Keeping busy while traveling

What do you do to stay busy when you are traveling? I often read or play games on my iPad. On this last trip, I decided to bring a few projects with me. One thing I love about my “Making Faces” portrait technique is that you can do it just about anywhere. It doesn’t require a lot of supplies or space. When we flew last Tuesday, one of our flights … Continue reading

Review of 2014

Introducing Hazel Rinoa

I can’t believe it is already the end of 2014! This has been a busy, eventful year for our family. Being “Mimi” means a lot of quilt making gets put on hold temporarily so I can focus completely on little Hazel, but I expect in the coming year things should start balancing out more. Here are a few of the bright spots for 2014. Click the caption for the full … Continue reading

Merry Christmas to me!

New washer and dryer

Merry Christmas to me! Well, really, it is for sweet hubby since I am totally blessed, and he does our laundry. But I suppose that is a year-long Christmas present of a different sort, isn’t it? Anyway, at the end of the year, I like to buy us a little something with some of the profits I’ve earned through speaking at quilt guilds and teaching workshops. This year, we decided … Continue reading

Tutorial: DIY reversible drawstring toy bag & play mat

Toy bag tutorial

It’s fifteen days until Christmas! If you need a quick DIY gift for the child in your life, here’s a great one. I made this reversible toy bag / play mat in about half a day. Adorable little Hazel has three sets of grandparents within a ten mile radius, so they are often traveling from home to home to visit. DD#2 needed a way to schlep baby toys from house … Continue reading

Our Texas adventure, Part 2

Hazel's finished portrait

What do you usually do when you are on a long road trip, sitting in the passenger seat? Sweet hubby loves to drive, so I’m rarely behind the wheel, but that’s okay. I can always find something to do! On this trip, we listened to audio books most of the time, but I had to keep my hands busy, so I brought along a little project. I decided to use … Continue reading

Happy birthday to me!

Isn’t she just adorable? Happy birthday to me! Today is my birthday, and I’m thankful for every year I’ve been given. So, I haven’t been doing much quilting the last month, but I’ve been busy with many very valuable events. To begin with, I got to cuddle the little bundle of joy shown above almost every day. She’s almost five months old now and she always wakes up with a … Continue reading

DIY growth chart for the grandbabies

Amalya and Hazel's birth measurements are marked

I love chasing rabbit trails, especially ones that involve internet exploration and research. I recently saw a growth chart on Pinterest, which made me realize I wanted to get one so we could record our grandchildren over the coming years. I thought that it might be a fun activity to do with the grandkids each birthday. I browsed Pinterest and Etsy to get ideas. I wanted something creative, but simple. … Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day

Grandpa and Hazel

Happy Father’s Day to a few of the men in my life. To my sweet hubby, despite having no good human role model in your life, you looked to your Heavenly Father as your example of what a real father should be and, because of that, you are a terrific dad! No doubt, you’ll be a terrific grandpa, too. To Amalya and Hazel’s daddy, you’ve already displayed the love, tenderness, … Continue reading