Thursday, January 13, 2011

No Plan = No Action

Side one
I have decided that not having a plan for my life is leading to a serious lack of action. I feel like this little guy.

I have been watching Scott get it together on paper, as in returning to his Franklin planner to get it all done. As much as I like my iPhone (actually love it but mostly it is a distraction) I need a return to physically being organized. I need to be away from the computer or I get lost in blogland and surfing and have not one bit of self control. As a result I spend all my time looking and wishing and not DOING anything constructive or productive or useful. I am behind on my on-line class (just started but can't get logged in), my calling (assistant camp director for the ward--EEK), and my service at the kids school (Box tops for education, labels for education and MCR). Not to mention the creative pile that is my shared sewing room (another post for that.)

Okay enough venting, then to quickly mention the remaining monsters shown below and then to run from the computer!
I was surfing one day and came across the super cute fleece monsters.  I knew that I needed to make some for the kids.  I gave them on Christmas Eve with the blankets they are laying on.  Ian wanted a two-sided monster because he couldn't decide on one eye or two! 

This is side two.

Elizabeth really wanted to use this leopard print.  Then it had to have hot pink hair and boots.  A nod to a good friend of ours.  She also has eyelashes!

William wanted a really big saber tooth smile and one eye

Spencer got to have the super monster with a mask and a goofy, toothy smile.
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I clearly have issues.  This post has taken over an hour!  Kids, phone calls and emails.  Oy.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Photo of the Day

A birthday gift for a friend. We made the bow out of an old magazine and the box out of scrapbook paper. Contents: one small loaf of whole wheat bread and one large chocolaty brownie.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Birthday gifts and a farwell

I haven't blogged in forever.  This and other posts have been waiting for three months for me to get back at it.  I love to look at other peoples creations and wonder how in the world they have time to post and create.  I just create.  Above is a dresser I bought at a yard sale and repainted.  Then added some decals that I picked up on super clearance at Target.  They have since be removed and added to the wall of EJ's room but that is another post.  The mermaiden is from wee wonderfuls.  I found it via purplepetunia and then Martha Stewart.  The one with blue hair and a great little quilt I made for a 5th birthday party gift.  They were a big hit.  EJ wanted her mermaiden to have hair flowing sideways.  Right.  So we fiddled and re-drew the pattern and finally made flowing hair and seashell dress.  The large flower in the right is a pillow case I made for another birthday.  The mom asked if I could make a second one.  The fabric is out of print and I can't find it anywhere.  So I had to say no but if anyone out there has some let me know:)

This next three are of a block I made for an aquaintance that had cancer.  She passed away this past fall just after the finished quilt was delivered to her and her family.  She was amazing in so may ways.  I really wanted to keep it for myself which was good and it made it a real gift to her.

I knew I wanted to make a tree.  The block size was supposed to me 5"x5" I think.  I made mine 10x15.  I found this fantastic book and used part of the poem.  All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant.  The poem is wonderful and the artwork is amazing!

Back of the block shows the details of the quilting a little easier.
Front of the block.  I also used fabric pastels to add some detail and extra color.
This last photo shows the texture of the trunk.  I love the way it turned out.  I made it out of fabrics that I used in a quilt for my mom and that I picked up in Canada about 5 years ago. It added even more meaning to the quilt as my mom passed away from cancer 13 months ago. 

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