazy because we had to move it from the park to our house the morning of the party because of rain which led to many freak outs and lots of panic cleaning, but the twins had a great time with their friends and that’s what matters. 🙂 Plus, my guest bathroom has never been so clean. lol.
And onto goals for May!
- Project Life. Fill in the gaps! That’s roughly October 2018-January 2019. I’d also love to do April 2019.
- Scrap. Once my pictures get here, I’ll have everything printed to finish the first book of 2018! And since I’ve been working on it all along, I only have 25 layouts to go! I think I can get it done. 🙂
- Sewing. Still hoping to finish the unicorn and Christmas quilt tops.
- Hexagons. I’m going to try to finish a “super block.” That’s one where I make 1 block and baste another 3 of each hexagon. This is clearly a pipe dream given the rest of the list. lol.
- Windchime. I want to give this some more thought and really think about what would work for the centers.
- Applique. I’m working on the bluebonnets for my Texas Quilt! I have 1 down and 5 to go. I am enjoying this project so much!
- Quilting. Still hoping to get the Charm Quilt quilted. lol.
- Pictures. May is when I do our end of the year pictures complete with chalk board! 🙂
- Yard Art. A special request from my grandfather for his birthday. 🙂 A few years ago the kids made him painted yard art signs on acrylic plates and the Texas sun has not been kind to them so we’re making him new ones.
- Summer Curriculum. I want to teach the babies all of their letters this summer! Since the summer isn’t 26 weeks long (I wish!) I think I’m going to go with fun weekly themes for the summer and then do letter a week once school starts back up. I’d like to start prepping some trays and activities.
Will I get this massive list done? Hard to say. lol. I will say though that now that I have an amazing room to be creative in I’m spending a lot more time making and a lot less time watching junky TV. 🙂
Alright, I tried the whole 12 months of 12 goals thing because I thought it was a cute framework for the year. But I’m ditching it! lol. Still, let’s see how I did for March.
- Bakes. Well, not a new bake, but I did perfect an old bake! A few months ago I made, arguably, the best oatmeal raisin cookies ever. Admittedly, the bar was low because oatmeal raisin cookies are gross, but still. lol. The problem was the next time I went to make them, I couldn’t remember which recipe I had tweaked! After a few disappointments, I went back to the gold standard, Betty Crocker. Yesss!!! These were the ones. I will tell you that I refuse to use shortening, so instead of half butter, half shortening, I use all butter. This makes the cookies almost lacey and super delicious. To be fair, they also fall apart as you try to pick them up, but the taste makes it worth it! I also do a higher ratio of brown sugar to white sugar because RaptorDad likes cookies better that way. 🙂
- Dinners. Nope.
- Montessori Trays. Big fat fail. Which is extra sad because I even have a bunch of St Patrick stuff already made.
- Feasts. I did better on this one! We made (The World’s Ugliest) King Cake for Mardi Gras along with a delicious gumbo/ etoufee hybrid thing that I made up. Does that count as a new recipe? Hmm… Maybe I did better on my goals than I thought! lol. I also bought the kids a box of Lucky Charms for St Patrick’s Day which blew their minds since I am generally the killjoy mom that doesn’t allow sugary cereal.
- Hexies. I made some progress, but I didn’t actually finish a block. lol. I did start (another!!!) epp project yesterday though! I’m super excited about it. 🙂
- Scrap. I actually did get December 2017 done!
- Project Life. I did get February 2019 done! And September 2018! Look at me go!!! I then decided that I was going to try to do a bulk order for November-January. Still working on that.
- Portraits. Still need to get the bluebonnet pics done, but I actually took some portraits on the beach over spring break. I didn’t manage to get a good one of the three kids together (naturally), but I did get some cute individual pics. 🙂
- Quilting. I actually got a lot done on the unicorn quilt! I didn’t quite finish the top, but I got as much done as I can before me next sewing lesson. So I decided to get cracking on my Christmas quilt! And I’m loving it! I got all of my half square triangles ready to be sewn together. 🙂
- New Parks. Oh my gosh, y’all. The beach in the spring is amazing! Love love love love love!
- Blogging. I love that I decide to ramp up the blogging and then only manage 2 posts the entire month. lol. Irony!
- Health. Well, I got 10k steps 11/31 days. I was doing great at the beginning of the month. lol. Maybe I’ll try again in April. I also only managed to swim a few times, but I did go swim today!
So… What are my goals for April? I’m glad you asked! lol.
- Project Life. Edit all of the pics to close the gap. So, November, December, January. Also, complete March 2019.
- Scrap. Finish January and February of 2018. I’d also like to scrap our spring break trip while it’s fresh in my mind.
- Sewing. I’m hoping to finish both the unicorn and Christmas quilt tops.
- Hexagons. Finish 1 block.
- Windchime. Finish 1 block.
- Applique. Finish butterflies for Texas Quilt and prep some butterflies for Mia’s quilt.
- Quilting. I’d love to finish machine quilting my charm quilt!
- Bluebonnet Pics. Need to do these soon!!! This weekend at the very latest.
- Art Room Closet. We’ve been reorganizing our house! We’ve added loads more storage and I am loving it. I need to get one more cube thing from Ikea for the art room closet and then I think we’re good!
- Birthday Party. I think I’m in denial that the babies are turning 4 (!!!!!!!) this month!
You’ll have to excuse my lack of a blog post last week. I must confess that I was distracted by the arrival of this beautiful bundle of deliciousness.
::drool:: As I’m falling further and further down the quilty rabbit hole, I’ve discovered that my taste in fabrics in remarkably similar to my taste in scrapbook paper. I adore large gorgeous prints, but I struggle to use them. What I always find myself reaching for is small repeating prints so I set off in search of them at the local shops. Sadly, neither one I went to had what I was looking for, but the internet did not let me down. lol. Then I just haaaaaad to get free shipping! 😉 Does anyone else suffer from this affliction? RaptorDad says I’m going to bankrupt us saving us money. lol.
I cut into it right away and started on the butterfly blocks for my Lori Hold inspired quilt.
Here’s my first attempt. The black lines are showing where the block will finish. I decided that the butterfly needed to be a bit smaller, so I redrew the template and tried again.
I’m much happier with the way these turned out! Now I just need to add the embroidery on the wings and antennae.
Oh, and I love the butterflies so much that I’ve decided to make Mia a whole quilt of them. lol. What’s one more added to the list. 😉
Hello March! I’m not sure that I’m in love with having the same monthly goals all year long, but I’m going to give it a go for one more month. First, let’s look back at February.
- Bakes. This was a huge success! I made a copy cat Chantilly cake from Whole Foods. The icing was spot on, but I think the cake itself would benefit from a few tweaks. Still, delicious!
- Dinners. ::sigh:: I didn’t try any new recipes this month.
- Montessori Trays. Well, I got 4 out of 6 done. lol. No pics, but they continue to be a huge hit, especially with Mia.
- Feast Days. I wanted to do 3 or 4 feast days, but only got my act together for one. That’s ok though! It’s still better than the zero I would have done in the past. 🙂
- Hexies. Hmm… I finished a block and a half. To be honest, I’ve been wanting to work on applique in the evenings. lol. Still, I’m going to try to push through and get some done this month.
- Scrapbooking. I focused on Project Life this month, so I didn’t get much 12×12 scrapping done. I’m ok with that though.
- Project Life. The main reason I’m ok with not accomplishing much on the scrapping front is because I killed it on Project Life! I switched my kit club subscription to Citrus Twist and I was hugely motivated to get through some of my back log of Hip Kits before my new one came. I only got 5 traditional layouts done, but I got 13!!! Project Life layouts done!!!
- Portraits. None this month. Whoops.
- Sewing. I wanted to get the unicorn quilt top done, which didn’t happen. But I did make a lot of progress on it.
- New Parks. No new parks, but we did revisit some old favorites. And I let Kate set up the tent in the backyard for a few days while she worked on a badge. She was planning to sleep out there, but she decided against it when she realized that none of us were willing to sleep on the floor when our nice warm beds were so close at hand.
- Blogging. They may not have all been posted on Mondays, but I did post 4 times!
- Health. I tried to get back into swimming, but Mia got the flu and that seriously derailed my momentum. That’s ok though! I still swam 100% more than I did in January!
Which leads me to March! I’m trying out spelling out my March goals to see if I like it better than trying to come up with them as I go.
- Bakes. And I immediately fail because I don’t have any ideas of what I want to bake yet. lol.
- Dinners. Ditto dinners. But I’m considering some kind of crock pot beef stroganoff. Also need some yummy fish dinners for Lent.
- Montessori Trays. My goal is to have some P is for Patrick trays done this weekend!
- Feasts. I’ll try to post more details about our line up on Monday, but my goals for the month include Mardi Gras, Saint Patrick, and the Annunciation.
- Hexies. Maybe I should change this to the hand sewing goals category. lol. I’m getting totally into applique, but I can’t let that derail me too much! I’m going to try to get 3 hexie blocks done this month. I’d love to get the hexies wrapped up so that I can play with my 3(!!!) new hand sewing projects. More on that later.
- Scrap. I know this has been on my list for months, but I really want to wrap up December 2017. Then I can put the Fall 2017 album on my shelf and move on!
- Project Life. Oh my gosh y’all! I am in love with my new kit! With that in mind, my goal for Project Life is to do February 2019 and then also wrap up September 2018. I might try to alternate weeks, or I might just let myself play with the February goodies and then go back and work on September while I wait for my March kit.
- Portraits. It’s time for bluebonnets!!! My favorite portraits of the year. 🙂 I’m debating going for a more casual look this year, but I might get the girls new Easter dresses and use that. Decisions decisions.
- Sewing. I’d really love to finish up my unicorn quilt top for Kate because I want to start on my Christmas half square triangle quilt. I got the rest of the fabric for it and I’m dying to cut into it!
- New Parks. Well, I must be insane because I’m taking all 3 kids to the beach for spring break. By myself. Corpus Christi here we come!
- Blogging. I’m toying with the idea of ramping the blog up to 2 posts a week. I’ve missed it!
- Health. Still keeping it at 2 swims a week. And adding in 10k steps a day. Not sure how this is going to go, but I got 10K steps yesterday. lol. We’ll see,
I finished my first quilt!!! Well, it was a joint effort, but it’s done. 🙂
My quilt guild regularly has challenges to get people excited about making donation quilts. This fall, the challenge was to take 1/2 yard of a novelty fabric and turn it into a quilt. I was a bit intimidated, but when I saw the keroppi fabric I wouldn’t resist.
So I bought a low volume charm pack and started planning. Initially my plan was the fussy cut the frogs and applique them onto the charm squares before sewing them all in rows. After discussing with my quilt guru, Mimi, I decided to alternate the charm squares with some green swirly fabric. I’m so glad I did! I think it turned out super cute. 🙂
My grandmother helped me add the borders and then quilted and bound it for me so that I could turn in a fully completed quilt Then she came with me to my guild meeting last night when I turned it in! So much fun. I almost wish I could keep it! I guess I had better get busy on my next quilt. 🙂
Mia was struck down by a nasty ear infection and the flu this week. Luckily, we started tamiflu right away so she recovered quite quickly and never actually felt that bad but I still kept her home from school all week. Sweet girl is the best patient, she just wants snuggles and Daniel Tiger. Usually I don’t let the kids have screen time during the week, but I let her have free reign with Daniel this week since she was sick.
Which gave me loads of time this week to
clean learn how to do prepared edge applique!
I used the freezer paper technique to make this heart block for a raffle quilt my guild is making. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out! So I decided to try my hand at creating my own templates.
I am obsessed with the Lori Holt Bee Happy quilt. I love the fabric, the style, the mix of techniques… but I’m just not a farm girl. So I decided to use it as a template and design my own blocks. She has an assembly guide on her website that gives the dimensions of all of the blocks and I used that to create a template with some graph paper. I used this site to make the graph paper so that each square represents one inch. It’s still a work in progress, but here’s what I have so far.
Some of the blocks are blank because I’m still pondering what to put in them. And the drawings are really crude because I’m a terrible artist. lol. But you get the idea. I drew the outline in marker and the blocks in pencil so that I can easily erase as I change my mind. lol. Notice anything else? The avocados are colored in. That’s because I’ve already finished those blocks!
I’m super pleased with how they turned out. 🙂 Now I’m back to working on my hexies while I ponder which block to tackle next. 16 blocks down, 20 to go. 🙂
It seems crazy that I’ve only been quilting for a year because my Work in Progress pile is multiplying at a prodigious rate! What can I say, I love to start new projects. 🙂
This morning, I’m working on cutting out squares for a unicorn quilt I’m making for Kate. It’s a kit and I’m learning so much while I work on it! I think that hand work will always be my favorite, but there’s no denying that this is much faster. lol.
And check out my hexies! Here they all are laid out on my grandmother’s bed. I think I’ve just about decided to make a wall hanging instead of a king size quilt. My original plan was to make 64 of these blocks. Each one is 75 hexagons and I have 15 of them done.
I currently have enough hexies basted to make a total of 36 blocks and I think I’m going to call that big enough. I have other projects I want to work on! lol. Also, the more time I spend on this, the more I cringe at the thought of the damage it would sustain if I actually put it on my bed. Once I have the 36 blocks made, I’m going to play around with the layout. I might do 7×5 and put it above my bed, but I might do 6×6 and hang it on the wall in my living room. Either way, I want to wrap it up because I want to start on a Windchime quilt!
I have about 10 other projects in the works as well. lol. What about you? Do you finish 1 project before starting the next or are you a “serial starter”?
Y’all. Whole Foods makes this insanely addictive cake called a Chantilly Lace cake. It’s RaptorDad’s favorite. 🙂 Considering that every time we venture into a Whole Foods I manage to blow the grocery budget on gourmet olives and baked goods, I decided that I needed to learn how to bake this cake myself so I could limit our exposure to temptation. lol. After much searching, I found a copy cat recipe that looked pretty amazing and assembled all of the fancy ingredients. Except for, you know, sugar. lol. So back to the store we went. Y’all. It did not disappoint.
It’s probably a good thing that this recipe is insanely complicated because if it was easy, I’m afraid I’d be making it once a week and we’d all gain 1000 pounds. lol.
Kate was working on her edible model of the Alamo (why???) that was due today, but she took a break to make a fondant flower for the cake.