Archive for February, 2010

Yee Haw

I’ve gone missin’ on this here blog
(say this with an accent please)
and I’ll be gone for a while longer
because our Rodeo Break starts tomorrow
and we’re gettin’ outta town.


But in my absense, you can save a bundle in the shop.

See you in March!



There is something you should know about me.

#1.  I want to be sorta organized.


So I made the iSew Coupon Organizer. I got to the point when I needed to put the tabs and I panicked. What did I want my sections to be named? (By the way, Ginny has created a downloadable pdf on her website with tabs ready to print out! See them here). Did I want vinyl tabs so I could change them?

And then I realized something. I would be more likely to use my organizer if I didn’t feel like it had to be organized. Does that even make sense? Even having the blank vinyl tabs would make me feel pressured to decide on an organizational method. And when I couldn’t decide, I wouldn’t use it. And the beautiful organizer would sit on my shelf. So, I left them out!

i sew coupon organizer

Am I hopeless?

Anyway, I do have to say that this pattern was delightful. Ginny has raised the bar on PDF patterns, if you ask me. It was not only well written, she had fantastic pictures that actually made sense and showed the steps! The layout of the pattern was superb and professional. She provides several options with-in the pattern to really customize your organizer (and to not hand-stitch the binding!  Now I wish I had taken the time to put on a matching thread!) I look forward to trying out her other patterns as well!


Here’s the breakdown of my organizer:

Pattern: Coupon organizer by iSew
Outside fabric: Pressed Leaves by Erin McMorris (Wildwood Collection)
Inside fabric: Fireworks by Jenean Morrison (Picnic Parade collection)
Side/Binding: Leaf Dots by Erin McMorris (Park Slope Collection)
Dividers: Orange Peel by Art Gallery (Nature Elements Collection – wonderful blenders!)

Okay, next up – pictures of my new bag a la Craft Apple.  Hope you’re all having a fantastic week!

Whatcha doin’?

What do you have planned during this President’s Day weekend?


The newest Craft Apple bag pattern is calling my name.

And these fabrics are begging to be used.

And I’m determined to make this

because seriously, who doesn’t need a bit of fashionable organization?


And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, use the code LUV to get 15% off any order over $20 for the rest of the weekend.  Cuz I love you!  And we all love fabric.   🙂

Rocks and Water

Rocks.  That’s what we asked for at Christmas, rocks and grass – and that is what we got.  We really wanted to finish our backyard…we just haven’t had the money to do it.  So our awesome parents helped us out.

place for firepit

Saturday was my husband’s first day off in over 35 days (I think it was day 38 or something like that). I really hate that he has to work two jobs. But I love him SO much for stepping up and taking on the extra job to help take care of his family. Anyway…so on his first day off in over a month, he got to move 8 ton of rock. Let me say that again…..he moved SIXTEEN THOUSAND pounds of rock from a pile in our driveway to the back yard, one wheelbarrow load at a time. So I guess he didn’t really get a day off after all.   😉    Oh and I should add that my brother-in-law is always here to help with projects like this!  I feed him awesome food.  So that makes it pretty much even.   😀

We also have the grass to install. It’s fake grass. And I’m really really excited about it. I found all sorts of information that I think may interest you…another day. It’s going to save tons of water!  Hopefully in a couple weeks we will have the mulch to go under the playground and then our back yard will be D-O-N-E !

Speaking of water….these were another Christmas gift.

kids cups

Totally awesome! And I got rid of every single kid’s cup but these. Yep – they only have one mug with their name on it. I was beyond sick of cleaning up 18 cups each day from all over the house. And hearing “I can’t find my cup” or “I don’t know which one is mine.” No more. It’s awesome. One cup for each kid. It’s also saving a ton of water. 🙂

Apparently I’m all about water conservation today.  Funny because in that last week we’ve received more rain than we sometimes do for the year.  Or something like that.  I’m not a meteorologist, people.

Talk again soon.   🙂

Popp’n Posies

I get by with a little help from my friends

Bloom & Grow Quilt

Check out this quilt that Elena made! Isn’t it fantastic? It’s the Popp’n Posies Quilt Pattern by Izzy & Ivy. We used Bloom & Grow for the fabric. Throw in fantabulous turquoise Jumbo Ric Rac, 3 delightful colours o velvet ric rac and you’re got yourself one adorable quilt! (Yes, I make up words, and sometimes I pretend I’m British…espcially when I’m listening to the Beatles and so I have to spell accordingly.)  Anyway….I’m very very glad I have a friend who loves to quilt!  And she is SO good at it too!  Wouldn’t you agree?!?!?   🙂

Bloom & Grow Quilt

Bloom & Grow Quilt
Bloom & Grow Quilt

The kit is availalbe here. It’s also available in the Just Dreamy fabrics (also by Riley Blake)

By the way, I’m considering starting every single post with lyrics from songs.  Wouldn’t it be fun to play a little game. Like you had to guess the artist? But it couldn’t be super easy like the Beatles and Google would probably ruin the game. I’d have to work hard to be sneaky.  Hmmm….maybe next time because

If I listen close I can hear them singers
Voices in your body coming through on the radio

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