Saturday, August 3, 2019

New Kitten

We got a new kitten! He was dumped on the side of the road on a very hot day (humans are the worst!), but thankfully he was found and wasn't injured. Our vet estimates he was about 5 weeks old and he weighed just over 11 ounces! He's TINY and adorable. 

A poses like he's doing yoga! 

We cannot get over how tiny he is, so we posed him with some of the kids' beanie boos.  

I mean... he's just too purrfect.  
I also painted a sign for above our pantry...

Thursday, August 1, 2019

More Hot Air Balloons

I made another hot air balloon quilt, using Moda's free pattern found here
I LOVE the rainbow striped binding (found at Hobby Lobby).  

I kept the quilting very minimal... I want this one to be super soft.  

This is my 89th quilt. You can view them all here: http://sew-handmade.blogspot.com/p/completed-quilts.html

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July!

We decorated t-shirts for 4th of July! We used some of my scrap fabrics and HeatnBond iron-on adhesive. The kids were able to do most of it without too much help and we all were happy with how they turned out. 




(This is my hair about a year after chemo! It's coming back curly!)

Monday, June 24, 2019

Update on Books

Here's what I've been reading lately, in case you're on the edge of your seat.  ;) 


Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. I actually listened to the audiobook version of this, which is read by the author. I found myself really enjoying her story and her humor. 

Sisters First by Jenna & Barbara Bush was an interesting read and perspective of growing up in and after the White House. 

Before She Knew Him was a fascinating, suspenseful, interesting book! This is the third book I've read by Peter Swanson and each book has been really great! See also: The Kind Worth Killing and Her Every Fear).

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - such a great title! I loved this book, it read like a celebrity gossip magazine, but based in the 1950s and 60s. This is the second book I've read from Taylor Jenkins Reid and I really like her style. See also: Daisy Jones & The Six.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is an older book (2015) based in Seattle a century ago and present day. I learned so much and loved the two women in the book. 

We Never Asked for Wings. I read this because I loved The Language of Flowers so much. I liked this book a lot, too, but it was a little heavier that I realized (I was reading it on vacation... perhaps not my best choice!). It's about two families and the complicated issues involving immigration and family. 


The Home Edit. I've followed these ladies on social media for a while now and I LOVE their colorful organization. This book is so pretty and was fun to read. Also motivating to get rid of and organize our whole house!







Monday, May 27, 2019

Hot Air Balloon Quilt

In March, I woke up one morning having dreamt about a hot air balloon quilt. I started pulling fabrics and cutting that morning. And this weekend I finished! I used Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis fabric and the Rise Quilt Pattern from Woodberry Way.

I particularly like the pattern on the teal and peach fabrics - it reminded me of flying over fields... pretty perfect for a hot air balloon quilt! 

The binding is B&W crosses. 


It was a good weekend for finishing quilts!


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Patchwork Quilt

I finished two quilts today! First up is this cute little patchwork using Longitude by Kate Spain (click here for charm packlayer cake, or - swoon! - fat quarter bundle). I LOVE these colors. 
I free-motion quilted it and used B&W polka dots for the binding.  
It's about 40 inches square.  

I also have some photos of my hydrangeas - they're beautiful this year!




Saturday, May 4, 2019

More Books

I am such a bookworm lately! I also have some quilts-in-progress, so I promise to post those, too!

First, my favorite combo is coffee and books, and I recently got an at-home espresso machine that I am in love with! I've wanted one for years and finally took the plunge. It's amazing! It's essentially a Keurig that makes espresso for lattes, mochas, etc. I may never leave the house again! I chose the Nespresso Inissia with the milk frother. 

After my last book post, I finished My Dear Hamilton, which is by the same author as America's First Daughter. I really enjoy learning about American history through these perspectives, although I felt like My Dear Hamilton was just a touch too long. It was interesting and gave a very different perspective of Jefferson than the America's First Daughter's point of view.


It All Comes Back to You... Okay, if I'm honest, I big part of why I read this book is because of the cover. Is this not beautiful?! Thankfully, I also really enjoyed the book.  It's a beautiful story about two women and the very interesting lives they have led and how they end up connecting. I could see this being made into a TV show or a movie. 


Next was Queen of Hearts and another beautiful cover! This was a fun read and reminded me a lot of Grey's Anatomy (so much so that I researched it and the author said she has not watched that show!). It's about two best friends who go through medical school together. Lots of fun antidotes and behind-the-scenes of what it's like to be a young doctor. 


Where the Forest Meets the Stars was a beautiful book about a broken woman, recovering from illness and loss. A young girl shows up and appears to be a runaway, but describes herself as an alien and won't tell anyone where she lives. The two together are adorable and this was a sweet read. This would be a beautiful movie!


The Thirteenth Tale was a book my book club chose. It was a little long, but an interesting story about several peculiar families and the secrets they kept for years and years. 


Daisy Jones & The Six was one I read because I kept seeing this book recommended on Facebook and Instagram. It's set in the 70's and tells the stories of a band "The Six" and a troubled singer/songwriter "Daisy Jones." The book was so well done and it really felt like reading about true people. The style of the book is also interesting - it's written almost as if you're reading an interview with the seven musicians describing the life and events that led to the band's success. This would make a great beach or vacation read! AND Reese Witherspoon and Amazon are making this into a series!



Next Year in Havana is a grandmother and granddaughter and their different experiences in Havana, Cuba. This was a really interesting history book about the complicated issues facing Cuba. There's also a second book that was just released, When We Left Cuba, detailing a sister's very different perspective.


Last is an older book that I recently came across and really loved called The Language of Flowers. This was a beautiful story of an orphaned newborn and her journey through foster homes before and her struggle to find her place in the world. She learns that flowers all have meanings, dating back to Victorian times. Using these meanings, she finds her purpose. The book is set in San Francisco and northern California, where I grew up, so it was fun for me to picture the vineyards and flower farms described in the book. I loved this book, almost as much as Where the Crawdads Sing



Homebody by Joanna Gaines is such a great book! So many beautiful photos and the quality of this book is so good. It was great to read.

Next up is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which I started yesterday and I'm already hooked! Then The League of Wives and Before She Knew Him


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