Wednesday, December 9, 2015

And So, Here's To The End

With all good things there must come an end. While I don't think this has been a very good blog in terms of content, mainly because I haven't really poured much into it, although I had good intentions; it is time to call it quits here. I had so many ideas I wanted to share, not to mention my projects, but over the past six months or so life really has taken a different direction. There have been more personal things going on in my life and I just can't focus on this right now. I have completed several Project Linus quilts as well as gifts for special people in my life, which can be viewed on Instagram where I occasionally share some of the quilty and crafty side of my life, so if that appeals to you I welcome you to check in with me there @kimeediso  Thank you for following along here and for the positive feedback and encouragement along the way. God Bless!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Be Back Soon

Hi there Friends! 

So, I guess I took a bit of a blogging break. It wasn't a planned break, it just sort of evolved. We've had a busy summer and honestly I just haven't taken the time to sit down and try to gather my thoughts to put to words on the screen, instead when I have had time I've opted to zone out in the land of Pinterest. Believe me when I say I've had dozens of bloggy ideas, thoughts and projects that I've completed that I've wanted to share. So, once I get back to some sort of routine I'll make some time to get caught up here. 

We're also "back to school" around here, for record keeping purposes, more on that later...and because blog posts are way more interesting with at least one photo, I'll leave you with this one from our first official day of attendance spent at our beach classroom :)



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

Linking up with the lovely ladies over at, 
~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
~Pretty~
A drawing in progress by Sofie. 
She's been working on eyes lately...

~Happy~
This girl, she's the happiest when she's creating! 
Meet Mr. Blue Bat...


~Funny~
So much funny in this...
Sofie making a funny face because of the scene from the backseat, 
a Furby that was found in the alley and goes everywhere GiGi goes,
and GiGi, playing the ukulele while wearing a jacket--in Florida!


~Real~
I don't normally buy CDs these days
but when I do it's because it's really good Christ centered music.
As my daughter Cheyenne would say "good music brings you closer to Christ", 
this album by Audrey Assad is not only good, it's REAL music that speaks to your soul.


For more Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real posts be sure to visit,

God bless!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cheyenne's Pretty, Happy, Funny Real Post

Today I have a little bit of time to myself aside from babysitting my cute little cousins. This past week I have managed to snap a few pictures for this new blog post idea. My mom did one last week so now it's my turn!


-Pretty-

The finished painting! I had fun doing this for my Aunt. Can't wait to receive 
my package of art supplies from my mom so I can work on some watercolor projects!



-Happy-

Last week my sister Phoenix came down to visit me. I was so happy to see her! 
We like to keep it simple so we went for some pizza and hung out at the park. 



-Funny-

This is my funny and cute cousin Micah. He was being silly this morning and decided 
to put his cereal on his head! Love this little guy! He is always making me laugh!



-Real-

This book is fantastic. It is full of truth. It has been a huge help in my spiritual journey. 
Thank you to my awesome spiritual director and friend Father Steve for sending this book to me!



Thank you for stopping by! 
God Bless!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A First Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real Post

I've been following the lovely ladies over at Like Mother, Like Daughter for a while now and I really enjoy reading their posts about faith, family and crafting. They hold a weekly link up on Thursdays called Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real, that's meant to be a prompt in "Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life". Through the link up I've met some other wonderful and inspiring ladies of faith and thought me and Cheyenne could take turns each week and share a post. So, here we go!


~ Pretty ~
Tuesday, the 2nd, was my Goddaughter's birthday and after spending some time
 in Adoration I went to light a candle for her. This pretty votive had been left there...


~ Happy ~
Yesterday I finally finished piecing the blocks for my nephew's superhero quilt.
I trimmed them, after this picture was taken, and now they are ready to be sewn together into a top!


~ Funny ~
My husband Troy and I have been married for over 21 years. Originally we were married at the courthouse in Portsmouth,Virginia, but nine years ago yesterday, June 3rd, we celebrated the sacrament of marriage in the Catholic Church with all the trimmings--white dress, flowers, family, Eucharist and even a honeymoon to follow! Some of my favorite photos are the "funny" ones, here in this one we were walking down the aisle after the ceremony and my husband had just whispered to me, "we did it" and I exclaimed, "yes, we did!!" It's funny because of all we had gone through leading up to our big day, planning, travel, sick kids and stitches above my eyebrow exactly one week before!


~ Real ~
God is real and if we quiet ourselves we can hear him...
My prayer life has suffered lately and after my last post I've committed to working on it.
After dropping off church linens on Tuesday morning I went to the Adoration chapel to pray and have some quiet time alone with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and write in my journal. I was overcome with tears as I knelt before Him and saw what statue of Mary was displayed, the statues are changed according to the Marian Feasts and the May statue was still there, and what the prayer intention was, there is a frame that sits at the base of the altar that holds the monstrance and each day there's a different intention. 


For more Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real inspirations be sure to visit,

Monday, June 1, 2015

How I Pray...

Life has certainly been a whirlwind of sorts around here lately. On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima we said goodbye to our daughter Cheyenne as she began her new adventure as a nanny. Exactly one week later we said goodbye to her twin sister, Phoenix, who also landed a nanny job just two hours away from Cheyenne. On Saturday, the 23rd, while helping Cheyenne with her blog post from afar, I had some time to do some reading and catch up with some of my favorite bloggers. I discovered that I had been tagged by the lovely Maurisa from Half A Dozen And More Productions to answer a few questions about "how I pray". I enjoyed reading her post and getting to know her a little better and was inspired to evaluate my own prayer life, which I confess has suffered more than I'd like since before the end of Lent. I mentioned in an earlier post that Lent this year was hard, but good. It was good because it was hard. I did some really hard self evaluating where my ego mind is concerned and through the challenge, exposed the selfishness, self pity and bitterness that before I was way too naive and prideful to believe I had reconciled with. What I've come to realize is, this sort of hard interior work must be ongoing work! One just doesn't put selfishness, self pity and bitterness aside once and think that's that--no, no, our nature, our human condition needs continual grace in order to properly deal with the thorns of selfishness, self pity and bitterness when they're at work in our lives. It's through prayer that we enter into the presence of the indwelling of God and receive the life of grace--this grace is just as necessary as the air we breathe, without it we die a slow and often times extremely painful spiritual death. 

Who Are You? This is a question we as a family talk about quite often. It's a question I've found myself asking many, many times before...who is Kim, really? Outside the labels we so easily attach to self these days in portraying our identity, my husband, my constant pillar of wisdom, reminds me that in thinking about who I am I should always remember that I am a child of God first before anything else. Sensitive, intuitive, creative, indecisive, and stubborn are a few of my personality traits. I met my husband Troy, of 21 years now, back when we were both in the Navy. We were stationed aboard the U.S.S. Shenandoah and worked across the hall from each other. He was an IM (instrumentman) and I was an IC (interior communication electrician). He worked on gauges and I worked on gyroscopes. Jimi Hendrix's song "All Along The Watchtower" was our connection and seven months later we were married at the courthouse in Portsmouth, Virginia. Seven months after we were married our twins were born, 11 weeks premature. Seven years after the twins were born, our daughter Sofia was born. Two and a half years later along came Gianna. In our family of six I'm the convert to Catholicism. My husband Troy is a revert. Phoenix and Cheyenne were eight years old and Sofia was 15 months old the day the three of them were baptized together on the Feast of the Lord's Baptism. The following year Gianna was baptized at the Easter Vigil when I was received into the Church. Besides living in Virginia we've lived in Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina, North Dakota, Texas and now reside in Florida. Not sure where we'll eventually settle down and call home but for now we're enjoying our time here. 

What is Your Vocation? Being a wife and mother was always what I wanted when I was a young girl, however it wasn't until about five years ago when I fully and intentionally embraced my vocation. The first three to four years of marriage and life with the twins was difficult. We experienced many challenges and once we pushed through, for years I struggled with feeling like I wasn't doing enough. I had created undue pressure and expectation on myself to do more. For years I thought I should finish college, I went back and forth, started and stopped before realizing what I really needed to do was embrace the gifts and blessings in front of me. Our kiddos have gone to public school, the twins went through middle school before homeschooling to graduation in 2012. Sofie went halfway through 4th and GiGi halfway through 2nd before full time homeschooling began in February, 2012. Homeschooling was hard at first. I went into it kicking and screaming so to speak, but I knew it was the best thing I could do for them at the time. It took a while to find our groove and what works for us, and Lord knows there were days when I wished they were in public school, but I'm glad to have stuck it out.

What is Your Prayer Routine for an Average Day? Typically I start each day with a cup of coffee while I read the daily readings using the Laudate app on my phone. My husband does the same and very often we'll discuss the readings with one another. After the readings I pray for family and friends' intentions. Quite often the Lord will show me something in the readings that will help me find focus for the day or help me be more specific in prayers for others.  

Do You Have a Devotion that is Particularly Important to You or Effective? Besides the Mass, going to Adoration at least once a week and spending quiet time in front of the Blessed Sacrament is particularly important to me. During Lent I found that writing in my journal while in Adoration became a great way for me to be honest with myself and was very helpful to look back on as a way of assessing progress in my prayer life, as well as realizing where I've fallen short. 

Do You have a Place, Habit, or Way of Praying? The way of praying that I find myself practicing most often is that of meditative prayer, especially when I'm in quilt making mode or some other creative endeavor. I try to walk at least three times a week, which is a great time for meditative prayer.

Do You Use Any Tools or Sacramentals? I wear a vintage Miraculous Medal that reminds me to pray daily for my daughters' purity. In our home we have many pieces of religious art and statues to be an ever present reminder of our faith and one of my favorite tools is the incenser that we have on our home altar, the buffet in our dining room.

"Behold, I build a house to the name of the Lord my God, 
to dedicate it to him, and to burn before Him sweet incense." 
2 Chronicles 2:4

  
What is Your Relationship to the Rosary? I love our Blessed Mother and I think the Rosary is a beautiful prayer, but I find it difficult to pray on my own. It's definitely an area in my prayer life I'd like to improve. This week I'm going to commit to taking a rosary with me on at least one of my walks. My favorite prayer for recitation is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, especially the version found here on Youtube. 

Are There Any Books or Spiritual Works That are Important to Your Devotional Life? "Through The Year With Fulton Sheen", "Furrow", by St. Jose Maria Escriva, and a little devotion I learned as an Evangelical is to read a chapter a day, chapter matches whatever the date is for the day, from Proverbs. 

What is Your Most Recent Spiritual or Devotional Reading? At the beginning of Lent I started reading The Fire Within, by Fr. Thomas Dubay. I'm about halfway through the fifth chapter and would like to start over and take notes and highlight certain passages so they'll be easier to reference. During Lent each family in our parish was given a copy of the book "Four Signs Of A Dynamic Catholic", by Matthew Kelly and it was sort of our homework each week to read a chapter because the homilies would incorporate parts of the book. 

Are There Saints or Other Figures Who Inspire Your Prayer Life or Act as Patrons? St. Teresa of Avila is my Confirmation saint. St. Francis of Assisi and Saint Pope John Paul II are our family's patron saints. Saint Pope John Paul II holds a very special place in my heart, because of my great-grandmother, who was the seed of my Catholic faith journey.

Have You Had Any Unusual or Miraculous Experiences as a Result of Your Prayer Life? My journey of faith has been filled with many unusual and miraculous events. One that happened in the beginning of my Catholic journey was when I was still in RCIA. I was fascinated in learning more about the saints and had a book called 365 Saints. During that time I was pregnant and had read about Blessed Gianna, now Saint Gianna. I was so moved by her story that I had decided on Gianna for a girl name, after this Blessed Gianna. Unfortunately I miscarried, it was our third miscarriage. Two months later I was pregnant again. Before I found out I was pregnant I got into some poison ivy so bad that I needed to go on meds, oral steroids, antibiotics, antihistamines, plus a steroid creme, it was awful and I was out of my mind miserable!! When I found out I was pregnant I was worried that the meds would harm the baby. About 10 weeks into the pregnancy I started spotting and feared I would again miscarry. I prayed to Blessed Gianna and asked her to intercede on our behalf for protection of the baby and to guard against any ill effects from the meds I had taken.. I went on to deliver our Gianna via c-section on March 6, 2004. On April 10th I was received into the Church and Gianna was baptized. On May 16, 2004 Pope John Paul II canonized Saint Gianna. During my pregnancy with Gianna I had written to the then Blessed Gianna Society and told them my story and asked to be put on their prayer list. They sent me the most beautiful letter, photograph and prayer cards, all third class relics. They also sent a medal that was specially designed for the beatification of now St. Gianna which I pinned to our Gianna's baptismal gown. 

How do you pray?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Finally, A Full Reveal Rail Fence

You may remember a sneaky peek at a surprise quilt a few posts back. I'm so happy to report it has been well received by the new parents-to-be!! It's not the typical colors one would expect to find in a baby quilt, and I like that! I like breaking the norms! What inspired the color choices and pattern had a lot to do with who the parents are and what they do. Phil and Sarah are some of the strongest, and fanciest folks we know, and we love them mucho-mucho! (The fancy part is a little inside thing between Sofie and Sarah and I always think of Sarah whenever I hear the word fancy) Phil and Sarah own and operate Strength Guild, in Topeka, Kansas and I wanted this quilt to be strong, bold and different for their new baby. If you'd like to read more about their gym and training philosophy please visit their website where they have a blog and forum here or find them on their Facebook page here. 

I don't consider a quilt truly "finished" until it's had a ton of photos taken of it.
It's part of the creative cherry-on-top for me. Finding the right spot to take photos is a lot of fun too, I might add! For this quilt the perfect spot was in our garage among tools of strength.

A Quilt Among Kettlebells
(think that'd be a cool title if it were an art photo...teehee)





The quilting part is the part I'm least confident about in the quilt making process. Out of the scraps I made this little mug rug to test my quilting design before attempting it on the quilt. I was pleased with how it turned out so it became part of the gifted goodies for mama and baby. 
Fancy mamas need fancy mug rugs to go with their morning brew!


Thanks for stopping in,
now, back to my wips...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

New Supplies, New Ideas, New Adventures

Hello Everyone!
Recently, over the past week or so, I have been adjusting to my new home and my new job as a nanny to my three adorable cousins. I have been so busy keeping up with these little sweetie pies, that I haven't had the time to just sit down and think of a new project or even hold a paintbrush. But yesterday was slow and I stole an hour or two and just started painting. Oh, how wonderful that felt!! I felt the weight of "nanny-hood" fall off my shoulders as my brush glided across the fresh canvas and swirled in the vibrant colors. Something abstract and fun for my Aunt to hang over her dart board when she's not using it. Since my mom hasn't sent my box of art supplies yet, I am using some of my Aunt's old acrylic paint and brushes that she found stowed away in her crafty closet. I'm not quite finished yet but I have some pretty awesome ideas! We shall see where the brush takes me! 



Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Be sure to stick around to see the finished painting!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Introducing Cheyenne

Hi there! I'm Cheyenne and I love art. I'm self taught and when I was 10 years old I received a drawing kit as a gift from a family friend and have been hooked ever since. After doing pencil drawings for a while I discovered all sorts of different media to experiment with. Some of my favorites are watercolor and pastel. I also have fun with acrylics and charcoal. When I was younger I loved to draw wolves and dogs. These days I'm greatly inspired by my faith and am fascinated with drawing and painting people. Besides drawing and painting I enjoy taking artistic photos, and playing the piano. 


My goal as a contributor to this blog is to share my artistic ideas that will hopefully inspire all who are interested in "artsy fartsy" things to be creative and expressive in their own way. I hope whoever sticks around for the art show leaves with a more ardent desire to live a more colorful, creative and beautiful life! 

Here is a sample of my recent watercolor craze. 
These  roses are abstract and expressive and I just love the way the 
colors flow to create a dreamy effect for the background. 
Watercolors are so much fun! 


Meet Honiahaka the fox. His name means "little wolf".  Inspired by the amazing artist, Alison Fennell, I painted this with watercolors for my sister who loves foxes and butterflies.


 This is Abeduban the owl. My little sister Gianna loves owls. She also picked a Native American name meaning "light of day". I also was inspired to paint this from another awesome artist named Amber Alexander. You can find some of her art in her Etsy Shop here.


I was experimenting with pastel on canvas with this picture of The Blessed Virgin Mary. It didn't turn out the way I was hoping, but now that I have tested the waters, I'll be ready to give it another shot!


My mom snapped a sneaky picture while I was sketching a graphite study. 
I really love the deep contrast of charcoal drawings.


Here is another graphite study with a hint of vibrant pastels. My main focus was to 
practice shading, contours and highlights to achieve a three dimensional look. 
Still needs practice, but I'm having fun with it!



This is an "artsy fartsy" mixed media project I've been working on with my mom. 
The background is textured with tissue paper. Come back soon for the finished painting!



Here I used pieces of paper from and old church missal to create depth and texture.


My mom was inspired by a painting on the front of the Magnificat for the month of March and asked me to draw it for her. I finished just in time for Mother's Day. I used watercolor pencils and soft pastels to create this copy of the Virgin of the Annunciation most likely painted by Luca Signorelli.


I painted St. Teresa of Avila for my Mom's birthday one year.   
This was my first portrait painting. I experimented with colored pencils 
and oil pastels to create smooth skin textures and clean lines.


Thanks for visiting and God Bless!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Finish and A Change

Hmm, where'd I leave off? Since my last post I've been pretty busy, and who isn't busy these days right? First let's talk about a finish! Both little quilts I was working on were finished the day after my last post and I had hoped I'd have a moment or two to at least post a quick picture, but in the whirlwind of preparing to go out of town the day after, well, I just didn't get to it! Then once I was back from a little R and R trip with my husband, it was back to more busyness! Taking some breaths now while I can to show you the little scrap quilt...which still needs a wash but I wanted to take some pretty pictures and I'm a little bit over doing laundry right now ;-) I had no clue how to quilt this so I sent it off to my friend Julie, who never fails to impress me, told her to work her magic, and Voila!! I totally love how it all came together! Originally, I thought of listing it in my Etsy shop but the quarterly Project Linus meeting is coming up this Saturday and I haven't had time to work on a donation quilt soooo,....that's where it's gonna go!



My lovely daughter Cheyenne contributed some 
stitches to the binding and was kind enough to 
suffer through the picture taking process ;-)



I sew love a quilty burrito! Just look at those yummy colors!!


Here's a close up of the beautiful quilty stitches by Julie.



Now, let's talk about a change. Life is full of changes, right? If you take a quick look around this here little blog you'll notice there's been some changes. The reason for the changes is, my daughter Cheyenne is preparing to once again fly the nest! She has accepted a nanny job in another state far away. Over the years we have collaborated on several artsy projects. She enjoys creating art of all types and since she's been home she has poured herself back into creating beautiful art. I love watching her, helping her and sharing ideas.....and Lord knows, I am going to miss her terribly, again!! I thought while she's off discovering her new path, perhaps discerning art school, we could share this bloggy space like we've shared the creative space here at home over the years, only now I'll not be screaming at her to keep her paints away from my fabrics! So, we'll be blogging together from afar and sharing our artsy, farsty accomplishments and holding each other accountable, I'm promising to make more of an effort in filling my sketchbook between quilts and pulling out the paints from time to time too, which was the original plan with this blog but, fabric has a way of becoming the center of attention with my time where artsy stuff is concerned! Cheyenne is working on a little intro post to say hi and to include some of her work, so be looking for that here in the next few days :-)

Oh, and before I forget...
the surprise quilt was mailed off yesterday
 so I'll be posting the full reveal on it soon!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Almost Finished

A quick quilty update. Trying this blogging thing from my phone...test, test :) The two off the wall wips are almost finished! The bindings are on and about half way hand finished. My daughter Cheyenne kindly volunteered to help with some hand sewing yesterday on one of them. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Two Off The Wall WIPs

This little quilt was made using scraps leftover from a string quilt I made last summer. It's off the wall and very close to marking off my wip list! I sent it out last week to be quilted and it's in route back to me now for binding and a wash. I can hardly wait for it to arrive!!


 Here's a pic of the string quilt from last summer...


This next pic is a little sneaky peek of a surprise quilt, 
shhh, more about this one later. 
I was brave and quilted this one myself with a scallop stitch. ;-)


Goal for the week?
That these wips will be finishes by Friday!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Chair Affair

It seems I've got a little love for chairs. About fours years ago, I picked up this beauty of a harp chair for four bucks at a thrift store in Colorado. Yep, another project I didn't have time for, but I saw the potential this beauty had! I look at it like this, I've had four years to ruminate on different ideas. This morning I got to thinking about what project to work on, looked up and it practically jumped up and screamed at me to free it from the dark ages already!

Before...


Took it outside and removed the seat. It had two layers of fabric.


Yuck!
Straight to the trash ya go!


Used some 60 grit to sand and scuff before using a fine grit to smooth the edges.


Who knows how many years of grime was on top. 


And, here's looking at the bright ages!
Not finished yet though, 
I've got a few more tricks up my sleeve :-)


Can you guess what piece of furniture will be freed next?
Um, yeah, about that...
That's my grandmother's sewing cabinet in the background 
that I've had for about two and a half years now.
It didn't always live outside. 
It used to be the perfect stand for our bird cage.
Guess it should go back inside now, since we don't think Forrest will be coming back. 
Sigh.
But, I've got a few good ideas
to free it from the dark ages...

Monday, April 13, 2015

Gift Bag Goodness

Several weeks back, during my Spring declutter/purge, I came across a gift bag that had been given to Gianna for her 9th birthday filled with goodies from her Godmother. I try really hard not to hold onto too many of these, I usually donate what we don't keep to reuse. But this one, well I couldn't donate it or reuse because it's so pretty! I mean just look at it!! Those colors and shapes, they totally coordinate with my space! Great inspiration for a quilt, right?? How about using a die cut punch and make a bunting out of it?? Mixed media artwork?? It would also make a great book cover!! How about bookmarks?? Sometimes the ideas are there and they get filed away until later when there's more time. And then two years later you realize you haven't done any of the ideas when you run across it during a Spring declutter/purge. Hubby says stop being a hoarder already!

And then I had another idea...

I like to change the screen lock image on my phone from time to time so I thought, why not take a picture of it and use as a screen lock on my phone!! That way every time I click my phone on there it will be to remind me to do something with it!! 74 pictures later, hubby says stop being a digital hoarder already! Taking the pictures was a creative act in itself and was fun too! I guess I do have time to do something with it if I had time to take that many pictures ;-)










It's a happy, colorful screen lock and
I think that counts as doing something with it for now!
What would you do?