Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dream Kitchen

Here is a picture of my dream kitchen. I love the wood island, white cabinets, and wood floor.

My kitchen now has oak cabinets that the previous owner had custom built and when I first saw them I wanted to paint them, but I was too chicken. I knew we wouldn't live here forever, so I wasn't sure what it would do to the resale value. We will be renting out our house soon, so I'm glad I didn't paint them. But I would love to have a kitchen I love in our next house, even if I have to paint the cabinets.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Quilting Can Be Fun!!!

I did it! I finished the table runner. Okay here's the truth it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. But I've learned a few things. I learned that if you keep poking yourself with your needle and pins you end up with a lot sores on your fingers and blood on your project. I really need to invest in a thimble. Also, stippling with my sewing machine was a wreck. I really need a better sewing machine before attempting that again. So I hand stitched the whole thing, luckily it's not very big. Yes very time consuming, but worth the work. It's the finished product that matters most.

I love it! The colors add so much sunshine and cheerfulness to our kitchen. I'm looking for my next project.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Alaina

Yesturday would have been our sweet baby girl's first birthday. She was born with a heart defect, Transposition of the Great Arteries, and at three days old had surgery and a 97% chance of survival and to live a normal life. Unfortunately surgery didn't go as planned and she passed away that night.

I don't want to have a depressing blog, so I won't write how terrible it was or feels, but we feel blessed to have had her for her short time here on earth. She was beautiful, she had my hands.

My sisters drew a beautiful portrait of her. Thank you so much Candice and Cherish.

We went to her gravesite and brought flowers. I love her headstone. I think it's important to have a headstone that reminds you of that special person you love. Her hand and footprint was hand carved to replicate a 3-D hand and foot mold we have from her hand and foot.

We love and miss you Alaina.

Friday, February 6, 2009

My Craft Room

The last couple of months I've been putting together my craft room. It's not perfect, but it's my personal "girly" space. It's a tiny room, that we used for the nursery, so it's perfect nice and bright. I just love to go in there and create. My latest project that I'm working on, I found on, Camille Roskelly's design. It looked easy enough for me to try. I've been wanting to learn how to quilt, so I thought this would be a good starting project. It uses a Moda Fabric Charm pack. Pre-cut 5 x 5" squares, very nice, I don't have to cut all those squares and you get one of each design from the collection. Our quilt shop here had only 3 to choose from luckily they had one I loved, Oh Cherry Oh.

Such fun colors! The pattern calls for 40 squares and this came with 33, so I had to add seven of my own fabric on hand. I think I did pretty good. Now the layout. I kept wanting to rearrange each time I would study it, so I finally had to stop. Here it is.

Wish me luck.