Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday Night Sew In

I finished this up last night.  I think I am going to add another border.  It looks too plain without one.  The pattern is called Counting on Christmas and is by Crazy Old Ladies.

How was your FNS?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mid-day check in

I actually think I am getting something done!  Woo-hoo!  The last few weeks have felt wasted.  Only Armando has actually done any work.  And he is running out of things to do!  Ack!  So I have started this:

And I made a few of these:

You know, for energy.  Yum!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


You may remember that I was working on the Star Cakes blocks during the last Friday Night Sew-in.  I finally finished it.  Well, almost.  It does still need binding but I am off to my next project.  Don't judge me.

I probably shouldn't have left it folded for a few days before taking this picture.  Woulda-shoulda-coulda.

Today I also spent a bit of time on Regretsy.  Please keep in mind that not everything shown on Regretsy is safe for work or appropriate in any situation.  BUT it is all from our beloved Etsy.    I hesitate to repost any of the pictures (or snarky comments) posted on Regretsy for fear of someone actually having made or bought one of those items.  But here are a few that I hope think are safe!

This one looks like a fine product.  I just have to wonder what the thought process was that led to this photo.


Friday, August 13, 2010

It only looks like I was bad

Sometimes you just have to get out and see what is out there.  And sometimes my lucky, lucky husband and children get to go with me.

Here's some of my booty from Hobby Lobby:
The ladybug fabric was picked out by Lorelei.  Notice the Alexander Henry hiding in the bottom corner?  Now I just need to find a chair to cover with it!

Here's a few of the things we found at the produce stand:

This is just a bit of what we got.  I am craving BLTs.

Then we went to a design fabric center.  The kids (and my husband) waited in the car.  I really didn't think I would be buying anything.  Home decor fabric is always so pricey!  But I did find this goodie:

Black and white oilcloth for only $5 a yard!  I have no idea what I am going to do with this.

And then I found this:

Fourteen yards of fantastic, thick, drapery fabric for only....wait for it....$35.  Yup, that's only $2.50 a yard!  

And the best deal of the day?

Brownies with fudge and whipped cream.  Yum!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

drool worthy

I keep seeing some of the neatest stuff out there in blogland.  Some things I have just had to rush out and buy.  Like these Campfire marshmallows.  They're the Jumbo Roasters and they are HUGE.

My husband was amazed when he saw them.  Apparently, he thought I was exaggerating!  I hope we get a chance to go out to the canyon this week and roast these puppies.  They are just begging to become giant smores.

Some things I see out in blogland, I just can't have...yet.  I think these are going to end up on my Christmas list this year.  Do you think I am too old to write to Santa?

I've been wanting one of these:

The OLFA compass cutter.

And one of these:

OLFA's 17" Rotating Mat

And, of course, one of these:

Accuquilt Go! Cutter

But I know I haven't been good enough for one of these:

Brother Innov-is NX-2000 Laura Ashley sewing machine.  Wow, that's a mouthful!

So, has anyone tried any of these?  What do you think?  I hate to spend money on something and have it not be as awesome as I thought it would be!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Makeover time!

The big reveal is here!  What do you think?  I just love what Erin over at Designer Blogs did!

If you want to share the love you can now get a button.  Just copy and paste the code in the left sidebar.

My husband just came home tonight so I can't write much.  I'll catch up later!

Way-back Wednesday

Some days just make you feel nostalgic.  Yesterday my husband called me when he was outside of Rock Springs, Wyoming and said he had just passed this:

Well, it wasn't this particular wiener mobile, but he did pass one.  He said the thing was huge.  Is it a bit immature of me to be ever so slightly jealous? seems to be headed our way and I was hoping to find out some information online.  No luck yet but I haven't given up.  I thought it would be something fun for the kids to see.  And then I started to wonder if my kids would have any clue what it was.

Maybe, it is like this phone:

Eli somehow knows exactly what it is.  I find this puzzling.  He has NEVER seen an actual phone with a rotary dial.  Or a cord for that matter.  Even the handset shape is completely foreign to my kids.  How do they know?

And then there is this:

Lorelei saw one in a shop the other day and told me it almost looks like a sewing machine.  ALMOST.  I've obviously been neglecting some of my duties to educate my child!

At least neither one of them will EVER have to know what this is:

Alas, I am not so lucky.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Sometimes you've just got to have a little style.  A little glam.  Even when you're a boy.

On another note, Eli has now decided that every time he sees a camera pointing in his direction that he needs to say "cheese" and close his eyes.  It is making it more than difficult to get decent pictures of him.  Notice the scrunched up eyes in every picture?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Rain, rain, go away

This week has been unusually moist.  And we had a lot of outdoor activities planned.  Go figure.  First, we hit the Highland splash park:

It may look like we had lots of fun (and we did) but it started pouring about 15 minutes after we arrived. The kids were less than thrilled to go home.

This weekend was also our ward's camp-out.  We don't own sleeping bags (or a tent for that matter) so we were happy that the location was close enough for us to go to during the day and go back home at night.  I love camping that allows me to sleep in my own nice, warm, and bug-free bed!

While the kids played water games (in the rain no less), Eli and I snuck off to get some lunch.  I have a sensitive stomach, and the camping food wasn't agreeing with me as much as I would have liked.

Eli loves Miso soup.

And I love that my kids aren't picky eaters.  He ate soup and a few bites of my sushi roll.

We returned to camp and just enjoyed visiting with everyone.  Dinner was fabulous.  They roasted a pig in a pit.  The kids really enjoyed the pork on buns.  Yum!  We ran back home just before it started raining again.

I hope everyone else's weekend was good!

In the shop

Have I mentioned before that my job rocks?  I spend all day with fabric, quilters, and designers.  AND I get to go home, and on the pretense of having "worked all day", put my feet up and flip through quilting magazines.  Okay, it may not be that way all of the time, but it is pretty dang good in general.

So, a couple of weeks ago, Sarah M. Bisel came into the shop.  I love her!  She is just too cute!  And her book Fast, Flirty, and Fun is full of great projects that I plan to make some day.  She was actually helping some family pick out fabric to make one of her projects.  I meant to tell you about her visit the day she came in but she signed my book and I felt that it may have spoiled my longarm surprise.  Speaking of which, if you haven't voted to name my longarm, you still have one more day.

The "quilt long and prosper" part totally melted my nerdy heart.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

First Pantograph

Is that the right word?  Anyway, I am awfully proud of myself.  This is a top my mom made:

and the back:

This is why we have a child lock on the pantry just doesn't work so well when the door is left open.