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April 2016

Cherry Cheesecake – Oh My!

This quilt was my first big applique project. I've done a little applique here and there, but an entire quilt of hand applique – well that was going to be a fun challenge. I fell in love with this pattern "Cherry Cheesecake" the moment I first laid eyes on it. I loved the colors Lori of Bee In My Bonnet used, but they don't really match the pastel/cottage theme of our house. So, I was excited to try this one in softer colors!

And, I'm so glad I did. I actually ended up really enjoying the hand applique (though hand embroidery is still my favorite)!

Here it is laid out

I just really love this one – can't wait to quilt it ;)



The St. Pat’s Day Lip Sync Battle

Okay, so we love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Every year, I make Rueben Sandwiches, which is our version of corned beef and cabbage ;)! I spent a lot of time planning, buying everyone green shirts, and my husband even ordered microphones for our Lip Sync Battle this year! I promised the kids I wouldn't post any embarrassing pictures, but I can share a few

This ended up being my favorite part of the night!

Everyone did their two songs, and we all cheered each other (though the kids did make fun of the duet my husband and I did– "Islands in the Stream":). The kids even downloaded a lighter app, and held up their phones with a flame on it – like we were at a real concert. I mean we really got into it

But, back to my favorite part of the night. We had all done our two songs, and we were just playing random songs.  And, we ended the night, the five of us

all singing together ;)



Cross Roads Quilt Along Here I Come

Okay, honestly – I need to start another project like I need another hole in my head, but have you seen the Crossroads quilt! I mean it's gorgeous! And, it's for a good cause too, benefiting the March of Dimes, and the quilt along is being hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. Try as I might to resist, this quilt was calling my name

I'm using a combo of Windermere and Ambleside fabric lines by Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilts for Moda! Oh how I love me some Brenda Riddle fabric! Anyway, aren't these log cabins just too sweet?

It's still not too late to join the fun girls ;)



Happy Campers Sewing Machine Cover

So, we bought a covered trailer that we're converting into a camper. We love getting away from everything and getting back to nature. In a word, we love camping! And, beings as we are almost empty nesters now, well, we're hoping to take that camper out and see the world ;)

And, my husband built me a sewing table/cabinet for the living room, so I can sew some in the evenings, and still get to watch movies with the guys. We were fine with everything, except we didn't want the sewing machine "out", ya know looking all mechanical and such, in our cozy living room!

and this darling Camper cover just seemed to fit. The pattern is by Janine at Rainbow Hare on Etsy. I did make several modifications, and added embroidery to make it "our" camper ;) And, I just love how it turned out

I'm still trying to talk my husband into pink gingham curtains for our real camper :0)!!

So here's to us happy campers

and some exciting adventures ahead!



Tammy’s Quilt

I've been working on a fun little quilt I designed for my friend, Tammy with those adorable panels from the Modern Minis line by Bee In My Bonnet for Riley Blake.

I've never done scrappy sashing before, but I ended up loving it – and will definitely use it again ;)

This has been such a fun quilt to work on! Can't wait to get it quilted and give it to her ;)



Valentine’s Day at the Shakespeare Chateau

My husband got us reservations at the Shakespeare Chateau Bed and Breakfast for Valentine's Day – and it is up there with some of the best Valentine's dates he's taken me on.

See, we're having a blast and we haven't even left the house yet! In all seriousness, here we are ready to go

So, no kidding – he got us the Romeo & Juliet Suite (get it – it's the Shakespeare Chateau ;)

The house was actually built in 1885 on Hall Street, also known as Millionaire's Row, and has been remarkably well preserved.

The wood work throughout the house and the 47 stained glass windows are a wonder to see.

Our suite was huge

and absolutely gorgeous! There's the sitting area where we had our morning coffee.

But, I'm getting ahead of myself

because here, we are about to head down for a special Valentine's dinner they have planned.

They brought in a local chef to cook the most delicious dinner. The Beef Wellington was perfect

but as always, my favorite part was the dessert

They even had a woman playing the harp for dinner music

and some fun readings from Shakespeare

And, before we knew it, the night had flown by, and it was time for breakfast.

I really can't thank my husband enough for all of the exciting adventures he takes me on! This is yet another fun place we really hope to visit again soon ;)



Vintage Bird Pillows - Winter

Since the first set turned out so cute, I had to make another set of those darling vintage bird pillows to go with our winter duvet.

I do just love these romantic little birds. He goes to a lot of work, singing and such to woo her

And then, she woos him right back with a fine feast ;)

I chose some 3 Sisters fabric from my stash, to coordinate with our duvet cover that I made out of Chocolat by 3 Sisters.

Loving this set as much as the summer pillows ;)



Vintage Bird Pillows for Summer

Whew, it was a busy holiday season, with so many fun things going on. I did manage to squeeze in some embroidery, and made the fun vintage bird pillows.

I chose some pretty Tanya Whelan fabric that coordinates with the quilt I made with her fabrics a few years back

Here they are all finished


and after

I just love how a couple of sweet pillows can change the look and feel of the whole room ;)



Family Fun in Florida!

Our son turned 21 in January, and we flew out on his birthday for a fun trip to Florida!

This wasn't the relaxing, beach vacation we had earlier! Nope, this was a four theme parks in five days – ride as many roller coasters as you possibly can kind of trip! Our son loves roller coasters, too ;)!!

We stayed at the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal – it was so gorgeous I literally took pictures of the elevators! We spent the first day at Busch Gardens with my brother, Kevin (who as a side note – also loves roller coasters).  He lives in Tampa, and we don't get to see each other as much as we'd like.  So, it was super fun to spend lots of time with him.

Here we all are waiting in line to ride Sheikra!

We did enjoy all the animals, too. The guys had fun feeding the kangaroos

We spent the second day at Sea World, where we found our new favorite roller coaster, The Manta

It truly is like you're flying – eek!  It was amazing.  We road it like 4 times ;)

We really enjoyed seeing all of the sea life, and watching the fun shows

We took Alec to Sea World when he was only 2, and look at him now – all grown up!

Oh, and they let you pick an oyster and get the pearl out of it now! Here they are making up the necklace for mine

I chose the one with three dolphins holding the pearl, and I love it

We spent the last three days at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios

They have a really pretty boat ride that takes you from the hotel to the parks

Not only did we ride a lot of fun things

But, we ate a lot of really good food

like the most amazing chicken carbonara

and the best pizza we've ever eaten.

Oh, and we also all tried Sushi for the first time YUCK (but the guys loved it ;)

And, since he just turned 21, we tried lots of fun drinks, too

And before we knew it, we were taking our last boat ride back to the hotel

and singing "Time for Me to Fly" with the boat radio.

We can't wait to go again next year!



The Best Birthday Ever!

So, I'm turning 46, and my husband told me to go out and buy a new dress, because he and Alec were taking me out for dinner and to the ballet to see the Nutcracker. Here I am after shopping, modeling the dress for my husband and crossing my fingers he likes it.

I felt as close as I will ever feel to being like Cinderella, getting all dressed up for the ball!

Here we all are, dressed up and ready to go

We had really nice dinner before the ballet

the dessert was my favorite.

And here are my two favorite guys just before the ballet at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

aren't they both just so handsome ;)!!! Waiting for the ballet to start

This was the first time we had been to a ballet, and it was wonderful!

I even got a birthday kiss

A big, huge, GINORMOUS thanks to my husband and son for giving me the BEST birthday I've ever had!