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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

a Sassy Easter Skirt

In anticipation of Easter, I made myself this skirt, based on this dress by Leisel of Brown Paper Packages. I Just Love That Dress! I'll be the first to admit that I may be pushing the age limit on this design, but I just fell in love with it. No pattern, just took a skirt that fits me well and cut around it. Added a zipper, lots of (pleats? darts?) and then a ruffly underlayer of nylon chiffon. Voila! I love it! I'll be springy for Easter. (Yes, my legs are that skinny. Didn't photoshop them or anything. It's the layer between tummy and thighs that "rounds" me out.)

In other news, it did not snow the other day. In fact, today it is 80. Todd says I heard the forecast wrong. Turns out I probably did.

Oh yeah! Do none of you bake bread? Because I have gotton NO RECIPES! My sis says I'm too domestic. Back when Martha was popular, I was often called the "nice Martha Stewart." We do have the same initials. But really, send me your recipes. I would love to feature you. We'll try anything. Someone mentioned pumpkin bread -- yummy! So the recipe of the week is this from Bob's Red Mill. It's an oatmeal, wholegrain, molasses bread and it turned out great. Here's what I changed: didn't have garbonzo bean flour, so I substituted 2 cups barley flour, 1 cup brown rice flour and then used 5 cups whole wheat flour. It sounds heavy, but is amazingly light and very moist. Not too sweet either and not too molassesy. I also added 1/4 cup of the gluten I always use to make it rise better and it did really well. Sorry I never have bread pics, but my family is always hovering around the oven waiting to take the first slice.

Here's one last picture of me in my skirt. Did I mention I love it? It's for all of you who are always bemoaning me for cutting off my face. There I am -- see? Could use a tan.

For surely I am with you always, even to the end of the ages. Matthew 28:20 (I had that inscribed on the inside of my husband's wedding ring back in the day.)


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm Domesticated

Have you seen the Domesticated Skirt? Sabra from Sew a Straight Line shared her tutorial, and may I just say that I love it! I get tired of my "mom outfit." Which is basically jeans and a shirt. So I set out to make myself a few skirts. Two done, two to go. When I found this tutorial, I was enchanted. It's not only pretty, it's reversible and excessively easy. She had a few problems keeping the inside where it was supposed to be, but by topstitching 3/4 of the way down the seam where the two fabrics come together and putting a few stitches where it bends inside on the hem, I had no problems. I did encounter a different problem though. You make it to fit your waist or right under the waist. But my hips are bigger than that area. Luckily for me, (ha ha) I am quite small busted, so I can slip the skirt over my head. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to get it on. It's probably best for those shaped like boys (no hips) or small busted like me. Overall, though, you can't beat the quickness and easiness of this one and I'm so thankful Sabra thought it up.

She considers a field and buys it;

out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
Proverbs 31: 16-18


Monday, March 22, 2010

Some Party

Well we finally decided it was time for the Purple Potty Party. There were no accidents for weeks. We made purple cupcakes.

Emilie put on her purple.

We decorated our cupcakes.

And we ate. And ate.

About an hour after the party was over, here's what happened:

Emilie:  Daddy (I don't know why she went to her dad) don't worry. I put the poop in the toilet.

Todd:  You pooped in the toilet?

Emilie: No, I put the poop in the toilet.

Todd: You pooped your pants?

Emilie: It's okay. I put it in the toilet.

Todd: With your hands?

Emilie: Yup.

So she had to be cleaned up and changed. Sort of a setback, huh? But she's done perfectly well since then.

Children are a gift from God. They are His reward. Psalm 127:3


Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Letter to Spring

Dear Spring,
Where are you? It's 28 degrees here today and there's snow on the ground. We have been waiting for you for so long. We want to feel your warm sunshine and gentle breezes. We want you to chase the north wind away.

To remind you of what you should look like, I made this handbag from Anna Maria Horner's tea towels. (thanks Marie!) They are green and yellow and lavender. Full of sunshine. That's what we're waiting for. So please hurry.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Happy Spring!

May I be the first to wish you a happy spring. It's two days early, I know. But it's supposed to be 60 here today and snow tomorrow, which is kind of how Kansas weather is, so we're going to call today spring!

I'm so sorry I haven't had much to show lately. It seems like everything is a secret. But good things are coming, I promise! First there's Moda Bake Shop, then there's So You Think You Can Quilt. That one's really taking up my time. Then there are two projects so secret, I can't even hint about them.

See! The winter is past;

the rains are over and gone.

Flowers appear on the earth;

the season of singing has come,

the cooing of doves

is heard in our land.

 The fig tree forms its early fruit;

the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.

Arise, come, my darling;

my beautiful one, come with me."

Song of Solomon 2: 11-13


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bippity Boppity Buttons

A really sweet friend gave me all these buttons! It took the kids and I hours this afternoon to separate them by colors. I usually have a few buttons on hand, ten or so, but this is thousands! I will probably never need to buy buttons again. In addition, she gave me scads of fabric, old quilting magazines and quilting books. I separated it all over the weekend and will be sharing most of it with my quilty friends. Maybe even you! You know I love to share. Plus, there's only so much fabric one person can sew. Must be what she was thinking too. So nice of her to think of me though.

Yesterday we had these huge plans to go to the nearest "big city." That would be Hays, an hour and a half east of here, population 35,000 last I heard. They have the Sternberg Museum, a regionally famous dinosaur and natural history museum. When we got there, Nathan was shivering despite the 50 + degree weather. He sluggishly made it through the museum. Then we went out to eat and he laid on Todd and slept. As soon as we got back to the car, he started throwing up. Thank you Lord, that it didn't happen in that busy restaurant. Can you imagine? But throw up in a car is so nasty. So we came back home instead of our plans of McDonalds playland and shopping. And he threw up all the way home and all afternoon and evening. Today he is much better but kind of just laying around. What a bummer for spring break. Wish I was somewhere warm!

My heart is not proud, O LORD,

my eyes are not haughty;

I do not concern myself with great matters

or things too wonderful for me.
Psalm 131:1

Thursday, March 11, 2010

This is So Cool!

The Moda Bake Shop ladies are so neat. As far as I can tell, Lissa Alexander and Angela Yosten run the whole show. And they do a very good job of it. This ad will be in the May issue of American Quilter and the June issue of  DIY, a Better Homes and Gardens publication. I'm thrilled. Isn't life fun?


Monday, March 8, 2010

Revealing the Quilt

The wait is over and I can finally reveal which quilt was mine in the So You Think You Can Quilt love challenge. Thank you to everyone who voted. I know some of you figured it out because of the three kids. I have to say that I absolutely love my little quilt, even though it's not my usual style. But one thing about it that is my style is how scrappy it is. My quilts will almost always be many, many colors. Unless I am constrained by who it is for! ha ha You all know I LOVE color! Especially flowery color. See how nice it looks by the mural I painted on my upstairs living room wall?

I'm busy working on this month's challenge: vintage. That's an easy one for me, but you may be surprised what I come up with. Actually, this one could be the vintage.

Oh, you're probably wondering how I did. I tied for 3rd. Not too bad for the first month, huh? And it turns out there are prizes! Yippee!

I still absolutely love my friend Lisa's quilt. So pretty. She came in second. Go figure.

By the way, I painted this mural right after Emilie was born and Anna was still a baby. Boy did it turn out to look like them. Divine inspiration!
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Easter bags? Swimming suits! and a contest winner!

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Psalm 96:1

Does everybody remember back when I said I was making the girls Easter egg bags? Are you thinking, what in the world is that? Well, Anna came up with it. Ask her. She's my fashionista and keeps all our hair looking great in her beauty shop. I just play along. Just in case you forgot what Anna's bag looked like, I'll remind you:

Cute bag, huh? In Heather Bailey's pattern and mostly pieces of Tanya Whelan. So yesterday it was time for Emilie's bag.

Do you know Linda Stubbs of Prairie Flower Farm? If you don't, you should take some time to get to know her. She is about the sweetest lady you will ever meet. She has a great pattern that she has written available to buy from her blog. I made it yesterday, and it's a real treat. It has additional patterns included too and a recipe! Now where do you ever find something like that? Linda is a member of a Dozen Quilters too.

Isn't this just the sweetest bag? I used Tanya Whelan's French Hatbox, Love from Amy Butler and some yellow polkadots that I had on hand. She loves the pocket and told me she can put her groceries in the bag when we go to the store.

Then, I won a drawing! This was from the Rubber Punkin for Panga Swimwear. I bet you've never seen a swimming suit like this. I signed up for the drawing because skin cancer runs in the family and I am very, very fair skinned. They let me pick any swimming suit I wanted, so I chose this one. Isn't it pretty? They also have girls sizes and right now are having a great deal if you buy a girls and a woman's suit.

Okay, the moment everyone's been waiting for, the winner of the jelly roll! Err. Umm. I have a little problem. The jelly roll I have that I thought was Hunky Dory is actually Love U. It's very cute, I promise. And I guess this only affects one person. If you just have to have Hunky Dory I will get it for you, just let me know, OK?

And the winner is: #9 (from
Elise of le sassy seamstress!

Thank you to everyone who is following. I love you guys and wish I had a prize for everyone. But stick around, I have lots and lots of fun giveaways. And Elise, congrats! And please e-mail me your address.


Friday, March 5, 2010

My Studio

It's popular these days to call your sewing room a studio. It doesn't make any difference to me, although in this house it is officially my sewing room! I always enjoy seeing other peoples, so I thought maybe you'd like to see mine.

This is my sunny place. I LOVE this room! It makes me so happy every time I go in there, even if it isn't all neat and picked up.

The artwork on the wall is some my grandma made. I also have prints from my kids and some from me.

The table on the other side of the room is where I paint and work on this computer. (Although it's a laptop and tends to follow me around the house. Hmm, supper's in the oven. I should check my e-mail!)

My husband actually made these closet doors for me. I don't mean hung. I mean made. From scratch. He's so amazing with wood and built most of this house. But I think these doors wow me most of all. I found the stained glass windows on e-bay.

Ooh la la. The source of my happiness! What else can I say? The baskets all contain scraps sorted by color. Most are overflowing. I admit I have a problem.

The kids keep some of their craft supplies in here too. That way we can all play together. And sewing is playing for me.

I'll draw for the winner of the jellyroll next time. In the meantime, sign up to follow me for a chance to win. And for an extra chance, enter a few pictures of my tutorials on my flickr page.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Car Seat Cover Tutorial and a Giveaway

Well, I journeyed back to Moda Bake Shop once again. I am so excited for you to try my new tutorial. It's a reversible car/ booster seat cover and the pattern is written to fit lots of seats.

Okay, so the contest is:

1 jelly roll of hunky dory, so you can make your own car seat or apron from one of my tutorials! Whoo hoo!!!

You can win in two ways:
1. Make one of my tutorials and join my flickr group by posting your pictures of my patterns.
2. Become one of my followers.

That's it. No need to comment unless you really just want to. The contest will end in a week or so.

And last but not least, don't forget to vote for your favorite quilt. (See the previous post.)

By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Exodus 13:21


Monday, March 1, 2010

Please Vote!

Check it out, everyone! The contest has started. I hope you'll hop on over to Leisel's blog and vote for your favorite quilt. Everyone has done so much work and it would be a bummer if no one voted. Don't try to figure out which one's mine, just vote for your favorite. I even voted for someone elses. So, click here and vote!

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