Thursday, September 27, 2012

WIP Wednesday.....orrrr Thursday #17

Ummmm yeah I'm late...I know, I know.  But I have an excuse this time!!  

I had to take one of our cats,Mrs. Kitty, to the vet last night after I got home from work.  Her recent health is a loooooonnnng story, but I'll try to make it short.  After we moved last year she began losing weight.  She used to weigh around 15 pounds and now she's down to 7!  When I took her in May they did bloodwork and found that she had an infection in her mouth.  So we sent her in for a dental cleaning and they had to pull an infected tooth.  She gained a pound in the week after that visit but she hasn't gained any more back so I wanted to take her to get looked at again.  She will be on antibiotics for a few weeks (they believe there is an underlying infection in her mouth still) and then we will see how things are going after the antibiotics.  Here's a picture of Mrs. Kitty, the lover kitty who once you pet once will NEVER, EVER leave you alone :-)

Anywho, back to the real meaning of this post.  I skipped WIP Wednesday last week because, well I hadn't accomplished anything.  But I have a few things to report on this week!

First up!  I am participating in the 100 Day Hustle over at Kelsey Sews, so I have my list wrote out and I'm ready to get things moving!  You can see my To Do list HERE.

Last week I did manage to make two bibs from patterns I found on Pinterest and let me just say I need to submit my creations to that Pinterest Fail website.  I mean they look like bibs but when I went to figure out where the KAM snap should go on each one I noticed how stinkin' tiny the neck part was, so I didn't even bother finishing them.

That to me does NOT look safe enough to put around a baby's neck...might just be my opinion but that's what I'm sticking with.  I honestly don't really like many of the bib patterns out there so I think I'll just draw one up on my own, especially so I can make sure I like the size of the neck area.

I've started on my Pink/Brown/Beige crochet blanket.  I decided on a ripple stitch and Lucy over at Attic24 has a great tutorial on this crochet stitch.  She's so clear and makes it easy to understand (just remember I can't / refuse to learn how read crochet patterns...just show me already!).  I'm already liking the way it looks!

And that's about all from this week.  Here's the round up!

In Progress:
Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, September 24, 2012

100 Day Hustle!

H-U-S (clap, clap) T-L-E (clap, clap), H-U-S-T-L-E, Hustle Team Hustle!

Bringing back my cheerleading days for the the 100 Day Hustle hosted by Kelsey over at Kelsey Sews.

Kelsey Sews

September 22nd not only marked the first day of also marked 100 days left of 2012!  Which means I need to get my butt in gear if I am going to accomplish a *mostly* homemade Christmas this year as far as presents go.  So I'm linking up to Kelsey's party and hopefully it will give me a good push.  

My to-do list is forever long.  I accomplish one thing, and add about three.  My list contains a lot of projects I want to have done for Christmas time, but it also includes some things I just NEED to get done.  Here is what I have so far, but I'm sure I will be adding to this as we go!!

100 Day Hustle To-Do List:

  • Finish Quilt For Kids Quilt
  • Green Bay Faux Chenille Blanket (for a friend)
  • Steelers Faux Chenille Blanket (for a certain 9 year old sports fanatic girl)
  • Mystery Faux Chenille Blanket (for another 9 year old, no fabric yet)
  • Mystery Faux Chenille Blanket (for a soon to be 3 year old, no fabric yet)
  • Zig-Zag Quilt (for me of course!)
  • Bib Prototypes (I've made 2 so far, didn't like either one)
  • Cloth Diapers
  • Lots of Mug Rugs
  • Pink/Brown Crochet Lap Blanket

So there it is, now I better get working on this!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Moda Bake Shop's Love It. Pin It. Win It.

Moda Bake Shop (which for those of my friends who aren't into sewing/quilting....MBS sells fabrics and provides recipes (aka patterns) for sewing projects, sorry no food here! hehe) is having this great contest right now called Love It. Pin It. Win It.

Here's what you need to do to get yourself entered (which can be found on THIS POST):

Browse through the Moda Bake Shop recipes and choose your favorites.

Pin and re-pin photos* of your favorite recipes on Pinterest with the tags #modabakeshop #modafabrics #lovepinwin.  Be sure your pin is linked to the recipe itself, and not the MBS home page.  You can enter as many times as you like, but the winning pin must have the three tags {#modabakeshop #modafabrics #lovepinwin}.

Four random winners will be chosen from the tagged photos.  The grand prize is a set of the ingredients to make your favorite recipe (fabric will be from what is currently available).  Other winners will receive a current Moda pre-cut.

But that's not all!  You can also write up a blog post explaining why you've chosen your favorite recipe and link it up HERE.  Two additional winners will be chosen from the linky party to win current Moda pre-cuts.

The contest runs from September 14-22 (closes at midnight CST).

**Caution - some photos on the MBS can't be pinned due to the Chefs copyright settings.  Just choose another!

Okay now that those details are out of the way (and you have gone and pinned some recipes to win!) here is my favorite recipe from the Moda Bake Shop...


I am really loving this Vintage Modern Pinwheels quilt made by Karin over at Cascase Quilts.  I just love the way the blocks play with your vision.  I look at it one time and I see the white pinwheels and the next time I look at it I just see the crooked squares.  And I think this pattern will look great with fabric that goes with any season.

I've already decided that if I don't win the MBS Love It. Pin It. Win It. contest that I will start looking for the fabric to make this quilt!  I love this quilt, I really do!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WIP Wednesday #16

Not much getting done around here.  But I have made a few more crocheted washcloths like this one.

And since I don't have anything else to show here are some pictures of me and my wonderful husband, Dylan and our doggie Bella! :-)

Dylan and I at the Jason Frye Memorial Motorcycle Ride.  Dylan was friends with Jason, who was a Marine that was KIA while serving in Iraq in 2005.  His parents and friends put on this ride each year to raise money that is going towards building a community center in his honor.

Canoe day trip during our "vacation"

Bella being brave and getting the in the water (she HATES being wet and she can't swim)

 And here's my round-up:


  • A few more crocheted washcloths

In Progress:

  • Quilts for Kids Quilt
  • Another Green Bay  Faux Chenille Blanket
  • Cow Fabric Project (half remains!)
  • Test out my new KAM Snap Plier set! (still haven't done this yet, pathetic, I know!)
  • Cloth Diapers
  • More scrubbies and washcloths

Linking up to Work In Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Scrubbie Dub Dub

I keep talking about all these scrubbies in my WIP Wednesday posts and I've had a few questions about them come through my email so I figured I'd write up a quick post about them.

Just to be clear, this pattern is NOT mine but it is available for free (woo hoo!) a few different places online.  Dylan's Aunt Tami (you are going to be famous!) found these on Pinterest and said how simple they were so I decided to make some.  She followed the pattern available HERE.  Now I'm going to be completely honest and tell you all that I can't read crochet patterns.  When I look at a pattern written out like that one (although this one isn't bad), it just looks like a bunch of jumbled letters, numbers and puncuation marks to me. 

So I went out and found THIS video tutorial on YouTube and followed it.  I'm a self-taught crocheter so it's much easier for me to watch someone while they are explaining it, rather than trying to read all that pattern jibberish.

I like making these scrubbies beause they are so quick and easy to whip up.  I like to crochet a bunch and then finish them all off at the same time.

Then one day while I was finishing some scrubbies, I thought that it would be nice to make matching washcloths to give with the scrubbies.  Then I found these ribbed washclothes over at Aesthetic Nest that match perfectly! 

Well, of course they match, both patterns use the same stitch!  The washcloths are quick to make as well, especially since you don't have to worry about the increasing and decreasing on every row.  Right now I only have two matching washcloths but JoAnn's is having a great coupon commotion next week, so I will be picking up the same yarns I used for scrubbies to make some matching washcloths.

I have started carrying around a small bag with my crochet hooks and some yarn so anytime I have a few minutes of time to spare I work on scrubbies or a washcloth.  So if you have some free time give these a try!  They are super easy and simple but you will fall in love with them and want to make millions!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

WIP Wednesday #15--"Vacation" Edition

So technically, Dylan and I are on vacation this week.  We decided we didn't want to go anywhere this year but figured we should still take a week off together.  That being said I'm not getting much done but so far we are having a good time.  

Yesterday we had a pretty simple day...lunch at Olive Garden and some shopping.  Then we came home and decided to put our canning skills (or lack thereof because I have NEVER done any canning before...ever!) to the test and can some pickled jalapenos.  We had 3 jalapeno plants come up in our garden and it took them a while to do anything, but now they are producing so much it's hard to keep up with.  We had enough that we froze after picking and some fresh (as in 26 peppers that were picked in two days) to do a small batch of pint jars (6 to be exact).

We were a bit nervous during the process and we even high-fived a few times when we heard the "pings" of the lids sealing.  I'm happy to report that all 6 of our jars sealed and will now sit for the recommended 3-4 weeks in the pantry to maximize the flavor.  If they turn out good, I'm predicting Dylan will have them all eaten within 2-3 months!

Today we took a day trip to Ricketts Glen to hike the trails and see the waterfalls.  We had a great time and we took A LOT of pictures so I'll do another post later in the week with some of our pictures.

We got home from our day trip in the early evening so I was able to get my fabric cut for the Shades of Grey Charm Swap.

Just have to get it to the post office and send it off!

Tomorrow we are going canoeing/fishing.  Here's to hoping we catch some good fish!


  • Shades of Gray Charm Swap--charms cut and ready to send!

In Progress:

  • Quilts for Kids Quilt
  • Another Green Bay  Faux Chenille Blanket
  • Cow Fabric Project (half remains!)
  • Test out my new KAM Snap Plier set! (still haven't done this yet, pathetic, I know!)
  • Cloth Diapers
  • More scrubbies!

Linking up to Work In Progress Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced, with this weeks guest host Emily of Mommy's Nap Time.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced