Category Archives: Our House

Day 3: Setting Up The Christmas Tree

It’s December 3rd which means we’re on day 3 of the #31dayblogchallenge hosted by Cheryl Sleboda of muppin.com.

My husband surprised me yesterday with a trip to the Christmas tree lot. It’s one of those where you can cut a tree down for yourself, but we ended up going with a precut one to save $30. It’s nice to have a truck for times like this. No tie-downs necessary!
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First things first. Let’s get the camera out to take some photos for the blog. Well, my husband wasn’t having it. This is the best shot I got of the goof. Can you see him in there?

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We hosed the tree down. This is a good step to get loose needles and dirt off before it comes in the house. And bugs. No bugs in the house please! After a few hours drying in the front yard (with the trunk in a bucket of water) we lobbed the bottom off and brought it in.

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Here it is all pretty. It’s mostly decorated as is the mantle above our fireplace. Tree skirt’s in the wash and bubble wrap for the ornaments is all over the floor. The cats are going after that for now but I’m sure there will be sparkly ornament casualties soon.

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Day 2: Chopping Firewood

I love having a fire in our fireplace! We had an outdoor fireplace at one of our houses growing up and a wood stove at another, plus I had lots of campfire fun at summer camp. Maybe those memories contribute to my love of fire now. It’s a full sensory experience: the woody smoke scents, cracking and settling sounds, and all the pretty colors are comforting.

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We have some logs leftover from when the gigantic pine trees in our yard were cut down. So my husband and I have been chainsawing them into manageable lengths and then chopping them into firewood. Fed up with chasing the pieces across the backyard as they were cut, Jeff discovered the tire method. The uncut log goes inside a used tire (we have some leftover from growing potatoes) and gets chopped there. The tire contains them and we put ’em in the wood pile from there. Cool trick, huh?

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Shop Small This Weekend

Hello everybody. If you’re in the USA I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. My husband and I got to host this year. We worked together to clean the house and cook turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, salad, carrots, corn, potato casserole, and pumpkin pies. His mom brought some homemade bread which rounded out our nice spread. Yum! Here’s a picture of my brother-in-law loading his plate.

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Now that everybody’s onto eating pie for breakfast and looking up recipes for leftover turkey it’s time to turn our attention to holiday shopping. I’d like to encourage you to shop small businesses this year. I’ll be featuring some of my favorite small businesses today through Cyber Monday on the quiltartbymegan Facebook Page. “Like” and follow me over there to learn about great entrepreneurs and to shop their deals.

Of course, there are some great deals in my etsy shop too. Everything in there is now 30% off. You don’t need a coupon code as I’ve adjusted each price individually to reflect the sale. Easy peasy!

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Everything’s 30% off Sale and News

Hello everyone. We’re putting moving soon and looking forward to our next adventure. Wish us luck and buy my stuff! LOL seriously though, this is good news for you. In an effort to have less things to pack up in boxes and move I’m discounting all of my items for sale in the etsy shop. They’re now 30% off. No coupon code is needed as I’ve adjusted the price of each individually on the listings. I’ll be adding items to the shop over the next few days so check back for more cool stuff, all 30% off their original prices.

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I had a great time recently having a booth at the Purrs and Paws Holiday Boutique. My friend Adva surprised me with a visit (yay!) and took this photo. I learned a lot and did a bit of networking too. I’ll tell you all about it in another blog post.

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Blog  post, you say? They’ve been few and far between for a few months now but that’s about to change. Cheryl Sleboda of muppin.com will be blogging every day in December. She’s invited other writers to join her and I’ve decided to participate. So buckle up everybody and find your reading glasses ’cause there’s going to be much more action on this site soon.

Kitchen, Kitties, and Some Quilting

My husband and I are working hard to renovate this house. The newest finish is a big scratching post tree for our cats. It’s made out of pantry shelves covered in leftover carpet with 24’s, rope, and staples. Sweet, huh?! I love it when projects reuse things that were headed to the trash. Our kitties seem to like it even though most of them won’t cooperate for photographs.

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Here’s the kitchen those pantry shelves came from. Some of the top cabinets we removed will be mounted in the garage for storage. The refrigerator’s been moved to the other side of the room and we’re leaving the stove, sink, and dishwasher hooked up as long as we can. New cabinets arrive on Tuesday! We’ll install the top ones, demo the rest of the kitchen, put flooring tiles in, install the bottom cabinets, then start tiling the countertop. We might be washing dishes in the bathtub for a while. Throw back to our motel-living days! So grateful to be here. kitchendemojuly16When I’m not in DIY home renovations mode I’m working on this sweet baby quilt. The done so I’m quilting it all together from the back. This is an eye-spy quilt where each novelty print fabric (ladders, owls, pumpkins, etc) is used in two different blocks. So it’s great for a baby quilt and as the child grows becomes a look-and-find game to match the fabrics up. This one is big enough to snuggle under on the couch too.

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With my new computer I’m now on Instagram. Are you? Let’s follow each other! I’m quiltartbymegan on there.

Studio Tour 2 of 2

I’m excited to be back with you on this blog, Facebook, and Instagram. As always, the etsy shop continues to be up and running with new quilt art by Megan in there all the time. (See what I did there?)

Anyway, here’s part 2 of the art studio tour. My for-sale items are all in the closet in labeled Xerox boxes. I chose the Xerox boxes for these guys because they fit nicely and the boxes themselves are kind of ugly. Practical without beauty, they’re great behind closed doors. I enjoy the organization too because I no longer have to search through multiple boxes to find something. Bags have their own box, as do Christmas tree skirts, scarves and bibs, tableware and more.

11377169_900855396641584_5267504011435058330_n11401522_907349879325469_6198389971319529987_nHere’s my desk workspace. I have the computer, sewing machine, and projects I’m currently working on here. I also have a wooden desk and long folding table to use now. The table was in the garage while we were cutting wood but we’ve finally finished installing all of the wood flooring. It’s so exciting to have room to spread out! I’ll be basting a quilt in a few days and it’ll be super handy to do that on the table rather than on the floor.

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Between the wall of shelves and the closet is my tower of UFO’s. It holds some of my unfinished projects, all labeled and sorted. I love the fact that this is a tower of drawers so I don’t have to unstack anything to open a bin. One of ’em is stuffed full of crumb blocks. Aren’t they pretty?!

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Studio Tour 1 of 2: Wall ‘O Shelves

Hey guys. I’m writing tonight’s post from a friend’s computer. It’s a long complicated story but the short version is that the old computer I’m using at home won’t let me on here. Facebook’s fine but this blog and other much-visited sites are a no-go. Weird, right? Anyway, here I am and hope to get back into writing often even if that means visits to the library until my computer starts behaving itself.

My studio’s done! Woo! Wanna see? I know you do. If you’ve been following my posts on Facebook the past few days you’ve seen some of this. Still, it’s pretty awesome. In this, part one of two, I’ll be showing you what’s in and on my wall of shelves.

studio tourOoooh look at that fabric storage! I fold each large piece around a board, pin it closed, remove the board and stack ’em in the shelves. It looks like a mini quilt shop and stays organized even if a cat comes in and dumps a shelf’s worth on the floor. They stay pinned in this shape and I can put them right back up. Don’t worry, I wash everything after it’s made and put it in a no-cats zone. Bought items are allergy-free.

fabric storageMy fabric’s organized by type and color. This is a new system for me and I’m loving it so far. The fullest shelves have tone-on-tones, batiks, hand-dyes, and solids in rainbow order. There’s also holiday fabrics, florals and novelty fabrics including foods and animals. Scraps are sorted in a similar way into bins. Each color gets its own except for black, grey, and white which share one. There’s also a bin for novelty fabrics and a large container for all of the solid scraps.
library shelvesThere’s a library next to my desk. It holds some of my favorite books including Sam Hunter’s Quilt Talk, Tula Pink’s City Blocks, and Megan Dougherty’s Quilting Isn’t Funnyfbomb pillow shelfThe library also holds some fun things from friends like the bomb pillow from Trish and chicken pincushion from Eddie.
above shelvesMore bins are stored on top of the shelves. I keep things I don’t get into as often up there to avoid being chopped by the ceiling fan every time I access them. I can’t seem to remember to turn it off before I’m on the step-stool! Anyway, there are keeper quilts, non-cotton fabrics and more up there. The batting was up there too but will probably be moved to a lower shelf because I keep hopping up to get it. scraps thread battingAunt Laurie advised me to bring only the things into my new studio that are good quality, beautiful and useful. So I purged a lot of supplies, including most of my thread and much of the fabric. Why hold on to three shelves worth of florals I don’t like when they could bless someone else? Now I can pick out any piece of fabric knowing it’s something I love. And the thread? Ooooh it’s all so nice.

If you want more information be sure to hop on over to QUILTArtbyMegan on Facebook. I used picmonkey to make the photo collages for this post but you can see the full versions on that page. I’ll show you the rest of my studio next time! Maybe I’ll even have my design wall up!