Monday, October 5, 2015

send another weekend

The weekend is over, babes. Not going to lie, I need a weekend from my weekend. I woke up Friday morning feeling like a freight train had hit me, but thought I was just exhausted after a late night + 4:40am wake up call with Sophia. After wearing a hoodie all day in 85* weather and almost falling asleep standing up during my kiddos' bathroom break, I realized I was sick. I came home with a fever of 102* and quickly realized it was "just" mastitis...again. Thankfully, no one else could get my fever. Un-thankfully, that shit sucks. (excuse the language, but it does)

To end my lovely weekend, on Sunday, I managed to twist funny and do something god-awful to my back. It ended with Austen laying me on the kitchen floor, continually asking if he needed to call an ambulance, getting me the rolling chair and heating pad, me beginning to black out twice from the pain, and finally chilling on the couch with the heading pad, panaway + peppermint eo's for most of the afternoon. 

For the love.

On the plus side, there was all this goodness:

I can't get enough of her. We realized if it's 90* this weekend and a pumpkin patch is not in our near future, we'll happily take pumpkin pictures on the ones in the front of Whole Foods. Also, decorating a baby for holidays might just might be better than decorating your house. Austen tried to tell me she looks like a unicorn. I quickly corrected him. Someone get this kid some candy corn and Hocus Pocus.

She has also discovered sucking on her thumb. Austen + my whole family want me to discourage it. I know I should, but it is so dang cute. She's still all about her frog paci, but the couple of times she pops her thumb in her mouth, she giggles and I melt.

Baskets of toys + Lilly. All the girl needs for entertainment, and I'm thankful for that! She is seriously best of buddies with Lilly (Shiloh could care less about her), and I love their sweetness.

Monday, September 21, 2015

september twenty first

September 21: A favorite quote/expression and how it has impacted you.

 I saw this quote on another quilter's instagram and thought, 'Yes.' That's it. Some people make things in different ways. Bailey paints gorgeous paintings in her bible. Victoria decorates her home with items that are meaningful and beautiful. Nicole captures life's moments and freezes them to be cherished for always. Everyone does something.

Me? I quilt.

A friend of mine lives not far from me and is in the same bee hive for our b&c swap. We were talking the other day about how some people make comments saying things like, "You must have a very understanding husband to get so much quilting done!" or "Your kids must be very independent." We both have similar situations and laughed saying there comes a moment where quilting is therapeutic. When you're alone at night. When the baby naps. When work was stressful. When other things in life aren't going as planned. It's comforting to sit in our guest bedroom with a little lamp on, just the soft hum of my sewing machine, watching bits of fabric come together.

And there's always this:

Some nights, I go to bed at 9:00pm. But more often than not, I'm up until like 10:30pm (or later...) quilting. ;)

Friday, September 18, 2015

log cabin block swap

I have seen lots of quilty swaps on instagram over the last few months. If you've been hanging around for the past couple of months, you'll have seen posts each month about my #webeelate swap I'm in. I now see why there are so many... they're so much fun! And sort of like puppies and babies, you can never have too many (unless you're a Duggar or a puppy hoarder, then yes. yes you can have too many).

One that I got into is a Bonnie and Camille for moda log cabin swap. The rules were simple. Make a log cabin block using a charm square for the center and 2 1/2 inch strips for your final layer, and it has to measure 20 1/2 inches before cutting it into quarters. Keep 12 of the quarters and mail the rest, then 36 from other quilters will be mailed back mid-October. Simple enough!

Confession: of all the quilts, I had never had any desire to make a log cabin quilt. However, that's a traditional log cabin. These are scrappy, random, and beyond colorful. I love all of the b&c fabric lines, and a fun, mindless-sewing way to connect with other quilters (because log cabin blocks are literally mindless-sewing-simple)? Yes. Yes, yes, yes.

I had goals of finishing my August #webeelate blocks (a couple of days late) + the fireworks quilt top + the b&c log cabin blocks before the end of August. The #webeelate blocks needed to be out much sooner than that, but the fireworks had no deadline, and the log cabin blocks weren't needed until October 1st. My deadlines usually work in my favor, because I work well under a little pressure. This was unrealistic, though. My goal quickly changed to having the #webeelate blocks + log cabin blocks done and mailed by the end of the month. I ended up having the b&c log cabin blocks done over labor day weekend. Not too shabby!!

I absolutely love how it turned out. I am so excited to mail these 36 blocks off to California, and receive 36 out of 8,000 blocks from around the world that are a part of this swap in mid-October!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

september seventeenth

September 17: Just for fun, your latest obsession. What can you not get enough of these days?

I had a really light hearted post written out... and then deleted it all. There are lots of little things that fill me with joy these days, but at the end of the day, they're just things.

I can't get enough of grace these days.

It's really stinkin' hard being a working mom. Balance is a myth, and I'm so thankful for a husband who - arguably - is a better husband and housewife than I am! He works, then takes care of Sophia, and cleans, and cooks... I'm just amazed by how much he gives to our little family.

I just feel like my heart has been in a funny place these past few months. I love where we are in life for many reasons, but also am looking forward to our next phases of life with excitement. But when those phases of life don't come as quickly, as easily, as (fill in the blank) as we want, it's easy to feel bogged down by them.

I recently finished She Reads Truth study "in everything give thanks". I know it's not Thanksgiving season, but I knew my heart needed to be reminded of how to give thanks in all things. The one that keeps resonating with me is about giving thanks in the waiting. Yes. I'm there right now. And it is not easy for me.

So grace. These days, I can't seem to get enough grace in every area of my life. I am so thankful for those who are gracious and gentle with me though.
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