Friday, April 12, 2013

another mini baby quilt


more fun with the ruffler!  tomorrow is my birthday and josh asked me if I wanted a day of pampering and I told him what I really wished for was a morning with no kids to just sew all I wanted.  and being the delight he is, he agreed and took the boys all morning and afternoon.  I have to admit I was a little befuddled at first when he left as to where to start but eventually got to working.    mostly I wanted to play with the ruffler so I put together another little mini snuggler.

I wanted to play with batting and fabrics.  I didn't use any batting for this one to see if the minky was enough.  I put it through the wash already to see how it would shrink up.  

And now I'll add it to the shop!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A New Mini-Quilt

A few months ago I was in my local quilt shop and came across this fabric.  I had been looking for some fabric to make the special "auntie Tyra" quilt for one my my bestie's new baby and when I set eyes on this fabric I fell hard in love with it.

It also inspired me to go out and buy myself a ruffler foot for my birthday.   It is so fun let me tell you.

The fabric design is a log cabin quilt pattern without all the sewing.  I loved it.

But there was also this fabulous yellow fabric that I couldn't say no to.  

I loved the combination of the three of them together.

The final product for my friend's baby will have minky on the back but I wanted to quilt it up just to see it together.  So I'm calling this a mini quilt and a doll quilt and putting it in my etsy shop.

Today I liked up with:

Friday, March 8, 2013

baby changing pad {for the shop}

When C was born I made a changing pad out of oil cloth and liked it so much I made a few more in my shop.  A few weeks ago my kindergarten teacher emailed me with the exciting news she was going to be a new grandma and she wanted me to make something for her to bring to the shower.

I had an extra one from back when I made my own that was still in my shop but she was looking for something more pink/brown so off to the fabric store I went.

Now that its been five years since my brand new mom self made that first one, I've learned a few things about toting diapers around.  There were some things about the original design that I thought needed a little improvement on so instead of rolling it, I had it fold up and added a belt around it instead of a tie to keep it together. This also allowed it to keep a spare dipe and wipes all there together in once convenient pouch.

So now I think I need a new} one for myself and a bunch more for the shop using some of those fabulous oil cloths and vinyl fabrics I found at my last visit to Harts!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bread {Part II}

Today I tried out one of my pre-mixed breads and it turned out great!  I was worried that since the ingredients would be mixed up and out of order it might get messed up but it turned out perfectly.

I thought I'd share my recipes in case anyone else out there is a bread machine baker like myself.

Honey Oat and Wheat Bread
1 1/2 C warm water
1 1/2 T olive oil
6 T honey
1 1/2 t salt
3/4 C quick cook oats
2 1/2 C bread flour
1 C wheat flour
1 1/2 t yeast

1 1/4 C warm water
1 1/2 T olive oil
1/4 C molasses
1 1/2 t salt
2 T dry milk
1 3/4 C rye flour
1 C wheat flour
1 1/4 C bread flour
2 1/2 t yeast

Set it on your wheat bread setting and bingo!  You've got fresh bread!

Pretty much my favorite thing in the world these days is a slice of honey oat and wheat bread toasted with butter and honey after I've put the kids to bed for the night.


Oh and while you're making your batches and have to go feed the baby before you can add the bread flour, make sure you push the containers to the back of the counter so your two and a half year old son can't climb up, dump one out and dance in it.  

Just a little tip from someone who knows:)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


So lately I'v been working toward changing the way I buy and cook food for the fam.  I am trying to move toward cleaner, simpler and more local food.  I'm a firm believer in planning meals and keeping things really simple in an effort to keep my sanity with three littles around the house while I'm trying to cook as well as watching the old food budget.

One of the things I've been doing is to cook my own bread.  Bread is easy but can be time consuming, unless you are me and have a bread maker. I keep my bread maker on my counter and make a new, fresh loaf most days.  I used to just use it to make the dough and then cooked the bread in my oven but then I have to be home and tend it and lets be honest, with the three little ones around here we've got a go go schedule and I forget about things like bread rising in the oven.

So I thought I'd streamline the process and premix my dry ingredients.  I'd had these old yogurt containers and they seemed like the perfect size.

So we'll see how they work!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Oil Cloth Bonanza

On Friday I went to my local Harts Fabric to check out what they had in the way of oil cloth for a custom order.  I was amazed at the beautiful selection they had!  I hadn't expected it! All the sudden my head started spinning with ideas for things I didn't even know I needed oil cloth for.  REALLY trying to not buy supplies for projects until I can actually start on those projects which is annoying since I've got a bit of a line up of things that need to be done.  Maybe its just the motivation I need to move through the queue!

Friday, February 15, 2013


a few weeks before micah was born, asher discovered to my great dismay that he could climb out of his crib.  from that point on he felt that he had no use for naps and thus began a power struggle between him and I that ended with me throwing my hands up in the air and saying, okay.  you're done with naps. i get it. fine.  

about a month ago something started happening in the course of our regular afternoon routine.  a little quiet time on the couch in front of a show usually led to asher falling asleep for an hour or so which led to MUCH more pleasant evenings with a not as wiped out two year old.  and the added bonus of an hour of peace and quiet for mama to gather her thoughts, have a cup of tea and prepare dinner.

with the weather improving around here 
(81 today with a slight breeze and sunny!) 
we've spent our quiet time with the doors open, enjoying the breeze and smell of outside.  I looked over today from my perch in the kitchen and saw all four of my little charges together, enjoying their quiet in their own ways.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

More lucky stars.  I got the file for the February block again that I accidentally deleted so I can make another one.  I think I'm definitely going to do two blocks of each star so I can have a bigger quilt.  I LOVE these blocks and I think I am now sufficiently addicted to foundation piecing.

Linking up today with:
Fresh Poppy DesignIMG_6373

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lucky Stars Block of the month club

I joined up with Don't Call Me Betsy's Lucky Stars block of the month club.  I've been intrigued and totally intimidated by all the foundation piecing I've seen around the quilty blogosphere in the last year or two and finally decided to just jump in and give it a whirl.  I figured a block of the month club would be a good way to try it out. And I love it!

Here is the third block I've done.  Each block seems to take me about two hours.  I'm tempted to make two of each months' blocks to finish up with a nice sized quilt at the end of it all.  I've noticed we have an abundance of lap sized quilts and a shortage of snuggle up sized ones so I've been trying to get to some larger quilt projects.  I did a custom quilting job for a friend and did a quilt that was the largest I've done on my little Bernina 440QE to date and it went really well.  So well I'm less concerned with saving up my big quilts for our yearly trip up to Washington where I can rent long arm time.

The Girl Creative  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

packing up the last of christmas

I have seen this about a million places on Pinterest and today I thought I might give it a try.  Sort of a little time capsel to keep around of all our friends through the years.  Or it might just be one more thing I'm storing that I really don't need to. 

I put our family Christmas card on the top as our cover and then just hole punched everyone else and bound it with two little rings.  I kinda thought it turned out cool and I'll just pop it in the Christmas decorations boxes and pull it out to add to our Christmas books basket next year.

Fun!  Pinterest win.
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