Monday, April 21, 2014

Wedding Update

I haven't been so good and keeping up with those wedding Wednesday posts... I know, big shocker there. Here's what's been going on in my world for the past few days, wedding craft mayhem!  

Lots of wood burning and Mod Podging. Our apartment smells like a constant bonfire and I love it! Our dining room table has turned into wedding central and that is a-ok with me.

I LOVE wedding planning. Derrick and I have had a blast doing it all together and I can't believe our wedding is 3 weeks away. Where did the time go?! It feels like just yesterday I was announcing to the world that we had gotten engaged! I'm just as giddy about it all as the day that I wrote that post.

Being engaged is so fun, and being married will be wonderful!

I really couldn't ask for a better man to be by my side through all of this, he truly is my soul mate.

I'm sure the next few weeks are going to be crazy busy, but I will try to keep you updated on what I'm quilting!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sharing is caring

Recently I've been working on stuff I can't show you for one reason or another. Mostly because I'm making things for people who read this blog, also because I didn't want to reveal our guest quilt until the wedding...

Then I got drunk.

Ooops, I shared a picture on Instagram that had the quilt in the background. I'm not sure if anyone noticed, but since it's there I may as well share my progress. Head over to Insagram and follow me @hoppiquilts (I add everyone, unless you're some kind of creeper). I will be posting a progress picture of the quilt this morning!

I've also been working on my Hands 2 Help quilt. I had originally picked a fairly difficult pattern, spent about $90 on fabric (I really hope Derrick, the fiance, doesn't read this one), then completely scrapped the idea. I will be making this quilt in the future, possibly to sell, possibly for myself, we shall see. For this, however, I've decided to make a triangle quilt, something I have yet to do.

I'm getting all the info on how to make this quilt from The Sassy Quilter.

The Sassy Quilter

Tomorrow I will share the million wedding things I've been working on over the past two weeks. I'm going to be a Mrs. in 3.5 weeks, son!

Quilt on with your bad selves,

Friday, April 4, 2014

Stop Teaching Your Kids to be Dicks

No quilts today. I've finished a few things and I'll share them tomorrow or Sunday, but for now I need to cover an incredibly important topic: bullying.

Parents, you are leading your children down paths to being a dick.

Not all of you. Some of you are fucking awesome parents, you know who you are. Your kids are forming interests on their own, they're coming into themselves, they're bright, they're funny, they're kind hearted and loving and caring.

For the rest of you, your children are dicks, straight up horrible 8 (or whatever) year old douche bags.

I was bullied as a child. What did I do wrong?

When I was 9 I donated $100 (my entire life savings) to Hersey Children's Hospital because a friend had recently passed away from cancer (he was also 9).
I volunteered regularly, doing things for my community and people I didn't know.
I played video games.
I had the best Pokemon deck, and I actually knew how to play.
I would have watched Sailor Moon (and other anime) until my eyes bled if my mom let me.
I had (have) huge, frizzy, uncontrollable hair.
I was (and am) sensitive.
I took anyone and everyone under my wing.
I got really good grades.
I started college while I was still in high school, I was one of two people picked by the college for the program.
I acted in school plays.
I played soccer, pretty well too.
I was a cheerleader.
I was a caring child and I believed so strongly that everyone was inherently good.
I was bullied, to the point of tears, every day of my life until the day I graduated high school.

When I was 9 my nick name was frizz head. When I was 12 someone spread a rumor that I had a penis, that rumor stuck until senior year, most people thought it was a harmless joke in high school but it really did hurt my feelings. For the record, I have always had a vagina. When I was 14 someone spread a rumor that I had sex with a ton of guys, even though I hadn't even had my first kiss at that age and yes, I was most definitely a virgin. I was called every name in the book. I spent a lot of my time in the guidance counselors office because that was the only safe place I could escape the bullying, and teachers just stood idly by. It seemed to never end, until the summer after senior year when I finally was freed from the torment. School up until college was a living hell for me.

Now one of the most incredible, loving, kind hearted, brilliant, super funny, and amazing kids I know is going through some of the same stuff I went through as a kid, and no one, other than his parents, is doing a damn thing about it.

When will we as a society wake the fuck up?

Lead by example. Your children learn from you. They watch you, they listen to everything you say, they see everything you do.

Stop being a dick, and your kids will stop being dicks.

Be kind. Share your love with others. Radiate positivity, it won't just make others feel good, it will make you feel good, too.

Now go do something nice for someone!