Wednesday, December 31, 2008


I finally finished! It was very difficult to photograph though. Sorry about the lighting. And in case you were wondering, that's my husband behind the quilt holding it up.

Birdcage on a Chain quilt using Amy Butler's Belle quilting fabric and Gutterman thread. All 100% cotton.
Now I'm ready to start my next one! Especially since my wonderful husband went out and got a wonderful new sewing machine for me for Christmas!! I won't have to hand quilt anymore...well, maybe sometimes!

Friday, December 19, 2008

I really am getting things done!

I had to share this super cute picture. This is our friend Betsey at a cookie decorating party we went to. (We had two cookie parties in one week...sugar high.) I thought she looked cute covered in icing.
Here's the cookie spread. Notice everyone busy decorating, but Liam is busy eating.

I made a couple more dresses last week. One went to my niece Gemma, and this one is for my Matilda. I think it will be her Christmas dress.
Now off to finish my quilt! Pictures of that tomorrow!
PS One of the local quilt shops here has all their Pfaff machines (including the floor models and used ones) on sale for 70% off! Should I?

Friday, December 5, 2008

busy...super busy

I'm finishishing up a load of projects. I think I'll finish most by Sunday. Excpect pictures then.
Also no Wii Fit Challenge update because I broke my toe...again...and haven't exercised too much on it.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

As a matter of fact...

I am a nerd.

wii fit challenge: week 2

So I was doing great. I consistently lost everyday. I got in a 30 min. workout daily (which is really great considering my busy day). But then today, I somehow gained 2.9 lbs. All week I exercised at 7:30 pm but today I decided to do it earlier. I don't know if that made a difference or what. Oh well. I've gotten loads better at balance and strength. As soon as I get my old lady orthapedic shoe inserts from the doctor, I'm going to throw running in the mix. The only cruddy thing is it has already started snowing. I guess my sweat will just freeze!

weight: same as week 1
BMI: same as week 1
determination: going strong
coolness: to high to calculate

Friday, November 14, 2008

wii fit challenge: week 1

In case you haven't noticed, I'm into crafting. That's what this blog is supposed to be about right? Well, it's 1/4 crafting and 3/4 kids and family. So in keeping with the spirit of crafting, I have decided embark on the most important craft of my Or should I say mii?

I have either been pregnant or breastfeeding since 2004. Needless to say three pregnancies and almost 3 years of breastfeeding (still breastfeeding the little one) takes a toll on one's body. I'm rather soft in places that used to be firm. I am in no way vain, nor do I care what others think about my body, except my husband. We have 3 kids so you all obviously know what he thinks about it. But after reading You: the Owner's Manual, I realized that there are areas of my life which can be improved. Until I read this book, I had no idea what HDL cholesterol is or what causes a heart attack. One major thing I learned from the book is that I should get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. It is the one thing I should be selfish about. I don't care I have to put off mopping the floor or cleaning the windows, I need to make time to exercise!

Here's where the wii fit comes in. I don't have time to go to the gym. I just don't. Nor can I afford one with a play center for the kids. I also don't want to have to drive all the way to the gym. (Trying to leave a small carbon footprint!) So I did the calculations. A Wii and Wii fit together cost a fraction of the price of a gym membership. It also weighs you and gives you your BMI. Along with that you get a handy graph of how you're improving and you can easily set goals for yourself. And it really does work you out. Just ask my thigh muscles.

I've decided as extra motivation, I will post, hopefully once a week, my wii fit progress. I try to do it everyday, but I know I need to be realistic. I will probably get to it 4 times a week. It's a start right. I may even post a picture of myself once a week just for the record. I hope I have everyone's support in this and more than that, join my challenge yourself! You don't have to have a wii fit. Just get outside and walk or run for half an hour. Do some yoga. Dance around the living room.

So here are my results for week 1 of the wii fit challenge:
weight: 155 (goal 135)
BMI: 27 (it's 27.something, but I can't remember at the moment) (goal 20)
Wii fit age: 29 (-1 of my real age!)

Thursday, November 13, 2008


I absolutely need this bedding set. Isn't it wonderful! It can be found at West Elm. (Honey if you're reading this, Christmas is coming soon!)

Monday, November 10, 2008

pattern review: oliver and s playdate dress

Yes my addiction to Oliver and S patterns is still going strong. I decided to make the playdate dress for two very sweet twin girls I know in Texas.
It was really fun making two dresses at once. Liam picked out the fabric. Pretty good choices for a 3 year old boy. And it just so happened that he picked fabric from Amy Butler's Daisy Chain line while she was sitting right behind him signing books.

So to get to the review...the instructions were very detailed and easy to follow. This was my second time doing a pleat, and it was super easy to do. This was also my first time to do piping, and I now know that I was way to scared of it for no reason. I also made the buttons myself because I thought it would look better with coordinating buttons. I used a button kit from Joann. The only thing that didn't come out quite right were the ruffles on the front. I think, however, that's due more to my inabilities than the pattern.

Basically, it's an easy, fun pattern for an intermediate sewer. (I think that's what I say about all Oliver and S patterns.) Although if you are a beginner sewer and want to be adventurous, I say try to tackle it.

Friday, November 7, 2008

a few things

The kids and I spent hours at the park this week enjoying our Indian summer. There aren't words to describe how beautiful the changing leaves are with the noon sun shining through them.
I want to knit those colors. It makes me feel like there is really a Lorien on Earth.

We had a delicious mommy and daddy only dinner last night. It was my first experience with spaghetti squash. Yummy recipe found here. The great thing about it is that it was very filling, very nutritious, and extremely tasty! Now I'll have to test it out on the kids.

And finally, Jack is Charlie Brown. Doesn't this shirt fit him so well? All I need is Lucy holding a football.
PS Pattern review of Oliver and S Playdate dress coming withing the next couple of days. I just need to press and take pic of said dress.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

happy halloween!

Thing 1 and Thing 2 in action!
Thing 1 and Thing 2 and the goldfish in the pot who said, "Tell that Cat in the Hat you do not want to play!"

Friday, October 17, 2008

pumpkin farm fun

Mommy the horse, Liam the cow, and Jack the pig at Circle S Farms.
Our jack-o-lanterns (which Liam wanted to know if we'd make Liam-o-lanterns too). The seeds were roasted and thoroghly enjoyed by two little boys.

Liam and the great pumpkin.

Matilda on her pumking throne.

Daddy and Jack in the sunflower maze.

The butt pumpkin.

quotes and hikes

I know that most kids say cute things, and mine are no exception. I've decided to share a few prize quotes from them.

Liam (3 years old):
"Is medicine made of pizza?"
"Mommy, I like you because you are always beautiful, which starts with a b."
"Did Jesus make booties so we can fart and poo poo?" -The thing I find interesting about this quote is that I always say that God (I never mention Jesus.) made us. Maybe kids have some inherent knowledge about the trinity...hmmm.

Jack (2 years old, and just figuring out that words can make people laugh):
"Accidents happen now and again. PBS Kids-Go! hmm hmmm hmm"
"Really? M&M?"
"Annie (our dog) go in the water! No!"
"CD 101 tip."
Jack usually sings or shouts these nonsense sentences, then giggles...a lot.

On another note, the leaves are changing around here so we went on a hike at the park across the road from our house. It was an overcast kind of day and a bit chilly. We had a wonderful time collecting leaves and acorns. We'll make our annual "Leaf Man". Pics of him to come.

*post edit*
I forgot to add a quote from my tiny one!
Matilda (7 months)
"ahhh da da da da"
She also squeals so loudly that we have dubbed her Nazgul.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I love finding new artists (well new to me at least). There is so much inspiration out there.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

hanging with my bff

I actually got to meet the Amy Butler last night! There was a book signing at the quilt shop (Quilt Beginnings) near my house. She really is as nice as everyone says she is. I wanted to get a picture with her, but between my shyness and my kids being ready to go home and eat supper, it didn't work out.

I picked up a copy of her new book and oh are there awesome patterns in here. I almost can't wait for friends to get pregnant so I can have an excuse to sew! There are a few clothing patterns, toy patterns, and an awesome pattern for a crib bedding set. (So Evelyn, I'm waiting for you to give me some happy news so I can get to sewing!)

I also picked up some fabric from Amy's (we're on a first name basis now, haha) new line daisy chain so I can make some dresses for some sweet twin girls down in Texas. It took a long time to pick out fabric because it was all so beautiful. I guess that means I'll have to go back for some more to make some outfits for Matilda!

more yummy food

Once a week or so the husband and I cook dinner for just the two of us after the kids go to bed. This week I made something that I used to make a very long time ago, and now I just can't understand why I ever stopped making it. It's baked feta stuffed tomatoes. It's a very light but filling meal.

Easy Feta Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

2 tbsps oil (can use olive or vegetable oil) .
1/4 c breadcrumbs .
grated parmesan cheese (to taste) .
4-5 oz feta cheese, crumbled .
salt & pepper .
1 tbsp sliced fresh garlic (can use about 1/4 tsp dry garlic powder, fresh is better!) .
4 large firm tomatoes, scoop & reserve pulp .
2 tbsps dried parsley .
3-4 tbsps onions, finely sliced (can use more)

Step #1 Cut the tops off of the tomatoes; carefully scoop out & reserve the pulp (try not to slice into the tomato skin when scooping out the pulp).

Step #2 Chop the pulp & then mix with the onion, pepper, bread crumbs, salt, dry parsley, oil, garlic & feta cheese (except the Parmesan cheese) in a bowl.

Step #3 Carefully stuff the tomatoes with the breadcrumb/pulp mixture (be careful not overstuff & tear the tomato skins).

Step #4 Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese.

Step #5 Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 mins (can bake longer if desired).

Step #6 Serve hot.

Enjoy the Easy Feta Stuffed Tomatoes recipe
*I didn't add the onions and may I suggest perhaps adding spinach. Very yummy!

Friday, September 19, 2008

lights out

In case you haven't heard, Ike got us all the way up here. Last Sunday we had a huge windstorm in Columbus and the surrounding area, knocking the power out to thousands. We lost power for only 24 or so hours. I thankfully hadn't done the grocery shopping for the week yet, so we lost some milk and veggies, but that was about it. It was actually quite peaceful to have no electric humming in the whole house. Jason and I read by candle light, and the kids and I pretended to be camping.

There was also another form of lights out in our household. The big surprise that I mentioned is a bust. I was working on opening an online store to sell fabric and patterns, but have decided not to go forward with it. I have my reasons. Yeah, I just linked myself twice. I'm just that cool!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Easy Blueberry Muffins

3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
3/4 cups fresh or thawed frozen blueberries

*Preheat the oven to 350

*In a medium bowl, mash the bananas with the oil and sugar and mix well.

*In a small bowl, sift together the salt baking soda, and flour.

*Add the dry mixture to the banana mixture and stir by hand until the two are thoroughly combined. Fold in the blueberries.

*Pour the batter into a lined muffin pan.

*Bake the muffins for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

I got this recipe from here. We've had them twice already and loooovvveee them! I also added walnuts to them once, which was extra yummy!


I'm in the middle of a "life revamp." I got so wrapped up in doing so many things for other people, that I neglected to do anything for myself in a long while. In order to enjoy my kids, my husband, my hobbies, I've decided I'm not doing anything for anyone unless I really enjoy it. Selfish? Nope! Healthy? Yes!In the past few weeks, I have simplified my life a lot. It's great! I was so stressed for a while that I suffered great fatigue for about a month. I'm talking about slurring words fatigue. So to de-stress myself, I've dropped all obligations and such except being Mommy and wife and just me. I love it!

As part of being Mommy, the kids and I have decided to explore Ohio a bit more every few weeks. So today we went to Granville. This is the most adorable town I've been to in a while. We had a picnic at this great park. It was a beautiful day, and the kids had a blast.
On another note, I've been reading some great books. I'm working on a few book reviews for the blog just for fun. I'm also working on another pattern review for a dress that was really, really fun to sew.

pattern review: bubble dress

This is another Oliver and S dress, of course. I was scared to start this one at first, but once I got into it, it was easy peasy and really fun to make.
Pros: -Instructions very thorough
-Great for advance beginner/intermediate sewers
-Can be made with or without scalloped sides (which are easier than I thought)
-I learned a new, easy way to gather
Cons: -Bubble dresses aren't that great for 6 month old babies (would look cuter on someone who can actually walk
-Finishing the seam allowances where the bodice and skirt meet is kind of awkward.

All in all, great dress and easy to sew. The finished product fits well and looks neat.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

still working...

I'm obviously not great at time management. It takes a little longer to redo a basement than I thought. It's mostly because we can really only work on the weekends. We're done with the painting though! The color looks great. In the meantime, I'll leave you with a few lovelies I found.

The earrings above are from this etsy shop.

I also found this cute shop. I love the bird necklace.

More later...

Monday, September 1, 2008

under construction

I'll be gone for a bit. Perhaps a week or so. We're renovation the basement/sewing studio! I'll post before (ugh) and after (yay) pictures.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


OK so maybe my big surprise won't happen in mid-September. It will take a bit longer than expected, but that's OK. It takes longer than I expected to do some paper work. I'm in no rush, and this little hiccup gives me some extra time to work on some other things. Can I be any more vague?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

things are happening

Things are all falling into place for a fun project I am working on. What is it you ask? Well, you'll just have to wait. I think everything will be ready by mid to late September. Exciting things are going to happen over at Elaine and Co.!

a few fun links

I want to make this with my kids.
I want dearly to subscribe to this magazine. (both the women's and children's magazines)
I found an awesome artist.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

knitting and sewing and fairs, oh my!

We went to the state fair last weekend. It was a gorgeous day!
Jack enjoyed the Ferris wheel immensely. Poor guys was too short to ride any other rides, so we rode this one twice.
Liam's first roller coaster ride was on this freakish caterpillar.
I finally finished a little cardigan for my niece who will arrive in September. It's from a Debbie Bliss book, and I used the oh so soft cashmerino aran. I love the simplicity of it.
I'm also sending my sister the baptismal gown we've all been passing around for years. My siblings and I were all baptized wearing it. So far all of our children have also been baptized in it.
Since it's been around for so long, I had to make some repairs to the smocking. I hope I did a decent job. It was my first smocking and I was kind of nervous.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

so sweet

I know this post really has no point except to say that I have the most adorable daughter. My mother-in-law took this picture (or at least her husband did since I just noticed her hands in the pic) about a month ago. Don't you want to kiss those chubby cheeks?!

Friday, August 8, 2008

good mail day

I got two new patterns in the mail today, and I'm itching to get some sewing done. But I made a pact with myself to finish all outstanding projects before I get to sew any new stuff. It's hard!

I also made another big oopsie and cut some batting the wrong size. Now it's too small for my quilt. I either have to sew it together or get some new batting. The cheap side of me says sew it back together, but since it's for someone else, I think I'll just get some new batting. I have a Joann coupon anyway, so it will be inexpensive. (Joann coupons are my nemisis!)

All these big oopsies seem to happen at 11pm. Maybe I should stop cutting/sewing at 11pm.

Thursday, July 31, 2008


I have finally completed this Moby Dick of a blanket. I haven't blocked it yet or anything, but I have finished crocheting it!!!
I like the way the colors turned out. I used Palette from There are soooo many colors to choose from and only $1.99/ball! Now I have to ship it off the the luck recipient.

Liam asked me to make a circle out of a sheet of black construction paper today while the other munchkins were sleeping. It somehow turned into Hootie here. Liam directed me and operated the glue stick. For some reason the dog was very afraid of little Hootie.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

work in progress

I am almost done with this quilt top. I just have some sashing to finish, then I can begin the long process of hand quilting! I'm really excited with how this turned out. The colors are a lot more vibrant than in this picture. I didn't have good light while taking it, but I will be sure to post many pics of the finished product.
We had to take a picture of this. This is what two tired little guys look like after two weeks on vacation. We stopped at a hotel on the drive back from Houston, and it took us a couple of hours to calm them down (hotels are exciting to little guys). When they crashed, they really crashed!

blog pick of the week

My blog pick of this week is Kitty Genius. I am, as I have said in previous posts, in love with Ashley's work. Even though her blog is mostly about what she does in her daily life (going to the coffee shop, etc.) the way she describes these actions makes me want to live a life like hers. It seems like she finds joy and inspiration in so many little things. We often take these little things for granted in this hectic life, so this blog reminds me to stop and smell the coffee.

I am also in love with one of her new pieces, One of Those Days. (hey Jason sweetie, my 30.5 birthday is coming up)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


We're finally back from vacation! Well, we've been back for a while, but we all got some little bug and have been taking it easy. I'll post some pics and details later.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

messy desk

I see these other blogs where people take pictures of their beautiful workspaces. Do people really have extremely neat workspaces? Or am I the only slob? I'm working on a quilt, and there's no way to keep things neat (especially since I only have nap times and night time to work). Does anyone have any organization advice? I think I'll make a trip to Ikea soon or get the husband to build shelves.

tea party sundress pattern review

I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I got it. It's really hard to find classic and cute patterns for kids anymore. Well, Oliver + S certainly does that!

I made two tea party sundresses so far out of leftover fabric from Matilda's bedding. This pattern is phenomenal! There are a few different options that come with it. You can do piping (which I will try next go round) or make a unisex playsuit instead of the dress.
The pattern is super easy to follow and is easy enough for beginner sewers to tackle. The way the bottom hem is done and the understitching make this little dress look so professional. I made two in 0-3 month size, but the pattern goes all the way up to 18-24 months. You can also purchase 2T-5T. I did make the bloomers with the dress in the bottom picture. I do, however, usually put a onesie underneath it, so I don't really use the bloomers.

I really have no complaints with this pattern. It takes little fabric and is so fun to make. Bonus: Oliver + S is having free shipping on their patterns this summer!! You can bet I'm buying more as soon as I get back from vacation!

*I'm trying to get better at these pattern reviews. Please give me some feedback as to what you would like to hear about the patterns I try out.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday's blog pick

I get so much inspiration from other blogs. I thought it would be a great idea to occasionally share my favorites.

This week's pick is Poppalina. I don't even remember how I found this blog, but it was one of the first "craft" blogs I started reading. Shula always has such great pictures and I am extremely envious of her embroidery talent. I don't even want to learn how to embroider, because I know I'll never be able to turn out pieces as beautiful as hers. Bonus point: she's an Aussie. (I'm not really sure why that's a bonus point; maybe because I like the Australian accent or the fact that it's warm during Christmas there.)

ahh summer

There were a couple of glorious days when I got to actually hang the laundry outside to dry. It's been raining every day since. As a matter of fact, I had to rush out to get clothes off the line in a sudden storm. Getting pounded with hail while doing so wasn't fun.