Saturday, October 16, 2021

Quilty Smiles!!!

I always cherish that moment the boys first see their new quilt!


And look at these smiles as they are all tucked in for their first night under a new quilty hug!

These are the moments I cherish!!

Happy Birthday boys!!
With smiles! V:)

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Birthday Quilts Ready to Gift!

Not one...

...but two birthday quilts.
 These were quick and easy strip quilts that happily filled our grand guys request of  a 
birthday quilt in fabric of his favorite football team. I used a soft flannel backing and 
made them to be twin and crib size to fit the beds at their dad's house.

Hard to believe these two are going to be four and eight!

These are their traditional quilt labels and I finished the quilts with a fun football pantograph.

More quilty hugs...
...for the two that call me Meme.
With Smiles. 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Busy Binding....with a little help!

My grand guys birthday quilts are almost done!

I'm busy sewing the binding...and Jackson seems to think these are for him?

Such a funny pup!

Who by the way just turned twelve!
Finished quilt pictures coming soon!
Hope this post finds all my quilty friends doing well.
Sending smiles your way! V:)
good day!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

"Meme! You Haven't Made Me a Quilt!"

Oh man! Nothing like getting scolded by your own grandson! 
These two guys made their annual start of summer visit and our oldest grand guy took to reminding me I HAVEN'T made him a "6 or 7 and soon to be 8" birthday quilt! Uh oh!

We searched through my blog and I had to admit, he was right! 
Now of course, I'm completely flattered that he remembers and WANTS another birthday quilt. 
So, like any good Meme, I let him pick out and "design" his next quilt. Lucky me he came up with a really quick and easy strip Seahawks quilt that will include his name, favorite number and the Seahawks Mascot. EASY peasy. Oh and it has to have a "cuddly fabric" on the back. LOL!!

And as any little brother would sooner than later do, he chimed in quick with his 
"what about me?" inquiry. So I took him to the sewing room and Boy! Oh Boy! 
was he so excited when I pulled out this Brown Bear fabric.

Soooo with a crazy school year final finished and two months of summer freedom ahead of me, I guess you can say these two cuties gave their ol' Meme just the sprinkle of motivation she needed to get creative! Stay tuned! 
Oh and if ya have any ideas for that Brown Bear Fabric...please do comment!
This is the fabric I have:
With Smiles!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

My Word for 2021: Committment!

Today I completed my 100 day challenge!!!
I wrapped up the last One Hundred days of 2020 with a commitment to self.
To complete 100 days of something changes you.
For me, I gained a new confidence in myself. 
I learned to prioritize my own commitment to self...with no excuses. 
I remember when I first started I read: You have to have a Day One to have a Day One Hundred! Then pretty soon, I was on day ten, twenty...soon not wanting to miss a day, not wanting to break my '"trend". This in itself increased my sense of purpose and self. 
I gained a sense of control during a time when we feel like we have no control.
So what fuels you? What is your Bliss?
I begin 2021 with a continued commitment to self.
This intentional effort to exercise and be healthy fuel me.
I handle stress better. I handle loneliness better. I handle our ever-changing world better.
Isolation, social distancing, distance learning as an educator have created an independence and freedom like I've never before experienced.  I tire of daily ZOOM meetings and do not like spending so much time on a computer. I walk on my lunch hour and workout when I get home to keep my body active and strong.  I have learned over the past nine months to nurture my faith and vision of self.

What are you taking control of during these uncertain times?
What are you being intentional about?

I've come to realize blogging is not in my Wheel Well right now.
As I personally move into 2021, I wanted to leave some words that will hopefully inspire you to take control of that which you can during this Coronavirus pandemic we are experiencing.
 I have no New Year's Resolution, yet choose to move forward 
continuing my wellness habits and just breathing through so much that we can't control.
Instead of thinking "I'm giving up this and not doing that" think about replacement.
Success requires replacement:
So far, I've:
Replaced complaining with gratitude.
Replaced toxic people with mentors.
Replaced junk food with nutrition.
Replaced overthinking with action.
and now, I'll focus on replacing alcohol with water.
Hoping 2021 finds you inspired to become the best version of yourself as the world needs more strong, healthy, happy people that are non-judgmentally kicking-ass in their life!
With SMILES! Val

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