Thursday, July 25, 2013

CLS: Kate Kinsella

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I recently went to a conference in Palm Springs to see Kate Kinsella speak. That was all we were told about the conference. But that was enough -- Anyone who teaches in California, or who works with EL Students, knows her name. Kate Kinsella conference? Yes, please!

Staples Teacher Appreciation Day

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I love Staples. I love them a lot. But most importantly, I love deals. And right now, Staples has a great deal for teachers. Two, actually. And since companies aren't that great at spreading the information about teacher-specific deals, I'm going to share.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

PhotoBlast: Making Cozy

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I know, I know, I blog like I do anything else... I go through bursts where you get three posts in a day, and then have to wait for my next burst. Sorry, but that's how I am with everything.

Anyway... This is a blog about the experience of being 20-something and making a career out of a job, a home out of an apartment, and a life out of all this. So I wanted to share some things I've added to my home.

Prepping for Class

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Yup! It's that time of the year again. With school starting in just over two weeks, I've been busy planning and prepping. I hit the sales for school supplies and got some ok deals - nothing crazy awesome enough to brag about.

PhotoBlast: Summer Tidbits

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Wow, it's been a busy summer.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Quilted Sunflower

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One of my summer goals was to learn how to quilt. Well, I've made quilts before, but they've been basic square-patch quilts. I wanted to get more detailed. Michelley also wanted to learn to quilt this summer, so we made a Pinterest board of ideas. I have three quilt projects I want to complete (preferably by December ~ Earlier if I can make it).

Two baby blankets, and a surprise.

So I started on baby blanket #1. My cousin is pregnant and due in a couple months. Originally she was not telling the gender of the baby, but told me that the colors of the nursery were green and yellow. [Since then, she's had her shower and announced its a darling boy!]

I bought a jelly roll of browns, greens, and blues. And then bought another scrap pack of yellows and oranges. Buying jelly rolls and scrap packs at JoAnn's and Walmart is cheaper than picking out and buying cloth, and it has the added bonus of being already cut up.

There are a lot of cool ideas on how to use jelly rolls in quilts, that I found online. And my original idea was this.

However, when I actually looked at the cloth I'd bought, knowing that baby is a boy, I decided to try something different.

Jelly rolls are good because they have cloth with similar colors scheme and weight. The scrap pack I bought had a different weight, which I noticed changed how it reacted to ironing, pinning, and sewing. It isn't a problem in my design, but keep weights in mind when you're buying cloth to quilt.

Please Note: This is not a craft tutorial. This is a walk-through of what I did, with some tips added in. Due to my haphazard* approach to sewing, I do not give tutorials.


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