Happy Halloween

I hope you all had a happy Halloween whereever you are.
If Halloween is even celebrated where you are. :)
We had a successful (busy) weekend here.
Hooray for Daylight Savings tomorrow.
I’m off to enjoy my extra hour of sleep.
(That is if my kids let me, but not getting my hopes up.)

Monday: back to business and finally catching up on lots of emails
and possibly writing blogposts that are actually somewhat interesting.

Toadstools and tutorials

For a while now I’ve been collecting toadstool tutorials.
So I thought I’d share.
The cute little guy above is found on The Storque by etsy.
This beauty is by LucyKate Crafts.This little cutie is from How About Orange . . .
This one requires no sewing skills at all – just a steady hand with a paring knife.
It’s a radish! Found here.

Now, you’re wondering what in the world Toadstools have to do with Halloween.
I give you Martha:

Is that the greatest or what? (And don’t miss the snail out of a cucumber!)
So if you were blessed with an abundant squash harvest this year, you too can create adorable, trendy, Halloween decorations!

Today is full of Halloween parades and class parties. Fortunately I didn’t have to pull an all-nighter on any costumes. They were all finished in time for a party at church on Wednesday night. It was kind of nice to have an early deadline to prevent last minute scrambling. But I have to admit, by Saturday night I will be ready for Halloween to be done.

PS – I haven’t had the chance yet to thank anyone personally for the great party food suggestions.
You folks really saved my bacon. Bless you cyber-friends!

A glimpse of today

Halloween costumes under construction.
Look at that little pile of Happy Camper fabric waiting patiently for its turn.

This can’t be good for pumpkins.

While we’re on the subject of Halloween, my assignment is to bring ‘finger-food’ to the 5th Grade (10 year olds) class party on Friday. I want to bring something besides candy because I figure there will be ample amounts of that this weekend. Does anyone have any good suggestions, links, ideas?

Finished plaid quilt (and other random stuff)

First, a picture of a recent finish. Woo!
(Because this is first and foremost a quilting blog.)
I’m pleased with the orange border and blue binding.
A good snuggly fallish quilt.

Many thanks for the swine flu well wishes. I think we’re on the mend. (fingers crossed.)

(Disclaimer: Sorry the rest of this has nothing whatsoever to do with quilting.) For you other SYTYCD (so you think you can dance) people: nothing like a show full of good dance (Wade!) to end a day of: taking care of sick and cranky people at the same time as you try to finish all the final fall yard work before it snows tomorrow. Whew. Mandi Moore’s choreography made me full-on grin. At first I wasn’t sure what to think when she didn’t choreograph to some classic 80’s hit, but man, Viva La Vida was awesome. Oh wow – that is how I want to dance in heaven. If I tried it now my children would start yelling, “MOM! STOP!” plus I’d probably throw my back out or dislocate a hip joint or something worse. And cute Ryan Di Lello. A few years ago my husband used to occasionally teach classes at BYU and Ryan was one of his students. (My husband taught Intro to Public Relations, not Advanced Latin Ballroom – although that would be pretty cool. Not that Public Relations isn’t sexy too.) A short time later my husband was in charge of the youth group at church and asked Ryan to come teach a class in some basic partner dance moves. I was there. He is a really nice guy. So that is my brush with SYTYCD fame. And there you go.

Now, onto finishing Halloween costumes!

Tamiflu is our friend

So last Sunday night we were at my parents’ house for dinner and my sister asks, “Have you got the swine flu vaccines yet?” and I answered, “No, but I should probably get on that.” Well, before I had time to even think about finding a location to get some of the elusive shots, my 5-year-old came home from school the next day coughing and not looking so hot. Enter the swine flu. Sadly with him we didn’t get it diagnosed until it was too late for him to take Tamiflu, but when my 12-year-old daughter started having symptoms on Friday, we promptly put everyone on the drugs. My husband started feeling crumby yesterday, but the other 3 of us are doing okay and I’m praying the meds do their job. We’re surviving – nothing apocalyptic – but not the funnest week we’ve had. So now that I’m going into week two of being a hermit, maybe I’ll finally finish getting this room put together. Can you tell I’m making progress? Well, probably not (other that the stuff on the walls) but serious progress has been made. I don’t know if it will ever be Better-Homes/Martha-Stewart worthy, but as long as it’s organized and functional and inspirational to me and not just black hole of craft junk, I’m good.

Shop update

They’re in! Click on photo to get to etsy the fast way. :)

Quick explanation of a minor change: In the past I have always created quilt kits that included backing fabric. That has slowly become the trickiest part for me because I don’t have access to huge amounts of yardage and many people wanted the same pieces and I didn’t have them. I am still listing a few kits with specific backing yardage, but I also decided to try the option of listing kits containing everything for just the top of the quilt (binding included) at a lower price, allowing you to pick your own back from your favorite source (including your stash). You can also email me if you need fabric line recommendations.

Feedback on this change (or anything else on your mind) is definitely welcomed!

Thanks again for stopping by and have a happy fall weekend! Hopefully in a pumpkin patch or at a college football game or in front of your sewing machine.