6 More Weeks of Winter

5 Feb

My son came home from school the other day and informed me that the groundhog saw his shadow and we had 6 more weeks of winter. I kinda laughed because our weather this season has been anything but wintery. For weeks we had 80-90 degree weather while the rest of the country suffered through freezing temperatures. Finally last week it cooled down but I checked the forecast for the next week and it looks like we’ll be in the 80’s again! So Spring might be closer than that silly groundhog is predicting. To get in the mood I stitched up these.

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Sorry for the bad lighting, I came home after an 8 hour shift that started at 4am and crashed for 2 hours. I am so in love with these. I already have family snatching these up so I’ll be cutting some more of this fabric  tonight and prepping them for this weekend to stitch up. The support I’ve been receiving from my family and friends has been amazing. I’m so lucky to have people around me supporting my craft! I hope you’re all enjoying your week, I’m off to make a late-for us-dinner and get these little rascals of mine off to bed!

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Has it been almost 1 year??

3 Feb

Has it really been almost a year since I last blogged?? Wow. That is terrible! And understandable. It was a busy year for us, Caleb graduated Preschool and started Kindergarden in the fall. Gavin started Preschool in the fall and has just blossomed, it really blows my mind. We spent many, many, many days at Disneyland enjoying our season passes and I managed to fit in a little sewing here and there but mostly selfish sewing. I got a little overwhelmed in the fall when Caleb started Kinder because I had no idea how busy our days would become. From waking up around 6:30am, getting breakfast made, lunch packed, everyone dressed and dropped off by 8:15, entertaining Gavin when he wasn’t at school, picking up Caleb at 2:30, homework, a little play time, clean up, dinner, bath, bed, I was exhausted. Turned out I may have been tired for an entirely different reason as we found out in September that we would be welcoming another little bundle of joy into our family. And here we are 29 weeks later, closer to welcoming our third son into this crazy family.

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Only 11 weeks to go, give or take, and only 9 more weeks left of work-so close! I didn’t sew for a good 3 months due to having morning sickness that lasted all day and peaked at night around 5pm. Unfortunately for me the sight of my sewing machine and fabric made me nauseous and claustrophobic.  I think what finally snapped me out of it was my desire to finish Gav’s birthday quilt before his birthday. If you remember this was supposed to have been for his 3rd birthday but that came and went. It’s finished now and currently resides on Gavin’s bed where he loves to sleep under it.

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I love the way this came out and am even happier that Gavin loves it. Lastly I have been sewing up things to help pay off the newest addition to my sewing machine family, a Juki HZL F600. I love her. I made a deal with the hubby since he had found me quite a bit of unclaimed money that I sent in paperwork to get back, that I would use that money towards it (which paid for most of the machine) and I would sell handmade goodies to pay off the rest. I have an amazing husband who knows how much I love to sew and fully supports my desire to pursue it as more than a hobby. I’m still searching which online store I want to open so for now I have them up on my Instagram @robbynsnest. It’s a little hard to part with them because I want them all for myself!

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I’m trying to stock up before baby comes in April because Lord knows when he gets here the last thing on my mind for a few weeks will be sewing. Hope you all had a great start to the week and I’ll try not to be such a stranger round here.

One Block Down

18 Mar

I seem to be a bit obsessed with hand quilting and the quilt as you go method. I LOVE the way hand quilting looks, either with Perle cotton or thread. I recently found some QAYG tutorials on Pinterest and since I have the worlds tiniest throat on my sewing machine and summer is getting closer, I thought this would be a good method to try out. I’ve completed on block and am really loving the way it looks.
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My hand quilting is far from perfect, but I think that’s part of the charm. Next time I need to baste it a little better, I messed up on a couple of corners and bunched the fabric a bit. Now that things have slowed down a bit at Caleb’s school (for a couple weeks anyway) I will have some more time to sew again. It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to relaxing tonight with a little quilting. Happy Monday!

Photo Booth Fun!

17 Mar

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    Who doesn’t love a Photo Booth? Add some fun props and laugher is sure to follow. I decided to print up some fun props I found on Pinterest to make our own little photo booth for the boys belated birthday party. Poor Gav never got to celebrate his birthday because he was in the hospital so this was a do over for him. I must warn you, this is an extremely photo heavy post, like 20 or so photos. So sit back and enjoy the fun we had in the park!

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My hubby and sister

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My Aunty Cathy  and Uncle SJ

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My Mother in Law, yet another reason she rocks-she knows how to get silly.

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Posing with Auntie Care

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My Father in Law has got some muscles!! Those kids are HEAVY!

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My Brother in Law’s friend, Quique

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My Brother in Law, Jeff. Tryin to top my MIL for craziest photo.

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Seriously love him.

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My silly Brother in Law, Jerry

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Too cool for school.

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My Aunty Missy and Papa

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My Uncle Jimmy

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Insanely happy that my Papa was able to come today.

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Sisters!!

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My sister Ryan, her husband and my adorable nephew Jameson.

   All in all I’d have to say the photo booth was a hit. It was a last minute idea that really came together nicely, and now we have some fun pictures to remember the boys birthdays! I leave you with a couple more silly photos. Happy St. Patricks Day!

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1930’s love

2 Mar

I’m tired. For the past couple of days all I want to do is sleep. I’m pretty sure it’s because I finally made it back to the gym this week and I’ve been working a little more. It’s been hot here as well and it’s been zapping any spare energy I’ve had. It has not been a good couple of days for sewing around here. I sat at my machine last night for maybe 30 minutes to work on my fabric alphabet and managed to only complete A and got halfway done with B. I’m thinking I need a vacation or something. Anyways, maybe this will get me in the mood to create

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   I’m kinda loving 1930’s reproduction prints right now. I’ve been seeing those little bunnies around and I just had to have them. I was thinking of doing a log cabin lap quilt or maybe this easy nine patch I saw here. The nine patch would work up really fast and I want to hand quilt it and try out the quilt as you go method. I can’t decide. I do know that looking at this fabric makes me want to figure it out fast and get to piecing. Any suggestions?

It’s Wednesday!

27 Feb

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

   Happy Wednesday everyone! Before I get started with my works in progress I have to share this funny story. About 15 minutes ago we put Gav down to sleep. He just called me into his room saying he needed to blow his nose, I went in tissue in hand and helped him blow his nose. He then informed me that there were boogers on the wall. Apparently he has taken to putting his boogers there next to his bed. A little bit of yuck and a whole lot of funny. The joys of raising boys!

   I haven’t sewn in 2 days so this poor quilt is almost halfway done being quilted begging to be finished.

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    At first I thought I would just quilt on the outside of the pattern zigs, or is it the zags?, then I decided that’s too much space in between quilting lines and so I’m going to go back and quilt on the other side of the seams. So far I’m loving it but boy is it a pain to move this thing around on my tiny machine!! I definitely want   need a new machine! There are a few other Wip’s I have laying around but the most recent thing I’m making is fabric letters I found on Pinterest here. I thought this might be a really good way to help Caleb learn his alphabet since singing it and reading it in a book don’t seem to get his attention enough. It will also give Gav a head start on his learning.  Here’s what I have so far, most letters cut out and fabric chosen.

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   I just went to a Kindergarden Orientation for Caleb tonight and am just blown away at how much it has changed since I was in Kindergarden! It’s so much more academic based than it was once upon a time. Not only is it a lot of work for the kids, but parents as well!!! Guess I’m back to doing homework 5 nights a week! As scared as I am of having my baby go to school all day 5 days a week, I’m also excited for this next stage in his life. I’m just going to try to really enjoy this last semester of Preschool and enjoy these days to their fullest. It all goes by so fast and I want to make sure I just stop and live in the moment.

My boy is so silly. #lovemykids

During a Commercial Break…

24 Feb

I’m watching the Oscars, even though I didn’t get a chance to see any of the movies, so I’ll make this fast. I wanted to just give a little update on yesterday’s fiasco. Shortly after I hit publish on yesterday’s post I told the kids that if I made their beds, they had to do the rest. And guess what. They did. I just helped show them where to put stuff since they definitely needed some help with that. I gave them the rest of their lunch and later at dinner asked Caleb what he learned. He said, “To play with one toy at a time and then put it away.” It may seem harsh to give them lunch late, but it’s been a struggle at times to get them to put their toys away. I want them to understand organization and cleaning up after themselves, at least as much as a 3 and 5 year old can. It starts now. I know that as they get older they will remember these things we teach and repeat over and over to them. Caleb already knows it’s dangerous to text or look at your phone while driving because we say it over and over as we are driving. So at the end of the day, they were fed, cuddled, loved, and they learned a lesson.

Ok, now i’m off to try to catch who won Oscars for movies I didn’t see. I leave you with a somewhat blurry photo my hubby took of the boys new haircuts.

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   Don’t you just love them?? You know what’s missing??? A sister….