Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book of Colors for Niece #2

Since a baby shower in MI wasn't possible for Angela, we had a small shower in Philly to welcome her into the family and our "craft project" was made beforehand, with the help of family.  We incorporated fabric photos of each family member, and then gave each photo page a color theme.  We thought that would be a fun way to incorporate Angela's artistic side while showing the new baby pictures of her Michigan family.  The book turned out beautifully and I know Angela appreciated it!

And yes, this was also on my project list to keep busy!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Homemade Gifties

For me, the best part of Christmas is giving my gifts!  I did a good job staying on task with all my homemade gifties and for the most part they were finished on time!

This is a Boo Hoo cold pack for Viv.  It's filled with rice and stored in the freezer, to be used when boo-boos happen! 

A snuggly baby blanket for Baby Girl McQuillan-Putz

Soon-to-be dad needed a new diaper bag.  Steve was surprised that it wasn't just a plain messenger bag.  Rumor has it that he uses it daily, but the diapers have been removed.  We'll see what happens when the baby comes along!

This cape was made for Viv.  I loved the color and pattern of the fabric and the style just fits for her!  Last week she wore it out on a "date" and had a fabulous time twirling and watching the cape move.

A small felt book to hold a few crayons and paper for a growing and creative Viv!

The idea of this quilt was given as a Christmas/wedding gift for Mel and Thom in 2013.  By Christmas, 2014, I pieced the entire queen-sized quilt.  I hope to finish the quilting and binding this summer!

This project is not yet completed, but it is a hand-quilted baby quilt for my second niece and I am in the final countdown with the baby's arrival in three weeks!

I made this dress and two bibs for my second niece, that were given to Angela at her baby shower in November.  Happy for another girl to sew for!

In summary...I've been busy!!  Each of these projects was so fun to make!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Christmas 2014

I realize that I am now more than a month late with this post.  However, without further ado, here are some memories from our family Christmas.  As we have done in the past, Zach and I hosted Christmas Eve dinner at our house.  Mom and Dad, Steve, Angela, and Brian were able to make it in. The best part of hosting this dinner means I have an easier time convincing Zach to make a ham dinner - my favorite!

We spent Christmas morning at my parents' house and had our family gift exchange. We had a great time and we look forward to another little addition to the family next Christmas! (Baby Girl McQuillan-Putz due March 10th!)


Mel, Thom and Viv enjoyed their first Christmas as a family at their home in Philly and we really missed having them! We had to wait until the weekend to see them.  Viv had a great time playing with her repainted, freshly stocked kitchen set from Gramma and Grandpa, and she enjoyed dancing with her new musical instruments!

The annual Christmas/New Year's celebration with the Hawk family was postponed since Zach and I were both feeling sick.  Unfortunately, it still has yet to happen and I have a pile of Christmas gifts waiting patiently to be shared!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014


I realized that I need to post some Thanksgiving photos before we reach Christmas!  Time flies when you're having fun...or if you're getting old. Ha!  As a child, I could never believe that time would go quickly, but sure enough...

Our family Thanksgiving was such a special time because everyone was able to come at the same time- Steve and Angela, Brian, Mel, Thom and Viv, and Zach and I.  (We also had seven dogs!)

Viv enjoyed some snuggles from her favorite Grandpa

Feeding time is enjoyed by all

The gang's all here!

Viv's first Christmas cookie baking experience.  She stayed involved with each step.

A child's discovery of the magic of cookie cutters!

When sleds aren't available, laundry baskets work just fine.

Candyland at Hershey Park- getting her ready for roller coaster rides!

 Meeting Santa was no big deal.