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Twin Puff Quilts

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Growing on Goofy | 0 comments

Twin Puff Quilts

Here are my final two quilts for the week.

 

Like I said with the Haley disappearing 9-patch quilt a few weeks ago, these two quilts hold a special place in my heart.  Not only are they my first twin quilts, they were created for the precious little babies of one of my best friends.  Obviously, I wanted these to be extra special.

 

Here are several shots of these gorgeous quilts and the story behind them:

 

Amalia front view

Amalia front view

 

 

 

Jackson front view

Jackson front view

 

 

 

 

To make it extra special, I used fabric from the bridesmaid dress I wore in their wedding as one of the puff fabrics.

To make it extra special, I used fabric from the bridesmaid dress I wore in their wedding as one of the puff fabrics.

 

 

 

 

Here is the bridesmaid dress in it's original state :)

Here is the bridesmaid dress in it’s original state 🙂

 

 

 

 

The silver fabric is the upcycled bridesmaid dress fabric :)

Amalia close up
The silver fabric is the recycled bridesmaid dress fabric 🙂

 

 

 

 

Amalia and Jackson's quilts

Amalia and Jackson’s quilts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name Quilt

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Crafting, Growing on Goofy, Kids, Puff Quilts | 0 comments

Name Quilt

I have THREE new quilts to share this week!  Yay!

 

Today’s quilt belongs to my little princess, Elise.  Since her puff quilt isn’t finished yet, I couldn’t leave her hanging!  So I whipped up this ADORABLE (if I do say so myself) quilt instead. 🙂

 

Elise quilt

 

 

 

 

Name close up

Name close up

 

 

What do you think?  We love it! 🙂

New Quilt!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Crafting | 0 comments

New Quilt!

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 🙂

Tales of a Ridge Rat

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Growing on Goofy, I wish I made this up, Ridge Rules | 1 comment

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.

 

Seriously…WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND HERE?!?!

The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Crafting, Kids, Puff Quilts | 0 comments

The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For

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:

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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.

Happy New Year!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Kids | 0 comments

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! 🙂

 

Top 10 Christmas Songs

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Growing on Goofy | 2 comments

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*

Update!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Growing on Goofy, I wish I made this up, Kids | 0 comments

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.

Good News!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Growing on Goofy, I wish I made this up, Kids | 0 comments

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! 🙂

Harassment?

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Growing on Goofy, I wish I made this up, Kids | 0 comments

A few weeks ago, my mom and I visited Cracker Barrel with G$.  Maybe I’m just an overly sensitive pregnant lady but when a complete stranger came up to us and commented that G$ is “almost too pretty to be a boy,” I was seriously pissed.

 

WTF is that supposed to mean?  Are boys not allowed to be good-looking?  Should I have birthed an ugly child to meet your taste level?  In fact, I wasn’t aware I had a choice in how he looked.  Personally, I’m just happy he was born with all his “pretty” body parts intact.  Perhaps this is just another reminder of how much we slop on praise over little girls’ appearances as compared to boys?  Or the fact that it’s somehow “ok” for boys to be running around dirty and disheveled (in fact, many consider it cute), but if a little girl had messy hair or a stain on her shirt, GOD FORBID.  WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER MOTHER?!

 

I know this lady didn’t mean to be offensive; in fact, I actually think she intended it as a compliment…as bizarre and backhanded as that may be.  But can we not just keep our thoughts to ourselves?  Are we all so emboldened by social media that we really believe people want to know every thought that crosses our minds?  (As I sit here writing a blog about all my thoughts and opinions…)

 

When I explained my irritation to my mom, she informed me that a Pennsylvania county is making the news for a harassment lawsuit filed by a pregnant woman after a (male) stranger rubbed her pregnant stomach more than once.

At first, I thought that seemed a little extreme.  Pregnant women deal with rude and intrusive comments, unwarranted “advice” and much more, for basically the entire 9 months.  None of that is a crime (unless being rude and extremely annoying is a crime, in which case I’d be filing suit left and right ;)).

ON THE OTHER HAND, I don’t even like it when people touch my arm while they’re talking.   Seriously, stop it.  Are you touching my arm to pull me back from an oncoming vehicle I failed to see?  Ok.  Touch away.  Are you a friend or relative who likes to hug?  Ok.  Are you a stranger at Target who just can’t help yourself every time you see a pregnant stomach?  Not ok.

 

According to my mother, this is a generational thing.  For the sake of this blog we will call it “mom generation” or MG.  Supposedly, people in “mom generation” did not mind this behavior when they were pregnant.  Evidently, they also feel that pregnancy is a community event that should be celebrated, which is what they are doing when they touch stomachs of pregnant strangers…celebrating.  According to her, people of the MG are starting to feel that all us “kid generation” members are too sensitive and don’t think anything is anyone’s business, which is why there is so much crime.  Nothing is our business, so we don’t report child abuse, creepy would-be abductors and pedophiles, etc.

 

Maybe she is right.  I probably am more sensitive about strangers touching me…because we were all brought up in the 80s learning about STRANGER DANGER.  Remember that?!  Guess who taught us all about it?  The “mom generation!”

 

I don’t think she’s correct about it being our fault the crime rates are up.  I call the police if I see someone left their dog in the car on a warm day, let alone if I witnessed someone harming or harassing a child.  Give me a break!  Though I see lots of creeps here in the Ridge, if I saw some truly whackadoo person lurking around my “neighborhood,” you bet your ass I’d be on the phone to someone!  In fact, we’ve done it before!

 

My general feeling is this…if you repeatedly touched my hair, which isn’t even a body part, I wouldn’t like it.  If I asked you to stop and you did not, that would be harassment and I don’t think anyone would find it odd that I’m upset.  So why in the world are people soooo shocked that touching someone’s stomach, which IS an actual body part, might be offensive?  I don’t get it.  Whatever happened to common sense?  If you do not know someone, do not touch them.  Unless they are about to get hit by a car, stabbed, abducted, or otherwise hurt.  I know I’ve blogged about this 5 gazillion times but becoming pregnant does not make your body community property (even if every doctor under the sun has seen every body part you’ve got!).

 

I understand the criticism that we “can’t have a law for everything” and that we’re all too “lawsuit-happy.”  In a general sense, I think that’s true.  No, you cannot legislate common sense.  But at some point, don’t we have to draw a line in the sand between what is appropriate behavior and what is not?  Isn’t that why we have LAWS?  To inform citizens of what is legal and what is not?  If you don’t like it, move.

 

Part of me wants to applaud this woman for filing charges against Mr. Touchy-Feely.

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