Thursday, March 31, 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's

I feel silly posting another finished girl quilt when I have yet to finish baby boy's quilt... but that's reality. I as much as I LOVE the quilt I made, I am having a hard time with "boy" stuff. I just love pink & girly.

For this quilt, I used a charm pack of Moda's Breakfast at Tiffany's line and followed these directions from I'm Just a Guy Who Quilts. I added two borders because it turned out so small... and I love it!

Monday, March 28, 2011


I made two ribbon blankets last night - one for my baby boy and one for my sister's girl. I used leftovers from our quilts so I didn't have much fabric to work with, but they turned out super cute and a great size for the diaper bag (8x8").
 {heather ross goldfish in bags}
{heather ross ice cream trucks}

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spinny Speller

I came across this Spinny Speller at the thrift store and snatched it up. We are working with Bug on spelling and letter recognition and I saw this as a great tool to work with. She has been moderately interested, however Moo has loved it as a chew toy! I do love a good multipurpose item...

I did get a new camera {yeah for a wonderful hubby!} and am playing with the focus and all the fancy buttons and options. I am totally loving it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Some days it's all I have in me to make three meals... today I was feeling crafty but didn't have quite enough energy to get my sewing stuff out. So, crafty lunches instead!
PB&J roll-ups, Strawberry yogurt with sprinkles and apple slices
It's not super fancy, but my kids love when I put some effort into the presentation of lunch. Bug loves to dip apples in the yogurt and Moo had a blast dipping her sandwich rolls in the yogurt before she ate them. A little strange to me, but she ate lunch so it's okay with me.
Being now late in the third trimester of pregnancy and anemic, I am super exhausted. When Moo naps, Bug and I have traditionally done projects during that time - some simple, some super time consuming. Lately we have been cuddled up on the couch during that quiet time and browse "fancy lunches" at Another Lunch, Bentology, and Bento Lunch for cute ideas. {It's spending time with the kids that's important, not what you do together, right?} She finally talked me into getting a couple bento picks & accessories online and I hope they get here this week!

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I have been super inspired by all the gorgeous quilts I have seen on flickr {like this}, and decided to make a quick baby blanket this last week. I love the pink and grey combo, although I am not quite sure why a month before I have a baby boy I am sewing girl quilts...

I bound it while watching the Princess and the Frog, and named the quilt Evangeline after the star. It's bound in a black and grey print, although the grey is subtle. It is different than what I usually am drawn to, and I love it. I did a couple inches of the binding in the grey from the star and I am surprised at how much I love the pieced binding. You can't see well from the pictures but it was stippled over the whole quilt.
More quilts to come this week... I am nesting!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

a mug rug

A quick little project today!

I keep a water bottle on my nightstand and have just been placing it on a piece of junk mail to keep the condensation off the wood. Not pretty or ideal. So I whipped up this little 'mug rug' this morning while Bug was at school to use instead. Love it! The pieces are tiny, I started with 1" strips and pieced them together using this tutorial. It measures 4 1/2" square finished.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ice Cream & Polka Dots

I know I have mentioned before how much Bug loves polka dots... the obsession continues! We were out thrifting a while ago and she found this Ice Cream tank top (size 8... WAY too big) and insisted she buy it, so she did- pulled her $2 out of her wallet and paid herself at the register!
 Since her Red Riding Hood dress was such a hit, I upcycled this in the same style. Using Dana's math to help with the circle skirt, it came together quickly. I serged the bottom and did a quick hem just folding under once. For the top of the 'skirt' part, I also serged it and then just did a topstitch along the existing hem from the tank. 
Easy! I also took in the sides starting at under the armpits half way down the tank to help with the fit across the chest.
In action:

Monday, March 14, 2011

goldfish for the baby boy

I finished baby boy's goldfish quilt this morning- it was nice to accomplish something after a long weekend with a really sick kid. Although I am not a huge fan of orange, I totally love this quilt.
We got the crib ready for baby this weekend and moved Moo to a 'big girl bed' which she totally loves. We just need a few minor things... like diapers and we are ready for this little one to join our family!

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I have been dreaming about making matching boy/girl baby quilts since I found out my little sister and I were due just weeks apart, and we finally got together this week to make the tops! I packed up the girls and my sewing supplies and headed to Burley for two days to sew & play. Between my two kids and her five, we somehow managed to get both tops done!
Savannah does not sew as regularly as I do - but she still did a fantastic job. I chose to start with Heather Ross prints, and she wanted wonky stars, what a perfect mix for fun baby quilts!
Now (gulp) all that's left is quilting them... both in the next 4 weeks!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

30 for 30, the finale!

I am pleased that I made it all the way through Kendi's 30 for 30 Winter challenge.

Wednesday: I love this dress. It's not maternity, but I still love it.
Thursday: I can't believe I didn't put these together before, I love it! I will be wearing this again. Lots.
Saturday: Date night! I put this tunic in the mix hoping that I would get a chance to go out with my hubby. Unfortunately, the baby got sick and we couldn't leave her, so we cuddled up and watched TV on the couch together. We're so romantic.
I am usually one for simple accessories, and am wearing these earrings (silver plated). I love them. Love. My sweet hubby got them for my birthday... back when we had one kid and lots more money.
Sunday: With the kid (and now hubby) sick, I only went to church for a little bit, but I did wear this. Then yoga pants and a t-shirt for the rest of the day. I'll spare you the pic of that :)
Monday: The sun is shining and nobody has a fever... a great day in my book! I didn't think I would like this tank as much as I have, other than my skinny jeans I think it's the most-worn item from my 30.
I am so glad I did the 30 for 30 challenge, I certainly learned a lot about myself, my closet and what I like to wear! Can't wait for (post-baby) Spring 30 for 30!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

30 for 30, week 5

Here we are at week five... wow!  I seem to have eight outfits for the week, I left town last Tuesday and didn't include my outfit from that day in the last group. I ended up leaving the girls home with my hubby and traveled with my brothers & niece. So here I am, after 9 hours of travel with my brothers in the LA airport. Gorgeous, no?
I do have to confess I bought a pair of shoes for this trip. I haven't been wearing my snow boots, so I was one item shy... but I did purchase them. For a funeral, so it hardly counts, right? 
 Wednesday: My Grama requested we wear colors to the Funeral, otherwise I may not have chosen a green dress for the service.
 Thursday: I forgot to snap a picture while we were gone, but this was my outfit. I went on a walk to the park to watch ducks with my niece and ran errands with Grama.
 Friday: My dad drove us back to the LA Airport, and we left with enough time to drive down the coast instead of freeway. It was raining, but there was a minute of light rain and we hopped out for a quick photo shoot. Minus the shoes... pregnant lady in wet sand and high heels... not a good idea.
 Saturday: ran errands with the girls and out to lunch with the family. So nice to be home, I missed my little girls & hubby!
 Sunday: Church and then work in the afternoon. I still can't believe at 33 weeks I can wear some clothes that are not maternity.
 Monday: I had an OB appointment in Rexburg and then went grocery shopping in Idaho Falls with the girls. This outfit turned out to be a huge bummer - I had never worn the scarf before, and by the time we got to Idaho Falls (about an hour and a half) and ran one errand, I noticed that the entire front of my shirt was colored blue from the dye on the scarf. So frustrating.
 Tuesday: Took Bug to Joy School and ran a couple errands with Moo. She is still heartbroken every day when we drop her sister off and she's too little to stay too. I wanted to get a couple things done with just one kid, but totally forgot that these shoes have absolutely no traction and I was slipping and sliding all over the snowy parking lots. Not practical shoes for Idaho in the winter.
Only a couple more days of this...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

{crayon bags}

A long time ago, I found this great tutorial over at We Wilsons. I originally anticipated making some as snack bags, as she had done, but couldn't decide on what to use for the inside that's food safe. So, enter the crayon bag. I used her directions, only used cotton on the inside and out. It turned out the perfect size for Crayola roll-up crayons. I used the cheap velcro from JoAnn's which is perfect because it's easier for the kids to get the bag open. Finished, it measures about 4x6 and holds about 10 crayons easily.

I have made several of these now, and I use a larger version for holding prepackaged snacks like an assortment of mini raisin boxes, fruit snacks, and fruit leather for when we are headed out for a while. It's nice to have a small bag of snacks {for the kids and this pregnant lady} packed and together!