Thursday, April 23, 2009

I Won, I Won...

Whoo hoo...I never win anything...but I seem to have a "Heidi vibe" going on right now. I coined that term years ago because my great friend Heidi just has this vibe about her...she wins things, a lot. She finds cool furniture or other "stuff" on the side of the road or for DIRT CHEAP at garage sales...etc...she just has that "VIBE".

This week it has been mine...let's hope it sticks around. I found a GREAT new blog,
One Shabby Chick, and Amber seems to be my kind of girl...I know that we would be in big trouble together if we lived! Anyway, she had a giveaway on her blog of some of her fabric scraps, and little old me won some of them...yay!!!

Go check out her blog, she's super creative and makes some GORGEOUS stuff! Thanks Amber!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Our House

So pleased to say that selling our house is a done deal. It has been so hard to keep quiet in the past 3 days, but the deal was subject to financing. Soooo, we got word today that it was all approved and the deal is done! YAY! What a relief...

We will take possession of the new house hopefully on the 15 of May and give possession of our house on May 31. We have lots to do on the new house and I won't be of much help...because I'm already feeling big and akward and exhausted. My goodness, that shouldn't be already, I'm only 26 weeks! Oh well...I'm off to do a *very brief* happy dance!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Twinkle, Twinkle

Back at Home and a Baby Quilt Finished

We are back home after a stint at Shayne's parents' house. We were graciously welcomed in to stay with them while our house was being shown. We moved back in to our house last night and I'm thrilled to report that we got 3 offers last night and our house is sold...conditional on financing, but they were all pre-approved, so it should be a non issue, but we'll know for sure on Wednesday.

Before we left, I started this baby quilt for my girlfriend Kellee's new little girl...if you're reading this Kellee, just act surprised when you open it! It is a stacked coin quilt using the Basic Grey "Sultry" line by Moda. I love it so much that I almost don't want to give it away.

I added some raggy flowers with botton centers to one corner...I got the inspiration from this site. Elizabeth had a "preview freebie" of her tutorial for these flowers posted on her blog for a few days. If you'd like to see how she did it you can purchase her tutorial from her blog. I used my Big Shot and a scalloped circle die to cut out my shapes and then added some buttons in the middle to make them look more like was so easy!

I pieced the back and used a strip of the "coins" for the back...I love this look...not my original idea by any means, but certainly telling of my style (which is NOT the traditional quilting look AT ALL!!!)

I took these pictures first thing this morning before Nalley woke up and got into the mix so there was no natural lighting. The pictures aren't that great, but I was so antsy to get them posted.

I don't know if you'll be able to see any of the quilting detail, but I used a wonky, side-to-side, no particular fashion, kind of meandering pattern and I LOVE IT! It was so simple and you just can't mess it up. I am really wanting to learn to stipple, but I didn't have the heart to try it on this one. I think I'll make some little baby quilts for Nalley and try it out on them.
This was a trial for the larger quilt I am making in the same pattern (stacked coin) for Maybel to match her new bedding for the new house! I am also working on some other cute projects so stay tuned!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

So VERY Blessed

I have tons of pictures in my camera and on my computer that need to be posted, but I just haven't gotten around to editing them yet. This is just one of the cute pictures that I snapped when we took the girls to see Disney on Ice for their Valentine's gift. Nalley had a BLAST! Maybel said she enjoyed it, but not as much as Nalley did.

But the gist of my post tonight (actually really really early)is this: I am so very blessed in my life. I have one of the most caring and supportive husbands in the world. We have had our moments in marriage, just like any other healthy marriage, when things weren't sunshine and roses...that is reality. But life is really great with Shayne. He has given me two beautiful girls who are the sunshine in each day, and more love than I ever thought imaginable. He has also given me this sweet little baby in my tummy, who keeps me up with all sorts of pregnancy ailments. I can't wait to meet this little guy...really...I can't wait...but I'll have to for 3 more months or so.

This pregnancy, just like the last one with Nalley, has proven to be a test of my patience, my moods, and my physical endurance. Somedays, I don't know how I will make it through, and yet I am so very sick of complaining, it doesn't change anything, and I really don't like to be negative or have that negative energy around me...who does? I have been cranky, ill-mannered, and generally irritable some days, and Shayne just smiles and is so understanding.

So here it is...THANK YOU. I am grateful for your love Shayne. I appreciate your devotion, your hard work to make our marriage and our home run smoothly, and I adore your companionship.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Amazing Girlfriends

I saw this cute painting of girlfriends holding hands on Etsy here. It really made me think about what wonderful girlfriends I have! I'm sure I've mentioned it on this blog before how hard it can be to live 1500 miles away from all of my family and my life-long friends. I also have a few really great girlfriends scattered around the country that I miss dearly as well. However, since moving here to Winnipeg, just over 4 years ago, I have made some of the dearest friends of my life!!!

I am sure that motherhood bonds girlfriends in a way that is hard to describe. I had so many preconceived notions about what kind of mother I would be and what I would and would not do. Now, not having had Nalley until age 31, I had plenty of time to mature and didn't think that my ideas of motherhood were too far off base. HA! It is an experience unlike any other and NOTHING could have prepared me for it. It has been the most challenging and rewarding task I have ever undertaken. I have experienced love like I never knew it possible and been more frustrated and overwhelmed than I care to think about.

My point in all of this rambling is this: true, dear girlfriends don't hide the uglies of life from you. They are secure enough in themselves to allow you to see the clutter and chaos in their homes and in their lives. They keep your kids when you have doctor's appointments or just need a break, they cook you a meal when you've been ill or had a baby, they do thoughtful things for you just because they love you, they scrub your toilet when you're sick, they share your passions and concerns in life, they don't keep score because they know they will need you too one day, they tell you when you have broccoli in your teeth or toilet paper on your shoe. Girlfriends are a most priceless gift from GOD! Thank you to all of my girlfriends just for being you.

Funny thing about having a blog and also having a "digital" hobby is that I have also made girlfriends that I consider to be somewhat "close" with, and I have never actually met them...but I know that we would have a blast if we ever to get to come face to face!

Now, I am going to try to get some sleep...this baby has kept me up for the past three hours being a little skwirmy worm. Funny thing is that at my doctor's appointment today, my doctor was reading my ultrasound report and said a word (don't remember what it was) and then said, that just means that your baby is very active! HA, you don't have to tell me!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Late Night Trip to the...

ER! Shortly after my last post on Wednesday...well, the wee hours of Thursday morning, my breathing got so bad that I made a little trip to the ER for some breathing treatments for my asthma. I had planned on just going to the Dr. on Thursday morning to get a puffer and some meds, but the baby was going a bit crazy and we got a bit scared.

My oxygen saturation was a teeny bit low and my heart rate was crazy at 140 resting (due in part to the breathing treatments), so they kept me there for about 4 hours to monitor me and then sent me right home with a puffer. I was so lucky not to have waited at all in the waiting room. When I checked in at admitting, the nurse walked me straight back to my room and the Dr. came in about 2 minutes later. I was on my first treatment within 5 minutes and in the care of some AMAZING nurses! They were so great and so funny, it made being at the ER at 3 a.m. at least tollerable!

My breathing is certainly better. Thank the Lord for breathing treatments and puffers...I just feel like a sledgehammer has been smashed against my head now. I have to say that I am pretty lucky though...Nalley has had 3 colds and the whole family had strep throat (which I am extrememly suseptable to) and I managed to escape those I am counting my blessings!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A LOT going on

Needless to say, we have been a bit more than busy lately. We have been non stop working to get our house ready to put on the market next week. It's going well, I'm just really slow and it takes a lot out of me to do much physical labor at all.

I have also been busy trying to pick out new stuff for the new house. I've chosen most of the paint colors, ordered both of the girls bedding, etc... I ordered the Brooke bedding from Pottery Barn kid for Nalley. I had originally thought that I wanted to do her room in cupcakes (just cause I LOVE them so much), but then when I saw this bedding, I had to get it. Partly just because of how STINKIN' cute it is, but also largely due to the fact that I didn't have to enlist any creativity and re-invent the wheel to come up with some sort of bedding that was cupcake-ish...I just don't have that in me right now.

I opted for something a little more transitional and funky for Maybel's room, as she is just in that in between phase of girl and teen...don't they call them tweens now? I REFUSE to have a singer/show theme like Hannah Montana or High School Musical room in my house...I just can't do it. It is a stretch for me to even tollerate it, although it's what she loves right now, they grate on my last nerve lately. Lots of thing have grated on that last nerve lately, I guess it's a hormonal pregnancy thing, but man is that last little nerve wearing!!!

I have been promising to make Maybel a quilt since I made Nalley one last year, and I had ordered the fabric, cut out the squares and piece a few strips already, then the house thing and new room changed all that. So, that quilt will be a cuddle quilt for the sofa now, and her quilt will be done to match her new bedding. I have ordered the fabric for it from the Moda Soiree line and I plan on once again, not using any of my own creativity (I am hoping that it is still intact after this pregnancy is over) and making a replica of the baby quilt seen below only in a twin size. It is called a Stacked Coin quilt and really couldn't be any simpler...but it soo stinkin' cute! I love it.

Next on the list is to make a little baby quilt for the new baby. We plan on calling him Lawson Shayne, and he needs a boyish quilt of his own. I am planning on keeping it simple and using a disappearing 9 patch pattern and I have ordered this fabric from the Katie Jump Rope line (not necessarily the fabrics shown) in oranges, blues, greens and browns. I think that will be a fun little project too, quick and easy, but really cute!

Lastly, I am also planning on making a new quilt for our king sized bed. That should be interesting. Again, I am going for simple, but the size alone seems a bit daunting to me. I am going to use the Lotus quilt pattern from Amy Butler, but I am using these gorgeous fabrics from Heather Bailey (thank you Laura for introducing me to HB) called Pop Garden and Bijoux. I am planning on quilting the other two quilts myself, but this one, I will send out to be quilted, I am just not that ambitious.
I really should be and would love to be sleeping right now, but I am awake with the beginnings of bronchitis and "stress induced asthma"...the stress being the cold that brought about the bronchitis. It happens to me at least once a year and if I don't catch it early, it will linger around for weeks or months. I don't have regular asthma, THANK THE LORD, but have bouts with it a couple times a year with seasonal allergies or this bronchitis crap. I have a hard enough time laying down and getting comfortable with this large belly of mine, then add on the fact that I can't breathe laying down...doesn't bode well for the sleeping thing. Then the tickle-y throat, the hacking dry cough, stuffy nose....need I say, it sucks!
On a more positive note, I am happy to say that I am getting very excited to bring this baby BOY into the world, a little more testosterone around here would likely make us all more happy, bring a little more balance into this estrogen filled house!