Winding down

On December 8, 2010, in It's a All About me, She's Crafty, by elisabet

One holiday down, two more to go. Thanksgiving was great. It was simple and stress free which made it all the more enjoyable. Checkout the turkey:

Reilly, Christopher & Courtney

I was also busy making these quilted advent calendars for the kids:

Reilly was asleep when we dropped them off but he woke up at 5am the next morning totally excited and tried to wake up Jack who was fast asleep.

School is almost over, finals on Monday. And thankfully we can use notes! I can do it if I have notes. I really struggled with the last few weeks of this algebra class but I think it more of how the instructor presented the material. I’m used to having a syllabus and everything outlined ahead of time, this instructor didn’t do that. Then he decided not to follow the chapters in our book. I was pretty much flying blind at this point. I can’t wait for it to be over.

I have many more crafty things to get done before Christmas. I’ll post pics the day after.

Enjoy the holiday season!

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On November 17, 2010, in It's a All About me, She's Crafty, by elisabet

Does posting that picture make everyone forget that I have been MIA lately?

What can I say, life has been getting in the way. There is a project going on at work that has been working me to the bone! And its a project with DRAMA, which makes me not want to be on the project anymore. By the time I get home I am spent.

I have been crafty which feels really good. Check it out:

I finished my very first quilt! I’d take a close up pic but then you could see all my little mistakes. This was a really good pattern for me to get my feet wet. I learned how my sewing machine works and it totally helps to use the right foot for the job. I started out with the wrong foot and couldn’t figure out why my measurements weren’t coming together. I didn’t notice the foot until the end. Oh well! The Whimsy quilt is still in production, I just haven’t had time to work on it. I have two holiday projects that need to be done ASAP. I’ve been wanting to make advent calendars for the kids for a while now. I came across this project a few weeks ago and it’s taken me a while to collect all the fabrics, from Freshly Pieced. Cute right? This is where I’m at:

I’ve got 48 pockets done, 24 more to go. I used the Riley Blake Colorful Christmas charms for two of calendars and Sheri Berry 12 Joys of Christmas charms. I think the kids are going to love them. I’m going to stop by Smeeks to get candy for all the pockets.

The next Christmas project is something for my sister-in-laws. I’m not sure if either of them read this blog so I’ll have to come up with a creative way to share. More to come!

What holiday projects is everyone working on?

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This is what I know

On September 17, 2010, in It's a All About me, She's Crafty, When Life Gets in the Way, by elisabet

I know how to temper chocolate and how to keep eggs from scrambling in my creme anglaise. I know how to change a flat tire and push start my car if the clutch is going out. I know how to make a quilt and do all sorts of crafty things. I know that I can be dark and twisty but listening to music always lifts the gloom. I know that I love my family and friends.

After thirty-nine years and countless years of school I haven’t figured out that I suck at taking tests. The past week I have been beating myself silly to learn linux in preparation for the RHCT exam. I didn’t even want to take the course with the exam but the guys a work urged me to do it. All week I’ve been stressing over the test this morning, confidence has never been a strong trait. I get into the test, completely nervous and guess what happens?? All this anxiety takes over and I completely forgot everything I learned this past week. After stumbling around for an hour I gave up and walked out. I’m a total failure. Great, I just got the email telling me that I suck. I hate when this happens, my ego gets so bruised and I’m completely embarrassed for months. This sucks. I don’t use linux everyday at work like most people in my class but I know that if I had more time to practice all the commands and labs I would have no problem taking the test. GRRR!

On to more happy thoughts…

Something that has been bringing me much joy and laughter this week has been the discovery of this, hyperboleandahalf. The recent entry, The Party, is something that Reilly would totally come up with when he has his surgery next week (I’ll go into that in a minute). Whole site is riot and totally worth a read.

Next week my five year old nephew, Reilly, will undergo heart surgery to fix a narrow aortic valve. Apparently he’s had it since birth and no one knew. It wasn’t until his mom took him to urgent care to get some antibiotics for a staff infection that they discovered something wasn’t quite right. The nurse took his blood pressure and it was sky high, even for an adult it was high. Cathy got him into the pediatrician the next day, same thing, but since he wasn’t showing any symptoms they suggested that he see a cardiologist. The cardiologist took his blood pressure in the leg and it was almost nonexistent. Next was the MRI which showed the narrowed valve. We’re all completely floored, something we totally never thought of. I guess it’s pretty common though, from what they tell us, typically its found in newborns a few days after birth. I’m confident that the surgery will go well but I’m still a little freaked that it’s all happening. Reilly is a ball of energy now, what will he be like after the surgery and has full blood flow?? I think we may be in for trouble.

On the craft front, this is where I am at with the second quilt:

Not too bad. I’m redoing some of the squares because my seams were way off but overall I’m pretty happy about it.

My sis and niece Maggie are arriving today for a nice ten day visit. I can’t wait to show Maggie the quilt, hopefully she will want to learn to sew while she’s here. Have a good weekend!

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Living fabulous

On July 23, 2010, in I am a Pop Culture Geek, It's a All About me, She's Crafty, by elisabet

When is it not totally crazy in the Hannafin household? The past few weeks have been just been busy. Busy, busy, busy. When I’m not at work, I’m doing stuff with the family, what little free time has been used up with getting crap done around the house. Even Facebook has been a victim and I can quickly update that from my phone, that is when the twins are not playing a game on it. Granny has been in town for the past week and it’s been nice to have time to visit with her. We babysat the twins over the weekend while their parents went to a wedding in Napa. I love those little guys with all my heart but Jesus Christ on a cracker, they can suck up what little energy my body can create in a twenty-four hour period! But I am happy to be there when they need me. We also enjoyed a lovely visit with Courtney’s cousin and her son who is a year older than the twins. The three boys got along great, like they had known each other for years. They are all in their tattling phase right now, so there was a lot of “Elisabet he took my book. Elisabet he hit me. Elisabet he won’t play with me”. Ahh those special family moments.

Since there is nothing on TV and my in-laws don’t subscribe to any movie channels, I had time to read. I started reading The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. If you haven’t been watching The Fabulous Beekman Boys on Planet Green you are missing out on some great television. The book provides a background on how Josh and Brent found the Beekman mansion and decided that they wanted to change their lives. I was truly touched and inspired by their story. It made me think more about how I want to change things in my life. If they can do it so can I! Of course I can’t drop everything and buy a farm, but I can make little changes such as building my garden.

The whole garden thing has been in the plans for a few months but in the horrible Arizona summer there isn’t much I can plant. I am cracking the whip on Courtney to get the beds made so I can be ready to plant next month. I have been researching what I would like to grow and what can grow in Arizona, it looks like I am going to go the heirloom vegetable route. Stuff that we eat now only better. I’m also working on a growing schedule so we can eventually can and freeze stuff to have during the hot summer. I’m actually excited to make my own pickles and can tomatoes. I used to do that with my Nana when I was kid, of course I hated it then. Maybe it will be something that I can pass down to Maggie and the twins some day.

The quilt has been basted and is ready to quilt but I haven’t had time to sit down to get it done. I started practicing free motion quilting on practice squares and I just don’t have the hang of it yet. I’m trying the stippling pattern, I keep trapping myself and crossing stitches. Practice, practice, practice. I’ll get the hang of it soon.

The other thing that has me a bit preoccupied…guess…Twilight: Eclipse! It’s simply amazing but did you think that I would say anything different? Ha ha ha. I’ve seen it five times now and I still cry at the same part of the movie. I can’t help it, seeing it on the big screen is exactly how I pictured it in my head. Waiting for fifteen hours to see was totally worth it, I can’t wait for Breaking Dawn!


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On June 23, 2010, in It's a All About me, She's Crafty, by elisabet

So there it is…my first quilt top. I have to take off the borders and square things up a bit. I have all next week, well except Tues & Wed, to get it done. I have another quilt in my head, read to burst out for all to see. More progress pics soon.

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