Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lost tooth

Yeah!! Nathan as finally reached the point where he is now loosing his teeth!! He is kind of a late bloomer in this area - I mean he has a 5 year old cousin that has already lost her first tooth! Oh well, can't do anything about it right?

It was very unfortunate that the Tooth Fairy was too busy to stop by that night *cough, cough* but she did make up for it the next night by leaving $2 instead of just $1. 
We did have a scare, Brandon heard me talking to Trav about it, and now Brandon is on the verge of "not believing" which makes me sad! But alas he is getting older and unfortunately our believe in these things fades.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Quilted Bag Swap

I participated in a Quilted Bag Swap this Spring. I couldn't resist! I have been trying to cut back on some of the things that I sign up for, just because I am running out of time! I think I have all the time in the world to do things, and it turns out I don't! But I did decide to do this.
 My partner said that she liked fall colors. Believe it or not, I don't have much of those!! I did however make a wall quilt a while ago with some charm packs that I won in a giveaway, and there was enough to make this. I decided to do a simple patchwork.
 The inside is plain. It's only about 17x20. They said to use it as a craft bag or whatever...but it's small but an okay size. It can be used as a small purse.
 I also sent this charm pack along as a small gift.
 I hope she likes it. I sent it all the way to Norway! I have never sent anything that way before. (Please excuse my stained ironing board!)
 I received my package about 2 weeks ago. I was having a rough day and receiving this turned my day around! What can I say, I love receiving mail! (The good kind too....no bills)
 I received this cute little thing!! I did ask to have something more modern in fabric, something I wouldn't be ashamed to take out in public! I think my lady did very well!!
 I love how the chairs match the inside! I ended up using this as a purse when I went to see Les Miserable. (Previous post) and I am pleased to say it did a good job!
I also received this little gift as well....
 It turned out to be a fold-a-way grocery bag! Isn't it awesome! I have always wanted one like this! Small enough to keep in your purse, and then you can pull it out when needed!
 Then you also have this small pouch too! (This is the part that you fold the bag into, but while using it, you can use it as a small pouch!)
Mine came all the way from Australia! I have sent her a thank you card, but unfortunately with the mail she proably won't receive it for another 2 weeks. Oh well.

I am very glad that I decided to join this. It was a simple fast project that I whipped up in one day. So maybe this means I will do more in the future...who knows!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Les Miserables

Yesterday I went with a friend to see Les Miserables. I have loved this musical since I was a teenager! I have never been to a Broadway show before, and was thrilled that I was invited!

We went to Salt Lake City and watched it at the State Capital.
 Zac (Jenni's son), Jenni, Me
 Me and Jenni
 Zac and Jenni (Zac is such a good kid! I had a lot of fun talking to him and hang out with him!)
I had a great time! I thought all the performers did a great job! The only problem I had was being cold!! I didn't bring a sweater and I wish I had, but other than that...it was great! Thanks Jenni for bringing me!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

I Spy Swap 2

***We are now full!! IF you want to be an alternate please let me know, just in case someone can't do it. Thanks everyone!***

I want to thank Care from Obsessively Stitching for her wonderful advice and inspiration!! These are her instructions (edited a tiny bit) and I wanted to stay as close to them as possible since hers are always a success!


Mail 200 I-Spy squares to me by June 20th.
Get 200 I-Spy squares back, all different, by July 1st.
I have heard that having a tight schedule on these swaps help! But this gives you at least 3 weeks to get the fabric and mail it to me! And you receive your fabric back within 2 weeks!
PLEASE be sure you can meet the deadlines BEFORE you sign up!


1. The first 38 people to comment are in. [If you live outside the U.S., no problem -- but please mail your fabrics a little earlier so there's plenty of time to meet the deadline!]
***I have decided that the lowest number would be 38, but depending on how interested people are, I will add another swap making this a 3 group swap. If you want to join more than one that is okay- just make sure that you have 20 (30) different fabrics.***
2. Cut 20 4" squares out of each of 10 different (depending on how many groups you want to be in, you will need more) novelty print fabrics. A 1/4-yard cut or fat quarter will get you 20 4" squares, so you will be purchasing a total of about 2 1/2 yards of fabric. This is NOTHING when you think about all the different squares you will be getting back!

3. In order to avoid duplicates, everyone will need to search out unusual or obscure prints. Look for things that aren't available at chain stores. But, please, pick FUN ones! If you love it, the other swappers will love it too!

4. Remember that we are looking for fabric with objects on it, not printy-prints. (A fabric with FLOWERS on it is very different from a FLORAL PRINT.)

5. No "licensed" prints: No Disney, Dora, L.A. Lakers, etc.

6. Remember seam allowances! Be sure you can tell what you are looking at within a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square. Nobody wants only half of an object in their square -- cut them well! (Depending on your fabric choice, you may need to buy more than 1/4 yard in order to get an object into each cut square.)
7. When sending the fabric you will need to sort your piles - meaning you will pile up 20 different pieces, and then sort them into 10 different piles. This is the only way I can do 2- 3 group swap! Other wise it will take me 12+ hours to sort them all! 
If you want to join me in this obsession, leave a comment here that
includes your email address

Remember: The FIRST 38 (57) who comment are IN! (If you join more than one group you could end up with 200 or 400 or 600 different squares)
*IF by chance we don't make it to the full double swap, or triple
we'll do a single swap with the first 19 and save the rest
of the swappers for the next swap.

Please read the guidelines before signing up!

If you are wondering what you could do with these i-spy squares, check out Obsessively Stitching, there are TONS of wonderful crafts and quilts that Care has created! 

I am so excited for this!!! It will be so much fun! 

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Winners!

First I want to thank EVERYONE for participating! I think that is the highest comments I have ever received!! You all make me feel so special! I hope that some of the new people like my blog....it's me!

We have ended up having 3 giveaway winners, since we reached 200 entries!! So just barely! 

Okay now on to the good stuff..... The winners are:
Crazy Grace

#1 Carol Bowen

Blogger Just One More Thing said...
I have a lot of dolls that would be delighted to win this awesome quilt--they can't type so I'll enter for them.
Stary Night

#2 Maribell

Anonymous Maribel said...
Hi! I can tell that only 2,5 weeks to go and then in southern Germany there are two weeks holidays! Greetings Maribel
Pebble Garden

#3  Kelly M

Blogger Kelly Massman said...Interesting? Did you know that there is an old wives' tale that if you see 3 butterflies together that it is good luck??
What a great giveaway!
thanks also for a chance to win!

Congratulations Ladies!! As you can tell the quilts are not done :(  As I was sewing them yesterday my sewing machine broke!! But never fear I will be borrowing a sewing machine tomorrow and I will have them done tomorrow ready to be shipped next week! But I did want to show what they looked like. Once they are done I will post about them again.

Thanks again everyone for entering!! Stay tuned for some more giveaways that will be happening - this summer!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

SMS Giveaway....progress

I wanted to share a progress on the doll quilt (or a wall quilt) that I am giving away!
I have the quilt top done now. I would have gotten done more, but come on!!!! Have you been sitting in front of your computer for hours checkin' out all the awesome giveaways??? Well you should!! 

Then because I feel sooo generous.....Every 100 comments I get I will make another one....yes ANOTHER doll/wall quilt to giveaway!! So depending on how many people comment you will have that many chances to win!!!! 
K- so I realized that I didn't give all the info that needed to be added....

1. Leave a comment on this post of the previous one to be entered....I have been enjoying something interesting from everyone!!! 
2. If you are a follower or become one, leave a SECOND COMMENT telling me! 

Although if you have already commented on the previous post, You can only have a max of 2 entries....but I would still love to hear from you!! 

3. Giveaway will close Friday at 8pm MST. I am not 100% sure when the "official" giveaway is closing but I guess everyone is saying Wednesday....but I will be too busy trying to see all the giveaways

4. I will announce winners some time Saturday....once again it will depend on how "on top" of things!

Stayed tuned to see the finished product, or if you don't really care....(I understand trust me - with over 500 giveaways, it's understandable!) I will post it eventually and announce the winner too! 

IMPORTANT!!!! If you don't have an email attached to your profile, PLEASE PLEASE leave your email so I can contact you!!! I already have several people who have left comments but I have no way of contacting them!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day!

Yeah once again it is that time of year where Sew Mama Sew hosts an amazing giveaway day! Thank you Sew Mama Sew for doing this for us!

I will be giving away something special.....it is a small doll quilt out of Moda Grace by 3 Sisters. I do not have a picture yet but will get it up asap! (Had a rough weekend!)
Okay here is the beginning of it! In the line there is some pre-made patchwork designs in it, I had no idea what to do with it, then thought of a giveaway! So every day this week I will post progress on this quilt and show you more in detail how it will look. It will roughly be around 24"x24" when done.

To enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me anything interesting
2. Leave a second comment telling you have become a follower or already are and receive another entry.

Then now go back to Sew Mama Sew and check out the amazing different giveaways!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Helping Mom

While I was home (a few weeks ago now) I was able to help my Mom with some quilts.
 This is a quilt that she had started a while ago and just needed to be quilted
 I pinned it for her, got a basic quilting design ready, started and then let her finish!!
 I really wished I had my sewing machine with my darning foot. I like my quilting a lot, but alas next time.
 This was such a huge quilt that I found it hard to get a full picture of it.
 Then I help my Mom put this quilt together. It was a Cluck, Cluck, Sew pattern. But we didn't end up putting it together right, but oh well, I think it looks good! This is for my Grandpa's new wife, Sally.
We didn't get time to actually quilt it, and if my Mom hasn't finished quilting it by the time I come out again in July, I will quilt it for her. But it is all pinned and ready to go, I thought it looked really cute hanging in the window. I want to say the fabric is Sunkissed by Moda.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Me scrubbing my Mom's floors on hands and knees!! She is very lucky because I don't even do this to my own floors!!! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Zayne's Baby Blessing

In our religion we do a baby blessing, where we give him his name and a blessing. Some other religions do a christianing or a baby baptism. So after the Baby Blessing we had a nice little BBQ. Family and Friends came to share our joy and happiness. Of course we took TONS of pictures. 
 Little Zayne
 Since we were all nice and dressed up before church, we decided to grab a few pictures.

 I had to bribe my boys with candy to get them to smile, Brandon wasn't happy to begin with, but cheered up.
 We then went outside to grab a few...
 Nathan was cold and upset....yeah lets just say Church was interesting.
 We then got some pictures with Jenni and her family....
 We have Chris, Zayne, Cade, Jenni, Zoey and then Calli
Don't they all look really nice?? I think they look very good! 
 After church we came home changed and started cooking. The kids all went out to play while the adults started to chat and get lunch on.
 This is my twin brother Jeff and his little daughter, Dalli.
 I took my little brother's daughter Payten. She is so cute! Although she wasn't so sure of me to begin with.
 I don't want a girl....yeah right!
 It ended up being a nice day so that the kids could play. It was cloudy but worked out.
 This is my Grandpa's new wife, Sally and Zayne.
It was nice to see the older kids take care of the little ones and watch over them. 
 Here is Jeff and his wife, Charrity and Dalli. This is Dallie's silly face..the cheese face!
 Their whole family, Morgan, Jeff, Dalli, Mason, Charrity and Wyatt.
Amber, Payten and Joe. Joe is my little brother. 
 My little sister, Catie and her boyfriend Greg.
 Then we all had the brilliant idea to get the kiddos together and take a picture of them all there...since its updated and we had everyone...
 Here are some of the "behind the scenes" of us mom's getting the kids ready.
 Now Charrity getting the kids together....
 Quick take the picture!!!
 No matter how many we take, not everyone is looking at you....and trust me we took a LOT!
Then here Brandon has finally had enough! That was the end now.....

We had tons of pictures that we took that day, and too bad I couldn't have shared them all!