Monday, August 31, 2009

The one where she couldn't stop sewing

I made these on Friday night/Saturday. Don't look too closely at the strings on the drawstring bag. They are a little ghetto. But, I did learn to make a square bottom on the bag, and pleats. My next project includes smocking and it scares me a little but challenges are good, right?
I just posted this from my phone!

Friday, August 28, 2009

The one that started with a ruffle...

I saw this really cute skirt the other day, it had a gorgeous ruffle down the side, it was a beautiful brown color. It inspired me to learn how to sew a ruffle, plus Tony was gone so I had some time to make a huge mess. I looked online for instructions, and then realized I needed to make the ruffle into something, so I found instructions for a simple toddler skirt. It was fun and very satisfying. Once I was finished, I realized the skirt needed something to go with it, so I found this tutorial on making fabric flowers and I sewed it to a little barrette and that was that. There are so many fabric flower tutorials out there and some are quite elegant, I think I'm going to experiment with them next. Maybe a bunch of roses on a headband-wouldn't that be cute? I'd really LOVE to get an overlock machine to be able to do more professional looking hems. Someday. There is something about creating something that was once just a bunch of fabric, taking up space in Lucy's closet that is peaceful and exhilarating.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Another best day...

When I was little we went to the Fulton County Fair every labor day. One of my earliest memories is of me sitting on my mom and dad's water bed, my dad was helping my learn to tie my shoes. He was wearing his black and red flannel shirt, his Saturday shirt, and I knew it was a special day because we were going to the Fair. We would have to drive for a while and then we'd pass through the green windows of the Ohio Turnpike. There was always good food, animals, 4-H, quilts, floriculture, rides and games. When Tony and I lived in Provo we decided to go to the Utah County Fair. To all you Utahns: that is NOT a fair. I'm sure there are genuine fairs somewhere in Utah, but that was a disappointment. We haven't gone for a few years, for one reason or another, and a couple weeks ago Lucy and I were watching Reading Rainbow when I started to get all emotional watching this girl get her sheep ready for showing. I thought it was time we go back to the fair, so I started researching them in our area. It turns out we had missed the Washtenaw County Fair by only a week and Tony's Branch County Fair was last week, I knew we wouldn't be able to make it so I looked around and found the Chelsea Community Fair. Our dream is to live in Chelsea some day-we even have a house picked out. I researched all the events going on for the week and picked the best day. Oh, it was so fun. It was a lot like the one I went to as a kid, but a little smaller. We had such a great time. Some highlights of the fair were:

Happy Pigs
Pregnant Goat
Vincent Van Goat
Lucy milking the "cow"
Elephant Ear
4-H-You can bet Lucy is doing this.
Watching the horse showmanship judging. We could be horse people. It wouldn't be the worst thing ever. ;)
DEMOLITION DERBY-Yes, I think I might be a redneck.

The rest of the photos are here.

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Monday, August 24, 2009


There have been so many days this summer when I have thought, "this is the best day of Summer." Today was one of those days. I was worried about the gray clouds when we first arrived, but they quickly dispersed and revealed the glorious sunshine which loved us for the rest of the day. It actually loved us a little too much. I am nervous about applying sunscreen around Lucy's eyes and so it looks like she's been crying kool aide tears. Poor little patchy sunburn.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

We heart Guy Louis




He is one of our favorite kids singers. Seriously awesome.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


After Girl's Camp, I was itching to get back outside and on another hike. Tony, Lucy and I went for a hike through Kensington Metropark. The trail was really beautiful, it was fairly flat which was nice for me, and the animals were quite amazing. We were able to see a lot of little birds, squirrels, chipmunks, frogs, toads, sandhill cranes, and even the elusive Massasauga rattlesnake. We hiked for a few hours, Lucy had a lot of fun seeing the animals, flowers, trees, rocks and sticks-she was in her element. She started to get cranky towards the end and so we started singing camp songs to her and her current favorite, There was an old Lady who Swallowed a fly. It was so fun singing all together and walking along. It was a good family memory that I hope I never forget. Kensington really has a lot to offer, I think we'll get a year pass next year. So we can sing and hike whenever we want.

See the rest of the photos here.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

I nlove gnocchi


I made gnocchi for the first time tonight, it was pretty good. I used one of the recipes on AllRecipes, it was easy to follow. I just need to perfect making those little ridges, I wonder if there's a tool to do that for me. Oh, and those pigtails turned into paint brushes. nice.

***when Tony got home, he said it was as good as Andiamo's Gnocchi***

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Graphic Design

Cool or what? It's for a logo for a fish restaurant. So creative. I found it here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Geeky Crafts or Crafty Geeks...

either way, I adore it.
I just had a thought, iPhone app pillows!
Guess what my new sewing project will be?
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Monday, August 10, 2009

(almost) Free Lunch


This week at Ikea, kids eat free. Lucy and I had the car today and needed to get out. We spent about 2 hours walking around Ikea. While she wildly ran, I mentally redecorated our entire apartment. I got a large area rug for the living room and new couches, as well as some neat artwork. I also got some candles shaped like apples for the kitchen and all new kitchen linens. For the bedroom, I got a new bed frame, dressers-they were on sale, rug, and mirror. I also got a great new graphic shower curtain with a matching rug and new towels. After all that mental shopping we were wiped, and we wound up in the Cafe and enjoyed lunch. I think we'll go back before the week is through-I still need some things for Lucy's room.
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Have you been to Bakerella today? Go. Now. Apple Cake Pops. These are in my imminent future.
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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Lake Michigan

beach weekend

We went to Union City last weekend. It was nice to celebrate Dad's birthday, go to the lake, and pick in the garden. We went to the same spot as last year and it is so peaceful. There are only a few other people nearby and are usually just walking past. I felt like we had the lake to ourselves. It was a little too cold and windy to get into the water but we had a nice picnic on the beach.

Sewing some more

My good friend Phyllis came over yesterday to help me with the mitered corner and it was such a big help. I just couldn't visualize it before. It looks awesome and I'm feeling almost ready to take on my big quilt. I think I need to do one more mini quilt. Here is my corner: