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We moved… again.

We are back! Well at least I am. When you have kids, you sometimes lose track of time, your mind, and well everything in between. I have found that during the first year of each kid tends to be the hardest to have that time to yourself. You have to do everything for kids when they are little, but once they decide that playing by themselves in an ok thing, well I get myself back again. Plus on top of that we moved across the country. From Florida to Washington (which is the place we want to call home forever). We will see how long we can convince them to keep up here.


By back again, I mean I can craft again. I have done a few projects here and there and only because my husband has watched the girls so I could get those quilts put together, or whatever else I have been working on. Plus on top of that we moved across the country. From Florida to Washington (which is the place we want to call home forever). We will see how long we can convince them to keep up here.

Anyways, the youngest just turned one, like a week ago, and I am a stay at home mom to a 3 year old too. Both girls, and both amazing. Winter break has been a little rough for all of us. The three year old is used to preschool 2x a week (and she loves it — she’d go every day if she could) plus she has dance once a week but when the district school is out, so is she… so on top of the one year old I have a child who asks me for candy like every 10 minutes, works on pushing all my buttons, and tests every boundary we set. It’s a fun game that I am rewarded with a glass of wine at night.

This year I have quite a few projects I want to complete, resolutions to work on, and few tasks around the house that need to get done. I am going to share my list, and in hopes I follow through this year to get things done!

  1. Declutter! I am hoping to make this our forever home, so once we grow out of it, don’t need it, or don’t want it, its going going gone!
  2. Quilt! I have one quilt to finish for my godson’s 1st birthday in less than a month. That is my first thing to do! Plus I have like 5 others on my list. I’ll post the most doable in the list below.
  3. Bath Bombs. We want to make them. We love them, and I would love to make some instead of buying them to use.
  4. Block of the Month (BOM) – I have two that I am planning on doing this year. Pat Sloan’s & Quilters Planner. So hoping I can knock out at least those this year.
  5. I need to get back to working out. In Florida I had a group of friends I worked out with. It was a class and I went 3 days a week, it was awesome! Here I need to join a gym, but its spendy! Especially if you add on the child car portion. That almost doubles my monthly gym membership payment. But I need to figure something out.
  6. Refinish our deck. And all sorts of small changes in the house. I am hoping next fall I can get my kitchen countertops replaced. It doesn’t look like I will actually win the lottery, so we have to save up that money.
  7. Pay off my Student loans! This will be done hopefully in October 2018.
  8. Dream up a business idea. Find a passion. Go with it.
  9. Organize. It goes with the decluttering, but I need to organize my home, I need to start better habits. I am messiest person ever. And its hard to change some of my bad habits, but I need to do it for my husband. For our family. For our home!
  10. Sell more stuff. I sell Norwex. I love their products but I have been too busy to work the business. MLMs. Some people love them, some people hate them. I hate the pushy ones. But I am not pushy. Have questions, message me, or visit my website,

OK. 10 things to do this year. Plus every day life, visiting old friends, having friends and family visit, and raising tow incredibly wonderful girls. I also want to prep myself and work on being on a design team in 2019.  Which means I need to keep my blog up, post projects whether its quilting, paper crafting, or any other types of crafts, home goods, tasks, ideas… you name it.

I am not perfect no one is. And this might be a tough list to tackle, plus blogging takes time! Good pictures, Organization, Fresh ideas, and if you are reading this, you may be in my same shoes too. You will get to know me better over the next year and hopefully more, we may become best friends, or you might think I am too nuts for you.

I am always game for a glass of wine, some popcorn, and a good book too (well if I had time)…



Baby Girl Quilt Finished


The second I found out I was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to start the quilt for my baby to be. But I knew I had to wait. I also had to sort through my stash to see if I wanted to use any of the fabric I currently had — and well to see what I actually had…

Then I found out we were having another girl. I knew I couldn’t use previously bought fabric, I had to get some new stuff! *Ekk so exciting*

I headed out to my local quilting shop, which I had never been to before, and picked out my new fabric for this beautiful quilt. It was a lot harder to pick out fabric for myself than for other people. I have made a few baby quilts in the past couple years — and only one was for my child. I ended up picking out the back fabric first. It is a beautiful Opulent Flowerful Dandle Panel from Art Gallery Fabrics. It is from the Lavish collection designed by Katarina Roccella. I then picked some Kona solids to go with it (pink and white, and navy for the binding)

I chose a simple herringbone pattern since this is one of the bigger quilts I have attempted to make. I made several half square  triangle lined them up and sewed them all together. Since I am due at Christmas time, I wanted to get this done as soon as I can knowing that the holidays are going to be busy!! I quilted on my Singer Quantum Stylist 9960, and finished it today! yay!

So without further ado, here are the pictures of the finished quilt measured at 56.5″ each side (It’s square)!


I also love that I finished this during National Sewing Month!!! How perfect. Now a million other things to do to get ready for this baby!


p.s. I am entering this into a couple competitions this month. Check them out at &



Friday night

My Friday nights lately consist of my husband watching a movie while I turn to my sewing room and plug away at a project. Current project: Baby Quilt. FOR US!!! 

We found out that we are having another girl come this Christmas. We already have a good name picked out, and the other day I picked out her fabrics for her quilt. 

I am going to make a herringbone quilt in the pink and white, and back with the gorgeous printed fabric. Then the binding will be a navy blue. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

I already started on my half squares. 

And now to determine the size of the quilt. I want it smaller than a twin but bigger than a crib. So I will have to play with the squares and amounts to figure out a good size. 

I’ll keep you posted on my progress! 


Triangle Baby Quilt – Boy

I have lots of projects going on right now.

My Sister-in-law is due with her 3rd boy in a couple of weeks. Which means I need to finish up the baby quilt I started for her.

I have had the fabric since March of 2016 — before I even knew I was pregnant! (I am currently 19 weeks)


It is the gorgeous Hello Bear! With some others added in to make it a little more masculine.

I decided I wanted to do a triangle quilt. I am slowly mastering it, so I needed to work on lining up all those points. I am happy to say, that this ones is MUCH better than my first, but here is some progress.


Mind you these are all taken with my iPhone, so when it is all done, I will take some better professional pictures.

Here is a close up of the finished quilt top.


The points are no where near perfect, but they are pretty darn good for me! I am working hard to get this quilted this week. It is supposed to rain a lot which will hopefully help me. Plus the urgency of this baby coming any week, could give me the extra push! Now the decision is how do I want to quilt it?!?

More to come this week on the finished quilt. Fingers crossed!




Felt Board Fireplace

Felt Board Fireplace

We bought a house. It is beautiful, and I love everything about it, but – there is no fireplace. No where to hang the stockings, display precious keepsakes, or put the holiday decor. So what to do? I needed a fire place. So I purchased a fireplace surround.

I put the surround and mantle up, and it sat there. Blank wall, (with an outlet in it and fireplace around it. There is no place to actually put a fireplace in my house, it just wouldn’t work. But I needed to find some wonderful idea of what to put in my fire place! Most importantly, there was an outlet in the actual area I needed to convert to something, so I needed to “bump out the area.”

I had lots of ideas:

  1. Lanterns
  2. Whiteboard
  3. Wood
  4. glitter
  5. paint
  6. leave it
  7. I could go on and on…

But something wasn’t right. And then “click,” I have an almost 2 year old. Let’s make it a felt board so we can do stories AND have a “fire” all in one day if I wanted.

I started by inserting foam board into the fireplace opening (bound together with white duct tape. I had to bump out the board to take care of the outlet situation. The entire thing is removable for when I need to plug in things like the Christmas Tree, and should be deep enough (I hope) to have the tree timer set up for the lights!

fireplace 1

Next was the fun part, decorating it!

I purchased a big sheet of black felt, and centered it on the fire. Adhering it with hot glue.

fireplace 2

Now it did not perfectly square up, but I solved this problem by making “tiles” to go around. I measured them out to be 5.25″x 5.25″ to catch the widest gaps, and put them all around the edge. I had to trim the middle pieces so they lined up and looked nice.

Then I cut out some felt wood and flames to make it complete!

fireplace 3

and “ta da” an instant fireplace!

A simple way, to add a little light in the room, and a fun place to play.

peace. love. dove.


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.



My Birth Story

Before I forget, I want to write down my birth story. First Baby.

Due Date: May 3, 2014

Thursday May 1st, 10:58pm. My water broke. Prior to this I had been laying in bed. I had just finished a bag of M&M’s and was watching 19 Kids and Counting on Netflix. I got up to use the bathroom when my husband came up from watching TV downstairs. I almost walked out of the bathroom, and stopped turned around (to get my nasal strip) but before I made it to that, I felt something weird and trickle. I looked at my husband, and I told him, either my water broke, or I peed myself (which was not likely since I JUST used the bathroom!)

Next I called Tripler. They were busy and someone was going to call me back. I decided to take a quick shower, and then headed down the living room to sit on a wooden chair over non carpeted floors.

IMG_5911An hour passes… no word from Tripler. So I call again, let them know my water broke and hour ago, and they said they were going to find someone now, and would call me back. All the while I was feeling fine. No contractions, nothing, just leaking water. Another 30 minutes pass, still no word from Tripler. We decide to go in, since no one had called me and it was a 30 minute drive. I call and let them know I am coming in. They are fully aware I am coming in.

1:04am May 2, 2014: Tripler Nurse calls me back. I tell her I am in the parking lot walking to the front doors and will be up in a minute.

I get there, get checked in, and they check to make sure I am leaking amniotic fluid. Yep, my water broke. The Dr. tells me that they have been sending patients to other hospitals because they are so busy, and if I would have called they would have told me to go to the nearest hospital…. OH REALLY!?! ha.

They end up sending me to another hospital. I get to get on a gurney, and ride in an ambulance, while my husband followed in our car.

3:45am. Castle Medical Center. I arrive and get checked in. Since my water had broke and I had been in several locations they decided to start me on antibiotics and get my iv in.

7:30am May 2, 2014. They start me on pitocin. No contractions, nothing still, so it is time to start getting this birth going.

Pain finally starts hitting, so I get an epidural sometime Friday night. I only know this because my friend brought my husband dinner, and he left the room to eat it while I got it put in.

May 3, 2014.

Sometime that morning I had made it to 4cm dilated. Yes, I was at zero when I checked it. It has now been 24 hours on pitocin and I am only at 4 cm. Later that day, I made it to 6cm. Nurse said, ok in 4 hours you should be ready! I was super excited! I battled through the pain. I got some crazy drug that made me feel super drunk, because I had some hardcore pelvic pain. But for the most part I was in high spirits, until…

1:00pm May 3, 2014. Nurse came to check in on me. 4 hours after I made it to 6cm… and I hadn’t even made it to 7cm…

The call was being made. I wanted the baby out. The pain was so bad. From previous ultrasounds, they were measuring my baby BIG! Like double digits big! Which made me super nervous. The nurse came back and we were going to do a c-section. I was 100% prepared for a c-section because I had placenta previa for the majority of my pregnancy. We got all ready for surgery. My husband got his super awesome outfit on and they were prepping me for the drugs I needed.

2:5something PM: I am ready for my c-section. Dr. starts to cut. I tell her ouch. She says you can feel that. I said Yep! She does it again, and I say I can feel that! Turns out my epidural wore out right where she needed to cut. Which may explain my pelvic pain… They needed to put me under. The last thing I remember was someone asking if the baby needed to eat if it was ok to give her formula. I said Yes, and the next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery.

The first thing I asked was, what time is it? I immediately forgot the time. I remember several people around me doing all sorts of things, like taking out my epidural, and who knows what else. I again asked what time it was. I think it was 4:45pm. But I am still confused, and out of it. Finally I found the clock on the wall. It said 4:45pm.

I was wheeled back into my room. My husband was standing there holding our baby girl. He was trying to bring her to me and show me her. I had double vision and got super nauseous. Finally I was able to see her. I was completely unaware of how much time had passed. Our baby girl was born at 2:58pm, weighing 7lbs 2 oz. (boy were those measurements off) and it was now after 5pm.

IMG_5944We tried feeding but my milk had not come in. I don’t think i had much colostrum either. It was not working. I ended spending some extra days at the hospital because of my c-section, and trouble with milk production. But I was finally able to go home on May 6th, 2014.

After coming home, we still struggled with feeding since my milk didn’t come in. We ended up seeing a pediatrician the next day since she had lost almost a pound at the hospital. She finally gave us the relief we needed. If she is hungry give her formula. For some reason no one thought that idea was ok, even though my husband and I were 100% ok with doing that if we had to! The stress was off, and she ate and was no longer hungry! And then the next day my milk came in.

At this point she loved her bottles and struggled with trying to breast feed. So we made the decision to exclusively pump. The first couple weeks she had some BM and some formula, but then, I was able to give her only BM for several months. At about the 3 and half month mark, pumping became more of a chore and my supply started to drop. I decided to stop pumping at 4 months. I have enough milk stored to go a couple months. I ultimately decided to stretch out the BM as far as possible and not she has mostly formula with  BM just before bedtime.

At 5 months, I now have a happy, healthy baby girl who just doubled her birth weight. She’s starting solids and is so much fun. Everything I went through was worth it. I had some ups and downs, but we survived. We made the choices we did because it was what was best for US.

I wanted to write down my story so I wouldn’t forget. As each day passes, I remember less and less. My recovery took a while, to get moving back to normal it took longer. It all healed great. My nurses were AMAZING and helped me out a ton! I never had a birth plan. My plan was to get my baby out however it needed to happen. I wish my body looked like what it did when I was 18, but that won’t happen again. I’m 30, so losing the weight is hard. But my next goal is to get in shape, lose the weight and be the best Mom I can be.

black and white mom dotEvery pregnancy is different, and sometimes you just never know what to expect. I did it all, except push. Next time around I will schedule my birth, and hopefully I will be awake for it! Fingers crossed (but I have a few years before that will happen).


2014 Update of Life

I am currently working on meeting my goals and I can happily say that I can check off almost everything on the list. Since my last post, we have moved to Hawaii, took a trip to Australia, and moved twice (in Hawaii)! And one other big thing… I am 38.5 weeks pregnant!!

This baby could come any time, and I would be completely ready… I think.

This blog is going to be about my life. About my little girl. About my ocean view. My crafting days are seeming to slow down, but if you are interested in seeing what I am up to over there, you can stop by my blog I started quilting more instead of scrapbooking, but I hope that I will eventually make it back to my old roots, and craft with my little girl once she gets older.

I have been married to my wonderful husband for 5 years. We have a 5 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Lab/Jindo mix dog. She is our baby. We got a genetic test done to see what she was this past fall. Otherwise I would normally say we have Lab/Border Collie mix, because that is what she looks like, but it is not the case! We found she was HALF Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and lucky us, she HATES water… that is 100% the Jindo in her. My husband and I have lived on each US coast, and are both from the Midwest. I’m from Minnesota, and he is from Missouri. We met in college at Iowa State University. We love baseball, good wine, and microbrew beers. We are expecting our first child in less than 2 weeks. We are having a girl, and couldn’t be more excited.


This was our pregnancy announcement. Lucie was good sport for most of it.

Well I hope you look forward to the things that I post. I have some subscription box reviews that I will be sharing with you for our baby girl soon!


A New Beginning

With a life of constant change. I know that I will always have an ocean view. Whether it is crafting, with company, creating home decor, or living life. I feel that With An Ocean View fits me more. I will be making some plans over the next few months, but I will be here, all the time. Enjoying my ocean view.