Saturday, September 23, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Confusion

Well that was odd, misterlinky disappeared for a bit this morning, but I found a back door and managed to get in.  Speaking of disappearing, our Friday night margarita date night restaurant is closing at the end of the month.  Our friends came out with us last night to say farewell.   I am not sure what we will do on Fridays now, but it has been nice not having to make a decision.  When I get in my car on Friday to drive home, it tells me how long to get to Little Dos.   My car is a bit scary sometimes.   

I have been down all week with a head cold.  I tested negative for Covid, but it still did me in.  Hoping to be more human next week.   I guess there is one more week left in September though, so I don't have to worry about a new color quite yet.   

How are your aquamarine/teal/blue-green scraps coming along?  

Saturday, September 16, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday

Lots of fun with teal hexies going on around here. How are your scraps? We are off to enjoy a UF game with Sydney during her sorority family weekend. I do believe that there will be some hand sewing time on the car ride. Enjoy your weekend quiet time. Mister linky is below

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Turtle Krawl

We ran a 5K this morning! So after a quick shower I will head down to the studio to see what I can sew up. I pulled a quilt off of the frame last weekend, finding another to load up might be first on the list today. Sydney took the hanging rack that used to hold all of my flimsies waiting for quilting when she went back to school this year. I ordered a new one, but some assembly is required. I am hoping that Kurt will put that on his "honey do" list this morning so that I can get a bit of organization done. How are your aqua scraps coming along?


Saturday, September 2, 2023

ScapHappy Saturday - Long Weekend

It is a long weekend after a mid week break on Wednesday for the hurricane that didn't come here. Looking forward to an extra day in the sewing room sorting through aqua scraps.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday

Yellow hapiness! Just a few more days to finish up this month. September will be all about aqua. I won't talk about school at all this week, it just gets stranger with each new rule. Sydney is safely settled into her new apartment and got into the sorority that she had fallen in love with during rush. Anna is enjoying her fall routine but sad that everything is crowded again now that the undergraduates have returned. We are still sharing cars and waiting for Kurt's to come back from the shop, but I haven't been abandonded at work yet this year, so that is a win! Ryan was in a fender bender last weekend with one of the last two drivable cars. I am living in fear now that someone is going to crash my poor Subaru and I will be grabbing an uber to work every day.

Saturday, August 19, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday

Looking forward to some sunny yellow time today! Tomorrow we will deliver Sydney's stuff to her apartment, she already went up to start rush, but can't move in until 3 Sunday. So he has been couch surfing and we will bring so many boxes of clothes and everything else to her. The child does not know the meaning of minimalism! Honestly, I am not sure it will all fit!


Saturday, August 12, 2023

ScrapHappy Sunshiny Day

Just back from a run and looking forward to digging into some yellow today. I tried hard to get out before it got too hot, but I came back just dripping sweat.  Florida is August isn't quite a nice as in January.   Hopefully it will start to cool down soon.  
I have a quilt waiting for a back, a basket of yellow random happiness and a quilt on the frame.  
At least some of that will happen today.  

 We had a 2 day week with students, it was nice to settle in slowly.  We still can't teach AP Psychology or call students by any name not on their birth certificate.  What a strange world.  On Monday we are expecting the permission slip so that Thomas can be Tommy again and Cynthia and be Cyndi.   I do feel a bit bad for the kid whose parents named him Lester, but everyone is too terrified of being sued under the new law to risk anything that hasn't been officially sanctioned.  I keep hoping that once we get past this things will settle back to something more normal again.  Until then, fabric hasn't changed much and nobody has declared rainbow quilts to be illegal yet.   Let us sew!

Saturday, August 5, 2023

What day is it?

I got up bright and early today to go and take a test to become a certified media specialist. That makes me qualified to approve books! Somehow that made me forget what day it was. I just now realized it was Saturday and I never posted! Wow, I can't remember the last time that happened.  
I am going for happy chaos in the sewing studio.  I pulled out a few quilts that are ready to be finished. I haven't dug into the yellow for August yet, but I accomplished quite a few red hexie diamonds in July and not much else.  Sometimes hand stitching is just the right pace.  
Yesterday was registration when the kids pick up schedules. I spent much of it trying to talk kids out of dropping AP Psychology from their schedules in case Florida and College Board can't figure out how to amicably settle their disagreement without taking potential college credit away from thousands of students.  It seems now like the state department of education has blinked, but our district had already announced that we would not offer the course.  I am still guessing that things will work out without the kids having to drop the course.  I never could have predicted the path of education in our state.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Binding Time

I am going to enjoy binding time today.  We just got back from Jamaica and I haven't quite gotten back into the swing of things.  
Then I need to dig into some reds, because on Tuesday we will pulling out the yellow.  I am not overwhelmed with the sunnier side of the rainbow, so it should be a good month for me to play a little catch up.   School starts on Wednesday for teachers, so there will be a big shift in my immediate day to day.  I never fully got into summer mode this year, so it won't be as much of an adjustment as usual.   Our new history standards are making national news, and clearly we are still having a teacher shortage around here, but we are so close to being fully staffed before the first day at my school.   Wish us all luck!

Saturday, July 22, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Quilting!


I've been quilting!  This one is a girl scout t-shirt quilt for a customer.  
This one was leftover blocks from a couple of quilts with 9 patches of 1 inch strips.  There is a still a bag of leftovers that might turn into a pot holder or a placemat of some sort.  First though, lots and lots of binding to enjoy.  

What are your scraps turning into this month?

Saturday, July 15, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday Summer Fun

 It is finally starting to feel like summer.  I have been working a few hours most days, but yesterday I had an actual at home all day vacation day and it was so lovely!

I have been busy sewing hexies together into rows.  So far I have finished red orange and yellow.  I really don't have a lot of orange fabrics!  I will see what I can find to bulk up that row a bit.  It has been so nice to settle in with a movie and sew in the air conditioning.  

It is HOT out there.  I try to get out before it heats up in the morning, because once the sun is fully up it just starts to bake.  

We have enjoyed beach walks though, with toes dipped in the water it doesn't feel so warm.  There are all sorts of turtles swimming in the ocean and birds hanging out in the sand.  

I also made good progress on this t-shirt quilt.  If is for the same lady who had me make a quilt for her daughter's wedding last summer.   This one is girl scout themed.  I am not sure if I like the green that I had on hand for the lattice.  I might try something else.  

How is your sewing coming along.  We are halfway though July already! 

Saturday, July 8, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday

Our visit to the cabin was a busy one. Lots of work, but still time for relaxation.  Our neighbors with a tractor volunteered to come and help us tear out a broken walkway.   It was quite a production.  
Anna and I canned some jams made from fresh picked wineberries.  She also whipped up some pickled onions.  I cut a lot of firewood from downed trees and branches.  We got a new chain saw and it works so much better than the tiny one I was using before.  The right tool makes all the difference.  Kind of like having a nice fresh rotary cutting blade.  Kurt built me a new rack to hold the stacked logs after I filled up the two that we had.     
We had been planning to visit Carowinds on the way home.  You may have seen the broken roller coaster in the news.  It was one of the kids favorites,  Since it will be closed for a while, we all posed for a photo instead.  Right there where are fingers are pointing is the temporary weld that is covering the big old crack in the support beam.   
There were plenty of other roller coasters though.  We let the kids enjoy the rides, age has made us less resilient than we used to be, so we spectated and took photos instead.  
It is always nice to be home again.  I said that I would go in to work a bit this week, but then it will be back into vacation and sewing mode again.  I  polished off a bunch of hexies in the car.  No photo of those, but I will try to get them all up on the design wall soon to take stock.   How are your reds coming along?   

Saturday, July 1, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Happy July

It's July!  I am looking forward to red this month.  Something vibrant seems just right.  We are at the cabin this week doing lots of manual labor.  There has been wood cutting, rock hauling and assorted chores keeping us all busy.   Kurt installed a new window successfully.  We got an estimate from a contractor and decided that was a project we could definitely try to do on our own.  The first attempt went well enough that I think we will just slowly work our way through the worst ones.  

We did get a dumpster delivered and have almost filled it in two days with the collected debris that has been collecting on the property for at least the last three decades.   It is red in honor of the color for July!  We were successful yesterday in using the UTV to winch a washing machine up the side of the ravine.  It was quite exciting!  There were several pieces of a target practice deer form that got tossed in and the head ended up poking up at us over the edge of the dumpster. His one remaining eye is following at us as we roam around the property.  There was lots of hand sewing of hexies that got accomplished in the car, but sadly, no photos.   I brought up a machine though, so a sewing space is on the list of projects.  It is a long list, but we are making good progress!

Saturday, June 24, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday -

 And now the beginning of summer.  A bit of a delay in the start of summer vacation this year, but I have two weeks of pure relaxation mode to look forward to.  Sewing, relaxing and hanging around the cabin. What could be better than that?

I hope you are feeling ready to finish with the pastel blues and greens. July is scheduled to be red this year! It should be bit of a change of pace.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Summer Blues

Ah the long lazy days of summer. Still waiting for those to kick in, but today will be the day that I finally dig in and start on the light end of the blue and green bins. I am a bit behind, but that won't stop me from jumping back in again with both feet!
We had a guest speaker for the last day of the Summer College Prep Boot Camp.  Just one more week of work at the district office and I am off for two weeks!  Looking forward to every minute of that time.   

There were some beautiful sunrises this week.  Days are nice and long right now and it truly feels like summer very suddenly.  We got spoiled by a nice long mild spring, but now the typical pattern of sweltering days and afternoon showers has kicked in.  Speaking of which, I am off to get in a quick run before things get too toasty.  Then it is back to sew away an afternoon in the air conditioning.   I don't know how people survived in Florida before central air.  

How are your scraps coming along this month? Use the linky tool below to share with us all.

Saturday, June 10, 2023

ScrapHappy Summer

Still waiting for the long lazy days of summer to kick in. So far I am still working, but surely vacation mode will come someday. Until then, I look forward to enjoying your scrappy happiness.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Baby Blues and Greens

 I hope that you made great progress on orange and are ready to move on to some nice pastels for a change of pace.  Orange is never a large volume color for me, but blue and green are quite the opposite.  Hopefully by having another chance to focus on the lighter end of the blue and green bins we can all keep up with the supply.  

Kurt and I went hiking and camping last weekend for our anniversary and for my birthday.  Yes, we got married on my birthday, it was my mom's birthday as well.  I always hoped that one of the girl would have been born on my birthday to keep the tradition going, but it just never worked out that way.  It was perfect hiking weather and nicely cool for summer in Florida so that we could enjoy a campfire at night.  
It is looking like a rainy weekend in Florida, which makes quality sewing room time just the perfect plan.


Thursday, June 1, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - June

 Some colors need more than one month. I will admit to getting a bit tired of working through the blues, but the bin never seems to get any smaller!  Just in case you made a nice dent in the blues when we did dark and bright earlier this year, feel free to add some light greens to the light blues to try to tidy up two bins in June.  

Saturday, May 27, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Schools Out

Graduation was Tuesday, it was a beautiful ceremony.  Then, we went to trivia again on Thursday and won!  We can keep eating for free as long as we keep wining.  

Finally, it was  the last day of school!   Just two weeks of camps and a week of work at the district, but there is a light and a tunnel in there somewhere.   Having a summer is one of the best things about teaching.   

For now though, it is a long weekend.  We are headed off for a weekend of camping and hiking.  I hope you have lots of sewing to look forward to.   I plan to spend a little time in the sewing room before we head out.  It is almost useable again.  

If you have a long weekend to look forward to, I hope that there is some sewing time to enjoy.  We are almost done with the orange month.  Light blues and greens will be the order of business for next month, so you might be able to spend some catch up time if your blues aren't too out of control.  All of my scraps are out of control right now, but there are worse problems to have. 

Saturday, May 20, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Orange Crush

Days are rushing by! I did dig out my orange scraps. They are sharing space in my sewing room with shelves under construction, dorm room returned excess and lots of kids clothes in transit. I hope to clear out some space today and be able to sew. 
 Having two kids back home again is a big adjustment. Sydney turned 20 this week.  She got a job at a restaurant within walking distance of our house and then went back to visit Gainesville with her friends.   She has two summer classes as well, I hope she doesn't forget about them!  Just one week of school left for me. Graduation on Tuesday and then final exams for all the rest. 
The days are long now and there is always a chance to see the sunrise, even on mornings of early testing.   How are your oranges coming along? Please share.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Orange you Glad?

 Looking forward to seeing lots of happy oranges.  Everything in my sewing room is a disaster right now.  Kurt is putting built in shelves into the wall under the stairs and two children are home form college, dropping off all of the detritus from dorms and apartments into my sewing space and the spot where I usually put my car in the garage.  So my car is outside getting salty and getting to my sewing machine is a dusty obstacle course.   Still, somewhere in there are my orange scraps!  I am looking forward to finding them and reclaiming at least some of my new sewing space.  

How are your scraps coming along this month?  Misterlinky is below.  Please share your progress.  


Saturday, May 6, 2023

ScapHappy Saturday - Ready for a Change

Looking forward to starting a new color today! I love orange, though I must admit that it was much neglected in my stash before the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Now I try to work bits into bindings or backings to make sure that some ends up in the scrap bin. I should have at least enough to get my basic blocks out this month. I enjoy the little bit of happy that orange and yellow bring to quilts and working on those months each year have helped me broaden my color preferences. Ironically, I am trying to find orange felt to make homeroom flags and it is out of stock everywhere.  Too many Florida Gators I guess.   

 It was another busy week at school! Monday started standardized testing season, and so I rushed from morning AP testing to our lunchtime college signing day celebration. Such fun for the kids! They all posed for photos with college banners while wearing their college shirts. I had a selection of stickers for anyone that didn't have the right shirt quite yet. 
Sydney came home on Wednesday for the summer.  She is taking online summer classes which seems to be the norm for all of her UF friends. We have been going to trivia on Thursdays recently and won second place again this week!  It was May 4th and so there were lots of Star Wars themed questions. 
I skipped right past the rocket launch last Sunday.  It was a Falcon heavy and it was beautiful!
Then yesterday was Cinco di Mayo, we were a bit worried that our usual Mexican restaurant would be too busy.  It was packed, but we managed to get a table and met up with my old running partner and her husband.   I think the drinks were stronger than usual because I am really feeling it this morning.  That could also be old age.  
There are still two more solid weeks of standardized testing.  I'm not supposed to do anything while the kids are taking tests, so I usually try to get my steps in each day as I walk around the room to monitor progress.  I am easily getting 15,000 steps in during each test.   I try to stay caught up on regular work when I am not in tests, kids still need help with dual enrollment classes or documentation needed for colleges or scholarships or just random questions that they need answered.  We are double checking all the graduation requirements of course and getting everything prepped for commencement.  All such good stuff this time of the year!   I thought that the summer would be a break, but it is starting to fill up with college boot camps and workshops.  Again, all so exciting and beneficial!  But for now, there are orange scraps to find and we need to get the extra room prepped for Ryan to come home tomorrow.  It is going to be strange having kids back in the house again.  We had kind of gotten into the empty nest routine.   

Saturday, April 29, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Last of Purple?

Orange you glad that we are almost done with purple? I'm not so much done as I would like, but I am still looking forward to digging into orange on Monday. So I wasn't an academic team coach this year, but somehow they needed a female chaperone at the last minute and I got pulled in.  The team ended up finishing second in the state for division 1 with one of the members being named to Team Florida.   The competitions have always been at Disney in the past with the kids spending time between matches at the parks.  Florida has a thing about Disney now so we had to switch the dates and venue. Just when you think it can't get stranger.  The kids had fun at the resort though, they played mini golf and splashed in the pools.  The end of the school year is coming on fast!  Senior breakfast was yesterday, AP testing starts on Monday and graduation will be here before we can imagine.  
I hope to dig a bit deeper into the purple today.  It has been strangely stormy all week so I think I will get out for a walk early today.   Kurt is working on some built in shelves in my sewing space and some of the kids will be home for the summer in the next couple of weeks.  

Saturday, April 22, 2023


 So sorry for the delay today.  I am in Orlando without a computer this weekend and DH is trying to post for me 

Saturday, April 15, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Purple Pride

Thanks to the long Easter Weekend, I finally got some purple blocks up on the wall. It felt so good to just dig in and start putting scraps together.

Time will tell as to whether I have a bit more mental bandwidth today to put together some more detailed blocks.   There may just be a lot of simple blocks this month!  Sydney has come home for the weekend!  The end of the semester is near and we will have her and Ryan back for a bit.   They grow up so fast!

Saturday, April 8, 2023

Still lacking in purple on the design wall.  I am getting caught up bit by bit though.   
There is purple in the pipeline though, so it will be on the wall soon enough.   
There is an extra day this weekend to sew with the Easter holiday.  Looking forward to a nice walk on the beach and some time with the machine.   
How are your purple scraps coming together? Misterlinky is below, please share with us all.

Saturday, April 1, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Purple

A new month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge means a new color and we are ready to do a deep dive into purple!
I wish I could claim to have made great progress on green.  These three tiny green blocks tell a different story.  I do have plenty of pieces cut for plus blocks and sawtooth stars, so they will continue as leaders and enders while I sort through purple.   

I think that April will still be busy at work with dual enrollment things, but May will have to slow down as most of my time will be devoted to monitoring standardized tests.  Our school district has had quite a week with two principals and a guidance counselor all arrested for driving drunk last weekend and then the interim superintendent being put on leave on Tuesday.  It is all quite a mess, but it isn't my mess and I will keep doing what I do.  Prom was last night, we still have senior projects and grad bash to get through, and of course, graduation.   Seniors are making their college choices now and it is always exciting for them to plan the next steps.  

Saturday, March 25, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Home Again


We had fun and got some work done in Virginia last week, but now it is back home again to a different kind of work.  

The sun is rising later with daylight saving, but I try to peek at it on the drive to work.   Not much sewing time this week with Kurt out of town and evening meetings for me, but hopefully I can make up for lost time this weekend.  There is always laundry and the house could use some love, but my green scraps are sadly calling me for some attention.   

Saturday, March 18, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Spring Green

I really thought that we would be seeing lots of greens for spring in Virginia this week. It is still quite chilly most days though and we instead saw a spring snow! We are all out as soon as it warms up each day though. For the most part we have been cleaning up. We have a new UTV to help in the hauling of heavy things and have been having lots of fun driving around the property in circles grabbing up mulch, logs or abandoned appliances from years gone by.  We will rent a dumpster and have it all hauled away at once this summer.   Anna has come up for the weekend and is hoping to plant something in the garden.   No sewing right now, but I am hoping to enjoy the greens that you all have to share.  

Saturday, March 11, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Spring Break Edition

 Ah, for the love of vacations!  So nice to have a nice change of pace to look forward to.  Long happy days of nothing await.  I hope you have great green blocks to share.  Misterlinky is below.  

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Mini Block Mani


I got a bit behind in the Mini Mania blocks last month.  I thought that February would be calm in the new job, but it didn't work out that way.  Still lots of lovely weekends to enjoy though and I am putting together so many tiny happy bits of fabric today.  I am getting a haircut this morning and then Anna is coming home for spring break!  She really wants to see the boyfriend more than us, but as she wasn't planning on coming home at all, it is still a win.  Next week is spring break for the rest of us.  I am very much looking forward to a change of scenery. It is hard to argue with the 70 and balmy ocean breeze, but working outside instead of on the computer will be refreshing.  Check out the mini mania page for block names and pattern sources if you are interested.  

Saturday, March 4, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Its Green for March

 Excited to look at a new color, though I still have bits of pink to finish up.  How are your green scraps looking so far?

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Last Pink Saturday

Today is the last Saturday to finish up pinks! Mine are still barely started, but I will jump back in anyway after a busy month. Sydney is coming home for the weekend, but I think she is more interested in the beach than in spending time with Mom and Dad.  I think I will start with turning these 2 inch strips into some plus blocks and then see where it goes from there.   

Saturday, February 18, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Slowly on Pink

 I did sorting and organizing of pink scraps last weekend, but not a lot of sewing.  I was caught up with my civics class for Florida teachers instead which is worth $3,000 in my paycheck.   I must catch up on blocks today though, so the actual and true thoughts of the founding fathers will be on hold for a bit.   Teaching in Florida continues to be spicy, as apparently all of us teachers are busy indoctrinating children, making them gay and tricking them into reading pornography.  Who knew that schools would be the new political battleground?  Never would have guessed that.   
How are your pink coming along?  Mr. Linky is below, please share with us all. 

Saturday, February 11, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday Pink Play Day

Not a lot of change on the wall since last week.  I didn't expect to get much done this week.  If you look closely, there is one tiny new pink block.  
I was in Ft. Lauderdale on a college visit for three days, came back to piles of work and had a college fair on Thursday night.   Hopefully I can make up for the lack of progress today though as everything looks wide open.  I am working on a civics literacy class for teachers, but there should still be plenty of time to dig into more pink scraps.   Kurt was also traveling this week, so it is good to both be home again together at last.   
Looking forward to seeing lots of great pink blocks, misterlinky is below, please share your progress with us. 


Saturday, February 4, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - Pops of Pink

I hope you have started to clear out the last of the blues and dig into pinks. I have a lot of pink scraps to work with right now.  It is cold and windy here, so a nice pop of a happy color is welcome right about now. I've got a few pink blocks ready.   Looking forward to a few more today though.  
It has been a wild week at work.  February has lots of evening events scheduled, those always make for a long day.   Monday there was a wellness workshop for mentors and new teachers and Thursday was a parent meeting for dual enrollment.   Kurt was out of town for conference, so his week was also rush rush.  It will be nice to have a quiet day today!  I am out of town for another college visit after that and then it is more evening events.  College fairs, AP night and our annual Junior Symposium are all still on the horizon.   
How are your pinks starting to develop? Use misterlinky below to share your plans and progress.