Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fabric fabric fabric

I am obsessed with fabric! I think I've convinced my husband to take me fabric shopping every weekend for the last two months. I buy fabric and get home and realize I need more fabric! I love fabric.

Luckily I love quilting too! I make 'baby' quilts. I just finished quilting two quilts last week. Except for the borders they are completely finished. Instead of doing the borders, I've moved onto two new quilts.
I'm super excited about the one I'm currently cutting out. It's very 'old lady'. It's pink, yellow and turquoise. I absolutely love it. I really want to keep it for myself but I think it's going to be a gift for my cousin's baby. She is due in September.

The other quilt is gender neutral. I'm excited about it too. I get so caught up in each quilt. It's really hard for me to part with them. So far I've given three away as gifts. I put so much time and planning into each one. It's almost like giving away a piece of yourself. ( I know that sounds a little strange. )

Anyway back to the original thought of fabric.... I've started these two new quilts and realized that I still need more fabric to finish them! Mark will be thrilled, but we MUST go back to Joann's!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Going green

I bought a whole bunch of those cloth bags at Wal-mart a few months ago. I had such good intentions of using them everytime I shopped. I've used them once! I feel so ashamed everytime I go in there and check out and don't take my bags. I do take all my used plastic bags back to Wal-mart to be recycled, so that makes me feel good. In honor of Earth day I plan to put my cloth bags in the car and make an effort to take them into the store. I figure even if I don't have enough for all the groceries then what I do have is better than none. (I even have one of those fancy insulated bags for cold stuff!)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

April showers

My friend is getting married in that popular wedding season of June. Being the good bridesmaid that I am, I'm helping the maid of honor plan a bridal shower. We started planning many months ago and nailed the theme down pretty quickly. Now it's approaching one month out from the shower and I'm getting nervous about it all coming together. We decided we would bake the cakes our self for the shower and picked a night a few weeks ago for a practice run. We made a white bridal cake with raspberry filling for one and a lemon Bundt cake for the other cake. Being the impatient baker that I am, I took the lemon cake out of the pan too early and it fell apart. I pasted it back together with icing and it held up fairly well, but it still held no candle to the white raspberry cake. I always remembered Bundt cakes being larger when my grandmother made them when I was growing up. Maybe it was my rudimentary baking skills (but that is a topic for another post) So Bundt cakes are out and layer cakes are in! The layer cake was a hit so we will be making both flavors in a layer cake. That means that the night before the shower we will be baking cakes and then bright and early on the day of the shower we will be icing the cakes while we set up! Super nervous about getting it all together! But the best tip I learned while practice baking was to put the cake in the fridge to let the icing 'set', it comes out hardened and not runny.

Beginning my journey

Welcome to my brand new blog! I'm super excited to kick things off. I wanted to create a place where I could write about my life and what is going on in it. I've been married for a little over two years now and I still feel as if things are just beginning for me and my husband. I'm calling my blog Simply nesting because I feel that's what I'm doing. My husband and I are both in our mid-twenties and we rent a duplex with our little dog, Mack. We don't have any children yet (but I hope that's in the near future). In the next few years we would like to have children and a house, so I feel as if I'm building my nest right now. I'm gathering and learning things so when the time comes to build our home I'm ready for it.

I plan to use this blog to showcase my creations. I quilt and try my hand at other craft projects. I also wanted a place where I can write about what comes into my head and what's going on in my life. I feel this blog my evolve as I go along. I want to write about what I see as important at that moment in time when I take time out of the day to sit down and reflect upon it.

Let's begin....