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Success in sewing.

I have long wanted to be the type of sewist that could follow a pattern and make something for my kids to wear. I haven’t had much luck, mostly because I have lacked confidence in the past with pattern sewing.

But, I just decided to take my time, pick an easy pattern, look up the steps I didn’t understand, and make a simple dress for Lily.

And, here it is!

Look at the back...a zipper!!!!

I love my new serger...it makes professional finished seams EASY.

It even has interfacing!

The best thing about this is that I’ve built my confidence and feel like now I can tackle even more projects!

Sat, March 17 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Hometown Quilt

I finally finished  the quilt that I set out to make in September. SEPTEMBER.

But, I can definitely say it was worth the wait. I love it to pieces.

I am so proud of it!

Sat, March 17 2012 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

Resolution Roundup.

February is over and I’m headed into March with the renewed hope that warmer weather and spring brings. YAY! Here is how February and the resolutions went down:

1. Do one thing, once a month, to make my house more inviting and cozy.

I made a quilt! Well, I finished my quilt. I will post separately about that with pics.
2. Exercise a minimum of 45 minutes/ 4x a week.

Oy. This one didn’t go as planned. I did get some really good sweat sessions in, and a 1.2 mile swim in (same distance I’ll need for the aqua bike race) but the consistency wasn’t there due to illness and then some laziness/tiredness issues. I’m hoping to go at it with renewed vigor in March.
3. Tackle a list I have of little home improvement/decluttering tasks like doing touch up paint, organizing drawers, etc. One thing per week.

I did really well on this front, but again, was lame about taking before/after shots. I managed to make some major headway with paper clutter and I also de-cluttered my sock, underwear and bra drawers.

4. Donate at least $1000 to Heifer International

$500, halfway to goal.

5. Attend church 1x per month, in addition to hosting a bi weekly bible study.

I did this! I went to a church called, The Experience, nearby. Funny thing is…I came up with the name. They were celebrating their 10 year anniversary and some dear friends of mine were going to be there so it seemed like the perfect church going time. It was really spiritually uplifting, and because of it, I’m praying about a mission trip to Haiti in my not too distant future.
6. Focus diet on whole, unprocessed foods. Aim to eat well 80% of the time.

I would say I was more around 70% this month. Illness makes me yearn for certain processed food, sadly enough. But, I did finally break through a plateau and I am down 21 pounds since the day after Christmas.

The other goals aren’t applicable until later.

Mon, March 5 2012 » Health and Fitness, Homemaking, Quilting, Spirituality » 1 Comment

Resolution roundup.

The month isn’t quite over but since I’m down for the count with my second horrific cold of the year, I figure I have some time to catch up on this

1. Do one thing, once a month, to make my house more inviting and cozy.

I’m almost there. I am desperately trying to find time and energy to finish quilting and binding my quilt. I’m not sure if I’ll finish by the end of the month, but I am pleased that I’ve made headway on some other organizing tasks.
2. Exercise a minimum of 45 minutes/ 4x a week.

With the illnesses, this hasn’t been quite this amount, but much closer than I thought. I hope that I can kick this dumb cold so I can get to it.

3. Tackle a list I have of little home improvement/decluttering tasks like doing touch up paint, organizing drawers, etc. One thing per week.

This has been going really well! I have tackled quite a few tasks, but unfortunately, I have been remiss to document them photographically. I have redone our linen closet, decluttered our office/craft room, made a “donation station” and have been purging things as I clean, and cleaned and organized the toy corner. I will try to be better about taking before/after pics.

4. Donate at least $1000 to Heifer International

I will be donating at least $200 mid February.

5. Attend church 1x per month, in addition to hosting a bi weekly bible study.

I did host bible study, but won’t make it to church this month unless I am significantly better by Sunday.

6. Focus diet on whole, unprocessed foods. Aim to eat well 80% of the time.

I have definitely done this, and am really pleased about it. As a result, I am down 15 pounds since December 26th, 2011.

The other things are future ventures, so nothing to report there.

I feel really good about the progress I’ve made, and I’m looking forward to feeling well so that I can make even more progress!

Fri, January 27 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

2012. Oh yeah.

I decided to do resolutions/goal setting again this year, as I did for 2009, and then will resolve to also keep tabs on those.

1. Do one thing, once a month, to make my house more inviting and cozy.
2. Exercise a minimum of 45 minutes/ 4x a week.
3. Tackle a list I have of little home improvement/decluttering tasks like doing touch up paint, organizing drawers, etc. One thing per week.
4. Donate at least $1000 to Heifer International
5. Attend church 1x per month, in addition to hosting a bi weekly bible study.
6. Focus diet on whole, unprocessed foods. Aim to eat well 80% of the time.
7. Finish another sprint triathlon and the aquabike race (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike)
8. Ride my bike to and from work once a week starting in May.

This is a pretty ambitious list, but I think it is doable, for certain. I would love to hear what your goals are!

Sun, January 1 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Kiffles, Booyah!!!

I am giddy with joy. Giddy, I tell you. I conquered a culinary giant in our family. The dreaded KIFFLE.

What’s a KIFFLE, you ask? It is a sugary, nut filled pastry. My grandmother also topped them with icing. (Because, we’re fat cool like that.)

Anyhow, my grandmother was a baking genius. She made all kinds of treats, but the most treasured were kiffles. No one in our family has ever successfully attempted kiffles until today. Behold…my triumph:

Flaky, sweet, delicious goodness. Booyah!!!

Thu, December 22 2011 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Oy, Give Away Winner.

I am completely embarrassed. I forgot to draw for the give away winner! Ha! This is why I’m not a “big time” blogger. I can hardly keep my wits about me long enough to get the laundry done, let alone anything else.

Anyhow….the winner, chosen at random by my handsome son is….

Kate!

Congrats, Kate!

Tue, December 13 2011 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

A Christmas Swap

The Front Range Modern Quilt Guild recently did a Christmas fabric scraps swap to make our kitchens a little merrier!

My giftee requested an apron. I won’t lie; this made me pretty anxious. I’m not very comfortable with garment making, and certainly not figuring out something on the fly. But, in the end, I think I did ok.

The apron, modeled by my boy, who made me promise I wouldn’t include his face in the pic:

And I also made a trivet and a towel to go with:

Melissa had me, and she blew me away with her generosity! She made me a gorgeous tree on canvas, a wooden spool tree and a table runner!

This is such a fabulous quilting group to belong to!

Tue, December 6 2011 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Felting

I love the look of felt flowers but I didn’t want to go out and buy felt to make them. I wanted to use recycled sweaters and felt them myself!

So, I went to the thrift store and found 3, 100% wool sweaters. They were $4.99 each, which, incidentally is the same amount JoAnn’s charges for a yard of felt.

First I cut the seams out of the sweaters and removed the ribbing:

Next I threw all of the pieces in the washer and washed them with my usual amount of detergent on hot. I was less than thrilled with the results, so I did a little research and found that I needed friction to create the felting effect I was looking for. So, I added some towels, re-washed and that was perfect. I then dried the whole mess on hot, too.

Here’s my little pile o’ felt:

And the individual pieces:

(I need to clean off my cutting table!)

It is currently 0 degrees outside, so a wool hat with a pretty little flower seemed just the right thing to make. I used an existing hat I had and traced around it on the felt pieces and then surged them together. Then I used one of the ribbed waistbands to use as the cuff of the hat, and then added the flower.

Here’s Lily modeling, with glee…I might add. I’ll never get the hat back:

(Blurry because I was trying to get her without flash and she just doesn’t EVER hold still. )

And then I made this little pin:

Not the best photo, but it sure has been fun making some new things!

Tue, December 6 2011 » Uncategorized » No Comments

A Give Away!

Squee! It is my very first! I am giving away this book:

101 Tees: Restyle + Refashion + Revamp

by Cathie Filian

From Amazon:

The best way to find a t-shirt that suits you to a T is to make one!

Popular craft personality Cathie Filian has dreamed up more than 101 ways to embellish, customize, and transform the everyday t-shirt into something truly fashionable. Beginners will find Cathie’s projects wonderfully easy and creative–and the 10 technique-themed chapters give crafters plenty to choose from. Just take a shirt of any type–from crew neck to long-sleeved–and cut and stitch, embroider, paint, dye, image transfer, or add rhinestones, ribbons, and other trim. The result will be gorgeous!
All you have to do is comment! Make sure I can find you via e-mail. Drawing will be held Wednesday at 5 pm MST.
Thanks and good luck!

Tue, December 6 2011 » Uncategorized » 5 Comments