Sunday, February 28, 2010

Foul Fun

Friday night Amber's friends Ryan and James brought over a baby duck. We all thought it was so cute and then realized they brought it to give to her. After a long quacky night we realized it needed company. But no more ducks please. So they went down and bought a couple of baby chicks. It took some mean pecking but they are friends now. I love how the little one likes to hang-out on top of the duck.

Saturday morning my cousin Forrest and his wife Jodi called and asked if I would like a couple of laying hens and a chicken tractor. They surprised me and brought five Barred Rock hens (so generous). We already have one Rhode Island Red. So now we have a real flock of laying hens. It has been a long time and I am so enjoying it.

Friday, February 26, 2010

zipper pouches

I have a new favorite thing to make. These little zipper pouches are so fun and easy. I saw a really great tutorial at Dana Made It. For these pouches I cut the fabric 6x8. They will make a nice little make-up bag. They match a couple of purses. One is not done yet and the other I gave away without taking a picture. Maybe I can hold the little bee pouch hostage and the owner will send me a picture of her purse to rescue her make-up bag!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


We had a fun filled weekend. Our chicken laid her first egg.

It snowed again! This time we really got it.
The kids had their regional choir preformance. It was amazing!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

This little piggie went to market

This is Gelato Alexa's guinea pig. It is so cute. Alexa is a very devoted pet parent, she adores this little pig.

Photo by Alexa. I just love the bubbles.
Wool Gelato with the first bloom on my dwarf peach tree.
Alexa's mom came up with the idea of a guinea pig purse after seeing me work on another felt purse. At first I brushed it off as impossible. But I found the challenge irresistible. It was so much fun to make. I caught myself giggling a few times.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Some Things Never Change

I love brown boots and orange wheels as much as I did 30 years ago. When I was 9ish my mom use to drop me off at Skateland with $1.25. That would buy a hot dog, a soda and a Saturday morning of skating. I would never dream of dropping my kids off at the rink now. But I think that is a blessing. I still love skating and it is even more fun reminiscing with my kids in tow.
It is funny how I can go through life just not noticing a thing. The minute I snap a picture it is like I wake up from a trance. What mother would let their child go out in public like this? Last night we just needed this kid in pants, any pants. She hates these pants! They are Strawberry Shortcake and sooo cute. She hates them but was willing to submit when the skating rink was on the line. Too bad they don't match!
We won't go into the hair. It is her new "look".
On the way home Aubrey noted they didn't play YMCA. They always play YMCA. How disappointing! I don't care what decade it is, a skate is not complete with out a little nod to the disco era.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Another Birthday Girl

Underneath that sheet is Alexa. In honor of her birthday we did a little kidnapping pay back. We had planned on just taking her to the newly released Percy Jackson movie. But we ended up with a little time on our hands.

What is a captor to do with time to kill but some cruel and unusual torture! Alexa was such a good sport. I love her as Angel Moroni!

The kids are wearing toga's. These days Aubery wears one to school. They are studying ancient Greece and mythology in social studies.

The unveiling! Isn't Lexi such a pretty girl, well young lady! Super sweet, fun, musical, gorgeous and she SEWS (yeah)!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Devy!

Today is my beautiful niece Devy's Birthday. She was Belle for Halloween and made the costume herself. When I saw these pics I thought she should apply at Disneyland. But she has bigger plans than that

Devlyn is in her last semester at ASU. She is in the jewelry program. Her specialty is precious metals. Dev makes custom jewelry and is sooo talented. I wish I knew how to do links, I would put one right here to her blog or etsy shop.
I do have her blog on my list "crafty blogs I like" Devlyn Arrilla Jewelry.
Kind, smart, creative, talented, pretty and a dead ringer for Belle. Happy birthday Dev.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

I love this holiday. A fun day to express love with out a lot pressure.
I try to make a nice dinner. I took some pics of some of the new things I tried this year.
Heather's hair really did look like a heart 10 hours ago. It is very messy now but it was fun and different to use a big needle to sew hair in place.

The girls and I had fun making the newspaper garland and the felt heart hair clips. Heather has a surprisingly good buttonhole stitch for a 7 year old. And sweet Ashley tried to make one for every little girlfriend she has.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jane block two

So here is my second block. It was much more simple to sew. However, getting it pinned correctly was maddening. Having a triangle to work with was frustrating because you are dealing with a bias cut which is nice and stretchy. But it took a fraction of the time to sew, which was nice. I did this in little spurts while I was waiting around for a kid, make that kids away from home. Time that would have otherwise been wasted. Very gratifying.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Grand Slam

I had some early morning fun with the big kids. Thanks Denny's!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Aubrey's quilt

Tada! Here is Aubrey's quilt top for her bunk quilt at camp. She is a really good little sewer for her age. Her seams are nice and straight. She agreed to be my guinea pig for this project I will be helping 13 other girls make a similar quilt. I had a few calculations wrong for Aubs. But we worked it out and I think it is pretty cute and a simple into sewing/quilting.

The finished quilt is 54" x 60". We cut 15 strips of 7 inch wide fabric. Then sewed them together in groups of three using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then cut those groups 7 inches wide. Then alternated, rotated, continued to use the 1/2 seam allowance and assemble into final quilt.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Insane Jane and Me

I saw at my local fabric store that they were going to be teaching a civil war era quilt. I knew my mom had purchased civil war reproduction fabrics with the thought of making a quilt someday. It seemed like a great opportunity to spend some time with her. So I signed us both up. The quilt is generally referred to as Dear Jane. It was weeks later that I looked at the quilt. I pulled it up on the Internet and about fell out of my chair! There are 225 quilt blocks/patterns. No block is the same and no colored fabric in the quilt is repeated. It is beautiful and overwhelming. But here is the kicker. It is hand pieced.
So Friday I spent four hours making one block. When I left class that day I told everyone they were crazy and I hoped I would never see them again.
But I really loved it and I spend tons of time waiting for kids in the car, etc. I always try to have a book or embroidery to help with my lack of patience but this will be so much more fun.
This is the most simple block in the quilt. I love the way it is so perfectly lined up. I even love the back and how all the little seams just knew exactly how to lay down. That woman was a genius I tell you!

Friday really was a great day. I got to spend time with my mom doing something I love, sewing. Then Ron and I went to the Chocolate festival. Downtown Glendale was all lit up and very romantic. We wandered the antique shops, another favorite. Bought some goat milk fudge, yummy. But chickened out and ate at a Mexican restaurant instead of soaking up the atmosphere and eating the street vendor food.
A few nieces spent the night and today I helped Holly and Alexa start a bunk quilt for camp. Alexa is coming with our ward this summer. She is a camp hopper, attending a different cousins camp every year. Holly just wanted to learn to sew, so that will be fun.
Tonight we had our monthly get together with the in-laws. After telling Ron's mom about my class she pulled out the quilt tops her grandmother had made. Amazing! One was grandmothers fan. But the other one was a nine-patch, like mine above but the squares were one inch! Each block was only three inches square! Both of the quilts were hand pieced. Now this makes one wonder, why?! She probably could have used a machine she died in the early 1960's. But this is the same grandmother who's children bought her an electric stove in her old age, and she never used it. She just kept cooking in her wood burning stove. Maybe they were really poor and she could not afford a sewing machine.
Most likely she took a class and some crazy person told her to hand stitch that thing!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Another fine mess I have gotten myself into!

Amber was invited to be a bridesmaid by a close friend. I offered to help with the sewing. What did that mean, kind of vague, my very non-committal way of offering to help. Well to the bride it meant WEDDING GOWN.

It is my lack of self confidence that makes this scary. I look at the patterns and I think I can do this. It is much easier than Michael's pirate costume at Halloween.

But then I look at the yards and yards of white fabric and I want to run away screaming. I will need to combine two different patterns, make some adjustments and add a train of my own design in order to copy a dress she saw at David's Bridal.

Deep breath the wedding was planned for October. I would have all summer to work on it. The shop is slow, life is calmer, it would be after camp too. Lots of time.
Well they just moved the date up to....April!
So today I am cutting the bodice out of pink satin I had laying around to see if I can get the fit right before cutting into all those yards of white satin and organza. Yikes!
I know there will be tears before this is over, I sure hope they are tears of joy!