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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Beginning sewing project

I know it's been a long while since I added anything to this blog. The short version, I've been busy. And just to warn you, I'm going to be busy again in the next few months. But just so you know I haven't given up on this blog, I'll share a project my daughter made.

My daughter got her very first sewing machine for her birthday and wanted to learn so I found a great beginner project: a pillowcase.

I found a couple tutorials on Pinterest, but to be honest, I had to watch a YouTube video to make sure I was doing it right. The second time she made this it was super fast though so once you know what you are doing, it's a piece of cake!

And since I didn't take any pictures along the way, I'll just direct you to the video I watched. I didn't actually add the little strip as you can tell in my picture so mine just is a piece of fabric 3/4 of a yard and one piece 1/4 of a yard. Easy!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Blurb Gift Ideas and Sale

 I'm sorry for being MIA for a while.  My life hasn't quite gotten back to normal yet.  I will be sewing more now that Christmas is coming, but until then I thought I would share a couple things from Blurb.  (You know how much I love Blurb!!)

First up...Blurb is having a sale.  Wahoo!  Save 30% on Blurb's Print Books with code: SAVE30

Next up... a great gift idea!

Create Something One Of A Kind with Blurb

People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles. Each costs around $40 USD or less:

Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi Larsen We all have cookie cravings. Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided to put them into something deliciously original: A baking book featuring 30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.

Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images.

Around the World with a Toy Camera by Giorgio Giussani Perfect for the photography or graffiti-art fan on your list. This book is an explosion of gritty color that explores the wonders of street art and analog photography.

Food Stories by Elena Scott A short, wonderfully illustrated collection of recipes (and food stories) that will inspire you to pick up the knife and spatula—or just pen and paper.

Things I Love by Carol Nehls and Jessica Rose Illustrated and written many years apart by a mother and daughter, this sweet rhyming story told by a fox is pure joy for all ages.

Patent Pending by Jordan Natyshen Chicken goggles, air-conditioned rocking chairs, monkey jockeys for greyhounds… humankind has invented and sought to patent some amazing and crazy things. Illustrator Jordan Natyshen illustrates some of the strangest in this history of odd inventions.

Tiny Horses are Everywhere by Thea Lux The perfect stocking-stuffer for fans of off-beat humor, this undeniably nutty book is based on a Tumblr blog and combines simple photo collages of small horses in human environments with incredibly funny captions.

Rouleaux by Anastassia Elias What can you do with an empty roll of toilet paper? If you’re French artist Anastassia Elias, you create tiny dioramas inside of the discarded tubes. Inspired by art and movies, these pieces are beautifully crafted, fun, and unbelievably detailed.

Low Fidelity by Bobby Grossman If you, or someone you love, listened to New York punk and new wave in the 70s, chances are your favorite artist can be found in this book. Bobby Grossman photographed Iggy Pop, David Byrne, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol and many more. This book is a time capsule of—and a love letter to—a legendary time, place, and sound.

Take a second and head over to Blurb to see if you can end your search for that perfect gift this season!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


So... I know I said I'd be back, then I didn't actually post anything.  Sorry!  I am in the process of moving so things have been put aside while I organize my new living space.  I did actually sew something new a couple weeks ago that I want to share but I don't have a picture yet.  I promise sometime this week I will actually share it!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hello again

Okay - so I guess I couldn't stay away for long.  Now that I've taken a break this past month, I think I have realized what was making me feel so overwhelmed with the blog.  I was struggling to come up with things to write about - without sounding too rehearsed.    I've realized I want to change it up a little.  Instead of posting about random things, I think I'll stick to my sewing projects. I'm not very good at coming up with my own, but I do like sharing great tutorials I've found or great pattern shops or sales going on.  I may be a little sporadic with my posting since I'm not a fast seamstress, but you'll probably see a few posts a month.  I've also toyed with the idea of opening an Etsy shop to sell a few things.  Let me know if that sounds like a good idea. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Maybe later

You may have noticed that I haven't been posting lately.  I've decided to take a break from blogging.  I really enjoyed doing it for a while, but I've decided there are more important ways I want to spend my time.
Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hiking with kids

I don't have much going on lately - at least not anything blogworthy.  But I thought I'd share a few tips I found helpful recently.

My family loves to go out hiking.  We slacked off last year but that was my fault - being pregnant made me a little lazy and uncomfortable.  But now that my cute baby is getting bigger we've started going out again.  Let me tell you something - hiking with kids can be super fun, or a royal pain.  The fun part - seeing the kids get all excited about the little things.  The not so fun part - dealing with accidents or stubborn kids.  Here's some tips I find helpful when dealing with kids (of all ages) so it isn't a bad experience.

1 - Take lots of water and have the kids carry their own.  I've found they drink more if they're carrying it themselves.  You can construct a simple sling or go all out and get them a backpack.  Have them carry either a waterbottle (cheap throw-away bottles are the lightest, or Nalgene makes great ones for kids) or a bladder like this one:
 2 - Snacks to keep everyone happy and moving (bribe them!)  Let's face it - we all get hungry when we exercise so take more than you think you'll need, plus some for the car ride home.  Several things we like are: fruit snacks, raisins, nuts, granola bars (remember my homemade ones?), string cheese, oranges, apples, dried fruit and my new favorite item - frozen gogurts!  I hadn't ever tried this one before, but on our hike a couple weeks ago I threw in a few frozen ones and we ate them on the way down the mountain and boy were they yummy!

3 - Dress accordingly.  This includes making sure everyone has good shoes and socks.  No need to buy fancy hiking shoes - just something sturdy that will stay on.  If you're like me and hate shoes unless it's snowing outside, buy socks that aren't too thick or try out a pair of Chacos (pricey, but comfy).  Also, try to wear clothing that isn't cotton - athletic shorts and shirts keep you from getting too hot or cold if you happen to get wet along the way.  One other tip - put extra clothes in the car for those kids who might enjoy finding the water or mud along the way.

4 - Prepare for the sun by wearing sunscreen and hats.  You may want that awesome tan, but your kids don't need it.  And the other side of this - prepare for rain.  Bring jackets or ponchos if you suspect there might be any chance of it raining.

5 - Make it fun by adding games.  You could play I Spy, go on a scavenger hunt, sing silly songs, make up stories based on what you see, take binoculars, or take pictures along the way of cool things you find.  I am constantly asking "are you having fun" along the way and I can instantly tell if we need a break by how they respond - or don't respond because they're tired.

6 - Plan for all the other things.  Get a front carrier for an infant, a kid hauler for a toddler, and either some rope or a kid leash (my son has a monkey he likes to wear that has a leash for a tail) for your other children.  Take toilet paper, kleenex, a good first aid kit, hand sanitizer, chapstick, a pocket knife, a whistle, and anything else you might need - for me it includes diapers, baby wipes, a mat to lay the babe down on, baggies for the diapers, bottles, formula, extra clothes, etc.

And one final thing - don't forget your camera!