Friday, July 22, 2016

Five Things To Be Happy About - A Day Late

I am not at all surprised that I'm a day late posting my Five Things to be Happy About post this week.  It's just the kind of week that it was!  All week I felt like I was in some kind of a mental fog.  I had the tension in my shoulders and pressure in my ears that usually signal the start of a migraine...but the headache never fully materialized.  It was just a crappy, tired, can't quite do what I need to get done kind of week.  Honestly, the thing that made me happiest this week was the moment when the ibuprofen and peppermint oil started to work  I love that feeling of the pain and pressure and anxiety floating away.

All that being said, there were still beautiful and happy moments.  I might have had to look a little harder for them, but thank goodness I had a reason to!  I might have missed them, otherwise!  Here's a peek at some smiles from the week.

I LOVE binding all rolled up!  I use old ribbon spools to wind the folded binding.  Then, the spool goes in a box on the floor, and it unrolls easily as I sew the binding on the quilt.  I had my bonus happy moment this week when I got the joining of the ends right ON THE FIRST TRY!!!  (That usually doesn't happen.)  The blade of my scissors is reflecting a piece of Mexican embroidery that hangs on the wall.  I love that!

And, of course, a roll of binding means THIS is coming next.  I debated machine stitching the binding on both the front and the back, because the quilt had a deadline.  But, I also knew that some time on the couch, with a cup of tea (not pictured) and Gilmore Girls on the TV might be just what I needed this week.  It felt really good to slow down and hand stitch.

We had some severe thunder storms on Thursday.  We were fortunate to not have any damage close by, but we sure got some amazing skies as the sun went down that evening!  My camera didn't do a great job of capturing it, but we all agreed we'd never seen skies quite like them!

Next week is fair week.  If you grew up in 4-H or have kid in 4-H, you know that THIS week, then, is finish fair project week!  These adorable Christmas light cupcakes were made by Emily for her cake decorating project.  They were a trial run so she could perfect her technique and figure out how it all goes together.  She will make the real ones on Sunday night.  She has done an awesome job with her projects this year.  This is the same kiddo who made the jello cup and the cheesecake in previous Friday Happy lists.  I think she had a future in the culinary arts!!  (By the way, seconds after this picture was taken, the "wires" fell off the yellow bulb.  Back to the drawing board!

And this.  This is the junior chef herself.  She has taken to wearing these big bows in her pony tail lately, and it makes me smile every time.  She's growing into such a beautiful young lady.  She is my heart.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  We have a weekend full of performances for my oldest daughter, a graduation party (and T-shirt quilt gifting!),a sleepover,  and of course, final, final touches to put on fair projects on the agenda.  I hope there's also time to clean up the sewing room and prep the next project.  Oh!  And a post about the finished quilt will be coming soon.

Even though I missed the Friday party, I'm going to share my post over at Gypsy Moon Quilt Co. Amanda has some beautiful pictures of her week, and some others have linked up to share their happy lists, too.  Be sure to check out the comments on her post to find out who to visit!


  1. This is a wonderful post Tami. I love the Christmas Tree cake ornaments, they made me smile even though I can't eat cake...well not regular cake anyhow. I'm glad you could find some things to take your mind off the migraine and I hope things go well over the weekend.

  2. Oh my, the cupcakes are adorable! I want one right now! Tell your little chef, good luck at the fair with her entry! Tami, hope you are feeling better for the weekend!

  3. Tami, I always love your posts...especially to see what makes you happy! I suffer from migraines too, so I know what you're dealing with. No affiliate link here, but Excedrin PM taken at the onset usually chases the pain away. If not, I head toward my prescription pill.
    We both had some hand-stitching on our lists this week! No my favorite, but it usually looks better on binding, at least for me. I hope your little chef wins happy ribbons at the fair!

  4. Love those Christmas light cupcakes!
    I know all too well the feeling of impending migraine. I was dealing with that on Tuesday and Wednesday. Kept waiting for it but somehow it didn't fully materialiZe. I got lucky!
    Love the big blue bow. So sweet. 😊

  5. Happy to hear you're feeling better, Tami! Summer-season migraines are just the worst... I deal with them every year. It's actually funny that you mentioned the storm. Have you ever read about the connection between storms and migraines? Totally a thing!

    Sending good luck vibes to Emily on her cake decorating project! Love those Christmas lights! πŸ˜„ Hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for linking up!