28 March 2011

On First Mate's Big Girl Room - Part 1...

So, it's official.  First Mate's fabulous uncle has allowed us to move his stuff out of the only bedroom he has ever had (21 years) into the attic bedroom (much cooler for a young 20-something anyway) so that First Mate can have her very own big girl room!

 Of course, the room will lose it's current blue wall color in favor of a nice creamy pink.  And, yes, Phillies fans out there - that IS a Scott Rolen poster and it WAS still on the wall (can you tell how frequently we change decor around here?).

I have been working very hard on scraping off the fantastic 90's style wallpaper border.

Pretty awesome, right??? 

I am between these three paint colors (all from Benjamin Moore):

Pink Peony

Ribbon Pink

And, Honey Nut, which I think is my favorite
(the ceiling color - sorry, it was the only photo I could find)

I'll have to see the samples all up on the wall first!

Besides the paint color and getting the room all fixed up, I have a few more projects up my sleeve for First Mate's new room.  As I get them all completed, I will share them with you!

Have a good one!

27 March 2011

On Give*Away...

Good morning friends!  Please don't forget about my True Prep/Kiel James Patrick give*away!  It ends on March 31st and there are only 10 entries so far.  Your odds are good!

You can find it HERE.

Starting to get First Mate's big girl room together!  I will post about how it's going as it, well, goes!

22 March 2011

On Reading Something That You Just HAVE to Share...

I saw this on a Facebook post this morning and I thought it was SO perfect to describe how I have to be right now in regards to my life:

Women are Angels.
And when someone breaks our wings,
We simply continue to fly...on a broomstick.
We are flexible like that.


Have a great Tuesday everyone!

21 March 2011

On First Mate's First Boat Venture...

Sunday, I took First Mate to visit her first boat, the USCG Eagle, a clipper vessel from the 1930's.  It made the first stop of its tour in Philadelphia, so we went over to take a tour!

Frustratingly, First Mate would not keep on her specs (read: sunglasses) as I would have liked.  Mommy thinks that eye protection starts early!

20 March 2011

On Too Much of a Good Thing = Give*away...

Hello Friends!  Yes, First Mate has insisted that I be up bright and early this morning.  Since we will not be going to church until 10 (I am venturing to take her to church with me for the first time), I decided that I would like to speak with you all (all 32 of you - I am so excited!!!) about something.

I have two extra copies of True Prep laying around (one I am saving for First Mate) and a Kiel James Patrick headband (Vicki Jerangle Carrick) that I bought and NEVER wore (sadly, as much as I love them, I have noticed that larger headbands sometimes make me look like Kerry Vincent from Food Network Challenge).



So, would anyone like a chance to win a copy of True Prep and a Vicki Jerangle Carrick headband?  Enter by being a follower and leaving a comment on this post.  You can also get an additional entry by referring a friend (make sure that they let me know they're your friend in their comment - oh, and they have to start following, too)!

Give*away entries end at the end of the month, March 31st!

Good Luck!

18 March 2011

On Where The Heck Did The Time Go...

Things have been hectic here around the house so, needless to say, I have not posted anything substantial in a while.  I also have not done my quilting homework yet (it's due on Monday night!) so, that's why there has been no quilt update for a bit (that and I couldn't make it to last weeks class - boo!). 

Being that spring (and going back to work) are right around the corner, there are so many things that I want to share with you but, they will have to take a little wait because, well, Mommy needs a nap. 

I promise that I will have a good post up this weekend!

Thanks for your patience,


17 March 2011

On St. Patick's Day...


Love Skipper, First Mate and Second Mate!

PS - as you can tell, I am no photographer (and First Mate is a very serious child)!  :)

03 March 2011

On Not Knowing HTML...

Does anyone know how to make the header of my blog symmetrical?  It drives me BATTY that it is off to the left like that. 

Help?  Pretty please?

02 March 2011

On Quilting - Part 2 (continued)...

 Yay!  First Mate decided it was okay to take a nice LONG nap this morning, so I got the sewing part of my quilting "homework" done.  I am so proud.

1. I sewed the squares together, 1/4" on each side of the blue center line.

2. Then, I cut the squares in half along the blue center line.

3. Next, the squares need to be ironed open.  I made sure to iron the little middle flappy thing (again, a made up term) to the dark side (and no, there is no Star Wars pun intended).

 4.  I thought that the little tiny 2" squares looked really funny after being ironed!  Note that I have not squared off (real term) the squares yet.  I am afraid to do that without proper teacher supervision (don't want to do it wrong and have to start over!).

 5. Yay!  This is kind of what the sails (I originally typed sales - ha!) will look like when I am done.  Maybe I can do this after all?

Enjoy your day!  Back to a regular post later in the week.

01 March 2011

On Quilting - Part 2...

Ahhh...it's Tuesday so that means that last night was quilting class night.  I was so proud of myself for picking out a quilt pattern and pretty fabric but, as I attempted to read the directions for the quilt, I realized that I might as well have been reading Greek.  None of it made any sense.

But, ah ha!  That is why I am taking a CLASS because low and behold, my fabulous quilting class teacher knew not only how to read the directions but how to simplify them for quilting novices like myself!

My "homework" was to cut the big fabric pieces into tiny fabric pieces and make the "half square triangles" for the boat sails.  A month ago, had you assigned me the above project, I would have looked at you like you had two heads and then would have either laughed at you or cringed, screamed and ran the other way (you did have two heads after all).  But not anymore!

1. Carefully measure out the fabric into strips.  And cut those strips into the appropriately sized squares.  (Do note that you are not going crazy, this fabric is a new addition to its earlier posted friends.)

 2. Put squares together good sides (I know that is not the technical term for that) facing in 

3. Draw a line, with a water soluble fabric pen, that divides the squares into triangles.  I pinned them to hold them together - note that this was a step I made up on my own to keep from losing stuff (and to increase the chances that I would stab myself in the fingers with pins).

 (Second Mate wanted to help.)

4. Voila!  A stack of fabric that is ready to be sewn (and pins that want to stab me!).

To be continued when I find time to finish my "homework" before the week is over!