Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Nothin' fancy

Just a couple of pictures of a quick, 15 minute project. I sewed up a receiving blanket Sunday for a dear family and the welcoming of their tenth child. I had a couple of yards of this adorable flannel, and cut it to be 42" long to match the 42" wide it already was. Then I just folded the hem over twice and sewed it all the way around. I like to make boxes in the corners so there isn't any fabric or hems that stand up or flop around. I'll get pictures of what I mean on the other blanket I'll sew together tomorrow. I did do something I've never done before, and that is I used two different colors of thread. Don't get over stimulated or excited now. It took me probably as long to decide to do that as it did to sew this up. I used a cute blue about the color of the cars for the top thread, and a baby green the color of another car for the bobbin thread. I was so excited! Now one of these days I might get totally crazy and use a variegated thread! Or maybe put more than one color in on my serger! That may be awhile seeing that I've never used anything but white on that machine! Change takes time, so we'll take baby step by baby step!

When it's cold outside....

My baby girl turned two yesterday. While the party isn't until Saturday, I captured a few minutes of alone time with the birthday girl and thought I would share.

She does have a little attitude from time to time.And ALWAYS has personality to boot!
Her favorite place to be. In Mommy's bathroom. What a character.....I've got my Paulee Rae. I guess you'd say, what can make me feel this way? My girl.

My Girl

She turned two yesterday. To see more, visit here.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fun in Blogger World

So you can see I joined the Blog Hop '09. I have no idea WHAT that is, but my sister-in-law posted about it, and it looked fun. Plus, it was way less involved that that whole spring cleaning thing I tried because of her. I have had so much fun with all the people that are hopping by! Thanks to all who have ventured over, and to Teri Lynne for suggesting (although she didn't know it) this activity! For those of you hopping, this is a brand new blog for me, and you can learn more about me and my crazy life over at my other blog Half a Dozen or the Other. It was so named when we only had six kids, and my hubby got to be "the other". But number seven is now here, so he gets to be the "other" in my life. I've been on a mini vacation at my parent's house while Heath is at church camp with our youth, so no new pictures or projects. But I will have loads of new posts as soon as I get home tomorrow. So be sure to come back!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Blog Hop '09 ~ Hey everybody!

So I am so new to this whole blog thing, and am not sure what I am doing. Hopefully you enjoy this introduction!

~I am the wife of Heath.
~Mother to our seven children. Their ages are:10, 9, 8, 5, 3, 2, 8 months
~We are a homeschooling family.
~I am learning the joys of what it is to be a pastor's wife.
~Crazy, just plain crazy about sewing!
~Read nearly any book. Currently reading a history book titled "Blood and Thunder".
~Am NOT an organized person, but would love to live in a house full of labeled containers.
~Just loving living my blessed life the Lord is leading through.

That's me in a nutshell. I should be careful using the word nut when describing myself, some may believe I am! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Twirl Skirts

We have two adorable twins in our church, and they turned four yesterday. So I whipped together two skirts for them to have for the fall. The skirt isn't hard to put together, as long as you are paying attention. I unfortunately was not. I had a few distractions. My nearly two year old daughter Paulee has decided that diapers constrain her, so she takes them off. I know. So I think maybe she'd like to wear underwear, and will potty train really quick. Nope. Doesn't like that either. So I'm trying to sew, and have to clean up two "accidents" within minutes of each other. I just sit back down, when Heath Jr. starts screaming. Seems Terry bit him on the back. Really. What would have possessed him?! I get back to my machine, and sew about three more stitches, and turn to see Paulee walking out of my bathroom covered in toothpaste. She's quite proud, and has removed her diaper again. She decides panties would be okay to wear, and I get her cleaned up, and get back to the skirt. And then hear her scream. She's in my bathroom again, desperately trying to remove the panties. Am I glad I caught her! She pooped in them. Nice. I get that mess cleaned, laundry started, and back to the machine to finish. I head to the ironing board to press my seams to realize I sewed the ruffle on inside out. No, wait. SERGED the ruffle on inside out. This is after the gather stitches broke. TWICE! I'm glad I love those little girls, or this would have been one project that would have been a total waste of money, as it would have landed in the trash bin!

But once I got everything sewed together, in the correct direction, they turned out adorable! I figured these would last them through the fall, and could be something that they can wear to preschool as well. I didn't get pictures at the party. One of the girls put hers on for a while and discovered the twirling capabilities. But it was such a whirlwind of tissue paper and ribbons that I didn't get a picture snapped before she had it off so she could try on some dress up clothes. I do love this pattern, and plan on sewing lots more. Just have to give myself a few days break from it. I still growl every time I see the material! And since you can't see the detail of the material, I included a close up. I found this at Joann's from the Heidi Grace collection. It is just meant for little girls dresses and clothes!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

More Pillows!

So, I have a mean streak. I had a Great Aunt that would chase me all over her house with her "meany finder" (I always thought she was saying meany finger) when I was very little and would tickle me to within inches of peeing myself when she found that meaness. Well, she's no longer here to chase it out of me, and I can't help but feel a little bit ornery. So, I have two pillows I am going to deliver next week, and since I know that Hardy and Abigail's mom follows my blog, I am NOT going to show her the finished product. Nope. You'll just have to settle for these pictures! I'll post the real pictures after next week!

Oh, and check back tomorrow for pictures of these AMAZING skirts I made for our friend's twin girls. They are just precious!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's in the mail!

I just finished my first online pillow order! It has turned out to be absolutely adorable. I have been wanting to do a "cowboy" themed pillow for someone, and jumped at the chance when I got an email from my sister-in-law's friend. And when I went outside to take pictures, some of our neighborhood friends wanted to join in. I tried really hard to get both the pillow and horses in one shot, but they were too tall, I didn't want to poke holes in the pillow with the barbed wire, and if I got the pillow too close to the horses, they tried to sample it. So we'll settle for a shot of the three at the fence and then another one of the pillow. It was also very difficult to do all by myself, so just pretend my hand isn't in the picture. It was so very hot outside as well. I don't know, somewhere around 105 degrees or something like that.

The pillow went together with only a few mishaps. Things that just are an irritant, nothing major that would be of interest. And I'll leave you with one last picture. But if you are Savannah Smiles, and don't want to know what the pillow looks like until it arrives in the mail in a few days, then I'd stop reading at the end of this paragraph. For all the rest of you readers, isn't this the most adorable little boy pillow! What fun he can have playing and imagining with this!

I told you it was adorable!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Give away!

Not mine yet. I"m working on that one. But there is a great giveaway going on over at the Fabric Shopper that I thought I would share. But if you win, we'll have to figure out some kind of a time share on that bag! They are giving away a beautiful Amy Butler bag. Fully put together, ready to use bag. It's pretty cool! Enjoy!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Little Tuffet

This is my very first entry to my new blog. For those of you who follow my personal blog, thanks for joining me here. If this is your first time to my blog, welcome. I am going to be writing and showing you my newest creations, giving some tutorials, and hopefully will of course be doing giveaways along the way. Please feel free to join this blog as a follower, and I can't wait to see where this ride takes us.

Our family was invited to a wedding this last Friday. And of course Thursday evening, I realized I couldn't show up without gift in hand. So I came up with something that met my gift requirements. Crafty, unique, personal, and preferably hand made. PracticalitiesI leave to the professionals. That's just not my thing. So I looked through my fabrics and supplies, modified a children's pillow that I make, and came up with a grown up version that I think is stunning.

I can't believe I didn't get a picture of the back. But it is a tan plaid with the same browns and greens. I just thought this would be a little treasure for them to have throughout their entire marriage, and maybe become a family heirloom. Well, that may be pushing it a little bit, but a girl can dream!