Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day

I am not a hippie. For example: I bathe regularly and shave my legs. I despise patchouli. I have no peace sign stickers anywhere. 
But I do like growing things. And I really enjoy the earth that God created for us to live on. I'm happiest when I'm outside on a lovely day watching the trees sway in the wind or smelling pine needles baking in the sun. I love the aroma of all my herbs mingling together on a hot, humid day. So while I don't have dreds, or wear Birkenstocks, or (hopefully) smell like armpits, I do have a thing for nature. 

So happy earth day, people! I'd give you some fresh snowpeas from my garden if you lived nearby...

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Lynne of Lily's Quilts started a hilarious new Flickr group called "The rubbishest thing I've made", a place where people from all walks of life can post pictures of the crappiest, ugliest things they've ever made. 

I do have much uglier things in my past, but unfortunately I don't have pictures of them, so for now I've nominated these two as my most recent pieces of garbage:

Deformed stuffies
Deformed stuffies for Swaziland. Poor orphans. It's not bad enough being an orphan, but then some chick from another country decides to freak you out with some amorphous stuffed blobs and alien mammalian life forms. 

Poo brown stacked coins
Poo poo brown stacked coins quilt. Why oh why would I think brown was a good color choice? I think it's cause I was pregnant at the time and, y'know, it's hard to make rational decisions when you're gestating. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it. 

Go check out the group, it's certainly worth a laugh and makes you feel much better about your own epic fails.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The funny silly things I make

This year was the first year my oldest had a "real" birthday party--one where he invited kids his age and had a sleepover, and a theme and everything. I'll be blogging about the actual party at my other blog soon, but for now I couldn't resist showing off some of the stupid stuff I made for it. Now I didn't know about the theme (space/aliens/monsters) until about five days beforehand, so I was scrambling to come up with cheap ideas of stuff to make that would go with his idea. There were a lot of balloons, glittery stars, and a green crepe paper "slobberfall" as we dubbed it, but my favorite part was the food. 

Some of the following is gross. I blame my sense of humor on my dad, who inducted me into the "gory dioramas are funny" school of thought at an early age.

He asked for a "moon cake". He got a lunar massacre cake instead.

Nothing I did came out quite the way I envisioned. The rice krispy treats were supposed to be moons, but I could not for anything make them perfectly round. So they became asteroids instead. Which still worked.

Chocolate dipped pretzels with white eyes became the sightless slugs. If you look closely you can see that they also suffered from some kind of disease. Probably some kind of extraterrestrial leprosy. Or extreme freckles.

These were the funniest to me. I had a ton of leftover cake from shaving the birthday cake into a moon, so I decided to turn the leftovers into cake pops. The coating did not want to behave and made those little puddles, so I decided they were going to be blobs. Hence, Lolli-blobs. Ha ha oh my aching sides.

When all else fails, and you can't come up with a way to make veggies look alien, blue food coloring in the ranch does the trick. 

Originally I figured I'd have some blue punch and call it Romulan Ale, but Romulan Ale is an illegal substance and I didn't want to get into trouble so we went with green slime punch instead. I really wanted some dry ice to make it extra cool but the stupid dry ice place closed early and I couldn't make it. Regardless, it was a hit. Especially with my crap-food-starved kids who only drink water. This was like nectar of the gods to them. Ha ha.

My other favorite thing was the pinata. Originally, I wanted a paper-mache planet, but I didn't have time to make enough layers and when I went to paint it (at 7:30am the morning of the party) the whole thing caved in on itself. I told my son we might not have a pinata, and his little eyes started to well up. I knew I had to do something. So I went out to my husbands shop and pondered. When I saw the leftover lengths of septic tank pipe (unused, I promise) I hit upon the robot idea. A few hours later this guy came into being. Looking at the picture now I realize that the gold metallic spray paint made it look like....a shimmery cardboard box, but I promise it was still cool looking. The very first hit cost him his head, but it was still a good pinata I think. I was kind of sad to see it destroyed because I really got attached to it before it died. 

The day after the party, my son came to me and said,
"Mom, I really like all those funny silly things you make."

Which is pretty much the best compliment I could ever get.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

the bees flew down and wrapped themselves around me

I feel like gardening has been my obsession lately. 
Aside from even my own efforts on the home front, I've been having weekly dates with my sister-in-law to work on her yard (involving a LOT of dirt, sweat, and the removing of nasty stinky tropical plants) and helping out other friends with some email advice and the passing on of useful websites. Everywhere I go I find myself looking at plants, whispering their names under my breath, wondering if anyone would notice if I dug just one of those baby plants over there to add to my yard or garden...I've just got greenery on the brain, I guess.

I admit that over the winter I really missed my routine of waking up, reading my Bible, and then going out at dawn to check my plants and hand-pollinate my squashes and pumpkins. I've found myself falling back into the routine quite easily. I love walking between rows of dew-wet plants, seeing the babies growing or new flowers opening. I love the peace and quiet and cool humidity before the sun is fully up, waving aside new spider webs, listening to the birds...and then coming back into the house with the hems of my pajamas wet.

I have a few empty spaces in my beds that represent failed experiments, but my tomatoes, dakota squash, beans and peppers are all thriving. So are my cucumbers but I'm afraid to get too excited because I've never grown those before and I don't want to be too sad if they die.

Does anyone know what this shrub/tree is called? I can't figure it out. Whatever it is, it smells amazing and is a bee magnet, which will be nice when we get our! My husband has spent the last few weeks building his bee boxes, frames, and stands and today he actually gets to go pick up the fellas. And her royal majesty. I know it's weird, but I don't really like honey. But I'm excited about other things, like making beeswax candles and whatnot. Plus I could use the pollinators, because hand-pollinating squashes makes your hands smell DISGUSTING afterward. 

Some prettiness. My first snow peas, and my first sunflower. *sigh*

The above is my idea of organic pest control/character building. Of course, I did tell them I'd pay them 10 cents per armyworm or grasshopper they caught. Bad idea--I think I owe them something like 15 bucks altogether now. Of course, it's better than pesticides or worse--having to pick off the worms myself.

Between gardening and birthdays (more on that later) I haven't had any time for sewing. But it's sort of nice to emerge from the fabric cave and feel the sun on my face again.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I have too much to do--I'll do something else instead.

My "to-do" list this week/month is crazy big. It's so crazy, overwhelmingly, and annoyingly big that I feel unmotivated to do any of it. So today I decided (after working on some decorations for my oldest's b-day festivities this weekend--alas, some things cannot be put off) to make some shrooms. 

The Usual Suspects

A little sculpey, a little time, and some red Sharpie action is all I needed to feel better. I like how criminal they look lined up like this.

Having a lie-down

Look, they're taking a nap. I want a nap in some reindeer moss. It's so squishy.

Home sweet home

Little toadstools at rest in a mossy home...a little cheery ridiculousness to make me smile. 

At least until I have a look at my to-do list again. *sigh*

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April blocks, and a mosaic

This month's quilter for do. Good Stitches requested "shoo-fly" blocks in blue, green, and purple. I have to say these were my favorite blocks to make so far because they were easy peasy. I busted out four in about a half hour. 

April Shoo-fly Blocks

The 80's swap is going strong, we already have 20 something people signed up and I just started advertising yesterday! I made my mosaic today, it makes me laugh.

I Heart the 80's Swap {inspiration}

I'm excited to get started, but we've still got weeks for sign ups, partner selection, etc. In the meantime, I should probably finish up my fifty billion other projects. Yeah. Mmmhmmm.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I Heart the 80's

After I posted the picture of my two video game quilts, there seemed to be a whole lot of 80's love going around. Inspired, me and Natalie (fellow swapper extraordinaire) decided to put together an 80's inspired swap!

I heart the 80s swap

We've got all sorts of fun and cheesy subcategories (Mullets and Mustaches, Mix Tape Madness, etc.) and all sorts of funny quizzes as we go. It's an "anything goes" sort of swap--mini quilts, hoops, kitchen stuff, totes, whatever you think your partner will HEART. 

Personally, I'm hoping for some more Atari or Nintendo-inspired quilts to add to my collection. :)

Wanna like, totally join us? Sign ups start here, soon!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fresh Sewing Day, and Doll Quilts Recieved!!

Fresh Sewing Day @ Lily's Quilts

It's Fresh Sewing Day over at Lily's Quilts. We're showing off the things we most enjoyed making this last month, and for me it was definitely my Heartbreaker Quilt.


And....check out what I received in the mail the other day! My doll quilt!

DSQ10 Received!!

Jen from Reanna Quilt Designs made me this awesome Pac Man ghostie quilt. In my preferences I said that I would love a quilt based on old Atari style video games, and this is what she came up with for me. I am in love! And look how great it looks next to Heartbreaker.

Ghosties and the Heartbreaker

The Doll Quilt Swap was so much fun, I hope I make it in next round. If not, somebody needs to do a one-to-one swap with me. I still need a Pong, Space Invaders, and Frogger quilt for my wall. :)