Oh my, my, my. This blogging thing is harder than it looks. My last post was in November, which still puts me ahead of my sister (gosh, what a lazy ass) who hasn’t posted in nearly a year.
Just a few quick updates:
1. We got a dog.
2. I am only working 3 days a week now. Be very jealous!
3. I have been unbelievably lazy in regards to home-improvement and creative endeavors.
4. I started, and completed the couch to 5k program, then immediately quit jogging. That exercise stuff is hard. My knees hated me, but the Icy-Hot industry loved me.
Each day is a fresh start, though. So, today I’m gonna get my craft on. Also, I joined a gym. We’ll just see how long this fresh start lasts.
I have been working on a baby blanket for a friend’s baby (who is due any day now!). Tonight I finished the last bit of the quilt top that I’ve been working on. The completion of this blanket has had some serious challenges so far, the greatest of which is procrastination. My beloved Elna Supermatic went kaput a few days ago, which delayed me further. It is now in the shop and will be for the next week and a half. I was able to use my old sewing machine, a trusty little baby blue Kenmore.
I am just so pleased with this quilt, so far. The colors are a little off-beat for a nursery, perhaps; but I think this particular friend will appreciate it…she certainly did a good job faking it at her baby shower when I produced an envelope of pathetic, embarrassingly small scraps as a gift, anyway. I went with a mostly black and white color scheme to emphasize the spiderweb motif, and I threw in a little chartreuse for good measure.
Tomorrow I hope to hit the fabric store to pick up some Warm and Natural and some fabric for a binding. I am using the chartreuse as the backing. It will be a load off my mind when this puppy is done. I was planning on hand-quilting, but I think I better swallow my pride and either tie it or machine quilt, so that it will be done before Baby’s first birthday.
Here are some process pictures:
One of the most wonderful things about fall is all the new little bits of green. Although the reds, oranges and yellows tend to get more attention, fall also means a rebirth of green. Think about it: thirsty lawns perk up when the rain returns, ferns spread their fronds and little bits of forgotten moss come back to life.
This rebirth of moss, as well as the goodwill of a wonderful friend inspired my latest project: a moss garden. I have been wanting to make one of these for a while, and I guess I have been rambling on a bit about it at work (overtime will do that to a girl) because a couple of weeks ago I got a call at work from a gal who works night shift asking if I still wanted moss. That night she brought me a grocery sack full of carefully harvested and rolled up moss. I am so blessed to have such kind people in my life.
I found a wonderful basin at the thrift store, lined the bottom with pebbles and then filled it with potting soil. I created some hills and valleys for added interest. I then laid pieces of moss on the soil, using kitchen sheers to achieve desired shapes. For good measure I added this cute little frog (also a thrift store find, only $0.99). Now I’m using my moss garden as a beautiful and unique centerpiece.
With frequent misting, I should be able to keep a little green oasis inside all through the winter months.
This last Saturday I married my best friend. What could be more perfect than that?
Last week my mom, sister and I paid a visit to the fabric store to pick out some fabric for a baby quilt for a coworker. For a while now I have been wanting to try a spiderweb quilt. I was a little nervous to start, and frustrated at how crooked the fabric store cut my yardage, but I “seam” to be on a roll (or a “bolt”– OK, that was a real stretch, haha). I knew I wanted to go with a black and white theme, and it was my mom’s genius idea to throw in the chartreuse. I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Here’s a picture of me with my work in progress.
(updates to follow.)
The next project I am working on is…wedding invitations! That’s right, I’m gonna get married! This is my second attempt at carving a rubber stamp. My first attempt was back in Girl Scouts, which wasn’t as long ago as you might think.
This is what our dining room table looked like last night. I had the invitations and the quilt going, and James was working on a film project.
A quick note: I just transferred to a dayshift position, so I am hoping to have much more time for projects. Yay!
I have a confession to make. A few months ago I tore out my entire front lawn with the best intentions of replanting. I have yet to do so. Yes, I am that house. But… tomorrow is a new day and I have hired someone to come rototill my yard so that I can finally replant.
The lawn-less yard with a beautiful new retaining wall.
I have not completely neglected the yard, though. James rototilled the side yard where we planted a little garden and spread bark dust around the beds. Watching James rototill was so funny. I think he was a little to tall for the rototiller to be ergonomically correct. When he stood up straight, the rototiller bounced along, making the whole affair look like some sort of bizarre rodeo event. Once he crouched down a bit, the whole thing seemed to work a lot better. I think I teased him too much for him to agree finishing the rest of the yard. (I have video of the affair, but will refrain from posting it mostly because James refuses to do it and I have no idea how to do it myself.)
Me with my tomato plants. Yum!
I have big plans to whip this yard into shape. We’ll see how that goes.
Every year my aunt and uncle throw a huge 4th of July barbecue. They live out in the middle of a working hop farm on a dirt road; the perfect setting for such an event. the party seems to grow bigger and bigger every year, much to the *delight* of my aunt, I’m sure.
This year there were an estimated 150 guests! (Not to mention all of the dogs, to the further delight of my aunt.)
The big draws:
- The food: you’ve got your salads, your desserts, hamburgers, hotdogs, ribs, cookies, cupcakes, carne asada, chicken, tortillas, homemade salsas, this delicious cactus salad stuff, rice, beans, grilled corn on the cob, and, my favorite, grilled cactus!
- The fireworks: they have a firework permit, which allows them to put on quite the show without the fear of the law man.
- The bonfire: no one, and I mean no one, builds a fire quite like my Uncle Mark. He gets it started with this weed-burner contraption (think flame thrower) and then he piles the wood on by the wheelbarrow-full. Once it’s got 4 feet flames going, he tries to talk everyone into roasting marshmallows. I don’t think he really understands what marshmallows are supposed to taste like; his must taste like charcoal.
We had so much fun! Tonight we head to barbecue #2.
I just got home from Disneyland!
Before we went, James and I bought a brand new camera, the Fuji Instax Mini 50s. We bought some special Disney film, too. Here are some of the pictures we took on the trip:
Best things about the trip:
- Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
- The weather (high 70′s to low 80′s)
- The Mary Blair exhibit (I seriously almost cried)
- The waffle maker at the hotel
- Spending time with the family
- 2 hour layover turning in to a 2 minute layover ( most wonderful airline employee ever!)
The least awesome things about the trip:
- My feet may never forgive me
- Little feet kicking my chair the whole trip home
- Sunburned scalp (can’t wait until that starts to peal, yuck!)
Glad to be back home, but already looking forward to the next visit.
This November I accepted my very first nursing job. This, in itself, was a very exciting occurrence, but it also meant the inevitable: time to move out of my parents basement (especially in light of the fact that I had brought my two rowdy cats and boyfriend, James*, back home with me). I’m sure my parents hated to see us go.
Fast forward a few months, stressful planning and decisions way above my maturity level… And James and I bought our first house (eep!). Here it is:
2 story 1930 bungalow, plus unfinished basement, 3 (tiny) bedrooms,1 (itty bitty) bathroom, and about 1 million projects.
The to-do list is seemingly endless, but we’re making a go of it. Welcome to our misadventures in home-improvement!
*No, I do not have a new boyfriend, but I am honoring his wish to be called by his middle name.