Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My year in review...

1. Cow Table Runner, 2. Friendship Bags, 3. Trees Mug Rugs, 4. mug rugs, 5. Halloween Table Runner II, 6. Halloween Table Runner I, 7. Sean's Quilt, 8. Vintage Baby, 9. "Maverick Stars", 10. HalloweenWreath1, 11. Fall Fabric Wreath, 12. Avalon4, 13. Sam, I am, 14. "StarStruck", 15. sent with love, 16. pinwheel sampler, 17. winnie scruffily front, 18. Gino front, 19. Scruffily Nostalgia, 20. twin#1, 21. twin#2, 22. Snippets front, 23. winnie front, 24. Ticker Tape, 25. littlequiltfront

Been seeing these popping up everywhere, so I figured I may as well do one too! And I'm glad I did!
#1 - I accomplished a lot! I didn't think I did this much this past year, so it's kinda nice to see it all in front of me.
#2 - I have learned to to take a little better of a picture. Take that back..I've discovered Picnik for my photo editing needs. So therefore, my pictures are a little better.
#3 - This was just the motivation I needed to start getting busy on my next year's worth of projects!

Our Christmas was great....Hubby left for his 8 1/2 month IA (individual augmentee) to Afghanistan on Sunday :( He is spending a week in San Diego doing medical stuff and a bunch of paperwork, then he's off to South Carolina for 2-3 weeks of Army training, then he'll head on over to Afghanistan. We (the girls and I) are doing just fine. First few weeks are always easy for me b/c we get into a routine. Now...4 or 5 months down the road.....I'll be pulling my hair out and I'll be trying to throw as many "pity parties" that I can!

Have a Happy and SAFE New Years!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

My friend, She's a COW...

What? You think it's mean to call my friend a COW. I don't. She doesn't. It's actually a great honor in our community. See, being called a COW means that you are a Commanding Officer's Wife! And that's exactly what she is now! VAW 112 (not my husband's squadron, but another here on Point Mugu) had their Change of Command today and my friend Jen is now the "Official" COW of Vaw 112! 
So this morning while they were having their Change of Command ceremony, a bunch of wives from our squadron (VAW 113) went and decorated her house "cow" themed.

Tonight is her Change of Command party at their house and I am giving her this:
a "cow" themed table runner....

I had made the top and after the fact found this on Etsy. So I did the applique on the back because when I laid it out to do it on the front, with the cow print fabric, you couldn't really see the cows. So the back will have to do! And...with my inexperience of doing applique and using fusible web, of course, it's reversed! I never know which side to trace on etc.! Didn't really matter for this so it still turned out ok.

Our Change of Command is on the 15th so you may just see a repeat next week! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

More Friendship Bags

The friend that ordered all the mug rugs also wanted 5 "Friendship Bags" for her to give to her nieces and friend's kids for Christmas. She requested black and pink ones. They turned out pretty cute!
Tutorial found here

Friday, December 3, 2010

O Christmas Tree

This year we did something we have never done. We bought a Christmas tree from Home Depot. Usually we either go to a tree farm or a National Forrest to cut our own tree down. Since we are now  living in Southern California I just didn't feel like doing the long drive to the mountains or foothills somewhere to hunt for a tree. So I went and just picked one from good ol' Home Depot. AND I LOVE it. I think it's the prettiest tree we've ever had. 
 While decorating and going through all my ornaments, I came across a box that my mom sent me last year at Christmas filled with ornaments from when I was a child. For several years, as a child, my Grandmother would buy an ornament for me. This box contained those. I didn't even go through the box last year since I got it at Christmas time and my tree was already decorated. So it was real neat to see them. These are so old. Some almost 40 years old. I love the "vintage-ness" of them! Some I remember, some I don't. But these in particular, I love!
My mom made this little walnut mouse. Isn't it cute!

My mom made this one the year I was born 1971. It's a "Holly Hobbie" that is suppose to be hold a candy cane I just haven't gotten any yet!
Another one my mom made
How cute is this Raggedy Ann?! My eldest daughter loves this one too!
I absolutely LOVE this one. On the back of this it has the artists initials and the year '77

Thursday, December 2, 2010

I finally did it...

..bought a whole bolt of Warm & White Cotton Batting! (90" x 40 yards) I went to Joann's on Saturday and the batting was 50% off, normally $10.99/yard on sale for $5.49/yard. Then I had a coupon for 20% off my entire purchase! So I paid approx $4.39/yard! I'm so excited. I got sick of buying 5-7 yards at a time and then having this folded up wad of of batting shoved in a cupboard. So now this way, I have it all on a bolt and in a box (that now I have to find a place for!) But hey, maybe this will motivate me to go through a couple closets and weed out some crap!