Wednesday, September 30, 2009

oh the delay!

What is about to be posted here, should have been posted back in April - YIKES! But this blog did not exist in April. Instead, its being posted 5 months later. Unfortunately, this is a "summa time" project (in my opinion) and it's no longer summer. However, it was so much fun I want to share it regardless of the season.

Bright white items, all tied up with rubber bands, just "dying" for some color. (these are cloth diapers, used as burp rags)

Such a nice, bright stew of blue!

The rinsing after each color is very important or you will end up with a nice shade of brown. Yuck.

Finished! Now that is pretty.

My sister and I dyed a couple t-shirts, a onesie, this lovely maxi dress and some super cute burps rags. I *love* tie dye. :o)

Monday, September 28, 2009

soft bling

Project #3 for Rachel and Elsie's Autumn Online Craft Class.
Such a cute idea and a great way to upcycle old jewelry. I thrifted three simple chains and attached them together, then added some pretty ribbon.
I think next time I will add some little charms.

So simple and so divine. Can't wait to wear it!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Look at me!

Ok so I am a little excited. First time I've ever been "featured" (well not really, but close enough) on a blog post. Thank you to Jessica, over at Happy Together for letting me test out her adorable octopus pattern. I made two and they turned out so very cute!

Jessica is a very talented lady and her blog is full of tutorials and tons of inspiration. If you haven't already, head over and take a peek, you'll be happy you did!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Now WHAT is Amigurumi you might ask? Well the technical explination can be found here. If you want my definition, its super cute, little, crochet animals that are all the rage right now. I've made one so far and not only are they adorable but they are really easy to make. Craft has a CAL (crochet along) going on right now. You'll find step by step instructions here for creating something like this...
This is a pic of just the head...weird looking huh?

Next we have one of the eyes, my little helper gave it a taste test before I sewed it on.
The head is finished! Looking cute. Its not stuffed yet though...
Now the head is stuffed, the body is done and there are four little limbs just waiting to be attached...
She says "look at me - I'm finished and so cute!"

Saturday, September 19, 2009


I've been inspired once again.

inspiration was found

I think those dolls are so dang cute, so many cute/funny faces and look at all the colors! I just had to try and make one.

I had a few old t-shirts in a pile of clothes waiting to be repurposed.
Green and Pink.
A boy and a girl, for Squishy and Little Big.

Here's Green when he was still a t-shirt...

Here's Green finished.

I would show you a picture of Pink but she is in bed with Little Big right now. Shhhh!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

autumn is in the air

Well not really, its still pretty warm here - which I am VERY thankful for! (I'm not quite ready to let go of summer) But Rachel and Elsie's Autumn Online Craft Class started this week so I can pretend it feels a little Autumn-ish as I am being inspired by all the cuteness! There is so much in store for us over these next couple of months! I can't wait for all of the goodies that we'll be making.

Here's the first embroidery hoop mini album

How cute is that?

I think its a great idea, makes a fun little photo book so much more interesting.

Better yet, everything I used was repurposed or scraps - except the embroidery hoops.

Since I had so many picture pages I decided to attach them together for less of a mess.

My mother-in-law's birthday is this week - guess what she is getting as a present?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

it's in the mail

Yep, it finally is. The fabric square that I should have sent out weeks ago. It is being mailed to Janel from run with scissors. She is giving away a quilt, check out the info here. In order to be entered you have to send her a personalized square...
So I gathered some stuff

And here's what I ended up with...

If you can't tell, that's a spider and her web. Normally I'm not a fan of spiders, but...

...spiders are considered good luck when embroidered on a quilt.

Monday, September 14, 2009


I haven't posted too much in regards to food on this blog. Which is sad because I really LOVE to cook, bake and EAT. Mmmmm.

We have an abundance of plums at my parents house, there are so many they are just falling off the trees. They can't go to waste so I've been picking what I can every day...

Now I just need recipes to use all these darn things.

Squishy loves fruit leather (so do I) and I thought I would try to make some. It is time consuming but turns out so tasty! I was inspired to try this by a few other bloggers out there in bloggerville (sorry I forgot who, if it was you, thank you for the idea!) I looked up a recipe for fruit leather and found one

It sure is tasty and makes a great treat for school lunches. My only advice...make sure you don't pour too much of the fruit puree or it will take FOREVER to dry. By forever I mean more than 12 hours.

One baking sheet of leather takes about four cups of chopped plums (seen above) out your fingers will turn purple!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Some blogging fun

I saw this over on luvinthemommyhood and I thought I would join in:

Making: A crib set for my new niece who is going to arrive in January (can't wait!!).
Cooking: More zucchini bread (these veggies are on steroids and won't stop growing!)
Drinking: Just water, my beverage of choice.
Reading: Waiting for my third Sookie Stackhouse novel to arrive.
Wanting: A new wool coat.
Looking: At beautiful Mount Rainier.
Playing: A game called 'get as much as you can completed while baby takes a nap'.
Wasting: Time, filling this out. :o)
Sewing: A quilted tree skirt for Christmas (that's only one of about 50 things that I want to start).
Wishing: That summer would last forever.
Enjoying: A beautiful 85+ degree day.
Waiting: For Squishy to come home from his "date" with Auntie Nene.
Liking: My new Nordstrom catolog.
Wondering: What the next few months have in store for us.
Loving: My family.
Hoping: That summer lasts a bit longer.
Marvelling: At how big my little girl is now.
Needing: Some new boots!
Smelling: The fresh, warm breeze, and then the horses (stinky).
Wearing: Billabong, shorts and t-shirt.
Following: Seahawks, starting tomorrow.
Noticing: The house is very quiet with my 5 year old gone.
Knowing: Everything will work out.
Thinking: Of all the projects I need to start working on - where to begin?
Bookmarking: Lots of new, inspirational blogs.
Opening: The pool for a quick swim while baby naps.
Giggling: At my hubby trying to displace as much water as possible by doing a massive cannon ball into the pool.
Feeling: Lazy.

You should fill this out too and then post a link for yours in the comments section below!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Grids and Grommets Bag - Indygo Junction

I finally am getting a few pictures up of this marvelous bag! I won the pattern in a give away from Your Fabric Place a while back, ordered a few yards from Amy Butler's Daisy Chain collection and went to work. The pattern was well written and very easy to follow. The only problem I had was with one of the holes stretched slightly before I snapped the grommet in, frustrating! It was an easy fix though - once I took the time to sit down and figure it out. I recommend basting around the holes before you cut them out, it really helps hold the two layers of fabric together while you are cutting and "installing" the grommets. So all in all, easy project and I am quite pleased with the end result!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


(Lots of nines today...)
It's my baby boy's first day of kindergarten today. I can't believe he is already off to school. How does time go by so fast? It seems like just yesterday was his first day of preschool and it was filled with tears and "mama don't go!" 'Bout broke my heart.
His first day of Kindergarten, now that's a different story...
He was up by 7 and so anxious to eat breakfast so he "wouldn't be late!" We packed his lunch in his new lunch bag and picked out an outfit to wear (not like he really cares what he wears anyway)... There was a quick pause, between running out the door to the car, for pictures. It was hard to get him to sit still long enough for a picture that wasn't blurry.
Once we arrived at school he was so excited to meet the teachers aides and find a spot to sit down for quiet play. He said "ok, mama, you can go now!" at least 4 times. Wow. He is really growing up. After giving him 3 big hugs and asking repeatedly if it was really ok that I leave I slowly walked away and watched my happy little guy settle into his new surroundings. :o(

(A quick note regarding school lunches...I wasn't to happy by all the garbage that could be created by packing a lunch each day for Squishy. So I have decided to only use reusable items or packaging that can be recycled. I am in the process of creating a reusable sandwich wrapper as well. I have seen a few cute ones on etsy but I just know I can make them myself. Still trying to figure out a good material. I have a few in mind but need to do a tad more research)