Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Project

I'm working on this fun wall hanging for Christmas. The pattern called for sticky Velcro, but I thought snaps would last longer.  Each day there is a reading to do and ornament that goes on the tree.  I have 4/24 ornaments sewn. I'll post pictures when I finish. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Master Bath

A little before and after.  

Ugh. That mirror frame was so ugly. The walls were just too white. FYI. I learned that I dislike painting over gloss paint. 

I still need to hang pictures and paint the trim around my bedroom windows (you can see one of them In the mirror - and you can see my new accent wall).
In the future I would like to take down the old towel racks and replace them them with hooks.  

But I fixed where I cut in in a different shade of paint and it looks so much better. It feels so much more calm and peaceful. 

I'll post full before and afters once I get it totally finished. And when I get on a computer an access all my before pictures. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ugh! A juvenile mistake.

First, on a positive note. When a space heater is ugly and sticks out like a sore thumb...

White paint!! It makes everything look better. Don't worry. I'm putting another coat of paint on it later today. This is just primed. But even just primed it looks better. 

Did anyone notice my mistake in those pictures? Want to venture a guess? 

Here is another picture to help you out. 
Hint: I had two grey paint containers. They were supposed to be the same color...

I did what I was supposed to do and mixed the two together, but there was just a little too much to put in one bucket. So, I stupidly used the leftovers to cut in. And it wasn't mixed the same as the others and it stands out. So, I'll be repainting that today or tonight after ESL. Oh well. Lesson learned... Maybe.  

Jared tells me I should have poured the buckets back and forth a couple times and then it would have mixed them and it wouldn't have matter when I used the little bit, to cut in, that couldn't fit. Hmmmmm. So wise. I'll be doing that next time. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


I'm at it again. 

I'm waiting to get some shelves and paintings put up before I post real pictures of the accent wall in my bedroom, but here is a sneak peak. :) It was taken while the walls had wet paint still. 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Sewing Room Progress

Guys, I've been living out of boxes in my fabric room for quite a while now. But look, it is coming together!!! It is starting to look way more cozy and inviting to sew in. I might actually get some projects knocked off the in-progress list. 

I spent a few hours today sorting fabric into bins by collections and types. There is still more to go through, but it is getting closer and I am happy. 

For a project I'm about to start. 

Additional 1930s fabrics. The rest are on the bookshelf on the right on bolts. 

What color should I paint my sewing room? Bright white? Yellow? We have done a bunch of blue and some green in the house already. I'm not sure what color to paint in here, but these tan walls desperately need updating and cheering up. What is a good sewing room color? 

Friday, November 03, 2017

Painting (reality and not just thoughts)

You know that thinking I was doing yesterday... I'm all in now. Ha ha. 

The blue is lighter in person. 
And if I hate it when I am finished, I can paint over it. But so far, I like it. 


We love Fall days. 

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Pillowcases (and random thoughts on painting)

For their third birthdays we let the kids pick out fabric for pillowcases. It is highly entertaining. There are so many ugly fabrics that kids are drawn too. 

Warren did pretty well. 

1.  fire trucks (I had some flame fabric in a pile of scraps that someone gave me - it made a perfect cuff). Why was this firetruck fabric $12.99 a yard at Hobby Lobby (it is a cheap fabric). I don't even pay that much for nice fabric. 

2. Minions. Everything minions. They have never even seen the movies. But Aunt Hope hooked them on them and we can't stop. It is the only "themed" items I will agree to buy. I forgot to add the extra fabric to this one and now it is a bit short. I might go back and add something, but it requires pre washing a piece and then sewing it on. And I'm not sure I am that bothered that it is a bit too short. 

This is how we haul in the groceries. 

I get to teach one of the beginning classes for ESL tonight. I'm avoiding working on my lesson. I already made a huge pot of sausage and gravy for a church breakfast this week. Now I keep staring at one of the walls in my room and thinking about painting it. Do you think I could get it done before Jared came home?

This is my inspiration. The room doesn't get enough light to paint all the walls dark blue. But I loved the colonial blue in my old room and I have enough leftover for one wall (from the schoolroom).  Recently, I've been dreaming about an accent wall. Hmmmmm. 

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Happy Birthday, Warbie!

Warbs turned 3! We love you, little buddy. You are the cuddliest of kids. You ask me, "what can I help you with, mom?" several times a day. And you are so full of energy and fun. I am so thankful to be your mom. 

I pray that God uses your joyful, serving heart for big things in His kingdom! Always trust him. He knows best and he loves you more than I do. He will never let you down. I pray you love him with all your heart, soul, and mind! 

We've been partying all weekend. Yesterday we got to visit some friends that have chickens and goats and help them make applesauce. They also had this cool rocking horse and hat. :) The boys loved all the animals. Loved them. 

Saturday just Warbie and i went to run errands. It was fun to hang out with just him. I was planning on going by myself and having alone time, but how could I resist when this little face begged to come alone?!? I can be alone when I am old. And I will miss having him as my shadow. 
He adores Lowly Worm. Seeing him in person is super exciting. We also went and picked out fabric for pillowcases for his bed. I'll post those later this week. It was my sewing project this weekend. Super quick and rewarding. 

Grandma and Granddad bought him a bike and he pretended not to like it. But he really does. 

He picked his clothes out. Those overalls are his favorite article of clothing right now. 

Pops and GC gave him a duplo dump truck and excavator. He had been playing with it for 2 straight hours this morning. Not only is it fun to put together, he also can play with it afterwards. It is a great toy. We love those toys that are duel purpose (following instructions, building, fine motor skills, and imagination and play). 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Scrappy Quilt

This is a quilt that I finished several years ago. But I just found this in my draft folder. Weird. It is the first quilt that I tried something different on the quilting. So, to that end, it holds a special place in my heart. 
Here are close ups of the blocks so that you can see the quilting.  I outlined the blocks and doodled all sorts of different things inside each one. It was really fun and it turned out well. That doesn't always happen. 
I really like circles for boarders, but it doesn't fit on so many quilts and runners. I loved the way it turned out in balance to the lines here. 
And this star is my favorite part! I love the echo quilting. 
I should be brave and try new things like this more often. It takes forever, but looks way cooler. 
Here is the back. 
Here is baby Martin helping me pin it together before I quilted it. 
Sweet Mr. Baby. 
And here is a picture of Mr. Baby to remind you how goofy looking he was. 
Look at that hair. 

He was a happy baby. 
Hello, old kitchen! I miss your cheery walls and perfect working space.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Watching Dad cut the grass. 

James heard the lawn mower from the back of the house and came crawling as fast as he could to join the older two. 

Boys and machines! I love it. They are so easy to entertain. 

Also, when did number one son get so BIG? Look at his cool, teenage boy self. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tea Corner

Look. I spruced up my ugly corner counter. It is a little change, but it makes me happy 

I was inspired by friends of mine's tea shelves (hi, Ginger! Hi, Michelle!). I was also tired of moving all the teas around in the cabinet to find what I wanted. So, I pulled all the tea and set them on the counter. And then stenciled the word tea on the tiles after I washed them. 

But that fluorescent light was so ugly!!! The boys love to turn that light on when they put away the silverware. They leave it on. Boo!  So I stitched up the first fabric that I could grab (I think it looks like a surgical cap that you would wear in the operating theater, but it was literally the first thing I grabbed in my scrap pile - maybe I'll replace it someday) and used a tension curtain rod to suspend it. 

It looks a little like this. But worse. 

The brown mark on the counter came from the light bulb under the microwave. We had it on this counter when we first moved in and the boys turned the light on and I didn't realize it for a few hours. So, it burned the counter. 

Before and after. 

And now the light doesn't even look as ugly. 

These pictures do make me want to finish painting the cupboards and paint the lower ones. Ugh. And that laminate countertop... I don't even know what to do with that...

Friday, October 20, 2017

Joint Quilt

My mother-in-law have always wanted to work on a quit together. 
There was a baby shower coming up at church and so we finally did it!

She gave me this box stuffed with her middle square and all the fabrics that matched it. How fun!

I picked out the boarders. She gave me free reign with what I got to do. 
I was also working on a second quilt at the same time.  
Hopefully, that quilt will be featured next week. It is in my top five quilts ever. :) 

This is after I added the boarders. 

I gave it back to her and she quilted it. 
And then I put the binding on. 

I hope we get to team up on some more quilts in the future. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Matchy Matchy

My boys. 
I love being their mom. 
I love having boys. 

I can't believe they are old enough to wear these. My sister gave them to me a year ago (before James was even born) and they looked huge at the time. 

We've been changing out clothing sizes today. Martin is actual a big help. And I rearranged and vacuumed behind all the furniture in their room. 

I also finished 2 prototype curtains for  their room and hung them up. They seem to work really well. So I'll make 2 more panels and then take pictures. They are made from some dark blue flannel sheets and block the light amazingly! It will be handy to have them next summer!

The rest of today is going to be spent in the yard because it is finally fall and gorgeous outside!!!!  

Friday, October 13, 2017


Years ago, I started a quilt and I made a huge mistake.  I knew the points of all the triangles would be cut off when I sewed it together.  So, for FIVE YEARS it sat in a basket of unfinished projects in my sewing room.  It moved across town to our new house in that basket. 

And then I needed a quick baby quilt a few weeks ago. So, I finished this quilt. 
I was missing one of the blocks and I didn't like the way another looked. 

They wanted to pose by it like they made it. 
Also, sometime Martin smiles like that for pictures and it reminds me of kid pictures of me. That is weird. 

(Here is a photo I found on facebook of the blocks that I made in 2012). 
I didn't actually sew them into blocks until 2015. 

Another project finished out of the to-do basket. :) 

I just finished a quilt jointly with my mother-in-law. I will post pictures of that next.  And I am almost finished another one (that is turning out to be one of my favorite quilts ever! I can't wait to post pictures). 

P.S. The title is sort of a joke.  I told Jared that if I were to sell this as a pattern, I would call it "Pointless" because all the points get cut off.  ha ha ha. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

One of our favorite Toddler/Baby Books (and two more).

Red Truck is maybe the single most read book in the house especially when my kids are ages 1-2. It definitely makes the top ten. 

I discovered there were two more in the series (not quite as good, but still cute) and we bought them for the boys when James was born. But Red Truck remains the favorite. 

Today has been super grey and rainy. Normally those are my favorite types of days, but they seem longer and harder when kids are sick. I had broken up several fights and decided it was time to read books together. That usually calms everyone down. We pulled these favorites off the shelf and read them to the baby and everyone was much happier.  And mom rejoiced greatly!!! It is amazing the power of books. 

So, splishity splashity wet hooray, our hero for a rainy day is ... Red Truck!! (And yellow copter and blue boat!)

I hope you all are doing some reading on this rainy day! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Well, we finished Psalm 91 (finally) in the morning on the chalkboard wall. 

Next up:
They are starting to preach from Phillipians at church. Usually they only cover 2-3 verses each week. So, I figured I could keep up with that and it will hold me accountable (maybe) or at least sort of on target. I am going to see if the boys can repeat after me. 

It is a little less daunting because I used to have chapter one and part of two memorized. But in a different translation, so this ESV is throwing me off. Oh well. I was talking to a friend of mine about memorization and different translations. And she said she finally gave up on being word perfect in a certain translation and just enjoyed learning the meaning of the text. As long as she was close enough she was happy. So, that is what I am going for. And if I lapse into KJV or NIV, oh well. 

(It is hard to write neatly and fast - I opt for fast). 

We caught another cold. Today marks three whole weeks of being ill. It is supposed to be 86°F today. Ugh. I don't like it that hot when I am well, it is even worse when I am sick. 

But look at this sky!!
Then sings my soul, my savior God to thee. 
How great thou art! 
How great thou art!

P. S. I have three quilts scheduled to post the next couple Fridays! And I'm almost finished another one. 

Reading: Exalting Jesus is Matthew by David Platt
Three chapters in and it is excellent! If you want a solid Bible exposition, this one is great. 

Monday, October 09, 2017

Living room color

As promised, before and afters. 
Love that floor!
Love those shelves in the schoolroom!

Isn't the color so much more calming?
It is Cosmic Rays by Olympic. 
The light blue in the hallway is Magical. And boy are they both magical. They have brightened up (and calmed at the same time) the whole downstairs. 

You can see a sneak peak of the blue in the schoolroom and the blue in the hallway. 

Sigh. So much better.
Reminder, the color was the same as the ceiling. 
Why anyone would paint their entire house (ceiling, trim, and walls) the same tan as their switch plate covers, is beyond me. I am glad the downstairs is almost free of tan!