Favorite Things This Week

Fall is here!  Fall is here!  Seriously, I’m so giddy about fall.  September has been an amazing month.  Time with family and friends, but mostly full of laughter.  More memories to come as we enjoy the fall weather and festivities.

Girl’s Weekend

A couple of weekends ago my friends and I snuck off to Madison, Indiana for the weekend.  We stopped at wineries and shopped.  More importantly we had time together.  At a bar on Friday night we met two adorable Kentucky girls complete with accents.  They noted they were 22 and thought we were 27.  Can they just follow us around for a while?  Too sweet, just like their tea.  They are towards the back of this picture.

We roamed around a new city and learned a few things along the way.  Canaan, Indiana hosted their Fall Festival while we where there.  They host a special Pony Express run of the mail.  You guys, I love the mail so when I overheard someone talking about a special postcard, I knew I needed more information.  At the post office we got all the details.  The Pony Express will be in Madison by 1ish if we wanted to see the ride.  Done!

We anxiously waited to see a man on a horse deliver these postcards.  It was much later than we were told, but I had beer, so things were good.  I shared the thrilling event on InstaStories.  People in town were not nearly excited as I was.  “It’s just a guy on a horse.”  Well those party poopers did not deter me.  So glad we got to see it.

Then we noticed the building we had been waiting by.  It looks like a castle.  It’s an old Knights of Pythia lodge.  Interesting. Now it’s just apartments.  Imagine all the social events that happened there?

This was the view from our hotel room.  We stayed in the second night and enjoyed some of the wine we had purchased.  We laughed more, ate cookies, and wore sheet masks to make our skin look glorious.  I won’t share those pictures, but they still make me giggle.

Having a getaway was refreshing.  P had a boy’s weekend and loved the time with Rob.  If you haven’t one in a while, make the time with your friends.

Sewing & Quilting

Blogger’s Quilt Festival is currently happening.  Pop over and see the amazing work in this collection.

Since people know I sew, they ask if I can hem their pants.  My typical answer is, “Yes, but terribly.”  Pay someone else to do it.  I bookmarked this article for future reference if I want to tackle hemming my own pants.  Oh, I hope I can stop laughing at that thought.

Speaking of sewing clothes, Rachel talks about her garment sewing baggage here.  She is braver than I am.  Sewing clothes for myself is a to do, but it’s scary.  What if I fail?  With quilting failures can usually be ripped out or covered up in some way.

 

That’s it for now.  I have a few things I’m working on for next week to share.  New posts and possibly a video.

 

 

Favorite Things This Week

I’m enjoying sharing a little more about my weeks with you.  It feels like a highlight reel of my life that week.  Soccer is over so we have another free during the week, woohoo!  I enjoyed a few minutes of quiet time with the house to myself Monday afternoon.  Those few minutes can be so refreshing.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Last week was a Mommy and Popo weekend, mostly.  Rob had to travel for work, so P and I had some time together.  I started calling it Mommy Popo time a while back.  Those nights/days include Chic Fil A, mommy’s park, snuggles, movies, and a craft of some sort.  To break things up, we visited the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.  We love it and it’s the best gift to give a family.

The China exhibit has been going for a while.  We had not spent much time in the exhibit until last weekend.  P played for 45 minutes.  He loved the baby pandas, cooking for me in the restaurant, and exploring homes from across the world.  Not sure I would eat his cooking, would you??

We ventured into ScienceWorks and did some exploration.  He was dress appropriately for an adventure in his pirates pants.  We explored a cave, “Mommy, crawl in here with me.”  Considering how much I don’t like small enclosed spaces, sure bud.  He beamed his smile and I couldn’t say no.  He would have spent all day there.

If you visit Indianapolis and have kids, this is a must see stop.

Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild Show

Did you see my post on the show from last weekend?  I’m still in awe of variety of quilts and how talented my friends are.  Read the post here.  Michele’s lovely Swoon quilt took People’s Choice.

Other Art Around Indy

Do you know who Banksy is?  Well, not the actual person.  Not very many people know how Banksy really is, I was referring to knowing the work of Banksy.  The art of graffiti is interesting.  You can gain some perspective on it with the Netflix Documentary Saving Banksy.  Randomly the Kokomo Public Library has the Rat on display.  It’s not too far of a drive, but might be worth the drive to see it in person.

A name change is happening at the art museum.  Newfields will be the new name to focus more on the whole brand and experiences available.  Hopefully soon we can visit 100 Acres, as we haven’t in a while.

Target

Why not include this cute dress I picked up.  I was torn between the teal or black and white print.  Black and white print won out since I have a teal dress in the closet.  It has pockets, a little longer length, and small V in the neck.  Cute enough for the weekend but also office/work appropriate.  Now if it came in gray, my wardrobe would be complete.  Seriously, I need a gray dress.

Sewing & Quilting

Looking to support small fabric designers?  Pop over to S.O.T.A.K handmade to see their new screenprinted panels.

Can’t remember if I have shared this post, but I think it’s a great look at how to take scraps and make something else.  I enjoy how Jayne talks about the process, pop over and read about it here.

Speaking of scraps, here is a sneak peek of a quilt I plan to share next week.

 


Also note some links in contain affiliate links.  Any item I link to are things I use personally and want to share.

Favorite Things This Week

The kid free weekend was a success.  Time with hubby, some sewing, and mostly resting.  Good thing, it’s been a hectic week at work.  My training schedule is a little lighter, giving me more time to sew in the evenings.  Look for fresh projects coming your way.  There are a couple of items lingering on my continuous to-do list that I hope to check off this weekend.

Sewing & Quilting

Indy Modern Quilt Guild is hosting their second annual quilt show this weekend.  If you’re around Indy, you should stop by and see the work of my talented friends.  Can’t wait to see what the People’s Choice quilt is this year.  I submitted two quilts to hang in the show.

Cancer Sucks Quilt

Scrappy unicorn rainbow sprinkles by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #paperpiecing #modernquilt

The Cancer Sucks Quilt was featured on my segment with the wonderful Mary Fons.  I admire what she is doing for the quilting community.  The Chicago Tribune wrote a piece on her last week.  One of her quotes resonated with me.

When life as you know it is torn into a million pieces, it makes perfect sense to tear up perfectly good fabric into a million pieces and sew it back together again. – Mary Fons

That’s what quilters ultimately do.  We take gorgeous fabrics and cut them into pieces and sew them back together.  Maybe it sounds crazy to some, but for me it’s therapeutic.  I’m using someone’s stunning design and putting my own twist on it.  I can mix it with other artists or try to create my own.  There are so many options to create with.  Read the article here.

Indianapolis

Great initiative happening at a local hospital, it’s actually where I delivered P.  Can’t imagine being on bed rest and not having a creative outlet at least.  Such a positive program.

Ikea is opening October 11th.  That means I will venture up there in April?  Just kidding.

Life

This story made me smile.  The bride wore a dress of her late grandmother for her wedding day.  The beading and detail is stunning, see the details here.

Um, jelly pens are still my favorite.  This cracked me up as I read through the list.

Game of Thrones

I thought this post was fun.  Sansa does like the pretty things.  Isn’t that was Arya said to her?  Let’s be honest, Tyrion’s bar area would be much larger.

How would the rooms of Game of Thrones characters look like in real life

In case you needed an idea for a Halloween costume?  Or you just wanted a furry cape, here you go.  Can’t wait until April to get to Ikea, I had better go soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Things This Week

 

Welcome back for my favorite things this week.  It’s been an eventful week at our house.  P started Pre-K, you know the actual school kind that is FREE.  Hubby and I celebrated being together for 12 years.  Finally, we are researching options for a new garage door.  There goes all the savings of no daycare payment.  How is your week going?

Let’s jump into my list for the week.

Fall

No quite Pumpkin Spice Latte fall, but lots of prep work for Halloween and our decor.  Time to dig into my Pinterest board for ideas.  Plus working on a Halloween quilt for P.  When do you bust out your fall decor?  Lots of stores already have theirs out.

Take me back to Cooperstown

If you want a jumpstart on fall projects, here is an easy tutorial for a Fall Fabric Wreath.

fall fabric wreath tutorial

 

Youtube

I have been working on some big projects at work this week.  While doing so I’ve been listening to music and the occasional video.  Prepare to laugh and feel all kinds of gushiness.

Speaking of fall, this had me cracking up.  So many giggles.

Sewing & Quilting

A variation on a string block is a go to for me.  Cluck Cluck Sew has the Diagonal Strip Quilt tutorial on her blog.  She finally finished her quilt.  She touches on being paralyzed by the fear of finishing it.  Do you ever feel that way?

I am digging these improv stripes from Debbie at A Quilter’s Table.  Wish I had some more time to play along right now.  Are you participating?

Life

I love planning.  We use a family calendar, but maybe it’s time for me to bring back a paper planner.  There are some good benefits discussed here.  Do you have any suggestions or favorites?

We are going to sneak away for a couple of days this weekend.

Favorite Things This Week

As my weeks have become more hectic, there are a few things that have helped through the chaos.  These are my favorite things this week.

Target

Who doesn’t love Target already?  There is one close to house I like to sneak off to and enjoy browsing items for inspiration.  They have a School List Assist feature on their Web site that I used this week.   P is starting Pre-K MONDAY! His school has a generic supply list and Target had it on their site.  I was able to just grab the list and load into my cart, presto!  There are a couple of little items left to pick up, but I’m done.

Did you also see that Target is now offering Lisa Frank pajamas for grown ups?  Just take my money.  I could totally wear this set and snuggle under my Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles quilt.  Rad!

via Target.com

 

 

Health & Fitness

As my mileage has gone up with training, I’m reading a bit more health and fitness related articles.  The topics mostly include making time and motivation.  Talking about making time for exercise is not an easy conversation to have personally.  I am giving up time away from other things I enjoy to help reach this goal.  I’m investing in myself to make this happen.  Transformation Fitness & Wellness had an article on making time this week that hit home.  Read it and tell me your thoughts.

The health coach in me has to agree there is no on or off track, you are just living.  Many people feel one bad thing in the day ruins the whole day and that’s not the case, especially when it comes to diet and exercise.  This quote from the article because I have heard this from many people in coaching.

I was putting so much pressure on myself to be perfectly “healthy” that any slip-up, no matter how small, was seen as failure and I’d consider the whole day a loss, binging on junk food and telling myself I’d just start again fresh the next day. I was either 110% on track or 110% off the rails. ~ Pumps & Iron

We have to treat ourselves better than that.  If that is your mentality, let’s chat about some ways to build your skills in that area.  Check out the post here.  What was your take away?

Sewing & Quilting

Quarter square log cabins are quite trendy right now.  They look like great scrap busters.  Have you made one?  Below are links to a couple of finished quilts posted this week.

Stitched in Color 

Hyacinth Quilt Designs

For myself I plan to start on P’s Halloween quilt.  My beemates made gorgeous Halloween themed blocks and I just need to make a few more to complete the top.  If time allows over the weekend, maybe even a tutorial on my improv scrappy blocks from the quilt above.

New Running Goal – A Sub 2 Half

Can’t believe I actually wrote that title and putting this out there publicly.  I am so proud of my husband for achieving one of his fitness goals (more on that later this week) this year that it’s motivated me to aim for a big stretch goal.  Over the years I have ran a number of half marathons.  Truthfully, I haven’t really put the effort in for training.  I’ve come close with a 2:14.

This is the time I need to focus on my training and reach this goal.  I have used the above quote many times during trainings for races.  However, I did sacrifice and not give my best.  Slept in on Saturday mornings, half asses a speed workout, skipped a mid week run, and generally didn’t prepare myself.  Sure I can run a half this weekend if I wanted to, but it would be an ugly performance.  Why not set myself up for success and reach my goal.

I want to be at or below the two hour mark.  Aiming for this goal will force me into more speed work, yoga, and long runs.  Hubby and I have worked out a plan to help make this happen.  We discussed the pros and cons of moving my runs to the early morning to avoid Indiana heat.  We decided that isn’t a realistic step for a couple of reasons.  First, I would have to go to bed basically after P in order to make a 5:30 am run part of my morning.  Second, I decided I enjoy the down time in the evening with hubby and I don’t want to give that up.  Third, well it’s easy to oversleep and just say I will do it later!

In an effort to plan to get myself into the mindset of running a sub 2 half I put a couple of things in motion this week:

  • Downloaded a training plan designed to help achieve the goal.
  • Scheduling in yoga on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to help with core strength and stretching.
  • Researching new shoes.  My current shoes won’t last into the training.

I start today and plan to run the Monumental Half Marathon on November 4th.  Not sure how this will impact my sewing time at this point.  However, many of my ideas come while running.  Maybe I will create an amazing idea while I run.  It is my other form of stress/life management.

Any tips or support is greatly appreciated.