March 30, 2010

Baby #2

My almost-9-month-old boy is learning to pull himself up on furniture.  Soon, he'll figure out how to cruise around the furniture...and then comes walking, running and independence.

He needs to stop growing up.

March 29, 2010

Have I mentioned that my sewing machine is broken?

18 times you say?

Well, I've been on the search for an awesome vintage machine (I just don't trust newer ones in the price range I can afford) and my search has ended!

In a day or two, a like-new vintage Singer 301a with a crapload of accessories will be on its way here!  I am so excited, its ridiculous.

Be prepared for a slew of sewing-related posts in the near future as I get to know my new baby.

Bet you cant wait :)

March 26, 2010

I hope you all like the new layout of my little blog here...the new design features blogspot has are great!  Next up will be to design a header for the top, I am still not a fan of the font choices they provide.

March 24, 2010

The first meeting of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild was last night.  It certainly seems like there is a great group of ladies raring to go!

We started off with introductions (I arrived a little late, so unfortunately I missed most of these)  and a little bit of how we started quilting.  Which made me think about my start.  (I told the short version...)  I wasn't really a sewer growing up, I did the pair of boxer-type shorts in middle school that everyone made, dabbled with my mom's sewing machine a little, but never really made anything.  Fast forward to senior year at college, I took a screen printing class, and learned about pulling a drawing apart for printing, and putting it back together.  This fueled my art at the time, and became rather enamored with paper collage, and manipulating the paper itself to create my illustrations rather than drawing.  At the same time, I took a class in product design and learned to create repeating patterns for paper/fabric/surface design, which led to a huge fascination with fabric!

Putting a love of paper collage + a love of fabric meant I *had* to learn to sew.  My mom gave me my own sewing machine while I was pregnant with boy #1....my first quilt was born and history was made.

The rest of the guild meeting I wont really dive into, it was a lot of dissussing what the group would be *doing*  but later I'll post about another interesting topic that came up.
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March 23, 2010

Just a quickie post, though it may turn into a bit of a rant...

What is it with this neighborhood and dogs.  I love dogs, I really do.  So it boggles my mind when I see the dogs in my neighborhood.  Untrained, unrestrained, unloved.  A couple houses down from me has had, in the past 3 years I've lived here, a basset hound, a yellow lab, a yellow lab puppy, and now two pugs.  Every single one of those dogs were/are kept mostly outdoors only, they brought them in at night, mostly and when they got too barky.  When I let my dog out, I always stay out with her, then bring her in when she's done her business. (we play outside too, so dont worry that she doesnt get outside time for fun) Although, I like to stay outside with her because of her issues..but thats another story I think.

The people across the street had a cute little yorkie, and I havent seen it in awhile.  Another house across the street has a cute little black puppy now, I can only hope the best for it.  at least they had it leashed, and looked like they were working on housebreaking it.

not to mention the several roaming dogs..oh..how i love/hate them.  they are sweet, mostly, but i feel bad that they are left out all the time. (i know who two of them belong to) and their owner(s) are not nice to them.

/end rant

Wordless Wednesday tomorrow!
Dinner tonight: Whatever the boys come up with, I'm going be at the first meeting of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild.

At least, I will be if the husband gets home on time.

March 22, 2010

My sewing machine is broken.

It was raining for a really long time. (thankfully it has stopped, but its been cold.)

Therefore, I've been doing a lot of experimenting lately.

Project 1: since my sewing machine is broken, I've been making headway on my giant hexagon quilt.  Still not anywhere close to being done, but it sure is cathartic.

Project 2: Cooking.  Now, my parents never really taught me to cook.  My mom was always more of a hamburger helper/boxed dinner kind of person, easy, quick and (relatively) healthy.  My dad, however, when he got in the mood to cook..watch out.  You never knew what you were going to get! I recall him just throwing stuff into pots...food all over the kitchen..(oh, how my mom *loved* it when dad cooked....insert eyeroll...) Dinner was certainly an adventure.  But, when I went off to college/was on my own, I took after my mom cooking-wise.  There was much instant rice, mac and cheese and ramen consumed.  And not neccessarily because I was poor. (though that was a factor!)

To make a long story short(ish) I have tired of eating the same old thing over and over...so lately, I have been trying out new (to me) methods of cooking, new flavors, (can you believe I had never had fresh garlic in anything before recently!) and in general, have tried to stay away from pre-packaged, bland (i have to add something to everything i make now!) and rather unhealty meals.

My family, however, is not always amused.

Dinner Tonight: Pot Roast, cooked according to Alton Brown's instructions via Good Eats.
Lunch Tommorrow: Leftovers.