My Wheelbarrow

Or maybe I should say my dump truck… Because I feel like I own one.

Lately things have been busy. Busy. Busy. I am having a hard time keeping up with everything, and I have been staring at the computer screen for so long that my eye permanently twitches now.

Not good.

On to my wheelbarrow. Everyone has ‘stuff’ that they carry around with them, things that have to get done, etc. These things can be tangible, but more often than not it’s the intangible things that weigh the most.

I am sure you remember my list from a few posts ago. Well I am glad to say that some things have been marked off. But, I honestly think I have added more than I have removed by the time you sort it all out.

So here is an update on what I am carrying around in my wheelbarrow:

2 graduate classes
1 final exam
2 book reviews
6 U.S. History High School classes
1 job contract
2 transcript requests
1 set of apartment keys to return
tons of school supplies to buy
1 classroom to move into
2 paper boxes of classroom books
bank accounts to open
in service trainings
job orientation
many…many…more.

One thing you may notice from above- I GOT THE TEACHING JOB!! Signed the contract two days ago, and will be an 11th grade U.S. History teacher at a local high school. One of the best things so far, I have seen the room and it is completely new, and it even has windows! (You will only understand the window thing if you have been a teacher. There is no rule that every room has a window. So it becomes quite the commodity!)

The small downside to the new job- it added a TON of things to my wheelbarrow. Which was already hard to push around. But, if I can get through August 2nd, a good chunk of stuff will be done, and I hope to be carrying a lighter load!

So, if you hear from me before August 2nd, things are going well. If not- see you after I empty my wheelbarrow.

Coming Clean

So a while ago, actually, close to a year ago, someone came to me asking about a double wedding ring quilt. It would be for their bride, as a wedding gift. I was thrilled to do it, and immediately started collecting fabric.

The catch to this story, and the part I am now ‘coming clean’ about, is that the double wedding ring quilt was for my best friend, who a few months later came asking me to create a quilt for her fiance.

Yes, you guessed it. The Periodic Table Quilt I recently posted about, is actually part of a set… Unintentionally, of course. So, for MONTHS, I juggled two quilts, for one couple. And for people I am really close to. The phone calls and messages were crazy. And I knew at some point I was going to slip up.

Well, turns out I am really good at keeping secrets. Neither party knew about their quilt, until it was gifted to them. Of course there were plenty of funny conversations between my mom and I (she was one of the few who knew the whole story) as I tried to juggle these two projects.

Now that you know the general story- I imagine you want to know more about the Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

The groom’s favorite color is blue, and the bride’s favorite color is orange. So this quilt would be a Scrap Double Wedding Ring Quilt, using those two colors, with a base color of white. Its dimensions are aprox. 79″ x 89″, perfect for a full size bed.

However, it wasn’t at the wave of a magic wand from the fairy godmother that this quilt became reality. No it started as a mass of tiny little pieces, divided up into Ziploc bags.

And all these pieces left behind quite a mess in my scrap basket…

But eventually all the little pieces became this-

Then it was this-

And finally, this-

And for something fun, I even listed some of the stats for the quilt-

And the final wrap up-

So there it is, the final product. The couple loves it, and the Periodic Table Quilt, and they have a wonderful story to tell as well.

Someone You Should Know About

You all know my love of music… well I have someone I have to recommend, and you can’t find her stuff on iTunes yet, but it will only be a matter of time. Lindsey Lee, is from my hometown and has gone to Tennessee to pursue her music career. She has a beautiful voice, writes her own stuff, and we will hopefully be hearing it all soon on the radio… Well, hearing it more. Recently she was featured on a radio show from home (you can find it on her website.)

So go on over to her music homepage, and give it a listen, I promise you won’t regret it!

Lindsey Lee Music

Lindsey Lee Website

Where I Have Been

Considering my last post was at the end of May, I think I have some explaining to do… Every time I get online I feel a bit like Lucy being stared down by Ricky Ricardo. I know I haven’t updated in a while, and I wish I could say there was a great excuse for this. I have plenty to update on, and I hope to actually be able to do this now that things have settled a bit.

Wait.

Who am I kidding? Things haven’t settled at all. So, Lets just say instead, that I hope at this point I will have the drive to post more.

Yeah… that’s better.

Anyway, to fill you in on what has been happening since May:

Graduated
Kim & Andrew’s wedding
Malorie & Jacob’s Wedding
4 graduate school summer classes
1 double wedding ring quilt
a few extra orders
one huge portfolio for class
one exhibition for class
packing to move

Obviously things have been busy around here. So my goal over the next few days and weeks is to catch all of you up on the events going on. But be patient I don’t know how successful I will be at this!

Music Monday:: V.V. Brown

I honestly don’t remember how I stumbled upon this artist, all I know is that I am glad I did. V.V. Brown has been immensely popular in England for some time now, but only recently has her music made it over the pond to the U.S.

From what I can tell, she only has one album released (at least in the U.S.) aside from a few EPs.

Traveling Like the Light has several really great songs, the most notable in my opinion is Back in Time. I love the beat.

1 Quick Fix
2 Game Over
3 Shark in the Water
4 Leave!
5 Bottles
6 Crying Blood
7 Back in Time
8 I Love You
9 L.O.V.E.
10 Everybody
11 Crazy Amazing
12 Traveling Like the Light

I also highly recommend Shark in the Water, L.O.V.E, and Leave!

Keep an eye out for V.V. Brown, I am sure there will be more good work coming from her soon!

Artist Website::

http://vvbrown.com/