Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop aka #myblogfriends

Hey! Susan @ The Bored Zombie nominated me in this fun little trip. She changed the rules a bit so we could all just enjoy each other, as was the original intent of the "Blog Hop Around the World." She had me at "Futurama Quilt."


Rather than answering several questions about the creative process and what I'm working on,  I'm showing a work in progress (we call it: WIP, or UFO un-finished object) in the quilt/sewing/blog world. I don't really remember which world I belong to anymore.

And I'm happy to nominate blogger friends whom I don't think have previously participated in this. They, in turn, are to nominate three more. [It's just fun, y'all, it's not. a chain letter.]

And, in this corner, representing Europe and formerly Belgium and now England, the fabulous, the wondrous, sewist extraordinaire, Laura @ Behind the Hedgerow.

 

I'm kinda mad she's so good at making clothes for herself and children. And using piping. Lots and lots of piping. And her littlest dude is like a little mash-up of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, like, in the cutest stinkin' way.

And hopping across the Atlantic on this corner of the globe, the incomparable, the incredible (no honestly there is not a lot of credibility in the things he says), the contributing father to the birth of this blog (gross, twynmawrmom, gross) and actual father to my muse Ruby, Adam @ Tenor Dad


He writes great tales of auditions, parenting, and mixes all these experiences into parody videos you will much enjoy here


And lastly but not leastly, the sweet energy of yoga master Sabrie @ Sunshine and yoga.


Her stories (and jewelry) will inspire and calm. I find myself breathing deeper just from reading her blog posts. I wish I could take one of her classes. Maybe when I'm visiting my hometown someday.



And now...work-in-progress these days...

ELSA!

You're shocked, I know. I have a five year old daughter. Get with the program.

I was fitting it on her before I finish (because, you know, I'm a pro) and she tried to tell me she didn't need the sleeves. But then her brother reminded her it is cold on Halloween night, so those sheer sleeves are getting attached next sitting (because, of course, sheer sleeves will keep her warm) (oh, and I have to attach some snowflake appliques on the train.)


Overall, it's looking like a WIN! 

Actually I'll tell you a little secret...

But *DON'T* tell anyone, K?!

Promise?????????

As you know, my creative process is rather messy, and scattered. I like to buy patterns but not necessarily use them. For Elsa, I'm trying to follow to a 'tee', but I still find myself adding bits here and there and trying to cut corners. In the end, I'm really just looking for the pattern to prove its worth to me, funnily enough. I don't believe it to be true.


Anyways, so I've purchased some fabric, patterns, and novelty items to try and create Petyr Baelish and (whom I call naughty) Sansa from Game of Thrones. These would be for me and my husband (he's got the salt-and-pepper already, ya know?) He's embarassed at the THOUGHT. But...if I could finish them by the time we go to the Ren Faire...it would be HAWT, right!?!


*Sigh* A gal can dream...

Back to the sewing machine!!

What are you working on?? 

Did you meet my awesome blog friends!? 



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Notes on a quilt show

I originally wrote some notes as I walked around the Quilt Show last weekend at Oaks, PA.

Sadly, I've lost them. But I'll try to trace my steps...

I feel as if I'm walking in a museum. Art. Quilts. Art-quilts. In years past I found myself walking around the vendors and being excited by all the lovely tools and fabrics for sale, but now that I've gotten to know quilting a bit more, I can truly appreciate the masterpieces and am actually here for the show and exhibits.

I didn't realize quilters, as any artists, often challenged themselves with a letter, a phrase, a thought, an idea to inspire. I should get back to that type of quilt for myself. Or maybe start!  I don't know if I've ever just started a quilt that wasn't for somebody. Last Spring, when I made the handprint quilts for the twyns' school auction, that was probably the first time. I miss those handprint quilts. They were so sweet. Perhaps I should recreate them (or combine all three patterns into one new quilt for myself) and get even more precise in the details.

Speaking of details, quilting takes time. I feel like I'm always in a rush. Usually it's the birth of the baby that is driving the finish. I should do some of these smaller quilts as an exercise in precision and finishing. Really give in to the practice of it. I loved the special exhibit, "Celebrate the Day", which honored unique "days" we may not know about. They were a lot of fun.

I'm no longer moved by the most traditional patterns that I've seen over and over again. But I'm also not into the modern pieces. Simple statement pieces are the best. Telling a story. I've always told the stories of my quilts but never have I let the quilts tell their own stories!

What an inspirational show! It's really good to have this 'check' on my skills and knowledge each year.  And now to Google all the fabulous 'challenges' and see if one might be right for my level of skills.

And guess what? Not a strip of fabric was purchased!

I did however, get that quilt-pattern-stamping tool. It marks on the quilt top and irons off. I'm very excited to have some guidelines in my quilting, especially if I try free-motion quilting at home again.

Ok I better get to the sewing room. Here are some photos of my faves from this past weekend.

One of the tribe

"Once Upon A Time" Best in Show
Best of the World. I can't get over this quilting. Much of the images were painted! This is "Chinese Journey in Three Parts" by Stephanie Crawford, UK
The perspective in the quilting of the flooring is TO DIE FOR.
This one had a little Steampunk action to it.
Ok I could look at these buttons all day!
Inspired by the Letter H. What a great idea! 

Clothing that's not too 'quilty'. Love it!
Who would have thought at a quilt show? More likely from Project Runway!!
Uh oh. Must steal idea for my daughter's dresses.
Guess what. The circles are all paint and quilting (NOT FABRIC!) - it's like a quilt on top of a quilt. 

This was a beautiful memory quilt on the loss of two children for this mama. The quilting & applique reflect this quote by Rilke: "Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love." 
This was part of the "Solar Sisters" challenge, which illuminated the need for solar lights in areas of the world without electricity. This is the story of a woman who was able to double her sewing business once she was able to work into the nighttime. 
More from "Solar Sister" challenge.

The story of an artist, Ana Mendieta, who was a ground-breaker, but died too young.

Sorry for the blurry photo; this woman did one quilt block for every week of the year, reflecting her year.
What a great concept!
Well now how cute is this. Who puts a shower curtain on a quilt, honestly. Too cute.
So creative. National Hammock Day
Highlighting multiple personalities disorder "day"
A feature fabric challenge.
The Joy of Dancing on a Rainbow

Thanks for visiting! 
Is it quilt season yet? 

Oh wait, first Halloween...then baby shower #1...then baby quilt #2....then host Thanksgiving....oh goodness...I better get to it!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's a big world, after all

So....

So.

So!

Howyabeen?

Yes, yes, I know it's been a little while...[sorry 'bout that.]

I had always joked with my husband that when the twyns got on the bus for kindergarten, I would get in my car and just keep right on driving down to our old fertility clinic in D.C. and get started on another IVF cycle.

But that didn't happen!

I was super down in July but some kind of switch in my brain got flipped because a few weeks before the big day, I was just feeling nothing but excitement for the kiddos.
First Day of preschool
I'm excited for them to start their little lives, and for me to get a re-boot myself!

First Day of Kindergarten
I have to say I did love our little bubble of a world...we were the most important parts of our day and I am *so* so glad we only had two years of preschool mixed in there. We had five and a half very full years together of day trips, projects, street play and swinging. I think we managed to make five hundred dozen cupcakes in that time. As evidence I present to you my children's complete *lack* of the "oh-ma-gah-they-are-so-tired-they-passed-right-out-at-the-dinner-table" reaction to full-day-K. My twyns: completely fine.

A fun botched naptime sometime around, oh say, 2 1/2 
Shenanigans on the way out the door around, oh say, 3
So yes, that re-boot you mentioned...

Whatchagonnado, twynmawrmom?

Well, thanks for asking. Oh, and please be sure to ask me again in five minutes, because it changes minute-ly.

A couple of weeks ago in the dog days of August I got to lamenting how, whenever the kids got to take a break and have a popsicle, I could have really used a coffee break. But who wants a hot cupa joe at 100 degrees o'clock? Hence the coffee popsicle was born. In my house anyways. There were already thousands of them on pinterest, but I thought I would give birth to my own special one.

And then the financier husband thought I should package and market this idea.

Why can't I just make some popsicles. My being at home is not your entrepreneurial opportunity.

I interviewed! Yes, I had been sending the ol' rezoom out to various higher places of learning in this joint and got a call. And then an in-person interview. With a requested POWER POINT presentation!

I was HAWT.

I did not get the job.

But that doesn't mean I can't go ahead and start a vocal studio all on my lonesome and visit a quilt show and look up general contractor licensure requirements to make myself seem further inexpert in all things, right?

[Told ya I was a spazz....]

To be continued...


Thursday, September 4, 2014

The *real* first day of school

Dear Twyns,

Today was your first day of Kindergarten! Mommy and Daddy had a lot of drama getting you ready! We were so excited, I think we made it worse.

Little guy, you had a hard time at the 'bus practice day' a week ago and would not get on the bus, so we were worried about this morning.

We went to two more visits to the school this week and both of you started to get excited about Kindergarten instead of nervous.

We got your teacher assignments last night and were very happy you have two great teachers and you'll get a chance to make a lot of new school friends since we learned you will not be with your besties :(.

We made you a big breakfast with your favorites: waffles, strawberries, bacon, and eggs (well, those last ones were for mommy's sake.) We were going for Disney Cruise Breakfast Buffet. Did we nail it?

Dude, you got syrup on your blue shirt so Daddy got upset because you had to wear your green shirt, and for some reason he did not want to immortalize the green shirt in your 'first day' photos forever. But Daddy is cray.

We were packing up your two healthy snacks for the day and I put them in your outside pocket of your backpacks. Daddy was worried the grapes would get smushed so he put them in a tupperware at the last minute. What was that bit about Daddy being cray? Maybe cray-cray.

We took photos outside and walked to the bus stop.

Little sweetheart, you got a little worried when another mommy started complaining about the bus. But Daddy helped talk you through your anxiety. And mommy gave that other mommy the evil eye.

Dude, you were very excited and even ran to meet your neighborhood bestie so he could ride the bus with you.

Then the bus finally came and, in the excitement, little guy, you tripped and fell and skinned your shin. So you started crying and wouldn't get on the bus. So mommy pried your hands from around her neck and passed you off to Daddy, who tried to get you on the bus but it just wasn't happening. You were crying too much even though two minutes before you were very happy and playing with your friends.

So we walked home and Daddy was upset he missed the little girl getting on the bus. He drove you to school.

Daddy took a photo of sweet girl coming *off* the bus at school and that made him happy. Sweetheart, you were wondering what he was doing there!! Dude, you saw your bestie and played on the playground with him a little bit before everyone got to their teachers' rooms in their proper place (along with your backpacks, which Daddy had to move at the last minute.) And that was the beginning of the first day of school today!

I hope you BOTH come home on the bus this afternoon and ride the bus in the morning tomorrow! We'll call it a dress rehearsal today. Mommy always says: "awful rehearsal, great performance." We love you so much and are so proud of you!

We love you,
Mommy & Daddy






So, of course the photos of Mommy & you are in Daddy's phone, 
so I'll put them on the blog sometime in the next decade. 

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL MOMMIES!! 

now back to our regularly scheduled sewing & fitness routines...




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