Tuesday, January 31, 2012


For those of you newbies that I LOVE SOOOO MUCH!

I posted the wrong facebook link to Heather's Just Lovely Things blog...


The correct link is:


Welcome Just Lovelies!

Hello! Any of you who do not know... I started out 2012 advertising on Heather's blog: Just Lovely Things... you can hit the button in my sidebar to check her out and her awesome shop!!!

I can be a current in stock piece, a past sold piece, or we can even work together for me to create a custom piece for you!

For all new followers- WELCOME and Thank you for sharing some love! If you have a blog or shop please leave me info in your comment so I can return the favor! I am full of randomness on this blog and cover everything from art to crafts to pets to shopping to thrifting to teaching AND the daily challenges that sometimes get in my way. I try to keep it real and still give everyone some fun tutorials and pics to enjoy!

Winners will be chosen over at Heather's Just Lovely blog!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I (ME) I Made a Rag Quilt!!!

Okay... I don't have kids, so let's take a moment to ooh and ahh over my furry children in all of their holiday wear cuteness!

This big guy weighs 16 pounds and was born in August of 2009...

This little girl weighs 8 pounds and was born in May of 2009 (yes BEFORE Charlie)!
I LOVE my pompoms!

Now then.... here's my Pinterest inspiration pin:

Now honestly, my first reaction was "HEARTS! OMG THERE ARE HEARTS! I MUST MAKE THIS!" Do you see any hearts....

Ummm.. NO! That's because I was lazy after cutting out all of those honkin squares with my regular heavy duty scissors and said screw sewing hearts on these suckers! (P.S. They are more pricey but I would recommend buying spring loaded scissors for your seam snipping too.... and maybe if you can outsmart a rotary cutter using that to cut the squares. I tried and couldn't get it to cut through two layers at a time so I said screw it...)

Basically... I wanted a twin size quilt so I looked up the size of a twin size quilt online... that wasn't as easy as it sounds. I ended up going to overstock.com and looking up a twin size quilt that I could buy and then figuring out the squares.

I hacked my squares very crookedly in 8 1/2 inch squares (to do this I took a piece of printer paper and folded one corner diagonally to get a perfect square and used that as a template because I'm too cheap to buy a cutting mat). I chose five patterns initially... the dark pink was going to be the inside batting... you know, if you want a three layer warm quilt. Ended up I needed more yardage sooo... goodbye batting. I also wanted another pattern, so that ended up being needed yardage too. In the end, I bought 3 yards of the dark pink, 2 yards of both bird prints, and one yard of the two flower prints, the aqua and red dots, and the aqua and white damask. One of those I think I actually got an extra 1/4 of a yard because it was a remnant.

I wanted my quilt to be roughly 90X70... I ended up with something like 64x88 because I did 8 rows across and 11 rows up and down. I would recommend increasing it to 9 across if you want a twin size quilt. I'd say buy a total of 12 yards of flannel. AND make sure you REALLY do 1/2 inch seams, otherwise after you wash your quilt you have to go back and restitch some places that come apart :(.

P.S. If you are like me with your hack job and one side of your quilt ends up totally wonky after you sew it all together you can just cut it to be straight, then when I hemmed that side I did a back stitch over each cross seam... if that makes sense?

  1. choose your patterns, cut out your squares, stack them so that you separate the patterns
  2. lay them out in a pattern or whatever way you want, with so many animals I just did row by row overlapping on a friend's kitchen table, front and back same pattern- right sides facing out like a sandwich
  3. sew one set to the next set side by side... continue for a whole row, throw that to the side and sew next row
  4. sew all of your rows together
  5. sew hem around the entire edge
  6. get to snipping!
  7. wash and dry... and empty the lint trap every 10-15 minutes....
  8. wash and dry again to get all the linties off
  9. read: http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpatternsprojects/ig/Free-Quilt-Patterns/Easy-Rag-Quilt-Pattern.htm if I have thoroughly confused you
  10. or :
aqua and red dot

I had to have this fabric because it closely resembles my Liberty of London scarf and wallet from Target last year...
(Okay... maybe not so much... but sorta... kinda...)

Okay... we really laughed at this print first because everything was mixed in with the nursery prints and we totally thought these were big headed babies in cages at first! They are birds I swear!

I LOVE it! AND my little pompoms and kitties too- one of them is always in my shots!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Goals for 2012

So... this gets pretty deep and I actually let it sit in the drafts for the last week debating about whether or not to post it. I know a lot of people blog just to share crafts or funny stories, but let's be realistic here. My blog is titled OCD for more reasons than one and sometimes life gets in the way.

I've had a really rough time lately, overly emotional, unhappy, gloomy- it happens.

I have anxiety issues, OCD, and once a month a rough week of depression. I deal with it, I smile, I laugh, I love my friends and family.

Sometimes I get in a hole and have a hard time getting out.

Right now I look back and try to figure out when the last time was that I was really and truly happy. It comes and goes in spurts, but when was I last REALLY happy?

Instead I feel like a failure on an almost daily basis. It stems from feeling like I was never good enough growing up. From things that are said to me about my job. From the negative self thoughts that echo in my head as I look at everyone around me and wonder if I will ever find someone to spend the rest of my life with.

Now, I speak very openly with my doctor and I am a thousand times better than I was back in 2005 when I began having panic attacks and sitting in the middle of my kitchen floor crying uncontrollably. I had reasons for feeling so hopeless and stressed. They are issues I still deal with on a daily basis.

My favorite color is pink and I love all things girly: ruffles, sparkles, glitter, bows. I love fuzzy four legged friends. I smile and laugh and enjoy all of the time I get to spend with others.

Then I come home and spend time alone and have no one to turn to. Then things get a little bit darker in my mind, heart, and body.

Source: etsy.com via Amy on Pinterest

My goals for 2012 are to work to make myself happy. To choose to do things that could help me be happier.

Get better at keeping a clean and organized house.

Do the dishes before they pile all over the counter.

Make some home improvements.

I want to have a cleaner house so I can have a calmer mind and have a calmer mind so I can have a happier spirit.

I keep many things inside and I struggle with how I feel when I get down and depressed. I struggle with hearing others to tell me to get over it and cheer up, being told that if I want something bad enough than I can get it. There are truly some things beyond our control.

I really hope 2012 gets better than the past, but I need to get the past out of my head and into the open so that others who may be feeling the same way know they are not alone.

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