Thursday, October 30, 2014

Throw-back Thursday!

Here is one of my favorite harvest-time pictures of my Princess Sparrow taken 2 years ago today!


And her first Halloween dressed up like Alice in Wonderland!


I can't believe I made that apron in less than 45 minute!

*\o/* Cheers
Shanna

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dallas, We Have A Problem!

Well, you may have noticed a slew of posts suddenly hit my blog!  It seems there have been a lot of my post simply going to my "draft" section of my blog instead of posting.  I jumped online today to change the background for the fall season and noticed it was especially light in postings.  I am not certain if it is because I was trying to use the Blogger Ap or if all along I had been only saving rather than posting.  Needless to say, there is now about 5-6 months worth of posts if any of you are curious or have the time!

*\o/* Cheers
Shanna


PS-This is my 401st post!!  Can you believe it?!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Dilemma

di·lem·ma
diˈlemə,dīˈlemə/
noun
  1. a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially equally undesirable ones.
    "the people often face the dilemma of feeding themselves or their cattle"
    synonyms:quandarypredicament, Catch-22, vicious circleplightmessmuddle;More
    • a difficult situation or problem.
      "the insoluble dilemma of adolescence"
      synonyms:quandarypredicament, Catch-22, vicious circleplightmessmuddle;More
    • LOGIC
      an argument forcing an opponent to choose either of two unfavorable alternatives.

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To do or not to do, that is the question.  What could I be speaking about?  Why Bonnie Hunter's Winter Mystery quilt Grand Illusions of course!  I always start a project with good intentions, however i wonder if I should be realistic this year?  Last year's Celtic Solstice (above) is still in pieces and the year before's mystery, Easy Street (below) is still a lonely quilt top, a mere flimsy.  Would it be right for me to start yet another project?  Are you planning to join in this year on the mystery?

*\o/* Cheers
Shanna



Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Nesting Place: A Book review



The Nesting Place:  It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful

By Myquillyn Smith (Published by Zondervan)


By the time we will hit our 11th Anniversary this coming spring, my husband and I will be moving into our 6th apartment since we got married.  The first few apartments we had our fair share of boxes, with nothing on the wall.  It was always going to be temporary, eventually we would find a place we could call home; we'd unpack, settle in...but rarely did it happen.  Then we moved practically to another world going from Alaska to Texas, then came babies, there never seemed any time to settle in.  I was greatly unhappy, disconnected from the place I was spending 98% of my time.


This book is not a miracle book, solving all of your problems, but what it does do is give a person permission to make a home right where they are.  Reading the author's experiences, thoughts and suggestions not only quieted that nagging dissatisfaction I was feeling that I needed to wait until I owned a home before I could make a place of my own.  As we embark on our next move in the spring, I have great plans on how I will make the place our home from the start.  I would high recommend this book for those who want to make a home right where they are, even if it might be temporary housing or apartment life.


Some lessons I learned from this book:

1.  To ask questions.  It can't hurt to ask your landlord if you can paint, we learned our current location allows us to if we will just paint it back before we leave.

2.  To make do.  You don't need to have a fancy magazine spread for a living environment, you can make do with things found on Craig's list, resale shops, garage Sales, or even repurpose things for alternative jobs from your own collection.

3.  Make space.  Sometimes clearing the space, getting rid of items that can be sold, traded or given away will help you obtain money or space for your ideas.

*\o/* Cheers
Shanna

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mother Sometimes Knows Best!

This morning was a tough one, a little hand waking me up at about 3 o'clock in the darkness. Someone wanted to snuggle up between my husband and I; they were not being very gentle or quiet about it either.  Mr. Sparrow was completely out, taking up a good portion of the bed, I knew that there just wouldn't be a comfortable spot for my little Sparrow, but she insisted!

She flipped.
She flopped. 
She rolled and sprawled, trying to find the perfect sleeping spot.

Little sparrow was grumpy a couple hours later when I finally convinced her that her bed was the perfect location she was seeking.  When the Sun was shiny, awake, and clamoring for its position in the sky, the little sparrow awoke, bouncing with more energy than a person ought to have for such a sleepless night.  An early nap, I told her would definitely be in store..

" No mommy, I don't need to rest!" she declared in her mighty voice.

"Just sit here a moment in this chair with your covers, your pillow, your favorite drink.  Can you do that for me?"  I asked in my most calm voice.

"Yes...but I will not rest!" She declared once more.  I turned away to load the dishwasher, hoping she had stayed put, I turned back to see this a few minutes later:


A little more than two hours later this:


Sometimes, a Mother does know best!

*\o/* Cheers
Shanna

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday


Here is a project that I have been slowly working on since May.  I got sidetracked with graduation, then dealing with the miscarriage, but now I am back on track again, I hope.

This is a commission piece, a baby quilt for a lady from church who asked me to make it for her niece.  I needed to order more of the white fabric as I did not quite figure the right amount, so imagine white poka-dot printed fabric between the blocks.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

I am linking up to:
Design Wall Monday with JudyPatchwork Times
BOM's Away with LynWhat a Hoot Quilts


*\o/* Cheers
Shanna

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Princess Down..I repeat, Princess Down..

pre-princess almost 2 years ago

My daughter has informed me that hence forth she shall be addressed as "Princess Ziona."

I am not quite certain how it happened exactly, but between the layers of pink on pink , the fluffy dresses, jewels, tiaras, my daughter turned into a...Princess.  I was one of those deluded mothers-to-be who specifically requested no pink for baby showers, who thought that she could avoid the too girlie world of princesshood, but alas I was wrong.  When a girl is a princess down in her soul, there is not much a mommy can do about it but try not to overly sigh, and keep eye-rolls to a minimum.

But, Princess or not, she still has to take a nap!



*\o/* Cheers
Shanna

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Thrill of Winning...


A few weeks ago I went to a bunko night at my LQS.  I had never played bunko before and frankly gathering with women made me nervous, but I needed to get out of the house.  Much to my surprise, I won the most amount of games that night!  For this I won a bundle of fabric containing 7 Halloween FQ's!  I also purchase 1.5 yds of the white print and 1 yd of the Green watercolour print (below) to help me make something.  We have no Halloween or fall décor for that matter around our house, so I am excited to get working on a particular project--a pattern testing.



*\o/* Cheers

Shanna

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Things We Love..



Here is my finished Butterfly block, paired along with the first block, it has been packed up for mailing to Jennifer, the next person in the traveling quilt process.  The first block (the bird) started with Yvonne; the themes for her traveling quilt is "things we love".  My daughter told me I should make a butterfly when I asked her what she thought!


*\o/* Cheers
Shanna