I'm going to be transferring a few of the posts I had made on my Facebook page over here so that they can all be in one place again - to catch up...
Here's a post of the quilt I made up to the last minute as I left for the hospital to have baby Dax.
Here is the last quilt I finished before going into the hospital to give
birth... It started off a few years ago as 4 leftover blocks from the
quilt I made for our foster baby as he
left our home... Then I made it into a small (too small) top. For
years I would pull it out and try different borders onto it to try and
make it bigger, but none of them worked. I finally pulled it out
recently and found some fabrics I liked for it. I decided to hand quilt
it, since it had been a while since I had hand quilted a project, and
then when it was getting close to done, I couldn't imagine parting with
it... So it had to be finished before baby came home.
I "may have"
actually (read: I DID) delayed our departure to the hospital by 15-20 minutes as I
begged Jay to understand that I needed to finish this binding before we
In the end, I could have brought it with me and worked on it
for the next 24 hours before I finally had my c-section to get this
little guy out...
Monday, March 2, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I think they might be my favorite. I also love oatmeal in general, though until now there haven't been very many oatmeal fans in our house. Z has always liked oatmeal... I was sad when he stopped calling it "opee-mo", but Jay and Mimi aren't big fans. Until now.
Since I'm breastfeeding and wanting to keep my milk supply up, I was looking for less tired and time consuming oatmeal recipes online. I stumbled onto a chocolate chip baked oatmeal recipe that seemed good, but it was a bake-for-one thing by a single girl who clearly had more control over her mornings than I do. I need something good and fast.
So I messed with her recipe... Doubling/tripling it, adding things... Cutting out a lot of the sugar... And came up with something so good that I look forward to eating it every morning. And all I have to do is unwrap my little frozen tin foil square and microwave it for 1min 20sec. And my oatmeal hating husband loves it too... And pickiest of all, Mimi, will eat it (though few things tear her from her morning bagel and cream cheese)
The most recent batches have added in chia seeds for health reasons, but I've found they add some nice crunch too.
Here's the recipe:
LibbyDibby's chocolate chip chia oatmeal breakfast cake
1 1/2 c. Milk
3T chia seeds
1 1/2 t vanilla
2T maple syrup
1 1/2 c applesauce
3 c rolled oats
1/2 c chocolate chips (I use mini- semi sweet)
3/4 t salt
Soak chia in milk for five minutes while you combine all of the dry ingredients. Then mix it up really well since the chia tends to clump.
Then mix all the wet ingredients into the dry ones. Pour them into a greased 9x13 pan.
I cook at least 30 minutes in my convection oven until done.
After the oatmeal has cooled (I usually eat one serving while it's hot, because it's so yummy, I can't wait) I usually cut it into little squares wrap it in tinfoil and put them in the freezer then I can pull out one serving of cake for breakfast every morning I usually microwave it for one minute and 20 seconds. I find the recipe makes about 9-12 servings, depending how you slice it ++UPDATE! - I'M NOW MAKING THIS IN A SILCONE MUFFIN TIN - WAY EASIER TO GET PORTIONS EQUAL AND EASIER TO CLEAN UP. I GET ABOUT 15-16 LITTLE SERVINGS++
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
http://lillyella.blogspot.com/2014/12/sturdy-fabric-basket-tutorial.html?m=1)- it was a fast and easy pattern and I had fun filling the end result with goodies for the gifted one and remotes (!) for my practice one... My favorite part is the $2.50 thrifted leather belt that I used for handles...
Saturday, February 7, 2015
So instead of giving her a bunch of baby quilts (she still got a lot of them from the other quilty friends), Latifah and Hollie and i collaborated to make two twin sized quilts for the twins. They're bright and scrappy log cabin and log cabin house blocks with I-spy centers to make them fun for the girls.
The log cabin house one was a pattern that I had made two blocks for my friend, Janice, in BeeHappy a few years ago and had always wanted to revisit. It's such a fun block to make that I may have more in my quilting future still. :)
I've also included a pic of Dax and the twin girls on another one of their amazing quilts, made by the uber talented Liz Harvatine.
Friday, February 6, 2015
The earrings are smoky topaz (oh how I love deepest browns) and pearl... And I'm keeping them. :)
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
This Christmas only one family gift was homemade - if that doesn't tell you the state of things!
But here we are in February and it's a great month to be born in. It's always made me feel a little weird and a teensy bit special to have my birthday on Leap Year - this year I will be 9 - again, for one last time.
I've decided to celebrate my birthday month by giving away some treasures. This first one is a 9 piece collection of red fabrics. Which I seem to collect, but never use. Well, no more... Each of these is 1/4 yard of something I bought and have been sitting on way too long. So I'm sharing them instead.
The giveaway is being handled completely on Instagram, but you can find it there at #libbydibbybirthdaygiveaway
There will be more too, so keep your eyes open
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 2014
About 4 years ago, I was invited to have a solo art show at a gallery in North Hollywood. The show was to be advent themed, and I made 10 collages for it. They were all made from junk mail and catalogs, then blown up really big onto canvases. I haven't pulled them out or looked at them for a while, but I thought now would be the perfect time to bring them back out.
This one is called "Messenger"
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