Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ALYOF July Goal Met

I'm feeling quite proud of the accomplishments I had for this month. I finished these baskets for Mathew during my "stay cation" at Hart Ranch. The Buzz one needs a little bit more stabilizer as it is limp. The Cars one stays up pretty good. They make great baskets for gathering up the small toys in the camper.
Finished up my baskets earlier this month. The bags also got done,  goal met.  #alovelyyearoffinishes #alyof
I also finished this bag for my co-worker Diane. She was an office mate for the last few months, but we've worked together for 8 years, so I wanted to do something for her. She's always wearing the brightest heels.
Another bag finished this week. This bag took on a life of its own as leftover fabrics were just being used as a test to figure out what size to make another bag. I love that I don't follow a pattern and just use the fabric I have to make it whatever size
I couldn't leave out my co-worker Kay who I have worked with just as long and so when we were in town on our vacation, I picked up 2 half yard cuts and made her this fun little bag. From buying the materials to making the camper, it was done in a half day.
Not sure why I felt compelled to make this today, but it turned out pretty good.  Hope it makes a great gift to remember me by.
Mikaela loved pigtails one week, so she had them almost every day and wanted her picture taken. She was so fun this morning. One of my last at my old job.
Mikaela actually asked for pigtails for preschool today. Luckily we had time to do it this morning,  then she had to have her picture taken, which never happens.
Two weeks ago I started my new job with these... a hand made pottery vase and flowers with a car from my two co-workers. Such a great way to start the day. I am getting into the swing of the job, learning lots, and planning to head to Brookings next week for training, while the Rally is in full force here in western SD.
What a great way to start my new job! Excited to begin my new position as a Program Coordinator for SDSU. #gojacks
I am so excited that I was able to complete my 3 bag goal for ALYOF and I think I have done so far for every month this year. August is going to fly by with training's in Brookings twice and the fair. We're planning another weekend at Hart Ranch with family and hopefully a weekend at the lake. I am almost glad Labor Day is SO late this year... more time for summer fun.



Tuesday, July 07, 2015

July ALYOF Goal

This week I'm busy making bags and baskets. I've got several cut out and in progress. All this work... so I can do a demo tomorrow night at The Sewing Center. Super excited to show different interfacing and zipper techniques. I think I should have called it the Wing It Bag... I completely winged all these bags, using the fabric I had and made them work.  By the end of the month I should have three bags made! This will be a basket for Mathew. It's a half yard basket for his cars. So my goal is to complete all three bags. This one is the cut out and interfacing/fusible fleece/handles done prepped piece. The other two are ready for final seams, so they will be completed as soon as the demo is over or in the next week or so... Lots of good things happening this week. 
The count down begins tomorrow as it is my last week of work at National American University. After 10 years with the university I am taking a position as a program coordinator at the BHSU Rapid City campus working for SDSU - my alma mater. I am excited and nervous at the same time, but it's a great opportunity to advance my career and use my masters degree. I hate to leave my friends behind, but know that it will be worth it in the end. Next week at this time I'll be a Jackrabbit again!

Today I delivered the King Size Logo quilt for the NACAA National Convention to my SIL Adele to take with her to the convention. I am so pleased and proud of how it turned out. Now I hope it raises a lot of money for the organization.
One last picture of the quilt before it heads to the convention.  Paul helped me hang it up.
I even designed and embroidered a label for it.
And it's DONE! The NACAA quilt took right at 10 months to complete. It's 101" x 109", king size, with beautiful buffalo quilting by Marie Brewer.  It will make its way to the 100th anniversary NACAA national convention in Sioux Falls being held next week.
Here's a super cute picture of Mikaela at my brothers ranch... before their house got ruined by tornado like winds. They have to have a major portion of the house completely rebuilt and lost their new camper. Keep them in their prayers. I went down one night and helped them pack up their stuff. Praying the remodel goes quickly.
A quick stop at my brothers in Saturday and Aunt Adele helped her hold the kitten.  So precious!
Last weekend we took the kids to Storybook Island. It was so fun to see their reactions as they played on the toys I played on as a child.
The kids first ride on Storybook Island train.
Linking up for A Lovely Year of Finishes!