Sunday, 14 August 2011

Our First Summer Trip

I am so sorry I haven't been posting as much lately. Things just tend to get busy sometimes, don't they?

We had such a fun time on Friday, though! We decided Thursday that we were going to take the kids to Canada's Wonderland. If you're not familiar, it's a huge amusment park with roller coasters and the like. Lot's of fun for everyone.

We got a bit of a late start, which meant that we didn't get to the park until around 2 pm, but since it doesn't close until 10 pm, we still had lots of time to play.

Our third ride in, we decided to go on the Bat. This is my son's second favourite roller coaster. Basically, you get on the train and a machine comes and attaches to the back car. It pulls you up the track, backwards to the top of the track then lets you go. Then you speed through the track until you reach the opposite side where you are grabbed, dragged frontwards up the track, let go and you repeat the coaster, only this time it's backwards.

This is an image I found online to give you a visual of what I mean

It's such a fun ride. We all love it so much.

So, we waited in line for about an hour (it's a very popular ride) until finally it was our turn. Yay! Hubby and our daughter got in the very front seat, my son and I chose the middle. It's safer there. LOL!

At about this point

at the very beginning of the ride, it stopped. There was some sort of malfunction and it wouldn't move. We hung there for about a half an hour before they were able to get us down. They had to shut the ride down, tell everyone in line to leave and then move us down, inch by agonizing inch. I'm not afraid to tell you that I'm terrified of heights and this was one of the scariest things I've ever experienced.

Everyone who was on the ride at the time it broke down was able to pick any ride in the park and jump to the front of the line.

Hubby and daughter chose the Behemoth.

This is Canada's biggest roller coaster. It climbs 270 feet straight up, then drops you down, 75 degrees. Hubby said it's terrifying. You're not even strapped in, really, just something across your lap. So, with no shoulder restraints, you feel like you're actually falling. Or flying as our daughter describes it. Either way, that's far too terrifying for me.

My son and I chose a much smaller, but just as much fun ride for us called the Fly.

Much more my speed. LOL!

And then my family dragged me onto the Windseeker. I swear, either I love them too much, or they hate me. Seriously!

You know those really fun swing rides that you see at every country fair you go to? You get on the swing and it rises slightly into the air and you enjoy a fun little swing around in circles? Well, this is just like that.

300 feet in the air.

Seriously. 300 feet. It was terrifying!!!! I had my eyes closed the entire time, white knuckled on the bar. Thanfully, I'll never have to do that one again. Myself and my son found it far too scary, hubby and daughter were bored. Bored!! At 300 feet in the air, they were bored.

I think there is something terribly wrong with them.

All in all, it was an amazing day. It was long (3 hour drive one way) and late (didn't get home until 2 am) but more than worth it. I can't wait to go again!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

A Yummy Mail Day!

I had an absolutely delicious mail delivery day yesterday!

First, there was my fabric of the month mailing from Clotilde.

I signed up for this for two reasons. 1. I need/want to build my stash of fabrics and patterns and 2. Well, there really isn't a #2. I just really, really wanted to do it! LOL!

The mailing came with the pattern (beginner too, which is great) as well as all the gorgeous fabric to complete it. I'm going to be cutting the pieces probably today and put them in a bag. That way, when I'm ready, everything will be done and all I'll need to do is start sewing.

And second, (this is the one I'm really, really excited about!) was the delivery of a quilt kit, again from Clotilde.

Again, this came with the pattern as well as all the fabric to make the quilt. This was a clearance item, which I am going to make for my hubby's mom and dad. I'm planning on having a handmade, quilted Christmas for just about everyone on my list, to be perfectly honest. I know, I've just started and I'm not really that good at it yet, however, we're broke. Literally, broke. LOL! This was half the price of what we usually spend on their present and it's nicer than what we usually get them. So, this way, we're saving money and getting them something they'll really like.

I'm going to start cutting the piece for this one, probably today as well.

I have a few projects right now that I'm working on. I tend to bore easily, so it's good for me to have a few things that I can just pull out and putter away at for a while. Along with these two, I have the quilt top that I showed you the other day that just needs backing, quilting and binding (I'll post photo's of the completed quilt top, if the sun ever decides to shine here again!) the coupon organizer that I started, a bag/purse for my daughter and two quilts that I'm making, both the same pattern, one for my son and one for my daughter.

I'm really excited about these. I can't wait to start cutting!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

I Did It!!!

I decided yesterday that I was going to sew. And sew I did!

I started at 8 am by cutting my jelly roll strips into 8 1/2 inch strips

which were then sewn into squares

and arranged in alternating order

The squares were then made into a rail fence quilt top!

I completed this much of it in only about 5 hours of sewing. I've never ever done that before! I know, it's an easy pattern, but I'm still incredibly proud of myself. This is my very first completed top :)

Now, I just need to pick up some fabric for the border, then I can finish the quilt top, quilt it, bind it and it's done. Yay!!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Well, I Did It

I'm a chicken no longer! LOL!

I finally cut that fabric yesterday so I could start on my new coupon organizer.

(sorry for the poor quality. The sun was beaming and I couldn't find a better one)

So, there it is! An inner and outer piece, 6 dividers, one pocket and 2 sides. I did get a start on the pattern, but I quickly realized two things.

1. The pattern isn't all that well written (for instance, it shows sewing the pocket on, but the pocket in the picture is wider than the larger pieces, where the template that was provided is exactly the same size. Another spot, and I only got to step three, says to sew wrong sides together and then turn rightside out, which would result in the insides of the fabric showing, rather than the outside.) So, I've had to improvise and use some logic to get things right. Considering that this is the first time I've ever tried to make anything like this, it's a bit tricky!

2. I didn't have all the supplies I needed. I forgot about the elastic cording for the closure. And since that is added on step 3, I was kind of beat at that point. LOL!

So, since I had the sewing machine out for the first time in ages, and I was really, really enjoying myself, I decided to keep working on my scrappy quilt instead. I did manage to complete three more squares in between running for the kids.

That gives me 8 altogether, so just under 1/4 of the way complete. I'm using up my bits and pieces of material that I have laying around to do this one. I love the look of a scrappy quilt and this one is going to be as scrappy as they come!

I also have an idea for my little bits and pieces, the ones that are too small to really do anything with. I'm going to sew them all together, cut them into 5 or 4 inch squares, then put a black border around them. If it works out the way I'm seeing it in my head, they will look like little stained glass windows when I'm done. I'll try one later this week, just to see. I'll be sure to post photo's of them, regardless of how they turn out. :)

It's off for haircuts all around today (yay!) then home for hopefully more sewing. My daughter wants a bag for school, so I'm going to attempt making one for her. I have a pattern that uses coordinating fat quarters, so that will cut down on my having to match things up. LOL!

And on the sad side, we lost one of our babies sometime in the night last night.

R.I.P. JoeBob (named by my son. This was his kitten)

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

The First Cut

I'm such a chicken.

I have a new pattern, for a cute little coupon holder/organizer.

I have the perfect fabric for it. Gorgeous, bright and cheerful (like me! LOL!).

I have my sewing machine all set up and ready to go.

And I'm too afraid to make the first cut. Seriously. I'm afraid of cutting the material, making a mistake and feeling like a loser. Sigh...It's really not that big of a deal. It's only fabric for crying out loud and I'm not normally so wishy washy. I'm a take charge, feet first, think later kind of gal.

So, why is this fabric scaring me so much?

I need to just do it. Get out the pattern, grab my scissors and make that first cut. Then it will be started and I'll have no choice but to finish it. Right? Right. That's on my list for today. Mind you, it's been on my list since I picked up the fabric on Saturday, but there you have it. I'm going to do it today. You all need to keep me accountable. Demand photo's from me tomorrow of my progress. Threaten to beat me with wet noodles if I don't provide them. Something, anything to force me to get over this and get the organizer done. Ok? Ok.

Now that we're agreed on that, lets move on, shall we?

It's been a tough week with the kids. DS has had his braces for a full week now, and his mouth is one big sore. Cankers everywhere. The poor kid still can barely eat, although he says he does feel somewhat better. I think his mouth is starting to form calluses, which is great. Soon, hopefully, he'll be able to eat and speak properly. (I swear, you can only make out about every third word right now. )

DD is healing wonderfully. I was pretty sure she would, she's a tough kid. She had her wisdom teeth out Thursday and she's healed enough now that she could even leave the house if she wanted to. The swelling is down and she didn't bruise a bit. Not even a bit of discolouration. Nothing. She looks as beautiful now as she did before she went in.

But, since everyone is still a bit sore, I'm cooking soft foods all week. Tonight is Inside Out Ravioli's. I did mention this recipe last week, but I never did get the recipe posted. So, finally, here it is!

Inside Out Ravioli's

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
Garlic salt to taste
10 package spinach
1 quart spaghetti sauce
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups small shells cooked and drained
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 well beaten eggs
1/4 cup oil

Brown beef, onion and garlic salt. Add salt and simmer. Cook spinach, drain. Combine spinach, shells, cheeses, bread crumbs, eggs and oil in a seperate bowl. 

Spread above mixture in a 9x12x2" pan. Top with sauce. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. 

I like to serve this with homemade bread in the winter. It makes a nice, filling and comforting meal. For the summer, a nice light salad is a great choice for a side dish. However you decide to make it though, be prepared to add it to your permanent list of recipes. It will become a family favourite in no time!