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Val's Quilting Blog

Thanks for visiting my personal blog; where I write about the projects I'm working on, and UFO's I'm avoiding :) as well as my thoughts on all things quilty.

If you have something to report or talk about, let me know by leaving a comment. I LOVE to hear from all of you...leave me your blog link also so I can visit you...

Have a block of the month in mind that you'd like us to do as a club, please let me know. 

Until next time, stay happy and creative

Tuesday
Jun032014

Another lesson in life...go with your gut!

Since we've moved London had to move to a new day home/care situation. Because her birthday is at the end of August she can't start kindergarden until next year even tho I'd love for her to start today and be empowered with knowledge.

It was gruelling, we searched high and low for a good fit we probably talked to or saw 15+ places. Some were horrific some sounded okay. Then we found One in Highland Park area less than 10 minutes from home. Perfect, right? NOT!

London came with me initially when I met The women who ran this place, she played for a few hours with the kids while I was there observing. It felt okay. The parents seemed happy enough but how do you really tell?

First sign: She was annoyed about me changing my mind on London's start day even tho I'd phoned Her and told her that she wasn't going to start until the Tuesday as I was going to finish off the month at Jens. What does it matter I'd already put down my hefty deposit for the full time spot starting April first and I'd left a message letting her know.

Second sign: London was crying so hard from the time she would wake up. She didn't want to go. She'd cry at night about not wanting to go. I was chalking this up to the move. Jeff was out of town this first week of April the new day home. Just so many factors.

Third sign: we would both be crying when going. Poor London Jean and mom. Mona would tell her not to cry that she was a big girl. She's only 2.5 years old. Poor bugs. She would roll her eyes at me when London and I were having a rough morning. Me not wanting to leave her and her not wanting to stay.

To make a long story short, we had to jail brake her out of there. The women kept saying we were to kind to our daughter and needed to be cruel to be kind - not the other way around - crazy I know. She wouldn't give us back our money deposit nor the payment for the first month well she was only there 8 days and we paid for a month and a half..

Eight days was enough to know that that wasn't the right fit for London, she was loosing her spark and we weren't handling it well either...go with our gut instinct and get her out of there.

We moved her a better-safer place. We all feel better. Huge sigh of relief...

Have you heard of KidsU it all started with an idea that kids need education in their first 2000 days instead of a daycare/dayhome scenario...so after this horrible experience up above, we need a different option and we found an amazing place with KidsU. 

Not sure if she didn't want her picture taken or if she was looking at something but I just love that her backpack is almost as big as her - adorbs!

Tuesday
Jun032014

Project Pallet Garden is in effect...

I'm feeling inspired to work in my yard again, I used to plant a vegetable garden years ago but then we bought a holiday trailer and the garden went to seed while we were out enjoying camping...now that we've moved and are getting settled into our home, I feel like I'd like to play in the garden again. My Sister inspired me to plant and do "raised" beds as they grow quicker and the results are faster plus there's less weeds!

I wanted something different and the more I googled "raised garden beds" I found some neat things.

One was a pallet garden box. I fell in love this with idea because of this site Pallet Garden.

So after doing a bunch of research in how to do this-  preparing the pallet for the garden, I marched down to this landscaping and greenhouse that's a few blocks away called Plantation Garden Center found a couple of FREE pallets ONE for me to use and the other one for parts...

Jeff helped replace a few boards, we picked up the perfect red paint and landscaping fabric to enclose the back - so the dirt doesn't fall out...

After doing some more reading on a seattle girls blog she mentioned to fill it up with dirt, while it's on it's back and let it sit for a few weeks to set the roots etc. I"m all set to put plants in. I have some started, carrots, lettuce, radishes, onions and cucumbers...I'll get these placed in here tomorrow. I also have some sweet peas ready to go into the dirt too...wish me luck and I'll keep you posted as to the success of this...I also added my compost bin from the house to help keep the soil nutrient and ready to take the new plants. I'd love to add some succulents to this mix also - plus they are perrennials so that will help increase the longevity of this idea. Have you tried this before? Any tips you can give me? I'll post pictures once I have this up and attached to my fence or leaning against my fence. 

{admiring it from within the house after our power painting episode}

{ready to go...letting it settle over night, will transfer some or all of my plants in it tomorrow}

Wednesday
Apr162014

Hemp Cording

So I need to make a rope or something my daughter can hold onto while walking up and down the stairs.
My friend Alison and I were at Michaels and found this hemp cording. I'm planning on braiding it then trailing it along the existing bannister so it drapes enough in between the rungs that London can hold on...
Good idea or what!!
I'll post pictures when I'm finished. Wish me luck:)

Friday
Mar072014

Sewing machines must go!

In the spirit of moving and purging my beautiful beauties need to find a new home...anyone interested these have to go. There's about 5 of the for sure plus a treadle...Let me know?

Friday
Mar072014

Selling it All

The time has come to sell it all and that's just what I've done. My cupboards are bare, the packing is beginning and the time has come to turn the next corner.

I'm feeling super happy with this new change.

I've sold all of my cottons, when you price them at $3/m they tend to go pretty fast. I still have a bit of silks, matching poly threads, floss and a few magazines and books left. So getting there.

I'm onto packing mode though as in less than 1 week we will be moved into our new place. So exciting.

I have my moments of "am I making the right decision?" And "I hope London adjusts well in the new home".

I start school tomorrow, so yet another notch in the new cap. We've decided we needed a goal for our new journey we are calling them the "Ls"
- Location
- London
- Love
- Learning

I'm being honest about things, embracing the living part of life and being connected with more people on a truer level.

I'll keep you posted!