Sunday, April 28

Tis the Season for the Earth & blog catch up....

You've probably noticed I haven't posted many sewing projects the last few weeks, only the Pom Pom Blog Hop stuff from April 24.  The reason is, it's Earth season.  For me it's not day or month it's a season, my busiest time of the year as the Environmental Education Coordinator in our city.  Our city is 141,000+ in population... Not everyone is green yet but I am working on it!  Lol.

In the last several weeks, I have been hosting event after event, presenting to schools, scouts and church groups and just plain going bananas!   The BIG events include the following.

After returning from the Texas Water Conference in Galveston back on the 11th, on April 13th -- I hosted our Texas Trash Off event.  We had about 600 volunteers pick up litter all over the city.  our city does not have a litter problem BUT if you look will find some!  This was more than double the volunteers as any previous year so on one hand very overwhelmed (big gulp) and on the other hand doing back flips because it was so many residents were interested.

April 18th I hosted a gardening seminar for 50 residents, teaching residents about drought tolerant and native landscaping. This was really successful.

On April 20th, I helped host the Beautification Day at my daughter's school with the PTA and people from our local Kohl's department store.  About 25 volunteers helped spread 10 cubic yards of mulch and compost to 62 trees and plant 240 drought tolerant flowers in the landscape to beautify the school campus.  Here is Micaela in a wheelbarrow. 

April 21st was Micaela's 8th birthday.  We had a small celebration with family and will celebrate in May when we have a free weekend with her little friends.  Here's a quick family snapshot right before she blew out the candles.   We can't believe she is 8 already!

April 22nd was the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day.  This marked my 15th year working in Environmental Stewardship, 10 years at BAG Corp in Dallas and 5 years at the City of McKinney. I feel very fortunate to be doing the type of work that makes a difference.

April 25th, I hosted a big Rain Barrel Building Workshop. I love rain barrels, this class is always popular.

Yesterday, April 27th, I hosted our Drug Take Back Event in partnership with our County Sheriff's Department and Police Department.  OMG, this was my first time to host this event and it was a HUGE success.  We collected more than 600 lbs of medicine and more than 25 large garbage bags of medicine packaging for recycling.  We had more than 150 cars in a four our time span, that's a car every 90 seconds.  Here I am with the officers that helped me.  You can see all of the bags!  I am so thankful this stuff is not in the landfill or the watershed. 
At this point, I am over the hump.  I have a few more big city wide events to go, a few more presentations at schools and that will be IT because the calls from schools and groups will slow down and my focus will change to promoting water conservation during the summer months as our area of North Texas is in a drought.

So there you have it, that's why I haven't sewn much lately.  I hope this post didn't bore you to much. Hopefully something I posted in my list above will inspire you to do something to save the earth where you live if you are not doing it already.  Thanks again for reading this far. 

Tuesday, April 23

Shake your Pom Poms Blog Hop

Welcome to my Blooming Where I am Planted blog and the FIRST day of the Shake Your Pom Poms Blog Hop.

This is my second time to hop with Mdm. Samm and I am excited to be here.  Thank you to Thearica from Pig Tales and Quilts and of course Mdm Samm for organizing and cheerleading.  Special thanks to Clover for sponsoring!

When the Shake Your Pom Poms Blog Hop was announced I knew I had to sign up because I had been wanting to make a throw pillow with pom pom fringe for my daughter's room for a while and this would make me do it!

I looked up several tutorials and found this one by Living with Punks.  I wanted to make a small pillow with two colors, black & hot pink.  I didn't want it to be square because most of the throw pillows on my daughter's bed are square.  I thought a rectangle would work well.

Well here it is on the bed in her room.  I think it looks pretty cute. 

Micaela's room has been in transition for the last several months.  We are slowly going from a spring pastel color scheme with flowers and butterflies to hot pink and black modern prints.  Now that these pillows are made, I feel like we are one step closer to finally finishing this room.

Here is a close up of the pillow.... small but cute. 

This small pillow took 6 yards of pom pom fringe.  I was surprised the fringe didn't go farther considering I spaced the rows close together.  To be honest, after about the 9-10th row I was pretty much on auto pilot.  The biggest hassle was switching thread colors for every row.  I tried not switching but it looked bad so I unstitched and did it over.   Overall I am pleased with how this turned out, my 8 year old loves it and that's all that matters.

I've used pom pom fringe on several other projects, see the next enry for pictures. Be sure to stop by the other blogs to see what they did with their pom poms,  thanks for stopping by.

Here are the rest of the blogs to visit:

Other Pom Pom Projects

Pom Pom fringe is kind of a staple in my sewing room decor also.  I just realized that all three of my Janome machines have covers with Pom Pom fringe on the bottom edge.  That wasn't planned at all, I honestly just realized it.  I made these covers as I got the machines so probably 6 to 8 months apart over the last few years.  Here is a close up of each one. 

The Janome 300e

The Janome 200e

 My Janome DC5100

One of the pillows on the day bed in my sewing room has Pom Pom fringe too, notice the small pillow on the left behind the main 'sewing machine' pillow.
Well, that's it for my Pom Pom projects, thanks for stopping by.  Make sure and visit the other blogs on the hop today.  Have a great day!

Monday, April 22

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! This marks my 15th year working in Environmental Stewardship, 10 years at BAG Corp in Dallas and 5 years at the City of McKinney. I feel very fortunate to be doing the type of work that makes a difference.

Earth Day Stamps

Celebrate Earth Day 2013 with Stamps from the US Postal Service.   You can buy them online here
I am so glad these are back!

8 is Great

We had a terrific weekend.  Our little princess turned 8 yesterday.  Here she is one day old in 2005.
 And, here she is today!  We love you Micaela!

Thursday, April 11


Big day. Posting from afar.

At Texas Water Conference in Galveston. Proud to be presenting an abstract about one of our water conservation programs w/colleagues from the Cities of Allen & Frisco. Special thanks to Allen for dreaming big & letting Frisco and Mckinney be a part of annual movement that teaches our residents how to conserve WATER!

Friday, April 5

Red Red Red

TGIF, what a long week.  This is my last free weekend before I have big city events every Saturday from now til practically Memorial Day.

Yesterday, I co-sponsored a Wellness Lunch & Learn with our HR department for our employees.  The speaker was a long time friend of mine who actually mentored me back in the early 90's when I was a college intern. It's so crazy that 20 years later things came full circle for me and we are able to work together on projects.  I never would have thought I would still live in the DFW area much less the same city where she is based.

I wanted to make a little thank you gift and this is what I came up with... tada a zipper pouch.  Is anyone suprised?  I think these zipper bags are my go-to gift now.

My husband made the matching pen on his lathe.  He's getting really good at wood turning, I love when I am able to find acrylic or wood in his stash to match fabric in my stash, it makes the gifts more complete. 
The lining in the zipper pouch was a polkadot print from SU Candy Cane collection.  I am so pleased that the reds all matched.  Believe it or not, I am working on some stuff that isn't zippered bags, I just can't show until the recipients receive.  Stay tuned for some baby items as soon as these new family members hatch.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 3

Weenie Dog Pouches

Last week I got an order for a little herd of weenie dog pouches... nine of them!  To be honest, I thought it was a prank but when the payment showed up in my PayPal account, I was quite pleased.

I think these little puppies turned out pretty cute.   The buyer wanted them all to be different so I made the top band different colors and added the embroidered name.

I've never made so many pouches out of the same fabric before so this was a first.  The buyer was giving them to her girlfriends on a Bachelorette trip.   Isn't that fun? 

Want one with your name on it?  They are available in my Etsy Store.  Thanks for stopping by!