Friday, February 20, 2009


after consulting many expert's opinions at playdate today, i have decided to add only one border to the ycmt quilt.

now, i am anxiously awaiting the next step!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


finished this dress today. i'm trying to make good on my new year's resolution to make more clothes for myself. anyways, i really like the dress and the pattern. i do have some issues with the bodice. it kinda puckers out in a couple of places. but, other than that, me likey. (please forgive the pictures. 4 year old taking them with assitance from 3 year old)

(forgot to hook the hook and eye)

next up, add borders to the ycmt quilt. after that another outfit for me. then an outfit for indyanna from a pattern i've been dying to try out.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


bray and indyanna making a valentines cookie bouquet. (boss was running errand's with daddy)

didn't it turn out cute? as soon as boston came home he tore into them!

bray and i also made these big orea kisses. indyanna supervised and took pictures. whoa momma! were they good!!! ryan tore those up!

and for the last few days, i've been watching my daughter become more and more interested in crafts. the other day i caught her with my crochet hook and yarn. with some serious intensity, she was trying to figure out how to do it. i sat down and helped her do a few stitches. she loved it. today, i got out my scrapbooking things and she made some valentines. all. by. herself. scissor cutting and all. i was so impressed. i think she's def got the crafting bug. I AM SO EXCITED! i am already having visions of us sewing her prom dress together!!! (and by the way, she does already sit in my lap and sew)

i know, bad pictures. but here are her completed projects. the white heart on top, i mostly did. but the purple heart and the red heard she did completely by herself. the purple heart was for bray. and the red heart for daddy. the quote on it says, "the first man a girl falls in love with is her daddy"

i got a james avery ring from ryan! it was a total surprise. unfortunately, it's a bit too small. i will be exchanging it on tuesday. can't wait to wear it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

2009-02-12 boston's new shoes

i just think they're so cool. how could i not share?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


i have a new obsession of the moment. it's fixin' indyanna's hair! ever since my sister told me about she does hair, i just can't seem to let indyanna out of the house in a simple ponytail.

i'm pretty impressed with myself over today's hairdo. check out the back of it. pretty cool, hu?

i've been kinda scared of the embroidery machine. i've been sewing on my new machine. but to embroider all by myself? scary. but today i decided to try it.

here is my first attempt. i just cut a piece of material and went to town. maybe i'll turn this into a cute throw pillow or something.

and since that turned out pretty decent, i decided to try on one of indyanna's t-shirts. it's not perfectly centered and i'd like for the design to be higher up but i didn't feel like re-hooping it.

Monday, February 9, 2009

2009-02-09 ycmt quilt update

today, i got caught up on the ycmt quilt. i did steps 7, 8, and 9. in the process, i've decided that this is gonna be a quilt for my cousin marc's daughter, addison leigh. she is due to arrive in may!

oh, and i think this project will be small enough for me to hoop and quilt on my new baby!

Sunday, February 8, 2009


whew! this weekend was a long one! friday night was the daddy/daughter dance. here's a picture of the back of indyanna dancing the night away.

then, bright and early saturday morning was boston's birthday party. actually, it was boston and his cousin demi's party! they had a shared party and it was a blast! she turned 5 and he turned 3.

can you guess where the party was held?



and then, of course, today was church day. after church, we went to my aunt's house to visit with my cousin, cassie, and her hubby, wayne. and then off to my parent's house for lunch. mom's the best cook around.

while at mom's house, i finished the dish cloth i've been working on.

and i made a coaster. (actually, the coaster's gonna be a face cloth!)

and finally, i got a blog award from shelly. thank you very much.

Friday, February 6, 2009

2009-02-06 daddy/daughter dress!

so off they went, the princess and her daddy. i am glad that i got her dress done in time! please, if you ever see it in person, do NOT ask to see it close up. there are parts of it that i am praying does not come apart while she is shakin' her grove thang tonight....

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

2009-02-04 taking a break from THE DRESS

got this from sew, mama, sew! it's a tell-us-about-your-stash questionnaire. or as i like to call it. stash talk.

* What do you usually sew?

i usually sew little girls clothing. sometimes i sew an outfit for my baby boy as well. sometimes my oldest son will allow me to make him some pj bottoms or pillows. and on rare occasions i even sew a little something for myself. but for the most part, it's little girls clothing.

* When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?)

at least 3 yards. that would be the minimum

* Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?


* Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?

depends. if i buy the fabric at a yard sale or the thrift store i wash it as soon as i get home. otherwise, i wash it when i need it. if i remember to before i cut it out, that is.

* Do you iron it?

if it needs it

* How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)

ummm. at one point it was sorted by colors. not so much anymore. i do have cottons together. knits together. flannels together. fleece together. etc.

* Do you have any special folding techniques?

HA! no

* How do you store your fabric?

when we moved into this house one of the rooms had a built in bookcase type thingy along one wall. i store my fabric in there.

* When do you say enough is enough?

i'm not for sure that i would ever think that. let alone have those words actually come out of my mouth. i am however trying to use more, buy less. but that's because of the economy.

* What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?

quilts. wallets. little girl outfits.

* Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!

i think i do. i will take a pic and post it tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


i have been working on indyanna's daddy/daughter dance dress. the dance is on friday. and i still have 30 buttons and buttonholes to sew down the back of this dress! i also have to hem it. and finish out the armholes and neckline. oh, and add a zipper. oh man! and i just realized i have to go out and buy her some shoes sometime this week to go with the dress.

anyways, here's a progress picture.

she had her school clothes on underneath. ignore the white long sleeve shirt.

Monday, February 2, 2009


yesterday, the babies and i did a project. we made stepping stones. for christmas, from their pre-school, they each received a kit to make the stepping stones. it was a quick project to do and the kids loved it. plus it kept them out from under daddy's feet while he installed our new flat screen!

bossy and i with a putty knife smoothing out the mixture

indyanna getting her mixture just right

final products! (you really can't tell, but at the bottom we wrote their names and the year)

and of course a pic of the new tv. and while you're looking, check out that mantle my uncle handcrafted! it's super nice.

my cousin, cassie, directed me to this website for crocheted kitchen scrubbies made from tulle. so awesome. last night i tried and tried to follow her pattern but failed. however, i did find a pattern in one of my books for a circular drink coaster and i was successful at following that pattern! i used scrap tulle that i had lying around--hence the color change in a random spot!