New Quilt!

Apr 3, 2014 by

Today’s quilt is another special one.  Ok, ok, technically they are all special rainbow unicorn snowflakes, but this one is extra special for a few reasons.

Not only is it my first twin size and first disappearing 9-patch quilt (click here for a great tutorial), it’s also made for a family friend.  Sharon’s daughter, Haley, is a softball ROCKSTAR, which means Sharon goes to a lot of games.  She wanted a quilt to take with her to sit on the grass or cover up with at night games.  (They assure me it does get cold in Mississippi…I have my doubts! ;))  Naturally, this quilt had to be done in team colors: red, blue and white.

Without further ado, here is the Haley quilt!


My lovely husband doing the honors

My lovely husband doing the honors





Close up of the disappearing 9-patch technique.  Please ignore any mistakes :)

Close up of the disappearing 9-patch technique. Please ignore any mistakes :)

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Tales of a Ridge Rat

Mar 31, 2014 by

We interrupt your regularly scheduled craft programming to bring you yet another glorious tale of life in Goofy Ridge.


Planting season is gearing up, so this week we had a chemical company come down and start spreading fertilizer.  On their way from one field to the next, they noticed a lady pulled over on the side of the road.  It appeared she’d hit a raccoon.  They told Adam they were going to go check on her.

Adam told them to do another drive-by and scope it out before actually stopping because that raccoon had been dead on the side of the road for at least two days.

Imagine the fertilizer spreaders’ surprise when they drove by and saw this woman, with her BARE HANDS, holding the dead, bloated, rotting raccoon.  They proceeded to watch her cut the tail off with a knife, put it in her car and drive away.



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The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For

Mar 14, 2014 by

I’m back!  I’m officially re-entering the blogosphere after a much-too-long maternity leave.

I feel a tiiiiny bit guilty for leaving you guys hanging on my multiple craft projects, so I’m dedicating the next week to telling you all about my puff quilts, baby quilts, “regular” quilts and more!  I’ll be updating my gallery all week, as well, so be sure to check that out.


Today’s project is the “Evelyn” Puff Quilt!  Evelyn was a milestone quilt for me because, prior to this, all my puff quilts were for friends or relatives of friends.  This quilt came to be through referral, so that made me feel good.  You like me, you really like me!  (If you don’t get that reference, just smile and nod.  I’m old.)

Without further blathering, here are some pictures:


Evelyn (front)

Evelyn Nursery View

Evelyn Nursery View

Evelyn close up

Evelyn close up


There’s also an ADORABLE picture on our Facebook page with the actual baby Evelyn on this quilt. :)  So precious.

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Happy New Year!

Jan 26, 2014 by

Yeah, so I’m a little late on the new year wishes but hey, so what?

At the start of every year, I like to go back and see what I was doing at the start of the previous year.  I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel happy to see what I’ve accomplished in 12 months’ time.  This time last year, I had an ear infection, strep throat and pneumonia.  So I’d say I’m ahead in that department!  :)

In 2012 we had several great vacations (who’s ready to go back to Maui?!), celebrated hearing G$’s first words, getting his first teeth and keeping him alive for another year.  This year we are celebrating another year of keeping him alive (and probably will celebrate that for many years to come), several equally great but much shorter trips AND adding a new baby to the family.

Princess E arrived January 11th, weighing 9 lbs 14 oz (so much for my dr.’s prediction that she will only be half giant, haha) and she is gorgeous!

Her newborn photo shoot is tomorrow, so stay tuned for pictures! :)


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Top 10 Christmas Songs

Dec 16, 2013 by

Things have been pretty nuts around here, trying to finish up quilts before Christmas, clean the house, make the cookies, set everything up for Navan (less than 1 month, people!  AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!) and etc.


One project that is totally unimportant yet is taking up a stupid amount of time is my Christmas party playlist.

In case some of you are in the same predicament, here are my top 10 favorite Christmas songs.


10. Chuck Berry – Run Run Rudolph

9. Wham – Last Christmas

8. Mary J. Blige ft. Jessie J – Do You Hear What I Hear?

7. Kelly Clarkson ft. Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood – Silent Night

6. Mariah Carey – O Holy Night

5. Darlene Love – All Alone on Christmas

4. (Tie) Mariah Carey/Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

3. 98 Degrees – O Holy Night

2. Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You

1. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24



What are your favorites?


*If you’re in the mood for more of  a country music Christmas, check out Now That’s What I Call a Country Christmas*



And because there can’t be a top 10 favorites list without my top 10 bleeding eardrums list…

My top 10 least favorites include (in no particular order):

10. Santa Baby

9. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

8. Anything from the Chipmunks

7. Anything from Lady Antebellum

6. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town

4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside

3. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

2. The 12 Days of Christmas

1. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch


*If you’re in the mood for more of  a country music Christmas, check out Now That’s What I Call a Country Christmas*

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Dec 5, 2013 by

Just wanted to do a quick update and let you all know I haven’t forgotten about you!


The countdown to Ms. Navan’s arrival has begun…just over 5.5 weeks to go!  AAAAAAAHHH!


There should be a big, photo-filled update coming in the next week with not one but TWO finished quilts, so stay tuned for that (and hopefully a few more projects I will soon be crossing off the old to-do list)!


Thanks for your patience.  The third trimester is a biatch.

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Good News!

Nov 9, 2013 by

Some of you may remember a post I wrote last year called “Prayers Please.”  I’ve shared the link, in case you missed it last time.

The short version is G$’s baby teeth were coming in and appeared damaged.  Though we had no idea my mother/aunt’s tooth condition could be hereditary (especially since my siblings and cousins all have normal/enamel-covered teeth), it appears that it may be just that…hereditary.

We went to a pediatric dentist and she confirmed our fears: G$ was simply born with extremely damaged tooth enamel.  The good news (at the time) was that it appeared there was SOME enamel there, even though it was discolored and weak (my mom and aunt had virtually none).  We scheduled another visit in 6 months so we could determine if the last of his baby teeth (which hadn’t broken through yet) sustained any damage and to decide where to go from there.  We were told baby caps (who knew they even had such a thing?!) were going to be necessary, it’s just a matter of how many.


Although it wasn’t the news we were hoping to hear, Adam and I are very thankful that we have family who have been through this before and can help guide us on where to go and what to do.


Fast forward to this past Thursday.  The 6 month checkup.  I almost canceled because none of the 2 year molars we were waiting on had broken through yet.  At the last minute, I decided to keep the appointment so that the dentist could at least check the progress (or decay) of the teeth he has.

Much to my surprise, some of the molars ARE starting to come through (which explains his “bad attitude” this week!  WHOOPS!) and although at least one appears to be discolored, there is one molar that appears white (aka normal).  According to the dentist, that is a great sign that his permanent teeth may not be damaged!


We were shocked and so grateful!  Here’s to continued hoping that this is only a baby teeth problem! :)

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