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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ritzy Cracker Quilt - A Christmas Quilt

Here is a quilt that I finished in December, yet haven't shared with you yet.  It's called the Ritzy Cracker Quilt and it is from a free pattern that I found at the Moda Bake Shop (my favorite place to find amazing and FREE quilting patterns!).   I used a Christmas charm pack.....and for the life of me I can't remember what it was called!  I know it was from Basic Grey though......hopefully I figure it out soon. lol  This was the most involved block that I have made to date.  It took me a few days to sew them all together, but I found it very helpful to do it in stages.  I also learned that I need a lot of practice getting all of my seams to line up properly!  I mean A LOT!  Or, I can just accept the fact that it really isn't that important to me and just enjoy the fact that I have a beautiful quilt to put out every Christmas! :-)

I wasn't thinking right when I started putting the back together.   I added the thicker band of fabric and then realized that it wasn't long enough, so I had to add more on there.  Oops!  But, it works and no one would even know that I messed up, if I hadn't have told you. ;-) lol  

I was able to keep this quilt out on our couch through January, because the fabric wasn't so Christmasy that I needed to put it away with the tree.  I have it rolled up now and in a basket in the living room with the other quilts that I have made.  I just couldn't put it away!  And, since I've only made a few lap quilts, I am able to keep them all out all year long.

I started another Christmas quilt, but only got 2/3 done with sewing the top together.  I just ran out of steam in December and was getting such a big baby belly, that I couldn't sit at my sewing machine any longer.  I hope to work on it throughout this summer....well, as soon as I actually have some free time to sew again!

I'll be sharing a couple of other quilts that I was able to finish last year with you soon! I'm having a hard time getting on here.....I can't imagine why! lol  I have to say that I'm loving every second with my little guy.  He's the sweetest baby ever and so mellow!  It's been a welcomed change, because my little GG is a very active 3 year old. lol 

Take care friends and God Bless!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sweet Feet.......

Digital kit used: Pea in a Pod by Kristin Aagard
Template: Captivated Visions

Yippie!  I did a page this week with photos of my little Elliot's feet! :-)

I really want to get my hands dirty and do some traditional, paper scrapbooking, but it has been so terribly cold and my scrap area is in our mudroom, which is freezing in the winter!  Plus, it's just been easier for me to sit and do some digital pages while Elliot is napping beside me.  Either way, I'm happy just to be able to spend some time being creative!

Monday, February 21, 2011

My Plan Monday....

Hello friends!

Oh, it's really been hard for me to get back into the swing of life since Elliot has arrived!  But, I was finally able to sit down and get a menu written up for this week.  I can't believe how just having a weekly menu planned for the week helps relieve so much stress every day!  These past few weeks have been pretty chaotic without one.  So, I'm glad that I actually got one written up today, even though it's pretty simple this week.  :-)

Sunday - Breakfast Burritos
Monday - Mini Ravioli with Cream, Mushrooms and Peas, Maple Roasted Carrots, Lettuce Salad
Tuesday - Biscuits and Gravy, Fruit Salad
Wednesday - Ranch Stew, Rice, Lettuce Salad
Thursday - Toasted Veggie Subs, Chips w/ Dip, Pasta Salad
Friday - Fish Sticks, French Fries, Corn Bread Muffins
Saturday - Tacos, Spanish Rice

This week I really need to finish writing up my weekly routine for cleaning and daily to-do's.  I need to get on track with these things because I've been really bad at putting them off and letting these things slip for days and days until I'm so far behind and too over-whelmed to do anything at all to make things better around here.  I started working on this last week and still have a little bit of work to do on it before I'm totally done.  I also started organizing these things in a binder, so that I have everything in one place.  I'll have to share with you what I've done to try to help me get my life back into gear!

I've been having a lot of fun these past few weeks working on digital art journal pages.  I joined the Art Journal Caravan and I am absolutely loving it!  I am brand new to doing art journal pages and it's really causing me to stretch and grow.  The hardest part for me was just letting go and creating whatever cam to mind.  I've been doing traditional scrapbooking pages for so many years, so doing this type of page has challenged me to break free, dig deep and express myself in ways that I haven't ever done before.   I have a few pages completed and I hope to share them with you this week!

I hope you are all doing well and have a wonderful week!  I know that mine is going to be a busy one!  I just hope that we all have some time to do something creative......that's what gets me through the week, that's for sure! :-)

Take care,

Friday, February 11, 2011

Totally smitten.....

So, once again I have been absent here for awhile, but this time I have a really good reason why.......

My sweet, little Elliot Shane was born on the morning of January 26th.  He weighed 7 pounds 2.4 ounces and was 20 inches long.  I've had a feeling this whole pregnancy that this labor might go quick and I was right! I had my weekly check-up on Monday and I was around 3 cm.  I told my doctor that she was more than welcome to do anything that she felt she needed to do that might help get things rolling down there.  I was full-term and big!   I woke up Wednesday morning around 4:30 a.m. having mild contractions and remember just hoping that things wouldn't kick in for a few hours.  I knew that that was the day.   I really didn't want to have to wake up my other children so early in the morning to tell them I was in labor. lol  Silly, I know.  Things started picking up around 6 a.m. and not much longer than that I decided I should tell my husband that we probably should think about going to the hospital soon.  We left the house around 6:45 and got to the hospital at 7.   It was pretty funny when we got to the hospital, because we walked in and I told them I was in labor and had just come in w/o calling my OB first.  I know the lady was thinking that I probably didn't know what I was talking about.   But, my OB had told me that if I thought I was in labor to not bother calling her, to go straight to the hospital and that they would call her when I arrived.  I think she trusted my mother's intuition and that I probably knew what was going on since it was my 5th child. lol  They get me in a room and finally check me around 7:15.  I was 7 cm!  That's when the craziness began and nurses started scrambling all over to get me dressed, hooked up to the monitors, my IV in, and then answer tons of check-in questions.  By then,  my contractions were getting strong and every couple of minutes.  My doctor arrived (in quite a hurry because I know she thought I was going to go fast, too! lol).  She broke my water at 8:24 and it wasn't long before I told her I needed to push.  She was glad, because Elliot's heart-rate started to go down after she broke my water and they had put me on oxygen.  I pushed once and she told me that I had to give it all I had on the next push, so I did and little Elliot arrived!  The cause of his dropping heart-rate was due to the cord being wrapped around his neck two times.  How terrifying!  My OB told me that if I hadn't of been a "super pusher", I would have been rushed in for an emergency c-section.  So, thank you Lord for giving me "super pusher powers"!  Elliot perked right back up and his APGAR score was 8 and 10.  The nurse told me that she's never seen a baby get a 10 before.  He looked perfect and is absolutely amazing!  He is the most mellow little man I've ever seen.  He hardly ever cries (I know, things change!) and just love to be held and snuggled.  He also is a good sleeper and sleeps well in his little baby bed.  Most of my other children did not sleep well on their own and would wake up as soon as they were laid down.  Not Elliot, you can move him around anywhere and he stays asleep! lol  He's the exact opposite of my little 3 year-old, Gracie.  She's super talkative and high-maintance and he's super quiet and mellow.  Needless to say, we are all in total love with our new bundle of joy!

The photo above was taken when Elliot was one day old.  He's laying on a quilt that I made for him a couple of months ago and I will share all about it in another post!  I will also be sharing some more blankets that I made for him with you all soon.

Now the fun part.....for to try to work in some daily creativeness while taking care of a newborn and a 3 year old.  I wouldn't think too much about it, if I didn't know how important it is for me to be creative and make things.  It helps keep me sane and when I go for days and days without doing something creative, I can really feel it.  And, it is not good!  I get grumpy, anxious and just not a happy person to be around.  ;-)

I hope you all have been doing well.  There is so much going on and so much I'd like to share.  I just hope I can get on some sort of a schedule soon, so that I can do all of those things that I'm wanting to do.  Plus, this weather.....ugh!  I am SO ready for Spring!!!!!  It has been so miserably cold here in the Heartland.  It's been so cold that I just haven't been going anywhere.  I can't stand the bitter cold!  And, now that Elliot is here, it's been just too cold to take him out, too.  It's been white with snow for months and I'm ready for green!

Take care everyone and stay warm!