Sunday, November 9, 2014

Technical Difficulties

Last weekend, I was preparing to do a big software update on my iMac. I've been having trouble lately with my computer and it was suggested I needed a really good clean out and the latest update.  I had just completed my phone back up and update and opened my iPhoto's to get ready to back them up on my external hard drive. 

Then this happened. 

My photo library was empty. Before everyone yells at me. I promise. I DID have most of them saved. However, I use my iPhoto library as a "way station" before making decisions on deletion, organization, and storage of the photos.

It was the simple nagging feeling of "What did I not save? What might I have missed?" that had me panicked to the hilt.

After countless hours and days on the phone with Apple. We finally found them. It stumped even them, which validates my assertion that I wasn't crazy. 

126.74 GB equals three years or 30,0000+ photos. Family photos. Blog photos. Tutorials. Patterns. 


Now I'm trying to recover them, organize and save them properly.   Manage my new software. Update other software to work with the new software. Fun times. 

My point?  I've been getting a lot of requests for my patterns and tutorials that I've promised. I've been working on all of them congruently, so they could all have a cohesiveness. However, with my newest set back, I'm behind once again. 

This is my post saying. Please be patient. I'm trying really hard. Demands on me for my oldest son's college application process, my second son's preparations for high school entrance exams and applications, my third son's school struggles with his severe dyslexia, and my sweet Button's separation anxiety are drowning me this school year.

However, I keep saying this to myself. 

"The greater part of happiness depends on our disposition not our circumstance" ~Martha Washington.  

I am trying to be optimistic!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Scrappy Pillow

Sometimes the most simple thing can bring the greatest pleasure!

I received the cutest little packet of 2.5 square charms from my Schnitzle and Boo mini Swap. 

They are from Treehouse Textiles in Australia. My partner is from there!

I hung them up on my draw erase board with a magnetic clip. Stared at them daily and thought of a million things to do with them and a pillow seemed the best one. 

I played around with them and decided to do a rainbow order, of sorts. 

I had four extra charms and just raw appliqu├ęs them on the back. They belonged with their friends on the front, not in my scrap bins. 

I tackled a hidden zipper. No more envelope backs for me. 

And who doesn't like a black and white binding that pretends to be piping? 

The big problem?  

It makes my undersized loveseat sad looking in comparison. Good thing I bought a slipcover I'm going to reconstruct for it!!!!!

Happy Finish it Friday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jamie's Birthday Quilt {Block 5}

It might seem strange that I'm sharing her 5th block first, but yesterday was her 5th birthday.   Since my idea was spawned about two months ago, it makes sense to start with this year's.  

I have a few ideas for year 1 through 4. But I'm going to start hunting around first. I want the blocks to be meaningful for each year, so I plan on taking my time as I go. 

If you have any cute "girl" blocks. Please send them my way!  I think I'm going to create a Pinterest board to collect ideas. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Birthday Blues

I've tried really hard to get away from posting grief posts ad nauseam on this blog.

But on days like today?  It's hard to avoid.

Jamie Lynn would be five today. I picture a tiny blonde girl, the image of her brothers, with flashing eyes of mischief and a devil may care attitude like her mother. She would be itching to be going to kindergarten this year, but we would be explaining that the rules state she would have to wait one more year.  I imagine there also would be fear as parents. We would be walking that fine line of helping her too much with her dwarfism and also trying to give her independence.

But, alas, she is not here. 

How do you celebrate a birth and death on the same day?  We are still working that out as a family. It was easy the first few years. Balloon and butterfly releases. Cupcakes.

The boys were younger and it seemed to fit. Now it seems odd. Its hard to explain.  It is also a struggle because Button doesn't understand. "Who is this sister I never met, but see pictures. This Jam-ey everyone says is family.  Why were my big brothers mad when I took her picture off the sofa table because she isn't my family?"  Who can really blame him?

My goal this year was to re-channel our "celebration". If the boys asked to do something?  I will certainly do so.  If pressure.  However, I still need something for me.  A few months ago, I decided that I loved this cupcake block I made for a bee quilt so much that I wanted to make one for myself. A new project dawned on that day in my mind.  A Jamie quilt. It's been established that quilting had been a major part of my therapy the last five years. It just makes sense that I should do so on her birthday.   My plan is to make one special block on October 14th for a while. This year will be the cupcake block. 

Throughout the rest of year, I will make the four other birthday blocks. I will not be stressed about it. I will not make myself miserable. I'm not sure when I will stop and call the quilt done. 

I will simply let it just be and have some quiet time with my girl in my studio.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Leaf Potholder Gift {Quilted}

I may have giggled when I had to look up my own tutorial to check if I was remembering something right.  Hubby needed something to send with a bottle of wine as a thank you for someone allowing to stay at their house instead of a hotel this past week.  These potholders are so quick and a lifesaver!!

I'm actually contemplating making some as gifts this year for Christmas.  We shall see!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hex On the Beach {Quilt}

It's done.  Finally!  

Fun to watch the year long journey?

Pretty straightforward.   A kit.  By Tula Pink.  English Paper pieced. 

Chevron longarm quilting by myself.  

Backing and binding are Saltwater by Tula Pink.

I couldn't be more pleased.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Time She Gave The Dolls A Bed Makeover

It seems crazy to do a American Girl bedding when I'm a grown adult and have no girls in the house, but I really adore all the AG girls!

The reason I changed the bedding was that I have a few mini quilts that I can't manage to get up on the wall.  I have room, but want to the to keep my room as uncluttered as possible. I'm already failing a bit, it's a work in progress.  

I decided that the AG bed would be a great way to display them!  I already had this Hawaiian quilt  HERE without a home that I made a few years ago now.

I decided that the green quilt on the red check and toile was just a tad too Christmas-y for my taste. 

I used the existing red check canopy to make the new canopy pattern.  The green plaid fabric was extra homespun cotton from stash I had no plan for. The pretty green fabric is a bird fabric that reminded me of the red toile before.

I've decided that a quick mini quilt project to update the bed will be perfect for the quilt blocks I love, but have no desire to make an entire quilt, like the famous Swoon possibly. 

I think the next mini will be a Mapleleaf mini for the fall. Won't that be fun?

Or I've just truly truly lost my mind.  I
t's okay I can take the heat!!!

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