My chores are all done, dinners in the oven so I thought I’d sneak over and see what y’all were up too, I keep running out of hours, but I’m getting a fair amount done at least sewing wise. I got the quilt I was working on allllllll done!! Woot woot, my first attempt at real live free motion quilting. Up until now, I have always done straight line quilting. Which fortunately went with the quilts I was making. (Funny how that works) But I can’t show y’all because it’s a gift and the gifted hasn’t seen it yet. I can hardly wait!! On to the next quilt which will also be a gift. I’m pretty sure this one is gonna stretch my skills. As I’m a jump in with both feet kinda person, it’ll be either a huge success or an epic failure. Keep your fingers crossed. 😉

I can’t get the stencils to work. On to free motion quilting.

Free motion detail.

Straight line quilting. It works.

The only reason I got so much done was the Mr. took all the boys off for a fishing weekend. All involved had a blast and caught lots of fish. I have to say as much as I missed all my boys, them being gone was restful. Nothing but the hum of my sewing machine and my dogs, (and The Property Brothers ).

Mekka and Loki, my little doggies.

The JBoy caught a huge black drum.

The Mr.’s very nice speckled trout.

But now I’m playing catch up, the boys left Friday morning, so when I got up I went directly upstairs to sew, no cleaning, no laundry, so I’ve been spending some quality time in the laundry room and with my dust cloth. So worth it.

That’s all for now, till next time,

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Quilt Guild

Would y’all believe I joined a guild? Well, I did, I did join a guild. Today was my first meeting. It was loads of fun. They do a lot of charity quilts, mostly it seems for Ascenion Parish DCFS, which you know is near and dear to my heart, well, not Ascenion Parish per se, but DCFS in general. So I’m all over that! It’ll be nice to have something to do with all these quilts I’m planning on making 😉 after the kids and the neighbors get the ones on the wall for them. But any-who, back to the guild.

We had a demonstration on the row by row they’re doing, I learn a new way to trim up half square triangles, which I thought was really cool. I’ll show y’all later. What’s the saying, watch one, do one, teach one? I found out that the regional guild does workshops called POEs, pursuit of excellence, where you learn tips,trick and different blocks. Oh, and a guild in France wants to do a block exchange and maybe come visit. How cool would that be?

The lotto blocks were sweet!! Even with Pickles drawing the names I didn’t get one… but now that I know how to do the card trick block, I can make one. So win, win.

Aren’t they cool, and so cheerful. Let me tell you what these ladies can sew! It was fun watching the sew and tell part of the meeting. See the different quilts. We also had a prize winning quilt, it is amazing I’ll show it here in a minute. Also shown was a quilt made by an 8 year old boy, he did an amazing job and he pick the best name for it.

The prize winner, isn’t it stunning?
A cute little frog, when filled with poly pills, it’s cool to lay on.

A fun quilt for a grand baby
Aren’t the colors great on this one? One of my favorites
Another one of my favorites, it’s on my list to make. And why I’m keeping scraps.
20 green fat quarters to make this one.

This is the sewn up by the 8yr old, Abstract Fences, is what he’s calling it. Nailed it dontch think?
What I got at the white elephant sale, Score!!

And with that… I think I’ll go sew.

Till next time,

Laundry

It must be said, I hate doing laundry. Well mostly hate doing laundry, I don’t really mind the washing and drying of it, it’s the folding and putting away part that I hate. Matching socks, collecting the stuff outta the pockets, (I absolutely do not check pockets) if it goes through the washer and dryer, it’s mine. I have a drawer full of stuff from the dryer. Money? Yes, it’s like a tip.

But mostly it’s just never ending.. it’s not like cleaning the baseboards.. you clean them, TADA, done… till next month! But not laundry.. get it all done, bam, that night more laundry, if you have kids… you have doubled your laundry problems.

Well to combat the whole laundry problem I do laundry Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Yes, yes I know, but…. it doesn’t take as long to do, I don’t feel buried under a mountain of clothes. The other thing I did.. told Snowflake he was responsible for his own laundry. And then stick to it, if he doesn’t do it and doesn’t have clean clothes to wear, too bad! It’s on him.

I also only give the boys 1… yes O. N. E. towel. They get washed on laundry days, as long as they’re hung up on the hooks. Same with their dirty clothes, if they’re in the basket, they get washed, I won’t to go hunt them down, either they’re in there or not. Done.

They upside to all this? They’ll be in the habit of picking their clothes up. They will all know how to do laundry. It’s a win win, for me now and for them (hopefully) down the road.

The other thing I did was decorate my laundry room it makes me want to keep it picked up and neat, which in this case means keeping the laundry up. That way I don’t mind spending time in there.

I do a fair amount of ironing and as you can see my laundry room isn’t very wide. So I hung the ironing board on the wall.

With the ironing board up.

On the top, reminders that I like have machines to do laundry. 😉

Simple and practical too.

The boxes you see on the folding table, Socks, the unmatched socks. The left hand box is Pickles’ box, the middle is Snowflakes and the last is JBoys. Then when I have a few minutes I pick a box and see what can be mated. I love those little signs about the socks.. with the clothes pins… you know the ones I mean.

Wanna make this cute sign, click the picture.

Yes, like this one. They are so cute.. but our sock defect by the dozens…to where? Socklanda, where they are happy and carefree all the days. I wish they’d take their mates, but ,nope, they never do. Which is why I need the boxes. I used to just throw them in a laundry basket, but we’re back to the buried feeling. My way is easy and their already sorted to, pick a kid. (Or a Mr. whose box you can’t see, I like odd numbers.)

But there is the secret to keeping up with the laundry, don’t let it pile up, have a fun, cute,inspiring place to do it. I do the same with the ironing, also done on laundry days, except Fridays when I do the bedding and clean the whole house

Till next time

Yay for sewing

Yay!! I finally got to spend some time in my sewing room. Pickles is off on an adventure and having the time of his life, game rooms are involved, a boys dream. Snowflake and JBoy have been bonding over a really dumb game, uh, a game with crappy music.. Minecraft but they like it. My laundry is all done, so off to my room I went! So I’ve knocked out a few blocks.

I joined a quilt guild and they had a couple of blocks to do. The card trick block for a lottery quilt. The rules? Brights.. so off and running with that! I llooovvvvveee brights. Also a signature block, talk about easy peasy, it was all cut out so all I had to do with that one was sew it together.

Card Trick, Click the picture for Jenny’s tutorial.

Card Trick Block, click the picture for Jenny’s tutorial

I’m pretty happy with the way all the blocks came out. I think I’d like to make a whole quilt outta the card trick block. It was a fun little block to do. Thanks to Jenny at Missouri Star Quilting for the tutorial on that block.

I also decided to join a quilt challenge, like I don’t have enough on my design wall. But it looked intriguing. I’ve never done a medallion quilt before. So here goes.. the name of the challenge is, Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt Along and it’s run by Moda Bake Shop. They have path A or B, you choose which path you’d like to take. The new path A’s come out on Mondays and path B’s on Wednesdays. Along with what the call a Sunday Social. (Of course I’m behind, but there are no time cops … yet) I’ve only done (mostly) the medallion center, for that I chose path A, the Dresden Peak. Very cool, and I got to use my invisible thread, always a plus. Then I think I’ll go with path B for the boarder with the cornerstones. Then we’ll see from there.

Wanna join the challenge? Click the picture to go see for yourself.

The Mr. is planning another fishing trip, do y’all think he’ll take all the boys? Hmmm, the sewing I could do.

Till next time,

Fireworks

They predicted thunderstorms on the 4th of July here, so in their ultimate wisdom, the people in the know, rescheduled the fireworks show here, (and didn’t they do a good job!). So off we went, we were late enough to miss Li Wayne, (The Mr. is not enthusiastic about rap.) but did get there in time for “Same Ole 2Step” whom I liked, Zydeco was their music. I loved watching the people get up and dance.

Dancers

It was really fun, the boys ran around like loons, Snowflake squired his girl around the square. We sat and watched the dancing and generally people watched.

Then it was time for the fireworks!! Now I just love fireworks, the noise, the smoke, the fantastic light show. And I have to say, they did it up right! It was prettier than on tv the other night, so I’m glad I dragged the Mr. out.

That’s about it for today, I’m hoping to get into my sewing room today for a bit! Other than that I think it’ll be a typical lazy Sunday today.

Till next time

Boys, boys and a full fry.

Both of the younger boys had friends stay over last night a first for both, but they’ve never asked to have friends over. I guess this means that they’re growing up. So after not finding the tent.. I still don’t know where that damn thing is. Oh well..moving on. We decided that Pickles and his friend would sleep in the living room where they could watch movies all night. (The friend didn’t make it past the first movie. 😉). JBoy and his friend would sleep in the boys room, Friend in the bed, he’s the guest, and The Boy on his little flip out couch. They slept in till almost 8am!! I am shocked,

Last nights pizza and wings.

This morning rolls around, Pickles and his friend are up at 6:30, I was so hoping to sleep in just a little but it was not to be,

They were allll up, #1 Friend is the only smart one of the whole bunch!

So the coffee is on

Ummm… smell that?

And a full fry is all ready to be served, at least as soon as The Mr. gets home from his game

Biscuits and Gravy, Hash Browns and Cheesey Eggs

And now I have some happy boys

Happy full boys, the other 2 escaped my picture taking moment. Fast little people, they are.

A morning in the life… 😍

Till next time

Happy 4th of July

We spent our 4th on the boat, fishing. In as far as I am concerned any day on the water. Even when I’m trying desperately not to give in to sea sickness. It’s just shy of ridiculous I love being on the water, but let it get the least bit rough… and I’m fighting to keep it together. But it’s still amazing, Louisiana is beautiful by water. (Or by land)

On our way out.

Barataria Bay

The Sentinel

The JBoys fish, too bad it was 1/2 inch short.

I caught the biggest fish of the day.

And some hard heads…

And a stingray!

The only way I’m gonna see fireworks today, Maceys fireworks!

Learning curve

I’m working on learning how to free motion quilt on a frame. I got a Ken Lund frame kit a little bit ago. And I have to say it’s pretty dang cool. I did take the top carriage wheels off and replace them with 4 ball casters. After adding some stops on the sides of the bottom carriage I like it much better. It’s some how looser, which makes the loopy quilting easier.

Now with a Ken Lund frame, it’s actually a kit and you build part of it. Namely the rails and the poles that the quilt is mounted on. I do have 3 8ft poles that I normally would use, and the frame ends can hold 4, the one closes to the wall is the one I call the finished rod, that’s were the quilt all comes together.

Now currently I just the 2 rods for my practice piece, I find it to be easier to move around. I have 3 rods on just to see how it would work.

See that door… behind that door is the air conditioner, if the Mr. needs to work on it I’m gonna be trouble, I’ll have to take it all apart and move it to get to the door. 😏 so let’s hope for no air conditioning problems this year.

Here’s where I did my modifications. See the ball casters, they make it much looser.

Here you can see the 2 wood “stops” I used to keep the top carriage on the bottom carriage.

Free motion quilting, it’s quite a trick getting the needle moving at the right speed while moving the machine around. But for me anyway it’s easier than moving the quilt around.

Loopy stitching

However you really need to watch where you’re going I ran over the ribbon I use to keep the quilt taunt.

Opps… doesn’t take very much to run something over if you’re not watching where you’re going.

All fixed.

It’s getting better, I have found putting on some music with a good beat it’s easier.

A Fun Fruit Post

The Mr. and the boys went on a fishing trip a couple of weeks ago, down at Mr. Mike’s camp. What does that have to do with fun fruit, you may ask. Well, Mr Mike had an amazing tool that the boys were just fascinated by,

Who knew they made a pineapple peeler and why didn’t I think it up? We love pineapple, I hate cutting it up. You get all those little sharp pointy deals, they’re just a pain to peel.

I’m here to tell you this little thing works, no more pain or wasted sweet deliciousness. Not to mention it’s way easy and looks fun.

He’s such a good sport, my Mr. is! But to tell you the truth he does really know he’s the star of the the blog today. 😘 hiya, honey!

There’s my easy, fun fruit post, now we’ll be able to have pineapple way more.

Update: Want your own?

Here’s the link,

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NU7YB1E?pf_rd_p=d1f45e03-8b73-4c9a-9beb-4819111bef9a&pf_rd_r=DZ1FE9KYAEB325FAX7TQ

You’re welcome.

Till next time,

It’s a bathroom kinda day

Since it’s Friday, my normal clean house day. I thought I’d have a show and tell post about cleaning bathrooms, well toilets, but they’re in the bathroom. Unless of course you still have an outhouse, then my friend, you are on you’re own.

First off I start with my favorite bathroom cleaner… and oh my .. it’s fantastic. It cleans everything in there. It won’t kill you to smell it, you don’t have to wear gloves, won’t leave little white spots on your clothes, it’s great. Without further ado.. Mrs. Myers and vinegar. Yep, that’s it. I use about a 1/4 of a spray bottle of Mrs. Myers and fill it up the rest of the way with vinegar.

If you have a weak stomach… I’d look away for a minute or two.

See, gross hadn’t been cleaned since the last time I did it.

So this is the result of telling Snowflake that he is responsible for cleaning his own bathroom. The bathroom that only he uses, but since it’s perfect for this post I’ll let him slide today.

All you gotta do is spray everywhere you want clean… easy enough, am I right? Then let the spray sit there, I let it sit on Snowflake’s bathroom a couple of hours, cuz gross. When the couple of hours was up, (laundry and such) I went back upstairs and scrubbed a bit, but not real hard with the scrubby side of blue sponge, TADA…. Clean!!

TADA, Clean!!

On to the toilet part of the post, and OMG!!! I was flipping amazed!!! Something I saw on Pinterest actually worked!! I’ll tell y’all the saga of the glass showers doors another time. All I know is this actually worked!! But of course I didn’t pin it, and now I can’t find the post, so if y’all know who or where…. I so wanna thank the poster!! Cuz it worked. Let me tell y’all what it was that worked, you know that ring you get in your toilet from hard water? Well, I know how to get rid of it and with what. Because I can sure tell you what doesn’t work, bleach, soft scrub, comet, that blue acid stuff, nothing. I had given up and was pretty prepared to just live with the ring. Then on Pinterest at 2 o’clock in the morning, (no I couldn’t sleep, damnit) I found the post that changed all my ringed toilets. Using stuff I already had. See glass shower door post soon.

The 2 things you need are, drywall sandpaper and Bar Keepers Friend. Although I discovered you really don’t need the Bar Keepers. Took under 5 minuets, I was so impressed! I have the pictures to prove it. I cleaned 4 toilets just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke.

See the ring? Nasty, nasty ring. Spray with the amazing cleaner first, cuz gross Snowflake bathroom.

Bar Keepers and the drywall screen, sandpaper. Small grit 120 is what this one is.

CHECK THIS OUT!! Is this flipping amazing or what?!

See the wannabe ring, the tub doesn’t drain quite right so the water just sits there, so the ring

Ok, so it’s better, not great. But better maybe if I do it again. But not today. I still psyched that it worked on the toilets

That’s it, that’s all, do try it I bet it’ll work for y’all too. But if it doesn’t see the glass shower door post soon.

Oh, by the by… here’s the link to the drywall sandpaper

Lowe’s

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Gator-Precut-Drywall-Sanding-Screen-5-Pack-4-25-in-W-x-11-25-in-L-120-Grit-Commercial-Precut-Drywall-Sanding-Screen-Sandpaper/1060849

Home Depot

https://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-Pro-Pak-4-3-16-in-x-11-1-4-in-120-Grit-Fine-Drywall-Sanding-Sheet-25-Pack-99430-5-CC/205416206

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Norton-07660704749-WallSand-Drywall-Sanding/dp/B008B30O18/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1530325751&sr=8-11&keywords=drywall+sanding+screens

Till next time…

Mrs. Crazy