Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cute kids and birds in the house

It's a flock of birds! Aren't they beautiful? I did the design myself and wonderful Jill did the vinyl cutting. I spent about an hour getting it all in place, but it truly is the perfect touch to the room. I wish the pictures were better:(
And here are my cute kids. Feel free to ooooh, aaaah and drool!

Friday, December 4, 2009

It's Christmas!

I love Christmas time, and things have been especially fun this year with the girls. They're really into all the fun holiday stuff this year and we've been having a good time doing the activities from the Advent Calendar. I've had a few people ask about it, so I thought I'd post a few pictures. It was SUPER easy and cheap to make. I used a piece of metal that I already had, paper from my stash and some sticky-back magnets. I used this box tutorial, placed a magnet on the back and a piece of paper inside with a fun holiday activity to do every day. They're all EASY and cheap. Did I mention I like cheap? Seriously, today we wrote a letter to Santa and yesterday it was have hot chocolate. Tomorrow's is have a picnic by the Christmas Tree.
Speaking of tree's, here she is. No star, because I can't find one I like and we're about 150 ornaments shy of the usual tree, but I opted to leave off all of the glass bulbs. They're so pretty, but I do hate sweeping them up, so they just had to go. And this picture is priceless. Yes, we're classy people who don't make their children wear clothes at home and Sophie got a hold of mine and Brent's stockings and decided to wear them. I love it!

I Hope I win!!!!!!

Today's Mama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.
1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year? towels, microplane, full length mirror, jewelry, nail polish
2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received? a quilt
3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle? clothes, or a painting
4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child? When I was 9 I got a pink belt that had a silver buckle. It had a kind of "western" look to it. I loved it! I also got some boots with white fringe that year that were awesome!
5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year? Jessie doll, Tinkerbell, Barbies- can you tell we have girls????
6. What is your favorite holiday food? Do I have to pick just one? No! Chow-Mein Chunkies, Carmels, Shrimp Cocktail, Aunt Betty's Cheeseball
7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays? PJ Pants for some of my neices and nephews, and some hair bows
8. What is your favorite holiday movie? Elf
9. Favorite holiday song? White Christmas
10. Favorite holiday pastime? Eating!!!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Like Putting On Mascara

I bought this dress at Target on the clearance rack for $6.24. A total steal, and it looks good on, its comfy, AND it is a dress I can still breastfeed in. Seriously, its been almost a year since I've worn a dress because of that very problem. Anyway, I really do like it, but it just didn't feel quite like "me". So, a couple of hours, some broken jewelry, scrap fabric and a few glue sticks later, the much improved version. I've seen a ga-jillion and one tutorials for fabric roses and I don't think I did mine exactly like any of them, I just took a strip of fabric, glued one end down to a piece of felt, and then started twisting and glueing. Voila! Like I said, it was good before, but now its better . . .like when you put on mascara!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Crazy Days & Holly Days

Yesterday I did the Holly Days Show at Deer Ridge Elem. It was a good, LONG day. Of course, I didn't sleep well the night before and was up at the crack of dawn. Of course, that did mean I wasn't rushed in the morning to get around, which was nice. I didn't get a lot of shopping done, but I saw a few things that were TO DIE for! Lilyluluu Designs is charming and sweet, and just everything you would want for your little girl. She make full on clothing and it is not only beautiful, but well made. Do you like her banner??? I designed it for her! Also came across Emma & Cait. I'm a sucker for vintage jewelry and I am in love with what they have done. And then here are some pics of my booth. It looks kinda crazy and I detest flash photography, but what else was I going to do? It was a busy day with lots of foot traffic and I'm already going over what I'll do different next year. My sister Vanessa was kind enough to come and sit for the day with me and I had lots of friends stop by and visit. Also, chatted with a lot of wonderful people from the crafting community and was inspired by all the eye candy.

Now I'll be taking a well earned break, but just Monday :( Wish I could play all week, but I have to color people's hair, clean my house and rescue my sewing room from total disaster.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Amidst all the mountains of sewing and stuff I have to get ready for next weekend, I managed to eek out a couple of costumes . . .but none for my bubba :( He just decided to be "cute" for Halloween. No costume required! Vivian wanted to be a fairy Princess. Well, she had a crown and wings, but by the time we got pictures taken, they were long gone. She did however look very cute!
Sophie was Tinkerbell. We thought it was fitting since Viv is always saying she's a "little pixie". Sophie also had wings that were gone by this time!
On Friday Brent and I went to a party at Ryan and Vanessa's new place. It was lots of fun. We're trying to pop a balloon here using no hands. It was hilarious. As you can see, my face is green, I was a witch and Brent dessed up as Edward from Twilight. I put glittery makeup on him, but it didn't photograph very well.
These are the girlies carving their pumpkins. Brent was in charge of this and did a good job, although Sophie isn't wearing pants and her shirt is on backwards . . .

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Busy Busy

Things have been busy around here. Last Friday a bunch of the women at church got together for a craft night that I organized. It was tons of fun and ALMOST went off without a hitch. Just a few 'hiccups". We made some super cute hair bows, Christmas gift tags, washer necklaces, clothespin magnets, advent calendars and a few other super cute things. I've also started getting ready for the Holly Days show in November. I promised myself that this year I would be at least 50% done by Oct. 1. I am not, which means I have to try and sneak in every possible minute of sewing time that I can. Brent has been busy working on the porch roof, which has leaked since we moved in. It is, as with everything else, a bigger project than he originally anticipated, so it is taking longer to finish, and all of this rainy weather isn't helping much. I went to visit Ben & Jocelyn in Louisville at the end of Sept. and also took a couple days to visit my cousin Adriane in Nashville. It was a fun and relaxing trip and was just Nathan and me. It was nice to spend some quality alone time with my little buddy. He was a great traveling companion, so content to ride in the car. He's getting cuter every day and he's crawling now! My "squirrely girlies" are as much fun and TROUBLE as ever, but they make me laugh. Vivian has such a vivid imagination, and Sophie is just so excited about everything.

Monday, September 7, 2009

I NEVER win anything, but . . .

I won an AMAZING giveaway! A YEAR of dresses for my girls!!!! Yes, every month I'll get a new dress of my choosing for the entire year. Thank you so much Cafe Handmade

and of course, the generous ladies at

Saturday, September 5, 2009

What's been up???

My 2 yr. old has outsmarted ma and all the people who make thoe child-proff locks- so that pretty much sums up what I've been doing the last couple of weeks. Soap all over floor, food color on the couch, toddlers on the counters and in the cupboards!!! I think you get my drift. :) Fortunately I have a wonderful husband who never gives me grief for taking some "me" time in the evenings at the sewing machine, and I've managed to crank out a couple of projects. First is the purse for my give a way. I had hoped to have it done in a week, but life happens and 2 weeks is really good in my book! It willbe in the mail on Tuesday and I'll be sad to see it go. I LOVE BLACK & WHITE!
I also got this dress finished. It is from the Amy Butler "Little Stitches" book. I thought it looked easy and simple. It wasn't really, but I muddled through and am thrilled with the results. There is always a learning curve when you try a new pattern and I anticipate the next dress will go much easier. This dress is for my friend Lisa who is having a baby in just a few days.
Other than that, I thing there have been lots of the usual. Kids saying funny stuff, doing naughty things and being really adorable. Nathan is on the verge of crawling and he melts my heart when he smiles! Sophie is definitely in the terrible 2's, but she's funny and loving and still a cuddler, which I love. Vivian is growing up so fast! She built a lever to launch Barbies in the yard, is learning to write her name and I'm trying to teach her "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey . . .much better than "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" don't you think???

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Giveaway Winner!!!

60 comments!!! I used to pick my winner- #29 Tara said:

I love light pink with chocolate brown. Or black and white.

Hopefully the week goes well and I'll be finished with Tara's new bag by Friday . . .we'll see what the fates have in store.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Delayed Reaction . . .

I'm behind on posting some projects . . .that's just the name of the game around here. Well, this is what I spend the majority of my time doing. Often I feel, as my dear friend Rachel put it, like a jungle gym! This picture was taken on a particularly nice and easy evening after supper. Brent and I walked down to the school to let the kids play at the playground. It was a great evening, like 75 in the middle of July, a light breeze; it really could not have been more perfect!
Finally, I got a picture of the dress I made Vivian for her birthday, and in true "me" fashion, it wasn't finished on time. However, it was finished in time for her to wear it to church the following Sunday. She looks so sweet in it, I wish that I had a picture of her in it. Add that to the "to do" list. I had a good time making this; all of the fabric was thrifted, and the straps were free! The bottom is from a tablecloth I bought for $.50, the apron is half of a silk scarf I paid $.25, and the top you might recognize as being the same fabric I used on mom's mother's day purse, which I bought for $1. The best part? I have enough left over to make Sophie a matching dress!I picked up "Last Minute Patchwork Gifts" a couple of months ago and finally got around to making this little guy for my cousin. She had a new baby just a few weeks ago and hopefully they'll get in some good cuddle time!Oh, and my first jewelry-making attempt. I adore bracelets, and I like big ones, so that's what I made. There's a matching necklace as well, but I'm not much of a necklace person, so I'm giving it to mom, just have to make a few adjustments first. This was really fun to make and I have to thank my mother-in-law. She's introduced me to making jewelry, and now I think I'm hooked. Oh, and don't be too jealous, but the beads were picked up at a garage sale for $1!!!!AND, I finally got rid of that mop on my head and got a real haircut. I love having short hair, but now I need some color change. I'm toying with the idea of bleaching the whole thing and being platinum again. Ideas anyone??? Lastly, don't forget to enter the giveaway in my post below!!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009



UNBELIEVABLE!!! I've had just over 4,500 visits to my little corner of the world since the beginning of July! I must celebrate with a give-a-way! To be considered, all you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite color, or color combination and then I'll make you a purse, kind of like THIS and matching checkbook cover . . .and maybe even throw in a little something extra- all in your favorite color combo! I'll leave entries open for 2 weeks, so refer your friends to my site too. I'd love to have more visitors!!!


Friday, July 31, 2009

Staller Campout- First Edition

We had a great time last week camping. Well, MOST of us had a great time. We got to our campsite early Tuesday morning, set up and then went for a well deserved swim! Here's a pic of the girls on the drive. All Vivian could talk about for days leading up was going camping and sleeping in the tent.

Day two was rain, rain, and then some more rain. Everyone, except Mom and Dad ended up with a little water in their tent. Ours stayed completely dry, except for my shoulder! It was WET when we got up. We spent most of the day in a pavillion. We had pancakes for breakfast and then built a fire later. It could have been worse.

Day three was much better. All of our stuff finally dried out and we spent the day enjoying the outdoors. Kids went fishing, and on boat rides. Brent caught and the ATE a crawfish . . .gross. Then for supper we went to Berne for Swiss Days. Natalie and Dad tried out a "new look" that got LOTS of looks, and a few giggles! The kids had lots of fun dancing to the polka band "Joe Fox and the Bavarian Showtime Band". They were pretty good!

Day Four was spent at the pool. We all got a little sun- I got a little too much and burned my legs. That evening we had our skit performances and awards ceremony and everyone got to walk the red carpet.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sometimes great things just happen, and sometimes they don't.

Like this picture! I was outside taking some pictures of Nathan and was able to sneak this cute photo of Viv. She's hard to photograph now because she does the CHEESE smile, that's not so much a smile, and more of a grimace showing all of her teeth at once. Not too cute. This pic was so cute that I thought I'd try to snap a few of Sophie as well. She would have none of it and just kept saying "I don't like it". Here are two of my "favorites. Aimee- does this face look familiar???
And, then here's the boy that we took all the trouble of getting the camera out for. I can't believe he's 6 months old already. He's a sweet boy! He babbles, laughs for the girls, rolls over and has even started pushing himself on to his knees. I'm NOT ready for that! He is such a good baby though, content and sweet!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Best Husband EVER!!!

Guess who took that awesome pic? That's right! My amazing hubby. And can you guess where we were??? I have the greatest husband ever! He didn't mind my screaming at the concert and even danced (well, rocked back and forth) to the songs with me. We got home sooooo late, but it was so worth it! Love ya babe!!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Curtains & Checkbook Covers

The sewing machine and I have been getting back together. I've missed that cheap piece of plastic that gives me fits!!! Having a baby PLUS two other kids makes you busy and so there hasn't been much going on lately- until now. I made new curtains. They're done, but not really. All of the edges are finished (which is more than I can say for the other curtains I've made in the house) but I've found a cute print to go on the bottom, and then they'll be DONE. Also made Mom some new pillow covers. No pics yet, but maybe I'll drag the camera over to her place some day this week to snap off a few. I've also got checkbook covers going on. I've got 30 of them cut, and a few sewn up. I got rid of my ugly plastic one about 6 months ago when I made one for myself and figured it was high time to get some in the shop. I'm almost done with Viv's birthday dress. Its still in progress, but I'm so thrilled that it is all from garage sale fare! I picked up a tablecloth (that has become the skirt of the dress), a silk-ish scarf (became an apron for the skirt), and some gorgeous printed fabric for the top (same fabric I used for mom's purse) and it all cost less than $2!!! Now, I just need to see if I have buttons already . . .