Do you want Dear Diary posts?

Here’s a question. These days I never really know what I want to post about. Way back when, when I first started blogging (I say 2007… but really) was in around 2003 when I had a xanga blog. Now that was personal. Ridiculously so. Yet, I was a poet and a teenager. Enough said. But now seriously… Do you want more personal posts? Are you actually reading them? If I wrote them, would you comment on them. Even if it is just a plain “I know what you mean.” or “You’re crazy!” comment? Because I’m considering it. I have things to share. Things I think are interesting any way. Yet if I’m talking to a wall, I’d rather keep it to myself. You know what I mean? So anyway… as OrangeBlossom takes now to wake up and cry to be held. Oh wait, no self soothing.. oh wait no. Let. . .

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Wee Wonderfuls by Hillary Lang

Super cute! Darling! How adorable is that?! Welcome to the world of Wee Wonderfuls. In this charming collection, acclaimed toymaker and popular blogger Hillary Lang presents a captivating gang of 24 huggable, lovable creatures to sew—from classics like Margot, a topsy-turvy doll, and the button-jointed teddy bear Bjorn Bjornson, to irresistible Evelyn, a wool felt inchworm decked out in mod glasses and a kerchief, and Koji, a fiercely cute spiked softie monster. There’s something for everyone here—from kids to grown-ups and from beginning sewers to advanced dollmakers. Each pattern includes clear illustrations and pattern templates to ensure perfect results.

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Work in Progress (WIP) Wednesday

So of course I’m still working on the pregnancy. We’re at about 14 weeks or so and our next checkup is next Friday. Maybe we’ll find a gender then?? I was able to completely finish the center applique piece for my SisterB’s Wuthering Heights Quilt. (Sorry this picture is awful and not of the completed part, but it’s close). The next step is an embroidered border. The only problem is I cannot seem to find that fabric. For whatever reason it is not in the craft box that I have been keeping this project so I’m a bit confused. However, all my sewing stuff is mostly packed up for our move to our new house! That’s right, that’s another WIP. We are in the process of buying a house and are set to close on March 18th! Pray for all to go well!! Lastly, other than reading my main project. . .

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10-Minute Banana-Grams!

Everyone loves Bananagrams! And everybody loves instant gratification. Putting the two together, master puzzle maker Joe Edley offers 10-Minute Bananagrams!— over 500 all-new puzzles that are designed to be solved in ten minutes or less. This is lickety-split Bananagrams, perfect for the train, the bus, waiting rooms, bank lines, for carrying wherever and whenever a Bananagrammer has just a few minutes to indulge the obsession.

With two difficulty levels—the easier one-half banana and trickier one banana—these bite-size puzzles are quick to solve and highly addictive. Ten lively, mind-bending puzzle types are featured, including Banana Peels (add letters to words, then anagram); Banana Pudding (extend two-letter groups into six-letter words); Bunch of Bananas (anagram one word into two smaller words); plus the brand-new Banana Bites, in which the solver anagrams a group of letters to complete a word. Supplementing the Bananagrams are fun banana facts, helpful word lists, and, of course, an answer key.

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Sew-n-Tell Friday: Wuthering Heights

Yesterday was a busy but good day. I’m really having issues with being cold though. It seems to especially be my right hand. I just cannot seem to keep it warm. *sigh* AppleBlossom does not seem to mind anything though. As a matter of fact her room is so cold that I cannot stand to go in there to change her diaper. So I’ve been running in the room, grabbing a diaper, then we’ve been on the rug in the middle of the living room to change. Silly, but warm and effective. In her room we have a convertible bed that is currently in toddler mode. She loves it, but won’t sleep there at night (hasn’t for months) and I say that is because it was too cold in there at night. During the day, if she’s really tired, she’ll go down in there, but if she’s not tired, she’ll. . .

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Quilting Through Thursday

I was trying to think of a title for this post and remembered BTT, so why not call this QTT. 😉 Yesterday in sharing some of my WIP I became very inspired and went up to find something to work on. I’m so excited! Beginning to end I made a small (AppleBlossom size) rag lap quilt. It’s so cute and already fluffed. I cannot believe how quickly it seemed to go! (Then in the evening I started to read The Girl in the Gatehouse that came in the mail yesterday. Jealous? 😉 ) Enjoy my Lamb Baby Lap Rag Quilt (for AppleBlossom for Christmas) So soft! Now I’ll be gone for the day as we’re having lunch with the Enginerd! Now for the actually BTT… Inspired by this post: Do you ever crave reading crappy books? Um… how to answer that? In according to other people’s opinions sure, I guess. . .

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Work-in-Progress (WIP) Wednesday

Have you noticed the background of my blog? Do you know what that is? It’s a quilt block. When was the last time you saw something quilt-like on my blog? 🙁 This blog started as a way to share my current quilt projects with my mom and sisters. (I know one sister reads daily, and my mom has started reading more and more…) But there are hardly any quilt projects here. *sigh* Frankly I’m unhappy with my blog. With blogging in general. I feel like I keep getting disappointed about lack of interaction and this that and the other. (Woah, that was a different blog post that has merged into this one, sorry.. more on that later.) I need more sewing, quilting and cross stitching in my life in addition to in my blog. In case you missed it, www.MadebyMardi.com is up and running and I’ve been busy filling some. . .

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Amy Butler’s Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags!

Amy Butler’s Style Stitches 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags! Photographer: David Butler Genre: Sewing, Craft, Hobby Pages: 7-1/2 x 9 in; 184 pp ; color photographs throughout, 9 pattern sheets in a bound-in pocket, semi-concealed Wire-O binding Hardcover Date Published: August 2010 Publisher: Chronicle Books Celebrated designer Amy Butler’s most coveted products are her handbag sewing patterns. In Style Stitches, Butler presents an array of new bag designs for her fans across the globe. The book offers 12 basic patterns with enough variations to achieve 26 unique looks. Ranging from chic clutches and delicate wristlets to pretty hobo bags and handy coin purses, with instructions for altering dimensions, straps, and embellishments to get the desired look, each project incorporates Butler’s fresh, modern style and attention to detail. With illustrated step-by-step directions, a comprehensive techniques section, and a bound-in pocket filled with the patterns themselves, Style Stitches is an. . .

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Cross Stitch

Last year was the last time I finished a cross stitch project (well there are these bibs that are complete except for some outlines, but AppleBlossom is too far beyond using them – wouldn’t use them for food so much as for a drooling baby). The quilt was for my niece, SisterL’s #5. Now I am making a Baby Hugs Bunny & Bear matching sampler for my new nephew, SisterL’s #6. I’m also going to start a different one soon for my brother’s son (four months younger that AppleBlossom). And just started today, I’m going to make a birth sampler for my AppleBlossom. (I’ll come back to the boys…) this one just arrived in the mail. It could not be more appropriate or perfect. So how about it do you want to keep track of my journey with status photos?

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The Art of Tangled by Jeff Kurtti

A lighthearted twist on Rapunzel, the beloved fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, Tangled brims with thrilling adventure, a distinctive cast of characters, a daring heroine, and, of course, seventy feet of golden hair. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece, The Art of Tangled also includes a preface by John Lasseter, a foreword by Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, and interviews with the artists, animators, and production team—including Art Director David Goetz—that shed light on the history and artistry of this landmark film.

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Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family

Here’s a treasure trove of exciting ideas that will enable your family to focus anew on preparing for the holy time of Advent and Christmas!

With a fresh, lively set of suggestions that will attract young and old alike, Joy to the World will help lay the foundation for long-lasting family memories.

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Designing a Vintage Nursery Decor

This is going to be a wordy post. As this was originally a conversation response on Facebook, but then it got too long for my wall… The nursery originally was painted with a satin kitchen and bathroom sage green paint below a natural wood chair rail installed by the Enginerd with a Vanilla type color above it. The doors to the closet and the door inside the nursery was also painted with the green. The far wall with the window had paneling that we put up that was a beautiful natural color. It was gorgeous. We then had sage green curtains that went to the floor as well. About the week, the Einginerd finished with the chair rail, we found out that he was going to lose his job with 90% of everyone else and we had to sell our house. We now live in a rental, and AppleBlossom is. . .

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