Friday, March 26, 2010

what i've been working on...

so on top of sewing new curtains for my home...
the community council and i have been sewing this quilt. all the fabric was donated and we made it in like two nights. then we had a fabulous friend (hi f!) quilt it for us and then another wonderful friend (hi lori!) and i sat and watched "sweet home alabama" and bound it. all in a matter of days.
we made it because it's our on going effort to raise money for the school's new playground. like i mentioned before, our elementary school doesn't have play ground equipment that is up to code for school standards, most of it has been there long enough for 60 and 70 year olds to remember playing on it.

we know it's going to take years to get enough money this way but every little bit counts and we will continue our efforts in raising the funds to get those kids some new stuff.
the community has been so great and many business's have offered free services and home made items (one being this quilt made by us, and the other a crochet rug).
it's times like these that makes me so proud to be part of this close knit area.
mighty darn proud.
we as moms to some of the kids that go to this school love this school and want to do anything we can to help it.
we're all working really hard to find and apply to as many grant programs we can to see if one of them will pick us to help us with the funds.
we shall see how this all plays out in time.
we shall see.
i've also been celebrating my 12 year anniversary. this last weekend the husband gave the me the BEST present ever, he gave me a full saturday of hard core cleaning of the whole house (lets just say tooth brushes were involved and baseboards, under the beds, and the freezers were not overlooked). we as a family worked on getting rid of skid marks in the toilets, dusting the cobwebs, and vacuuming dust bunnies.
i had one full day on sunday (our actual anniversary) of a completely clean and organized house. well, minus one closet...which just so happens to be my closet. and one that i call my "monica closet" i clean it out once a year. and right now is not that time of the year.

we also bought and we watched that stupid vampire movie with the awesome werewolf's who i should not be drooling over because they are so young. twilight's sequel "new moon."
lastly, i got to organize my own little personal creating space. and even though the fabric's not all lined up pretty and "gap-ish" (yeah, i worked there for the holiday season one year in high school, just for the discount...didn't make one dime and i still associate the "santa baby", and "this christmas" (by wham) songs with gap every time i hear them. good.times.) it is much better than what it was a week ago.
when this spot is organized all is well in my world. :)
wow a little wordy today aren't i?

so... you guys have been busy too!
emails, flicker pictures, and blog posts made with v and co tuts! nice!
next week i'll show off some of the stuff you've been doing!

have a fantabulous weekend!
oh and here's a couple more of V and Co tuts for easter-ish kind of things!
fabric covered eggs and
fabric easter basket
we'll talk soon.
;)

v and co loves her sponsors! check out this adorable little skirt from forever you

35 comments:

Andi said...

Great work on the quilt. I hope it helps get some wonderful new play equipment!!
And your sewing corner looks like absolute heaven to me.
Have a great weekend.
Andi :-)

Crista said...

I just remembered that Target and Macy's credit cards allow you to designate a school for a portion of your purchases to go to. Maybe you could find out if other companies do that, and then ask your readers to designate your school if they don't have a school to donate to. All those pennies add up!

quiltcetera said...

Oh that quilt is so cozy looking! I hope the fundraiser goes fantastic!
Happy Anniversary and I hope you enjoyed every moment of your sparkly house. ;)

Blue Is Bleu said...

Good luck with raising money for the new playground!!! The quilt's really beautiful :)

My husband and I clean the entire house sometimes and the only closet that remains untouched is mine too lol He's not allowed in there or he'll start asking me how many clothes I need...

rachelmp said...

A clean house is almost as good as those werewolves .. almost. Good luck with the fundraising!

Em said...

What a beautiful quilt! Good luck on your fundraising!

I am in love with your sewing space, it's so beautiful! Thanks for your wonderful pinwheel tutorial. I'm busy making my very first quilt!

Sharon said...

so sweet of your husband and such a cute work space!

Elisabeth said...

I love the quilt! So, are you auctioning it off? You should try auctioning it on your blog, you've got so many readers! I would think you guys would qualify for some type of govt/grant $. A couple of years ago our school raised $100,000 for a whole new state of the art playground. Here it's not so hard because everyone has tons of money (except us :)
Anyhoo, they got these saucer swings and the first time I looked at them I thought- those look dangerous. Sure enough, a few months later my kindergartener fell off one, split his head open and ended up with 20 stitches in his head (which incidentally cost us about $1500). So, the moral of the story? Do some good research on your playground equipment you purchase! Sometimes simple and basic is better than fancy and newfangled (although I can see your stuff is really outdated)

badlandsquilts said...

I'm sure you've looked into this but it is worth mentioning, Lowes I think (maybe Home Depot, too) does grants for physical improvements including playgrounds... Good luck!

Jandi said...

Your sewing area looks great! Good luck with raising money for the playground!

Lisa said...

I know McDonald's used to give grants for children's parks. I remember it was a very short, easy application and you included a drawing of your plans and then sent pictures afterwards? Good luck raising money!!! Your quilt is beautiful!!

LeAnn said...

Happy 12th Anniversary (we just celebrated ours in February)!!!

Is your Cleaning Family for hire? Boy could I use them right now!!!!! I'm in the beginnings of becoming a future episode on Hoarders.

Sarah said...

I totally know the christmas songs you are talking about and *I* associate them with the holiday season I worked at Bath & Body works! LOL!

Keriann said...

how fun! I love your cute little white and red chair! I'm off to the thrift store to make myself a chair!

I am dying to know what you are doing with that adorable red and blue hex flower?!! What bright and beautiful future might it have in store?

Kaylin said...

I made Ross watch "New Moon" with me, let's just say he was not impressed, especially when I started drooling!

Sherri said...

LOve your wonderfully organized space to create...that's my goal for spring break...organize my little sewing area!

LaurieStar said...

What a sweet little sewing space! I could create there! Love the quilt, too! :)

Kendra@My Insanity said...

Great quilt! Good luck with your fundraising efforts! I'm sure they will go a long way!

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

Have you asked your local (far away-ish to you) Walmart for help!!? They are always pretty nice at helping..even if they are single handly trying to take over the world!!

Beverly said...

Beautiful quilt and I love the little sewing area picture. Red does something for me - I love it. I love your blog. Sometimes just seeing the header makes me feel good! Have a good weekend.

Hope said...

wow! y'all get to have SWINGS?!!! my kids would die from joy if their shcool playground had swings. i guess there are perks too that it is outdated.

Anonymous said...

The town near where I went to university has the most amazing playground, that was built entirely by the community in just a few days... they had hundreds and hundreds of volunteers and donations (they did a big community drive and got local businesses involved)... it was mostly wood and seriously one of the most amazing playgrounds I have ever seen... obviously there was some type of mastermind behind the whole thing and someone who volunteered to design the whole thing... but it's incredible what can be achieved if people put their minds to it... because loads of people can donate their time/two hands even if they don't have money to donate...

Carrie said...

I am laughing my butt off that I was reading along and then thought, did she just say skid marks????

hahahahaha!

Dogwood said...

Moms are the best at raising money for anything for their kids. I remember that from when my kids were little. Love the quilt and all the love that went into it. Happy Anniversary to you and hubby. Love you space for creating.

Have a great weekend.

Lori said...

Hey you! Wow, our quilt looks even greater on that wonderful, barnwood fence!! That was such a fun day! Love your clean, organized sewing haven. Looks great! Let me know what to do to help with grant apps! C-ya soon!

Terri said...

Great quilt and GREAT anniversary gift! :) We should all be so lucky!

natalie @ our old southern house said...

i'm a teacher and my little school (450 kids) do 'box tops for education'...we raised $900+ last year for new playground equipment. it might work for y'all too! :-)

Becky said...

I am so with you on Team Jacob. He is drool worthy!

Funky Kim said...

I have a little pile of boxtops to send you. And does your school participate in the 5 cent milk cap thingy? Cannot remember who does this and that milk isn't in my fridge this week. I think I'm getting old. LOL Let me know!

funkykim AT comcast DOT net

rachel griffith said...

i'm afraid my comment will be better suited for one of our phone conversations.
:)

just remind me about that americana quilt and we gotta talk new moon.

TJ and Whitnee said...

I love your easter basket, what a great idea! And there is so many darling spring fabric this year that you could make this from! I'd like to share a link on sewwhattoday.blogspot.com on March 29!

wilderlamb said...

I just headed a playground installation for my neighborhood. I hope some of this info helps you!
Home Depot or Lowes (I think it was Home Depot) does have some sort of grant fund but can't remember what it allows. Contact them or search on the web for info about that. Another thing to look at is Game Time. They sell playgroud equipment.
http://www.gametime.com/ Scroll halfway down the page under More Info. to Funding Factory.
There are also a TON of grants for things like this. You just have to search through a lot of info to find them all.
I hope you can find something! If you need any help let me know.
enw79(at)yahoo(dot)com

V and Co. said...

wow thank you to all of you that have sent me links and suggestions! fabulous!!!!
we.WILL.get.that.playground!

marian said...

There is a WONDERFUL non-profit called KABOOM! that builds play grounds. I helped out in park in our neighborhood and it is awesome. Check them out!
www.kaboom.org

Kat said...

Love your blog, linked via one pretty thing for the table runner. I'm doing that soon. On the playground front you should have your parent group look into grants, lots of companies and government bodies have grants that no one knows about, we applied for some and got our playground sooner. If you have big business nearby try getting a donation from them, it all helps. I'm in Canada so I'm not sure the grants we used would help you, but do investigate. Good luck!

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