Friday, February 26

Lilly loves blue quilt

Lilly loves blue quilt
(Nonni, do you see the clock?!)

Lilly asked me waaayyy back in September to make her a blue quilt. She has 3 very special blankets all made by very special people but none of them are blue. That is a big problem in Lilly's world. So when she asked for a blue quilt, I responded well let's ask Grammie to make it! but she said no no I want my momma to make it. Okay then! I wanted to make this quilt big so she could use it as her bed comforter (for some reason this chick keeps growing and has outgrown sleeping with her crib quilt from Grammie). I got her the first round (the first of many rounds) of blue fabric in September. It sat and sat. I couldn't decide on a quilt pattern. With some input from Grammie herself, I decided on this block pattern (pattern found from this flickr photo). But I didn't make the first block until Grammie was here at end of October. I made it and it was the most frustrating thing I have ever made. I gave up. Those blocks are too hard, the instructions aren't matching up to what I need to do. But Grammie was here! She thought about it for 2.2 seconds and said well just cut a smaller block. so I did and it worked! Lilly patiently waited for this quilt all through the fall and holidays. She helped me sew other quilts, quietly asking where her blue quilt was. Now here at the end of February, Lilly loves blue quilt is finished!!

Lilly loves blue quilt

Now this quilt wasn't necessarily hard but for some reason it just took all of my mental abilities to work through it. I kept not buying enough fabric, so before the 3rd trip to the store, I finally sat down and figured out the math on how much I would need (this took a whole night in itself and I had to go back again for the backing and the binding, durr!). I am so happy my mom was here to help me through that first block. I would have never continued with this pattern, I love how the top turned out. I kept learning with this quilt too. On the last 6 blocks, I finally realized the easiest way to cut the final block and have perfect matching middles. The other 29 block middles have issues but oh well, Lilly is 3, she won't notice for awhile.

Lilly loves blue quilt

I used kona cotton in aqua for the binding and leftover square fabric from the front for a nice line across the back. I really like the back.
Lilly loves blue quilt

I quilted it with straightish diagonal lines in both directions. Four lines down through each white section. I love how the quilting matches the design of the quilt top, I sure didn't plan that out, a very happy coincidence!
Lilly loves blue quilt

Do you want to know what Lilly said as I was tucking her in that first night with her new blue bed blanket? I asked her if she was comfortable and warm and she said yes my blue blanket is just so beautiful! I think that was the nicest thank you, I could have heard.

Lilly loves blue quilt

finished size: 51" x 72"; a bit big for her toddler bed but bigger is better.

oh that blue pillow on her bed? Grammie made that for her birthday!
Lilly loves blue quilt

the yellow one? my great grandma made for my sister and I. (and I have 5 more of those sunbonnet sues to use for just the right project)
Lilly loves blue quilt

It is crazy for me to think that when Lilly was born she had a pink and green room (my choice was green but Gregg insisted she have pink too, after all she is a girl, he said) and now she is old enough her room is really becoming her own. Her own colors, her own special things to sleep with, her own handmade mess...I wonder what her room will look like in another 3 years.

Friday, February 19

heart heart and a wiiiiinnnnnneeerrrrr!!

heart magnets
Lills made some sweet hearts for her family's valentines. We followed this tutorial. Super easy and she just loved sticking her thumb in the clay. That one on the right below she did all by herself and we decided it was a wonderful little butterfly instead of a heart. The painting was equal happiness for Lills, success!!
heart magnets

Okay on to the giveaway winner! I used generator. I couldn't believe the number it spit out...
random number
1!?? For some reason the first and last numbers just don't seem to have equal chances to me, so to see a 1 made me believe that generator really is random!

and the winner is... Jennifer! She is actually my neighbor and one of the nicest people you can meet.
winning comment
you can tell that by her answer, she really has nothing bad to say about anyone or anything including seasons! Congrats Jennifer, you crack me up!

Thank you for playing along with my little giveaway, it was FUN! Thank you Elena for letting me give your sweet calendar away, get your own here if you need one (and you sure do)!

Monday, February 15


Don't you just love fate? Last week was my birthday and my mom surprised me with a gift certificate to my local yarn shop. I was ecstatic about having money to spend there and she said I had to only buy yarn to make something for myself, woot woot. I wasn't sure when I was going to spend the money though, I wanted to do research and really think about what I was going to make with this special yarn purchase. BUT then I received an email from the yarn shop reminding me of their BIG sale coming on Saturday. This BIG sale just happened to be postponed from the Saturday before my birthday due to the 1st huge snow storm we had. So I decided that the smartest thing would be to go on Saturday and get my money's worth. I narrowed down my yarn want list to a two sweater patterns that called for the same weight of yarn and same amount and I also really wanted some sock yarn to make a shawl. I made it to the shop and squeezed into a parking space, it was packed! as I am sure you know sales at quilt and yarn shops NEVER happen! I walk in but I can't remember what the sale is exactly. So I ask a fellow yarn lover and she said everything is 40%!!!!!!! off except the yellow tag items (mostly just noro and dream in classy were not on sale). ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!! (jiggity-jig) I was able to get some delicious yarn for some special projects. First my sweater yarn, berroco ultra alpaca in the most beautiful pea soupy green color,
beautiful pea soupy yarn
hello future sweater, I already love you.

Then, THEN, I got the most gorgeous yarn ever!!
hello, lover...
gor-or-or-or-or-geous yarn!

I can't stand how pretty, soft, and wonderful this yarn is. And it was all 40% off!! If it hadn't been my birthday AND more importantly if that nasty wonderful snowstorm hadn't have postponed that BIG sale. I would have only been able to get one of these projects but that good old fate got me two projects instead!

I have now tossed that annoying sweater aside (I have no idea why I am annoyed with it, but I am just not enjoying it)
farmers market sweater

and casted on that gorgeous yarn for the clapotis scarf. I really like this pattern because I can wear it around my shoulders or my neck but I will probably use the neck way more.
clapotis wip

ps. you can still enter my little giveaway until Thursday night!

pss. sorry I was a little long winded about my exciting yarn shopping, Gregg clearly didn't understand how exciting getting all that yarn was and I knew you would. I know you know what I am talking about...the sale and the lack of spouse excitement.

Wednesday, February 10

heart bread stamping

OH MY GOSH! The snow around these parts is just INSANE! We still had snow from last weekend and we got another foot today but this time the wind came too and the weatherman said we had "blizzard-like" conditions. nice. Secretly, I have always been interested to experience a blizzard because of reading about them in Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Although, my experience looking out from my warm house into not really a blizzard compared to what she experienced was clearly not the same, it was nonetheless completely romantic to think about. I hope you don't think I am nuts, but I just loved those Laura Ingalls Wilder books.

heart bread stamping

Speaking of love, Lilly made valentines for her grandparents, aunts, and uncles. I wanted to do some heart sponge stamping but eeeek! we didn't have any sponges. Lills was pumped to do some painting so we came up with cutting a heart out of a heel piece of bread. To make it easier for Lills to handle, we hot glued the cap from our laundry detergent container to the back of the bread heart.
heart bread stamping
heart bread stamping

This actually worked so much better than I thought it would. She got a solid 10-15 minutes of painting before the bread starting to break down and leave chunks on the paper, I think that was also her attention span time so we were all good!
heart bread stamping

We took advantage of our snowed in day, today, and worked on her valentines for her friends and classmates, she choose these turtles and bee ones. cute and free!

Monday, February 8


Lilly's last handmade present was a birthday shirt!

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THREE appliqued candles. She really liked wearing her shirt and celebrating her birthday in general. However, the cape didn't go over so well. She put it on for 2 seconds once but I am guessing one day she will like it. Oh well, considering the amount of presents she got, they all can't be winners, now can they?

We had a small party for her this past weekend. She asked for a blue party, the kid loves blue. At first I thought oh, wow, that is such a unique idea and then as I went shopping for it, I thought how easy is this??!!

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We hung up balloons and tissue paper pom poms along side the celebration bunting (she was a little upset about the lack of blue in the bunting). For the tissue paper pom poms, I followed the directions but I made them much smaller by cutting the tissue paper in half for two of them and in a quarter for one of them. So I had 8 sheets per pom pom but I only used 10 full sheets of tissue paper total. I had grand plans to sew take home bags for the kiddos to fill up with party goodies and then later use to store their special trinkets and treasures but time got away from me and I surrendered to boring ol' brown gift bags. oh well.

For activities, we played with slime which ended up being more like gak but equally as awesome. I used this recipe. Super simple and the party goers enjoyed it. We gave it all out as party favors at the end too.

We also made candy bracelets from twizzler tubes and any ring candy I could find. I wanted it all to be blue but no luck. I think the kids were a little confused on if they were supposed to eat it or wear it. I would have ate mine though.
candy bracelet

A successful birthday!

Wednesday, February 3

3 year old preps

Lilly is turning THREE on Friday. I am so dang excited! I have been looking forward to celebrating her birthday for weeks. However, I am not going too crazy on the homemade front for gifts. I think just three homemade gifts, one of which I already gave her.

balloon hair clips! after she saw this blue balloon she asked for a green one too. Then she made me chase her around for pictures.

balloon hair clip
balloon hair clip

She hasn't seen this gift yet but she told me she wanted a blue cape, thus Superhero Lilly!
superhero Lilly

I have made this cape a couple times for gifts and it really is a great little gift to make. pattern here. The last little gift I still need to go make!