Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hannah's Red Carpet Moment

Hannah participated in peewee cheer this past football season and with wintertime, swine flu and regular flu, the "closing ceremonies" were postponed until two weeks ago. So, here we are getting ready to go to her closing ceremonies so that she can accept her trophy and have her picture made when the moment comes that I tell her she needs to go change her clothes........ she literally spun around and glared at me with a deeply offended scoff and said, "What's wrong with what I have on?" My response - "Nothing is wrong with what you have on. If that is what you want to wear it is just lovely."


I am grateful that she has enough self-confidence to be comfortable with herself because I would hate for her to be one of those types that cannot walk to the mailbox without her hair did and makeup on and I am even grateful that she is SUCH a strong-willed child (to an extent), but I have to admit that sometimes I sure do miss the days when she was a frilly girly-girl and everything was princesses and pink tutus.......

Hannah in her lovely cheer uniform

And now, here she is accepting her trophy and being photographed in her "Hannah" clothes (we tried to talk her into an acceptance speech but she declined).

Her "Hannah" clothes were the only thing that she wanted for Christmas even though they do not make them for girls (Santa can do ANYTHING she says).

Her "Hannah" clothes are the only way for a good Southern girl with any class or good raisin' to be attired.....

in CARHARTT OVERALLS, boots and Papa's hunting glasses! :)

She's awesome.

Monday, March 22, 2010


Okay, so here's the thing. I have TONS of projects in my head and several wip (works in progress) that are piled up in what I fondly refer to as "sewing world." We have a love/hate relationship.....sewing world and I. I offered to pack up sewing world for the time being seeing as how it has invaded a rather substantial portion of our dining room, but Papa insisted that sewing world stays since I sew all the time. Yay!!! Papa is AMAZING. Seriously.

Here are some of my crafting projects ~~ many of them old completed projects and a couple that are still wips. I will try and post the projects in a more regular fashion henceforth. So, without further ado......

Hannah's disappearing nines blanket in Moda Kashmir IV

I fell in love with this fabric the moment I saw it. It was an appliqué butterfly quilt in my head but then it evolved into a disappearing nines. It does, however, have one of the butterflies on the backing in honor of the original project. Not sure about all the stippling and I wish I had used a thicker batting, but overall I was pleased with the turnout.


Jacob's disappearing nines blanket

WIP. Jacob wanted a black/white blanket. The sashing is a blinding lime green. He said he wanted a 'disappearing whatever' like Hannah, so this is what he ended up with. I have stitched treble clefs on the solid black. Still working on this one. I do have some fab polka dot binding for it though! :)


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Granny's log cabin

WIP. This quilt top is most likely older than I am. The wife of one of my father's friends bought this from my Granny (my paternal GREAT-grandmother) years and years ago and was going to tack it. She found it in an old box of stuff, got in touch with my mother and asked if I would be interested in having it. HECK YEAH! What a treasure! I am not going to tack it though. I decided to HAND quilt it. It is fabulous. It is taking forever. I get very bored with it. I quilt for a while - I put it away for a while. BUT - I am getting so close to having it quilted and hopefully I can be done with it soon. I owe Ms. Eileen Gaines a photo of a completed quilt anyway. Plus much thanks for returning it to the family :)


Orange Nine Patch

WIP. Kind of. These blocks are for a charity quilt. Quilter's Dream Batting is sponsoring a quilt drive for ALS. My family and I were all assigned a color of the ROYGBIV (and pink). My cousin Michelle is going to assemble and quilt this quilt for the family in honor of her mother, my Aunt Jan, who was diagnosed with ALS and passed away on Christmas Day 2008. She was an avid quilter and we are all convinced she would be quite proud of us coming together to make a family quilt. I cannot wait to see the finished product!


Lone Star (to be)

Let me just say that I love Lone Star quilts probably better than any other. I WILL finish this. I love love love the red and purple.


Orange Bento Box

Love Love Love the Bento Box and Love Love Love the Orange. Put them together and it is delicious! :) I am thinking that I will make these into a wonderful table runner for my sister.


Laura Gunn's Dogwood Stripe in Denim

This is now a fabulous skirt for Easter/Spring that I made on Friday. It isn't very often that you find dogwood fabric so very pretty and I just love Laura Gunn's style. I will post pics soon :)

And finally....

Since the family ALS blocks were a hit we decided to swap blocks on the 4th of July. The 4th of July is our big family holiday gathering and we decided to make our blocks red, white and blue....naturally. This one ended up being too big for what we decided on so I had to put it to another use - an a-line skirt for Hannah that I made out of two pillow cases. How easy is that - no hemming! Woot!

Here she is in her skirt even though you can't see the star on the front:

That is enough finished/unfinished projects for now.....
One at a time, one at a time; at least Papa loves me enough to put up with my sewing madness :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Starry Thursday

Spring Break has been very quiet at the Pounderosa. Hannah has been with Nanny all week but today Nanny switched out kids and took Jacob home with her. So, boo! Jacob is gone - but yay! Hannah is home. So, Papa and Hannah decided to play with baby Star:

Hannah and Star

Papa has this handy dandy lasso rigged up so that baby Star cannot kick or try to pull away with her head. Plus it helps so that we don't have to pull on her (since she is new to this whole halter thing) :)

Isn't Papa crafty?

Hannah is getting so just makes me sad sometimes.

The weather is finally starting to break and Spring is trying to bust wide open ~ you can see the forsythia in the background of the picture above starting to bloom. Yay!!! I will post pictures soon of our up and coming garden so that we can track Papa's progress :)

Even the dogs are enjoying the warmer weather:

Max enjoying the sunshine

Chopper patiently waiting for someone to play with him

Life is definitely good on the hill.

Golf Tournament

Well, Jacob had his first Golf Tournament on Friday, March 12, 2010. As much as I LOVE golf (ha) I was sad that I didn't get to go, but Papa stayed through the whole tournament....he is a HERO! And aside from taking these fabulous pictures he even (*ahem*) brought Jacob breakfast AND lunch! ;) Such a good Papa!

Jacob had the highest score in his group AND our school's team won! They even had their picture in the paper! Woot! Go Jacob and Go Lions!