March 26, 2013

Where the heck has the first quarter of the year gone?? Once again, I cannot believe this year is just flying by so quickly. Also how have I not posted since January?!

My husband gifted me a nice, shiny sewing machine for Christmas last year and it has been getting a TON of use. I just finished up my third baby quilt of the year this past weekend, and I'm starting to sketch out some ideas for a few new quilts. My sister also gifted me a journal for Christmas that has been absolutely perfect for this.

My husband has also been hinting that I should make us a quilt- something that has been on my "to-do" list for quite a while. Once upon a time, long ago, I made cocktail napkins for our wedding and I have still have fabric + some left over napkins that are patiently waiting to be sewn into something. I don't think I have enough fabric for my original idea, so I've been brainstorming a few new layouts. Nothing set in stone yet, which means it may be awhile before I actually start piecing together a quilt top, but I'm excited to start the process. 

I also picked up a few sewing patterns that I really want to try out, including this dress and this tote. I was lucky enough to see this tote, and it's seamstress, in person at QuiltCon :)

And since I haven't had any time to edit the photos of my recent quilts (yet), I'll leave you with this little sneak-peak from one. 

Happy Tuesday everyone!

RIP Google Reader

Along with pretty much everyone else in the blogging world, I too am pretty bummed that Google Reader is calling it quits. I'm still deciding on some alternative platforms to view my favorite, blogs (mainly feedly  & bloglovin')

In order to prep for the inevitable, you can find me here:

I'll be back with soon with some new posts!!


Goals, goals...... goals

January 24, 2013

I am a horrible goal setter. Wait, let me rephrase that: I am great at setting goals, I am horrible at actually finishing them. I think part of the problem is that I get overwhelmed by either the number of goals or underwhelmed by the span of one year to to complete them. Also I am a champ at starting projects and never finishing (a story for another day).

So with this, I am going to test out a new method:
Set a few specific goals.

1. Finish 3 quilts. (I'm hoping to have two of them done by the end of this month/early next month- I WILL post pictures once their new owners have received them)
2. Refinish new/old dining room table & chairs.
3. Refinish new/old end table.
4. Post a house tour.

1. Cut out wheat/gluten for one day. I have come to the conclusion that I eat entirely too many carbs. The weight gain/calorie intake is one concern I have, but I've also noticed that I feel really blah after eating too much bread, tortillas, cake, {insert bread product here} etc.
2. Weight Training. I picked up this book (after reading this post):
via Amazon
I completed week one, and I'm pretty excited to get started on week two. I want change that lasts and I feel like, after reading the book, this will help me accomplish that. Yay fitness! (And hello gym).

1.  Remove the carpet from our bathroom already. THIS WILL HAPPEN.
2.  Fix our outdoor faucets. AKA: Hire a plumber to fix our faucets. They both leak and we waste a ton of water during the summer while watering our grass.
3.  Speaking of grass, hire someone to de-weed our yard. I would love to think that this is an easy DIY task, but it's not. And if we don't take care of it now, I'll be pulling out crab grass all summer long like last year. (Trust me when I say it is the opposite of fun)

1.  Make three meals at home per week. X has class twice a week so scheduling meals during the semester gets a little tricky. But, I know this is better for our bodies and our pocketbooks.
2.  Have date night once a week. Go/Do/See somewhere or something new.

Deadline? April 30.

Even as I look at this list, there are many other "to-do" items running through my head that I really want to get done. At this point, I'm just going to focus on the items listed and try my hardest to complete them *crosses fingers*.


<3 Sandy Hook

December 17, 2012

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Minted- The Non-Photo Card

December 6, 2012

I know photo cards are ever so popular when sending out holiday cheer to our friends and loved ones, but it can be really stressful (and difficult) to get the whole family together for that one. perfect. shot. Or if you're like me.... spend hours on end browsing through my unorganized photos from the last year to find a good one of "us" to include.

And actually, while chatting with one of my girlfriends the other day, she made a good point. Photo cards are kind of tricky because they can really be displayed one time a year. It seems kind of a waste to put all the effort into sending something out that will be seen for maybe 30 days.

The solution to this is, of course, sending out a card and including a separate photo. But then you have to find the. perfect. card. Something that represents you and the holiday spirit.

I would love to have the best of both worlds: a beautiful, unique card AND a great picture to send to my loved ones- both being items that they can display over and over again (because I know everyone wants to put up pictures of my husband and me (and our fur balls) year after year, hehe).

Enter Minted. Their cards are really more works of art than your average holiday mail. I would definitely frame these and display them with the rest of my Christmas decor every year. The colors are just absolutely dreamy. And the fonts? Oh my!

Merry Typography
Sketchbook Foliage
Santa is Coming
Woodland Noel
Modern 12 Days
*Love* I could post every single card from their site onto my blog because they are all so wonderful, but I'll let you go check out the rest on your own :D

The colors, edges, and backs are all customizable. And if you really love details (like me), they provide optional (gorgeous) envelope liners too:

Modern 12 Day {envelope liner}
And the best part, is that their cards are a collaboration of a variety of designers.

Take this card, for example:

All is Bright
Designed by my very talented, fellow Weddingbee blogger, Chelsey Emery!

Right now, Minted has a promotion for 15% off all holiday card orders of $150+ and 10% off all holiday card orders of $100+. They also include your recipients' addresses on all holiday card orders.

So, if you haven't ordered your Christmas/New Year's/Hanukkah/Holiday cards yet, I highly recommend that you head over to the Minted site, and take a look around. You may just find something you love.

**This post is sponsored by Minted. I am receiving compensation in return for the above review; however, the thoughts and views expressed are solely my own.