Pip at Level 2 State Gymnastics

My baby – yes she’s 6 – but she’s still my baby, had her Level 2 State Gymnastics meet today.  I have to admit now that I’ve been through it with my big girls I’m not quite as stressed out at the meet.  The great thing about Level 2 is everyone gets a trophy and everyone gets a medal.  Which is something I don’t agree with always – but for littles, getting up in front of everyone for their first time and performing gymnastics – yes, everyone going away with a prize is appropriate.  Don’t worry – by the time the kids move onto Level 3 the “everyone gets a prize” thing is over.  (And yes – my big girls don’t always earn a medal/trophy but it really makes them work harder and I’m ok with that).  gymnastics pip trophy

Pip started her meet on beam and got an 8.9!  Which is amazing!!!! Her routine was beautiful!

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Next up was floor and she rocked that as well!  It’s so crazy how tight she stays and what pointy toes she has.

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Then it was vault.  For whatever reason this is her nemisis.  She has the weirdest run ever – seriously – it’s “odd”.  Anyway – she did the best she’s done and ended up with a score of 8.75.  Woot!

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Finally it was uneven bars.  Now this is typically her best event … if she can get her mill circle it’s near perfect.  Well – this time she got her mill circle too well and went around twice!  Cringe!  So … she got a 7.85.  Oh well!  She did her best and had fun!  No big deal.

Now wait – in level 2 they give a bronze medal to the bottom half, then a silver to the next quarter and gold medals to the top quarter.  They’re announcing the bronze … no Pip.  I’m sure she’ll be announced with the silver.  Nope!  She took 5th with a gold medal!  I’m amazed!!!! I’m so proud of that kiddo!  I guess her scores were solid enough to get her that gold! 

It was a great year of gymnastics for all my girls!  I can’t thank the coaches enough for the patience they have with my girls and how much they’ve taught them.  Gymnastics is not an easy sport and it has done so much for all of my kiddos. 

DIY Cloth Napkins

Every year at my orchard I have a big craft sale called the “Hand Crafted Hoedown for the Holidays.” I like to make some things that help me use up my stash and also makes me a little bit of money too. 

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This year I whipped up some cute cloth napkins using layer cakes!  They are easy peasy and turn into really cute re-usuable cloth napkins!

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I made some that were Christmas themed and some that could be used all year round. IMG_8549 I didn’t take any process pictures but all you do is sew two pieces of a layer cake right sides together 1/4” all around the squares – leaving about a 4-inch space not sewing together.  Flip like you would when you make a pillow.  Press the seams sharply, making sure to tuck the 4-inch not sewn space under.  Top stitch an 1/8-inch around the entire napkin edge!  Voila!  You have an adorable cloth napkin!

I sold quite a few at my sale but if I can get my act together you may see a few in my etsy shop over the next week or so …

Weekly Holiday Sales

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DIY Apple Gift Bags

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Trim the Tree and Deck the Halls

In my mission to get some “Christmas Spirit” I decided it was time to get the house decorated!  Now – I couldn’t hang ornaments until the girls got home because that’s definitely a family thing but I could do some of the other decorating while they were at school.

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The first thing I did was put up my tree collection.  Instead of santas or snowmen … I collect trees! I don’t have a good picture of it but I also tied a bunch of shatterproof ornaments from ribbons and hung them over our kitchen table.  If you check out my instagram stories you should see a peak at this crazy!  Luckily my husband loves my crazy and thought it looked cool instead of being mad about the holes in the ceiling Winking smile!

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Once the girls got home from school we started trimming the tree right away.  They had gymnastics but Cedi had a sore throat so we thought tonight would be a good night to take a break and get the decorating done. I love all the memories that come back when I hang ornaments on the tree.  The angel about is 35 years old!  My godparents gave it to me for my very first Christmas.

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I have a lot of cousins so when my grandma passed away we each just got one or two things to remember her by.  I got a juice glass (she always gave us tang in the morning!) and her collection of bells for the Christmas tree.  Each year when I hear them ring I think of my grandma.IMG-8413 We have a cottage style house so we cut down a tall tree from our backyard.  This year it’s only about 16-feet and it’s definitely a Charlie Brown tree – just how I like it!  We had the tree decorated by 6:30 with minimal yelling and fighting … I call that a win!  IMG-8414I don’t know if I have my Christmas spirit just yet but today definitely helped!

Project QUILTING Past–a Look Back

Last night I decided to post the very first quilt I ever made for the very first Project QUILTING challenge.  Just a little look back at “Project QUILTING Past”.  ShooflyThe very first challenge was “shoofly”.  The twist on the challenge was that you had to incorporate at least one striped fabric.  I couldn’t just use a striped fabric so I made my own by stitching on ribbon, yarn and other fibers.  I was really proud of how this turned out and it’s always great to take a look back to see where it all began!

Folks have been posting their first Project QUILTING Quilts in the Challenge Quilt Group and the Project QUILTING page.  Be sure to head over and check out the fun!

Tomte Christmas

Typically I’m one to be one of those annoying people bursting with Christmas spirit and cheer.  So far this year, it has not been the case.  I’m determined to switch things around though and even tried searching pinterest for “Finding Christmas Spirit.” Nothing sounded thrilling to me … so I’m going to work on my own method.

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Scandinavian Tomte’s by NORDIKatja

First – I think I really need to get my house decorated.  This is really the only season we decorate for as my house is already bursting with “things” that it’s just too much to swap it all around every season but for Christmas I make the exception.  We just got back from an amazing vacation which put us a bit behind.  The tree was chopped down from our backyard today and is currently standing in its 18-feet of glory, tied to the wall and railing, with the lights on – no ornaments yet.  The ornaments will have to wait until we can all be together as a family … not fighting … but I can get up my tree collection and other fun Christmas knick knacks. 

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Tomte’s by RamblingElectica

I know you’ll probably think I’ve been living under a rock but I hadn’t really noticed Tomte’s before – and they’re adorable!  I think a few of these cute little fellow’s on my shelves will help brighten things up a bit …

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I also found a pattern so I can make my own.  I’m guessing this will definitely be a project my daughter Capri and I will enjoy doing together.

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And as long as I’m on a Tomte kick … I should probably piece one of mossandlotus’s Tomte’s paper pieced quilt blocks!

What other Christmas themed things are your favorite?  What helps get you into the Christmas spirit?

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