Thursday, January 28, 2010

Flock of Valentines

This is what my girls are making for their friends on valentines day. I think they are super cute! Go take a look and tell me what you think!
Flock of Valentines - National Wildlife Federation

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dog in the Fog

When I walk to the post office I am often joined by the neighborhood dogs. It reminds me of an episode of Fetch with Ruff Ruffman when he send Harsha to New Mexico to learn about Pow Wows. She gets to the reservation and sees lots of dogs running around. Watch at minute 7:43. Sunday I took a walk and ended up with five dogs joining me but my record is eight. I look like the pied piper of dogs whenever I go anywhere.

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Monday, January 25, 2010


This is what our little community is doing to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Our community is very remote without many resources, yet the people here do lots of good things when a need arises. The common bond that unites us as human beings seems to grow when we share what we have. To donate visit the Red Cross.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rail Fence

Quilt #2 is finished! I used the ladder stitch on the binding.
I found this great tutorial....
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The owl fabric is from the pow-wow. What do you think? I am not too happy with the color scheme. I wish I had incorporated some of the yellow fabric in the fence part of the quilt. I guess I will live and learn.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Block Party

Quilt #1: Block Party

This quilt took me several years to make. I bought the fabric in Indiana and cut it out with the intentions of sewing the top together before we moved. It came in pieces with us to Washington. I did not give up and with sheer determination and mighty willpower, I managed to finish it.

I found these great tutorials on binding a quilt here, here, and here. They each have a different spin on binding a quilt with great visual tutorials. Did I mention I am a visual learner? If you have never made a quilt before I recommend checking out a book at the library and finding an easy pattern. (That's what I did.)

Quilt #2: Rail Fence

My second quilt is almost done..... It has fabric that was given to me at a Pow-wow, mixed with some leftovers from a dress my sister wore. I followed the tutorials above and cut my binding strips at a 45 degree angle, had them sewn in a long strip to fit around my quilt, and then proceeded to sew the binding to the back of the quilt.

That's when I got red in the face and smoke billowed out my ears. It took me one hour to sew it on and will take two hours using a seam ripper to get it off.

You are not suppose to sew the binding to the back of the quilt... you are suppose to sew it to the front.

Let's just say, I hope I learn from this mistake or this may be my last quilt.
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Monday, January 4, 2010

The Theme at our House

Sometimes I wish that I didn't have to go to work. That money would just grow like weeds in my garden. But, then I wouldn't be the money conscious, penny pincher that I am if that happened. When I earn my own money it feels empowering. It also feels comforting to know I can contribute to my family and their well being. I actually love my job. I enjoy getting up and going to school. My co-workers are a riot. This Halloween they talked me into dressing up with them as wicked princesses. I looked dreadful. I had black sunken eyes, pasty skin, and baby powder hair. My daughter refused to look at me. I return to work so that I can save, save, save, and one day retire, where I will sing this song and really mean it.