My Babes

They still play

Ahhhhh.  Sigh of relief as our family Christmas comes to a close . . . Making the messes that is.  Now it’s time for mommy (aka me) to guzzle some coffee, put the kids down for a nap and release the hounds!  I mean begin clean up.  Sheesh what a job.

As I’m cleaning up the kitchen today, I paused to look around at where Jack is.  I’ve got the place jack proofed for the moment.  I look over to find him not playing with the countless new fun and awesome toys he and Lewie got for Christmas, rather, he was playing with a spoon and a shoe.  For the last half hour at least might I add.


I think it’s so funny that this is what can occupy his attention for so long.  Take note fischer price!

My Babes

One Last Nice Day

We’re having a mild fall this year.  Well, mild minus our recent stretch of 10 degree temps – – Yikes!  We had a lovely sunny warm afternoon last week.  Jack was napping and Lewie was due for his nap, but . . . . . . it looked so nice outside and I couldn’t resist, knowing this could be our last warm (warm compared to 10 degrees that is) day this year.  So, I made an executive Mommy decision and bundled Lewie and outside we went.  Whoo Whee.


We hadn’t put away our swings yet.  Bonus!

In case you’re wondering what that, uh hat is on his head, that is his bull hat.  It’s a bull head with horns and it is so stinkin cute!  And warm.  I know, how’d I get so lucky to have such adorable kids?  I gave them all I had!  HA.


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Sunday with Gramma 12/14

My Mom waited a long long long long time to finally be blessed with grand kids.  We live 50 minutes straight north of her and I make sure we make the trek each and every Sunday.  There’s not much that can keep us from our Sunday Gramma visit.  If the weather doesn’t cooperate one particular Sunday, sometimes we have to postpone our visit by a day or so, but some hell or high water, we see Gramma.  Lewie knows Sunday we go see Gramma.  And he’s becoming more aware of the days of the week, so he reminds me of our Sunday commitment often.


Gramma reads “Frosty the Snowman” . . . . . uh rephrase that.  Gramma “tries” to read Frosty the Snowman to Jack and Lewie.  Jack doesn’t sit still for more than, oh about 20 seconds.  There’s just too much to see and grab and clear off a shelf!  Ha.


Jack has recently figured out how he can wiggle his way out of his high chair and stand up in it!  Yeah, insert little heart attack for mommie.


Then there’s always kisses . . . . . of course he wouldn’t show his kisses for Gramma until after I put down the camera.  Little terd.


Gramma has a collection of Jim Shore santas.  Lewie found this one yesterday which has a rotating christmas tree scene inside the santa . . . . and he has a mouthful of chocolate reindeer cookie in his mouth.

Ahhhhhhhh . . . Sundays at Gramma’s.


Things are coming together

What a great feeling when the stars align and everything begins to fall into place.

Yesterday turned out to be that kind of day for me, your trusty designer, Julie, here at Patch Abilities land. As you may or may not know, I’m working on the newest Monthly Mini series which consists of 12 new designs.  But what you may not know is that my creativity cannot stop once I have the 12 new designs wrapped up.  A whole new set of hangers must accompany the new cuties and guess who comes up with those?  Yep, you’re looking at her.  And invitably there are a few embellishments in the form of buttons that will complete the designs.  My favorite “go to” source for custom buttons is Just Another Button Company.  They are terrific to work with and their buttons are one of a kind handmade and beautifully detailed creations.  I found myself in need of buttons that did not exist, and so the creativity kicks in again and I sketched my button wishes out, sent them to JABC and patiently waited . . . . . And waited.  You know how it is when you watch that pot of water, it seems to take forever.  Be patient girl.

well yesterday my pot of water began to boil.  Yee haw!  I took a few pictures to show you the creative process.


I am sure y ou can guess what one of these buttons are, but can you figure out what the other two buttons might be?  Insert jeopardy jingle here.

okay you’ve waited long enough.  Here’s what they are for:


Yes! Yes!  Are you as excited as me?  I now have a dragonfly and a butterfly body button.  Whew. I wasn’t going to piddle with appliqués for those. Can you imagine stitching around those!?  Yeah, neither could I, so I had buttons made.  Cee-yute!  The ghost was obvious. At least I thought it was.  Ha.

Ah, so this turns out to be a nice sneak peek at 3 of the new Monthly Minis designs.  They are still in the writing process, due to release February 1st, at a great quilt shop near you.

And so my yesterday turned into awesomeday, as my wait for bug bodies was over.

May other things came together yesterday as well which I’ll share in another post.  Days like that are powerful for me, perhaps you too.  They remind me that it’s important to keep stepping forward each and every day towards my goals because some days all  those steps add up to a big jump.  Woo hoo.

I am reminded of a quote by Yosemite Sam: “he was jumpin like a toady frog”.

May you jump like a toady frog today.


p.s. Watch for more MM sneak peeks in the weeks to come, both here and on our Facebook page.

For more product info about the buttons, check out JABC’s website: