UP TO SOMETHING!

Even though I haven’t blogged much this summer, I have been working on several new projects.

In June, a friend and I gathered our collective resources and made this baby quilt.  She had been asked to make the quilt as a commissioned piece, and she doesn’t like to applique.  I, on the other hand, LOVE to applique!  So we decided to join forces to make it happen.  I did the applique, she did the piecing, and we had one very happy client.

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Also in June the two oldest grand-monkeys came to visit.  We had 4 fun filled days playing in the river and starting our fairy garden.  Our fairy garden started out as a very weed-filled old flower bed.  We were able to get it weeded and get a river rock path in place before they had to go back home.  I can’t believe how quickly they are growing up, and it will likely be Christmas before I see them again (which is definitely not soon enough.)

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Collecting Rocks

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Our fairy garden has a rock path

Last but not least, our nephew married the love of his life in the month of June.  It was such a beautiful and fun wedding.  I am so very happy for them, and knowing that their marriage is built on the love of our Lord Jesus Christ makes it that much more special.

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July we celebrated our youngest son’s birthday.  He turned 16 and he is also growing up much too fast.  He’s my baby so I want to keep him small as long as possible.  But he grew taller than me this past year.  I wouldn’t say that he is spoiled, although his sister and brothers would probably not agree.  I just like to think that since his older siblings have moved out, we, the parents, are less stressed and are therefore usually nicer. HAHA!  Isn’t he the lucky one!

16-years old

16-years old

Then I went blackberry picking beside the road.  Within 5 minutes I had fallen and hurt my hand very badly.  That put me out of commission for about 3 weeks before I got good movement back, and another 2-3 weeks before I got any strength back in it.  So, I wasn’t able to do any quilting for about 3 weeks.  It was a very sad time.  😦

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August has kept me busy with taxes and a secret project.  Even though I left my full-time tax position over a year ago and am now working in real estate, I still do some taxes on the side. So, several months each year (Feb-April and Aug-Oct) I might have to spend several weekends working on business and individual tax returns.

Wait, did I just mention something about a secret project?  Well, it’s true.  I do have a secret project in progress.  It will be a few months before I can share the whole quilt with you, but here’s a few sneak peak photos.  This has been my quilting project for the month of August.  I plan to have the top finished this weekend, then it will be sent on to my long-arm magician.  No way am I going to try to quilt this one myself!  IMG_4503

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So, you see, I have been UP TO SOMETHING!

Till we meet again…

Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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Wedding Bliss

My daughter’s wedding was beautiful.  I am so happy with the way it turned out which made all the hard work worth it.  It was a small wedding — only about 40-50 people.  But I wanted her day to be special so we still put a lot of work into it and made sure it still had special touches.   A little bit of rustic… a little bit of lace…  it was just beautiful.  And the rain stopped right before the wedding and didn’t start again until the last guests were leaving — thank goodness.  I thought I would share a few pictures with you.

The Bride & Groom

The Bride & Groom

Family & Friends

Family & Friends

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Collages15Yay!  We did it!

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As wonderful as it was, I am happy it is over.  And the next 3 will be easyier — they are all boys.

Wedding Planning

I’m back!.  Busy season was much worse this year than normal.  Through mid-September I was working up to 14 hours a day, 70-75 hours a week, which didn’t leave much time for anything else.  I hope I never have to do that again.

Since then, I have been working on planning my daughter’s wedding.  Actually she’s my step-daughter, but I raised her since she was 7, so I have laid claim to her as her mother. She is getting married on Oct 19, so I am trying to plan a wedding in just under 5 weeks. That’s not waiting ’till the last minute, is it?  It’s not that I wanted to wait and do it all in one month, it’s just that I didn’t have time to fit it in with all the hours I was working.

Thankfully, she had the location picked out and a general idea of what she wanted.   Also, thankfully, it is going to be a fairly small wedding – just 50-60 people.  But small doesn’t mean lacking in any area, so there is still much to be done.  And as someone who believes in doing my things myself, this is a DIY wedding.

So, here’s my plan and how it’s been working…

Week 1: Search Pinterest for ideas.  Total success!  There are so many great ideas on Pinterest.  We have very creative people in this world, and I am very thankful that they are willing to share their ideas.  Country or rustic weddings seem to be all the rage right now. We are doing a spin off of that — a little bit of rustic, with little bit of lace.  I think I would call it Shabby Chic.  At least that’s how it is coming together in my head.  I hope it ends up looking just as nice in person.

Week 2-3: Search for and buy all supplies.  Found some good deals on Craiglist, the local thrift store, and a local consignment shop.  Had to buy a few things new, but not much. And although I couldn’t find everything I was looking for, I found things I could substitute.

Weeks 3-4: Crafting.  I am making the flower girl dresses and hairpieces, ring bearer bow tie and suspenders, the ring box and a sign for the two ring bearers to carry, bride’s headpiece, wedding favors, all decorations for the wedding and reception, and many more things to mention.

Week 5 which starts tomorrow: Finish up the decorations and make all the food.  I didn’t get as many things made last week as I had hoped.  In fact, all I got done was the flower girl dresses and the hairpiece for the bride. Thankfully I am taking this next week off work; otherwise, I’m not sure I would be able to get everything done.   Hopefully, it will all come together without too much stress.  But I expect to be very, very busy for the next week.

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flower girl dress

Thankfully, other members of our family are handling other parts of the wedding.  My mother-in-law is making the cake, my sister and niece are doing the pictures, a friend of the groom’s will be the DJ for the afternoon, and my (step) daughter’s mother is doing the flowers for the bridal party.

Oh, and did I mention that we also had 3 family birthday’s this week.  My oldest granddaughter turned 4 yesterday.  She is growing up so fast.  And honeyman’s brithday is tomorrow.

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I’m making things to take to the fair again this year and they have to be turned in no later than this coming Monday morning.  There really is too much going on in my life right now.

Even with as much fun as I am having doing the stuff for the wedding, and as busy as I am with everything else, I so want to quilt!  I really miss quilting.  It has been at least 10 weeks since I have had time to work on even a little quilt.  So, that is my plan for the last half of October and all of November — QUILT!!!  Well, as much as I can with working full-time, traveling several weeks for work, and babysitting 5 nights a week.  Oh, why do I have a feeling I’m going to have a hard time fitting it in even then?

And, even though these are not quilting finishes, I do have several finishes, so I am linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.