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Tina - Cape-wearing Super Mean Mom
Minneapolis, Minnesota
super oil mom, wife, paleo foodie, singer, thrifter, coffee drinker, avid reader, prolific cusser
Interests: Young Living essential oils, reading, gardening, sewing, coffee, coffee, coffee, wine
Recent Activity
Summer is in full swing and so is my garden. So let's catch up a bit, shall we? We planted zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, artichokes, beets, and some herbs (the legal ones). The tomatoes have taken over the garden with a ton of volunteers from last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at The Cussing Quilter
What is whole30? How is it different from Paleo? Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at The Cussing Quilter
Well, hello, blogdom. It's been a while. Lots has happened since the last time I was around these parts. Chris started a new job in January here in Minnesota, working for an architecture/engineering consulting firm. He's got a bit of a commute right now until they open up a local... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at The Cussing Quilter
September: My Etsy sales drop from an average of 40 sales a month to just 15 sales. Decide to take a part-time seasonal job at Costco to make up the difference. This is my first time working outside the home in 12 years. October 28: Chris is laid off from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at The Cussing Quilter
Regardless of what my Instagram feed might infer, I do not actually cook all day. I sneak in kitchen time between errands and laundry and sewing. Sometimes tackling dinner in small bits throughout the day is easier than trying to do it all when the kids are home and underfoot... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at The Cussing Quilter
Today I went for a biometric screening for our health insurance. It's basically a breezy appointment with weight, blood pressure and a simple lipids screen from a prick (heh heh) on my finger. (Don't get me started.) As I may have mentioned in one of my recent previous posts, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at The Cussing Quilter
If I were to have a food truck or a cafe, one of the things I'd offer is smoothies. Not Jamba Juice smoothies, but organic, nutrient-dense and full of all kinds of things our bodies need and crave. I make smoothies several times a week. Mostly for breakfast or lunch,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at The Cussing Quilter
So my new thing, well, new to you, maybe, is food. Not just all kinds of food, but real food. The food that has to be prepared from real ingredients, cooked from scratch, and that won't poison our bodies or cause the kids to meltdown or become crazy hellions testing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at The Cussing Quilter
Well hello there! It's been a while. (Insert random excuse for long absence here. Go ahead, I don't mind.) We are still adjusting to life in Minnesota, and one way we did that was buying a cabin in Wisconsin this past February. Trust me, that makes perfect sense. Our sweet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at The Cussing Quilter
Wow! El Modena. I went to Canyon (class of '86) and I remember football games with El Mo tho I think Villa Park was our main rivalry. Way to go, Mac. Cheers!
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I have cornered the market on best intentions. I suck, I know, and I'm so totally not afraid to admit it. Life has been very busy, yada yada, three kids, yada yada, two Etsy shops...My life is what it is. I want to be here and write and be witty... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at The Cussing Quilter
Great hauls from my favorite haunts. That huge Pyrex bowl almost made me squeal with surprise. Such a rarity to find a great piece in such good condition. Some notes on thrifting: When you find a good thrift store, ask the manager or pay attention to their in-store posters and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at The Cussing Quilter
Oh, jeez, like I needed another reason to go to thrift stores and scour estate sales. I've been bitten by the same collecting bug that seems to have bitten countless others - Pyrex. I always head through the kitchen and bakeware isles after I've combed through the sheets and pillowcases.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at The Cussing Quilter
Had some great thrifting luck the last few days: Seems totally fitting to be finding some lovely spring fabrics. It's early March here in MinneSNOWta and the next 10 days are forecast to be in the 40s and 50s. We did have a pretty good snow last week and some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at The Cussing Quilter
I've had these half-square triangles made forever and I've arranged, taken down, and rearranged them six different times, for reasons like sump pump disasters (the sump pump and catchment tank are in the closet of my sewing room - it's really classy) and sewing dungeon reconfigurations. The fabric is a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at The Cussing Quilter
I've had some great thrifting luck this week. I've been needing more red in my vintage sheet stash, and I found one. Still in the package. Nice. Getting a wee bit of snow today. I love big, fat snowflakes. I don't love it when they melt as soon as they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at The Cussing Quilter
One of the new additions to my new vintage sheet shop. More items are added daily! Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at The Cussing Quilter
Now that was a blogging break. A long, unannounced but seriously necessary break. Let's see now. Where to begin. How about some bullet points? * The Etsy shop did very well heading up to the Holidays. I made and sold 1,530 feet of felt garland, and made and sold about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at The Cussing Quilter
Because I've been sucking so badly at blogging, I jumped at the chance to complete this little survey I saw on my friend Joy's blog as great way to try to get back in the groove. A. Age: 42 B. Bed size: King - and almost time for a new... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2011 at The Cussing Quilter
I've learned so much about staging in the last year or so. From selling and buying houses to the items in my Etsy shop, it's so amazing how proper staging and good photography makes all the difference. I'm an HGTV addict and every.single.word. I've heard on those property staging shows... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2011 at The Cussing Quilter
Summer is slowly winding down. It's been a busy one, here at Chez Cockburn. Busy, but fun. The MIL came for a visit for two weeks in June, followed a few days later by my mommy for about a week. Then my fabulous 19-year-old cousin came to stay with us... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at The Cussing Quilter
And doing a lot of sewing for my shop: It's summer, I have three kids in tow every day, and we're still in the process of settling in to our new home after a few setbacks (which involved lots of cussing and rum drinking). But we're alive and well. Just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at The Cussing Quilter
I finally finished the happy scrappy quilt top. Yippee! This was a very fun and easy project. Every block is made from scraps and I was particularly frugal with the white jelly roll strips I used for the sashing. If you are a newer quilter and haven't managed to accumulate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at The Cussing Quilter
On Saturday this past weekend, we decided to give ice skating a try. Wells Fargo sponsors a free ice skating rink in downtown St. Paul and we figured we'd give it a try. Chris and I hadn't been ice skating in at least 30 years, and Makena and Aidan gave... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at The Cussing Quilter
Say it three times fast. It's fun! So now that I've started digging into my fabric boxes, I decided to try to do just one project, start to finish, at a time. I've probably got about 10 quilt tops in various stages of completion, but for now I'm going to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at The Cussing Quilter