Monday, August 13, 2012

Wedded Bliss.

It was a beautiful day on Friday, when Nathan and Amanda went to the Atlanta Georgia Temple. The only thing that didn't go to the temple was my camera. :(  But there was a professional photographer waiting for them outside who took lots of photos. I can't wait to see them.

Friday night was a whirlwind of baking pies and cupcakes and assembling the wedding cake along with packing up all of the decorations. 
My family and I traveled to Indian Springs and took over the pavilion. Six hours later it looked like this:

My trusty helpers- my sister, Dayna, my sister-in-law, Lynne, my nephew, Brandon and my nieces, Alyssa and Lizzie. What would I have done without them? They are the reason everything came together. Really.

My daughter and I cut 340 water bottles into flowers for the chandeliers. After coloring them with many cans of spray paint (and coloring my back porch) my friend, Cilla, and I assembled them. I was a bit afraid of how bright they were but once they were hung in the pavilion, they were perfect!

Alternating glittery turquoise and yellow vases held gorgeous roses on the tables and canning jars from my Aunt Marie held tea lights nestled in Epsom salts. 

At last, the happy couple arrived! Aren't they beautiful? 

There were lots of hugs and smiles.

The groomsmen. 

The boy. I love this kid. 

Exchanging rings in front of family and friends. 

And a kiss, too.

I made a Flat Nathan and Flat Amanda and provided cameras for the guests to have a little fun. I can't wait to get them developed!

Sneaking in a shot behind the photographer. Honestly, can these two be more gorgeous?

There was tons of really good food, provided by the bride's family.

The Bean, who took a header two days before the wedding and did her best Charlie Chaplin impersonation. She's still stinking cute.

She had a little fun trying to set Flat Uncle Nerd on fire with the lights!

Waiting for the big event....

they all gathered together.

The first dance as husband and wife.

Followed by a surprise wedding gift- Polynesian dancers! How cool is that?

I'm not sure that the kids got to eat dinner, 

but they did get to eat cake!

My wish for these two? Bliss and joy, always and forever.

Ready for a dose of adorable? This is the Bean doing her own Polynesian dance. Oh. My. Gosh.

Friday, August 10, 2012

This Boy and This Girl.....

Today my son marries the girl of his dreams for time and all eternity.

I can't stop smiling.

Photos will be forth coming.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


It started by finding the blog, Mister Finch, a few months ago and then promptly forgetting about it. 

Then Monica pinned these on Pinterest a few days ago:

Prairie Mouse's moths.  LOVE THEM!

Moths made and photo by Prairie Mouse . Are they not gorgeous? Love.
So, you know I had to put my own spin on them, right? 

I like a bit of color. Also, butterflies. Pretty butterflies.
A little poke through my scrap boxes yielded a few sweet bits of fabric to make the wings. A dig through my shelves turned up red and white Divine Twine from my friend, Thimbleanna, for the antennae.

It was easy enough to sketch out the pattern for this butterfly but the fun part was sewing it together! I stuffed the body with wool fleece. I bought an entire fleece FOUR years ago and I am still stuffing everything from pincushions to toys to, well, butterfly bodies with it! It is the best stuff. (Ahahahaha- Pardon the pun.) 
Thanks for the inspiration, girls! Oh, and Mister Finch. :) 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Cozy Cosy

There's not been much happening at the old homestead lately. I think it might be Shop Hop letdown. Or maybe that there is so much pollen everywhere that my head doesn't know what to do. 
I have been cleaning up and clearing out things at home, though. Lots of cleaning and clearing. I brought a large stack of books and magazines to work to share with the Divas. Just stuff that I had that I knew I would never open again. I love sharing.
I was going through my kitchen cabinets this morning and ran across these adorable egg cups that I bought several years ago. I won't be sharing these. :)

How cute is that? Sweet Peter Rabbit and the perfect little spot for an egg and some toast sticks. But it really needed a little something extra. Something cute. Something practical, yet fun. Something like this:

An egg cosy!! 

To keep the egg warm while the toast is being made. 

So, that when the egg is opened, it's still all warm and yummy inside.

And perfect for dipping into!

Off to the sewing room I went, grabbing a few scraps of Pam Kitty Morning, some bits and bobs of other scraps and some leftover batting. A quick sketch of a pattern was made, a quick stitch up was done and voila! An egg cosy fit for a queen, complete with a tiny bluebird button from my button box. As there are three more egg cups, three more egg cosies need to be made. It'll be just a little distraction from the task at hand. :) 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Oh, My Hex!

One more day. That's all there is until Shop Hop begins! I finally finished my PamKittyMorning quilt. I called it Oh, My Hex! just because the hexagons are so darn big. I love this quilt. 

It's really bright and cheery. Plus, it has applique. 

Here it is hanging in the shop. Gee, I hope you can't see all the mess I still have to take care of!

This is the Baby Bean quilt I made for my niece's shower last Saturday. She loved it. :) 

Here's a sneak peek at one of the decorations I made for the shop. Since the theme is A Day at the Fair, I thought we needed some goldfish in a bag. You know, the kind you get at the ring toss game that die two days later? 

Yeah, these aren't them. 

Well, since it is now 1 o'clock in the morning, I am heading off to bed. As soon as I fill some bags with giant popcorn!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Little PKM Peek

I just need to quilt it, bind it, finish writing the pattern, proof it & print it and this cutie-pie quilt will be hung in the shop for Shop Hop!

It is pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012


I am completely addicted to watching the Piano Guys! I can't help it, they are wonderful!! Their music is beautiful, perfect for Sunday afternoon listening.

So, here's one or two for you listening enjoyment. I hope you like them.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Green Bean

It still needs to be bound but here is Green Bean! I went this morning and quilted it. I love that HandiQuilter! It's so awesome. If I had done this at home on my sewing machine it would have taken me days instead of a couple of hours. When you need something fast, you can't beat the long arm!

Here's a little close-up. 

It's such a happy quilt, very Spring-y and cheerful. I have enough tumblers to make a baby quilt for my niece, who is having a little girl in June. She sent me a picture of her bedding and these greens are going to be perfect with it. How fortuitous! One Green Bean down, one Baby Bean to go. 
I love quilting.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

It Doesn't Look Like Much........Yet.

The beginnings of cuteness. These are two quilts I am working on for Shop Hop. I write my patterns (writing cryptic notes is more like it) as I sew, giving me the chance to really wok things out in my head and catch any glitches as I go along. 
The first one involves hexagons and some PamKittyMorning fabric. I love this line so much. Cute, vintage-y looking, sweet, it has all the right stuff.  This is nothing like what the finished quilt will look like. I just needed a place to slap up these giant hexies!

It's going to be beautiful. 

I have been wanting to make a tumbler quilt forever. We recently got in the tumbler die for the AccuCut at work and I went to town cutting up shades of green and white pieces for a quilt.

I'm calling it Green Bean. Just because. :)
Have a happy weekend, everyone. I'm going to sew all day tomorrow. It will be so nice!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Going Green

Good afternoon! How are you? Well, I hope. I'm still busy as a bee. Only a few more weeks and then Shop Hop 2012 will be over! (And I will be getting ready for 2013.) 
All of this work has been making me tired. More tired than normal. So, I decided to do something about it! I'm adding a little green to my day and it has really made a difference!
This is my breakfast every morning-

an egg, hard boiled; a handful of lentil sprouts and a green smoothie. I've adapted the recipe to suit my taste. The romaine lettuce really was not doing much for me. I make mine with 1/2 of a large bag of spinach (washed) and then add the remaining ingredients. I also use the juice of a whole lemon because I like that little bite it gives. So far, so good. I am not as tired, my skin looks better, I feel better and I'm not sick of it. Yet. I'm waiting...........

John Albert gave me a lovely surprise for Valentine's Day last week. He and sister went shopping and he came home with a bouquet of beautiful roses for his mom. Awww, how sweet! When I got home from work he came up to me, gave me a hug and patted my back and then signed to me "Flowers. You. Kitchen."  They still look beautiful. I hope I'm always his Valentine. :) Kind of like this:

I learned how to use the HandiQuilter at work! Gosh, it's fun. LOTS of fun! Now I want one. ha ha
Emma's Valentine's gift is my first attempt at using the HandiQuilter. I'm really pleased with how it turned out, especially after washing it. 

There's nothing better than a warm, crinkly quilt to curl up in. 

Well, that's what's been happening here in my little corner of the world. Nothing spectacular, just normal life. 
I love it.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Wrestling the Wild Crocodile.......Stitch!

Oh, that Pinterest, it can get me in so much trouble! I know I am not alone in my weakness for the Pin It! button. 
I love crocheting. I like it better than knitting. It goes faster and I seem to be able to understand the patterns better. I came across a beautiful scarf on the aforementioned "P" site, made by Jenny at Yarn Muse, and had to try it. It's called the Crocodile Stitch and it is really fun! Much better than wrestling a real crocodile! 

This is my practice piece. I happened to have the same color yarn that she used for her scarf. How nice! She does have written directions on her blog but what really helped me was her YouTube videos!

There are three total and they are very much worth watching. I learned a lot from each one and, as you can see from my sample above, it works up quite nicely. I am including the first one here and then you can link to her other two. 

So, grab some yarn and a hook and start tackling that crocodile! It'll keep you away from Pinterest. Ahahaha! Yeah, right!

Saturday, February 11, 2012


I've been remiss in my blogging. Missing in action, some might say. But, I've been very busy getting things ready at the shop for Shop Hop 2012! It's "A Day at the Fair" this year and we have all been up to our ears in preparations. New quilt samples, clothing samples, rearranging the store (which is a bit like redecorating your house because you have company coming!), preparing for the reveal of our Quilt Sampler quilt (we're in the Spring/Summer issue), well, you know. It's a lot of work.
I've also been busy in the sewing room. First of all, I cleaned it. I know- a miracle in itself. 
I'm in a toy making phase right now. 

This owl was made with felted sweaters and some hand dyed wool for a friend's baby shower. She's having a boy! I think he'll like his slightly disinterested owl. 

This is Patty Cat and she is going to be wrapped up for a little girl's 1st birthday today! She is ready for a hug. 

And, of course, there is this little Bean, who is not so little any more. Any time I get to spend with her is the best time of my day. She called us this morning, from her mommy's cell phone. We had a lovely conversation filled with some very exciting information. If only I had my 1 year-old translation book! No matter, we just carry on like we know exactly what she's talking about and she, in turn, is quite happy. I love this kid.