Project Pinterest: One Jelly Roll Race Quilt = Two Baby Quilts

Someone somewhere on social media casually mentioned a Jelly Roll Race quilt… and I’d never heard of it before.  So i looked it up and discovered yet another quilting phenomena!  The claim is that you can make an entire quilt top out of one jelly roll in one hour… and there are Youtube videos of quilt guilds hosting “races” to see who can finish a quilt top first.  I was intrigued and thought it just might be perfect for my next quilt, so I started pinning away…

The only problem was… after I made the quilt top, I didn’t like it!  It wasn’t terrible, I just didn’t love it… too many of the same colors and same fabrics bunched together.  The randomness is supposed to be a good thing, and I loved each fabric individually, but I just didn’t like how it all came together.

So I went back to Pinterest and started looking for variations and I found this pin…

which reminded me of other strip quilt blocks… like Chinese Coins and Rail Fence.

I started slicing and dicing the quilt top and made two smaller strip quilts… a Rail Fence and Chinese Coins.  I wouldn’t say this is the most efficient way to make either kind of quilt, but it could be a good solution if you’re not enamored with the Jelly Roll Race quilt.

And now on to the quilts!

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

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Jelly Roll Race Quilt 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

Time: 1 hour to construct the top is the claim… but it took me more like 2 hours

Cost: Around $20

Supplies:

  • one jelly roll (40 pre-cut strips of coordinating fabric measuring 2″ x 42″)
  • sewing machine and thread

Finished Size: 42″ x 70″

Instructions:

You can find a lot of tutorials online to make a Jelly Roll Race quilt, from videos to written instructions.  I used this tutorial that I found through Pinterest.  I used a jelly roll of the Modern Roses fabric collection.

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

The claim to fame is that after preparing one long strip (which should equal around 1,600 inches long), then you can sew the quilt top together within an hour.  The first row you sew will take the longest, and in theory you should cut your time in half with each subsequent row.

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

I timed myself and it took me almost 2 hours, but it was easy and fun to see it come together randomly!

Prepare first strip: 30 minutes

First Row: 50 minutes

Second Row: 30 minutes

Third Row: 15 minutes

Fourth Row: 10 minutes

Fifth Row: 5 minutes

Total: 1 hour, 50 minutes!

As you know, the only problem was… I just didn’t love the finished quilt top.  So I started slicing and dicing… and came up with two quick baby quilts that I really love!

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The patterns are classics that I’ve always wanted to try, and really simple to put together.  I bought a few yards of grey fabric for borders, and in the end I still had fabric leftover from the Jelly Roll Race quilt top… I could probably make at least another baby quilt, but I decided to leave well enough alone and save the scraps for another day.

Below are the two simple baby quilts created from the Jelly Roll Race: a Rail Fence quilt and a Chinese Coins quilt!

Rail Fence Quilt 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

Finished Size: 42″ x 50″

Instructions:

I cut the Jelly Roll Race quilt top into 10-inch columns, and set aside half for each baby quilt.  For the Rail Fence block, I separated each column into strip sets of four.  Each column had sixteen strips, so I got four blocks from each column with a total of 20 blocks.  I squared each block to 8 inches, then arranged in a Rail Fence pattern.  I liked this site for different layout ideas.

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

The Rail Fence panel measured 31″ x 38″ and I added six-inch borders of grey fabric on all sides.  I quilted a simple grid by stitching in the ditch and used cheater binding to finish it up.

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

Chinese Coins Quilt 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

Finished Size: 42″ x 50″

Instructions:

From the other half of the Jelly Roll Race quilt top cut into 10-inch columns, I further sliced them into 4-inch columns.  I used 3-inch strips of the same grey fabric for sashing.  I found this tutorial helpful for layout ideas.  I added six-inch borders of the grey fabric on all sides, and the quilt top was done!

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

I quilted another simple grid to tie it to the other baby quilt and used the cheater binding again to finish it off.  This time I used a zig zag stitch to attach the binding, inspired by Stitched in Color’s tutorial, which I think will hold up in the wash better.

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

Two quilts for the price of one… I like it!  Baby quilts are so much easier for my little home sewing machine to handle, so I didn’t mind losing the size of the original Jelly Roll Race quilt top.  Plus, I still have plenty of scraps left over… who knows where they will end up in the future!

The best part about making twin quilts is that the colors matched my BFF’s beach wedding palette of coral and mint/aqua, so it seemed serendipitous that one should be for her and one for me.  Now we each have one half, just like those BFF heart necklaces from middle school… how appropriate!

Woohoo for Pinterest… and I’m  also linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday :)

WIWW: April 13-19, 2014

Another week of What I Wore Wednesday!

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

 

What I Wore Wednesday is my motivation for wearing the clothes I own, finding new ways to mix and match outfits, and not wearing the same three things all the time! I kept a fashion diary for the entire year of 2012, in 2013 I added a bit about my days to go along with the outfit, and I’m continuing the same tradition in 2014… So these weekly check-ins are a mini journal of my life too!

April 13

April 13

floral tank top // gift
rust cardigan // Loft
silver leaf initial necklace // Etsy
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
brown beaded flip flops // gift

I love this floral tank top, and never thought to pair it with this cardigan… I really like the combo.  Beautiful Sunday weather.  We took advantage with lunch and a stroll through downtown Franklin.  We started to visit a nearby antique store but got distracted by a sign pointing toward Fort Granger, and ended up exploring a park and walkways around an old Civil War site.  I love getting to know our new home!  Later that afternoon I had time for stitching out on the porch… I am also really loving having an outdoor space again!  All the good TV is back on Sunday night – Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Veep… we parse them out throughout the week to enjoy them longer.

April 14

April 14

ikat babydoll top // thrifted
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
brown ankle strap wedges // PayLess

I’ve had this top forever, and it makes me look about 12 years old, but I can’t help but love it.  Not much to say about Monday… driving hubby to and from work, running errands, getting some sewing in too… the unemployed life.  I’m enjoying it but I still feel plenty of guilt for all the free time I’ve got during the job hunting process… I guess life is never about one thing at a time.

April 15

April 15

brown plaid button up // Kohl’s
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
brown ankle strap wedges // PayLess

Isn’t it strange this is my only plaid shirt I own?  Super sale at Kohl’s… in fact, quite a few tops this week are from a recent sale.  Another normal day, with a dentist appointment in the afternoon that was a bit of a disaster… it lasted several hours and made me over an hour late picking up hubby from work, and at one point I thought they had lost my ID and insurance card… but hey, no cavities!

April 16

April 16

pink top with lace neckline // Loft
silver leaf initial necklace // Etsy
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
nude flats (not pictured) // PayLess

The cats were not pleased with the cleaning and rearranging that preceded my mama’s arrival.  I love living so much closer to family!  We did what we do best… shopping at both grocery and clothes store… and then treated ourselves to Starbucks.  We christened the new George Foreman grill with chicken for dinner, along with broccoli and potatoes.  It was so nice to have our first guest… and even nicer that there are two bedrooms and bathrooms!

April 17

April 17

green tunic with lace neckline // Kohl’s
silver leaf initial necklace // Etsy
skinny jeans // Old Navy via eBay
nude flats // PayLess

I love easy tops in a pretty color with an interesting neckline, and this fit the bill.  Doctor day… Mom and I went for a walk and then headed to Nashville to meet a gaggle of new doctors at Vanderbilt.  Beautiful campus and smooth medical experiences made for a good (but long) day.  I was exhausted by the end of it!

April 18

April 18

black lace top // Belk
skinny jeans // Old Navy via eBay
blue tipped flats // gift

This lace top is impossible to photograph clearly… oops.  Started the day with another walk and then spent Good Friday morning catching up on phone calls.  Then Mom and I hit a couple furniture stores, and hit the jackpot at a local consignment shop.  I’d visited with Sam previously and eyed a certain dining room table set, but when we saw the 50% off tag we knew it was fate!  There were two matching bedside tables also calling my name, and I’m so happy that Mama was there to help pull the trigger!  We watched Frozen later that afternoon before the furniture was delivered – in all, a pretty great day!

April 19

April 19

leaf print top // Kohl’s
taupe cardigan // old
skinny jeans // Old Navy via eBay
brown ankle strap wedges // PayLess

Goodbyes aren’t nearly so hard now that they mean only a few weeks rather than months… and in this case, only a few days before seeing family again!  Mom drove home and we relaxed at home.  Long weekends are great!

I’m linked up to The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

A Few of My Favorite Things: Needlework Notions

I love the little accessories that start to accumulate with a new craft.  I’ve been into cross stitching again after a long absence, and part of the fun is definitely the notions that help out… and are just plain cute!  Below are a few of my favorites, along with some links if you’re interested.

The Amateur Librarian // Essential Cross Stitch Notions

 

Here are a few of the notions I’ve collected so far:

  • Needle minder – definitely my favorite notion, and so helpful!  Two magnets keep your needle in place, so no more lost needles in the couch cushions!  I have three now, one for each ongoing project.  I’ve found them on Etsy and eBay – my favorite store is Oh, Needle Mind! on Etsy.
  • Needle threader.  I used the cheapo threaders that come in sewing kits but they kept getting bent out of shape so I invested in this Clover needle threader and I’ll never go back!
  • Tiny scissors.  I have a few pairs but my favorite is this pair from my Grandma’s knitting accessories.
  • Thread minder.  I’ve had a few of these plastic horse thread minders from when I first started cross stitching in high school and never really used them, until I found out recently that they can be used to keep track of your leftover bits of floss.  Genius!  Before, I just kept the remainders in a jumbled pile or added them back to my ring of floss which was pretty messy… I like this much better!  I found the exact same item on Etsy, but here is a really cute one I also have my eye on…
  • Binder ring.  I use a binder ring to keep all my floss for each project together.  At the end of the project I transfer the floss to bobbins (more on that in this post).
  • Needle book.  This little thing is great for keeping all my embroidery needles in one place – I used to do a lot of prepackaged kits, so I’ve accumulated a lot of needles over the years!  Now they’re all in one place.  I thought about making a needle book myself – It’s essentially a quilted cover with some sort of closure and a few felt pages inside for the needles.  But I never got around to it, so I ended up finding this one on Etsy and it’s perfect!  (I found it at this shop but she no longer carries the item.)
  • Tin box.  I’m always on the hunt for little boxes to keep everything in one project together, especially if it’s a big project like the Once Upon a Time Sampler which lasts all year.  Old Birchboxes are perfect, but tin is even better for durability… and cuteness!  I love my square box which came with a coffee mug as a gift… it even has a clear window for peeking inside.

The Amateur Librarian // Essential Cross Stitch Notions

I also found this adorable fox tin on clearance at Target for $1.50 – it’s the perfect size!

The Amateur Librarian // Essential Cross Stitch Notions

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So those are my favorite notions… so far.  I’m sure there will be more!

But if you were new to the cross stitch/embroidery/needlework world and didn’t know where to start, these three are probably the most helpful: needle minder, needle threader, and little scissors!

The Amateur Librarian // Essential Cross Stitch Notions

These are just a few of my favorite things… fun stuff!

Meow Monday: Furniture Inspectors

I was sad to say goodbye to my mama after her visit last week, but it sure does help that we’ll see each other again in just a few days… for my BFF’s beach wedding!   I’m pretty excited.

Another thing that has me excited… new furniture!  Mama is the best at birthday presents and shopping decisions… one day of furniture store hopping and we came home with a dining room table set and two bedside tables!

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The cats had to inspect the new furniture of course… and they approve.

Cora made herself right at home.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Tali has four new nap spots… hard to see her, because she blends in!

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Super happy with our new furniture, and the cats are too!

High Five for Friday!

High Five for Good Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and  and stay grateful.

 

The Amateur Librarian // H54F The Amateur Librarian // H54F

1 – Mama Visit.  My mama is here visiting this week to meet my new doctors.  While a long day at the hospital isn’t the most fun thing in the world, I’m glad she’s been by my side!

2 – Hillside Houses.  It’s nice to have a completed quilt up on the wall!  Suddenly the living room feels a lot more homey.

3 – Daily Walks.  I’m still doing my daily walks to the pond to say hello to the Canadian geese, and this week I had a human walking companion too!

4 – Homemaking.  I’ve finally gotten a couple things hung on the wall, and this place is starting to feel like home.  Moving is always scary but I’m so glad we’re here!

5 – Exploring.  Last weekend we explored a bit of downtown Franklin and stumbled upon Fort Granger, a historical Civil War site.  Very cool!

I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!

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Project Pinterest: DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

I had an AHA moment last weekend when it came time to hang my new Hillside Houses quilt.  I was searching Pinterest for ideas, and there are all kinds of hanging sleeves and rod pockets to add to a quilt to hang it… but my quilt was all finished and I didn’t feel like adding any new seams.  But when I saw the pin below, using a stick of wood and 3M hanging strips, it gave me an idea to hang a quilt with no extra sewing at all… and even better, no holes in the wall!

DIY Quilt Hanger 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

 

Time: 5-10 minutes, plus one hour for the 3M hooks to set

Cost: Around $15

Supplies:

  • two 3M hooks ($4)
  • cafe rod ($6)
  • curtain rings (pack of 7: $5)

Instructions:

1. Extend the cafe rod to the length you want to help determine the placement of the 3M hooks on the wall.  I used a level too… but still had to move the hook after the first try, so I obviously didn’t do it right, ha!  Install the 3M hooks according to package directions, which usually includes letting the seal “set” for an hour before putting any weight on them.  (I know from experience that leaving out this step usually results in a crash in the middle of the night…)

2. Slide the curtain rings onto the cafe rod and hang your quilt or wall hanging on the hooks!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

Yep, two steps – no sewing hanging pockets or sleeves to the quilt, and no holes in the wall!  (For more info on my Hillside Houses quilt, read my post here!)

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Even though I couldn’t find this exact idea on Pinterest… it inspired yet another Eureka moment once again!

WIWW: April 6-12, 2014

Another week of What I Wore Wednesday!

 

The Amateur Librarian // What I Wore Wednesday

What I Wore Wednesday is my motivation for wearing the clothes I own, finding new ways to mix and match outfits, and not wearing the same three things all the time! I kept a fashion diary for the entire year of 2012, in 2013 I added a bit about my days to go along with the outfit, and I’m continuing the same tradition in 2014… So these weekly check-ins are a mini journal of my life too!

April 6

April 6

leaf print top // Ann Taylor outlet
red cardigan // Tommy Hilfiger outlet
silver initial leaf necklace // Etsy
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
silver rope sandals // eBay

Relaxing Sunday hanging out at home.  The weather was beautiful so I spent some time outside chatting and cross stitching.  The best part was the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones!

April 7

April 7

blue floral print top // Kohl’s
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
ankle strap wedges // PayLess

Another Monday, and back to the unemployed routine.  Walking, sewing, lunch, errands, dinner, etc.

April 8

April 8

pintucked navy top // Loft
skinny jeans // Kohl’s
floral flats // Land’s End via eBay

Another interview in the afternoon, which always throws me off kilter a bit.  It’s so hard not to obsess over what I should’ve said hours later!

April 9

April 9

black tee with polka dot yoke // Loft via eBay
red cardigan // Tommy Hilfiger outlet
olive skinny pants // Gap
black braided sandals // eBay

Afternoon doctor appointment, otherwise nothing much to say.  Sorry my daily life is so boring lately!  Lots of sewing going on but I can’t quite share since some will be given as gifts.

April 10

April 10

pink+grey striped t-shirt dress // eBay
pink lace cardigan // Kohl’s
silver initial leaf necklace // Etsy
silver rope sandals // eBay

I’ve been missing getting dressed up for work, but then I remembered that there’s no reason not to wear dresses any day of the week!  So I pulled out one I haven’t worn in quite a while… so comfy!  Pretty normal day, still keeping the pizza and Project Runway tradition going strong!

April 11

April 11

orange+pink+black striped dress // New York & Co.
brown knit shrug // Ann Taylor outlet
brown braided sandals // eBay

Another day, another dress!  Busy Friday finishing up some stuff at home and running errands.  Hubby got off work early so I surprised him with a treat from Sonic when I picked him up.  Glad to kick off the weekend!

April 12

April 12

grey studded t-shirt // Forever 21
skinny jeans // Kohl’s

I hardly put on shoes all day long… so here are my tootsies!  Worked on a couple projects at home, and after dinner we took a walk around the neighborhood.  I know I say it every week, but I love my lazy weekends.

I’m linked up to The Pleated Poppy for WIWW!

Project Pinterest: Hillside Houses Quilt

I haven’t hung a single piece of art in the new apartment because I can’t figure out where to put anything!  I walk around from room to room holding this frame or that and just can’t make up my mind enough to put a nail in the wall.  My mama is visiting this week so I’m hoping she can help me make some decisions.

One thing that I knew I wanted to do, however, was make a new quilt to hang above the couch in the living room.  I’ve had the quilting bug lately and I’ve been sewing non-stop these past couple weeks!  Last week I mentioned that I’ve been looking to Pinterest for inspiration… and here’s the pin that I settled on for the living room quilt:

The source link takes you to the Esch House Quilts pattern called Third Street neighborhood.  I’ve never used a pattern by myself before, and there were times when I struggled a bit because I’m used to blog tutorials with oodles of photos for each baby step, but I figured it out and I’m happy with the end result!

I used a navy and white/light blue color palette instead of the black/white prints from the original quilt and made the wall hanging size (48″ x 40″).  It reminded me of that song “Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky” and in my head I referred to this quilt as my little houses on the hillside, hence the name!

Hillside Houses Quilt 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Pattern: Third Street Neighborhood by Esch House Quilts
Finished Size: 40″ x 48″

I won’t go into specifics of the process since I used a copyrighted pattern – you can go to the source if you want to make one of your own :)

But here are a couple in-progress pics along the way.  I had a lot of fun putting it all together and learned a lot about reading a pattern!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

For the back, I used one big piece of this solar system-looking blue print with specks of gold (from JoAnn’s… it’s still a novelty to me that there are actually fabric stores near by!  I never found a single quilting store in San Francisco and I’m so used to ordering online that instant gratification feels like such a luxury).  This quilt reminds me of a dark midsummer night, so I liked the idea of a sky on the back.  I also used the cheater binding again – saves an extra step!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Before I hung the quilt on the wall, I rigged this “display” using the bar stools and some tape.

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

The cats enjoyed the quilt fort while it lasted :)

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

I quilted with straight lines, stitching in the ditch of each column and outlining each house.  It is definitely a goal of mine to learn how to free motion quilt in the future, but I’m still learning (aka struggling) with just straight stitch quilting.  I think FMQ would give a lot more interesting texture in the negative space, especially because after washing the quilt I had trouble with bunching, which I think could’ve been prevented with more quilting (and probably pre-washing, since it was one fabric in particular that didn’t play nice with the others).

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Here’s the quilt hanging in the living room – the only thing up on the walls after a month of living here!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

(And actually… I still haven’t put any holes in the wall!  More on that later, I had another AHA Pinterest moment…)

I really like the colors, and once it was up I noticed how many blue things are already in the living room… the built-ins have lots of little bits of blue…

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

the curtains are blue…

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

blue books…

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

the throw pillows are blue… and look – even hubby is wearing blue!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

Three cheers for Pinterest, once again!   I’m  also linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday… it’s been a while!

Meow Monday: Crafting with Critters

In the past couple weeks I’ve been sewing up a storm!  I guess I’m making up for lost time… I haven’t had the sewing machine out in months but now that it’s up and running in the guest room I’ve been in there every day.  A couple projects are gifts, so I’m saving them to share after they’ve been given… but here are a couple sneak peeks presented by your favorite critters!

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The cats are always around, always helpful, of course!

High Five for Friday!

High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  I love the idea of focusing on five little things that made me happy… definitely a fun way to recap the week and  and stay grateful.

The Amateur Librarian // H54F The Amateur Librarian // H54F

 

1 – Little Houses Quilt.  I started working on a quilt of little houses this week, and it’s been so much fun sewing again.  (I’m using the pattern from Esch House Quilts that I mentioned earlier this week.)

2 – Bachelorette in a Box.  I am counting down the days until my BFF’s wedding at the end of April – I can’t wait to spend some time at the beach for such a fun occasion!  There hasn’t been time for a bachelorette party so I sent a few goodies until we can plan a fun girls’ weekend later in the year… and I had so much fun picking out mint and coral items, likr bath bombs and lip balm and wine glass charms and other little girly things :)

3 – Stuff You Missed in History Class.  I’m used to sewing with the TV on in the background, but now that my sewing machine is set up in the guest room I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately.  My current favorite is Stuff You Missed in History Class – each episode is about 30 minutes and focuses on the details that you might not know about various moments from history.  So interesting!  I love that it’s completely random; some of my favorite episodes include the history of undergarments, the Salem witch trials, Jesse Owens and the Nazi Olympics, Rose Bertin the first fashion designer, and the list goes on!

4 – Foxy tin.  I found a new tin box on clearance for $1.50 at Target and it’s absolutely perfect to keep my Once Upon a Time sampler supplies all together.

5 – Walking.  I’ve been continuing my daily walks to the little pond and every day I see something new.  These Canadian geese were taking a nap on the sidewalk one morning, and I’ve also seen ducks and blue herons!  According to Google Maps, the round trip distance from the apartment is 2.5 miles, so I feel pretty good about keeping up my little route every day that I can.

I’m linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!

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