Get in My Belly!!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you probably know I had gastric sleeve surgery in December 2016. Since then I have tried to find healthy, whole food alternatives that don’t taste like yuck and are easy on my stomach. Some people (like my hubby) have had the gastric sleeve surgery and can eat anything. Me, not so much. Consequently, I end up living on Siggi’s yogurt, drool, but I am trying to find other tasty things to add to the tummy line-up. Today I happened upon a blog called Real Food Whole Life written by a lady named Robyn. She had a post about Creamy Pumpkin Hummus. Read it. Loved the idea. Made it. FREAKED OUT because it was soooooo good! Knew I had to share it with you!

Have you ever been trolling Pinterest and found a really great looking recipe that you knew you just had to try. You go to the store, buy all the stuff, make it and are so utterly disappointed that the new dish goes right in the garbage? Me too. That is why I was so excited when I made this hummus. Guys, it was so easy (and except for the tahini) pretty cheap to make. AND IT ROCKS! I literally dumped everything into the Ninja, turned it on and bam! Awesomeness! I seriously wished I had a bigger tummy so I could just keep eating it. Try it, I promise you won’t be disappointed!!IMG_2903

Another thing I have been playing with is a replacement for dairy in my coffee. Now, coffee is a food group for me. If I didn’t love Jesus, I would go the the Universal Church of Coffee because I love it so much! And I am very particular (read snobbish) about what I drink. So, to try and replace dairy in my beloved coffee is a struggle. I have a hard time handling dairy (except for yogurt….Siggi’s….yummmm) and I would like to find a suitable replacement. So, the hubby and I went to the store, read labels and tried to find a jumping off point. We bought all unsweetened nut milks and a strange milk called Veggimo that I am terrified to try. So far we have ruled out anything with almonds in it. I feel the almonds, once combined with coffee, taste like black-eyed peas. Yuck. This morning I tried adding honey, with half regular milk and half macadamia milk. It was ok but had a strange aftertaste that I think is the honey. So, I bought the sweetened version of the macadamia milk and I am going to try that tomorrow. I’m not a fan of sweet in my coffee, so we shall see how it goes. I’ll keep you updated!

Have a Peachy Day!

Wendy

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“…living a purposeful, joy-filled life is so important.”

You ever have one of those days that completely changes your perspective on the world? I’m talking about a moment in a day that refocuses your direction, a moment that reminds you of what’s truly important in life. I had one of those moments yesterday and I knew in my heart that what I’m about to tell you is the right thing for me. I have been contemplating Four Peaches Fabric and the roll it plays in my life.

I started 4PF with a dreamy goal of becoming the next Jenny Doan (Missouri Star). I had wild ambitions of starting online, someday owning my own shop and becoming a sewing ambition to the masses! It didn’t take long for reality to sit in. Being a sewing ambition is incredibly exhausting and shockingly expensive! It is amazing to me that so many quilt shops survive considering the huge cost involved. You can never carry everything you want to carry and trying to figure out what appeals to the most people is a crap shoot that even Vegas odds wouldn’t touch. The thing that really shocked me, however, is how much all of this process stole my joy. Quilting was no longer something I looked forward to. It became a task. Every project was a stress-filled selection of choosing a pattern I could carry. How many could I buy? What fabrics could I carry that go with it? How in the world would I get people to notice it? Websites! Shipping! AHHH! Joy gone, out the window. Until I discovered….blogging.

I do love to write and I love to share my crazy life with people. Along this journey I have been blessed to discover several bloggers and I started to realize that Four Peaches is a calling, I just answered it wrong! I have started to place my energy into blogging about fabrics, patterns and all things that interest me and let me tell you – JOY EXPLOSION!

Yesterday my husband received some health news that may change our lives forever and it really brought home to me that living a purposeful, joy-filled life is so important. Yesterday, after conversations of doctors and life decisions, I hugged my husband and said, “Let’s go wrap up Four Peaches.” Together we went through all the fabric and patterns and sorted everything. Together we closed the lid on one dream, and set forth together toward the unknown future.

I do not consider this a failure. Or, maybe it is and I have just learned the truth of what it means to fail. Failing means you tried. Failure means you gathered all of your convictions, your strength and your determination and you jumped off that cliff with the sheer faith that you were headed in the right direction. Failure is not the end; it is the beginning of a new direction. God gives us all journeys and strength for those journeys. We are embracing the new journey set before us.

But first, we must finish the original journey. As of today, I have priced nearly everything on my site at wholesale cost or below. I have changed my free, flat shipping rate to a flat $7.00, which is my actual true cost to ship via the USPS. I thank you for your support and for your continued support of My Four Peaches blog. Knowing you are all with me on this great journey we call life, gives me great encouragement. We are women, we are blessed, and together we are strong.

Still keeping it peachy,

Wendy

Binding, Clips and Rope Bowls…

Friends, I hate to be the bearer of “bad news” but the piano key border on my Dresden Plate quilt isn’t going to happen. I just don’t have enough fabric. I bought the fabric for this quilt four years ago, and well, procrastinators can’t be choosers. I am, however, doing the binding in the dark grey fabric that matches the backing, so that will be nice. I like it, and I hope you do too.

I received my 100 piece clip set that I ordered from Amazon for only $8.99 (free shipping!) and I must say I am very pleased! I was concerned that the quality would be lacking, but they are very sturdy and strong! Even my husband was impressed (which is not an easy feat!). You can still grab your set here. (affilate link) I had enough clips to hold all the binding in place on my quilt, an oversized queen, with plenty left over. Love it.

How about the cute rope bowl they are in?! Vicki Wimsett over at Sewing Doe made me a set of these amazing bowls. I have a large one and two smaller ones. They are great for holding all kinds of goodies. I love supporting other artists, especially when they create things I love, but just don’t have the patience to make myself! You can check out Vicki’s Etsy shop here. Tell her Four Peaches sent you! If you have a fabric you’d like her to use, like I did, you can send her that and she will make custom bowls just for your decor. How fun is that?!

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Have yourselves a peachy day!

Wendy

 

Winner! Winner!

Today is the day to find out who wins the Gingher Rotary Cutter and what I named my new machine. First, I must say, WOW! I am overwhelmed by all of the amazing name ideas and so thankful for all of the lovely comments and support I have received from so many people! I love the online quilting world! What a wonderful, supportive group!

I received over 100 comments with name ideas for my new machine. I loved them all! So many great ideas and stories behind them. Many people suggested a Viking name. The one that stuck with me was Thor, because he was a Viking and my machine is a Viking. However, what really got me was the comment, “Who says your machine is a female?”. Hmmmm. Very interesting. So, I started thinking about Thor, which naturally led me to the TV show Vikings and I thought, eh, that show’s kind of violent and not really a quilting inspiration. My mind then traveled to the Avenger franchise and the Thor movies. And then, I had a revelation! In my mind I saw this beautiful face:

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This is actor, Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor. Now, I could sew with HIM all day. So, I have decided to name my machine Mr. Hemsworth. Because, really, who doesn’t want to sew with him all day?? Thank you Janet T for the inspiration! You are the winner! Please send me your address in an email to wendy@fourpeachesfabric.com.

I must also give a shout out to judihartman2015 who suggested: “Sweet Thang, because you know you’re gonna say that when you walk into the room. Hey, Sweet Thang!” OMG I am still laughing about that one!!!

Mr. Hemsworth and I have been busy! My anatomy and physiology class started back up this week and yesterday I needed a study break! So Mr. H and I worked on my Dresden Plate quilt that I am determined to finish before I grow too old! If you follow me on Facebook (which you should!) I posted these pictures yesterday with the inquiry: border or no border? The overwhelming response was, BORDER! So, I am going to go with my original inclination and add a piano key border. I need to assess my fabric situation to make sure I have enough, but I think I do. I’ll update you with my progress!

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Thank you all for your support and for helping me name my machine!

Have a peachy day!

Wendy and Mr. Hemsworth

 

 

 

Say Hello to My Little Friend!

If you have been following my sewing machine saga, you can join my husband in rejoicing that it is finally over! I BOUGHT A NEW MACHINE! So excited! After much debate on old vs. new vs. computerized vs. throwing the old one out the window….I went with the Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 930. And she is beautiful.

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I decided to stay with the Viking (I had a Designer SE with the embroidery attachment) because I am familiar with it and I have oodles of attachments and those babies aren’t cheap! I didn’t go with an embroidery option, because I just don’t use it and the extra cost didn’t make sense for me. I purchased my machine from The Sewing Cottage in Andrews, Texas. I had a wonderful time meeting Norma and Kelly. They were kind and helpful and we had so much fun! If you are ever in the area, you really must stop by and see them. (she has a FABULOUS 30’s section too!). I also added the expanded sewing table and I can’t wait to try it! If you do not have a Husqvarna Viking dealer near you, you can check out the machine here: Sapphire 930 (affiliate).

Hmmm….now she needs a name! Sounds like a good reason to have a giveaway! What should we give away? I’m thinking someone out there would really like to have a Gingher Rotary Cutter!ODJFOEE2QTk2ODBFNjNEOUI4ODQ6ZmUxZmQ3ZmViZGU0ZTUyNzU4YmUwMzEyOWFmZWVkZDg6Ojo6OjA=

To enter the giveaway, you need to:

  1. Subscribe to my Blog (subscribe link in the sidebar and bottom of page) and
  2. Leave a comment below with your name suggestion

The winner will be chosen Friday, March 23rd at noon!

Thank you for following along and for helping me choose a name! I’ve got to run! My classes start back up tomorrow and right now I’ve got some sewing to do!!!

Have  a peachy day!

Wendy

My husband is a Genius!

I recently converted my husband, a faithful washcloth-user, to what I call a poof-user. You know the scrunchy poofs you use in the shower to exfoliate your skin? I love my poof and he started using one, and now he loves it. It’s a win-win situation. Less laundry to wash and we go through way less soap now. Seriously, the man could go through some soap! The only issue I’ve had is, what in the world do you do with the poof after you’re done with it? In our apartment in West Texas, I have two command hooks that we hang them on. This week we are home in Texas and there is no way I am putting command hooks on my marble shower! So, I usually hang mine on a shampoo bottle or something. This morning I get in the shower to discover this truth: MY HUSBAND IS A GENIUS!

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Genius!

Mind blown!!!! How did I not think of this? I got so excited I started yelling from the shower, “You’re a genius!” (not that he heard me or anything! Men.) When I went back in the bathroom to take a picture of this amazing feat of male ingenuity, I told him, “I’ve never even seen this idea on Pinterest! This could go viral!” So, here we are at the Carley house, changing lives with my husband’s amazing knack of practical simplicity. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Have a peachy day!

Wendy

Oh, my aching back!

I have been searching for a sewing chair that doesn’t break my back (or the bank). I did order the cutest chair from O.co, but it arrived slightly damaged. After a laborious saga with their customer service, they did refund me the money and told me to keep the chair. So, being unable to find another chair that fit my cute, yet comfy mantra, I decided to make this chair work, I mean, it was free, right?

I first started out by trying to use a pillow behind my back. It helped, but every time I moved, wiggled or got up, the darn thing fell out and Fezzik (my puppy sewing buddy) thought it was a bonus lounging cushion just for him. The pillow was a step in the right direction, just not the final answer. I decided to look at our local office supply big box store to see what type of lumbar support cushions they have. The answer was – none. All of that is ordered online, which means you can’t try before you buy, and they were all so….ugly. I had searched and searched to find a cute chair, how could I plop such an ugly cushion on my super cute chair? Fashion can be painful, my friends.

This led me to my next thought, “I’ll just make my own pillow! And it will be cute!” I think I succeeded and here is what I did!

What you need:

5/8 yard of main fabric
1/4 yard accent fabric for tie backs
Filling – I used shredded foam

What I did: (I used a 1/4″ seam)

Main Fabric:
Cut two – 12 x 16 1/2″ rectangles

Then cut two – 4 1/2 x 16 1/2 pieces. I trimmed them so the top was 2 1/2″ and bottom was 4 1/2″ creating an angle.

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From the remaining main fabric cut:
One – 4 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ strip (for the bottom)
One – 2 1/2″ x 16 1/12″ strip (for the top)

From the accent fabric:
Two – 4″ WOF strips

Take your accent strips, fold right sides together and create a tube. Once done, cut your tubes in half. You now should have four tubes. Lay your tube on your cutting mat and mark a three inch angle on each end. Sew directly on this line. Cut off excess fabric and turn your tube right side out. Iron it flat.
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Pin your ties to the right side of one of the 12 x 16 1/2″ body pieces. Pin it 2 1/2″ from the corners. Fold up the excess tie and pin it down so you don’t catch it while sewing.

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Sew the 2 1/2 strip to the top of your body and the 4 1/2″ strip to the bottom.

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Pin your angled sides to the body, right sides together. Make sure the 2 1/2″ piece is at the top. Sew that together.

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Now sew the top and the bottom right sides together, leave a 4″ opening in the center for stuffing. I forgot to take a picture of this!

Next, pin your sides together and sew! When you’re done it should look like this:

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Turn your piece right side out, stuff and hand stitch the opening closed! Viola! You have a super cute support cushion for your chair.

A note on the stuffing- I used ripped foam that came in a bag at my local craft store. My husband has a My Pillow, and this ripped foam is very similar to what is in his pillow. I thought it would add more support than traditional stuffing. I like the “bounce” it gives and it doesn’t flatten like a traditional pillow. Fair warning though, working with it is messy but it does vacuum up nicely.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! Please let me know your thoughts and I’d love to see your super cute support pillow!

Wendy

 

Free to Be Me!

I love to write. I mean, I absolutely LOVE to write. The problem is, I let life get in the way and I don’t take the time to write and before you know it, several months have passed and what have I written? “That’s a big NOTHING for the win, Pat!” (sorry, channeling Wheel of Fortune there for a second). Anyway, all of that to say, I’m sorry to you and to myself for neglecting both of us! I am going to attempt to do better.

Starting Four Peaches Fabric has been an interesting experience for me. I have learned a lot about fabric, patterns, blogs, quilters, Social Media (Instagram scared the Dickens out of me!), and I have learned a lot about what I like and don’t like. I like fabric. I like fabric a lot and I like helping people experience fabric and the amazing things you can do with it even more. My main frustration as a new shop owner is budget. Budget really should be a four letter word that should not be uttered in public company. Ugh. With a new shop budget, there is no way to have everything in your shop that you want to have. This forces you to pick and choose and try to figure out what people will like. Very stressful. And then, once you have that figured out, you feel like you have to find projects that support your fabric and patterns and this really limits your creative ability and totally stresses you out, because what you’d really like to be doing is just helping people create and have fun!! Whew! Just typing that was stressful! So, I have decided to be true to you and to myself and make a few changes around here. I still have Four Peaches and we will continue to provide you cool stuff at fair prices, however, you will also start to see things that I think are cool. These may be projects, or patterns or nifty gadgets. They may or may not include affiliate links (that means if you click the link and purchase the item, I get a small commission). The point is, I want to be free to be me and that means giving myself the freedom to be my crazy, creative self. I’m freeing myself from the anti-creative chains people!!¬† Be on the lookout for new, exciting things in the future.

Now, onto what I’m working on! If you follow me on social media, you know that I am taking nursing classes and just finished finals! That means Spring break baby! No beaches and partying for this college girl (read grandma)! That means sewing, sewing and more sewing! I started my beloved Dresden Plate four (yes four) years ago and I am determined to finish it! I didn’t start with a pattern, I just knew what I wanted in my head and went for it. My blocks are 22″ and I decided I wanted to hand applique each plate to each block (hence the four year span!). Once I finished that, I decided I would attempt the quilt as you go (QAYG) method with sashing. I have my rows of four done and now I need to attach those and figure out a border.

I hope to have a finished quilt to show you soon! I’d love to hear about/see what you’re working on right now! Drop me a message!

Happy creating, and remember to be true to yourself!

Wendy

She Blinded Me With Science!

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Four Peaches Fabric will be on the road again! We will head home on Friday and spend some time with our Houston friends and family before heading on to our next adventure. With this in mind, we decided to take advantage of what will be our last weekend here in Pennsylvania and visited someplace we hadn’t been – the Carnegie Science Center. This five story building is full of hands-on science exhibits to thrill the young and not-so-young visitor. There are water exhibits, space exhibits, health science exhibits, robot exhibits, a four season model train village, a planetarium AND a vintage, real-life US Navy retired submarine. Let’s start with the space exhibits!

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There is a model of the Space Station that you can walk into and experience a slice of the life the astronauts live in space. It was very interesting. Somehow, the only usable picture I took was of the space toilet, but hey, I bet you haven’t seen one before!

 

 

 

We enjoyed the health/medical exhibits. Most of the life size displays were under glass and we discovered there was a very good reason for this! The bones, hearts, skulls and other body parts were preserved specimens from real life people. Kind of gross and interesting all at the same time! From here we entered roboworld. There were several robotic models including a robot playing basketball. He was a really good shot. It was here that I learned that I am shorter than C3PO.

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From roboworld, we moved to my second favorite exhibit of the day – the miniature train village! Growing up, my Uncle Jack had a miniature train village in his basement. I remember being in awe of the tiny houses and trains and the details! My Uncle Jack would love this village! It covered all four seasons and went through a full sun cycle, so there was day and night. The pictures truly do not do it justice.

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We followed this magical experience with a laser light show in the planetarium. I had never seen a laser light show and it was pretty cool. I do not do well with moving, 3D theaters and I only felt strange twice, so that is good! Nobody wants to be the girl that tosses her cookies in the middle of a theater!

From here, we moved onto my favorite part of our visit! The USS Requin submarine!
On January 1, 1945 the US Requin entered the water for the first time. It was home to 81 brave, American soldiers at a time, who served their country with honor. The USS Reguin was decommissioned in 1968, but was used as a training submarine from 1969 – 1971. Today she serves as a good-will ambassador educating her visitors about life and science aboard a submarine in the mid-20th Century. Preserved within her 312-foot-long hull is the technology of a bygone era. The trip through this submarine is very awe inspiring. There is no way that I would have been able to board this vessel and go under water! We also realized that Hollywood has seriously misrepresented the size of the doorways in these subs! Items of note: I LOVE all of the dials and gauges, you’ll see white handle coffee cups hanging on the wall and I figured since we started this journey with a space toilet, we should finish with a deep sea toilet!

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I hope you have enjoyed learning about our trip to the Carnegie Science Center. You can find more information on the center here. If you find yourself in the Pittsburgh area, it is a fun day trip. It’s also right across the street from Heinz Field, another fun place to see! Goodbye until next time!

Wholey Fish Batman!

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One of the perks to being on the road is getting to experience new, interesting places that aren’t necessarily on the well-traveled tourist path. Today we ventured into downtown Pittsburgh to see the Wholey Fish Market. The Robert Wholey & Co Inc. has been around for 100 years and carries fresh fish and seafood at amazing prices. As amazing as the prices are, the experience itself is priceless. I had never seen such stacks of fresh fish and even tanks of live fish! For a small fee, they will clean and cook your fish too.

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And like any good shop, they also had interesting notions!

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In addition to the take home offerings, they also had hand rolled sushi and an onsite cafe! I ordered the lobster mac and cheese (I LOVE MAC AND CHEESE!) which is handmade in their store daily. ‘Twas tasty!

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After our fish adventure, we walked the downtown shopping district which is full of street vendors and more awesome food! I found a bakery specializing in handmade biscotti! Who can pass that up, right? On our travels, we spotted this interesting craft car. Every inch of it was covered in bling! Yes, those are Barbie doll legs on top!

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Once we were good and exhausted, we stopped for coffee for the drive home. Fish, bling, biscotti and coffee. The perfect ending to a perfect day. I’m hoping the good weather holds so we can go see more of this beautiful area next weekend!

Goodbye until next time!