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Big News

16 Jun

Well I did it. I opened up an online shop. I’ve been talking about doing this for the last year and I finally worked up the nerve to do it. Actually, I saw a video clip on Facebook of a graduation speech by Jim Carrey that really hit me. He said “…you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” Wow. That one minute clip really made me realize that I was letting fear hold me back. Now, I’m not sure that this shop will allow me to quit my job and finally stay at home with the kids, but it may allow me to work less out of the home and work at home doing what I love and spending more time with my boys. I’m happy to say that since I opened that little shop on Saturday and posted one little post on my Facebook that I have 2 sales already! I am blessed to have so many friends that shared my shop opening Facebook post! My next step is to create a Facebook page to link my blog and shop to and then to maintain this blog a little better. Hopefully in the next couple weeks I can upgrade my shop to hold 25 items as opposed to the 5 the free version allows. I already put a link to my shop in the sidebar on this here blog. Yay!

I’m excited to see where this all takes me! I really couldn’t do all this without the support of my amazing hubby. He really does encourage me to pursue my passion and gives me the time to nurture it.

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This was from yesterday before we went to finish Father’s Day off at Yogurtland. We actually ventured out and had a late lunch at The Standing Room in Hermosa Beach. That was our first trip to a restaurant since becoming a family of 5, and i’m thankful Finnley slept the whole time since Caleb and Gavin were a handful. Poor Daddy wanted a little more relaxation time but life with a baby and two wild boys is anything but relaxing.

Aside from finally opening up a shop and the daily craziness of our household, I have been sewing up a storm! I finally finished my Swoon quilt top and pieced the backing last night. Here’s a teaser picture.

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I’m so in love with this quilt already!! I keep going back and forth on hand quilting it or machine quilting it…I’m just not sure if I can wrangle this beast through my sewing machine. I guess after I baste it I’ll see how hard it would be to have that much quilt in the arm and go from there. Hand quilting a quilt this large is a bit intimidating…

And in typical fashion I’ve already planned my next quilt  and have my fabrics ready to go.

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I’m jumping on the low volume quilt wagon! The minute I saw the bundle on the left on Fabricworm I knew I wanted to make a low volume quilt with it. I can’t wait to cut into it! But first I need to finish up some clutches so I can list those in my shop!

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I WON!!!

10 Jun

Guys, I won something today!!! The Weekender Sew Along came with incentive to  finishing and linking up our bags and today I found out that I won the Grand Prize!! Say what?!! I have to admit that I jumped up and did  a little dance, some giggles and screams may have been involved. I’ve entered in a ton of give aways and have never won. This time around I actually didn’t realize there were prizes involved until after I had made my bag, I was just excited to sew along with some Instagram people and get support making this monster bag. When i linked up my blog post I told my husband to think winning thoughts and it turned out it worked this time!! Many thanks to the lovely ladies at Love By Hand, Modern Handcraft, and Sew Lux for the awesome Sew Along and for putting those awesome prize packs together.

Christine over at Love By Hand emailed me today that my goodies will be shipped next week! I can’t wait for my happy mail! And just in case you forgot, here’s the beauty that won me some awesome prizes.

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That was seriously a fun sew along and I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t joined along, that pattern would still be on my table untouched, intimidating me.

I have one last thing to share while I’m on here and enjoying the silence that comes with all 3 boys asleep by 7pm. The week before Finnley was born I got it in my head that I wanted to make him a quilt. Crazy, I know. So I made my sister go with me  to M&L Fabrics in Anaheim to get some fabric for this quick quilt. One and a half days later I had this.

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I cannot believe how fast I got this done. I did make it easy on myself in the design, but let me tell you, basting a quilt at 39 weeks pregnant is just wrong. My back hurt for a couple days after and it was really hard to find a good position to be in with my huge belly. I straight line quilted about a 1/4 inch on each side of the strips to make it even easier. I love how bright it is and can’t wait until my little can sleep under it. Sleep. That’s something I should do really soon. I’m beat! Not much sleep happening around here for me since the night time hours are my time to sew. Maybe I’ll play catch up on sleep tonight and give the machine a break. But first I’m going to pour myself a glass of wine.

 

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!

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

Quilt Basted!

21 Feb

I was too tired to blog yesterday. I spent my morning/afternoon at Caleb’s school and then the boys both woke up from their naps with fevers. By the time the kids were finally asleep I had time to baste Gav’s quilt and try to relax a little. Sick kids are exhausting. They’ve been running us ragged today. My poor hubby woke up to this

photoThat’s vaseline and toilet paper. Funny looking at it now, but it wasn’t so funny for my hubby at 7am. Trying to get these kids to relax and rest to get better is next to impossible. This moment right now as I type this might be the first quiet moment we’ve had in the house all day. Toy Story 2 is on and they seem to be captivated-that is until a commercial comes on. So I better type fast.

Last night I managed to get Gav’s quilt basted and I’m hoping I’ll get the chance to start quilting it tonight. We’ll see how much energy I have after dinner and our night time routine is finished. Here’s what it looked like on my floor last night

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This is my least favorite part of quilting. #quilt #sewing #robbynsnest

I don’t know about anyone else, but basting a quilt has to be my least favorite part of the whole process. My living room floor is the best place to lay out my quilts but that also means i’m on my hands and knees crouched down and that’s no bueno for the back. At least it’s not a huge quilt. Now that it’s basted I’m anxious to finish it up and put it on Gav’s bed before it gets too warm for him to use it.

Before I lose this rare quiet moment I’ll end this with one of the cutest pictures I’ve taken at Caleb’s school so far. This is Caleb’s best friend. This is why Preschool is so fun. And lucky me, I get to experience it with him. Happy Thursday everyone!

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Little Elephants

19 Feb

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Back in November I began this quilt. I finished piecing the quilt top right after Gav’s 3rd birthday, and then Christmas came, pneumonia hit, and this quilt has been sitting on my chair patiently waiting to be basted, quilted, and bound. I still haven’t even bought the fabric for Caleb’s Birthday quilt that was last week. Maybe tonight I’ll be able to put the kids to bed early and clear a space to start the fun  process (and by fun I mean my least favorite part of making a quilt) of basting this baby. We’ll see…things rarely go according to how I’d like them to go, so I may have one little helper tonight. Here’s the finished top.

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Thanks to my hubby for holding it so I could get a decent shot. It’s a little windy outside so I had to snap a shot before I was fully focused, hence the slightly blurry shot. I’m glad I got this out because now I am determined to get this thing done. I’ll let ya know tomorrow how that goes. Happy Tuesday!!