Monday, December 29, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008


Kyle got me this awesome magazine for my birthday.  I got to enjoy flipping through it while eating breakfast in bed.  Now,  that is a nice start to a birthday.  Check out the website at!  

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Little Tinkerbell

Here is the first Disney dress completed. We found the Tinkerbell shoes at a thrift store for $1 and all Sarala can talk about is being Tinkerbell.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New Pattern

I finally broke down and bought the pattern for a shirt/dress that I have been wanting to make. Here is the first go that I threw together yesterday. No buttons yet, but it turned out really cute. I am going to make both girls a dress out of this to wear to Disney. I have the red dot and pink dot fabric to make dresses out of, now I just have to find a good contrasting fabric for the neck. I may become a bit out of control. Could I make outfits for the girls to wear each day we are there?

Friday, December 5, 2008

Children's Christmas Tree

With plans to get a real tree this weekend, I got in the mood and decided to let the girls have a tree of their own. I took some small scraps that I had left over from the tutorial and made some sweet (unbreakable) ornaments. When we were almost through, Sarala decided our tree had to have a star on top.

The next picture is from earlier this week. We were busy writing Sarala's name, when Kaelyn got into the markers. Had she not been holding the red maker in her hand I may have through she was actually bleeding.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tutorial for Oilcloth Addict

Oilcloth Memory Game:

Check out the tutorial that I created for Oilcloth Addict!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Card Table Tent

Here is the first completed Christmas present for this year. This tent will be going to my nieces. It fits over a standard card table. Please ignore the messy basement and wrinkly fabric!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

It seems like it has been forever since I have posted. We spent this past weekend visiting family, and concluded with a trip to the National Zoo on Monday. It was amazing! I have been to the zoo numerous times, but have never had an experience like this. The animals were out and active, not just laying around. The pandas were walking around, a couple times very close to the barrier, and the lion shared his great roars with us (if you haven't heard that before it is really cool.)

Have you ever really thought about why a lion is related to the image of God? Fascination, with a sense of danger or fear. We literally couldn't take our eyes off of this creature. It's amazing roar, which seemed to come from it's very center. We knew the power that the lion had, and we were drawn to it. Can you imagine being a cub with a lion watching over you?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween fun at Cartwheels and Coffee

The girls and I visited Cartwheels and Coffee this morning for some great play time. Sarala dressed up as a ballerina (with her hair up like Cinderella, her specifications) and Kaelyn wore her lion costume. Since they were dressed up they played for half price, and I got to relax, and the house didn't get trashed. I actually was able to sit and look at a magazine. At one point Sarala locked herself in the bathroom. I stayed very clam and tried to tell her how to unlock the door, but she got hysterical. I think it was more because she really needed to pee and couldn't get her leotard down without help. A nice gentleman unlocked the door with a coin before I could get a coin and unlock it myself. Thank goodness for nice people!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Oilcloth Lunch-Bag

I have had some oilcloth sitting around just waiting to be made into a lunch-bag. Today while at church Logan had a lunch bag that I really liked the design of, so I looked it over and came home and made one for myself. The best part is that a sandwich size zip-lock container fits flat on the bottom.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fall Picture Time

Fall = changing leaves= great picture background. I really don't want to miss the beautiful backgrounds that fall provides, so the girls and I ventured back to the Japanese gardens at Maymont this morning. It was a little chilly, but I was afraid it would only get colder and more difficult to get the pictures. Overall, the girls were pretty cooperative, but the leaves hadn't changed all that much yet.

Monday, October 20, 2008


What a peaceful Sunday afternoon we had. Naps followed by a walk to Maymont and homemade vegetable soup for dinner. Of course the camera accompanied us, so here are some favorites that I would like to share.

Sarala taking a break from walking all the way down the hill to the Japanese Gardens.

Kaelyn sitting on top of her own hill.

Sarala and Kyle watching the fish. We never knew that they had so many!

Friday, October 17, 2008


Last post for today. I just made Kaelyn this cute pair of fleece longies. She is going to wear them with the pumpkin shirt I made her. They look pretty cute on, and only took about 30 minutes to make!

Domestic Goddess??

Hmm, doesn't the title say it all. I guess it doesn't say that I am referring to myself. I can brag a little every once in a while, right? If I were to describe myself today I would say I was a sewing, cleaning, cooking momma.

Wow, just this morning I have set out dinner, finished washing diapers, cleaned part of mine and Kaelyn's room, put away clean clothes, unpacked from last weekend (finally), completed a short art activity with the girls, fixed lunch, started more laundry, changed Sarala's bed, and made an apple crisp (I wish you could smell my house right now!) And the best part is I have already showered and fixed my hair. Now, who is going to argue that I am a "domestic goddess"?

I have actually been pretty productive this week. I finished 11 banners for Kelly and I even had time to start some sewing projects of my own. I am working on a card table tent for Christmas presents and that project is turning out better than I expected. I also made a mei tai yesterday (it's a type of baby carrier).

It is cute, but I may have to alter it to make it fit right. Kaelyn did not enjoy me trying to wear her in it. I have been gathering supplies for upcoming projects. Here's a list of what you will hopefully be seeing from me in the near future:

Table Tent
Oilcloth Lunch bag
Art Bags
Chalkboard Placemats

Enough bragging for now. I hope that you are feeling productive today!

One last picture- I harvested what will probably be the last of the peppers from our "garden". There were tons, I haven't been able to use them fast enough. They are now in the freezer waiting to make some yummy salsa or guacamole! That is also my first radish, which wasn't quite ready to be harvested. It was potent.

Fall is back!

After a few days of 80+ weather, it feels like fall again today. Earlier in the week we collected some fall leaves while on a walk. This morning we used those to create a leaf rubbing. It didn't show up really well, and honestly Sarala was more worried about watching Cinderella than rubbing leaves.

Kaelyn enjoyed chewing on the crayons.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Munchy Monday- Breakfast in Bed

It's Monday! This morning Sarala made breakfast for daddy and served it to him in bed. Daddy has the day off, and is headed off for a long day of studying for the PE.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday at Maymont

After finally getting ready for the day we headed to Maymont for a short trip before lunch. We visited all of our animal friends, including the bears. The new Bald Eagle exhibit has opened. It is much more impressive than I had imagined it would be.

The eagle put on a show and waddled (it had obviously been injured) across it's habitat.

Sarala was able to compare her "wing-span" to that of an eagle. (The eagle's wing span is cut off in the picture the darker color is the wingspan of a red-tailed hawk (I think).

Both girls sat in the eagle's nest bench.
I just finished making this pumpkin shirt for Kaelyn. It tuned out okay. If I made the stitch any closer together the fabric wouldn't move through and the thread kept breaking because of the stickiness on the needle. Good first attempt.

Making Daddy's Favorite

It's Munchy Monday! Mondays seem to be a little stressful come dinner time. I have to be out the door by 5:15 at the latest to get to tutoring on time. So, I decided that this weeks Munchy Monday would be a crock pot soup! Daddy's favorite . . . White Chicken Chili! Yummy!

Princess Sarala (yes, she is in dress up clothes) helped to put a lot of the ingredients in the pot. Hopefully she will remember this when it is time to eat and actually taste it. She can be so picky.

I hope Kyle enjoys it. Brings back memories of BYOB in Beaver, PA.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Art Bag

I have been looking at some craft forums and came across a similar art bag. It holds a 6 by 9 notebook, crayons, chalk, and has a chalkboard. I may use this as one of the things I make for Christmas. We are really trying to individualize gifts and give homemade items. I have a lot of great ideas for the kids, but it will be a challenge for the adults. Last year we had a blast creating and were able to donate the money saved to "Simply Christmas", our churches version of the Advent Conspiracy.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Front-Window Worthy Friday

Okay, the fridge is full at the moment and we needed some fall decorations. Here are some tissue paper leaves that we made today. Kaelyn even participated and created the orange one. She would put her finger down with the paper on it and I would press it down so that it came off of her finger. No action pictures. I was pretty busy keeping both girls creating.