Oct 31, 2013

Halloween 2013

I know I said I would be better this year, but obviously I'm not. It's Halloween though and this happens to be one of my favorite holidays of the year. I think it's because mom and I used to decorate the house so much for Halloween and we would have those crazy Halloween parties were we could just play and hangout. It's funny that I still love it so much even though I have to do the decorations alone and I spend more time sewing costumes than hanging out with friends, but I still love it! This year the kids wanted to be the cast from "The Wizard of Oz." When I first heard this discussion, conveniently at the pattern table in Joann's Fabric Store, I was waiting for the "Dorothy" fight to begin. BUT, it was a mommy-miracle and the girls did not  even fuss once, but explained that Ansley should be the Wicked Witch of the West because she is the oldest, Miranda wanted to be the "Pretty Pink Witch" (aka Glenda), and Ellie wanted red sparkly shoes and lipstick so she could be Dorothy. "Ahhhhhh, Ohhhh, ahhhh, Laaaaa" those are the angle singing cause THIS never happens! Next they decided that William should be the Tin-Man because he is so sweet, and Nolan could be the Scarecrow "cause he can't walk anyway." Love my kids! And so the sewing began! I am happy to announce that the costumes are done and approved, for the most part - the Wicked Witch of the West did actually posses my sweet Ansley for a little bit, but my mom says it's my fault that I have turned her into a perfectionist like me, so sorry Anz! Here is a sneak peak from our ward party and hopefully I post tonight's pictures soon, but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween following your yellow brick road to sweets this year!

Mar 1, 2013

a Bike Ride on a Spring Afternoon

I am going to welcome Spring by creating my own fat quarter bundle over at Sew, Mama Sew! It looks like a really fun contest and I had tons of fun searching and choosing my favorite fabrics from their shop for a hand picked bundle. I am now so in love with my picks, which of course is their brilliant plan, that I can already feel this quilt wrapped around my kids and I. So here is my bundle, story and all the fun links.

A Bike Ride on a Spring Afternoon {in the PNW}
my handpicked bundle from  Sew, Mama, Sew!

A typical spring afternoon in the Pacific Northwest displays weather as fickle as the groundhogs shadow. Yet, perched upon the seat of your bike, with an umbrella in hand, you will be awed at the sudden downpours that awaken and renew the lush green grass. As you ride along the edge of a swollen crystal blue stream you will be lulled by the gentle daffodils reaching for the sun. Geese wonder the fertile hills and valleys of the open fields as the rough bark of budding trees fill the air with their earthly must.  Brilliant white clouds come and go creating shadows of colors vibrant yet mute. Sunbursts tease your skin with warmth and seem to paint flowers orange, yellow, and pink before your very eyes. Not wanting to lose this moment, you make a mental note of your bliss, hop off your bike, layout your quilt, and lose yourself in beloved novel. Grabbing your tote, stowing your umbrella and filling your hand with a fresh bouquet of wildflowers you slowly wander home refreshed from winter and alive with spring!

Feb 25, 2013

My New SHOP...

Now that I am done with the whole kid factory thing, I decided that I would get  my Etsy shop back up and running. I've paired up with some friends and we have started a blog dedicated to our crafting and the promotion of our shop. Come check it out please. If you come visit before tomorrow you will have a chance to win our first GIVEAWAY. There will also be a second giveaway later this week. Please help me get the word out on my blog and shop I would really appreciate it. If nothing else you can see what my family has been up to this last month because I posted our little adventure there. Thanks.

This is the series we are running in February, each picture will link up to the post if you click on the caption. Thanks for looking!

Here is my favorite new item: the Infinity Nursing Scarf - I kept two of these for myself and have given some away as gifts. I love them! There are a few different colors with more to come.

These are the projects that I am teaching in our classes this month: