Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Camping Travels

We had such a wonderful time camping! (Warning, heavy on the pictures post!)

We went to Nebraska's first State Park for a few days and then headed North to the Black Hills in South Dakota. WOW! 
We were blown away. This coming from 2 California Natives that LOVE the Sierras, and have been to just about all the great State and National parks of California! 
Our camp spot at Chadron State Park, Nebraska

Leaving Chadron, NE and heading to the Black Hills! 

Our camp spot at Mount Rushmore KOA, SD

Our view from our campsite

 Mount Rushmore
 Mount Rushmore

We had a wonderful time and will be back again I'm sure! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Travel Trailer Window Valance

Here's the valance for the kitchen window in the travel trailer. I had a jelly roll of batiks (which I have no idea WHY I ever bought in the first place). Since I knew I'd probably never make a quilt with it this was a perfect way to use some of it up! I do love how bright and colorful it is and it fit in with everything else pretty good. 
I couldn't really get a great picture because the colors just don't show up well facing the bright windows when trying to take a picture. 

I also picked up a small rug for the kitchen area. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Travel Trailer Interior Makeover

I haven't been sewing that much lately. BUT… I wanted to improve the interior of our travel trailer, so that's what I've been working on for the past couple weeks! 

We haven't camped in over two years until Memorial Weekend. We decided to go local since there are some fantastic Nebraska State parks all so close. It was a blast! But when we got back I got busy! 

Here are some before (stock) pictures of our trailer:

Ok, seriously…what team of people get together and come up with this ugliness? 

I couldn't take it anymore! I removed the ugly wallpaper border; removed all the metal blinds and replaced those with room darkening roller shades; took off the god awful valance-cornice thingys and replaced with curtains; removed the ugly privacy curtain for master bed area and replaced it with a pretty curtain; recovered the dinette cushions and sofa; and made some throw pillows. 

I love it now! I still want to make some sort of valance for the small kitchen window, but it's a small window and don't want to obstruct too much of the view. Plus it's right above the sink and oven so I decided against curtains. It does have the roller shade though. 

I feel like this is much more "me" and can enjoy it a bit better when camping. We leave this Friday for a week and I'm super excited! Our first stop is Chadron State Park in Nebraska which is the first state park in the state. Then we are heading North to hit the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota which is a part of the country I've never been to. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Because there wasn't a huge amount of entries, I was able to write each of the names down on paper (and extra entry for those that shared) and draw a folded piece of paper out of a hat. And the winner was DAWN! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Giveaway time!

 I'd like to give away this quilt I made last year. It has been washed and dried so it's all crinkly and ready to be loved. It measures 46.6"wide x 56.5" long. 

 If you'd like to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment. 

What are some of your favorite Christmas or Holiday traditions? 

If you'd like a second chance, share this giveaway, come back and leave a comment that you shared and you then have 2 entries! (Open to the USA only. Sorry. I'll do another one another time open to everyone!)

I'll draw a winner Sunday 12/13/15 8pm CST via Random number generator. Please make sure you include your email address if you are a "no reply" to commenter person.

Good Luck! 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Anna Maria Horner Quilt

I totally forgot to post this after I made it. I had this back in June for my next door neighbor for her Birthday. I've been wanting to make an AMH quilt forever and I finally cut into my stash. I have a TON of AMH fabric because someday I'm going to make an oversized King quilt for my bed. In the meantime though, a lap quilt is just fine. (pictures taken with my iPhone because I was in a rush to gift it and totally forgot to take good pictures)

I love Anna Maria Horner's fabrics. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Card Trees

Trees! Trees! And more Trees!
This is what I've been working on. This has been one of my favorite projects lately. And it only took me 2 days to make over 100!
Normally I dread Christmas Card time. With the invention of photo cards, it's easy. But the pressure to get a good photo of my kids is always a daunting task. They hate having their pictures taken. Hate having to load up somewhere to get "just the right spot" to snap that picture. I'm by no means even a decent photographer, so it's just a huge hassle. I hate it. What I love about photo cards though, is they are easy. Upload a picture or two, order 100, wait for them to come, address them and they're off. Easy. But….there is absolutely NO personalization to them. Yes, they have a picture of my kids on them. But that's it. What about my college friends that I send them to that have never even met my kids. Do they even care? My family and close friends obviously see my kids, so why do they care about a picture of them? Where are the days of actually writing a handwritten note in a Christmas Card to your friends and family? I miss that. Sometimes the only time a year I hear from a long lost friend is in the one and only Christmas card sent each year. Yet I get it and it's just a picture of their kid(s) I've never met. Yes, I do love to see the pictures, but I'd LOVE to actually hear how they are, what they've been up to, and so on. Some of those friends aren't on any social media, so I really have no updates.
 So I made REAL cards this year to send. Blank on the inside. So I am forced to actually WRITE a personalized note to each and every one of them! My Christmas Card list is ridiculous. It's at over 100. And that's with even trimming some each year. Here's why it so big: 1.) I still send cards to my parent's friends that I grew up with each holiday and special occasion. All my extended family lived in the MidWest, while we were in California and didn't have the money to fly to them every holiday. So my parent's friends were like my extended family. 2.) I still send to some of my high school friends. 3.) College friends. 4.) Family. Both my husband and I have a parent that is one of FIVE (husband's dad, one of SIX) kids. Plus all their kids and their kids=Big families. 5.) Military. With this past move being #8 in 12 years, we move a lot. We meet great friends in each and every duty station. My Christmas list grows every year. I've got friends in the States, in Germany, in Japan, and in Australia. So that's why the list is 100+

But I'm looking forward to hand-writing a personal note to each and every one of them. (I may be talking a different tune once I get started, but I'm trying to be positive!) 

As far as the cards go, they were SO FUN to make. I did lots of searching on Pinterest to get ideas and sort of pulled from here and there. I knew I wanted to do trees. I went through all my Christmas fabric and cut some triangles and then small little trunks out of brown. Sewed a simple line down the middle and that's it. 

I love them! I was able to go to my stash of stationary and found all sorts of blank note cards. So my cards this year didn't cost me a penny! Everything was pulled from my stash so that was great and the extra bonus is that I used up some stuff that I've been moving around with me for 10+ years!

Then I had some extra trees cut so I made some gift tags!