Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Baby Photographer?

My husband and I decided to make a quick run to our daughters yesterday for the day, to see her family. My daughter wanted me to take some photographs of "Zoey" for birth announcements. We went out and bought a few props and came back to the apartment and went to work. My daughters significant other was at work until 7 pm last night. His reaction to what was going on when he got home made me laugh. I will explain more in a minute. Here are the photos of our attempt to get the perfect shot! Ha ha.

Our beautiful butterfly!

This is my favorite one but look at all the junk in the background!

Here she was telling me "Please give me my pacifier back"!

Don't take a binky away from a tired baby! Oops bad idea!

Happy baby with the big ugly plug! Lessons Learned: Pay for professional pictures, those photographers earn every penny!
I present 5 week old "Zoey"

Now back to Michael, he came rushing through the apartment door because as he said "I could hear Zoey crying from the entrance to the apartment building"! To find his fiancé, her mom, and their child sprawled out on his living room floor. First words out of his mouth "What have they done to you! Your naked! (As you see she in not naked) My poor baby"! He scoops her up, marches into her room, and dresses her. All the while little Zoey is now quiet as a mouse. My daughter trying to explain she just wanted to take some cute pictures of their daughter! Zoey even gave me that look that says "ha ha, my daddy saved me"! My husband just sat on the couch the whole time and I think laughed to himself.

I think my worries about the two of them as parents is over. Michael, all 6'6" of him, works hard, loves our daughter and theirs passionately. He is doing his best to take good care of his family. I am happy to have him looking out for them!

Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks", I'll be sewing tomorrow! Enjoy the rest of your week, Lisa

Friday, February 22, 2013

Joining Flickr Group

Leona is having a Tula Pink Giveaway @ Leona's Quilting Adventure Hurry on over to sign up!

Rooster on the loose! Over two weeks ago, the rooster escaped from the hen house and ever since has run all over the property avoiding all my efforts to recapture him. He has been chased by dogs and now the chihuahua runs from the rooster. There was an ice storm last night and he seemed to have come out of it unscathed. While I was doing my chicken chores this morning he hung around and eat corn I threw to him. I am hoping maybe he will decide to move back in with his hens soon.

My newest pouch for my swap partner in the Flickr group Modern Scrappy Bits Swap. I have learned how to make needle books, fabric baskets, and pouches. I recommend joining swap groups.

If you are interested in finding a group go to Flickr
and join if you are not a member. Then login and go to the search window a drop down box will appear and click on groups search groups. Click the search groups above and type in "fabric swap", "modern fabric swap", or "fabric bee" and a list comes up and you go from there.

Both the blocks below where done for a Flickr Bee called Scrappy? Sew bee it!

36 Patch Block Tutorial is available free from Crazy Mom Quilts. A traditional block that can bring about a modern look just by a change in fabric.

Patchwork} Square In Square Pattern is available at The Sometimes Crafter I love this block and I used some of my Moda Mini Charms (so no cutting those 2.5). It is a free pattern and great for beginners to advanced sewist.

Thanking for stopping by "In The Boon Docks" and I hope you come back soon! Find time to sew this weekend! Lisa

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mail Call

Gmama Jane's of GrandMama's Stories , Dare To Dresden Blog Hop, giveaway arrived in the mail yesterday. I am so in love with her mini quilt that has come to live "In The Boon Docks" it will be cherished I promise!

It is already hung on the wall with the other small quilts I have acquired. My goal is to one day have this wall completely covered with little quilts by all the talented women I have met in blogland.

It is funny how small the world really is with the internet at our finger tips. Jane and her husband both went to Marshall University here in West Virginia not 30 minutes from my home. They are coming for a college function in April and have invited me to meet with them. I am excited! Thank you Jane, for the wonderful giveaway goodies and the invite!

It is 29 degrees here today "In The Boon Docks" with snow flurries. Good weather to stay indoors and sew! Hope you get a chance to sew today too! Lisa

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Covert Robin

I have signed up for:

the covert robin button

I am working on a pouch for my partner in the Modern Scrappy Bits Swap.

I am using Perle Cotton to outline the boxes on both the front and the back of the pouch. Having never done this before it is a mystery how it will turn out but I do like the colors. Pairing Robert Kaufman, Kona Solid "Coal" and a mini charm of V and Co., "Simply Color" makes for a bright and happy pouch..

Here "In The Boon Docks", it is very cold and windy! A good day to stay inside and sew! Thank you for stopping by and please consider signing up at Rachael's Imagine Gnats for The Covert Robin. The link will take you right to her door to find out more. Enjoy your day! Lisa

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chef's Apron

For Valentine's Day I was making an apron for my husband then my digital sewing machine "Martha" stopped stitching on the bottom side. Sears thinks it is the timing, what a drag! So I pulled out my old Kenmore that I take to classes and sew ins and finally got it finished yesterday. "Better late than never", I always say!

My husband loves hot sauce and puts it on almost anything. I think it covers up my horrible cooking. Which is why I try to avoid it whenever possible. He is such a good sport! It is only 32 degrees outside and he even brought utensils to simulate cooking. After about 20 photos he was freezing.

The reversible apron is Michael Miller "Smokin Hot Black" fabric on one side! Just perfect for his need for sauce.

He decided if I was getting anymore pictures he was going to be warm in his work coat.

The fabric on this side is Michael Miller "Groovy Guitar Gray" everyone needs a little music with dinner!

When I cut off the top section of the apron, I kinda had a large padded piece that was odd shaped. I didn't just want to throw it away so I made this pouch for DH to carry his cooking school supplies in. You see my husband is a college student in a Culinary Arts program.

He pointed out that not everything would fit in the pouch! He is such a comic! Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks" and please drop in anytime, Lisa!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Cynthia of Green Couch Designs created this beauty! I felt very honored to receive one! She is so talented! Thank you!

Love can mean so much!
I am one lucky woman! Forever sewing something, Lisa


(Even if the satellite dish is not working! My sewing machine won't stitch right and will take weeks to get repaired! Ugh, I have these two beautiful children, a spare machine, and a loving husband).

Happy Valentine's Day
May God Bless You All With Love Today And Everyday!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cute Hat

I received the book "Little Stitches for Little Ones" by Amy Butler for Christmas. It has a lot of great projects in it. My daughter found this cute "Butterfly Hat" and wanted me to make one for Zoey. Only problem I have never sewn a hat in my life. Looking through the patterns for the book I found the one for the hat in a variety of baby sizes. Using my handy plastic mat, I placed it over the pattern on the window with the most light shining in (cheap light box) and trace it onto the mat with a permanent marker.

David wanted to keep it for his bulldog!

Several tips:

1. Use a print with no words!
2. Use a tiny print!
3. Measure the babies head!

It is a great pattern and very well written but I made a few mistakes I thought I would share. As for the hat it should fit soon! Thanks for stopping by "In The Boon Docks"! Forever Sewing Something, Lisa

Friday, February 8, 2013

Got Boots?

My Valentine gave me my present early!

I always wanted pink boots since I was a teenager!

They fit like a glove! They are on sale at Tractor Supply Co

Now for waterproofing!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

April Showers Blog Hop

Want to have some fun Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt and Erin of Mummy Quilts are having signups for April Showers! It will be a blog hop of mug rugs! I know a lot of you followers are also bloggers who make beautiful small quilts and I would love to see others participate. It is always more fun that way! If you don't have a blog you can signup too just let Erin know! So, let's have some fun in April together! Hurry go signup fast the spots fill up fast. To sign up go to Erin's blog Mummy Quilts

Let me know if you signup! Forever Sewing Something, Lisa

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Quilting THERAPY

Over at stash Books there is a great post "The Emotions of Quilting: A Series / Quilting is my Therapy by Angela Walters"
by Allison on January 31st, 2013. I tried to leave a comment on it but it just didn't work for me today. So, after thinking about it, I decided the topic was one I would share with all of you. They asked the question: So tell us – what kind of therapy does quilting provide for you?

I really cherish each and everyone of you so much. Thank you for following "In The Boon Docks". Now here is my response:


Quilting became my therapy after an accident in 2000 left me disabled. I could not longer work in my profession or any other. I identified myself through my work. It was my purpose in life to provide for my family. After losing that I was lost! A doctor told me to find something meaningful that I could do within my limitations! It took a few years until I stumbled into a LQS (Local Quilt Store)
WV Quilts whose owner and staff where caring and loving. With great patience they taught me how to sew and gave me purpose again. People to talk to and creations to make. Michelle challenged me with bigger and harder projects to help me grow my skills. Always there to assist me with anything. Now I have regained my self-confidence again and feel I have a purpose. It is challenging but with no deadlines except the ones I put upon myself. Even on the medications with safeguards, I can sew, create, blog and make friends. Something no therapist could give me back but the quilting community did. So yes, quilting is my therapy.

Michelle sells online at WV Quilt.com and in her quilt shop WV Quilt in Barboursville, WV. I would like to thank her and her staff for all they have taught me and given my back in my life.

Forever Sewing Something, Lisa

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dare To Dresden Winner

Welcome to all the new "followers", I am so happy you are here!

Want to read a review of Fons and Porters "Build Your Best Log Cabin" E-book and download it free check out "laugh yourself into Stitches"

"Dare To Dresden" Blog Hop Winner!

107. Agnes B. Bullock January 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM
Have never sewn a zpper! Too scary!


(I will be emailing her for her address after this blog posts)

For all of you who like me have past up the fun of pouches because of "Zipper Phobia"

I really like the "Dresden Pouch" and hope she enjoys it!

Just made this pouch for my Mother-in-law (MIL) with an extra long strap!

I learned how to make a pouch and put a zipper in using these two resources Craft Buds "Easy Lined Zipper Pouch" and take the FREE Craftsy course right here called Kristin Link's Bag-Making Basics - Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch

Thank you for stopping by "In The Boon Docks" Please come by again soon!
Forever Sewing Something!
Lisa

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Chicken Farmers?

"Dare to Dresden" Blog Hop Giveaway is HERE

It never fails when someone moves to go back to civilization they call my DH (dear husband) to find a new home for their country loved ones. So on Thursday, at 10 pm, we get a call to pick up 4 chickens that night, the closing on their house was at 10 am, in the morning, and that was how we became "Chicken Farmers". Only thing, we have no idea how to take care of 1 chicken much less 3 hens and a rooster. The first 2 nights they slept in a big dog cage inside a small pull behind trailer on my porch, covered with an old blanket. Why you might ask? Because it has snowed for days on in here!

So the first thing in the morning, my DH and FIL (father-in-law) went to work on a chicken coop! Mr. Rooster thinks it get light at 4:30am, about 3 hours early, and the dominate hen wants to kill everyone in the pin! Fun fun, not at 4:30 in the morning.

They are quite pretty and I think it is a wonderful chicken coop. When it warms up they will get a fenced in area to run around and be chickens but for now they seem to be happy! The ladies are suppose to lay eggs but none yet! Thanks Dad and Randy! I appreciate all your hard work! . Now, what color to paint the coop? That is what David and I get to do this spring - "What color do you think would be fun"?

Our feeders for the other feathered friends are full! Everyone is hungry!

What to do when everyone is making a fuss over chicken's when you are seven? Play in the snow and sled down the driveway! Thankfully we have a long driveway! Hope you had a great weekend and are someplace warm! Lisa

Friday, February 1, 2013

January Completed

If you are looking for the Blog Hop Giveaway click HERE!

January was a busy month for me even if I spent from the 10th to the 27th offline. Most importantly my youngest daughter delivered a happy healthy baby girl, Zoey Renee, completing their family of three. Mommy, daddy and baby are all doing great but I do miss them so much.

I am participating in the 2013 NewFO Challenge @ Cat Patches Linky Party

I was in delivery for Zoey! Does that count as a start/finish?

I started and finished this little quilt!

Lots of Pouches!

1. Dare To Dresden pouch giveaway, 2. Grow Your Blog pouch giveaway, 3. Owl pouch, 4. Type/Metro Pouch Back, 5. Type/Metro Pouch front

A dog bed and toys for Ollie!

(12) Burp rags

I crochet this rug, (2) dishcloths and knitted (1) baby and (2) children's hats!



For February, I will be doing my blocks for Skill Builder BOM. I love Robert Kaufman Kona Solids and will be using all these colors in one block called Soundwave!

I plan to link up with 2013 NewFO Challenge @ Cat Patches Linky Party. See you at the end of February with all my starts and hopefully some finishes. Forever Creating Something, Lisa