52 Weeks and Happy Birthday Em!

First, Happy Birthday to my middle daughter who turned 30 today!  Here she is with my granddaughter (her niece):

Well I was supposed to be working on DH’s man cave this week.  This is as far as I got:

Yes that is a basket that DH picked out at Michael’s this afternoon when I insisted he choose one!  He has all this crapola for cleaning his guns stuck on that bookshelf and I want it in a basket!!  I have learned something from the hours I spend surfing around finding bloggers who are WAY ahead of me in the organization department.  It was 40% off at Michael’s.  There were some good ones at Joann’s too, but no way was I going to get DH there since we were shopping at Winco a few stores over. 

My studio (I say that tongue in cheek) was looking like a hoarders room, so I jumped in and started working on it after finishing one quilt and getting another top done this week:

I made this one for our next door neighbor who turns 2 on Valentine’s day.  I have never seen the reaction she had to this quilt.  She spread it on the floor, rolled around and finally hid herself in it, smiling the entire time.  I loved it so much and the Bliss line from Bonnie and Camille for Moda, that I purchased a kit and finished this:

I added another row from my leftover Bliss fabric or I should say my new stash of it (need to get more before it is gone, baby, gone!).  It is going to look really cute with giant red rick rack:

Back to organizing, I found this wire basket at Target today on clearance for $2.48.  I think it is perfect for my jelly rolls:

So hopefully next week I will have a little more done!  But then I need to get ready for out tax appointment and DH brought home paperwork for me to do for the 401K at his business….. hopefully I can figure it out since he has been so busy.

So here are my answers to Laura’s questions:

1.  Name ONE reason you want to get organized. 

To make my life easier, to work smarter not harder, which is even more important now that I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and have chronic pain.

2.  What did you organize last week & were you happy with the way it turned out?

I worked on my sewing room, I am happy with what I have gotten done, but it is far from finished, but then will it ever be?

3.  Have you had any breakthroughs or a-ha moments yet? 

I have moments all the time when I thump my head, mostly when I see what other people have done and think “why didn’t I think of that”.  Luckily I can copy people!!  My biggest moment has been to accept that the home is now my “job” and having it clean and organized is honoring the hard work my DH puts in at his business. 
Thank goodness my sister, who has been a stay-at-home wife longer than me,  has clued me in on the racing around half an hour before DH gets home to make him think I have been slaving all day!  HAHA!

About Allysgrandma
Passionate homemaker after 40 years of working and raising daughters! Finally time for my first love (other than DH who I met when I was 12)....sewing and quilting.

12 Responses to 52 Weeks and Happy Birthday Em!

  1. Alexandra says:

    Your quilts are beautiful. I wish I knew how to make something so special. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

    • allysgrandma says:

      Alexandra, I just wanted to say you CAN do it. My 23-year-old daughter lived with me for 8 months, was never interested in sewing, but now that she has a daughter to sew for, I showed her a few things and she went nuts!! She made her 10 dresses while she was here (her husband is in Afghanistan for a few more months). She went home about a month ago (after 8 months here) and ordered a sewing machine from Costco. I sent her a package this week with some supplies. Simple quilts like the one for my granddaughter was super simple!

  2. Kristi says:

    I love the basket from Target for your jelly rolls, organized and looks so good.
    Looking at other’s organizing is the best for ideas.
    I’ve also learned that trick since being home for the last month, isn’t it the best??? And they have no idea ; )

    • allysgrandma says:

      I really did get that idea from others. I have been looking for cheap cute jars too! I have actually resorted to our secret trick only a few times. My personal trick is to do something very visible, like at least have the kitchen clean! Or another trick is leave a pile of folded clothes out, so he knows I did a load of laundry…..hahahaha… feel free to use any of them for yourself!

  3. Becky L. says:

    love your fabric and the quilt you made. Moda fabric is lovely. I’m not done with my weekly assignment yet, it’s my granddaughter’s sweater. I’m taking a break right now. Have a few more inches to go on it then sew seams up and put the buttons on it, good thing it’s small. Maybe I can get the hat done on Sunday while watching the super bowl with hubby. have a great weekend.

  4. Semalee says:

    First, thanks for your comment on my blog! Can I come stay with you next time it gets cold here in Texas????? 😉

    You have a nice blog here! Nice to meet you 🙂

    Semalee @Nailing Jello to a Tree

  5. Tamarah says:

    You’re quilts are super cute! I have always wanted to quilt but have never sat down long enough to try. Maybe on day I will be able to accomplish something as darling as your blankets.
    Peace & Blessings 🙂

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog! I want to learn to quilt, and plan to learn in a few years…when my kids get a little bit older. Maybe I can make quilts for my grandchildren. I want my daughter to teach me how to crochet this year.

    Staying at home being a full time wife and/or mother is a huge job. I like to think that I am the CEO, and yes, I am honoring my husband by running his home in an orderly manner. This is my job, and I take pride in it. (the good kind of pride!)

    I wish you the best on your organizing journey. I like to organize the fun stuff first, and it seems like you have done that in your sewing room.

    Have a great day!

  7. Margaret says:

    Your quilts are beautiful. I do a little sewing but have never made an entire quilt. One day I’ll manage it.

    I also have to say, I laughed at your reference to Winco. I used to shop at Winco and didn’t know how great a store it was till I moved where there isn’t one!

  8. Laura says:

    Beautiful quilts!! Do you know where I can get instruction for a simple quilt like the second one you showed?

  9. Martha (MM) says:

    Your quilts are gorgeous! Loved your ah-ha moment about copying people. It’s so true! I have been hanging on to everything Laura posts and reading lots of the others playing along during the 52 weeks. It’s really keeping me motivated!

  10. Nancy says:

    WOW! I love those two quilts! You and I have Bliss in common I too can not get enough! I loved seeing what you chose to border your quilt with…it gave me an idea. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to coming back to yours for another visit. Have a great week end.


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