Monthly Archives: January 2016

Vacation

Sometimes you need a break.

I had a year of complete change. I had my little one turn ONE, I started a new job in direct sales, we moved from Hawaii to Florida, bought our first house, and adjusted to our new location and schedule. With two trips to the midwest in the span of a month and a half. I needed a break.

I took a month of from my Direct Sales business, and it left me time to create. Find myself, find my beautiful passion for crafting back. With January coming to complete, I am so excited I already made an entire quilt, and have a project to quilt lined up for next month already.

Life has to start again, and not that its not starting, I am just still visiting my family. I want to get started on more projects. I would love to get back into being on design teams, and I want to create!

My goal for this year is ME. I want to make things for ME. Complete projects for ME. Do what I want to do. It’s all about balance. This is the year, this is the time, and it is actually going to happen. I am going to make it happen. I am going to get out my Silhouette, and finally play with it! I am going to use my sewing machine every month. I am going to try new techniques. I am going to work on losing weight. I am going to do it because I want to! I am turning off the TV, walking away from the computer, and using my brain every day for ME.

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yep, thats me!

peace.love.dove.

until next week, when I am back with more projects made!

Baby Boy Quilt

I finished it. I have a goal this year of finishing things I have started. Whether is was 4 years ago, several months ago, or even a few days ago. It is all about follow through. I am also making it a goal to use my Silhouette a ton more too! My husband bought it for me the Christmas AFTER my daughter was born, so my time to craft and sew and all sorts of things, just disappeared. The only time I got it out was to help others with projects and to make my daughters onesies… but that is another post, another day, when I go through her bins and actually get them out and photograph them nicely.

Today, I am sharing the baby quilt I made for my cousin’s son. I am not sure at this point what you call my cousin’s kids to me, but my cousin and I are super close. She was my Maid of Honor at my wedding and we grew up 5 miles away from each other, and born with in 2 weeks of each other (our mom’s are sisters). Our Mom’s other sister had a son who is 9 months older than us.

I whipped this quilt up in a jiffy. It took all the spare time that I had, and I was wondering if I was even going to get it done!! But here it is in all its glory.

IMG_3738It is my first attempt at free motion quilting, and I have called it anywhere from children’s scribble to bumpy road! You have to start somewhere!!!

here are some more pictures of my progress that I took. Join me on instagram to see me in all my glory too @cherbeartoo

This was also my first time making flying geese, which was fun! You can tell I am a total rookie because I just said that. I made it with love. I hope you enjoy, and I can’t wait to show you what I am going to FINALLY finish next month!!

I also want to try to cut fabric on my Silhouette! That sounds like it could be fun, especially for appliqué quilts.

Off to play with my toddler. Have a wonderful weekend.

Peace.Love.Dove.

 

A New Year a New View

As soon as the New Year approaches, I am finding myself confused on what to do next, what step to take, and where I want my next journey to be. I like to start with a blank page. This year is going to be different, interested, more accomplished, more traveled, and I really want to push myself, but enjoy it. (I say this every year).

I have spent the last year doing direct sales. I love the products I sell, but I am not always certain that the “job” is for me. I am a more hands on type person. I have yet to find my passion, and something that works well for me and my family. I don’t think I have ever had a job where I knew that is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and maybe I will never find that. With that being said, I want to try to find it if I can.

My husband has known what he has wanted to do since he was a kid. Lucky him, he has completed it. He loves his job, and it is all he has ever dreamed about. Me on the other hand, I never have had a full dream of what I want to do. I start a lot of things and never finish them. I am scatterbrained, and well, to be honest, the worst multi-tasker in the world. I just can’t do two things at once.

I want to focus and find that little thing that brings passion in my life. Right now, it is fabric. I love it, I swoon after it, I enjoy cutting it up, and I am learning to sew it back together. I make a great mess, and it gives me my own freedom. So this year, I am going to dedicate myself to quilting. I want to get better at the skill, and develop it. I want to make a few quilts, and see if I have the knack, and maybe, if at all possible, it might lead me to a passion. Maybe even great ideas. But I a not 100% sure what will come of it.

So with the move from Hawaii to Florida complete, and we should be fully settled into our new home. It’s time to jump. It’s time to kick. It is time. Nothing should get in my way — well unless my daughter decides not to take a nap, like she is right now. It is time to escape into my little fabric hole, and fill my heart with joy.