Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Rice Packs

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Well over a year ago, I made a few rice packs by following this tutorial I found on pinterest (I also made the drawstring pouch too.) I made one of the full sized ones like the tutorial. Plus a couple of mini ones that are just a little larger than each compartment.  I love them. heated in the microwave or chilled in the freezer.  They are great.

Thanks to a great clearance sale at recently, I stocked up on some flannel.  Two yards.  You know how many rice packs you can make with two yards?  A LOT. I've made a couple more large ones for me (hello, icing the shins!) and now I'm working on some for BBWP. Her "whole me" gets cold a lot.

This is the flannel I'm using:

flannel from

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Snow People that are their size

It snowed a little at our house last week.  Which meant the kids wanted more than anything to build snow people that were just their size. It took more than two hours because they didn't want any help. Except for getting the carrots out of the fridge.  Plus they stopped a lot to throw snowballs and eat the clean snow.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

September 2012 ... quickly

Daughter's dollhouse. Husband and I made it for her birthday .

After all their adventures in Tuscaloosa, I fear my kids will never love Auburn.
At the Birmingham Museum of Art as part of Daughter's birthday adventure

Son said, "let's be the same size for a picture."  close

She wanted Husband to make her a Sally Brown cake.  That's the head.

swimming in the hotel pool at the beach.

On this beach adventure, we took the kids to Fort Morgan.  They  loved it.

Bon Secour.  incredibly beautiful.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A neglected WIP - picture frame quilt

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

First, I slowly gathered the fabric for this quilt. (every time I went by Hobby Lobby, I'd stop in and get either a fq bundle or jelly roll of this fabric collection with my 40% off coupon or I'd snag a yard of Kona white)

Second, I slowly cut fabric for it.  The "pictures" or inside material are 6inch squares and the "frames" or outside material is 2.5 inch strips. I thought that was a good balance in dimensions and it makes the jelly rolls a dream to manage. hardly any cutting necessary.

Third, I slowly started assembling the blocks. As you can see below, I've only finished 31 blocks and I'm no where near half way finished.  In fact, I could probably make two decent sized lap quilts with all the fabric.

I started sewing this in the summer and since my main machine broke (currently in the shop getting fixed) in October, I haven't done anything but admire the fabric. But the machine should be finished within the week and back to work soon.

There's still two kinds of fabric I haven't even used yet.  I really love the bright vibrancy of this bundle. Mainly, the bold orange and pale blue combo. 

When all the blocks are completed, I'll decide how big I want the quilt to be and if there is enough for two.  I'll sew the blocks directly together and, as of right now, I have no plans for sashing or bordering.  or what the backing will be, for that matter!

finished blocks on the design wall

a closer view to get a better idea of the fabric detail

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Glimpse at August 2012

If you remember, I lost my camera and months worth of pictures this summer in the Tidal Basin.  Luckily, Tena felt sufficiently bad for me in August and replaced my camera.  So, I'll briefly catch you up on the last few months of what we've been up to. Here is just a little tiny bit of the fun we had in August,

Son at the zoo. 

I thought he was going to pee his pants with excitement when this butterfly landed on his hand! 

with Daughter at McWane

resting during a family hike


pool fun

Daughter's first day Pre-K.

after a bama soccer game, Husband wanted to walk around the quad. The sprinklers were on. The rest is a soaking wet memory,

Monday, January 14, 2013

I'mmmm baaaaack

Guess who's back ... back again

Christy's back ... stalk your friend.

This is also the blog post where I declare my undying (mostly) platonic love for BBWP.

btw, Son is a beast: