April 26, 2011

Road Trippin'

Gosh I can hardly believe it's been 15 days since my last post! Things have been a little more hectic around here than usual. I am easing myself back into corporate America, so I've not had quite as much free time as I was used to. I tell you, my days seemed pretty full when I wasn't working, but finding time to do the typical stuff like cooking and cleaning was a challenge those first few days back.

I've also been readying myself for a fantastically fun five day getaway for AQS Paducah. I'm leaving in the morning to meet one of my former work pals. We'll get her stuff loaded into my slightly overloaded Tahoe and make our way there. Also joining in the fun is my friend Royce and her good friend Paula. Should be loads of fun if Mother Nature can find a way to control herself.

Heavy (and lengthy) rains have caused flooding in the Paducah area, so much so that they had to re-locate many of the key components of the show away from the downtown riverfront area. Should be a bit of a stormy drive. Hopefully we are able to make it to our destination safely. Nothing like a few days crafting with friends. I'm sure I'll have lots of fun stories to share when I return.

April 11, 2011

my first sale

This beauty sold on etsy last night. I am SO excited I can hardly stand myself! Guess I will have to whip something up this week to add back to the shop.

It has been unusually hot in Music City this past weekend. It was 90 degrees yesterday! Apparently Mother Nature was having a hot flash. It is supposed to cool down considerably today, but not before we have another wicked band of storms come through. Looks like I'll be comforting the pups alot today.

April 10, 2011

things that make you go hmmmmm

I recently started using starch alot for quilting. It's great for pressing blocks into submission and I especially love how it makes my binding strips easier to handle. Just a few weeks ago I was commenting to my friend Royce that I was pleasantly surprised to find a full can of Heavy Duty starch in my utility room storage. I use the Premium variety for my husband's khakis because it doesn't flake.

But what I discovered yesterday has me feeling a bit uneasy. When we moved to this house just over two years ago, I packed a plastic bin with some random cleaning and household supplies from the utility room cupboard at our old house. This bin was just pushed aside in our too-small-to-park-my-car-in-it garage and forgotten about. Early yesterday morning I was on the hunt for some hydrogen peroxide and thought maybe there was a bottle in that bin. Imagine my surprise when i found four, F-O-U-R! cans of Faultless starch in there. I have no idea where it all came from. Did I buy it and if so did I fear the apocalypse was near so I stocked up? I'm doing my best to not over think this and just be grateful that I won't be running out anytime soon.

Do you ever find random stockpiles of household goods in your house?

April 08, 2011

having myself a sale

The big AQS Show in Paducah is coming up at the end of this month. I'll be heading north to attend the show, shop and stay at my parent's cabin with a few friends for about five days. It's ALWAYS fun to get away, but the fun money fund is a little low these days, so I've decided to have a sale on the larger pieces in my etsy shop. For this weekend only, I've marked prices down 20%. If you see something you love, I hope you will purchase it. With Mother's Day, Graduations and Wedding Season just around the corner, it's a great time to pick up a handcrafted gift that will be cherished for many, many years!

April 02, 2011


Today I posted four pretty new table runners/toppers to my etsy shop. In the last week I've made five, but this one is mine all mine! I've included photos of the rest below. They are all pretty, but this one in bliss is my favorite. Be sure to click on over to my etsy shop to see them all and if you feel inclined, go ahead and heart them, you know you want to.

assembly lining

Every so often, I like to get several projects going at once. This past week, opened up a Moda Bakeshop Bar I had received as a gift. There were four little stacks of fabric in there... basically a charm pack cut in half. Only one of the fabrics did I love (bliss by bonnie & camille). The others are beautiful, but not really anything to get me excited.

In an effort to keep my etsy shop full of product at varying price points, I decided these should be whipped up into some cute and simple table toppers. To keep me motivated to finish them all, I have been working on them assembly line style. I started piecing Wednesday afternoon and today is binding day. I've cut all the strips (thank you Accuquilt!), sewn them together and now its time to press. I'm excited to have these done and a blissful new table topper for myself!

Be back later with some photos! Have a wonderful da!