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Today is the day, ladies and gentlemen, the day that creativity gets a big kick in the booty! All around the world people are pulling out dull pencils and dry paint brushes. They are┬ádusting off their sewing machines, charging their camera batteries and cleaning their workspace for the project of the year. And I’m so excited!!!

This year I’ve got two projects to work on. Sewing and Writing.

Sewing. For me this is sewing of all kinds, but what I’m going to focus on over these next 100 days is sewing clothing and quilts. I’ve been a quilter for a long time but I’m the kind of girl who likes to sew in large chunks of time or not at all. Why do I do this to myself? Invariably I end up with neck and back injuries, dark circles under my eyes and 5 pounds heavier from all the instant food because I’m too busy quilting to take the time to make dinner. I’m definitely easier on myself when sewing clothes, but they are usually costumes or gown alterations. I want to make my own clothes! I want to create a wardrobe that fits me like a glove, and makes me look good too. I want to want to get out of my sweats and look like I spent all morning getting ready. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

Writing. As you can see by my blog post history I’m not a very consistent writer, lol. A few months ago I woke up with the most amazing dream and I thought it would make a great story to tell. So I told the story to my family and thought, maybe I should write this all down. And not just in my journal, but in a book I’ll publish and it will be on every shelf in every library. Well, I’m not that grandiose, but I did think it would be fun to publish a book – or at least to see if I am a good enough writer to get one published. The funny thing is that the story was way better in my dream and in the telling of my dream than it actually is on paper. So I’m working on it… very, very, slowly. Actually, I only write when something brilliant pops into my head and it takes me on an awesome ride.

I seem to see a pattern happening here.

So this project, the give your creativity a shot of adrenaline by doing it in 100 days project is also, for me at least, a let’s get better by working consistently rather than expecting some miraculous burst of inspiration to fall into my lap by doing nothing project.

This is my hope, at least, that by small daily works I’ll be better at what I’m working on. And if nothing else I’ll get stuff done. And small chunks of time will probably work so much better for me in the long run because my house won’t be overrun with dust, laundry and a starving family that I’ll have to stop everything I’m doing just to feed and clean until it’s all shiny and happy, just to do it all over again in a few weeks when I’m finished with the next project that consumes me.

Because that’s what happens. My workroom tends to open it’s jaws and swallow me whole, only to regurgitate me- often with something pretty to show for it- looking like I haven’t seen the sun in weeks and survived only on dark chocolate and Coke Zero. It’s my bad habit. One I’ve been trying to break for years but never knew how. Maybe, just maybe, this is the answer to my prayers.

So I’m crossing my fingers, saying a heartfelt prayer, and hoping that my next 100 days will be inspiring and create new habits for me, ones that I won’t easily allow to dissipate.

Summer Fun!

This summer has been crazy busy and so much fun! My kiddos have the shortest summer ever- 8 weeks! What ever happened to the three month summer? It about kills me to send them back, but they love it. This is our second summer in school (I’ve always homeschooled them before we made the leap to ‘real’ school) and the schools calendar is not my fav. So, instead of being a downer I decided to make this the funnest summer ever, and since I’m not a scrapbooker (except that one summer I tried and failed miserably) I’m making a chat book about it! Easy Peasy!

In the past I’ve posted on Instagram here and there, usually feeling less than perfect next to everyone else’s beautifully styled and posed photos. I know it’s me- I can’t blame anyone else for feeling less than perfect- but it really got me down. But then one day about 3 months ago I decided that the second I began to judge myself against the gorgeous, skinny mom on my feed I’d shut it off. And what do you know? I love Instagram again! I get on a bit but the pull just isn’t there anymore, instead I just post all day long of all my photos of cute & goofy kids.

Here’s a little peak at what my summer has looked like…

Let’s start with the good stuff! By raise of hands, who loves Quilt Barns???

Me! Me! Me!

My mom and I took my kiddos to Mount Rushmore just last week and on our way there we drove through this tiny town called Lusk. It is chalk full of them! I was in Quilt Barn heaven! They are beautiful and colorful, and I am re-motivated and inspired to make at least one for my house. It’s high on my to do list next month.

I absolutely love the history of the Quilt Barn. All of the historical, traditional stories that belong to quilting just draw me in. My mom had never heard the story before so as we drove out of town I was able to tell her how the pioneers built barns but didn’t have the money to paint them red, the traditional barn color. Instead they painted large quilt blocks on the side to add a pop of color.

South Dakota has the most beautiful storms I have ever seen. The photos don’t do it justice, although they never do, do they? We also toured a cave, drove to Sturgis and went to the Harley Davidson store for my mom and step-dad, toured the Black Hills and the Badlands. It was all amazing. I want to do it again next summer and bring the guys!

Although I’m sharing this last, this was our first stop this summer… San Diego! We have a house there, which we go to as often as possible. I have two kiddos with summer birthdays so we got them surfing lessons- a long awaited for experience. They took immediately to it so we popped on over to Costco any picked up a surfboard for each of them. The boys have a naturally stronger upper body so my girl and I really need to work on the pushups to get up on them! That’s the goal before Labor Day, big muscles!!! LOL

San Diego is my other home, it’s where half of my heart is. Most of the year I live in the desert. It’s kind of ugly, with too many houses and tumbleweeds. There is a lot of beauty to the desert, but I’m not a desert rat. I love watching the sunset and sitting on the beach or cliffs is my favorite way to see it. We all connect with nature and God differently, and this is my way. I can’t wait to get back, on my paddle board and BBQ’ing with friends. Only 5 more weeks! (Yes, I am counting down the days.)

The Sweet Smell of Babies

The baby making ship has sailed for me, but I absolutely love it when friends have them. They smell so sweet and give you the sweetest looks… it almost makes me want to have more.

Between snuggles from those lovely babies I’m always working on a quilt for them. One baby quilt I made recently was with Camille Roskelley’s pattern Coming Home. It was smaller than I wanted so I added another border and it was perfect.

Baby quilt

I absolutely love this pattern, and with Miss Kate, Camille’s newest fabric line, it turned out gorgeous!

Baby quilt

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A friend recently pieced this chevron quilt for her grandbaby and asked me to quilt it. Chevron is one of my favorite patterns to quilt. I love how detailed you can get with it.

Gray baby quilt

Gray baby quilt