Monday, January 25, 2016
I hardly ever enter quilt contests or block swaps, but I saw a fun contest on Instagram last week and I decided to do it! It is sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics and The Electric Quilt Company. The first prizes? 80 assorted fat quarters of Cotton Couture, a copy of Electric Quilt 7 and a feature on Making It Fun! The 80 fat quarters sounds heavenly, but I always wanted quilt design software, I had to try it and see what I can come up with!
One of the contest rules was to use Michael Miller fabrics only. I thought that would limit my design choices, but it actually helped me to focus and decide on the design quicker. I didn't have much time to work with, so I had to be quick. Here is what I come up with...
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Hello everyone and Hello 2016!
I have been reading a book called "168 hours ~ You have more time than you think". Agh, the title alone was a stab in my heart because deep down inside I knew where I have been wasting my time and that I could make major improvements. Using our time wisely and where it matters most is a very important and essential skill to have to achieve our goals and dreams, right?
In the book, the Arthur talked about writing down 100 of your dreams. The whole section was very interesting to read; it was way more than just writing them down. Look at the dreams and think of ways of how to turn them into reality. She also mentioned about going through the list and start knocking off items that require just a few bucks or a few hours. Why didn't I think of the before??
They don't have to be all big dreams, anything you want to do in your life time. She stated "this could be something as simple as ten places you want to visit, ten books you want to read, ten restaurants you want to try, skills you want to learn, or ten financial goals you have for yourself...".
Doesn't this sound fun?
Instead of coming up with new year resolution, our family did something different this year. I found the perfect notebooks for each family members at TJMaxx. After I explained what we are doing and why, my teens made some jokes back and forth, but they were all excited about it. In a short while, we were all quiet (which doesn't happen that often in our house) and sitting around the table brainstorming our hopes and dreams and writing them down.
My only suggestion as a mom to them was: Not to write down all materialistic things, but something that will grow them intellectually and spiritually as well.
Bedtime came but we were still writing. Every now and then, the kids wanted to share one of their dreams and we laughed and talked about it. My 10 year old girl shared her list with me and one of them caught my eye and I couldn't help myself from smiling... "to have straight teeth". How cute! That wish will come true in a few years (both my teens have braces) just like her brothers. But, hey. That is one of her dreams. :)
I think I am going to reach a little bit higher this year and make some of my dreams come true. What are some of your 100 dreams?