Saturday, September 28, 2013
I finally have a finish to share with you all! I had made the pillow front and back a couple of weeks ago when I couldn't sleep on my night off (working NOC shift has my sleep schedule completely turned around, but it made for a productive night at the sewing machine!).
This morning, while my daughter watched cartoons, I found the time to add the invisible zipper and finish sewing up this sweet camper pillow. I love this camper fabric from Heather Ross's Munki Munki pajamas. I somehow had a small scrap of it in my scrap bins, and happily found a use for it. Hannah loves pillow and is always asking for more, so since she has a pillow with some of Heather Ross's bicycle fabric, I thought this was fitting.
Of course, I no sooner stuffed the pillow form in it and zipped it up before Hannah grabbed it and snuggled on the couch with it! It felt really good to not only sit down at the machine - I've hardly had time now that I'm working full time and sleeping crazy hours - but to make something that was instantly loved by my daughter. I think that's one of the best things about sewing ... creating something beautiful from a pile of fabrics and some inspiration that someone else just adores. I really need to find more time to play with my fabrics!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
So, I got this fancy new little gadget for my birthday from my boyfriend ... a Fitbit One! I'd been checking these out for a while, but was having a hard time justifying purchasing one (little did Mike know, he just picked a really great gift!). I've had it a week now ... and I'm hooked!
I work as an RN supervisor ... which loosely translates into running around two huge buildings overseeing an entire shift of staff and dozens of patients ... and I've always wondered (out loud a couple of times) how many flights of stairs I run up and down, or how many miles I put in, in a given day. Now, I know (of course, every day is different, depending on what's going on)!
This tiny little thing tells me that - it tracks my steps, distance, floors climbed, calories burned and even measures my sleep quality (which working third shift is just all over the place!). It's small size makes is inconspicuous to wear during work and it fits comfortably on my wrist at night while I sleep. It gives me a read out of all that information on the device itself and when I'm at home (or on my iPhone) it wirelessly syncs all my data for me and gives me a dashboard read out of what I've been doing.
Here's my stats from this morning ... after a rather slow night at work. I've been wearing it a week now, and it's easily held it's charge that long! I'm actually a bit traumatized that I won't wear it while I sleep today as I figure it needs to charge sometime, so it's charging now. And when I walk upstairs to go to bed without it, I'm going to miss getting credit for the flight of stairs I climbed!
I was even more pleased this morning when I got an email with my week-long stats in it. It's kind of eye opening to see just how much you're moving ... and it's motivating too.
I'm finding myself taking the stairs much more often, just so I can watch my number of floors climbed increase more rapidly. I'll admit, there's some mystery in just how this works and I've tried to psych it out for fun (last night I rode the elevator up five stories while marching in place to see if it would read as floors climbed ... it didn't - smart little sucker! Never mind I'm sure I looked ridiculous if anyone had seen!) Nonetheless, I'm finding myself wanting to beat my numbers each day, and that's great motivation to get healthier and get moving more!
There's only one problem with this gift ... I think it's one that's going to have to be repaid in the same form. Mike's pretty fascinated by it as well and we've been having fun together figuring out how it all works. His birthday is coming up in November ... and I have a pretty good idea what to get him! I'm actually looking forward to the mini-competitions we can have - who climbed more stairs, walked more steps, had more active minutes!
If I'd known getting fit would be this much fun, I would have bought one of these for myself a long time ago! So for anyone hesitating, I say go for it!
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
1. Lolly Lolly quilt, 2. A Butterfly Quilt, 3. scrappy circles, 4. Sparkling Pond, 5. "When you wish upon a star" quilt, 6. xPlus top 96"x96", 7. Mini Scrappy Drunkard's Path Quilt, 8. finished Blush quilt, 9. "No Strings Attached" Quilt for Fat Quarterly
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Hannah started 4K this morning and as you can tell by the picture above, she was beyond excited! Getting her to sleep last night was something of a small feat ... she's so excited about the 21 new friends she's going to make!
Her dad and I were able to take her to her classroom this morning and drop her off with her very sweet teacher, Mrs. Guell. It was something of a bittersweet moment watching my littlest one walk away out to the playground with her teacher, but she went along with Mrs. Guell - full of excitement and bustling with energy for her new adventure.
I can't wait to pick her up later this morning and hear all her thoughts about her first day in school!
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Mike and I celebrated our anniversary Friday ... one year of being back together after quite the break in between ... and I have to say, I love him and I love having our family together! I'm missing them now as they went up to our cabin in the UP for the week - I can't join them until Tuesday due to work ... but I'm very much looking forward to spending a relaxing time enjoying the beautiful outdoors with them!
Friday, August 16, 2013
1. Plus Quilt....., 2. Chevron & On | A Finished Quilt, 3. sew positive wall hanging, 4. Pour le bébé, 5. Japanese Plus and X quilt, 6. 8 of 8 done! #nofilter 70s Geese pattern by @fromblankpages on @becraftsy, 7. Bread and Roses, 8. Garnets and Gold Quilt Top, 9. briarfront
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Hannah's best friend is turning four in a couple of days and I thought I'd make her a patchwork pillow like many of the ones Hannah has on her bed, so yesterday - with some spare time before work - I whipped up this pillow top! It felt good to be back sewing again, even on a smaller, quick project. I only have a couple of days left to quilt up the back and assemble the pillow. I'm debating pom pom trip for around the exterior as well!
We'll see how much progress I make as I'm working the next couple of days and the day before her birthday Hannah has a home visit scheduled with her 4K teacher (so I have to make the house presentable!). At least the most time consuming part is complete - and fun to assemble too!