Friday, October 24, 2014

almost ready for the craft show

Look, the jar of crushed walnut shells getting low! guess what that means?

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I’ve been making more pincushions!

I thought I would make some for the craft show, though pin cushions are very specific to sewers and quilters, but you never know!

but then the hard part is pricing them….. hmm

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Designs by JuJu also sent out an email that they had a free page of bible verses to download, so I downloaded a bunch and made two pin cushions, not planning on trying to sell them, but to keep and give away or something like that.

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So, it’s BISCORNU time again!

This one was my favorite design of the ones from designsbysick, even though this specific one takes 25 min to stitch out just the top, I just LOVE it. here’s 3 different versions

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next is the rose one, again 3 different versions

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then a flower one

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and these last two, I had some random designs on my computer and then on the embroidery machine I could add a square frame around them, so I stitched out two identical patches for the top and bottom Smile

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And last weekend I quilted this mini quilt for a friend, it was only 18” or so, took no time at all, I told her just to buy me lunch next time we are at a quilt meeting Smile

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and remember the gift bags?

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while cutting out fabrics for those, I stitched out more eyeglass cases

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a cat snuck into this picture Winking smile

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and I had a piled of scraps from island batiks that weren’t big enough to be used in a quilt, so I used it for these Smile

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Not sure what else I can make, a neighbor is letting me borrow a tent and 2 tables and a chair for the craft show. I just need to also label and price my quilts that I’m bringing and make large signs.

(I pre- scheduled this post) as today I think we’re going to the Zoo! the kids are off of school and hubby has been taking off Fridays lately.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Giveaway day!

Last week I got an email from bloglovin that I reaching 400 followers, but when I look in one place it matches the follower numbers from blogger which is 687 and another place I look it says 133. I don’t get it!

Oh well…..

anyways, it’s giveaway time! (call it a late birthday giveaway then?!)

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Connecting threads is sponsoring a giveaway of

a FQ bundle of Prim hollow which contains 15 fabrics

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All you have to do is comment and tell me if you remember your 10th birthday or around that age, and what games you did then?

(US and Canada only)

I will pick a winner next Thursday the 30th

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Party is over

Solveig’s birthday party was a success!

but PHEW 9 girls sure can be LOUD Winking smile

I wanted to show a few pics of the prep work

This is the snack table mostly set up and there’s paints on a tray for painting a craft (a wooden keychain)

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TWISTER is taped to the floor (Thank you Sew Cal Gal for suggesting it!)

TWISTER battle was a huge success.

It was first 2 and 2 and the winners would go on to round 2 and then round 3, at the end it was Solveig and her friend’s sister Sadie and they were at it for a LOONG time, I finally had to declare Sadie the winner as Solveig couldn’t get the prize anyways.

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I also did a memory game where I covered up 20 items and the kids had to look at it for 3 minutes and then I covered it back up and they had to write down the 20 items they saw, one girl had 17 items!! wow!

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Sew Cal Gal also suggested decorating cupcakes (at first Solveig had wanted ice cream cake- which was okay, then I didn’t have to make a FANCY cake this time- then when she heard the idea of the cupcakes, she changed her mind)

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I made 7 different colors of frosting and had half in bowls and half in pastry bags with fancy tips, it kind of thickened up too much in the fridge and it just looked weird to me, but the girls didn’t care, they had a BLAST and one girls actually squealed really loud when she saw the empty cupcakes!

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I also made and embroidered these party favor bags with the kids’ initials, they LOVED them Smile

in each of them I had some candy and a snap bracelet, the two on the right were for the boys, my mom and Evan (Danielle who helped me out a LOT with the party’s son)- did I write that correctly?

it’s funny because her and I both have big SUVs and both have 3 kids, so our kids alone was half the party! she was great, when she got here, she took the boys and Sonja home with her to get something and come back and was gone about 1hr, which was the hour it was the loudest, so it was good for Sonja as she’s still sick Sad smile she was a trooper though and tried to eat, tried to paint and decorate the cupcake, but she was exhausted at the end.

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The girls had fun decorating Peanut too, I had bought these little bottle confetti things and they disappeared in a few minutes! then they gathered it up and gave Peanut this party hat/ fake hair…. he was THRILLED! Winking smile

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Here’s some of the cupcake MASTER PIECES!

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My husband had bought google eyes for cake decorating, that the girls LOVED!

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You can tell Sonja was a little “off” and it doesn’t help health wise that I then let her have a sip of soda and cupcakes, but I couldn’t say NO on a birthday!

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and almost like a tradition now, the kids got to launch some rockets too!

hubby got some smaller engines this time so the kids stayed in the backyard to catch it and the rocket needs to be replaced, it’s kind of sad, the parachute doesn’t deflate anymore, so it just went STRAIGHT down, the last time it went straight into the grass with a thud and the tip got stuck!

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Opening presents! the biggest hit was this minecraft torch flashlight, and actually the bottom opens up so you can hang it on a wall and it sticks out at an angle like a torch. Solveig got a lot of great presents!

(and a few are still coming in the mail from us, something we ordered too late online)

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and here’s the sick baby girl Sad smile

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tomorrow I have another CELEBRATION!

wait and see.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today is a birthday

My daughter Solveig is turning 10 today!

This is her as a baby.

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And I was just emailed this picture from a friend who took this in march with her AWESOME camera!

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Solveig is my ONLY child I actually labored with and pushed out- and she came out sunny side up!

Her name in Danish means Sunny Way so that kind of fits Smile

When she grows up she wants to be a chef or own her own café – Sunny way Café !

I’m very proud of her, she’s a great girl and smart and a good student in school.

Today we’re having an after-school party.

10 girls total and 2 boys (my son and his friend Evan- as Evan’s two sisters are coming to the party and their mom is helping out)

I will post pictures tomorrow!