Got BooBoos? A Cute 5 Year-Old Creates a Hello Kitty BooBoo Buddy!

My daughter loves her booboos!  She makes them up just so she can be dramatic and get a icepack or a bandaid (they are so fashionable now-a-days ya know).  And yes, I have been known to sport a Hello Kitty or Dora bandaid when I really needed one and these were the only things within reach!  Ahhh, the joys of motherhood!

Reading my, yet another new, sewing/quilting book, (yes I am a bag and a book hag!)… with Ella by my side, she picked up my post-it notes (yes, post-its are up there with my Sharpie obsession!), and tabbed her booboo project in this great book-Sewn By Hand.

Being the hyper and all so patient mama, I decided it would be best to do this not by hand but by machine!  So smart…

So off we go and thirty minutes later-voila! Booboo buddies R Us! I highly recommend this fun and quick project with your little ones!  Cheers! Linda at

Wanna Ruana? The Frugal Sewist Decides… Yes!

While visiting family in Dallas a few months ago, I went to Soma and Chicos for my usual shopping spree and I purchased an impulse Ruana … See, isn’t it so tropical for my island climate?  I agree, thank you.

So, after spending way too much on my impulse purchase, wondering if I will ever really wear it, I packed it away and brought it back to the islands.  Well, it turns out, I do wear it and love the comfort.  It also looks quite nice and fancy… Re-looking at this, I decided, how hard would this really be to make?  Famous last words…

Ok, my husband is doing his usual dinner prep-did you hear that ladies?  I am sooooo lucky, my husband actually loves to cook.  Tonight was no different…. He decided that he wanted to cook under the influence.  But really ladies, this is an every night occurrence, the husband cooking and him cooking under the influence! This gives me time to sew and quilt-again, I am sooooo lucky! He calls this dish “Left Over Roast Chicken Under The Influence with Oregano and Spinach Soup.”

Okay, so my husband wants to get to into the blog… He thinks I should post a picture of his project classic car to attract quilter’s husbands, and I told him to step away from the computer and stick to his “knitting” so to speak!  Ha! Stay tuned for future posts!

Ok, back to me… a few days ago, I went to the fabric store… wait, clearly I DO NOT NEED TO GO INTO A FABRIC STORE FOR A VERY LONG TIME (I have ALL I really need)… Linda-focus! Okay… fine, but I wanted to get some fun things to give away on our blog.  Oooops, I should probably be more discrete about that…

Ok, back to the story, I found two yards of 50% off fabric that was light and airy… sorry, I have no idea, if it is silk or otherwise, but it hangs so light and breezy…  so for $11.00, yes, you “heard” right… $11.00.  This may not seem like a deal to you but when you live on a island where everything comes by boat, we get excited about sales!!!

Ok, back to the story, I poured a drink and “dove” in.  I just (I kinda measured, I kinda pinned, I kinda cut straight, and I kinda ironed the hem, not really, I didn’t even plug in the iron) kinda prepared the fabric.  It actually turned out so lovely!  Eva Bernina did me well but since it was my first time using this light and airy fabric, it took patience!  It isn’t perfect, but no one is going to inspect it as I wear it and IT DOES look lovely!

Yes, Ella wanted to model it… are they both so lovely together!

Cheers!  Linda, Clearly Sewing Under The Influence

Mom, I want to sell my “baby” bed! Eeek!

Eeek, is right.  A little background… I spent a mint on a Flexa ensemble when Zack was two with the promise that the “system” will grow with your child through the teenager years… Cool, how wise and thrifty was I?  Yes, I remain consistent with my apparent lack of eventual thriftiness…

Zack sat me down (yes, he is only 7 years old) and said that his bed was too babyish (is that even a word?) and said he wanted to sell it on Craigslist.  Speechless and a little proud that he made the Craigslist connection/obsession, I listened.

I repeat (in my head)… Linda, seek first to understand, Linda, seek first to understand… so I listened with love and patience in my heart.  (Inside, I couldn’t believe that 1. he feels all “grown up and not babyish” and 2. didn’t he know that “investing” in Flexa means it lasts until he goes off to college? )

Then… get this… he asked, “Can we split the money we get for the bed?”  WHHHHATTT? – (to a silly nursery rhyme song in my head?)  Where oh where did my little boy go, just where or where can he be?

First of all, I said no, dear, with the most love I could muster with a smile. It was bittersweet, it was a brilliant and astute question (we have been focusing on financial literacy lately) yet, heeeelllllooo! he didn’t buy the bed in the first place, nor did he get that I had to replace it!

So the end of the story is this… there was $20 to spare, so I broke down and gave it to him from the proceeds.  He is saving for an ipod touch… yes, HE is saving… he must learn this great American lesson now before it is too late!

So here it goes… a new bed, now warrants a new quilt per Zack’s request.  We flipped through our quilt books and he chose a simple, modern, black quilt with red flames!  It will be such a boy quilt! Stay tuned!!!

Look at my handsome and growing boy!!!

Cheers, Linda at QUTI


Geeezzzzz… everything seems to have another QUTI purpose!

Ok, I was at Safeway, yes, the grocery store, the one I frequent for the staples of life… milk, eggs, fruit, oh wait…. the impulse isle-a fabric throw made of recycled material! $6.99 what a deal? and for a 60×60 piece of fabric-come on quilters, don’t you agree?  Being impulsive and a little ADHD, yes… I bought it!

Feeling righteous for buying an eco-friendly product, and oh so thrifty (it is so not me, but I am trying), I thought I could embellish it with my new Baby Go! Did I say I was impulsive and a little ADHD?  A friend gave me a beautiful Amazon Gift Certificate and I got my frivolous and all important new quilting tool.  Okay, I am sorry, Baby Go, you are not frivolous, you are a tool.  I stand corrected… yes, by myself.

Okay, I digress, or progress, who knows… I pulled out the Baby Go for the first time- WOOO HOOOO!  Geez… a little cute girl thought it was fascinating as well… Ahhh, another “teachable moment” – that is my new code phrase.

Focus Linda.  Okay, but isn’t she cute?  I so love her… Yes, Ella primarily and yes, also the Go Baby…

Onto the project, right?  I pulled out the eco-find and decided to Eva Bernina the flowers (it seemed to so tropical and fun) to embellish with these great pops of color.  Oh, and of course, the colors are so our QUTI colors-yes, I have QUTI on the brain!!!

The sick part of this story is I woke up in the middle of the night and had to sew the binding.  Yes, you “heard” that right.  After sleeping for four hours, I woke up at 1 and sewed until 3:30am… I must seek professional help I am sure!!!!  I even talked to myself and said “Linda, this is lame… why are sewing in the middle of the night? and why can’t you stop?”  I said, back to myself, “Well, I just need to finish the binding so I can feel like I accomplished something.”  “Oh,” I said, “That’s lame.”  I said, “Yes, it is but it is soooo me!”

Well, there it is… just four flowers and my beautiful binding!

Cheers!  Linda, Blogging Under The Influence

“Honey, I ruined your Tommy Bahama shirts”

Wait, wait, let me explain!

We went through a Dave Ramsey money management course and we were on a roll. Brian, my husband, and I started cutting our spending habits left and right. It was invigorating!

Here is where it gets interesting. I figured we were spending too much on dry cleaning and that I could be a “good wife” and start to wash and iron Brian’s work shirts. I figured I would not only feel like a righteous wife, we could save a bundle on our dry-cleaning budget.

Well, in Hawaii, business professionals wear aloha shirts and my husband loves his silk, Tommy Bahama shirts. He has collected many over the years and I must say he looked dapper in them. “Looked” being the operative word.

I wash my first batch in the delicate cycle, hung dried them… off to a good start, I thought. Well, kinda. Feeling righteous, I decided to overachieve and iron them as well. I sprayed my first panel and ugh… I stained the shirt!

I thought, oh it must just be this color of shirt, so I moved to the next one. You would think I would learn with the first $150 dollar shirt, but no…

The next one stained as well. Geez! Yep, it was confirmed that I wasn’t the domestic goddess I thought I was. Duh! I should have stuck to banking!

Back to others… So I learned not to spray the shirts first and kept laundering the others. Yes, my drive to complete all of his laundry resulting in over $1,000 in damage since “NOTE TO ALL” these silk shirts don’t launder well and all changed their shape. Oh, by the way, yes… these sequence of events all happened under a sober state (maybe this is where I took a wrong turn…)!

With my tail tucked, I shared the disaster with him.  Yes, he is such a loving man that, yes… we are still married today!

So, I decided to “make lemonade” so to speak! I took my first cut, which was my most expensive cut to date! Then, I kept cutting and cutting, and check this out! So, since I took the process challenge, here is my half finished, $1,000+ quilt rows… It makes me nervous-what will I back it with? How will I launder it? Any ideas would be welcome. I will keep you updated on my progress.

Cheers, still married Linda