Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Progess

I am making progress...really. There is always a list of projects on the go, need to start/finish, etc...that it feels good to check a few things off the list. First up, these custom order wristlet key fobs. I finished them up last night. Key Fobs...check.


Next up, cutting and beginning to piece some blocks for my Quilts for Babes project. I bought some layer cakes a while back and thought I could put them to good use in these quilts. Now, I'm hoping to finish up all the tops this weekend...on second thought, I'll probably be spending Easter weekend dying and hunting eggs, etc...so it might be next week.




And he is just too darn cute not to throw in this random picture! He melts my heart with those big blue eyes and that sweet, sweet smile. I loooove you Baby Lawson, I hope you'll always be a momma's boy...my little Mav!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Like a Chicken

with my HEAD cut off...that's how I feel! It is Spring Break here and I have all three kiddos here to entertain! Today was gorgeous and we all went to the park to play and burn off some steam! It was Baby Lawson's first real trip to the park, that he wasn't stuck in the stroller, sleeping while the girls played. He LOVED the swings and the fresh air was wonderful for us all.

I have been sewing up a storm for some custom order wristlet key fobs, working out the kinks for some handmade sew-in labels for my stuff, planning and sewing for the babies quilts, and teaching Maybel how to sew. That of course is in addition to all the other regular, laundry, vacuuming (which is pointless...but necessary around here) and other general mom-of-three duties. Oh yeah, and I have a new design team layout for the Shabby Princess's new GORGEOUS spring kit, Sprout...here it is.


The title, Pinkalicous, came from a cute book that Nalley was given for her birthday, called...Pinkalicous. Anything that's pink, she calls pinkalicious...pretty cute! I really needed to scrap some LO's of Lawson, he has totally gotten gypped in that department, but I really don't have time right now, and didn't figure he'd want a layout of pink and yellow. I figure this summer, I won't be able to be downstairs to sew much, so I'll take the laptop outside while the kids play and get caught up.



As previously mentioned, vacuuming is necessary around here not just because I really LOVE a clean house...and NEVER have one with 3 kids...but because Baby Lawson is MOBILE now...eeeks...my baby is on the go. I knew boys were different, but I did not know just how very different he would be. Nalley is happy to sit and play in one spot, but not Lawson, he wants to be down and into everything! So, my vacuum cleaner stays out most of the time, ready and waiting for all of the messes that the two little ones make, sucking it all up before the little dude can get to it and eat it straight off the floor. Because that's what 8 month old little boys do...
Our dinner club was a ton of fun, the girls were at Shayne's parents house for a sleepover, and the little man stayed at home...can't farm him out just yet. I got him to sleep just before everyone arrived, and he woke up screaming just as we were sitting down for dinner. I served these wonderful cannucks a garden salad with hot bacon and honey mustard dressing and cheese toast (like they serve at Houstons) some fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs, broccoli cheese rice casserole, fried okra, baked beans, sweet potato casserole, and Pirate's House cornbread. It was not a meal for the faint of heart or the cholesterol conscious. We DO NOT eat like this often, but MAN was it good, and such a throwback to my home in GA. On that note, I'm going to go scrounge up a piece of that left over cornbread...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Happy Dance...

is what I'm doing right now. My kids are BOTH napping....at the same time...right now and I'm frantically getting ready for dinner club at our house tomorrow night. (I'm serving my Canadian friends some good 'ole traditional Southern home cookin'). But what to my wondering eyes should appear...the UPS man, what a sweet dear! He brought me some Nicey Jane...yay! Thanks Fabric.com for the great deal on it, but really, why must you send it all squished up and poorly folded? It really is a shame to see it that way, with it being so naturally beautiful and all! But maybe I've just become accustomed to my nicely folded fabric, thanks so much to the Happy Zombie for her great tutorial on it, all of my fabric sits beautifully in my fabric cupboards waiting to be chosen for my next project. Nicey Jane, you'll just have to go sit patiently for me to get to you...don't worry, it won't be long, I'll need to use you in a baby quilt soon!


Speaking of baby quilts, I am over the top excited about the response that we've gotten about my baby quilt project for the hospital. Although, I would love to see a little love here on my blog...Amber has gotten many comments of people wanting to contribute. Also, Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie Studio and Rebekah of Don't Call me Becky have both offered to blog about it, so check their blogs soon!
I guess I should have also told you the rest of my plan for these quilts...our family is planning to go deliver as many of the quilts as I have time to put together (while still being mom to 3 and running this household and my business) to the nursery along with some cupcakes and treats for the staff of the IMCU on Lawson's First birthday. It will make a special day even more special for us all. I am really hoping to get them all done, but any that are not completed will go a.s.a.p. afterward. So, come on, join the fun...and you'll be entered to win in both Amber's and my giveaways...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Quilting for Babes and a Giveaway!!!

Amber of One Shabby Chick has joined forces with me and graciously offered to blog about and make some quilt squares for me for the IMCU babies here at Women's Hospital in Winnipeg. You can read about my son Lawson's (we STILL call him Baby Lawson) rough start here and here and you can read about the quilt that I made for the IMCU here. When I wrote that post, Amber immediately offered to help, and I can't thank her enough...there isn't anyone better to get some attention to this project and her quilts are AMAZING, so I'm sure her contributions will be stunning! Thanks to all you amazing women who have already offered to donate on Amber's blog! I am so blessed!


Here are the details if you want to contribute: we are collecting pinwheel blocks in any color way in a 8.5 inch block. (I'm excited about that because it will challenge me to do something I've never done before...a pinwheel!) If you are so inclined (and I hope you are), you can also make a whole quilt in a small (and do-able) size, 24x36 inches in ANY pattern and colorway. And now for the fun part...the giveaways...(mine aren't nearly as great as Amber's, but nonetheless) 1 block will enter you 1 time, 2 blocks 2 times, etc...and a whole quilt will get you 10 entries. These are the giveaways: (1st) a cute little clutch like this made from a Keyka Lou pattern with the winners choice of colors, (2nd) a fun ruffle apron (which I designed the pattern for last year) to be sewn for the winner with their preferrence of colors, (3rd) I will make a custom mini badge album scrapbook with the winners pictures using a Shabby Princess badge album.



Who IS that cheesy chick modeling my well-worn apron?

Don't look at that unsightly baby-belly pudge...

(This picture is from the Shabby Princess site, I did not scrap this one...but it will be similar!)



As Amber said, it is tough to put a deadline on such a great project, but it is necessary to do so for the sake of the giveaways. So, all the blocks need to be in by May 1st. If you would like to donate to our quilts for the babies in the IMCU, please leave a comment here and I'll send you my address via e-mail (I am in Canda) or if you would rather send them to Amber in the US, e-mail her and she will forward them all on to me. Thanks again for your enthusiasm for this project, your generosity and time, it means so very much to us!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Good Time to Catch Up

Nothing like the flu to keep you up all night, sick and miserable. Now that Lawson is finally sleeping through the night, thanks to the girls at Mom's on Call...(and they are from my hometown, Marietta, Georgia) being up and sick while the whole family is sleeping, really stinks!
I had the flu shot, just like every year, and have not had the flu in about 6 years...but it hit me like a freight train Monday at about 2 in the afternoon. My skin hurts, my joints ache, my head feels like someone hit me with a frying pan or rolling pin (insert cartoon visual here) and I flip-flop between being ice cold and sweating bullets...nice, eh?

So, since I am awake and miserable, I thought I'd take this time to update my sadly neglected little blog. I'm sure no one reads it anymore, but on the off chance someone does...this is what we've been up to lately.

Nalley loves being outdoors, summer or winter, but since her Mommy is a HUGE weany for the cold and snow, she is not outside much in the winter, unless it is with Maybel or Daddy. So, when Shayne goes out to shovel, she takes advantage of it. She was having a blast throwing snowballs at anything and everything. She is a very funny little girl.

Baby Lawson, yes, we all call him Baby Lawson, and probably will untill he's 15...is such a joy. As I mentioned, we used the Mom's on Call method for getting him to sleep through the night. Nalley started sleeping through the night at 9 weeks and we only had to use the Ferber method for her at 9 months because we had disrupted her schedule severly with 2 week visit to my parents in Georgia and a 12 day trip to Maui that landed back to back. It only took about 3 nights to get her back to her regular sleep habits. Not so much with this little man.

He too, started sleeping through the night at 8 weeks, but then at around 4 months, he got all out of joint and would wake up anywhere from 2 to 7 times a night wanting to be nursed back to sleep. Stupidly, I would give in and go do it, fearing that his crys would wake up Nalley. It almost cost me my sanity. The Mom's on Call method is the best thing that happened to us. We are big advocates of it, although it was not easy. I guess that you just get to a place that you just can't do what you're doing anymore...and that was that.
These are some funny pics of Nalley and Lawson at about the same age. The kids pile into our bed on the weekends and goof off for a while before we're ready to get up. One of those mornings, Maybel put a wig for her Build-a-Bear on Nalley, so we took a picture, we got a good chuckle from it. We were piled in our bed on another such morning not too long ago and that picture got mentioned, so Maybel went to get the wig and we put it on Baby Lawson for another chuckle and another picture. Funny, huh?





I have been sewing up a storm lately. Making cute little outfits for Nalley, little purses and wallets, market bags, window treatments, you name it. I would post some pics now, but I haven't downloaded them yet and the camera is in the bedroom where Shayne is sleeping....so I will get them posted soon. Until then, stay well.