Sunday, July 10, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUNT TANA!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Really?

You honestly thought I'd be back with fascinating news and a tutorial?... with my blog mush brain?

Sorry to disappoint, but how about some W.I.P. shots of the Baby City Blocks quilt I've been working on.

 

Finished pinning it today...
With some help from Sam of course. Almost finished... this one has been on the back burner long enough. I'm looking forward to finishing it and giving it to it's new owner.

Semi productive high fives!

*since taking these pics i've now finished the quilting and removed the pins... hoping to get the binding machine stitched on the front later tonight so i can start the hand stitching.

more high fives!!

Blogging is hard...

Okay, you know what? It’s difficult to write on a consistent basis, let alone every day. I'm must have been delusional to think that I could post every day.
I read a lot of other blogs that are general day in the life of... so I thought I could do that. Unfortunately my life just isn't that interesting...

I have lists of ideas to write about, yet I can't seem to form the ideas into decent posts. I think I've gone blogging brain dead...

I'll be back later with some fascinating news and an exciting tutorial on how to build beautiful furniture using dinky cars, peanut butter and dust bunnies.

Until then,
pitiful little uninspired high fives...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

mmmmm...

Just popped in to say hi...

Hi!

going to enjoy this...

 
then brushing my teeth, and going to bed.

night all!!
cookie crumb high fives!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Pickle Phone...

Okay, so I'm posting this a little later in the day than I had anticipated. I need to get into the habit of posting earlier in the day. My new job is four to midnight so there will be no more evening blogging starting next month.

Sammy and I didn't get up to much today, with no air conditioning in the house and humidity levels at 100% just breathing was enough to make you sweat. I did get started in on some Christmas gifts...

WHAT!!... yes you heard correctly, I, Queen of "let's make all our Christmas gifts two weeks before Christmas", started early. I have no idea how long this will last, but I'm going to ride this wave for as long as possible and hopefully finish all my gifts before Christmas... no promises.

So here's a sneaky peek of what I've got on the go...

 

I've had a small stash of these fabrics since last Christmas and have decided to do a patchwork quilt for someone in my family. I just need to bulk up the stash and I'm set, until then I'm just going block by block.

I also managed to finish up the alphabet embroidery for this little baby quilt. I was hoping to start quilting tonight but Sam is seriously under the weather. 
I'm hoping it's just the heat and the last little bit of the cold we've both had. He has a ferocious butt rash that wasn't there this morning and screams whenever I change him.
He's finally asleep but the crying that got him there was just heart wrenching. You know the kind where it's hard to catch your breath and you start stuttering? Two and a half hours of that, while going back and forth between my arms and Mr. Snips. He would go to sleep if I laid down with him, but the second I got up he'd be right back at it. Needless to say, I'm posting from bed right now and Sam is asleep beside me.

He was fine earlier playing with his pickle...


I gave him two baby dills this aft, the first was consumed with such enthusiasm you'd think that he hadn't eaten in a year. The second he carried around with him all afternoon making calls on it. (And getting pickle juice everywhere.) I'm pretty sure he was trying to get a hold of my Mom...


"Nana? Can you hear me? I miss you."

Goodnight all!
pickley high fives!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Vay Kay Shway!

I'm Baaaaaaaaaaack!!

So once again I'd like to apologize for being M.I.A.
Lately I just can't seem to get into writing on a regular basis.
So in an effort to make up for the last month of missed posts I'm going to attempt the impossible...

...blogging everyday while on vacation! Genius right?... I can''t seem to come up with anything interesting, or witty or informative for the last month, so to fix it, I'll try posting everyday! I must be brain dead. No really... I was supposed to post this yesterday on my first day of vacation and forgot... oops.

Alrighty then, a quick update...

We are all alive,
I'm on vacation for the next two weeks, with no plans to go anywhere, or do anything I don't want to.
I go back to work for the July long weekend and then on the 6th I start training on my new job.
My new full time job...

Sammy is awesome, we took him to the zoo for the first time a couple weeks ago.

 

 I think he may still be a little to young to fully appreciate the zoo. It was a long hot day and all of the animals were sleeping. Sam was more impressed with the Zoomobile that took people on tours and with the buses in the parking lot. We should have saved the 100 bucks and took Sam to a bus depot instead. Just kidding, we did have fun but we'll go back in the fall when it's not so hot out.

Mr. Snips and I picked up an early birthday present for my Dad from my Mom...


Cute eh?! Her name's Dusty and she's the cutest little doberman in the world. She prances? around like Bambi and does full on somersaults when she trips. It's cute. Needless to say my Dad loves her.


Okay what else do I have to share?...
Sewing projects... not a lot in the sewing department over the last month. 
I finished the quilt for my big sis and sent it out west with my Mom. I'm quite happy with the results and I hope my sister likes it. Happy early Birthday Tan!

Here's the front...

and the back...

 

and a close up of the embroidery work...


a little tlc... my sisters initials. 
Sorry for the craptastic photos...

And for the only other sewing project I've had time for...

 

A new bucket hat for Sammy...



Unfortunately it's a little to big for him. But not bad for my first attempt.

And I guess that's it...

High Fives until tomorrow!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Suck...

My apologies once again blog world, I'm really dropping the ball lately.
In my defence I have been really busy, but I should have found the time for at least a few posts in the last couple weeks.

I've started painting again and it's something that I can really only do when Sammy's asleep, And it just so happens that my normal blogging time is around nine at night when he's asleep... you see the dilemma...
So my little blog has taken the back seat while I get some work ready for an upcoming show this weekend. After this weekend hopefully all will go back to normal. I hope...

Until then I'll leave you with a shot of one of my finished paintings for the show.

 

high five!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sorry Sorry Sorry...

Hello blog world!
Sorry about the lack of posts last week, I've been super busy with some paintings for a show this Thursday as well as rearranging the house. I promise I'll be back later this week with some posts as well as some pictures!

High fives!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Finished!

Just a quick post tonight. I finished the Nicey Jane quilt for my mom for mothers day and wanted to share some shots.
I'm pretty happy with the outcome, despite all the troubles I had with it. Once again I just stitched in the ditch and only horizontally. I had intended on doing horizontal and vertical but after three failed attempts going vertical I decided that just going horizontally is way more awesome and vertical is overrated. And as much as I like the front, I'm in love with the back...

It looks a little wonky in the photo but it's actually quite straight. And now that it's finished I'm glad the vertical stitching didn't work. I'm not sure I would have liked it as much. I used Picnic Bouquet in Gold with a stripe of Kona in Sage and a smaller stripe of Welcome Road in Sky, which was also used for the binding.

I machine stitched the binding on the front then hand stitched it on the back. Bindings are becoming my favourite part of the whole quilt making process. The hand stitching is quite relaxing. 
I finished the quilt off with a monogram, that unfortunately isn't some of my finer work, must get better at satin stitching.

Three finished quilts under my belt now and three more tops waiting to be sandwiched and quilted! Two of which are in the process of getting some hand embroidery work done, more on that another day. And I still need to start the Victoria and Albert Collection quilt for my big sis for her bday. 

As well as attempting an Amy Butler purse for my little sis and finishing off some paintings for a show next Thursday.

Plus I'm about to begin rearranging the house. My studio is being moved upstairs, our bedroom's being moved into Sam's room, Sam is being moved into Mr. Snips studio, and Mr. Snips is being moved into the basement, sorry honey! 

I'll try and remember to take progress shots to post, but don't expect anything to soon.

gotta run, bed time.
super quiet high fives!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day

With my second mothers day here, it has me reflecting on how much Sam has changed since the first.
Sam was only three months old for my first mothers day, so at fifteen months now, the changes are astronomical. He's growing so fast. He's so smart and I marvel at what he knows and understands.  Even if he doesn't have a lot to say.



I love watching him stop whatever he's doing to dance when a good commercial comes on.

And how he plays in the curtains with Seven.

I love it when he runs full tilt at me then jumps into my arms for a hug.

I love our bedtime routine that involves a kiss for dad then one for me and another for dad, then one for me from dad, then sometimes one more for me and maybe another for dad...
He's very generous with the kisses so I'm taking all I can get now.
Then finally Sam turning the light off and shutting the door himself.

I love putting him to bed everynight and I'm going to miss it so much when I start my new job.

I love how excited he gets when he sees a really big truck... he's so cute.

Or when we're on the bus and he needs to wave at everyone as they get off.

I especially love all his different laughs, he has so many.

I could keep going and make the worlds longest list if I were to continue with everything I love about him, but instead I'll just say that I love everything he does, everything he is and everything his going to become...

...even when it involves barf down my top :)


So Happy Mothers Day to all the Mom's out there, especially mine!
And Happy Mothers Day to me, the worlds luckiest Mom!

Snapshot Sunday

So Miss Marvelous has chosen reflective as this weeks word, I had a few photos lined up that I was deciding on but ended up not needing them. We popped into the Ford dealership this morning so Mr. Snips could take a look at the new Focus and I managed to snap a picture that I think works beautifully for reflective.
So here`s my snap for Sunday...


A nice little family portrait. You`d almost think that the whole car had been chromed it`s so reflective!  And also notice that Sam has grown a second head... hmmm two Sam`s constantly asking, dat? dat? dat?

Now, The Smashing Miss Marvelous has not yet sent me her photo...
I`ve set this to publish automatically as it`s midnight here and I need to get to bed, so I`ll update when she sends me her photo.

later taters!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WIP Wednesday

So I have a confession...
I'm addicted to scrapbooking paper.
I don't actually "scrapbook" but I buy the paper like it's going out of style.

Another confession, I started this post about an hour and fifteen minutes ago while watching Chocolat and this is as far as I've got.
Damn you Johnny Depp! (shaking fist).

Anyhoo, back to the WIP.
A couple years back Mr. Snips and I flew to NYC for a weekend to be at the opening of my very first gallery show. We took a ridiculous amount of photos and I've been wanting to make a book of some of our favourites for quite a while. So... perfect time to use some of my paper. There's still some photos I need to add and I might do a bit of journaling but this is what I have, (warning, extremely photo heavy... I still don't know how to put in a jump break).


























So that's one of the projects I have on the go right now... I do have some paintings on the go but I've yet to take any pictures of them, and I still need to finish up the quilt I have on the go for my mom, having issues with this one. Might be a post about that another day. Until then...

...later taters!

Winner Winner, Turkey Dinner!!

So I do have a WIP Wednesday project coming up a little later today but I thought you would all want to know who won the fabric giveaway.
So as selected by the random number generator.... drrrrrrrrrrrr... (drum roll for effect)

Lucky Number 13!!!

So congrats to Digital Misfit who said...
Heidi I've emailed you and I'll be sending out your package when I get your info!  Along with a little extra somthin' somthin'.


Thanks to everyone who reads my little blog and to all who posted, I wish I could send you all something!

High Fives for everyone!!... sorry guys it's all I've got...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Snapshot Sunday

So it would seem that there's some confusion going on between me and the lovely Miss Marvelous. I'm waiting to hear back from her but I'm quite positive she didn't fill me in on last weeks word.

So I'm flying solo today and I've chosen "play" as my word. And seeing as it's my blog and I can do as I please I'm posting a series of photos instead of just one.

I shot about 200 photos yesterday at the park with my Mom and Sam. These were some of my faves.


Sam had a blast and refused to leave, we had to drag him away from the slides!

Well enjoy the rest of your weekend, we're off to the season opening of the Aberfoyle Antique Market!

later taters!!