Fab Five at Five on Friday {July 26th}

My fab five picks for this week are… my favorite places to go for inspiration!  Enjoy these delightful blogs that had scads of creative ideas to inspire your craft time.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!













Five Question Friday ~ July 29th, 2011

Here we are at the last Friday of July…

… Christmas is only 148 days away {less than 5 months!}

But who’s counting????

I am!  I have several hand-made items to make still.  This weekend I am planing on figuring out my plan of attack.  Mainly figuring out which ones I will most likely get done, and which ones need to go on the back burner for next years b-days.

So that is my plan for the weekend, that and getting started on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt. 

I posted pictures of Ms. E’s and my blue toes from our pedicures last week here.  Ms. E is still ‘finding’ her toes.  It is sooooo stinking cute!

Now onto Five Question Friday with My Little Life;

 

 

1) Vow renewal ceremonies – yay or nay?

I think they can be a beautiful thing.  Depending on the couple and the trials they have faced the ceremony can help add strength and reaffirmation to their relationship. 

Now… will Mr. SD and I renew our vows?  I don’t think so, but we also don’t know what the future holds.

2) What sound(s) annoy you the most?

Whining!  That one is at the top of my list.  I don’t care if you are a kiddo or an adult.  I don’t want to hear your whining.  I something is bothering you that you feel the need to mention it more than twice…. change something.

That has to be my biggest pet peeve.  Not that I am ever guilty of whining, but I sincerely try not to inflict my complaints on others…. to often.

3) If you had to pick, would you have only all boys all girls for kids?

Well… at this point we are an all girl team.  I don’t know that I would pick one over the other.  But I have to say I love my girls.  The neat thing about having all one or the other is that the hand me downs work all the way down the line.  No little boys wearing the ‘least girly’ clothes, or vs versa.

4) Do you believe in alternative medicine?

The question should be… do you believe in modern medicine?  I think to many people go to the doctor for little stuff, and end up over medicated.  Then there are times I completely love modern medicine… hello! I have two c-sections. Thank you Lord for modern medicine and great pain meds.

Alternative medicines can help a lot, because many ‘alternatives’ lead you to live a healthier life style.  I have been checking out Crunchy Betty, and have been finding many ‘easy’ ways to lead a greener, toxic-free life.  Very interesting stuff to read.

My first step to greenness is using vinegar and essential oils in the dryer instead of dryer sheets or fabric softener.  I will report back in a week with my findings. 

5) Would you take a family member’s children and raise them if they needed it?

Yes.

That is what families are for, and I don’t care what the reason is the children need care.  Whether their parent(s) are dead, unable to care for them (mental illness or prison).  Children are meant to be protected, not sent off to a foster home.

Nothing against foster homes here, I think the people that offer their homes {and a lot of time their hearts} are amazing people.  But… just like the welfare system… it should be used by those that have no other options.  Families should support their own.  In my ‘humble’ opinion.

However, it is hard in today’s streached out society to always be there to lend a hand.  With families spread from one end of this country to the other, sometimes there is no one there to lend that much needed hand.  I am very thankful to have my family close and available.  It makes it so much easier to lend them a hand and for them to lend a hand as well.

What are your thoughts on these questions/answers?  Want to join the fun?  Head over to My Little Life and link-up your thoughts and ideas on these ‘world-changing’ topics.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Thank you Mail-Man! {quilting edition}

As most of you know, I just love SwagBucks.  My favorite ‘prize’ to redeem my SBs for is $5 Amazon gift cards.  {I have scored 13 $5 giftcards so far this year… which is $65}  Not sure what SwagBucks is?  Check out this post.

Currently, I am working to save and purchase the Electric Quilt 7 software program with SwagBucks.  I would love to be able to record all the thoughts I have regarding Quilt Patterns, and be able to go back and create a quilt from those thoughts.  Plus, I want to create an official layout of my Charming Log Cabins quilt to with you.  I tend to have a problem with the measuring part of figuring out how long/wide the different pieces need to be to create a block.  The Electric Quilt software figures that out for you, and creates a list of the different pieces {with measurements} you need to create that block.  Sounds like a win-win for me.

However…

Since that is going take a while to save up for… I currently need $135 more to purchase the software program..

I went ahead and redeemed some of my giftcards for a copy of The Farmer’s Wife by Laurie Aaron Hird, and a Clover Hera Marker.

I have been following the Flickr group for the FWQAL {Farmer’s Wife Quilt-A-Long}, and have been inspired by all the different fabrics that have been chosen for the various blocks.   It is ‘sew’ neat to flip through The Farmer’s Wife book and see all the different blocks there are in there {111 total blocks}.  I may even make some of the blocks while waiting to be able to get my copy of The Pony Club sampler quilt that Laurie is releasing this fall.  If you are looking for a BOM program for The Farmer’s Wife Pony Club quilt, Hidden Quilts has one they plan to begin in Oct. 2011.

So… since I have a couple months and ‘nothing’ to do… I guess I will start on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt!  Thank you mail-man for bringing my next obsession right to my doorstep!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Brown and Blue Quilt with sparkles!

Officially tested and approved for cuddliness.
Quilt Stats:
Name: ‘Rays of Blue and Chocolate’
Made For: The next baby boy gift I need.
Fabric: Blue and Brown sparkly fabric from Wal-Mart
Batting: None, just used eyelash minkee for backing.
Size: 42″ by 34″, each square is about 7″ by 7″
Quilting: No quilting.
Dates: Start July 2010; Finish July 2011
Pattern: Based on Bonnie’s Streak Of Sunshine Pattern instructions.
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!
Linking up at:
Fabric Tuesday at QuiltStory
Take A Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee-Craft Edition
Tuesday’s Time-Out Party at Reasons to Skip the Housework

Blue toes and a haircut.

As promised… here are the photos of Ms. E’s first Pedicure and her haircut.

She has been ‘finding’ her toes several times a day since the pedicures, LOL!

 

 

As normal… even though I had a lot of my own hair cut off, you can’t really tell because I always wear my hair up and out of my face.  Curly, frizzy hair is not a good combo for down-dos in hot weather.

 

And here you can see that Ms. E’s hair is nice and short.  ‘They’ call it a ‘bob’.  I ‘guess’ it is cute, but… I can’t wait for Ms. E’s hair to grow out.  I think pig tails are very cute on little girls. 

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Shattered, by Melody Carlson {Book Review}

Shattered is Melody Carlson’s second book in her series; Secrets.

The ‘secret’ in this book will rock you.

As with the first book, Forgotten, we are looking at life through a teenage girl’s eyes.  In this book Cleo has an overprotective mother and a father that is never around.  What will Cleo do when her world is ‘shattered’?  What would you do if your world ‘shattered’, and you were to to blame for it happening?

Medody’s fast-paced writing takes you from start to finish without pausing for breath.  I loved this book from start to finish.  Though I have to admit that I did cry in parts.  It definitely touched me deeply, and I am amazed at the detail that is in the story.  Cleo has to deal with both grief and guilt, and how easy it is to fall into drug abuse.  The ending was just as full as the beginning and middle sections.  Filled with relateable characters, and daily struggles that could be an issue in anyone’s life.

I don’t want to write more and ‘spoil’ the book.  Just know that I think it is a great read, and am very glad to have my own copy of this book.  However, there is a very traumatic event in the book, and you may want to read for yourself before handing this book to your young adult to read.

Back Cover;

Everybody does it—sneaks out of the house now and then. It’s harmless enough, right? Not this time. Cleo Neilson faces the chilling consequences of her actions. Now she has a secret and can’t tell anyone, and it’s breaking her heart. As Cleo fights through her grief and guilt, she learns about faith in God and forgiveness through him. As teenage girls read Cleo’s journey, they too will learn the value of having faith and receiving forgiveness as well as just how dangerous it really is to keep a secret.

About Melody Carson;

Melody Carlson has written around 200 books for teens, women and children.  That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

DISCLAIMER:  I received a FREE copy of this book from NavPress Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review.

Fab Five at Five on Friday ~ Pinterest Edition

Have you checked out Pinterest?

{If you need an ‘invite’ I have several to give, just send me an e-mail.}

After finding a couple ‘to-die-for’ ideas, I decided to take this week’s Fab Five finds from Pinterest and share some of the fabulous things you can find on Pinterest.  On thing I love about the site is that you can search everyone’s pins, or just look at what your contacts are pinning.  Pinterest has defniilty become my main way of  keeping track of those craft and quilting ideas that I see while purusing the internet.  You can pin anything, from tutorials, things you want to buy, patterns you see, and even freebies!

Here are projects I have ‘found’ on Pinterest.  As always… Enjoy!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

{Envelope from Paper Bag Tutorial at The Gunny Sack}

{Magnetic Quilting Tutorial at Chalk In My Pocket}

{15 Minutes Flowers Tutorial at Tatertots and Jello}

{Vertical Ruffle Shirt Tutorial at Tea Rose Home}

{Napkin Tutorial from Hello my name is Heather}

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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

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