Sunday, October 2, 2011

Let's get this Blog started already...

Today is the day I have been talking about for a long time. I keep saying I am going to start a Blog, someday...well the day has come! Thanks to Charming Chatter for just the kick in the pants that I needed so that I can participate in her quilt along...

I love Blogs and I have been an avid blog follower for about 2 years now. I love all of the inspiration, creativity, tips, and tricks that I have found in Blog Land. I hope that I too can provide you with the same.
Now a little about me..

I have been married to a wonderful man named Tadashi for 10 years. We have 2 beautiful daughters Kaitlyn age 9, and Kimiko age 3.
We are expecting another special addition to our family in December and then our family will be complete. I work as an LVN at a fantastic local hospital designed to make you THRIVE. Friday was my last day of work so that I can start maternity leave just in time to miss flu season. My apologies to my co-workers...

I love quilting,
sewing, crafting, gardening,

tea parties,

 participating in church & school activities,

 StampinUp, and GiGi Hill handbags. I have been a member of the Inland Empire Quilter's Guild for about 4 years now, the last 2 years I have been the Newsletter Editor. This year our family started our very own Organic raised bed garden,
including backyard chickens (hens). 

So far it has been a huge success.
We have canned tomatoes with garlic & basil and bread & butter pickles.

Our hens started laying organic eggs about a month ago that we have been able to share with friends. Believe it or not chickens make great pets too. Our girls love collecting the eggs and holding the chickens. This has provided our children with a great science project right in our own backyard by teaching them where their food comes from. I also belong to a stamp club by Lisa Kim at Stamp Ink Diva We meet at her studio every other month where Lisa shows us what's new in stamping, teaches us new techniques, we trade cards, eat, and mingle. This club  provides me with a much needed girls night out with great friends, not to mention the fantastic projects that we make too. Thanks Lisa!
It is my desire to teach my children the lost art of quilting, sewing, crafting, and canning so that one day they will pass it on to their children. Kaitlyn our oldest daughter will be starting her 1st sewing lesson next weekend in a Kids Club environment that meets once a month. She is so excited and I am too.
Now let's get this Blog started already...


  1. Congratulations on many fronts! Expecting!?! How exciting! And now you can put down your thoughts and hopes for a new blessing to this world. Have a good time blogging and don't stress out about answering comments and keeping up. Just enjoy. Welcome to blogland!

  2. Glad to see someone else has the desire to teach the lost art of home-making. Seems we keep crossing paths.IEQG, Growcology and blog land. I
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    Love your post.

  3. Welcome to Blogland Tanya - I'm so glad that you're here! It's a wonderful place to be! And, I'm super excited that you're joining us in the quilt along! So many wonderful things in this first post! You kiddos are ADORABLE, and congrats on the coming addition to your family - how exciting! And, your garden is wonderful! I'm off to add you to my google reader so I can follow you along! Really - welcome! So glad you're here!

  4. Wow, I LOVE the picture at the top, just stunning! I did the same things with my kids when they were young, we had our very own "farm" with pigs, a duck (she laid eggs for us), cows, and a great veggie garden. We grew all kinds of things, beets, pickling cucumbers, corn, melons, carrots......and my youngest son (who is now in his 20's) still keeps a garden going! He grows his own veggies and usually grows pumpkins for this time of year. Your kids will learn a lot by actually being hands on with these things!! Very good way for them to learn.

  5. Love your blog Tanya. Good job.

  6. Remeber Tanya: What happens at the Quilt Retreat..stays at the Quilt Retreat! I had so much fun!!