Quilt Dad… You are Adorable

He is a dad and yes, he likes to quilt. Quilt Dad. You are adorable.
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Quilt Dad… You are Adorable

Somethin’ I’m workin’ On

We’ll call this “purple-turquoise birdie”, ok? Pretty obvious I know. The gorgeous fabric from Pink Chalk… all I can say is that I just dug out some stuff and started working. The end result is to be a clutch/ handbag but we shall see what comes to fruition here. No matter what though, I am having fun feeling it out.

One evening, tired of the project I have been currently working on, I just grabbed my cutting mat and blade  and plopped myself on the living room floor. I cut the quilting fabric all different square/ rectangular shapes and started pinning together the fabric on a stiff canvas backing. I kept working and working, (stopping only to watch my DVR’d Scream Queens 2 finale) until I made a whale out of the fabric. Point of information: I am in love with the whale… and am inspired by said whale. Must keeping working on this project.

To be continued…

Somethin’ I’m workin’ On

DO IT YOURSELF… My Way of Feeling Good

Tara from ScoutieGirl.com posed a great question today, “Why do you DIY?”

I thought I would share a quick blurb about why I do it myself, when I can.

Doing it on your own is often very rewarding (and yes, sometimes frustrating). In my personal opinion? From making placemats to fixing a broken zipper, doing things for myself is a way to satisfy my daily yearning for originality, even in small ways. Working in my 9-5 job, I am rarely afforded the opportunity to express myself creatively. Creating after hours is my way of countering that creative time suck… More often than not, you can find me working on one of multiple projects that are in progress (due to a somewhat lack of direction on my part)… it’s my way of releasing the day’s stress, relaxing at home but also not losing my feeling of productivity in spare time. I really feel like I have an artistry for life even in my day to day!

Some of my favorite sites for finding new projects slash inspiration from other “Do it yourselfers”? I love the communities of  Burdastyle and Craftster, the daily giveasways at  I Love to Create, and believe it or not, I like to go to the fabric store on my lunch break… You are almost guaranteed to wait in a decent sized line there (due to lack of register staffing) so I take that time to ask other people what they are making or planning to do. You’d be surprised at how someone else’s idea can spark a great one in you!

PS. Poor Michael Bolton on Dancing with the Stars… don’t hate, I love me some Michael Bolton.

DO IT YOURSELF… My Way of Feeling Good

Girl Powah!

I know what you thought of… Spice Girls… I get it. And listen, I like the Spice Girls too, don’t get me wrong (Wannabe, anyone? Bueller?)… but the girl power that I am talking about here is that of the every day gals that we see in real life. Yes, Victoria Beckham has made a name for herself and has a fashion line and all that jazz but I’m talking about your regular girl next door type that creates something from nothing but a dream (cheeze alert!)

I am totally an Etsy lover. I am totally an arts and crafts blogger slash follower of arts and crafts blogs. I am totally a supporter of the handmade movement. I am a lover of all things unique. Nothing makes me happier when us girls are the ones creating community and sharing our shared love of anything on the nets. The online crafting community, consisting of so many fabulous women such as myself, is so much bigger and better than I could have imagined. I am digging in and trying to get myself acclimated/ familiar with all the fabulous ladies online… but there are so many, that it’s going to be hard to do anytime soon! I have really become fond of daily updates from women around the country, feeling almost as if I have all these online friends that are in the same boat. In reality, I don’t HA but I have started making some connections here and there.
Example?
Where Women Create (with sister project of Where Women Cook) offer a an online community that encourages sharing, creation and connecting with like minded gals. Right this moment, I don’t have quite the biz I would like going on so sooooomeday Where Women Create, someday. For right now, I am following crafting gals on Twitter and Facebook, adding special blogs to my ereader and really trying to immerse myself in and become part of this online crafting community. So far so good and with steady pace, I’ll get there. For now though? All I can say is, brace yourself,  “Girl Powah!”
Girl Powah!

New England: We Should Explore, Part Two

So as of right now, I have an ever growing list of things that I would like to do before moving out of New England. For my sanity’s sake I should probably start actually doing things so the list will, in the very least, not get any bigger.

Right now, lists stand as:

1. Climb Mt. Monadnok
2. Holiday trip to Yankee Candle
3. Portland, ME weekend
4. Touring Newport RI
5. Great Barrington Farmer’s Market
6. King Richard’s Fair

I would like to add to the list some pretty awesome action items if I may say so myself:

The Topsfield Fair: I grew up in Central Mass so the nearest fair was the Big E, which I have only ever been too once… but it required us to drive an hour and a a half to Western Mass. Some of my best friends continue to visit and rave about the Topsfield fair in Topsfield, MA. This is the year I go, I am determined. I need me some farm animals, some family fun and a ferris wheel… Who am I kidding… I am going for the fried food, all of it. Mmmmmmmm….

Goal to see every local sports team: Being in New England we have a multitude of great sports teams. We have the awesome, ultimate football team the New England Patriots, we have the Glorious Red Sox for baseball fans (which is basically everyone), the Boston Celtics are our town’s basketball team, then there is hockey gold in the form our Boston Bruins, aaaand Major League Soccah team the Revolution. Now I have been to a pre-season Pats game and soooo many Red Sox games but I really do want to experience it with my manfriend. He’s my boo and sharing is caring.

Vermont Foliage: I read some where that of the top spots for Fall Foliage 3 out of 5 are in Vermont. Obvi, I want to see what awesomeness that these foliage judges are raving about. I get good foliage in Mass but if I can see great, why not?! Track VT foliage here:

Vermont Fall Foliage

Hot Air Ballon Ride: Now this may be a stretch as manfriend has told me many times that being that high in the air, makes him a little nervous (or a lot nervous). I still reaaaaaaaaaally want to take a hot air ballon ride in New England to see the landscapes and really take in some genuine splendor. To me, it seems so romantic and also very Chipmunk Adventure. “Oh don’t you know that I’m off to seeeee the woooorld…”

Boston Duck Tour: I know, I know… I have lived in Massachusetts my entire life and still have not gone on a duck tour? This half bus/half boat takes its riders around Boston and local attractions as a means to show tourists the great city of Boston… suffice to say, I should probably do this before leaving… or else I may live to regret it.

So the list stand like this right now folks with nothing crossed of as yet:

1. Climb Mt. Monadnok
2. Holiday trip to Yankee Candle
3. Portland, ME weekend
4. Touring Newport RI
5. Great Barrington Farmer’s Market
6. King Richard’s Fair
7. Topsfield Fair
8. New England Sports Games
9.Vermont Foliage
10. Chipmunks Adventure Stylie Hot Air Ballon Ride
11. Duck Tour

I gotta get us into high gear here!

New England: We Should Explore, Part Two