Monday, September 23, 2019


Life. It keeps moving. Whether you post on social media or not, it keeps going, and so has ours.

In a little over a month, it will be 2 years since we moved to the country. The story around it is nothing short of a miracle. God undoubtedly moved us out here, and yet I struggle.

I’ve started journaling and found it healing for my soul, so I thought I’d start this blog back up. I’ll be journaling my thoughts, our journey through our medical issues, our reasonings and process behind living simply, and sharing DIYs.

I hope you’ll join me and find some inspiration to live simply and minimalistic, make choices for your health, and even try your hand at some projects for yourself!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Favorite Grocery App

I’m a paper and pen sorta gal, but back when I was pregnant with our youngest, the hubbs took over a lot of the care of the house as I was so sick and exhausted. Back then he was not a paper and pen sorta guy at ALL! He quickly started looking for apps to transfer all my lists to. At that point we had just one iPad and one Kindle, so we needed apps that would “talk” to each other. Honestly, he did a good job at finding some great apps. We still use most of them today to some degree. But my favorite app, and the one I have never transferred back to pen and paper, is our grocery list. Seriously, it’s the bees knees!

The app is called “Our Groceries”. On the home screen you have a list of the stores and when you click on the store it gives you the list for that store. You can also easily move items between lists. Too simple, right?

Here are some of the ways we work our lists…
~ Stores - We keep a list for each of the stores we shop at (Costco, Sams, King Soopers, etc.)
~  Wish lists - Each family member has a wish list that we add too and when it’s birthday or Christmas we have an instant gift list!
~ Firehouse - This list is for the hubby to be able to grocery shop at the firehouse without getting those items mixed up with our family grocery list
~ Boys need - I keep a running list of what clothing, etc. the boys are going to need coming up. That way when I’m out and either run across clearance or I’m at Kohls and drawing a blank, I can just look up how many t-shirts and what size they need
~ doTerra - I keep a list of what oils we are getting low on and what I’ll need to order soon
~ RX’s - Because prescriptions and supplements are such a huge part of our lives and with how many we have, it can be a mess keeping track of it all. Whenever we get low on an item I just add it to the list so that when I place an order I don’t miss anything
~ Pen and ink - Ok, this might sound ridiculous, but I keep a list of all the pens and inks I am interested in. It makes a great gift list for me too ;) I’m going to have to add a second list to this soon as my oldest is really into fine pens right now too. He already has 2 fountain pens and a dip pen and is begging for more - I may have created my own little Frankensteins monster! You could change this to be a list for any hobby you are in to. Come to think of it, I really should make a yarn list… And a pattern list…. And….
~ Items needed soon - This is actually my favorite list. Not because of what’s on it, but because of how much it has helped keep me organized and within budget. Every time I see that we are running low on something, I add it to this list. When shopping day arrives I can easily see what staples we will need soon. I usually choose 2 to 6 items (depending on the budget that week) to move to the appropriate store list. I don’t run out of staples anymore and I don’t have to buy 30 items in one week because we are out of everything at once and completely blow the budget.

On the day I plan the menu, I add all the ingredients we will need for each meal to the store list I plan to buy it at. I then choose a handful of staples / items we need soon to max out the budget for that week. Now that both my husband and I have iPhones, the shopping goes really fast. We’ll start at the first store, each with our phones and start getting items. As one of us checks it off the list it will update to the others phone so we can quickly move through the store. When we get in the car, I will move anything we didn’t get to the list for the next store. This process has made shopping day much less stressful and a lot shorter of a day.

Another reason I love this app is if we ever stop somewhere unexpectedly, I’ve always got my shopping list with me. It has eliminated so many extra trips to the store because I forgot what was on my list sitting at home. Hubby loves it because there are no more little scraps of paper lying around with my shopping lists on them, ok, I love that reason too!

Monday, April 4, 2016

April Mission Board

I actually completed my Mission Board for April!

I limited myself to 3 or 4 items in each category. That gives me about one thing to do each week per category. Everything I wrote down pretty much centers around getting the house packed up / moving / building our new house, just varying aspects of that project.

On the opposing "Notes & Ramblings" page, I divided it in half. One side is for "occasions", as Corrie TenBooms mom used to call them, and the gifts I am planning for each "occasion". The other half of the page is for "activities" we'd like to do as a family for the month. We are really trying not to get so bead-locked on moving and building that we skip doing fun things as a family or neglect the boys need for interaction.

I'll be jumping on Instagram later today to share my to-do list for the day and my progress on it, so come follow me there! Hoping y'all have a productive but stress less day!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Star Log Cabin

Now that I'm on "maternity leave" I finally have some time to update the blog with all the quilts I've done over the last year! Lets start with the log cabin in the star setting that I made the tutorial for.

As you can see, I placed the lotus flower pattern made with the arc rulers in each of the purple blocks. A really cool medallion came together in the center! I stippled in the cream background and did a ribbon in the border.

Kathi, the maker of this quilt, chose a polar fleece for the backing. It made for some awesome texture on the back! She also used a high loft poly batting which gave dimension to the front as well. I also bound this quilt using my machine binding technique.
If you have a quilt you would like me to quilt, send me an email at chelseamichaldesigns(at)gmail(dot)com

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lotus Flower Tutorial

I got great response to the Lotus flower design I made for the log cabin quilt I'm working on so I thought I'd make a video tutorial on how to replicate this pattern. Enjoy and share!

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Log Cabin

Just started work on this beautiful Log Cabin quilt by one of my clients. The backing is polar fleece - so nice and soft!
Here's a couple close ups of what I've quilted so far...
Here's the center of the quilt - the quilting in the purple came together to make a beautiful medallion in the center. I love when secondary patterns appear!

You can see the medallion from the back better. You can also see the stippling that is done in the cream part of the blocks in this shot.

Here's the stippling in the cream from the front.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Colored Chalkboard Effect

The door prize I made for tomorrow's #stampcamp Join us at the #Belmar #library and make 10 cards and be entered to win this #notebook and other great prizes! Contact me and I'll get you the info #Stampinup #colored #chalkboard #notebooks #journal
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I needed to make a door prize for this past weekends stamp camp. I've been itching to try this new (to me) technique of a colored chalkboard effect so I thought I'd make another one of my mini notebooks. I REALLY like how this turned out! Very dramatic and effective!