Friday, January 30, 2009

Another addition to the nest!

It seems that Maya has been a busy girl! Today there are two cute white eggs in the nest! I actually have my suspicions that there is another one as well.
Yesterday, I noticed that the male was pulling the nesting material out of the nest, and then stuffing it back in. I decided maybe he wanted more to work with. The box of nesting threads we bought with the cage was empty, so I got some soft (purple) yarn from my stash and stuck it in a little between the bars. He immediately pulled it all through, and piled it all in the nest, covering the first little egg.
Should I try to find it and bring it up to the top of the nest again? I didn't know, so I left it alone. Then all of a sudden yesterday afternoon it resurfaced, and today it is joined by another!
I don't want to get any more involved, but I think that first egg is burried under the nesting material, and these two are new ones.
Apparently it takes 24 hours for an egg to develop inside the female, and so she will lay an egg every 24 hours or so, until she's done with this "clutch". That's like a "litter" for cats or dogs.
I just hope there won't be a little bird trying to fight it's way up through all of that stuff when
the hatching time comes! This is all so exciting! I'm so nervous!

And...speaking of my stash, it has become quite large lately. I mean, of course, my fabric stash. I have been busy with some pattern designing, and I've been practicing, which has made a little dent in it. But truly, the vastness of it has my husband baffled. He has been doing research on the disorder, (that of collecting and hoarding fabric) looking for a medical term for it, but as yet, hasn't come up with anything. I just call myself a manic creative, and I have found I am not alone! He just calls me weird.

This little patchwork skirt (above) I made for my daughter didn't phase the collection even slightly.
I even made two skirts for myself. Still I'm buried under mounds of it. (I feel a strange kinship to that poor little first egg.) Can a baby bird breathe under all those threads and yarns? Can a person with a fabric disorder ever be rehabilitated?

These are the skirts I made for ME.(above, and below)And this little Woodland Bloom dress is for Abby.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

We're Expecting!

Don't worry...It's not me, (thank the good Lord above),
it's the birdies!
I don't think I ever told you that I was feeling sorry for Maya, (That's the name we chose, thanks Pink Lemonade Bags) that she was all alone in the world, and stuck in a cage with no chance of ever meeting her mate. So I sent the girls to the pet shop to buy her a husband! This is him...and he is quite handsome, I think.
Look at those rosy cheeks! And I love those zebra feathers too. They are Australian Zebra Finches, by the way. Kudos to all my new Australian friends!
So anyway...they've been getting to know each other for a couple if weeks now, which has been really fun to watch. At first Maya resented him for just showing up uninvited one day. But then she sort of warmed up to him.
But the nesting material I had provided her with had remained untouched until just a few days ago, when the male bird, as yet unnamed, began pulling out the white cotton threads from the box, and feverishly began preparing the nest.
And then, to all of our great astonishment, yesterday it happened!

Do you see what I see? How cute is that! I have to admit that at first I was pretty sure that Trent (my 24 year old) had put a jelly bean in the nest to trick us, because he has been teasing Troy (my 5 year old) for days about the scrambled egg breakfast we will have when the birds lay eggs.
But he promised us he absolutely did not put a fake egg in the nest...and I decided it was a little too real looking, so I googled all about finches, and eggs, and what to do now, and apparently this is only the beginning. She will probably lay several more eggs over the next few days. and then the eggs hatch in 12-14 days, and we'll have little baby finches! I can't wait...I mean I feel like a little kid at Christmas! it can't happen fast enough for me!

I'll keep you posted on all of the events, and you bird pros out there can give me lots of parental advise!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bohemian Bag success!

This picture is a beautiful bag made by Tavia, (a blogworld friend) with my Bohemian Bag pattern, and some darling Heather Bailey Pop Garden fabric!
Isn't it adorable? Don't you wish you had one? She is a beginner at sewing, and yet she was able to accomplish this for her second project! She says that she read the instructions over and over till she felt she had a good understanding of what was involved, and it took her some practice to get the machine quilting down, using clear thread. But the end result was well worth it!

If any of you out there have a picture of something you have made using one of my patterns, I'd love to post about it here too! Just attach it to an email to me...

You go Tavia!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Just a Day In the Life...

(This picture has nothing to do with this post...I just hate not putting up something to look at! It is Bananafana's bag pattern made from some Soire'e fabric)

So... it's only 10:00 am and already I have had an eventful day. It all started with me driving my kids to school...several of them, at different times, all through the morning. Somehow I conveniently forgot that last night my Low Fuel light was on. I had figured then that I would fill up in the morning. Anyhoo, I'm driving down the road after dropping off my last child, and of course I ran out of gas. So after stalling traffic behind me and getting lots of dirty looks and honks from angry drivers on their way to work, I try to maneuver over to the right side of the road and park it. Good. No accidents occurred.
Hmmm. Oh good. I have a cell phone! Modern technology is so wonderful...I'll just call Hal and he'll come with a gas tank, and I'll be on my way.

I search my purse...the seat the floor, the dash...Oops, haha I forgot my phone. (Not uncommon for me).
Ummm...let's see. I'm about a mile from home. AND...I'm in my pajamas... bed makeup...slippers. (Thank goodness I wasn't barefoot...also not uncommon for me.)
It's about 38 degrees outside, not too cold for Utah in January, but definitely not pajama weather. Do I really have to walk home in this???

I honestly just sat there in my car for about 10 minutes trying to think if there was some magical remedy for my situation. Nothing came to mind. There weren't any houses nearby for me to call from...not to mention that I didn't exactly want to be seen, even by a stranger.
So, I finally resigned myself to the walk home, in the cold, in my pj's and slippers. I should add that I was wearing my HOT PINK pajamas. Why couldn't I have been wearing grey sweats or something so I could disappear into the scenery? Instead I was some sort of neon sign saying "look at me"
I am fully aware that this is actually pretty classic for me. I seem to attract these kinds of situations like a magnet. I have several friends who will read this and laugh out loud, and say something to the effect of "Of course she ran out of gas! Of course she was in her hot pink pajamas! Of course she didn't have her phone!"

So I'm sorry that I don't have any great photos to document my walk home in the ice and snow in my pajamas, (at least I don't know of any yet.) But you can feel better about yourself, and your morning, now can't you?

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

"Juicy" Knock off? You bet!

My friend Jackie loves purple. It was her birthday, and she's been after me to make her a purse forever. So I decided I would make her one in her favorite color for her birthday. Jackie also loves "Juicy". So I decided to try my best at doing a pretend Juicy Bag for her, and this is what I came up with. It was a labor of love, and no, I won't be making a pattern for this purse, because anyone who tried to make it would be cursing my name under their breath (or loudly) by the time they got to the 11th or 12th grommet hole.

(I lined it in lavender woven suede. )

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Another fun giveaway contest!

Above All Fabrics is having a great giveaway! You could win this:

My "Funked Out Peasant Blouse" pattern, and a charm pack of my Woodland Bloom fabric!

(As well as lots of other great prizes!)

Run on over HERE to check it out and enter to win!
Good luck ya'll!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Want to win some Soire'e Fabric?

Hey fabric lovers... there's a new contest out there, and it's not my contest, but Debbie Maddy of Calico Carriage Quilt designs is having a contest giveaway for a fatquarter bundle of fabric from my new "Soire'e" line!
Click on this link, (or copy and paste it)and go check it out! Good Luck!

Oh, and might I add, Fat Quarter Club is selling Soire'e precuts! Go check it out!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Whatever Happened to GLOBAL WARMING?

I figure if you can't be in least try to look cute in your snow gear. (And find a nearby trampoline)

Just look at the stack of snow on top of that brick mailbox post! (above next to bush) I mean, REALLY. Isn't this all a little superfluous?

This poor little plant is trying to survive... you just keep being brave, little plant!

It just keeps on coming!

Pina, my friend from Australia emailed me today to tell me that it is 95 degrees there. How can there be such diversity on the same planet? I had to laugh because she was complaining about the heat, and the fact that her air conditioner broke down. I bet she'd like to come lay down in my snow for awhile to cool off. And I would take an afternoon of 95 degrees right about now, just so my toes could thaw out. (...not to mention I could use some color on my pastey white body)

BUT...since I am stuck here in the freezer, I decided to create my new Bag idea. Here is the first attempt!I made it with some of my Amy Butler "Daisy Chain" stash, and although I may tweak a few things for the pattern, I think I like it! It is diaper bag size, and has lots of inside pockets, as well as two outside elastic pockets, as you can see. The whole thing cinches up with the cords that weave through eight grommets, and tie on the sides, accented with a couple of oversized wooden beads. (You know how I love that) It's actually a really easy bag to quilting required, yet it is sturdy enough to stand on its own. Tell me what you think, and please feel free to make bag design requests! I would love to hear your ideas/opinions!

And in other news...I'd like you to meet "The Bird". (It doesn't exactly have a name yet) This was my daughter Natalie's gift to herself for Christmas, with some of the money she got from her Grandparents! Look how cute she is!

She really is so sweet...she's a finch, and she sings all day, and seems so happy all the time. I must admit I have to fight the urge to just open the cage and let her fly free, as I know that's what birds are meant to do. But really, it's so cold outside right now, I don't think she'd stand a chance in the wild. My daughter wouldn't appreciate it either, I'm sure!
Any ideas for a name???

Have a great week!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Just Another Ordinary Miracle

This is proof that God exists! If something this beautiful can spring forth in a couple of weeks from an ugly brown bulb stuck in some dirt, that is proof enough for me!
I wish that I had taken a picture of it when my friend Holly gave it to me, and the only thing that was beautiful about it was the pot with the big Christmas bow tied around it. Little by little it grew, first just a cute little green sprout pushing through the top of the bulb, (once again I wish I had documented all of the stages in photographs), and then there were two green sprouts, that started to shoot upward with amazing speed like spears shooting toward heaven. Then, the other day, these huge blossoms burst out, shocking everyone in my family! Especially me, because I have a knack for killing plants of all kinds.

Thank you Holly, for giving me such a wondrous gift of gloriousness! It truly has had me in awe of God's creations, all through the holidays!
Paige, eating cereal with the Amaryllis. Am I spelling that right???