Friday, September 17, 2010

Weird Moods, 100th post, a Giveaway and Random Ramblings...

I’m gonna go ahead and tell you right now, before you even get started, that I’m in a weird mood. It’s late, it’s been a long day, it was my very last day at work, I’m overly excited about going to the State vs. Notre Dame football game tomorrow, and my hands are shaking from lack of …something. I’m not sure what that something is exactly, but nevertheless my hands are very shaky. Just thought you should know all that before you continue reading. You’ve been warned. Oh, and if you happen to stick with me and make it to the end, there’s a giveaway down there. Good luck…

Well, this is it. This is my 100th post.

For some reason I have been putting this post off for a while -this 100th post- like it meant anything different than the 99 before it.

I’m not sure why. It honestly bugs me a little. Do I think I’m special or something?

Maybe I was just busy and I’m making a huge deal and tons of excuses for not writing.

Nope. That’s a lie. That’s totally not it. I was scared. I really was.

I think I wanted this post to be something super and spectacular- an out-of-this-world celebration of…. what? I think that’s the question I’m really asking myself. What am I doing in this little spot of Infinite Internet?

I just talk.

I just talk in the hopes that maybe somebody will read what I have to say and feel something… anything. Maybe understand what it’s like to only have conversations with a two-year-old for the entire day. Maybe feel the pissed-offness of a bad day with me… everybody has them, right? And as sad and selfish as it is, it feels good to know someone’s in the Bad Day boat with you- even if it’s just for a second, like you’re not the only one who sucks for the day. I like to think that somebody out there can share in the awesome feeling that comes when you watch your own child grow and learn and just be… without feeling like the weird mom who talks about her kids just a little too much. You know, the one who gets eye rolls and awkward silences at the end of every brag session.

I really like this picture.

I like to share the things that I make. I also like having a little outlet. It’s nice. I can just sit and type whatever comes into my mind without having to censor it or worry about anybody else’s feelings but my own. It’s great, because that doesn’t happen all the time for me. I was never a blogger. I thought they were all kind of weird, to be honest. I’ve changed my mind. It’s fantastic.

New dress on its way to Florida.

I know that I’m not the best writer, I don’t claim to be. I know that I’m not the best mom on the planet. I don’t claim that either. Believe you me, there’s plenty of times when I’ve ignored my screaming child to do something for myself first- in a totally normal and self-preserving type of way. And that’s ok. Some of you may think that’s totally wrong. I don’t care. Really, I don’t. Actually, I think you should try it.

Go ahead.

I’ll wait here.

I’m not the best wife in the world… who is? But I try, I really do try.

Sometimes I get it right.


I’m not the best seamstress, quilter, blogger, blah blah blah. The list goes on and on. The point is I’m happy. I like where I’m at. I like what I’m doing. And it’s ok with me to not be the best. And it’s ok with me that it’s ok with me to not be the best. Get it? Does that make sense? It’s perfectly clear to me, I just want to make sure you’re following.

New dress, Fall colors.

All I’m saying is that I’m just a normal girl/mom/wife/maker of things/occasional blogger that gets her kicks out of writing the happenings of life on a digital page for everyone to see. Who knows? This whole blog thing might come in handy one day.

I'll show you the rest later, this is just a fun sneak peek.

Hand stitched label on back of quilt.
I’m not exactly sure where this post was headed. Like I said, I’m in a weird mood. Since there’s absolutely no rhyme or reason to anything going on here, I feel compelled to tell you a few things that crossed my mind today:

1 1. According to me, Fall has begun. Summer ended a couple weeks ago, but just today Fall started. Don’t ask me how I know, I just know.

2. 2. I don’t like Wal-mart and it bugs me that they usually have the best prices so I feel like I have to do the money-saving thing and go there.

3 3. I like super hot showers. Usually I feel guilty if I take one- the whole global warming thing really gets me- but today I decided that I would make a point to not feel guilty the next time I take one and just enjoy it.

4 4. I really, really love my hubby. Like, really. I know I don’t tell him enough, but I really, REALLY do. He must love me back, because he’s still here and I’m sure that’s no easy task…

5. I thought about dyeing my hair dark for a second- just a second- and then I remembered when I did that my first year of college and quickly kicked that thought to the curb.

6 6. I don’t think the stuff at Anthropologie should cost so much money.

7 7. My kid is really fricken hilarious… like all the time.

8. 8. I wish she listened to me.

9 9. Toenails are stupid.

Her face in this picture totally cracks me up.

Totally random, I know. I just went with it. I think I’m done. I think this is a good time to do the giveaway don’t you? Good. Here you go. I will make- not one, but TWO –coordinating, pieced 16” pillow covers for the lucky winner in one of these fabric groups:

Group A:

Group B:

Group C:

Why these? I dunno. I like ‘em. How’s that?

All you have to do to enter the drawing is become a follower of my bloggy-blog (if you’re not one already) at the top right hand side of the page and then leave a comment on this post. That’s it. I will announce the winner on Monday. Sound good? Mmmk. Good Luck! Oh, and if you win, and you REALLY don't like any of these color combos and I feel like being reasonable, I will make the pillow covers in whatever colors your heart desires. I guess.


  1. Hey Madison! I've been enjoying seeing your creativity and laughing with your honesty on this blog. I make paper crafts, but a good friend and I are trying to set up personal craft nights to also practice our creativity with sewing. Since I've been seeing your great work, you've really been an inspiration to start making great products of my own-especially a quilt. Thanks for the opportunity/encouragement to leave a comment!

  2. well, this someone loves reading what you have to say and thinks you're a damn good writer, wife, mother and seamstress.

    And, writing with shaky hands can only mean good. Same with self-preservation. Seriously.

    That monogram? The bomb.

    And, hell to the no, anthroplogie should not cost so much.

    Go State!

  3. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the different things that you make. Hope you have fun at your game tomorrow. Also your daughter is adorable.

    Congrats on reaching your 100th post.

  4. Hey Madison, Beieve me there are times when I let my kids cry. I would never get anything done If I made everyone happy. One of them usually has something wrong. You have to take time to your self in order to regroup. I love your blogging. I am trying to get one around for my photography and I can't wait. I need a place to vent and share my life stories. Its a live journal and I love it. soooooooooo jealous that you guys are going to the state game :( But then again its storming over here so I feel okay watching it on the big screen. GO STATE BEAT them IRISH. It is still fun to be there in the moment. Have a good time.

  5. Your work is beautiful and inspiring. I'm impressed you can do all of that while being a great wife and mother. Have a good day.

  6. I so know what you mean about blogging! Sometimes I really feel that my "blogland" friends are the only friends at times. Just because living a military life, we always move, we're never around our "non-military" friends and family, and hubby is gone all the time. I'm with the kids 24/7 w/ no break and sometimes my only adult interaction is the computer. Sad, i know! But I like it, and wouldn't give it up!

    I love the swimsuit your little girl is wearing! So much so that my 2 year old has the same one!

    And I love group B and C! It's so hard I can't decide! I plan on making a quilt for my bed in Arcadia, so I think group B would probably go with that the best! But right now, my bed is in Blues and Group C would look perfect!

    Very generous giveaway and I hope i win! Especially b/c as silly as it sounds, I don't know how to make pillow covers!

  7. Love the fabric choices... wow! I think if I won I would want group A. I am a new follower and look forward to your future posts. Thanks for the chance!

  8. I always look forward to reading your next post. You are a lovely lady, fabulous wife/mother and incredibly talented. Thanks for sharing the "real you" with us. All of can learn to be a little more real in our lives. None of us is perfect -- and that's okay.

    I love Willow's sassy look in the bathing suit pic and her look of sheer joy and surprise in the bubble pic. LOL!!!

    Congrats on your 100th post. Keep 'em coming!!


  9. I so became a fan... cuz I love looking at your creations! And I would love a chance to win!!! You make amazing stuff!

  10. I'm in love with Willow's bubble pic. I think I need it framed, and I want to show it to Dan's dad! He'd be so thrilled :)
    Consider me entered! I like all of the colorways!

  11. I love 'em all...and would be HONORED to win if I were chosen. You add so much spunk to decor w/ your creations. Looks like you're havin' fun!

  12. I love what you do! Katie vE posted some gorgeous pictures of her finished quilt and it looked AMAZING! I love the handsewn initials.

    Consider me entered! Three different rooms in my house are sorely in need of throw pillows.

  13. They are all beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Well, you sucked me in with your giveaway, Madi. I am "officially" a "follower" now, though I was unofficially a follower for some time now. :-)
    Love getting to know you through your are a lot of fun, girl! Wish we could all hug on little Willow all the time, but your blog gives me a little peek into your life.
    Love to you, and your hubby, and congrats on your 100th post!

  15. See, look at how many others you're already touched through your blog! I love your writing style, your witty sense of humor, and your beautiful creations and photos. I love stopping by! :)


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