Lets Get This Party Started – Summer 2013

I found this post from last summer. For some reason it never got published and I simply love these photos. I don’t know about you, but in all this dreary cold weather we’re having I could use some reminders of summer fun, so here it is:

Is it possible to have too much fun with your kids during the summer?? I don’t think so!

So far, we’ve checked out the new Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia (with Mom, NO WAY would I go alone with 5 kids), gone to 3 pools, and of course a few playgrounds. All in about a week and a half.

Yes, we like to be busy and have fun!

Thanks Mom for joining us on our escapades!

In September…

I went on my first quilt retreat, awesomeness!!

Sorry, not everyone is pictured.

I turned the big 30. Yea, it wasn’t that big of a deal.

I made my first triple zip. Love it.

I finished my first mystery quilt. Took forever and a day.

I made my first purse, and hope to get the pattern together soon.

I went to find some family members.

I played lots with the cutest kids.

How has the beginning of your fall been??

10th Anniversary National Conference 2013

So, in my spare time I sell Thirty One products. Yes, I love them and I love what I do.

With that being said, I went to my first National Conference and it just so happened to be Thirty One’s 10th Anniversary!! SO FUN!

My husband and I decided to fly out a day early to do some tourist-y stuff. It was the first time my husband and I flew anywhere together (in 8 years…). Apparently we’re more home bodies than I thought.

There were so many people at conference… a little overwhelming at times. Can you find my husband??

We went to The World of Coca-Cola. My husband loves soda, and well I’m all about some Cherry Coke, so this was up our alley.

This place was very cool, lots and lots of eye candy!!

We also tried tons of different kinds of soda. The best one I tried was from Japan and had carrots in the photo, and the worst was one called ‘Beverly’ from Italy (SO GROSS).

I was soda-d out after trying so many flavors!

I also finished another preemie blanket my first day there. Nothing better than finishing a knitting project on vacation! There will be a pattern coming soon, it was super easy. Notice how it looks like another quilt block (similar to my 4 Square Preemie Knitted Blanket)? The thought has crossed my mind to do a whole bunch of 18inch knitted blocks that look like traditional quilt blocks. What do you think?

(Back to conference)

One of the best parts about conference was meeting some of the ladies I met while I was there!! New friends are the best!

Did you know that in Atlanta the fire hydrants are silver?? Yea, that’s right, Silver!

We got back home this past Sunday, and all week we’ve been busy! I love summer and all the fun things I get to do with my family.

Just two nights ago my baby boy and I went out picking green beans, which was fantastic on it’s own, but as I was handing them to him to put in the bowl he said ‘thank you’ just about every time. It was such an awesome experience!

Wow, sorry that was such a rambled up jumble of things, but that’s kinda how this summer feels! I do have a few projects to share, and some goal setting to do, so hopefully there will be a little more time for blogging this week.

Happy trails!

Just Make a Choice

This morning was a busy one for us, or me mostly. Of course, most days are pretty busy for a stay-at-home-mom of 4 kids with one on the way.

Anyway, I was at the grocery store in the checkout line. This was my last errand for the morning, and I was to the point where the thought of being at home was a very nice feeling. The lady at the checkout asked “how are you today?” (she’s the lady I go to just about every single time I’m in this store).

I didn’t know what to say. I was tired, stressed, and thinking about the list that is 9 miles long waiting for me to do, at the top being: clean the kitchen where pots have been accumulating for 2 days and laundry.

I looked at her and smiled. Then I said “I could complain, but not today.”

You see, I’m really trying to be much more of a positive person when I get really tired & stressed.

She smiled and said “sometimes it feels better to vent”. So, my response was “well, I am a little bummed that it’s rainy and the leaves aren’t crunchy today to go play in.”

She laughed.

I’m not quite sure why this was so important for me to blog about, but it seemed to be a turning point for the day.

Putting ‘the list’ aside, and all the stress. I had a great morning!

I finished the bobble blanket I’ve been working on since late July of this summer. It’s the one that my grandmother passed along to me, and I love how it turned out. I am usually a very colorful, random matching of things kind of crocheter for blankets that are done with squares, but the single color of this one works wonders.

My photo isn’t so great, super overcast-y and drizzly day here so not really good light. Maybe once the sun shines again I can take it outside and get some good ones.

I also scored BIG at the farmer’s market (Willey’s in Townsend) this morning. They had local cauliflower that was huge and simply beautiful, 2 crowns for $6. Must have weighed at least 2 pounds each. The real reason I went was to get my supply of apple seconds:

50 pound bushel for $10. Last year I got about 16 quarts of applesauce and 8 pints of apple butter out of it (as well as eating just a few), and we just ran out of applesauce last month. I’m thinking of not making the apple butter this year though, no one here liked it. Maybe some apple pie filling is in order. Some smaller portions of applesauce would be a good idea too since we’ll have a little one in need before this time next year. I have been thinking about getting another bushel, but I’ll save the final call on that one for after this one has been taken care of.

My house smells so nice with the addition of this bushel of apples.

Did I mention that the gentleman who helped me take it to the car carried it on his shoulder like it was a beach towel? You should have seen me carrying it up the 6 steps to get it into my house, it was probably quite hilarious to any onlookers….

Besides, Thursdays in the fall can’t be all that bad, Project Runway is on tonight!

My First Fabric Based Bus Trip- Eastern PA Fabric Shops

I really feel like I can call myself a fabric addict now. 

I went on a bus trip, sat on the bus for 2+ hours just to get to the destination, and woke up before 5am to get to the meeting point, all to BUY FABRIC! Oh, and look at tons of really awesome quilts too.

Wanna know where I went??

Lancaster, PA, of course!

Here’s the shops that were on “the list”:

    I think that Burkholder’s, Log Cabin, and Zook’s were my favorite, and in that order. Sauder’s and Zook’s had the best prices by far, and had a really big selection too.

    I didn’t get into Bitty Kinna’s, but heard from the other ladies on the trip that it was quite nice.

    Burkholder’s was so pretty to just walk inside and look around. They had the store so well organized, it was almost like fabric heaven. They even had a playground outside, genius!

    This is what one of their isles looked like, I wish they had a photo of what it looks like once you walk in the door, breathtaking. Just look:

    (Photo from Burkholder’s site)

    The new “thing” in fabrics is fruits and veggies. These fabrics were everywhere! I got a FQ pack at Burkholders that was folded up like a 6 point star, so very cute. Here’s a pic of the vast selection (so yummy, hehe):

    (Photo from Burkholder’s site)

    I even took my soon-to-be eight-year-old (her birthday is next month), and she had fun too! She was much more well behaved than I even hoped she would be, woohoo! Kit had to come along too, of course.

    I’ll post a few photos of the goodies I got soon.

    Sauder’s had the cheapest prices of all the stores we ventured to (and I bought almost all of my fabric from this shop). The shop itself felt like someone’s basement, with an attic room that housed their bolt sale. I totally didn’t have a problem with it, but it just didn’t give it any bonus points for me. Thanks for the Beatle’s Panels for only $2 each! yea.

    In the downstairs of The Quilt & Fabric Shack, they had lots of notions for really cheap! I found some sleeping bag zippers for only $8.75! For reals…

    For lunch, we ate at the Kettle Cafe. They had a soup of the day that was Chicken & Corn soup, ohh so yummy!! And, my little LuLu had a chicken nugget meal which she got a coupon to decorate a gingerbread cookie, much fun!

    We finished up the trip with dinner at CiCi’s pizza. It was fun and totally great for kids. Miss LuLu got to veg out and watch SpongeBob, she was very happy.

    Can’t WAIT till next year’s trip!!

    Sidetracked

    I got a little sidetracked lately…

    To top if off, I didn’t even stick to my commitment to finish the King (dun dun dun) before starting any more projects. But, the One Million Pillowcase Challenge was just too good to pass up. So, I busted out some of my ugly-er fabrics that I had lots of thanks to some old 3 lb. assortments I ordered from Fabric.com (there’s something really exciting to me not knowing what fabric I will get), and away I went.

    I mad 8 pillowcases, 4 were finished and 4 were mostly finished at the last Girl’s Night I went to at Chicks N Stitches.

    It felt really nice to hand Edna a stack of pillowcases, and I was adamant to make 4 girly and 4 boyish ones. She was surprised to get so many boy ones, now I feel like I should make more… so addicting.

    Check it out:

    I donated to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge. Make a pillowcase, made a difference. Join quilters from around the nation today by making a pillowcase and odonating it to charity. Click here to learn more.

    Not only was this a good enough reason to be sidetracked, by the Delaware State Fair is up a roaring! I just love cotton candy, and all the other yummy carnival food.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t find a fried pickle, but I did try some fried oreos, not as great as I expected. I truly was a little disappointed, I mean, something as great as an oreo should be even better after being fried, not so much.

    To top off the week, when I went out to water my garden yesterday morning, this is what I found:

    I’m so very excited!!

    Wow, busy isn’t the word…

    I forgot how incredibly time consuming moving is. {understatement.} The endless sea of boxes that grows and grows waiting for moving day, then another endless sea of them awaiting you each day as you wake up until everything you own has found its new home.

    Needless to say, I have been busy. Want to see what I have been up to??

    Painting the boys room, just envision a white chair rail where the horrible “line” is between the top and bottom of the walls. I really love the colors that we choose!!
    Watching my baby girl learn to roll over from her front to her back. Why is my baby growing so fast???
    Catching my 3 1/2 year old with my camera, under the dining room table, hiding like always. Like his picture??
    7th Birthday Celebration! Yay for cake!!!

    Trip to Coleman’s Tree Farm for pumpkins, gords, popping corn, and apple cider. FANTASTIC!!! ooo, I got a “cooking” pumpkin too. Very excited about making a homemade pumpkin pie- definitely post more on that one!Oh how I love the fall…