Thursday, May 29, 2014


so, remember last year about this time, when we got a new kitten? fast forward a year, and Snowball (or Smudge or whatever the kids have changed her name to now) had her own litter of kittens!

I knew she was getting close, but was not expecting to come home from baseball practice one evening to a skinny cat. Yes, she had them, we still don't know where. I tried following her but never could find her hidey hole. She would disappear into the thick tangle of brush, trees, poison ivy and old metal behind our chicken coop. My husband and I both tromped through it more than once, trying to figure out where she was. Then we just gave up and waited.

Then about 2 weeks later, I noticed she'd been hanging around the garage for the last couple of days. I told Troy I was afraid she didn't have babies anymore :( Well she did, and she had moved them into the attic above our mudroom. Troy heard them and climbed up there, brought them down.

Only, two of them had fallen into the wall between the mudroom and kitchen. So we had no choice but to cut holes in the back of our cabinets and wall to rescue them! The mama then tried to move them back up there, so we got them down again and quarantined them in the mudroom. She has now settled down and seems very happy to be a mama. She purrs so loudly when she's with them. They are starting to explore a bit, and are super sweet. I am so glad she was ok, and that they are all healthy. 6 kittens, I still can't believe it!

My daughter is determined we are keeping them all (NOT going to happen) but I have already found homes for a couple, when the time comes. Two of them look like their daddy, Brownie - that's him above, 3 are orangey, and there is one little gray one. I'll be sharing them on instagram, so follow me for daily kitten pics!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

teacher appreciation

It's that time of year, where I scramble around, trying to figure out something cute and practical to give all of the kids' teachers. I know several teachers and they all say gift cards are best! Since we're an hour from the closest Starbucks, Target, etc, I wanted to give something they could use without making a special trip. I decided on Sonic gift cards and made this tag:

And if you want to take it a step further, you can laminate them to make a coaster! Wish I'd thought of it myself, Alex's teacher mentioned it! 

You could set up a basket of cute notepads and clip this tag to it -

And one more that you could use for anyone. Bus drivers, friends - everyone loves happy hour! You could add this tag to a good bottle of wine or whiskey for a grown up gift.

Feel free to use any of the tags for your own gifts. You can see other ideas on my pinterest board! I'd love it if you followed me on facebook, instagram, pinterest, etc...Now, only a week of school left! Hooray for summer!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Summertime Sewing!

I am very excited for this summer! I'm planning a few afternoon workshops locally, so if you're in the Garnett/Greeley area, let me know! These will be for kids grades 3-6, boys and girls. I'll have some machines available, but if you have your own you're encouraged to bring it along. I'm working out the final details and dates, but will update as soon as it's finalized! :)

Friday, May 2, 2014

100 Blocks, vol. 9

The issue is out, so I can finally share a few of the test blocks I did for this round!

There's a blog tour going on right now, with chances to win a copy of the issue, so be sure to check those out at the Quiltmaker blog.

There were so many fun blocks this time! I adore this one, Dashing Geese #883. I can see me making a whole quilt with just this block.

This one is Star Gazing #852. I have been trying to use similar fabrics for some of the more classic blocks, thinking I could turn them into a sampler.

This block is Pinwheel Polka #866. I chose fabrics based around the brown & the green Happy Camper florals from Moda.

The real challenge will be making them all work together in one top. We'll see if I can swing it! I definitely need to bring in more gold. (One of these blocks is from a previous issue, the center left, and inspired the fabrics for the others.) This is an ongoing project, and will feature blocks from each issue I test on, so it will be a cool memory quilt for me as well. Other blocks are American Crossroads #838, top left. Camelia's Garden #864, top right.

Here are a couple more of the blocks I tested:

Sweet 'n Corny #837 (this would have been good for my sampler but I used cream for the background - doh!

Surfin' #815 - this one is adorable. I didn't trim my block up yet, I'm going to frame it out and make a pillow for our youngest's room.

And Abby's Star - I made this one in colors of my daughter's room. This will become a pillow too.

That's all for now. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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