Wednesday, December 9, 2009

halfway done


with like a bazillion projects and everything else it seems.

so for now i'd like to leave you with this picture, imaginary elevator music and well, lets make this fun...for me. if you want to play...
tell me a little about yourself.
but only if you want to.
cause you know a lot about me.
but i'd like to know a little about you.
and i might just give one of you something for your time.
talk to you soon.

154 comments:

marciekoch said...

Hi Vanessa! I'm Marcie, from Eastern WA. I just started quilting last February and love it! I like to do most kinds of crafting...I like to recreate things I see online or in magazines or in stores. I'm a high school guidance counselor, lead high school youth group, and coach cheer (small town USA). I have a Yorkie Poodle named Samson and a gret family. I love White Chocolate covered pretzels, the letter "M", zebra print, Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mochas, and Grey's Anatomy. :)

Jessica said...

V,
Hmmm...I'm a Mommy of 2 ages 4 and 18 mths. I am a former teacher now a SAHM. I love to craft, read, bake, sing and rock my babies to sleep. I love a hot cup of coffee in the morning but my fave time of day is bath time when I get to hunker down and bathe my filthy lil' kiddos. Yep, I love those little bits!

Joyce said...

I Live in Nashville, Tn. with my best friend husband. We are parents of 3 grown children, and have been blessed with 5 wonderful grandchildren. I am the nursery leader at church, and love seeing the little ones each week. I love reading your blog, and have copied several of your great ideas. Thanks.

Fran said...

My name is Fran. I live in Sydney Australia. I have two pre-school aged girls who I stay at home to look after full time.......I love being a stay at home mum! I've been blogging/reading blogs for about 18 months and am always so amazed/inspired but also overwhelmed at times by all the super talented and crafty people from ALL over the world. I love crochet (clothes and amigurumi), sewing clothes for both me and my girls and making things for around the home. I am currently working on a quilt for my youngest (amongst other things!)I really love the things you make...very inspirational :)

EricaThomas said...

Hello! I live in Kentucky. I work and go to school in the evenings, but I love crafts- sewing, cross stitch, and scrapbooking. I love reading your blog. Thanks!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Hi I am Marianne, I live in the Netherlands. I am a social scientist by day and a nestbuilder, crafter at night (and in the weekends). I love anything crafty, can't make up my mind what I like best, so I sew, I crochet, I bead necklaces and do papercrafts and.... Guess that's why I am not particularly brilliant in anything but I sure am having a good time.

Southerner said...

Hi, I am Holly and I live in Alabama. I say y'all and drink sweet tea. I have been married 21 years. I have 5 kids from 10-19 years old. That makes me sound old, but I am only 41. I love to sew and craft and remodel and read magazines. (Ok, sometimes I just look at the pictures.) I home school, but not Duggar style, I yell at my kids sometimes.

Susan said...

Hi! I am a SAHM to a 4yo boy and a 20 month old girl. I love to sew, scrapbook, make cards, cook and read. Your blog always inspires me!

Katie B. said...

Hi, Vanessa! I'm from Alabama too (Hi, Southerner!). I have a 2-year-old son who is hilarious and a seriously good dancer. My husband and I started dating when we were 15, got married when we were 23, and have been married for 7 years. I work full-time for a magazine, and I spend my spare time knitting and quilting (so my house is a DI-saster). I love your blog! Thanks for the inspiration.

k a t y said...

Who, me?

Just turned 30 and LOVE it.

I have 5 girls.

Question I get asked the most: are you trying for a boy?

Sometimes I just make up answers.

debbie said...

Hey, My name is Debbie and I'm a mum with 4 grown girls, 4 in 4 years so that makes life interesting. I live in Australia in Queensland where it is hot and sunny at the moment but I like it. I work at our local hospital in the Psychiatric Unit which can also be interesting, but I like working there. I love all sorts of crafts from cardmaking to patchwork but usually only make smaller things like bags. Not into cross stitch though, I would be to fussy. I like beading as well. Well that's probably it for the time being. Hope you enjoy your Christmas.

Kathleen Grace said...

A little something about me...hmmm, I can tell you that right now I am working on 2 pinwheel quilts for my daughters for Christmas and you were the inspiration! I was reading your blog one day and they came in and saw your quilt and fell in love with it. I have never made a quilt before but I decide to try it and they are almost done! thanks for the inspiration:>)

Bonnie said...

Hi! I'm Bonnie, mama to three (4 1/2; 2 1/2; and 12 mos.)
We live in the boonies-er country, and I love sewing crafting and being domestic.
I've been reading your blog for about 4 mos. now.
I love it! Oh, and you have nice legs. (:0P)

myflsun said...

Hi! I'm Kathy, stay-at-home mom to 4 homeschoolers. Yep, it's crazy here.
I love your blog! The other day I saw your plea for the boxtops and wanted to let you know I have some. I've been saving them, but as I said, my kids are homeschooled. I wasn't sure why I was saving them, but I guess it was for you! I'll gather them up and get out what I have, and start collecting again!

Tricia Anne said...

Hi V.
I am a Northern California girl that has been transplanted to the south. I still say "you guys" but every now and again you may hear "y'all" slip out. :o)
I am mom to 2-oldest is Katie youngest is Nathan. I am married to my best friend Woody-going on 18 years.
I started quilting this year and am really enjoying the experience. I read your blog religiously (not stalker-ish). And am inspired by everything you put your hands to. And thanks by the way for sharing it with the rest of us out here! My home is becoming prettier and prettier because you have. :o)
Have a super day!
Trish

james and bess said...

hey, there! i'm bess and i'm a northerner living in kentucky. therefore, i say "you all" instead of "y'all." i stay home with my three kiddos and mostly love it, but just keep praying for more patience - it'll get here someday, right? love your blog - my sil introduced me to it with your post on trespassing cows - hilarious!

Emma said...

I'm Emma from British Columbia, Canada. I have a 10 yr old who I homeschool and a 2 yr old who makes it more interesting.
I can do some passable sewing, knitting and am trying to get into some baking.
Thanks for sharing part your life with us.

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

Hi V, I'm Tonya from the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. I'm married with one child, and 8yr old boy. I've just completed my Pharmacology classes and Healthcare Coding. *wipes brow* Now that I have that out of the way, I can get back to what I love best. Sewing, crafting, quilting. I love, love your blog! Did I say Love?

Becky said...

Aww Vanessa, so sweet of you to ask. I'm Becky, The Queen of Pro-Crasty Nation! I have been married for 3 years to the wonderful Bill, King of Pro-Crasty Nation. We have 4 grown up aged children from previous arrangements and will have our first Human GrandBaby in January! We have 3 furry grand babies and our own 12 year old Petey the Boston Terrier.

My [Grand]Mama taught me to sew when I was a wee Princess and now I (attempt to) make a living with my craft. I also knit, embroider, blog, eat, breath and sleep when I am not hanging with friends, staying out of jail, rockin out with my Son's band, and/or solving everyone's most recent crisis!

Love your blog as it inspires me and reading it helps me be the bestest Queen of Pro-Crasty Nation evah!

miss tiffany renee said...

hi v!
my name is renee, and i currently live in fort worth, texas. my husband and i have been married for three and half years.

i learned to sew as a child from my great-grandmother but put it down for many years. a couple of years ago, i decided that it was high time that i picked the skill back up. i made my first quilt this summer and now i am hooked!! i LOVE it!!

i recently found your blog through a link on another, and i LOVE it!! it makes me laugh out loud because i see so much of myself in your stories...especially the one about the christmas tree!! LOVE it!! :)

Ellyn said...

Hey there! I'm Ellyn, living in Allen, TX (north of Dallas). I am a wife & SAHM to three awesome teenagers, pattern designer (just sold my first 2 patterns to local quilt shops!). I've been sewing since I was a little girl, love to quilt, crochet, read & sing. I'm also a fan of birdhouses, teapots, and the color red. Oh, & your lovely blog!

Tutu said...

Hi, I'm Susan. I'm from Georgia but live in Florida, which to me feels like moving north instead of south! I guess I'm more a wannabe than anything. I have dabbled in sewing and beading. I do a little baking and cake decorating. I love photography, but don't have the fancy camera to know if I'm really good at it. Jack of all trades, master of none, that's me!

Thanks for stopping by to peek at my Christmas trees, by the way!

Sarah said...

hi vanessa,

I'm Sarah, and I am the mother to the cutest little curly-headed blonde girl in FL (at least I think so...). My husband and I moved down here for graduate school, and 6 years later, we are almost both finished. I've been sewing since I could hold a needle, maybe 4 years-old, and now crafting and scrapbooking and gardening are my ways to connect with my family traditions (from IN) and to share them with my daughter while we live so far away from them. Thanks for the inspiring ideas!

Gwyneth said...

i am 26 and live in philly, pa (born and raised). i will probably never leave because i love it so. i work as an admin assistant at a local university and spend my days envious of those who can sew all day long. i hope to be able to do that at some point in the near future. i read quilting/fabric/craft blogs throughout the day.

Kristi said...

hi! I am Kristi, I live in Canada. and it is cold up here right now! I have an etsy shop- I love etsy, I spend way too much time on the computer. I love blogs and blogging, and crafting, and your blog is just too cute!

Dianne said...

Hello! My name is Dianne, and I live in Richmond, TX (a suburb of Houston). I have been a cross-stitcher for about 8-9 years, and a quilter for almost 2 years. I. LOVE. doing "home" stuff. I am married to the most understanding and reasonable man I've ever met, and we have 2 boys ages 4 and 14 months.

Elisabeth said...

Hi Vanessa-
I think you already know some stuff about me, but besides quilting, some of my other crafty hobbies are crosstitch and basket weaving. I actually took a college basket weaving class! And I have to say, it was one of my best and most useful classes. I wish I had taken more crafty/artsy type classes in school. It was my bday this past Mon and my husband took the day off and we went to dinner AND a movie- rare for us! The cake I had was Angel food cake with lemon curd and whipped cream. It was so good, I ate it for breakfast the next day! I got a couple of really awesome quilting books, Snow White on DVD, and temple clothes which is awesome. We live less than 5 minutes from the Boston temple. It rocks!
My kids range in age from junior in HS to a 2 year old. Our life is crazy!
We went and cut down our tree on Sat, and had great results! The tree is gorgeous, although I have to say that it was very warm that day so it was much more pleasant than your experience.
I just sent a quilt off to be quilted for my son for Christmas. (to my super fast quilter in S Jordan) It's my second quilt I'm giving as a gift for Christmas. I'm also trying to make a Christmas tree quilt wall hanging thing, but it probably will have to wait until next year.
Ok, that's more than enough. My comments to you are always way too long!
Oh, I hope you're planning to show us more of your Holiday decor because I want to see it!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I and our two children moved to middle Tennessee almost four years ago from Las Vegas, NV where we lived for 15 years. We love our slower paced life and I love that I have more time for crafting. We have a daughter (who will be twenty on Saturday) attending college and a son who is a senior in high school who will be 18 in February. We will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in January. I don't remember where I linked onto your blog from, but I do remember you were refinishing furniture and you were going to open a shop with a friend of yours. I love getting ideas from you and read your blog regularly. You are quite an inspiration. :)~Peggy in Tn

Leslie - she sews and scraps said...

Hi there! I am Leslie, I live here in Arizona. I am a small town girl living in the city now (I don't like the city!) I am married to Jim and I have a 16 year old named Zach and I am 40 years old, and this year has been fun! I started college for the first time in my life, learning American Sign Language (it is hard!), I just ran my first 5K with my son on Thanksgiving morning and a few months ago I started sewing again after being introduced to it several years ago but lacked confidence, so I didn't continue, I still lack the confidence but still keep sewing and I have a pile of 1/2 finished quilts and projects, I love sewing and scrapbooking!
Thank you! have a great day!

Courtney Ekman said...

Hi! I'm Courtney, and I adore your site.

I live in Philadelphia - my husband is in his last year of graduate school (optometry) and I am in my fifth (but last) year of college.

We have two redheaded boys named Nels and Jens, ages 2 and 10 months.

I am in a craft blog craze right now, but your blog is my absolute favorite. As students, we have no extra money for "homeyness", but your blog inspires me to try anyway.

And I'm pretty sure that if I lived in middle-of-nowhere Utah, we'd be best friends. Well, maybe not really. But I like to imagine.

Anonymous said...

Hi,I'm Renette,living in Munich with an all male household......sometimes supportive and sometimes muttering " what?...another crazy idea"But what the heck I'm having fun and a whole new world of crafting is out there in blogland!Thanks for all your inspiration.Keep the ideas and tutorials coming.

Alayne said...

Hi Vanessa,
I'm Alayne. Mom to a 3 year old, a 19 month old, and expecting one in just about 4 weeks (but secretly hoping for sooner as long as it isn't Christmas day)

I suffer from what my hubby calls OCD (Obsessive Craft Disorder)and am always working on several projects at one time.

My little family moved into our first home late this summer, and I can't wait to start taking down the heinous 80's floral wallpaper, and making over the fireplace, and painting every single room, and refacing the kitchen cabinents, and.......well, you get the idea :)

Love your blog! So many inspiring projects! Thanks to you I have spent many late nights and early morning hours with my sewing machine and hot glue gun :)

Tanya said...

My name is Tanya, I'm 34, married and mother of an almost 4 year old little girl. I live in Nova Scotia, born in the country, moved to the city and now live in between the two!
I've sewn for a long time but recently got into it more heavily. I love to needlefelt too and make childrens sweaters with recycled sweaters. I love trying new things and move from one craft to another.
This past June to Oct I participated in a Farmer's Market for the 1st time, which I loved. I've also done a few craft shows over the past few years. Plus a few orders on the side have started to trickle in.
I absoluely love reading your blog, you have the best sense of humor. Your tree story made me laugh my head off.
Right now, my daughter and I are off to get groceries, stop at the library and pick up some things at the fabric store for an apron order I have. We are getting this big storm from the US this afternoon/tonight so we need to stock up! Maybe a storm day for everyone tomorrow!

Mindy said...

Aww, V... you know me. :) But we really need to get together and just dish... get into the nitty gritty about each other. Someday it'll happen. :)

Rachel and Danny said...

I'm Rachel O'B :)

I just got married 5 months ago.

I go to BYU and absolutely, kind-of, maybe more than a little bit, have a love-hate relationship with this snow thing that's going on right now.

I do crafts when I can, but mainly just save them in my head for safe keeping until I graduate.

I love burlap, hate pinto beans, and once copied your "this is a story" for my own blog :)

My friends would say I'm funny, my husband would say I can cook, and my mom would say I worry too much.

And, of course, I read (and love) your blog! :)

JRoberts said...

Us Canadians are in short supply here on the comment list, so I must comment and break my record of being a world class blurker on your blog. :)

Hey, I am Jaime. I have been crafting since I was old enough to use my hands...my Mom taught me how. As a mother to 3 wonderful little boys (no, I am not trying for a girl!) I figure it is my sacred duty to pass the crafting skill on to them!

I enjoy all sorts of crafting, but being the super cheap person that I am, I usually repurpose the most out of all!

Thanks for sharing so much of your ideas. I am loving the SYTYC challange, the tutorials you post, the little funnies you add and your sence of humor. (it is so nice to know that I am not the only one with "quirks" that torture my family!)

meridith said...

Hi Vanessa, I'm Meridith, I live in TEXAS! I am a wife and mom to 3 children, ages 7,3 and 1. I also take care of other 2 young children in my home. Life is busy and crazy most days, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. In my me time, I read, decorate, make lists, exercise, eat chocolate and go to Hobby Lobby. I love checking in with your blog and seeing the new things you come up with (the lime green necklace-ADORE!) and I especially love your decorating style. I checked my mail the other day and got a package with your name on the return address. I thought I was dreaming, and then remembered I ordered the banner kit from your etsy shop! My 3 yr. old princess loves it! (and this 30 something princess, too!)

Tiffany said...

It's about 3 degrees here in SE Idaho (serious, not even exaggerating) and since I don't think I'll be leaving the house again today for the items needed to finish my girls' Christmas presents I thought I'd check out some blogs instead. Yours is my favorite! I love to watch your page to come up and, even though I've never been a fan of the color red, I absolutely love seeing the way you put colors together and have such wonderful ideas for your family and home. My name is Tiffany. I'm 25 and a mommy to two little girls, 3 and 1.5. I stay at home and teach violin lessons on the side. I'd love to say I'm creative but I pretty much take everyone else's ideas to get my juices going. I love to quilt, scrapbook, craft, bead, and have a new obsession with decorating.
Thanks so much for this fabulous blog!

jill said...

Returned to work, after an 18 year break to raise two incredible children and discovered blogs! Love quilting (21 UFO's, but who's counting,) crafting, cooking, and family....not in that order!

Miss Em said...

Who doesn't want to talk about themselves? Love that I am your first Northern U.S. respondent! My name is Emily and I live in the frozen tundra known as Minnesota. I have only made a few quilts but I blame you for my interest and starting me up. =) I am a 20 minute crafter by nature so quilts get frustrating for me. I love paper crafts and am addicited to digital scrapbooking. I have a one yr old who terrorizes my house and gives me pure bliss. I have been married for 7 yrs to Mr. Man. I love the Harry Potter series both movies and books and have not gotten into this whole vampire thing. I love Natural Ice Chapstick and my dust buster. Totally not related but I love them both none the less. Oh I also loom knit. Not traditional knit as that is too much work but looming is simple and fun.

John & Jennifer Savage said...

I'm not a quilter and hardly a crafter, but I love your blog. I even made my husband read the post about the cows staring down your poor cows when you took out the hay. I am a non-native Utaher that lives in a small town with my one little girl and enjoys reading blogs! Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Hey V,
I'm afraid that I'm not your typical reader. I'm 21 and in my senior year of college at FSU. I love to craft and sew when I get the chance, which is why I love to be inspired by your blog (which I read daily).
I'm an elementary education major, so I love hearing about your kids! I thought the gingerbread idea was wonderful, so I mailed an FSU postcard on Monday to Kyle's class.
You rock:)

Kanina said...

Hi Vanessa
I'm Kanina and am from a little town in northwestern Ontario. I've been sewing off and on since I was a teen and after buying my first house I've dedicated a room to my sewing. I sew a lot more now and I love it! I sew quilts, clothes, oven mitts. I'm pleased that half of my Christmas gifts this year will be home made :-)

Oh and in 3 days I'm on my way to New Zealand for my belated honeymoon (we married in July)!

And I love your blog! When I first found it I might have read all the way back to when you started... just maybe.

The Harwood Family said...

Hi Vanessa! I'm Jessica. I live in Kuna, ID with my husband, 4 kids and 2 Yorkies. Your blog inspires me! I love reading it and love all of your great ideas. I am completely jealous that you live on a "farm"...anything with land is considered a farm in our family! :) We're on the 10-year plan in this house and then hopefully we will live on a farm too! Thanks for sharing your life with all of us strangers! We love you!

Larissa said...

Hi V. My name is Awesome...Okay Larissa...and I am a craft-aholic and a pices...I like longs walks and short jogs...my perfect date would be one where children were not present and someone footed the bill...

Sorry couldn't helpe it.

Um yeah I am pretty sure you know me...hey here is a fun fact for ya...I have showered and gotten back into my jammies THREE days in a row...oops make that two days, yesterday the sewing machine won over the shower!

Love tons!

Paula L. said...

Hi Vanessa! I'm Paula and I live in Lisbon, Portugal. I'm married and our children are a 16-year old boy and 9-year old girl. I'm learning how to sew reading and trying tutorials, which takes time and a lot of persistence but I'm loving it. I also love knitting, embroidery and reading. I'm a fan of your blog, you always make me laugh. Thank you for the inspiration!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Kristin said...

v,
lets see. I know where Loa is, and I have been there MANY times! hows that for starters...I have 4 cute kiddos. My husband is out of town more then he is in town. I am the primary president of my ward. i just started a little craft blog (mostly so I can follow cute blogs like yours) I 'used' to stamp and scrapbook alot and was published in several magazines and designed for a company for awhile. This year I got a kick butt sewing machine and have put scrapbooking on the back burner to try my new hobby out...I love your blog

Tarrah said...

Hi Vanessa. I don't think I've seen anyone from Michigan post yet, so I'll be your first. We have the pleasure of living near Lake Michigan.
I have 4 kiddos...girl(7), boy(5), girl(2.5) and another girl who turns 10 months today. I try everyday to be my hubby's girlfriend. We've been married 9.5 years. Time flies! I enjoy listening to talk radio, baking, crafting & sewing besides the daily Uno game I play with my son...best two out of three. I completed my first sprint triathlon in 2006 & now 2 more babies later, I am hoping to do one this coming summer.

Sewing is my biggy even though I've only been doing it for a year and a half. I love making skirts for my girls. In the new year, I am going to start blogging on a regular basis; probably at naptime.

Thanks for all your inspiration!!
Tarrah.

HG said...

Hi! My name is Heather, I live in Oklahoma. I have a fabulous husband and the greatest 21 month old daughter. I'm formerly crafty, trying to rehab my craftiness from a several-year hiatus. I work as an attorney and play tea party, cook, and craft during my time off. I love your blog and think that you're incredibly inspiring!

Sherri said...

Hi I'm Sherri...and I live in southern Nevada where it's hot and never rains (except it rained the other day, and it's only 30 degrees right now...but usually it's hot and dry). I love my family, quilting, and the ocean, and fabric, and quilting, and quilting!

Pictures of Caleb said...

Hi, V! I am a newby of a stay-at-home mom to a 4 year old sweetie of a little boy. I returned to school (studying Crime Scene Tech) after being laid off earlier this year. I am also a newby to the crafty thing, but have jumped right in, with sock monkeys, tutus, ribbon organizers, reusable lunch kits and soft baby blocks. I love crafty blogs, and have learned alot. Your blog is right up there with my favorites. Keep up the good work, lady!
Amanda, in Florida

Mandy said...

Hi V,
My name is Mandy and I live in the middle of nowhere Texas - I have three kiddos - H who is 4 and Q&S who are almost three - I love the blog and all the great ideas you give out - thanks.

kathytypestoo said...

hey, it's kathy from hillsboro, OR. wife to steve (22 years) and mom to three beautiful (and all over 18) children plus a german exchange student for this school year. love to create: sew, knit, spin, stamp, bake. took a psych day from work today because i have been feeling overwhelmed with my to do list and no time to do. think i'll spend the day playing/working in my pjs. love your blog and all of your creative ideas. merry christmas!

Amanda said...

Hey Vanessa, I am a mom to two beautiful children Asher(2) and Abbie(9 months). I have a strong desire to be a SAHM but I have to wait a couple more years; as my husband is getting ready to enter Pharmacy school in the next year. I have been artsy since I was 3, but once I got married I stopped painting (as both pregnancies were happy surprises). Now that I have young, get into everything kids, I can't have oil paintings or watercolors laying about. I still needed a creative outlet, so I started crafting. It has been fun, though I am still learning how to make my sewing machine behave. My creative outlet also leads me to do a family blog as well as a creative one. It leads me to awesome blogs like yours, and I appreciate that people make it easier for us to craft with style. Thanks

Katie Davis said...

Oh my goodness V- you live in Loa??!! One of my BFF's husband is from there (he's a Dahlgren) and we always joke that it's like death when they go there.. because really, what do you do? But- she is going to be so happy to know that V is from Loa. And look how darling and crafty you are! Can't wait to tell her the news. My name is Katie.. I live in Smithfield (by Logan) and I lloovvee your blog and darling ideas. I am a SAHM to 2 darling little monkeys who keep me running (literally) all day. I bought a sewing maching about 6 months ago and its throne is the kitchen table. I have a huge craft supply box in the corner of my bedroom (which husband loves) and I am obsessed with making things myself, thanks to people and blogs like yours! You are wonderful!

Lindi said...

Vanessa!! I'm Lindi..I'm a stay at home mom of 3 boys...a teenager, a tween and a toddler...to say i LOVE fabric is an understatement...it is what helps me feel girly in an all male household!! i love to sew and try all sorts of new crafty goodness...i'm an awful blogger...but i'm a great wife, sister and best friend!!

Tara said...

V, I'm Tara, a wife and soon to be college grad (come April). I love all things DIY, PR and Events, anything that can send a message without actually saying something. I am new to your blog and have been eating it up, thanks for sharing with us.

Megan said...

V,
I follow your blog from Sunny Ca. I love to sew and crochet. and do lots of other crafty things. I like finding other crafty blogs for inspiration, but I like the family stories too. oh and I'm bad at blogging myself, I will go on a good streak and post every day or so for a few weeks, then nothing for a month. so bad! hope you are enjoying that tree of yours!

Marie said...

Hey V, You should know about me.. I tried to call you yesterday. I wanted to know about a book. I will try to call you today.

Amber said...

Hi, V!

I am a mommy to one crazy three year-old. I love being at home with him. I have, in the last year, just started quilting. I love combining patterns and textures and creating wonderfully, fun things! I also milk a cow twice a day 7 days a week. You'd be amazed at how many people love raw milk. I can relate to your small town, city girl stories....We have 5 horses and 15 cows....chickens too! We just sold our two goats...yup, we milked them too! I love having my little guy grow up around family (we share twenty five acres with my in-laws) and animals!

Merry Christmas!
Amber Henderson

Becky said...

Hi! Love your blog. I don't even know how I first came across it but I just love all your projects and fun posts. I live in WA, but am originally from UT. I'm a stay at home mommy to 3 kids. I love to gather ideas for my "someday" file. Thanks for all the inspiration!

bet[c] said...

Hi, my name is betsy. I live in Texas. But I was born and raised in Utah (I still miss the mountains). I have 4 kids (14, 12,10,and 4), 1 husband, 3 fish, 2 parakeets, and 1 very old dog. I love to sew, crochet, read, watch movies, garden, cook, craft, travel, and take pictures. My biggest wish is to move to the country. Some day.

girlsmama said...

Hmmm. What don't you know that I could tell you...

You even remember my favorite color after all these years.

Maybe you don't know that my favorite ice cream is Rocky Road. Just maybe...

resmith said...

Hi Vanessa, my name is Elizabeth, but I like to go by Liz. I have been married for 31 years. I have four grown kids and 1 stepson. We have 8 grandkids with the 9th one due in February. I am hoping it will be born on my birthday eventhough that will make 4 of the grandkids in the same month. I like to do all kinds of crafts, sewing, quilting, cardmaking and some painting. I love reading your blog. You have given me so much inspiration.
Thanks,
Liz

jaybird said...

63 comments.. from one picture.. and a maybe you'll get something... only you get this much love. i'd tell you about me.. but you know about me! ;-)

Jessika said...

Hi Vanessa,
I am a huge fan of your blog! I check everyday! You are a great inspiration!

My name is Jessika and I am from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I have a 25 month old boy, and a great husband!

I love crafts, especially cardmaking, and being creative with fabric! I also love sewing, knitting and scrapbooking!

My only wish is that there would be 25 hours a day to give me more time to do all this fun stuff!

Ella said...

I'm Ella, 35 yrs old, everyday wearer of many hats... mostly SAHM to 3 ages 13, 9 and almost 8, distant SM to a sweet 10 yr old SD (that we all miss immensely), soon to be mom again in March, small biz- food concession manager in the summer-fall seasons, grateful and proud DW to an amazingly hard-working DH, church nursery coordinator, sister to 2 awesome brothers- 1 serving our country, DD to 2 phenomenal parents.

This next year my goal is to incorporate more time spent wearing the lesser worn hats that nourish my soul and fill me up: scrapbook artist, interior designer, DIY remodeler, gardener, family chef/baker, seamstress, photographer, home organizer, best friend, great listener, etc.

I'm a good speller, when I'm not making words up. My grammar isn't as keen. I have trouble with run-on sentences. I have a knack for memorizing numbers. I believe in a 6th sense, it's called a mother's instinct! I believe in a 7th sense/ability (the true psychics). I believe in and love God! I love color! I love little ones! I've been blessed with uneventful pregnancies, natural labor and deliveries. I'm hoping to share that blessing with a couple as a gestational surrogate one day. I'm also hoping to fulfill my creative yearnings by finding a hobby/past-time that I can turn a profit doing. I love ballet and hope to return to dance classes one day!

LeAnn said...

I grew up in Manti. I once went on a double date with my brother. His date was from Loa and was an absolute sweetheart (she was a Chappell).

I love to craft and create. I wish so badly that I could decorate my home but I love too many different decorating styles and am unable to make any decisions. So, I sit in a house with plain walls and I am envious of anyone who has a definite style and can make it happen in their own home! Unfortunately, my inability to decide carries out into the rest of my life. Fortunately, my decision to marry and have kids was a no-brainer! I'm coming up on 12 years of marriage and have three kids.

Haws Family said...

I am a SAHM of 4 little girls. My oldest just turned 5, so they are all still very little. I love to sew for them, and they love it too! I found your blog when I was looking for a fabric flower tutorial, and have followed ever since. I am a homemade kind of girl, and love your tutorials!

Kristin said...

My name is Kristin. I work full time and am married and have a three year old daughter. I love to do lots of different types of crafts and am excited that my daughter is getting into them as well.

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Hi, I am crazy and sad at the moment. I am a sahm mom to 4 kids although one has left for college he still needs me or my money :)
We got up at 5 am this morning to take hubby to base to leave today for Afghanistan. Kids and I are sad and tired. I live in NC in a 1929 four square home that I love. I don't particularly like the town but love the house.
I love all crafts but get to working on too many at one time then have a huge mess which is not good as I hate clutter. I love chocolate and dislike most meats.
I like to read but lately only have time to skim magazines. I have a sister that has been publised twice with her artwork and she inspires me. My best friend is in Texas but comes out to save me from insanity two times a year and helps with my show in Cameron. Other than that- I am tired, lonely, happy, cold right now, hungry, sad that hubby is gone, anxious about the holidays and just trying to relax.
I am Tammy.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Genell and the mom of 5 . . 4 boys and a girl. My oldest is in medical school and married to my wonderful daughter-in-law, Gina. They are the parents of my beautiful granddaughter Ella. My dauhter if off on her own and works. My next son is in college and just got back from a two year mission to Spain. He thinks he's Spanish. Then my next son works full time and is contemplating college. My youngest is a junior in high school. My husband has had chronic pancreatitis for 8 years. Therefore I started a housecleaning business that allows me a lot of flex time to take care of everyone. My goal for 2010 is to take care of me and to learn to quilt and make a lot of the things I've found on blogs like yours. So that is me in a nutshell.

Moozoo7@aol.com

What Comes Next? said...

Hi! I'm totally in awe of all your creative types who keep me glued to the computer! I love to craft, sew, quilt, knit and dream of designing and supporting myself with it. Now, after taking 6 months off, I am currently back in the job market, but wishing I didn't have to be! (my dog is hoping I can stay home, too - he loves having company all day!)

Jason and Emilee Munafo said...

Hello....I am a new mom to a 6 month old little girl and a wife to someone that is handy! We are missionaries living in Nigeria, working with children and a rural community (huts, no electricity, etc) I love to be creative, I just don't always know how to or have the resources. We don't have too many craft stores in Africa :) My recent project has been my daughter's bedroom and I have loved blog hunting for creative ideas!

Heather said...

Hi Vanessa! I'm Heather. I live in Central Ca. And I blog stalk you on a regular basis. You inspire me! I love your designs. I made your twine balls for fall. I painted them brown and orange and left a few twine colored. I love to craft, but I have a two month old so it's not always easy. Thanks so much for your tutorials! And I know ALL about the Dr. Pepper addiction! Except since I'm feeding a two month old, I have to drink caffeine free.

MaryKate said...

Hi Vanessa, Does it ever seem weird that so many people know you, your house and your style but you don't know them?? Well, I love all your projects....I'm a mom of three girls, 6, 4 and 6 months. I live in Utah and I love to knit and sew. One of these days I'm going to make a quilt, but I have yet to do it. I'm busy sewing small projects and knitting lots of baby and kids projects. I love the outlet it gives me in my life! Plus the quick satisfaction of a small project, you get to see the outcome fairly fast! Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas...I love them.

Kelly O. said...

Something about me, eh?
Well I'm Kelly. I'm the big 30 and have 2 fabulous kiddos and one on the way in July (oops that was a secret--oh well).
I'm a visionary but a procrastinator.
I am a woman but cannot multi task--not if my life depended on it.
I can only hear one conversation at a time and I do not have eyes in the back of my head. This is an advantage that my kids have just recently lighted upon:)
I am a Christian and attend church every Sunday with my family, however it seems I'm in the nursery more than in the service since I'm in charge.
I like to be in charge. It makes me feel important or something.
I am a foodaholic, especially junk food,and I love love love a good cheesecake. But hold the cherries.
When we were first married my hubby went on a lot of over night business trips. While he was gone, all I ate was kraft dinner.
no seriously.
Breakfast.
Lunch.
Dinner.
I know I'm a geek.
Glad to meet you.

Briana Weir said...

I'm Briana and in a couple of weeks I'll be moving from Utah to Minnesota and freezing my rear off because my husband got a job there. No kids yet, but we're hoping soon! I love crafting, but I'm kind of a novice at it. I really like your blog and I read it often. I just got some new boots.

stewbert said...

Hi V! I'm Esther, mommy to 3 and a surprise on the way. I sew, crochet, and knit, though none as often as I'd like being that my toddler messes with my sewing machine and tears apart yarn every time I get it out. Ah, Motherhood. I live in Utah with my sweet husband and two of our children; his daughter lives elsewhere with her mother. I'm supposed to be finishing a quilt for her for Christmas ... Blast. I'd better get on that while the toddler is sleeping and (thus) not yanking my fabric out of my hands.

Jeanette said...

Hi Vanessa! Im Jeanette and Im a young mother of a cute little one year old named Brennan. My wonderful fiance and I are getting married next Nov. in Jamaica! Besides being a mom I am also a full time student here in Kansas City MO and I also work full time as a server. I must admit I stalk your blog quite often for fun new ideas to decorate. Thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas with us!

quirkygranolagirl said...

Hi. I'm Melinda and I'm in Wisconsin and enjoying the snowy view outside my windows. I'm finishing the binding on some handmade baby cloth books today and wondering why I decided to make a project with so much binding. But, when I can't take any more of that, I'll knit a hat, or give up on crafting and go out to shovel.
Thanks for the invite to share :)

Mags said...

i am a v and co. lurker! My name is maggie, i'm an army wife of one deployed army dentist, and mother to three rowdy boys and one rowdy girl. I grew up in a tiny town in utah. i tell my kids silly made-up poems at bedtime, watch project runway, clean up poop and pee and snot, read, run, and turn old stuff into new. and i must thank-you for the multitude of cute things in my house that i've copied from you! keep up the good work and i hope you win sytyc.

Beth said...

Hi, I'm Beth. I'm a mom to two little girls and a step mom to one soon to be teenage boy. I love to craft and read and cook. Well cook only when I want to. I hate going to work . . . but not sure I could be a stay at home. . .I think I would go nuts. But would love to have more time.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Well Hello V! I'm Jennifer, or Jenn, or Mom, or maybe even hey you! - depends on the day... Married with 2 kids - 8 yr old girl & 10 month old boy. I know - why did I wait so long! I live in Arlington TX smack dab in the middle of the DFW area. It's cold in the winter (1 month of the year) and hot in the summer (11 months of the year). But I always enjoy quilting and creating crafty things for my kids and family and friends. You have given me a lot of good tips by the way. You are my inspiration. Your blog is the first I seek out each day when I log on. I'm a fabric-o-holic. I would rather spend my last dime on a fabric scrap than myself anyday. I've almost converted my 8 year old into quilting too. I started quilting when I was about 20, but first learned to sew when I was 7 from my grandmother. She taught me how to make little miniature hand tied quilts for my Barbies. I'm a bit of a control freak - but if I wasn't nothing would get done. We Moms have to stick together. Oh and I like how you never use caps when you type!

Candice said...

Hi, I'm Candice. I'm a SAHM to 8 - 6 of them are still at home. My oldest daughter (21) is married and living in Idaho and my oldest son (19) is on his mission in Idaho. The kids at home are 18, 17, 14, 13, 9 and 4. Next year will be my first year ever without having kids at home during the day! I scrapbook and craft - mostly paper crafts. I also enjoy cooking and decorating 'on the cheap'. I live on a 73 acre farm here in North Carolina with cattle, chickens and 2 very silly ducks that come to me when I call them. I love your blog!!

ellen said...

I live in Boston and I love sewing and quilting and reading blogs. I wish I could quit my job and do those things full-time but that will never happen. I'm also into photography, movies, baking and antiquing and I love seeing the sights of New England. I moved here 21 years ago from the LA area and I love Boston. My favorite color is RED. And I love decorating my cool condo (formerly the auditorium of a school) that has 18 foot ceilings and one window (5 feet wide and 17 feet tall).

SGreen said...

Hi!! I live in Oklahoma w/ my husband and assorted animals. We have 3 horses, 5 dogs, 1 cat, and 3 ducks. Luckily we live in the country. I've been quilting for
about 6 years and knitting for about 6 months. I have a new studio that I am super excited about moving into!!

Katie said...

Well, since you asked... I love reading your blog. You always make such pretty things and tell fun stories. My name is Katie. I'm 23, married, and I have a 3 month old daughter who I am delighted to stay home with full time. We currently live in Utah where my husband is finishing up (for the next year and a half--bleh) at BYU. I graduated a couple of years ago with a degree in Home and Family Living, but I've been into writing and making things since I was a kid. I love children's literature, classic-looking things, and delicious food. Good luck with all your projects!

Deb said...

Hi I'm Deb from Christchurch New Zealand where it is summer at the moment. I've been married for 17 years to David and have four children, 16, 14, 7 and 8 months. Yes it's a circus in our house! I work three days a week running a painting and decorating company with a team of painters and the rest of the time am mum. I love to make quilts and bags and I like to recycle things like old sheets, tea towels and bandanas into other things! I've been blogging for years and it's become part of my life now.

kristi said...

Well, I am Kristi and we just recently moved to New Jersey, but I am originally from Loa, UT. I have gotten into sewing and quilting. I love tutorials online and most of my things come from them. I love reading your blog and all your antedotes, especially because I know what it is like to live in a small town in Utah! I have 2 kids that constantly keep me in motion. My husband is in the Air Force, so life is always up in the air.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Even this sounds so gross now and I would never do it again, when I was much younger (and braver and stupider and ??) I went bear hunting with a rifle and shot a black bear! Now you know something about ME that not many people know.

Virginia said...

Hi V! I'm known as V in my circles too, but my V is short for Virginia. I live in Western Michigan, work mostly from my home for my church coordinating the kids ministry. I love to craft in my free time (hard to find with a 15 month old girl) =)
I love to make baby items for showers - which there's always another baby coming! I met my husband at his gear shop and so we love to hike, camp and snowshoe. Love reading your blog and looking at your beautiful work and the way you display it.

Alyssa said...

I am a working mom from California. I love to quilt and make things for my twin boys who are 4 1/2. I aspire to be half as creative as you are. I finally have my own sewing room and I am starting to decorate it. I love reading other's blogs to get fun creative ideas. I have learned so much about sewing and quilting from others. I never sew clothes. I can't. But when I saw your table cloth skirt tutorial I got inspired. I tried it and it actually worked for me. Now I am willing to try more clothes. Thanks.

Rachel Carlson said...

hi v. i'm rachel, the one that LOVES your antics, especially about trees and the fact that you do read/answer your blog comments, wait till you SEE our forest - ha. i am bitter at the economy, the FRIGID temps in colorado, need i say more. i am unemployed and very poor. sad but true. i KNOW, pathetic. i break down at the mention of the holidays. i HAVE been a crazy sewing fool, repurposing materials (because i can't afford fabric) and because ALL gifts will be handmade this year. and YES, i'm quite proud of that. cheers to being honest too huh. i ♥ your little vignette of holiday goodness there, it looks cheerful. thank you, i needed that! warm hugs, rachel

Jenny said...

My name is Jenny, and I'm a stay at home mom with two children. A son, Liam who is 4 1/2. And, today is my daughter's birthday. Her name is Jewel and we had her at home. I learned to sew with my grandmother and I still use her tools when I'm quilting and crafting. I love the interconnectedness of using the tools of the past generations as I sew for my own children. I love your blog, and visit it daily. Thanks for inspiring me to keep on crafting.

Sally said...

Hi V- I love you and miss you! When are you coming up this way again?

Someday I'll get to do my crafts again and can do some of your tutorials...

I'm Sally, your long lost friend! Lonely in Lehi, UT...haha. Mom to 4- soon to be 5 kids, special ed teacher, digital scrapbook/quilter wanna be, love to collect all your fabulous ideas and then feel bad for not getting to them...

Sian said...

Hey V,
I'm Sian, currently living in Northern Utah. I'm originally from England, though. My hubby is a Wyoming native. We have two kids, a boy almost two years old, and a nine-month old girl. I am a big fan of your blog and your ideas. I'm currently working on my first quilt! It's for my little guy and has cowboys on it. I'm halfway done with so so many things.

forever folding laundry said...

OK, V, let's see if I can make this at all interesting:

I'm Keri - mom to three and wife to one, semi-crafty girl with an unfortunate Diet Coke addiction, lover of sewing, photography, and all things that help me avoid the laundry pile.

Oh, and I have an uncanny talent for mimicking voices. Such a useful talent. :)

~Keri

Myssie said...

Hi V,
My name is Myssie. I live in MO with my husband, two children and dog. I enjoy photography, taking pictures of my kids. I like Cardinals baseball and Blues hockey. I love to create. I dabble in all crafts, sewing, paper crafts, a little of this and a little of that. I am a master of starting projects and never finishing them. ;-)

Me Time said...

Hi,

My name is Devon. I am a former sales and marketing career lady gone SAHM to a wonderful 2 year old daughter. I love all sorts of crafts but my passion is sewing and photography. I just love to get ideas off you blog and usually a great laugh. Like you I am from a BIG city now living in a small town but have come to love it. Keep up the great work.

Rochelle Barlow said...

Oh heavens! I just love your blog and you to many many tiny pieces! I am a mother to a 3 1/2 y.o. boy, 2 y.o. girl, and 5 month old boy. I grew up on old tv (mary tyler moore, dick van dyke, get smart, etc etc) and old music (the golden oldies) and still wish I lived like that! I didn't even know other tv shows and music existed until I was openly mocked in 7th grade! I wish I could go back to my ignorance! I love to cook, bake, sew, craft, read, write, exercise, and chase my children allover the house and playground! I love to blog, but I have been on hiatus from my blog for a year or so. My goal for 2010 - blog blog and blog some more!

Laurel said...

Hi there! My name is Laurel I live on a small island just North of Atlantic City New Jersey and I have 3 grown children and 3 wonderful grandkids..Daniel is 4, Jaxon is 18mos and Eme is just 1yo. I am a retired RN so that I can spend time being a Meme0love those grands!! I have been doing crafts and sewing since the 6o's and made my first quilt in the 70;s..Your blog is one of my favorites!
Laurel
WHaeser1@aol.com

Dogwood said...

Oh my gosh~I am number 101! Can you believe it? I guess we all love to talk/write about ourselves!

I am retired. I have two wonderful adult children and three precious grandkids.

I have lived in California all my life. Currently, living in San Francisco with a fun second home in the foothills of the Sierras in a sweet town of Grass Valley.

I enjoy crafting, sewing, volunteering, gardening, reading and I love watching the birds in our yard at our Grass Valley house.

We have an orange tabby cat is the funny and most lovable cat. He makes us laugh.

Oh, yes and most important when I say "we & our" I am referring to My Guy of twenty years! Love is wonderful!

Thanks for asking about me...Dogwood

michaela said...

How cool is this! I just spent the last 1/2 hour getting a peek at so many different peoples lives. I read and write waaaaay too much, so you are more than welcome to check out my blog if you are up to it....( it is NOTHING like yours!! I am only aspiring to be as amazing!)
keepcalmandcarryon.blogspot.com

Stephie Hicks said...

Hi! I am a wife to Karl, daughter to Tami and Terry, and sister to Laura. Photography and making things makes me happy . I'm a new blogger (and now addicted to it). SCAD grad and now a nursing student.

p.s. I love love your blog!

madebystephie.blogspot.com

Jenny said...

hmmm, let's see . . . i'm from idaho but have lived in utah for the last 10 years or so. my husband is from california, so this is *almost* middle ground for us. we have 5 kids - four boys 8, 6,4, and 8 months, and one girl 2. i like to read, quilt, cook, go on walks, and talk to friends. i also like to blog. :)

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Vanessa! Can you believe how many of us love to visit you & your blog? Well, you know I do. I spent way too much time reading all about them! Me, I'm from Long Island, which sticks off of NYC. I taught 6th grade for 10 years and stopped when my 2nd was born. Girl, boy, boy with 4 years between each! I love to cook and hate to food shop. I love fabric and crafting and am a simple quilter with terrible sewing skills-still I love it. I love the beach, my house, reading and this wonderful family we have....and our lab, too. (Still wish I had a cow)
Thanks for your inspiring and very funny real life blog!
~Nancy

Janessa said...

Hi Vanessa- my name is Janessa! I live in Arizona where it is nice and hot, except right now when it is in the low 60's. I know, I know... but it's cold to me! I have two boys, age 3 and 6, and I teach competitive dance. I found blogging earlier this year and have become inspired to be more crafty in my life, when I find spare time that is! Thanks for all your work- your blog is one of my favs! Merry Christmas!

Stefanie Britt said...

HI mrs. V and CO, i'm Stef and besides being an advid blog stalker I am also happily married & a mostly SAHM of three. 5 year old boy (yay for kindergarten) 3 year old girl & 1 year old boy. I too live in utah, hooper to be exact. cows are my neighbors, the mailman knows me by name and I love diet coke with a splash of regular. I love your blog and I love that you share it with all of us.

CitricSugar said...

Imaginary elevator music will always get a response from me. :-) The phrasing of this post delighted me!

My name is Carly. I'm Canadian. I think strawberry-banana is one of the worst flavour combinations ever for a beverage. Winter is my favourite season. I love to travel. Hate it when people speak in text-messaging abbreviations. Creating in the kitchen or making things with my hands thrills me. I want to be a writer and a teacher should ever decide to "grow up". :-) And I think "perspicacity" is a fun word to pull out at random.

This was fun - thank you!

Quilt Nut said...

Hi Vanessa! love the picture; you are so inspiring!!

i'm Rhonda, from BC Canada. i've been blogging for just over 3 years now; mostly about my quilting. i've been a quilter for 11yrs and started longarming 2 years ago which i do full-time. i'm also a mom of 4 boys so i am queen in our household. or so i like to think lol!

Ada said...

Well I just found your blog today from oneprettything. I am soooooo super glad I did. It is fab...really. I couldn't stop reading. I love the old signs. I put that on my faves and will be doing that soon. Probably for myself...ooh, oooh, but maybe for my sister we are doing homemade gifts this year.

I'm a mom of two (Aidan 6 and Abby 11 mo) that is blessed to stay home and spend my day with the sweetest face I know.

Can't wait to look at more of your blog...my sweet husband is wondering what I'm doing. he hee

Megan said...

i've always wondered where your middle of nowhere was because it looked similar to my middle of nowhere. all i can say is small world, i live in richfield. thanks for all of the great inspiration, you are truly talented. i hope to someday tackle quilting. weird to think that we shop at the same kmart. who knew?

dogwood said...

I'm Sally... I'm usually just a lurker here, but what the hey. I'm a mom, I run a bike advocacy org., I'm 'bout to start grad school, I love to sew, I love blogs like yours because while I can execute an idea I am not good at putting colors and prints and textures together. Your blog gives me lots of inspiration!
... and I like long runny sentences ;)

MegJill said...

We just paid $330 to get our computer fixed, so we could read fun blogs like yours and not get behind. And we have lived in West Virginia for 6 months now, and I haven't touched a banjo or overalls!

Dave and Meg... said...

Hi, I'm Meg and I'm a first time mommy to my sweet little 10 month old girl McKelle. After a few big life changes, moving from Utah to Maryland, husband starting a new job, and having a new baby, I experienced a serious bout of postpartum depression. Keeping myself busy with online schooling and crafty projects for the home has helped me get through it. I am now officially obsessed with your blog! I love your style of decorating and have patterned many things in my house after yours! Thanks for all your hard work to make such an inspiring blog!

Shannon said...

Hi! I'm Shannon. And I'm addicted to my google reader. I started sewing by making up patterns and trying to make Barbie clothes when I was little. It's still a great creative outlet and I can dream of making things look as nice as you always do. I love catching updates and guessing what craft is yours next on SYTYCC! I am a mom to 2 bouncing boys and a wife to a hunky hubby. I live in the mid-west, grew up in a small town in UT. Stayed at a B&B in Loa when I was young. Over and out!

onlymehere said...

My son just left yesterday for 2 years. I won't hear his voice again until Mother's Day. I can only communicate with him through email and letters. He'll be allowed to write to me on Mondays. I miss him already but he's doing a good thing and has wanted this so much for so long. I have three other kids who'll keep me company and a husband but there's still a hole in my heart. Life is good though and I'll adjust! Now aren't you sorry you asked to learn more about me, lol! Cindy

Maureen said...

Hi Vanessa. My name is Maureen and I am the mother of 4 beautiful kids, 3 boys and one girl. I live in Silver Spring Township, PA and recently just became unemployed. I love reading your blog and especially love looks at all the beautiful photographs.

Vanessa, have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for all you do. Maureen

Martha said...

Hi Vanessa, I'm Martha and I live in Southern California. I'm a working mom of 4, which is hard, but all worth it in the end. I don't have as much time to craft as I'd like, but I love to knit and I'm learning how to quilt. I love looking at what other people do. :)

Gayle said...

Vanessa - I'm Gayle and live a bit north of you in Davis County. Hubby & I are empty nesters now, with our youngest serving a mission in Seattle. My style is primitive, but I love visiting blogs of all kinds of creative people, including yours!

Julie said...

Ha Ha!you know everything about me and probably lots of stuff you wish you didn't know about me too...

she wears flowers said...

Hi Vanessa!

I'm Tammy from Michigan. I am a mom to 8-year-old twins and a toddler--all girls. Our lives are all about sewing, crafting, creating and everything in between. I am the queen of starting projects because I want to try everything. Not so good at finishing, but I sure have a good time!

Andy said...

I'm Andy and I live in Provo. I gave up tv so I would have more time to quilt. I can't hardly believe it myself. Colors are almost a drug for me. When I'm down or having a hard day, I love to just walk through a good quilt shop looking at all of the colors. Almost makes my mouth water.

pojeda said...

I live in Central Texas, and it is cold here! Cold to us is anything below 40, and lately it has been in the low 20's with wind!
Hubby and I are now empty nesters, with our 5 children grown, married, and now have children of their own! We have 10 grandchildren, with the youngest boy still young, 23, in the Army, and not attached. So, still have to wait for him to find a wonderful young woman, get married, and have more grandchildren for me! LOL! I am not being pushy with him! LOL!
I love to quilt! There isn't a day that goes by that I am not cutting up fabric or sewing. It is my heaven, my relaxation. I am currently working on a Harley Davidson T-shirt quilt for a client, and another client is waiting in the wings for the same thing. I am also working on a Spiderman quilt for my youngest grandson. He is 7.
I have 3 dogs and 7 parrots, these are my babies now.
Boy! That is allot of info on me!
BTW, I just love love love your blog!

Christy said...

Hi there! I'm Christy in Florida. I've been a crafter all my life (who isn't??) but only recently started quilting. I have two boys, the oldest is 12 and the baby is not quite 2. We're planning on having at least 1 more, but we're taking things day by day in the baby department - everyday it changes. :o) I just recently started blogging - you actually were one of the people that inspired me to do so and I'm having a blast! Nice to "meet" you!

Tanya said...

Hello -- I'm Tanya (mom of 2) from Idaho. I check your blog daily. I love to sew nd I'm so inspired by your craftiness and overall design sense!! We are a family obsessed with maps and we spent a hour hour this weekend finding and then learning about your town. :) Neither my DH nor I had heard of it. If you go to flickr and search for your town -- you will find a gruesome sight!! Let's just say my son wasn't too inclined to eat his dinner that night. Thank you for all you do and sharing your knowledge!!

kersten said...

Why is this ALWAYS a hard question. What random information should I choose to share? My mind draws a total blank, although I know there HAS TO BE something. As soon as I click the nice orange button that sends my unexciting and strange facts out into the universe I will no doubt be filled with floods of cool and thrilling details of my notably inspiring life.
Thinking, thinking, thinking...
I haven't shaved my legs in ALMOST two weeks. How is that for personal? Luckily I have thin hair that grows fairly slowly. Besides, it was -16 degrees this morning. No one is seeing these legs anytime soon.

Aubrey said...

Hey V. I live near the city you call civilization, but wished I lived in a small town like yours.

I have four kids (the youngest is two months) and avoid changing diapers like the plague.

I love reading your blog and want to copy all your projects (the ones you encourage us to copy).

Monika said...

Hi V. I live in Sunbury, Victoria, Australia. Love your blog & get all excited when it shows in my inbox (yes, sad life!) I'm an older gal who loves to quilt, knit, crochet amongst other things. live alone with my dog (toy poodle called oscar) who loves to help me quilt (???) Work full time and am happy with my life. keep up the good work, you are awesome. Happy christmas and take care. Monika

Danielle said...

Hi there, I'm Danielle from MA. I have a wonderful hubby, 2 great kids, and I work as a nurse. Oh, I and I love to sew, knit, craft when I can find the time. I am in denial that Christmas is 15 days away, and I haven't even finished decorating yet!

btw- love your blog, and your stories are hilarious!

Jessica Munk said...

Other than the fact can't pull myself away from the computer to do my "chores" before I head out to my favorite night, "Bunco night", and leave my perfectionist husband here with no dinner and a messy house :P I hate the question tell me about yourself. Where do I start? Who am I? Maybe it stems from not knowing who I was for a long time. In the last few years I am beginning to see who I am and what I love, even if it is girly glitter! But how to put that into words, I still don't know yet. I have a couple easy sewing projects in my craftroom, but I really should have a clean house first before I get to that. So in this lazy mood, after running to IFA for some feed corn, the cotton shop for some calico, my mom's boutique to support her, then picking up my 4 yr old boy and his 2 girl friends from preschool, and then a playdate with him trying to play spiderman and they little mermaid, i retreat to my favorite blogs, and chatting on IM with my little sis, 13 mo younger than me. I'm just glad the 2 yr old is napping, and in 2 hours i leave it all behind for girls night!

Jen said...

I am Jen from Salt Lake City and I think everything you do is just gorgeous! I have a little boy and 2 little spunky girls and a husband in graduate school. He wants to be a farmer (which is not what he is studying mind you)...so the stuff you write about getting cows and canning endlessly and living in a small town makes me laugh, a lot! Anyway, love all that you do! Thanks for the inspiration and all the laughs!

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

I'm the gal that found a ton of inspiration online with all the fixer up makeover junk ladies blogs! I love it! Now I'm fixing up junk and making my house into a home I LOVE. Met some wonderful people and enjoy this more than tv! Busily crafting a homemade Christmas. Work at a University and looking forward to 2 weeks OFF over the holidays. Love my job and the gals I work with. Mom to two 'grown' kids. My baby is still home, just turned 18 this week and hopefully graduating HS in the Spring! She's a handful, my best friend and my laughter machine!

Heather Grow said...

I'm Heather. I live in Huntington Beach, California. I run on the beach a few times a week. I have two big dogs, Moses and Paris. My boyfriend is also my ex-husband. I'm LDS. I'm running for HB City Council. And, I'm realizing that the hardest part of running for office (for me at least) is drawing attention to myself and boasting about my accomplishments (which is totally what candidates have to do.) I love your blog. I'm also procrastinating as I'm writing this. :)

Sophie said...

Hi Vanessa,
I'm Sophie and I'm 22, studying medicine in England. I stumbled across your blog a few months ago and since then I'm addicted! I love your sense of style, it's what I want my house to be when I can finally move out of student housing and into my own! (Only 2-3 years to go.... sigh...) You inspired the purchase of my first ever sewing machine - a lovely little red one. I'm trying to start my first quilt but what with studying it gets put on the back burner a lot! Thanks for all your tutorials, they're lovely and clear to follow :)
Sophie

sb said...

Hi, my name is Shelly and I'm addicted to craft blogs. I got an iPod Touch for Christmas last year and spend a good portion of time checking - and rechecking - email and blogs. I have an 8-month-old who still gets up at night, so I'm on the Internet in the wee hours too (see?). I play piano for Primary, currently live in Texas but grew up in Phoenix, and have an awesome pilot husband. I like long walks on the beach and most things chocolate.

Pixie said...

Hey there. My name is Hope and I am an American ex-pat living in the UK with my son and hubby. for fun, I volunteer at my local hospice, run an art group for disabled adults and do lots and lots of things around the house that involve glitter and glue!

karen said...

I'm Karen, a former special educator, semi-retired, and living in Atlantic Canada. I'm on the road right now, visiting my adult daughter in San Antonio, TX. I live to craft. I enjoy following your blog muchly. Thank you for your inspirations.

Kelly said...

I'm Kelly, I live in NC. I have 2 gorgeous little daughters and a wonderful husband. I love crafting and home. But, like many, I have to work full time. I'm a computer geek of sorts. But it's just my day job, I love my job at home more.

I love following your blog. I keep a blog, too, but don't post quite as often b/c I'm so busy. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful ideas!

lisa said...

hi!! I am lisa from montana for the last 7 years. but my heart never left the seattle suburbs. I have two0 gitls, 3 1/2 and 4 months. I work at starbicks origibally to have a little spending cash for quilting and for vacations and the stuff I want to get the girls, 4 years latter, i am still there to keep my family insured. I used to do all sorts of crafty things, but after one child, working, and living ib very little aoartnebts I decided to cut it down to one. quilting gives ne the nost pleasure, so I do that snd shhhh, sometimes I do counted cross stitch.

Kaye Prince said...

Hey Vanessa! Well, I'm Kaye and I live in Toronto Ontario Canada. I'm a graduate student getting my Master of Information to become a librarian (my last paper of the semester is actually due today, woot!) and I also work at a library on campus. I, of course, love sewing and quilting and just "making". I also love to bake and read and just hang out with my partner, Alex.

We've been having a lot of fun getting ready for Christmas and Hanukkah (Christmukkah if you will); we have both our tree (my first real one!) and our menorah. We don't have any children, but we do have a fish. His name is Uther Pendragonn (named after King Arthur's father).

Rambling Girl said...

Love this post V!!!!! I know you will read everyone of them...thats what is great about you...you always take the time to answer back to all who ask....lets see something about me...

I am Beth, Middle Georgia, married with 3 children, oldest 30 and youngest 5...yeah I what your thinking...what was I thinking..lol..no really my youngest is a joy and I love starung mommyhood all over again. I also have three grandbabies. I graduated from college late in life with a social service degree and had a baby and went straight for 7 years...I had a goal and I am proud I stuck to it...I can't craty like all the talented people can in blogland, with you at the top of the list but I do try...and I post it if it is cute and if not I don't shame myself...hehehe
My husband and I raise goats, not for meat of milk, just for fun. We have about 19 but lost 3 in the last three weeks. How sad, you love those little critters....hope to get me a few chickens...I live in the country on lots of land and just enjoy small town country feeling...when I say small town...we have no stop light or caution light...get the picture..ok I am sure you didn't want me to keep rambling on but you asked...if you wanna know anything else just ask...
Merry Christmas and what a beautiful family you have!

NewFarmChick said...

Hi Vanessa I'm Cheryl. I live in Oklahoma. I'm forty-something and the mother of 2. My kids are grown and I've been sewing (in some form) for most of my life. About 10 years ago my Mom and I took a machine quilting class and we are hooked. I'm a city girl that married a farm boy about 4 years ago. We built a house on the 80 acres that he grew up on so that's where my profile name comes from. Life on the the farm is a very differnt experience for me. You're not old enough to remember the TV show "Green Acres" but honey, I'm livin it! That being said, I've managed to get him and his family to buy into my philosophy that I will do anything you ask me too as long as it doesn't require me "breaking a sweat or breaking a nail!" Hey, it works for me!! Love your blog! Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

Sharla said...

Hi Vanessa! I'm from Kansas and have two young boys. I've made a quilt for my oldest, but haven't gotten around to making a 2nd but have 100 in my "want to make" pile (love your pinwheels version). I love reading blogs and getting so many ideas - I used to be addicted to magazines, but now its blogs. Have a great holiday!

Emily said...

I'm sure you remember how annoying it was when your college roommate Alicia had her little sister come and stay for the weekends, but I loved it and here I am now on your blog. As someone who is admittedly craft-challenged I need ideas and I've gotten some great ones here, and told lots of friends about them too.

My husband and I live in St. Louis now where he is in graduate school, and while the student life is pretty meager we love it. We have two daughters (3.5 yrs and 1.5 yrs) and they keep things lively. I love running but I've realized that I still won't do it unless I have a race planned sometime in the future, and I love baking. Cooking dinner? Well, that's Tyler's forte but I do it most of the time because I have to or we don't eat. I've also just started learning how to sew and I was truly giddy when I sewed my first sleeves on a dress up Christmas present for my 3 year old! It's the simple pleasures in life, right?

Have a great Christmas! We'll be at Alicia's where it will definitely be warmer than here!

flying mama said...

hi!
i am new to your blog. i love the colors on your banner!

i am 34, an aerial dancer, married to a cranberry farmer in central wisconsin. we have one daughter, 18 months. i stay home with her 6 days a week and am trying to be crafty! i love the ideas and projects but sometimes i struggle with the process and end results. guess i need more practice.

thanks for the inspiration!
jamie

The Busy Butler Family said...

Hi V!

You live in Loa??? :) You could send me some cheese! (is there still a cheese factory there?) I grew up in Monticello, so I understand the whole rural, small, underfinanced school thing. If I didn't have a 4 year old at the local elementary's preschool, I'd totally send you my boxtops! We live in the boonies of Nebraska where we run a farm/horse ranch/horseshoeing school. My buckaroo and I have been married for 7 years this month and we have one gorgeous little girl and her two strapping little brothers. I LOVE your blog and since I discovered it via SYTYC, I've checked in every day for inspiration. Thanks for sharing your talent with us! Luvs, Millie millicentbutler@hotmail.com

Dana said...

Love to hear about your escapades as a mom. Reminds me of those fun days raising my four in Raymond, AB, Canada. I love to sew and have turned to quilt making the last 5-6 years. Now if I can just get 2 quilts done for Christmas, I will have only 2 for next year and all 13 grandbabies will be done!
Laura

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

Hi, I'm Patricia (Nina is my superhero name). We have a 17 yr old and a 7 month old, how do you like them apples? Even better. I'm only 34! hehehe get your calculator out. I love Photography, coffee, scrapbooks, Vampires (not the Twilight saga) New Orleans, high heels and boots. I'm a very well organized procrastinator. Love purple. Hate to talk about politics and religion but I'm so curious about others opinions. I want a Siberian Husky. Doing my nails was one of my favorite things in the world.

ColleenandKendra said...

Hi V, I'm Colleen from Ft. Worth. I discovered you through my sis in law, Larissa Z. I love crafting, but I'm a single mama/fourth grade teacher so have NO time. My creativity is sucked fully into my job (which is good for my students, I suppose!) I love to see the awesomeness you create, and I marvel at how you have time and energy to do it all.

amylouwho said...

I live in Virginia, near Marine Corps Base Quantico. I am a fabric addict. And I think you are awesome and hilarious!

mandysri said...

Hi Vanessa! I'm Mandy from NSW, Australia. I'm a SAHM, with 3 children under 4. I laughed so much about your Christmas tree blog - that story hit close to home! I followed your lead and really lightened up about the decorating this year. My hubby and my two girls helped, and surprisingly the results were really good. I just love your decorating style, thanks for all the inspiration!

free indeed said...

Hi, I'm Shelley from northern Maine and I've been here before admiring your painted toenails and lovely red shoes..those are model feet you know...you should try to sell that!
Anyhow, guess I never told you much about me...I'm a mother to six grown kids, grandmother to 8 with another due in the spring. My two youngest are in college the three oldest are married and the one in the middle is my best looking son!
I like quilting and crafting in general. I'm sort of like the 'jill of all trades, master of none type'! I can do just about anything I read about how to do; not perfectly, but pretty well. I stress out like most people trying to get everything done on time...I tend to procrastinate or have too many things going at once. There. Confession time over...need a coffee.
Tootles.

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