baby quilt, children, fabric stores, last day of school, quilting, sewing, summer

In which she (finally!) finishes Salvatore’s “baby” quilt

Salvatore is 4 years old.. to be precise he is 4 years 5 months 5 days… so many hours and so many seconds.. I’m not going to get that precise..

About a month or  two before I got pregnant with him we moved back to Washington State from Portland, Oregon (we lived next to an awesome fabric store in Milwaukie called The Mill End, where I got all the fabrics for Fifi’s baby quilt).. We moved to Everett.  Not my most favorite city in WA but I wasn’t quite yet ready to move back to Skagit County and the farmlands.  The one thing I loved about Everett was the fabric store called Pacific Fabrics.  They have them in a few different cities in the state.  They definitely aren’t Jo Anne Fabrics.  Pacific fabric is more expensive but they seem to have a better quality selection.  While checking it out one day I came across this fabric in the home decorators section of the store.. I absolutely loved it.  I bought some with the intention of making my soon to be new son a baby quilt.  It is very thick, thicker than a quilting cotton but I thought it would work great.  And, for some reason unknown to me I have always been drawn to elephants.

Backing Home decorators fabric for Sally's quilt

Backing Home decorators fabric for Sally’s quilt

So I had this fabric sitting around for years before I actually did anything with it.  Well, I actually used part of it to make a car blanket for him.. one side this fabric the other side a navy flannel.  He still uses it even now.

We moved to Anacortes right after his first birthday in March of 2012.  While living in Anacortes I came across another local fabric store right in the down town called In Stitches Quilt Shoppe.  I love this store!  While perusing the isles I came across some great old reproduction fabrics that I thought would coordinate well with the circus backing fabric I had for so long.. Up until this point I had no idea what I wanted to pair with the lovely circus fabric I acquired in Everett.  I thought the airplanes would be perfect as my little guy loved planes.  (you can see a bit of it peeking on the left hand side of the above photo) and I thought the colors would be good.. An all red white and blue quilt.  I know the styles are a bit different but I thought he wouldn’t mind and would probably like them both a lot.

I started piecing the top of the quilt when I was pregnant with Persephone (2013).  By this time Salamander was now 2 years old and still didn’t have his baby quilt!  I was able to finish the whole top, make my quilt sandwich out of the top, batting and backing fabric, even tie the quilt and get the binding all cut and ready to go before the new baby came.  I even made a quilt top for the new baby girl who would be arriving.  But I never actually put the dang quilt together!  It sat on the back of my sewing chair, then getting moved around to various places around my sewing machine for the past 2 years!

Salamander is now 4, as I said above, and I have finally finished my boys quilt! I am so happy.  I always worried that I get in some sort of horrible accident and he would never have a special blankey to remember me by, to wrap up and cuddle in and know I loved him very much.  I’m sure he would know, it’s just the kind of thoughts that go through my mind.. I may now rest at ease.. Though, now I must finish Percy’s quilt and get started on a new one for the new, and last, baby of mine.

The top of Sally's quilt

The top of Ss’s quilt finally finished!

The quilt is 9 x 9 squares, each square is a finished 5 inches. Finished quilt size is approx 45 inch square.  I decided to hand tie the quilt instead of quilting it.  All my other kiddos baby quilts are hand tied.  My sewing machine isn’t very deep and it’s kind of  pain to quilt on it.. and I have never done hand quilting before!  I do not remember who the fabric designers are as it has been so long since I bought them.  I may have the selvages for the top fabrics somewhere, just can’t place them right now.

The top of Sally's quilt all finshed

The top of Ss’s quilt all finished

front and back of Sally's

front and back of Ss’s “baby” quilt

I really love these fabrics, and though the styles of the front and back are very different, I love them together.  I am so happy and relieved I finally finished it!  It took me dang forever.. way too long.  I hope it doesn’t take me this long to make Persephone’s and the new little fella’s quilts!

My little man all cozy and enjoying his new "baby" quilt!

My little man all cozy and enjoying his new “baby” quilt!

Sally seems to be enjoying it!  He even took it on the 2 hour car ride to drop his big sissy off at a friends house for her sleep over.. Makes me happy to know I made him happy!  I love his little squinty eyed smile with his dimpled cheeks and pointy elf ears.  He’s my naughty little angel!

And to make it all a million times better…. today was the last day of school for the year!!  Last night Miss O Graduated from 8th grade (she was and is Gorgeous in her new dress!!).  That was cool, not literally, it was pretty hot in there.. Especially with 2 little kids crawling on me wanting to get up and get drinks of water.  After they finally called Ophelia’s name I took Sally and Percy out into the hall for the duration while my Mama, 2 of my brothers, one of their wives, my 3 year old nephew and my 2 middle children sat in the bleachers and finished watching.  Oh, I am so happy that I have 2 months without having to wake up early 5 days a week to get the kids ready (holler at them over and over to brush their teeth, get dressed and eat breakfast) for school and walk them to the bus.. It will be nice to be able to spend time together as a family, hopefully with little arguing between them!  Hot days with popcorn and movie nights..  Lot’s of fresh fruit.  I am trying to enjoy them as much as I can before I have another new infant to take up more of my time.  Doing it all alone is going to be very time consuming!

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In which she accomplishes something..

I feel so accomplished this morning.. I got around 2,000 – 3,000 photos off my phone.. some of which have been on there since 2013ish..  And I erased them from my phone so now I have tons of space!  woo hoo.. more space = more photos to take..   A lot of them were pictures that Miss O has taken of herself.  Making stupid faces, of course.

I also got the little squids finger nails and toe nails cut.  Which is a good thing because last night Persephone scratched my face while she was sleeping.. not a pleasant thing to wake up to.  She and Salvatore are sleeping with me in our tiny full sized bed.  It will get more and more uncomfortable as my belly grows.  As it is now, I’m on the edge of the bed!

My two elementary kids, Settimio and Fifi, missed the bus this morning so I had to drive them to school as well.  Thankfully it is just a 2 minute drive up the big hill..  We would walk but it’s a kind of dangerous, curvy, uphill road with no sidewalks.. (we live outside of city limits so it’s a bit more country) So the bus is safer.

I thought I would write a bit and post some photos (if I can figure how to, which doesn’t seem hard) of some of the stuff I’ve been doing lately..

A few months ago, or sometime last year I picked up a few pallets from my sis in law’s work with the intent on making something out of them.. I dismantled them right away.  That was sort of a pain in the butt until I figured out a system with the hammer..  Initially I was using a hand saw. It was pretty hot out so it was probably last summer some time.  The dismantled pallet wood stood under my bedroom window for a long time being used as ugly wall decoration and pretend skateboards and magic carpets when the little kids would go out front to play..  So, the other day I decided I would nail some pieces together and stain it to make a sign for the Chicken coop area.. The wood actually looks pretty nice now that it’s stained but it’s pretty huge and not really what I was going for.. so it’s sitting back under my bedroom window, for now, looking a little more put together and pretty.

here it is looking all pretty

Front of the stained pallet wood

Front of the stained pallet wood

I still want to make some thing out of the stained pallet wood, I just haven’t decided what yet.

But here is the sign I decided to go with for our chicken coop..

The Chicken Coop sign in it's beginning stages.  Just the under black layer and the wording.  Still have to paint the white layer and paint on the words

The Chicken Coop sign in it’s beginning stages. Just the under black layer and the wording. Still have to paint the white layer and paint on the words

I still need to get some little eye hooks to get it all put together.. But I was going to finish the painting first.

The Chicken Coop title board.. all painted up white, getting it's letters written on.

The Chicken Coop title board.. all painted up white, getting it’s letters written on.

Here is what it looks like with the white paint over top the black.. getting it’s letters put on.  I started painting it but it’s really hard to do with the crappy brushes I have so I need to head into Michael’s or someplace and pick up some smaller more defined brushes.  Recently I’ve been using crappy kid paint brushes we had left over from some of their old homeschooling projects.  I was using black chalk board paint and the white paint is Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White.. The letters will just be done in black acrylics. I am almost out of the chalk board paint so I think when I get the paintbrushes I will probably pick up some flat black paint to use instead.. buying the flat black is a bit cheaper and it will give the same result I need for the signs/canvases I’ve been doing.  I’m just using the black for the under layer anyway.

Here are some of the signs I’ve been doing the past week or so..

I love you to the moon and back

I love you to the moon and back

I see the moon

I see the moon

Those two were done with the black chalk paint..

Wicked Witch of the East Death Certificate

Wicked Witch of the East Death Certificate

Getting some signs ready for the Holiday Market in November.

Kringles Bed and Breakfast in Red Chalk paint with White lettering

Kringles Bed and Breakfast in Red Chalk paint with White lettering

Some of the xmas signs on my ironing board

Some of the xmas signs on my ironing board

Mrs. Kringles Kitchen sign done with Annie Sloan white chalk paint and red acrylic

Mrs. Kringles Kitchen sign done with Annie Sloan white chalk paint and red acrylic

I need to get some more canvas as well when I head in to get the paint brushes..

All my signs I have available for purchase on my esty account and I will be selling them at the Farmer’s Market when I go back in July.  The holiday ones I will be saving for the Holiday Farmer’s Market in November..  The weekend before Thanksgiving if you happen to be in Anacortes, WA and want to come check it out.  This year will be my first!  I’m excited, but I will also have a newborn with me as this little bean is due October 25.  I’ve gone as a shopper the past two years and it was a lot of fun.  There is lots of cool things to check out.  It’s over a pier so you can see the water through the cracks in the floor.  The kids got a kick out of that!

But today I want to finish up, or rather start sewing, the dresses I am making for the little girls.  I got the pattern pieces printed and all taped together yesterday.

Here is the pattern all taped together hanging on the sliding glass door in the dining room.

Here is the pattern all taped together hanging on the sliding glass door in the dining room.

It actually wasn’t bad putting it together.  A little time consuming.  More so than buying a pre-made paper pattern.  But buying the e-file was nice because I didn’t have to wait for it to come in the mail to get started on my project.  I bought the pattern from http://www.sensibility.com.  It’s the girls Regency Dress Pattern.  I’m so excited to start.  I still need to trace the correct size pattern pieces onto my interfacing to make the reusable pattern.  I’m going to make the 2 little girls the short sleeved version.  Fifi is excited.  She loves dresses.  Persephone could probably care less and probably will ask to take it off once I actually put it on her.. She’s not a dress girl.  But sometimes you just gotta make them!  At least when she’s little.  I’m hoping to get sewing today.  Maybe I’ll even finish a dress, or both.. it is Friday so I can just do pizza and a movie night for the squids.  Holy poop, I can’t believe the school year is almost out.. I can’t freakin wait!

So I guess I will go clear another place on the living room floor (something I have to do multiple times a day with Sally and Percy making messes all the time!) and get to tracing out my pattern pieces.. get the fabric ironed, and cut.  And hopefully get to sewing!

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First post and no photos

So… today is Thursday.  Fifi came down with the flu last friday and today was her first day back to school.. Just in time for the last days before summer break.  Next Tuesday is the last day of school and it’s a half day.

Oh my god.. kids.. so many kids.  I love them but they can be damn annoying.  When they are whining and fighting and just doing stupid or mean things to each other in general.  It’s nice when they are cuddly and sweet and saying “I love you” to one another but most of the time it’s filled with the opposite.  (Salvatore and Percy in the bed poking and slapping one another about Percy’s shirt being an “Arya” (cat) or a panda bear.)

Last night Ophelia threw up in the middle of the night.  Two nights before that is was Salvatore.  So far Settimio and Percy haven’t gotten sick.  And thankfully no one got it as bad as Fifi!  She was so sick she didn’t eat all weekend.. Wednesday was the first day back to eating food and even still when she’s eating she complains of  her stomach hurting.  Poor girl.  I had just taken her measurements before she got sick.  I am starting to make Fifi and Percy little empire waist dresses from the sensibility.com collection.  Sweet little Jane Austen type dresses and I needed to take their measurements to see what size to make.  I bought the e-pattern and our local fabric store was having a 20% off sale so I bought a few yards of a soft blue cotton and a white muslin for the lining.  Fiammetta is so tiny before being sick she was measuring in the size 4 on some of the measurements.  I measured her again today to get the length needed from the empire waist down to the floor and she will probably need a size 8 in length.  Taking her measurements again today she has lost about an inch in her bust, waist and hips over the past week!  That is not good for a growing 6 1/2 year old girl.

We are going to a wedding in a little over 2 weeks so I wanted to have the dresses done before then.  Miss Fi wants a pretty silk dress for Christmas this year so I told her I would make one of these up in cotton first before we buy the silk.  I found a great website (silkbaron.com) that was recommended on the sensiblity.com website and they have great prices.  $15 a yard for silk in a huge variety of colors!  I’m excited to buy that after I see how these turn out.  I just got the pattern printed out and taped together today.  It’s actually still taped up to our sliding glass door in the dining room.  Tomorrow I will be tracing it on to interfacing and hopefully getting the fabric cut and starting to sew!  I will try and post some photos of that.  Right now I’m just going to be taking pictures with my phone and I really dislike downloading onto the computer.. but I suppose I should as my phone is always lacking space!

I was hoping to get a Regency dress made for myself as well but I really don’t feel like messing with the short stays required.. at least not on a time restraint.  So I will do that at a more leisurely pace.  I also just bought some fabric online to make my 2 little girls red riding hood capes.  I made Fifi a pink and grey wool hood cape last fall (or was it summer?) but I’ve been wanting to make her a red one for quite a long time!  I got the pattern from the Oliver and S Little Things to Sew book.  Actually that pattern is why I bought the book.  I bought 2 different shades of red linen blend and for the lining I bought a navy blue with white polka dot cotton.  That should be arriving in the next week or so.  I told Feafers she can pick out which red she likes better and the other ones I will sell at the Farmer’s Market or on my Etsy.  The red riding hood cape pattern was pretty easy and it turned out great.  She has gotten a lot of use out of the cape and has worn it to school very often.  I think it’s sweet.  I’m glad she likes and wants me to make her things.  I don’t think Ophelia or Settimio would be so enthusiastic about me making them stuff.

I don’t remember when I created this account but it has taken me very long to actually sit and write for it.. There are a few reasons why I wanted to start a blog.  I really miss writing. A lot. I’m hoping that I will use this as a sort of journal .  But then there is part of me that really doesn’t want to either.  Like, I feel so pretentious.  Who really cares to read what’s going on in my/our lives?  Why does it matter?!  And then there has been so dang much going on in my life that I haven’t really wanted to talk about or it’s been so overwhelming just thinking about. But, I guess I’m more just writing for myself.  but publicly .. publicly is a funny word.  it looks funny.  and if you pronounce it differently it could say pube licey.  or pube lickey.  he he he.. gross.  I guess if you don’t know me then you might find that I am inappropriate or even gross at times.. some might say more than not.  My mom might say that.  Probably most people who know me would say that.  I think poop is funny.  and farts.  They make me laugh.  Not really if I have to clean up some poop.  Then I get frustrated or angry maybe. Cat poop in the bathroom sink going down the drain hole isn’t funny when you have to clean it up. Diarrhea on the floor or couch isn’t very funny when you have to clean it up.  But it is funny when you just have to think about it.  yes.  and now I’m talking about poop.  I think this has been a successful blog post.

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