Peek A Boo Quilt

Peek A Boo Quilt
The Peek A Boo Quilt, one of my favorite quilting accomplishments!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is really not causing any appreciable horrible weather conditions here.  A humid cloudy day and now some rain.

That being said we had a most wonderful day together as a family.  Had a lazy morning.  I'd like to say that I got up and made a wonderful and nutritions breakfast from scratch bIut then I'd be lying.  We had a fend for yourself morning and decided that on Bug's last day of summer vacation we'd do something besides watching movies all day.  The weather wasn't bad so we went to Idlewild Amusement Park.  Hubby really can't take riding the spinny rides, so I get to do them and he gets to push the stroller and keeps Baby Pie amused.

I love the drive over the mountain and through Ligonier.  Pretty roads, lush woods and beautiful homes. 

We even made plans for tomorrow.  Church, of course.  A trip to Staples to get school supplies, since school begins Monday. Bug gets to finish the book report that she needs to take to school on Monday.  Of course we had all summer to get it done, but it's down to the last minute.  I am not suprised.

I'm looking forward to having school start, so that Bug can have some socialization again, so she's out of my hair, so I can come and go more easily.  But this is the first year since forever that I've not been home alone with the entire day to myself when she's at school.  I feel a bit resentful about the fact that Baby Pie is home.  I'll miss the help that Bug provides.  I'm also missing my anticipated me time.  Is it too soon to wish for Baby Pie to be in kindergarten?  She's only 10 months old, so I suppose it is.  What will I get accomplished during her two naptimes?  The morning one is easy, the afternoon one falls right when Bug will be coming home from school.  Will I put off putting her down, so she can greet the bus with me or put her down?  If I let her stay up, will she even go down after Bug gets home because she'll be so excited to see her.  I know I'm rambling.  How in the world will we deal with homework?  Last year it was pretty simple because as a newborn, she slept a lot and even last spring, she wasn't mobile and was happy just sitting by herself and playing.  Now, however, she's into everything and it won't be too long til she's walking.  I'm so not looking forward to that milestone.

I keep telling myself that God knew what he was doing by blessing us with Baby Pie.  But it's hard. She's thrown a monkey wrench in all of our lives.  I have a hard time slowing down and enjoying the little things all over again.  Though I can't imagine not having her either.  She's the second daughter we always dreamed of but never thought we'd have.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sewing for Fundraisers and for Profit

For a long time I've wanted to have some kind of craft based business.  I've had some success with polymer clay and one-stroke painting.  My new goal is to build a stock of baby quilts and bags so I can have a store on  I'd also like to have a custom made business where I'm commissioned to make specific things for people.

I'm currently working on a set of bags to be given as prizes at a benefit for one of Hubby's cousins that has lung cancer.  One is a breast cancer/pink ribbon bag and the other is a steelers bag.  I'm using the "Big Bag Remix" pattern by Lugene Sheets for them.  I have the pink ribbon bag to the point of being quilted.  I however haven't even begun the steelers bag.  The benefit is on September 17, so I'd like to get both bags done by the end of August.  Time's getting tight.

As I'm making the bags I've been praying for Cousin Greg and his family.  I also love to listen to audiobooks.  Currently listening to Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner and thoroughly enjoying it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Summer is Almost Over

School will be starting next week! 

I'm hoping to be able to post once or twice a week.

The last few days were wonderful.  Beautiful weather, mid-70's.  Bug has been a huge help.  She has somehow decided to help with housework and not fight when asked to step up.  She actually picked up the living room this morning and helped dry dishes this evening.  Baby Pie on the other hand has been a pistol.  Clingy and whiny.  I'm thinking growth spurt or teething.  It's driving us all batty.

Husband is back to normal office hours.  Nice to finally have him home and know when he's going to be where and what to expect.  Also nice to have someone else to help with the household stuff.

God has truly blessed our family.  Bug was so hard to conceive, but now she's 10 and headed to middleschool and 5th grade.  We were told after her we would not be able to have any more babies.  "They" lied!  Baby Pie came along 10 months ago and proved "them" wrong.  She has been a blessing.  She has also made me rethink alot of what I knew about myself and what I want.

Hoping to get some quilting done tomorrow, so long as the weather doesn't get too hot, and if Baby Pie cooperates.  I'm making 2 bags for a benefit for one of Hubby's cousins that has cancer.