Friday, January 30, 2015

Finished It Friday

Squishy Cheeks and Cupcakes - Finish It Friday #quilting #handmade

Squishy Cheeks and Cupcakes - Finish It Friday #quilting #handmade

I've set a goal for myself this year to finish what I've started.  So, I thought it would be fun to share with you each Friday what I've been able to cross off my list.  This week, I finished all of the applique blocks for my Lisa's Flower Garden quilt!  48 squares filled with lovely wool applique flowers.  I really enjoyed this part of the quilt.  There's just something calming about sitting down with that little square and bringing life to those flowers one stitch at a time.  Each time I finished a block I would think, "Now this one is my favorite", but I love them all!

Other posts in this series:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

First Haircut

When I was pregnant with our first daughter, my husband asked that I let his mom be the first one to cut her hair.  Of course!  What a wonderful memory, to have your daughter's first little baby hairs cut by her grandmother (sniff, sniff).

Fast forward nearly 4 years later, and we were still waiting for that special first haircut moment with grandma.  Peanut's hair has just been growing and growing and we never really had an awkward shape stage when she was younger (none that I'm ready to admit anyway).  So, we just let it grow.  Then, when I thought about trimming it, I would get all verklempt thinking about cutting off those little baby hairs that she'd had her whole life (major sniff, sniff).  

Well, this past weekend we finally did it.  My baby had her first haircut at her grandma's shop while sitting on Daddy's lap.  And it truly was a wonderful memory.

After I took this last picture she asked me, "Do you think my cousins will like my short hair?"

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#FrostyVoxBox Review for Influenster

I am so excited to share with you the #FrostyVoxBox from Influenster!  I was lucky enough to be picked to receive this complimentary box right before Christmas.  I LOVE being an Influenster and getting packages in the mail full of surprises for my family and I to try.  This box was packed full of treats from licorice to eyeliner.  Here's a little run down of the items in the FrostyVoxBox and my thoughts on those items.

  • No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED  - This cream felt so good on my face.  I didn't even need to use moisturizer when I was using it.  Very luxurious and clinically proven to reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles for younger looking skin in two weeks!
  • NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum - To be honest with you, I'm not even sure where this is right now.  I remember thinking the color was decent when I first tried it on, and it felt really rich and creamy.  Can't really say it stays on for 6 full hours though.
  • Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea - A very strong cinnamon smell when I first opened the package.  I was reminded of that breath freshening lip gloss from a bath and body store that smells like cinnamon.  The taste was very nice and gave me a bit of a pick me up in the PM.  
  • McCormick Gourmet Thyme - I'm not very adventurous when it comes to seasoning, so I haven't had a chance to put this to good use.  I really like other McCormick seasonings and am looking forward to finding a new recipe to try using Thyme.
  • Fruit Vines Bites - As you can tell from the picture, these were the first thing opened thanks to my daughter.  We gobbled these up in two days (only because I put them in my purse and forgot about them for one day).  They are so tasty, chewy, and soft - we loved them! They are available in both strawberry and cherry and are low fat so you won't feel quite so bad about eating the whole bag in one sitting :-)
  • Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover - I love this make up remover!  It's not greasy like other make up removers so I don't feel like I have to wash my face again after I use it.  And it's great at removing waterproof mascara and eye liner!
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner - This ultra smooth and creamy pencil glides on smoothly and has a very intense color.  When I wore it, the color lasted all day, but I did get some smudging on my eye lids - could be that I have extra greasy eyelids too??  Overall, a good value for an eye pencil.  

  • EcoTools Hair Brush - Very lightweight and my hair dried in less time than it does with my usual round brush, but it didn't give me the lift and smoothness (a word?) that my round brush gives me.  I would love to try an EcoTools round brush to see if it styled my hair with more volume and less wave.  
I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

P.S. here are some other product reviews:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Finish What You Started

January is a time to start fresh.  A fresh new perspective, a new attitude, new goals, and a new resolution.  I've also seen a lot of people pick a new "word" for the new year.  One word that will guide them trough the next 365 days.  I even picked "one word" myself at the start of 2014.  My word was simplify, as in: get rid of the extra, downsize, less stuff, and live simply.  I'm not exactly sure how successful I was at simplifying my life over the last year, or even how much that word resonated with me by the time summer (or even spring) hit.

But, alas, I'm trying it again.  HA!  This year, my word is FINISH.  I think this word has so much more meaning and significance to me.  I'm a notorious starter, with very poor follow through.  I admit that I get easily bored and distracted.  I'm in need of a little (OK, a lot) of focus and a reminder to always finish what I've started.

Here are a few of the projects I've started over the years (yes, YEARS!) that I plan to finish in 2015!

Quilt Binding: This quilt that was started at least 2 years ago.  The pattern is Skipping Squares from Cluck-Cluck-Sew.  I only have the binding left to add.  This will be a project that I will work on with my mom around because I've never bound a quilt by myself.

Lisa's Flower Garden:  My Mom and I started a block of the month quilt class last January.  The project was Lisa's Flower Garden.  I absolutely LOVE this quilt and this project.  Learning needle turn applique has been amazing.  I am very close to finishing all of the applique blocks, but need some quality time with my sewing machine to get all of the 9 patch squares sewn and ironed.  This will take some more time yet, or a dedicated weekend without the little one around.  But, I vow not to cut out another quilt pattern until this baby is complete.  I can't wait to show you all the finished product!!

Primitive Stocking:  Another needle turn applique project.  I have one of two stockings sewn up and need to finish the other.  I love buying kits for sewing projects - you get just what you need and don't have to make any of the fabric choices yourself :)  This was a kit I bought back in November at Sewing Seeds Quilt Co. in New Ulm, MN (my FAVORITE quilt shop of all time).  The first stocking took me about 1 hour to make, so this one is just a matter of getting in my sewing room and starting the darn thing.  I've made the star stocking and have the pattern for the tree.  Pattern found in Primitive Christmas.

Dresses for the Shop:  Wait, I have an Etsy shop?!  Oh yeah, I almost forgot ;)   It's been a while since I've listed anything in the Squishy Cheeks Designs shop.  I have these dresses in different stages of completion - some still with pins and others simply needing a hem.  I'm determined to get them finished and listed before summer!

Here is a list of some of the other projects that need to be finished around the house:

  • Entry way bench - seal and add hooks
  • Rustic bench - seal
  • Nursery - pretty much EVERYTHING - art, crib, dresser, rug
  • Master bedroom - paint, decor, new dressers
  • Sew your stash - use the fabric I have to make projects this year
  • Sewing room - closet organization, decorations
  • Living room - hang pictures
I'm sure there will be others I think of.  Good thing I have a whole year to get them done!  Ha!  I'll be sure to share my finished projects with you in the months ahead.


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