Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pouch Swaps

I started out 2013 with spots in 2 pouch swaps... because you can never have enough little pouches, right? I don't really participate in a lot of swaps. I love them... the excitement, the plotting and planning, the waiting... but I don't have a whole lot of extra time and it can be hard to squeeze in those deadlines sometimes. But I've been working on cutting myself some slack and trying new things this year, so a couple of swaps sounded just perfect.

And now that my second package has made it to the other side of the world, I can share what I made, and what I received!

 Pretty Little Pouch Swap on Flickr
#PLPS done! I love it, hope my partner does too 
I was sewing for Jessie (who I got to meet at Sewing Summit)

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And Megan was sewing for me. Can you believe she made me 2 pouches! I love them both, but those Tula Pink squirrels just kill me!!


Sweet Pouch Swap hosted by Ros
#sweetpouchswap all done! And already stuffed with a little candy. 
I was sewing for Cat (of Cat&Vee)

  31:365 Hope there's something here that strikes my partner's sweet-tooth. #sweetpouchswap 
And since the pouch was making the trek all the way down to Australia, I stuffed the box with as many U.S. goodies as I could get in there!

  Sweet Pouch Swap Arrived!! 
The package I received came from Maja... and all the way from Slovenia.

I can't wait for the next swap!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Project Life Week 8

February 17 - February 23

48:365 Making decent progress on the Prince Charming quilt. 
Sunday: Making decent progress on the Prince Charming quilt. 
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  49:365 Newest addition to the MLP family - Walking Talking Pinkie Pie
Monday: Newest addition to the My Little Pony family - Walking Talking Pinkie Pie.
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  50:365 Lots of goodies today!! Fabric, Pouch Swap with sweets from Slovenia, and a giant squirrel. 
Tuesday: Lots of goodies in today's mail!! 
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  51:365 Hot Water Heater isn't working... Ugh!! 
Wednesday: Hot Water Heater isn't working... Ugh!! 
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  52:365 This will become a bag soon! 
Thursday: This will become a bag soon! 
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  53:365 Perfect chair for kid or cat.
Friday: Perfect chair for kid or cat. 
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  Home from a super-fun day at #quiltcon with @sallykeller814 and Katie! 
Saturday: Home from a super-fun day at QuiltCon! 
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Scrappy Trip Along

The bright side of having hubby away last week was lots of time for sewing. A couple evenings of quilting and a few movies while hand-stitching the binding, and my Scrappy Trip Along quilt was finished!

Scrappy Trip Along

This quilt was so much fun to put together! At least 75% of the pieces came from my scrap baskets... I could have made the whole thing from scraps, but I didn't want to repeat any of the strips, so I cut into some fat quarters for a couple of the blocks.

Scrappy Trip Along

I was having trouble deciding on a backing fabric, so the people who live in my phone (AKA Instagram) helped me pick this one, and it is perfect!

Scrappy Trip Along

Wow!  You really can tell how strong our Winter sun has been here in Texas... the above 2 pictures are of the same section of the quilt... the top one taken inside, and the bottom one outside.


Quilt Details
Pattern: Scrappy Trip Around the World
Quilt Top: Scraps
Backing: Henna Garden in Persimmon from Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson
Binding: Eyelet (Seeds) in Grey from Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt
Size: 60" x 72"

I'll be linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes at the end of the month.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Project Life Week 7

February 10 - February 16

41:365 First full spool of 2013 is gone. 
Sunday: First full spool of 2013 is gone. 
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  42:365 Pretty little bowl of trimmings. 
Monday: Pretty little bowl of trimmings. 
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  43:365 Had to stop & pet the school's cat Max on our way out today. 
Tuesday: Had to stop and pet the school's cat Max on our way out today. 
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  44:365 Stealing a few minutes before work for coffee & binding. 
Wednesday: Stealing a few minutes before work for coffee and binding. 
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  45:365 Hubby is still in CT but he sent Meg & I Build-A-Bear stuff for Valentine's Day. My bear got a @nhlbruins uniform. 
Thursday: Hubby is still in CT but he sent Meg & I Build-A-Bear stuff for Valentine's Day. 
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  Feeding the giraffe. 
Friday: Feeding the giraffe at Houston Zoo 
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  47:365 Guess Megan & I aren't the only ones happy Chris is home. 
Saturday: Guess Megan and I aren't the only ones happy Chris is home. 
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Mommy-Megan Day

It's been a bit of a rough week around here... hubby has been in Connecticut since Sunday (and is on the plane home as I type). There have been a lot of tears; middle of the night bad dreams; and a 1,000,000 questions of when daddy will be home. So I thought we needed a day off from work and preschool to have a little fun!

It was an amazingly beautiful, sunny, mid-60 degree day in Houston... a perfect day to spend in Hermann Park.

My silly breakfast date. 
A little Starbucks to help start the day.

  Just hanging out, hoping a butterfly lands on her. 
First stop was the Butterfly Center at Houston Museum of Natural Science.  We timed it perfectly and were done and heading to our next stop as the school tour groups started pouring in.

  Beautiful day at the zoo 
And then it was off to the zoo! A carousel ride and a Hello to Mr. Melvin was a must.

  Feeding the giraffe. 
But the real reason we were there was to feed the giraffes! so. much. fun. And I now have 2 stamps on my frequent feeder card.

  Finishing our zoo trip with a ride on the train. 
We didn't spend too much time visiting the animals (we were just there a couple of weeks ago), so after a quick mandatory stop at the Red Pandas, we headed out for a ride on the train.


We came home tired and a little sunburned, but it really was the best day (and helped take Megan's mind off missing daddy!)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Project Life Week 6

February 3 - February 9

34:365 Beautiful day to play backyard soccer (or rest in the goal net) 
Sunday: Beautiful day to play backyard soccer (or rest in the goal net) 
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  #PLPS done! I love it, hope my partner does too  
Monday: PLPS done! I love it, hope my partner does too. 
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  36:365 First box of the season. 
Tuesday: First box of the season. 
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  37:365 Pretty new fabric brightens up a gloomy rainy day! 
Wednesday: Pretty new fabric brightens up a gloomy rainy day! 
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  38:365 It is going to be a crazy-busy, but crazy-good April! 
Thursday: It is going to be a crazy-busy, but crazy-good April! 
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  39:365 This bag might be a project very soon. 
Friday: This bag might be a project very soon. 
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  40:365 January is done! Now on to February. #woodlandsampler 
Saturday: January is done! Now on to February. 
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Monday, February 4, 2013

I'm Going To QuiltCon

Hard to believe QuiltCon is almost here! Quilts, shopping, classes, lectures... what a fun weekend in Austin!

tammy stash building 
This picture was taken by my HMQG-buddy Fi while shop-hopping in Salt Lake City during Sewing Summit. Pretty accurate picture of me... sunglasses on the top of my head with fabric in one hand and my cellphone in the other!

So 5 things you may not know about me:

1. I went to college (Texas A&M) thinking I'd go on to vet school. But freshman chemistry kicked my butt and I switched my major to Psychology. And while I loved Psych, I had no idea what to do with a psych degree. I ended up getting a job at an investment firm... thought I'd stay for a couple of years and then move on to something else... well, this summer I'll celebrate my 17th anniversary. 

2. I met my husband at work. We worked on the same floor, but in different groups. And we managed to keep it quite... many of our co-workers didn't know we were dating until after we had already gotten engaged.

3. My favorite movie is Fletch. I know every line... I've read every book.

4. I've completed 4 full marathons and 2 half-marathons (1 marathon and 1 half were for the Walt Disney Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge). I haven't run in years, but have hopes of doing another event one of these days.

5. I've lived my entire life in Texas. I love this state, and I love Houston, but I do not love the hot Texas summers. The heat makes me grouchy and I pretty much hibernate in my air conditioned house from June through September.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Project Life Week 5

January 27 - February 2

27:365 Good start on a new pile for the charity resale shop. 
Sunday: Good start on a new pile for the charity resale shop. 
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  28:365 HMQG Monday night sew-in. 
Monday: HMQG Monday night sew-in 
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  29:365 Probably won't finish before February comes out. But hey - considering I never started last year's I'm doing pretty good. #woodlandsampler 
Tuesday: Probably won't finish before February comes out. But hey - considering I never started last year's, I'm doing pretty good! 
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  30:365 I'm pretty evenly divided (from archetypeme.com) 
Wednesday: I'm pretty evenly divided (from archetypeme.com) 
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  31:365 Hope there's something here that strikes my partner's sweet-tooth. #sweetpouchswap 
Thursday: Hope there's something here that strikes my Sweet Pouch Swap partner's sweet-tooth. 
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  Pillow Talk Swap arrived today! Thank you to the wonderful angel who made this for me!!! 
Friday: Pillow Talk Swap angel pillow arrived today! 
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  33:365 Riding the Red Panda #houstonzoo 
Saturday: Riding the Red Panda at Houston Zoo. 
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Friday, February 1, 2013

A Lovely Year of Finishes - February Goal

Time to plan February's project for A Lovely Year of Finishes hosted by Melissa and Shanna.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

There's no shortage of quilt tops around my house to choose from (I think I have 12 tops that need to be quilted... maybe more... yikes!!) But this month's pick is the Scrappy Trip Along I pieced in January. By the way, have you checked out the #scrappytripalong hashtag on Instagram? There's over 4,000 pictures in there!

Scrappy Trip Along