Wishing I was on vacation, in the meantime I am crafting up a storm & journaling to keep track of it all. This is where I share my love of travel, quilting, coss stitch, crochet, cooking and gardening.
There is a happy buzz in my house as we are all excited for the changes taking place. It is a little weird that Chris and I are unemployed and that he is home with me everyday. We have been busy getting ready for the big move out of New Mexico. We have decided where we will move to and I will fill you guys in on a later post when we have all our ducks in a row. For now I will share what we have been up to this month. I can not believe how big Chloe is and how much she has grown this year. The biggest thing is she is potty trained and is in underwear all day and even at night. Woot Woot! I have dreamed of the day she would be potty trained since she was born.
I have started the process of cleaning out the closets. This is the top of Chloe’s closet before I went thru the stuff. All those clothes on top are ones she had out grown. I would just toss them up there when they no longer fit her. I planned to go thru it later. I still pick out a few outfits that she has worn that I love and save them in a box to pull out when she is all grown and I can look at them and remember when. Then I go thru the rest and if they are in good shape I donate them and toss out the ones that are worn or stained. I still have a baby quilt I started a few years ago using squares cut from her infant clothes. I really need to get that finished.
It has been my routine as I am going thru things to start piling stuff at the bottom of the stairs that I plan to donate. Then when the pile is a car load I drop it off. Some stuff is hard to get rid of. It helps that we will be moving cross country and the movers will be charging by weight. Knowing that we will have to pay for everything that gets moved, has helped us get rid of some things that we really don’t need.
This is my favorite Baking recipe book. I got this a few months ago after checking it out at the library it is one that was essential to have on hand at home. I am kind of using it as a coffee table book and have been dreaming of all the things I will bake. I have even been thinking of next year working my way thru this book recipe by recipe and see how many I can make in a year. Kind of like the Julie, Julia book where she cooks her way thru the Julia Childs Art of French Cooking Cookbook.
Chloe and I have started to bake together. We both put on our aprons and tackle some good old fashion cookies. This batch was a double chocolate cookie that turned out almost like brownies. They did not last long in our house.
It seems like whenever I have a ton of things I should be doing it is the time I wander around my craft room and pick up something else. Remember earlier this year when I did the hand pieced quilt along. Well I am still short one block. So I pulled out all of the ones I did so far, 11 total. They are only 6 ½ inch blocks so the quilt will be a small one. I originally planned to make it into a doll quilt. I decided to make it a little bigger and use it for a table topper. So I am adding 5 more blocks to make a total of 16. Here is the start to my 5 blocks I am adding. I am making them each an hour glass block. I lined up the center of the blocks and thought they would make a cool quilt border, or even a neat quilt done in hour glass block rows. Anyway this is as far as I got on my 5 blocks then I tucked it back in with the others to finish later.
Here is my progress on my Beach-y Mood cross stitch. I like the pelican on top of the letter E. Just one more letter and a few more objects.
Here is a sneak peek of the baby quilt I have been working on. I plan to finish this up by the weekend and get it shipped off to a good friend of mine and her new baby girl.
I am a Netflix junkie. I love to find great shows on Netflix that I never got around to watching when they aired on TV. Here is my latest find “Rescue Me”. The show aired from 2004 to 2011. It is a little raw and rough around the edges. So if you are looking for a fun feel good show this is not it. It is about a group of Fireman working in N.Y. after 9/11. I think I am already in to the 3rd season. It is great to watch a show with out commercials.
It is still pretty hot around here, so we have been spending time in our blow up pool to cool off. Here is Chloe with her water table in the pool.
Here is Chloe on Chris’s Ipad. She has accessorized her nightgown with a winter hat, funny girl. That about sums up what has been going on with us; we are keeping busy and having fun. We hope to move next month if every thing falls into place. So life is about to get messy as we box up the house.