Thursday, September 27, 2007

Be jealous...

Elliott just made me these:
Do you see what time it is? He really loves me!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Fall is here...

I can't wait for it to get cooler in a couple of days. It was 92 here today, practically unheard of for mid-September, but in two days it is supposed to get cooler. I have spent the last couple of days perusing the newest JCREW catalog to figure out what sweaters I want to order.
I [heart] sweater weather!
I can't wait to start making (and eating!) pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, to plan our Halloween costumes, and drive down streets made beautiful with gold and flaming red trees.

Here are a couple of projects to help set the mood... happy crafting!

A fun project to do with your children.

Tutorial for this festive banner here. The tutorial calls for sewing the letters to the paper, but non-sewers could use fusible interfacing to make them!

An adorable yoyo garland from portabellopixie.

For those of you in warmer climates... yoyo flip-flops!

Magically delicious

This evening for Family Home Evening we went to Bama and Pa's condo to help clean it out before the closing in two weeks. We felt a little like burglars, sneaking in when the owners were away, but of course, we had permission.

Elliott cleaned out the food cupboard, and was putting away all the boxed goods we gained, including lots of cereal. He discovered we are now the proud owners of 34 boxes of cereal.

You are all invited for breakfast tomorrow!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Some tutorials

Anyone who has never made a quilt, but always wanted to, should definitely give it a whirl with a pretty, simple little doll quilt. Sew some fabric pieces together to make a top, and then check out smallfox's great machine quilting tutorial.

If you prefer to handquilt, there are tutorials with good pictures located here and here.

Heather Bailey's beautiful site has lots of inspiring eye-candy, and also a great tutorial on how to bind your quilt.

Here are some great ideas from flickr:

Log cabin style with embroidery in the center... too cute!

Machine quilting runs perpendicular to the strips in this quilt. What could be simpler or more charming?

Half square triangles set in a barn-raising pattern:

This one is a little different, with applique. It has a nice vintage feel to it.

Happy Quilting!

Name Game

Elliott is on his way home from Utah tonight, so here is my attempt at entertaining myself:

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Yukon

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Chocolate Oreo

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name + lite for a girl, or dawg for a boy), G-lite

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal), Red Butterfly

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born), Rae Paramount

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the last 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Kergi

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink)The Black Ginger Ale

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers), Terry Morris

9. TEEN IDOL NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy), Lovely Chocolate

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ), Jo Dail

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter), Spurr Seattle

12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower). Christmas Rose

13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)Pear Pajamy

14. HIPPIE NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree), Cheerio Maple

15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) The Quilt Lightning Tour

Friday, September 21, 2007

Some inspiration

* Photos courtesy of some very talented people on flickr!
You know you want one...

Doll Quilt Swap

This swap has been moved here.

Okay, this is totally going to remind me that I only have 5 readers of my blog, but my mailbox is lonely, and I am tired of waiting for someone I know to host a doll quilt swap, so I am doing it myself!

A few guidelines:
1. The quilt must measure between 18 inches square and 24 inches square, although it can also be a rectangle that fits in those measurements.
2. Please use natural fibers in the construction of this quilt (like cotton or wool).
3. Pieced, applique, or wholecloth, you decide. Quilted by hand or machine, and bound. Feel free to embellish your heart away if you desire.
4. Include a label on the back for posterity's sake, including your name and the date, at the least.

I am setting a mailing deadline of Nov. 7, 2007. This should give us a little bit of time after the Halloween rush, but before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please leave a comment (in case I don't get the email for some reason), and email me with your name, email address, blog address, and your snail mail address too! Please do not sign up if you will be unable to fulfill the commitment. But really, this is a wee little quilt!

Some dates to note:
September 28 - Sign-up deadline! I will email you the info on who you are creating for by October 1st.
October 15 - please post a sneak peek (this could be just the chosen fabric, or the quilt under construction) on your blog.
November 6 - Pictures, please... of the back of the quilt! We want the front to be a surprise when we open it, right?
November 7 - Packages (with quilts in them!) must be postmarked by this date.

Edited to add: In your email, please let me know what a couple of your favorite fabric lines or styles are, so I can match you with people that have similar taste. Thanks!

Hello again!

I am sorry to have not enthralled you all with exciting posts in ages, but you know, life gets in the way sometimes. Please be assured I am reading your blogs at each opportunity, which are few and far between these days, and promise to get less and less, as Elliott and I are both getting new callings on Sunday which will require more time from us (Especially him!)

Anyway, here is a cute story so you can see why I never post anymore:

Mrs. B, Andrew's teacher, has been alerting us for some time that the children would be giving oral presentations on a book they read over the summer. Andrew chose a book Grandma lent us, Ozma of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. This past week Andrew hasn't had homework because the 3rd graders have been involved in statewide testing, but Mrs. B didn't give us a specific date when the book reports would be presented, and she has never given us a rubrick.

You can imagine my surprise then, while cleaning up from dinner, when Andrew announced that the oral reports would be today. Uhm, what? Okay, we got busy, fixing up the notes he had taken (not much), and he gave me his report as it was so far. It lasted 30 seconds, and was supposed to be 2-3 minutes. The other problem was that in about 1 minutes a babysitter was coming and I needed to run to the church for a choir rehearsal (I am the conductor of a special ward choir that will be singing in Downtown Indianapolis this December.)

Let me skip the boring part of the story by saying that with much urging and help from me, we got Andrew into bed by 10pm (don't worry Babe, no threats were involved!)

After questioning Andrew a few times, I still was unsure of the timing of the presentations this morning, although he did tell me he was up 4th. So I left a message and fired off an email to his teacher this morning, trying to figure out what time to come to his class (his teacher encourages parents to come watch). I even called a classmate's mother and left a message with her wondering what time the presentations were starting!

About 8:20 this morning, the phone rang, and it was Andrew. Here is the beginning of the conversation:

Me: Hello?

Andrew: Hi, its Andrew.

Me: Hi.

Andrew: It turns out the book report is next week.

I was able to respond after I stopped laughing hysterically. Well, it is a good thing, as Martha would say. Now we can work on the actual presenting more!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

How not to get my business

Yesterday Emma and I were walking through the mall, and she stopped to look at a display she liked. A salesman at a travel kiosk near us got my attention, and asked me if I wanted to go to a Colts game, or on vacation anywhere. I politely said I wasn't interested, at which point he asked if I wanted to go on vacation to Ft. Lauderdale or Las Vegas. I was so shocked that before I could even think about it I said, "Florida and Las Vegas are the last places in the United States I want to visit."

Hehehe, poor guy, he was a little shocked as I walked away.

But seriously? Las Vegas or Fort Lauderdale?

More pics from last week

I forgot to download Cleo's camera onto my computer before she left, so hopefully she will get those uploaded soon and I can post more, but here are a couple more highlights from our week with the fam!
Andrew was very excited to have grandma at our house. They share a love of bugs, and took care of two praying mantis' while she was here.

A rare moment when Sophie let someone other than her mother hold her. She isn't normally a clingy baby, but she was feeling really sick due to a cold, and was overwhelmed by all the people she hadn't met before (Hugh and Charles) or seen often, so she didn't warm up to anyone until the last day they were here!

Andrew and Elliott before the baptism. It was a fun baptism. It was all family and friends, nothing too fancy, so we had a relaxed time.
It is hard to believe I have an 8 year old. Time has flown by! He is a great kid.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

White River Gardens: Butterfly Exhibit

Emma is obsessed with butterflies at the moment. She wants to get one as a pet. I thought a trip to the butterfly exhibit at White River gardens would be a good substitute.

Elliott caught this butterfly mid-drink.

Emma hoped she would be able to get a butterfly to land on her hand...

Emma and Andrew viewed the chrysalis. They looked like little tiny bats to me.

A beautiful hibiscus.

After the butterfly exhibit we walked around and enjoyed the beauty of the gardens. Sophie really loved it, as you can tell!

Ethan was terrified of the butterflies, but he had fun walking in the garden.

Andrew clowning around with a frog.
His teacher at school LOVES frogs, so we will make this into a card for her.

Grandpa got into the act too!

Charles didn't want to be outdone, so he decided to walk across the lily pads...

and become a part of the statuary!

Quilt tutorial

I haven't really felt like quilting since I got pregnant with Sophie, more than a year and a half ago. I finally am starting to get back into it with the fervor I once had! However, I have definitely changed my methods.

I used to enjoy designing my own quilts from scratch... choosing a block i liked, a couple of fabrics I liked, and then designing a complete quilt around that, adding in new and stashed fabrics. That methodology is very time intensive, and I just don't have the time to do that right now. I am quite happy to make patterns exactly as the designer made them, and using complete fabric lines, without adding in any other fabrics. Brainless quilt making, and quick satisfaction!

Mom just took my Freshcut quilt top home with her to quilt for me. I didn't get a picture of it before it went to California, but I am happy with how it turned out.

I hadn't been to a quilt shop in a while, but had TWO trips in the last week. I have bought these jelly roll strips,

and am in the process of piecing a "split-rail fence" quilt. All rectangles and squares, not too hard to deal with.

Anyway, I just remembered I titled this post as a tutorial, so check out this blog post.

Hello, old friends

Did you think I had forgotten about my blog? Nope! I've just been having fun with my family, who were here for Andrew's baptism (gulp!)

I will post pictures of the fun we had later, but for now, here is an inside joke for my Scattergories-playing family:

If I were a bat I would be...
a Spotted Bat! Find out more
about this bat or take the quiz
to see what kind of bat you are most like.

Yep, Dad, I'm a spotted bat too!