works in progress

April 23, 2014

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I finished the winter sampler I was working on, and now I just need to frame it. I love it a lot.

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Also done with my quilt top! It looks okay from a distance, but get up close and you can see how I screwed up with a rookie mistake:

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I totally didn’t account for the seam allowance and so the tips of my triangles are cut off. I’m not too bothered by it though, and I learned my lesson! You can see here that I have it marked off for quilting. Yes I am going to hand quilt it. I may regret it but I will be pretty proud when it’s done. :)

I am kind of at a stand-still with the quilt for now until I can get my hands on some batting. Craft supplies aren’t in the budget for now, so I am hoping to come across someone who has some to give away.

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Lastly, I started working on Liam’s stocking! I want to tackle this at a slow and relaxed pace instead of rushing to get it done for Christmas. I love felt needleworks projects now, so I’m excited to have it going!

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thrifty decorating ideas // on the wall

April 22, 2014

Even though we are on a tight budget, I figure I can still do some decorating around the house. There are always the craft supplies I already own, thrift stores, and “shopping” at Mom & Dad’s house. :) In this new series I’m going to share with you some ideas I’ve found for thrifty decorating. Since I’m working on our gallery wall in the master bedroom, the first edition is focused on stuff you can make to hang on the wall other than traditional photos or prints. woven wall hangings¬†- I’ve already done one of these, and I love it. This link takes you to a great tutorial on how to do it by making your own loom, and it…
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my project life process

April 21, 2014

I wanted to share with you the exact process I go through when putting together my Project Life spreads, including the time frames. This way you can see that it’s totally doable! I put together this particular spread completely while in sole charge of the kids, so I didn’t even need dedicated alone time. Sunday – end of the week : sometimes I won’t get started until the following weekend, but I didn’t expect to take more pictures and we were staying home from church recovering from sickness so I got started. 10:30am : I create an album in my photos on my iPhone which is my only camera. I put all the photos from the time period in it…
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quick takes

April 18, 2014

one I have mentioned a few times that our 13-year-old dog is having panic attacks every day. They started after our other dog died and have only barely ¬†become manageable. She has been on anxiety medication for over a month and we have also been giving her a nightly sedative just so we can sleep, although it is not really supposed to be used that often but life is just unbearable otherwise. And it doesn’t even work all the time. We have tried a thundershirt and a pheromone collar and we take her on long daily walks or runs. The attacks usually happen in the evening and at night when we are home, but this week she had one during…
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liam at three months

April 17, 2014

He: >Is all recovered from his bout with RSV and just finished his antibiotic for the subsequent ear infection (with minimal side effects!) >Has started cooing instead of grunting. That and his smiles are just the best ever. Makes it all worth it. >Can wear 6-month sized clothes. Big boy! >Looks so much different than Meredith, in my opinion. >Is a champion hair-grabber. >Has a couple balding spots on the sides of his head, but hasn’t lost any off the top. >Sleeps through the night, in bed with me. >May not get a lot of one-on-one attention, but he is showered with toddler affection and entertainment. :) >Is still a generally calm, happy baby. <3 I: >Am in a groove…
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meredith lately

April 16, 2014

Me: What’s your full name? Meredith: Merma Susannah Forbes! Me: Good! Do you want to know mommy’s full name? Meredith: Mommy Susannah Forbes! Me: Oh yeah? What about daddy’s? Meredith: Daddy Susannah Forbes! After her second Gogurt of the night… Meredith: I want anudder one! David: okay, but will you share it with daddy? Meredith: yeah David gives her the yogurt and she eats most of it… David: can I have some now? Meredith: no! David: hey, you said you would share with me. Meredith: well I not nice. Going through the drive-through for fast food at a time of desperation… Me: I’ll have a kids’ meal with a cheeseburger – Meredith: I wanna cheeseburger! Me: – and an apple…
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