Saturday, March 23, 2013

Thank goodness it is spring

It was one busy week last week. The week before spring break always seems to be that way. On top of it I haven't been feeling the best, so I really didn't spend much time in my sewing room. I am feeling a bit better, but by the evening my back starts hurting again and that means I don't sew.

However, yesterday was my first day of spring break (really a furlough day, but I am home so it counts) and I got some blocks done. I would have had more but I had a brown solid in with these blocks and it just did not look good so I used my trusty seam ripper and got rid of it.

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Also my lovely husband picked up my camera for me.

Finally got my camera back from the repair shop. Note to self - do not drop expensive items in the middle of a parking lot.

Since I am so happy to have it back, I went out into the yard and took some picture of my square foot garden. You can see the carrots, onions, garlic, beets and some peas that I planted in the fall taking off now.

Carrots and Onions

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In just a few more days some little seedlings will start popping out. Hopefully that is.

I am so happy to see the tulips poking out of the garden. I can't wait for them to start blooming.

tulips just coming up

And my roses taking off.

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Climbing Roses

Even the tree is starting to get leaves.

tree new leafs

It is so green outside that the pups couldn't help but take sometime to play in the grass.

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Gus was all for posing for pictures.

Gus dog in the grass

But he had to be on the look out because Suzie just wanted to play.

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Hope everyone is doing well... I am wishing you a green spring to come soon enough if it is still white or cold where you are.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bye Bye Google Reader

I know you have probably heard this already, in many many places, but google reader is going away.

I found this very shocking and sad, but it is what it is so let's make the best of it.

I personally have been trying out Feedly. Not sure on my impression of it yet. I think it is very pretty and that they have a lot of functions to it.  All those features mean I am still learning about everything it can do. The transition was super easy, I just had to login with my google account. The one thing I don't like is that they don't have an add to feedly button. Maybe that is on its way. Who knows.

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However, there are lots of other ways to follow. I know a many of you have decided to move over to bloglovin'. In just two-three days I have received more emails than I can count saying that so and so is now following me on bloglovin', which is great and has made me super happy to know that I am at least keeping those readers.  If you want you can easily follow me over there by clicking this button.

Follow on Bloglovin

If you already use google reader and you want to transfer to bloglovin they made it really simple. Just go sign up and under settings you can import blogs. I have been using bloglovin' for awhile. I like you can set it up to send you an email ever morning with the updates from the blogs you follow. I don't like that it didn't transfer over my categories like feedly did.

I am also on  networkedblogs. I follow a few blogs on it, but mostly I use it to push my blog post to twitter and facebook. There site is set up much differently than the other too. On this site you actually scroll left to right and you see a whole bunch of post by each blog you follow.



Now if you prefer you could just get my posts in email by clicking Subscribe to Jenniffier's Sometimes Creative Life by Email. Then you would get my posts in your email, which isn't everyday because I do not blog that often.

Of course you could also choose to follow along with my blog on facebook. Then my posts would sporadically appear on your main page, but I am not sure how facebook decides who/what you will see. I do know I often miss when some of my favorite people posts things.

I guess everything has its good and its bad. I just hope that you choose to stick around when google reader goes bye bye.

If this isn't new news for you, what have you been trying and why/why don't you like it?
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Winner for the Quilters’ Blog Hop Party giveaway!

Congratulations to Tanya.

Winter Blog Hop WInner

She won the Kona Charm pack from my giveaway.

Kona Charm Pack

Tanya please send me an email with your info within 72 hours so I can send you your prize and I won't have to pick a new winner :). I have also emailed you, posted on my facebook page so hopefully you will respond in time :)

I tried to send you a facebook message too, but since we aren't friends I would have had to pay a dollar or it gets filtered out to your other box... which I don't know if you would ever see if you didn't know it was there. So I didn't try to contact you that way too.



Thanks all for entering and thanks to everyone who decided to follow along.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Second Finished Bee Block for March

This is the second  Thursday in a row that I have realized I really should finish something this week. Then the thought came to me why not a bee block. I mean they are "quick". It is only one block... Why not! And for once that didn't turn out to be a bad thing. It is actually a very lovely thing.

Scapper's delight block from Sunday Morning Quilts for jyllybean for our quilt bee.

This block is made for my Sunday Morning Quilt bee. All the blocks we are making for this bee come from the Sunday Morning Quilts book. This particular block was super fun to make. I dug through my disaster of a scrap bin (as mentioned yesterday). Found some light to medium value colors... Added in a couple dark fabrics and called it good to go. Then you just build upon each layer until you have a 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 block. After making this block I kind of want to sit down with my scrap basket and make a whole bunch of these.

Well I hope my bee mate likes it.


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sew Thinky Thursday: Bad Sewing Habits

I have been playing along with Sew Thinky Thursday day. Each week a new question is asked.


This weeks question is:
Bad sewing habits. Do you have them? Share with us, what are your worst habits when it comes to sewing?

Shh. Don't Tell any but I have a lot of bad sewing habits. 
  1. I forget to close my rotary cutter way too often. 
  2. I often just throw my scraps to the side and then maybe shove them in one of my scrap containers. 
  3. I leave piles of fabric laying on my table until it becomes such a big pile that I have to clean up before I cut anything else. I may even move it to the scrap pile just not to deal with it right now. 
  4. I drop pins all the time. I try to pick them up but often I find them when they poke me in the foot, I may curse just a bit when that happens. 
  5. My seam ripper is a good friend of mine. 
  6. I don't have a perfect quarter inch. I try but it isn't always exactly how I want it to be. 
  7. I have project ADD. I start something get distracted, try something new... oh but wait there was this...  what honey I was cleaning the kitchen.... oh yeah but I just want to finish this one thing... 
I am sure there is more, but this is good enough for now. How about you do you have any bad sewing habits?



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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday + a trip to So Cal

I did make some progress this week. Not much but some is better than none.

I was able to make one of my bee blocks. 

The missing u block for my Sunday morning quilt bee

and I was able to cut out a new quilt. 

Making progress

The lack of progress this week was due to going to a wedding in Southern California.

We left Sacramento on Friday afternoon to drive to LA. Well Valencia, as that is our home town where our families still lives. We stayed at his parents house the first couple nights. 

Making the long drive down to LA from Sacramento

Silly me forgot to bring any embroidery to work on in the car. However I did get some lovely pictures of the drive. 

Pretty rolling green hills. Normally when we drive through they are golden. Gotta love spring.

Goodnight sun. See u tomorrow.

Then on Saturday we attended a LA Kings game. My husband is a huge hockey fan - well a huge fan of the LA Kings to be specific. 

Enjoying the LA Kings game with my hubby!

The best part was they wore their vintage jersey, which just happen to be my favorite color. Well that and they won :)

The LA Kings are even wearing my favorite purple sweaters.

Then on Sunday we attended the wedding. 

Randall and I at Jessica's and Shaun's wedding.

On Monday we had a moment of recover before driving the 9 hours home. 

My view as I recovered from Jessica and Shaun's wedding. Thanks Debbie and Randy for the hotel room it was a much better idea than driving home last night.

I really wanted to take this exit to Disneyland - but you know that whole work thing.

I want to take this exit and go to Disneyland but we have to be reponsible and drive home.

I may have even had a slight tantrum... a foot stomp may have been involved, but luckily at that point Randall was driving and he kept us on our way. Plus we did get have lunch with my parents back in Valencia before making the rest of the drive up to Sacramento. We even picked up the dogs last night and reality is back to normal again.

Hopefully I will get some sewing done this week. Maybe even tonight. We will see :)

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Beat the Winter Blues Giveaway – Quilters’ Blog Hop Party

Once again I am participating in the the Quilters' Blog Hop Giveaway.

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

If you haven't been here before here this is my little space where I share my sometimes creative life and here are some of my favorite projects I have completed. To see more check out my quilts page, tutorial page, sewing projects, and recipe page

My Work

For the blog hop party I will be giving away one Kona charm pack.

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It looks so innocent until you open it up.

Kona Charm Pack

I shared one of these a couple years ago and it was such a big hit I decided to give another away. This giveaway is open to any one just enter using the rafflecopter app below.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Sunday Morning Quilts Bee block

I only finished one thing this week and that was one of my Sunday Morning Quilts bee block. This is a flickr bee group where each month we have two hosts and each host gets to ask for a block inspired by the book Sunday Morning Quilts: 16 Modern Scrap Projects  Sort, Store, and Use Every Last Bit of Your Treasured Fabrics

The missing u block for my Sunday morning quilt bee

It is Christine's month asked and she for The Missing U block. However, instead of doing it Rainbow colors like in the book, she is going with more masculine colors inspired by the pattern fortune teller in the book. She asked each beemate to make a block in either browns, creams, black or grays.

We each got assigned a color and I was assigned black. However, I have no black fabrics in my stash. This is actually the first time I have ever worked with black fabrics. Luckily I knew some one who has lots in her stash. So I called up my mom and she sent me a package of black scraps and some cuts off of her black fabric stash. So thanks to my mom I was able to make this block and now I think I like working with black and white fabric too :)

Never thought I would. That is my favorite thing about joining bees, you try things that you probably wouldn't have done on your own.  And sometimes you find you really like them. Other times people ask you to do something you think you would like and it turns out not to be your favorite, but luckily you only have to do it once, maybe twice. It is fun to try new things and grow as a quilter without having to make a whole quilt.

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PS - Don't forget to enter my giveaway 

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sew Thinky Thrusday - Favorite Kona

I have been playing along with Sew Thinky Thursday day. Each week a new question is asked.



This weeks question is:

What is your favorite color of Kona Cotton*? How much of it do you keep in your stash? Is there a solid that you always find yourself running out of? 


This one is an easy one for me. I really like... 

KONA Berry
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Ok it may be because it just happens to be my favorite color. However, it is not the solid that I mostly have in my stash. 

Mostly I have ash, med gray, pdf bleached white and white. 


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I also have a lot of moda bella solids. I actually like them a bit better. I just like the texture of the fabric better. It just doesn't feel as stiff to me. Especially the white and pdf bleached white which I have lots of in my stash. 

I also only have a moda bella solids card. I would love a kona card too. It would make it much easier to play  with my fabric with.

However, I am very lucky to have a fabric store that carries most of the Kona colors so I can just go there and try out the colors with my fabric. Where as with moda bellas I have to usually order those off line.


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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday

I actually had to look back to see what I accomplished this last week. Everything seems to be blurring together. I have been pretty busy at work and my back isn't doing to well right now. I have been going to physical therapy and doing all the exercises,  but it seems to be hurting worse. I am hoping and crossing my fingers that this isn't another kidney stone. I really don't want to deal with that again. However, if I have to be truthful I haven't been fantastic about drinking water recently.... which is usually when those little devils come around again.

Anyhow, on to my progress. It is more than I was think it was. I mean I did actually have a finish.

I finished my hexagon Christmas table runner.

Christmas hexagon table runner up close

And I have made 4 more blocks of my sister in laws wedding quilt, which I need to come up with a better name for. That is 8 blocks of the center of kiss me pattern by fig tree & co. That means I am about a 1/3 of the way done with the center blocks.

Wedding quilt progress

I also spent Sunday fertilizing my roses and citrus trees and cleaning out my Square foot garden beds so they are ready to plant when my seeds arrive in a couple days.

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