Thursday, February 9, 2012

Back to quilting...

After the BIG wedding project of making a personalized quilt for each of my bridesmaids last year.  I swore I wouldn't quilt for a very long time.  Below is a picture of those finished products.

Well, God must have a different plan for me because a friend of mine posted this link on Facebook a week ago,

Here is a description of the project and some background information:

"This time we are partnering with The Sacramento Assistance League,  by helping with one of their many philanthropic endeavors, "The Birthing Project".  This (birthing) project is part of a program provided by the Center for Community Health and Well Being, Inc., located in Sacramento, which helps at-risk and low income women.

The Center for Community Health and Well-Being, Inc.’s mission "is to improve the health and well-being of our Sacramento community and assure our families and children the best environment in which to grow and thrive."   The Center was founded in 1988 by Kathryn Hall-Trujilllo, M.P.H. as The Birthing Project, an all volunteer, community service project to lower Infant Mortality in Sacramento. They help families with both pre-natal and post-natal care, parenting classes and referrals if needed to get them off to a healthy start.
We, at Craft 4 Change would like to help them out by creating those baby blankets.  They can be sewn, knit, crochet, quilted, or no-sew fleece.  The only requirement is, that they be approximately 36" x 36" in size."  

It didn't take me more than a few minutes to check my fabric supply and confirm I had enough fabric for a baby quilt for me to decide "YES, I'll do it!"

I just started sewing last night, here are a few pictures of my work.  I will also be posting a "tutorial like" post for how to make this quilt yourself.  :)

Fabric cut and set out

Let's get pinning

Starting the color-combo bricks

Have a great Thursday!!

~ Miss Kasie ~

Monday, February 6, 2012

Our first Pinterest project

A few months ago I repinned a friend's cinder block garden pin on the wonderful Pinterest site.  Since the house we are renting right now has three huge stacks of extra cinder blocks this was the perfect solution and cheapest way for Ross and I to create a garden.

There aren't a lot of locations on our property that get the right amount of sun and have easy access. However, we did find one perfect spot right along the fruit trees that was relatively flat enough.  We just hoed the weeds out and leveled the ground using a pick and a shovel.

Even though I'm doing the work in this picture, Ross undoubtedly did the majority of the weed removal. He is a beast with the pick!  We definitely got our workout in transporting the 25 cinder blocks from the top of our property down to our garden location.

And, Voila!!!  Our finished cinderblock garden.  The ground here in Weott is mostly clay so we will be purchasing potting soil and seeds soon!

Here's out garden wish list so far, but would love recommendations!! :)

Broccoli, Kale or Spinach, Cucumbers, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, carrots, sugar peas(not in cinder block garden-they will be in a planter up by the house), basil, strawberries, bell peppers.

We are definitely looking forward to taking another step in becoming less reliant on produce aisle at the grocery store which seem like a rip off for tasteless fruits and veggies.  As summer gets closer we will have rich soil from our compost, and we also don't trash our dog doo ;) we recycle LOL. Another blog will have to follow to explain that one.

Hope you all had a wonderful Monday!

~ Miss Kasie ~

PS. I wonder how the concept of recycling dog poop would go over with Preschoolers... might be one fun discussion.