Monday, December 27, 2010

Vacation Time!!!!

Over Christmas we decided to take a break and head to Colorado!!! Probably, if not, my favorite place to be. My Husband, Ryan had never been, neither had any of my kids. How excited they were to go to another state. It was so much fun!!! The three older kids all took ski lessons, or snow boarding lessons. I decided to try to learn how to snow board with my husband. It was pretty hard! But it was fun learning something new with him and being with him all day. He was a lot better than I was, and I am still feeling all the falls. My kids had a BLAST and can't wait to go back. We are already planning our next trip, where all the kids, including Hadlee will be taking lessons, and maybe one for me too. It is nice to have something that all the kids can do and like no matter what age. I just love Colorado. What is you favorite place to visit and why?
Drew age 3

Carter age 7

Parker age 9

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I have one babysitter, two preschool teachers, one second grade teacher, and one fourth grade teacher to get gifts for. What to give them? During the summer teaginnydesigns had the perfect idea. Of course I decided to wait to the last minute to finish them, along with a blanket and a robot back pack I need to make. Oh the holidays brings out the best of my procrastination. In my defense we are heading to Colorado this year for Christmas and getting things ready has been a little chaotic to say the least. I love this idea of making cards. It was super easy too! All you need is some nice cards, any size and some scraps. Oh and you need a sewing machine. I just cut up some scraps and sewed them directly on the cards. Super easy, super fast, super cute. Nothing is better then getting a card that is homemade!

Monday, December 13, 2010

What more could a girl ask for!

A little over a year ago I was teaching 20 preschool kids. Christmas was around the corner and I had no idea what I was going to get my 1 year old. She had everything and with four kids space is a huge problem. I decided that I might try my hand at making a quilt. I went to a quilt shop in Stewartsville, The Quilt Shoppe to get all my fabric. On my second trip I met a young lady named Tula Pink. Little did I know who she was or what she did. She invited me to attend a Modern Quilt Guild. The first meeting I went to Tula was there and also Angela Walter, one of the best if not the greatest long arm quilter. Mind you, I had no clue what a long arm quilter was and I had no clue what Tula did. All I knew was that I had met some gals that I had something in common with and enjoyed spending time with. Fast forward to over a year and I am working at that shop in Stewartsville with some of my best friends, Angela, and Tula. How lucky am I. I am working with two of the most talented girls in the business!!!! So looking back I am so glad my kids are spoiled other wise I might of never went to The Quilt Shoppe that afternoon!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Amy Butler's Flight Bag

WOW!!! This purse was one of the hardest things I have sewn lately (besides quilts, which is a whole other blog). I am not one who likes to pin, I hate reading directions, and not really a big fan of bias tape. Well, there was a lot of pinning, a lot of reading, and A LOT of bias tape. This bag is from Amy Bulter's new book Style Stitches. It has over 26 bags in the book. Easy to hard. Kathy from The Quilt Shoppe wanted me to make a sample from the book. She picked one of the cutest, and one of the hardest bags. I was up to a challenge!! This bag is, or was my baby. I followed directions, I pinned, and even did lots of bias tape. So looking forward to making another bag! Just maybe not that one :)

As for the winner of the tutu...........drum roll please........Nikki is our fab winner!!! WHOOT WHOOT!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


As many of you know I have two daughters. One who is 9, Parker, and one who just turned two, Hadlee. And they couldn't be more different. Parker as a baby never liked dolls, or dress up clothes, it just wasn't her thing. Hadlee on the other hand LOVES dolls, and dressing up. I saw these tutu's everywhere I went and thought how cute they are. Went to google and found tons of tutorials on how to make no sew tutu's, bought the material, and started making them. They are super easy and hardly take any time at all. I just love then so much, and so does Hadlee. Here is the best part.....I am giving one away. Write me a comment and then one lucky person will receive a black tutu!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I fell like I am always trying to come up the perfect saying for my blog...and end up not saying anything at all. So I am deciding just to write what I am thinking, and try not to be so cool! These bags are from Izzy and Ivy. Love their stuff! I decided that making two bags at once would be easier than just making one. One for the Quilt shoppe in Stewartsville and one for me. I was wrong. Lots and Lots and LOTS of pieceing. Did I mention that there was a lot of piecing. Over 30 for each purse. Tip of the day. If something needs to be lined iron it on the fabric before you cut it out. That way you aren't cutting forever. I love the bag though. the ruffles are so darn cute. Speaking of cute. I have made the cutest little tutu's........come visit my blog in the next day or so to see if you could win your very own tutu.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I was given this magazine from a great friend that has tons, and I mean tons, of great modern patterns. This was my first attempt at making something from the magazine. It wasn't for beginners. I'm not saying the coat was hard, but the instructions were. I am finding that everyone has different instructions to their garments, and find it very hard sometimes. But maybe that is why I love making clothes. It takes my mind off of everything that is going on, or has gone on in the day. And let me tell you with four is NEVER ending. Back to the coat. I can't wait for Hadlee to wear it. I am thinking of making a little hat and scarf with it. What are you thoughts?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Rule for a baby is you don't put things in their cribs (blankets, stuffed animals, etc). How did we all survive growing up? Well, needless to say Hadlee has always wanted things in her crib. It started with a little baby doll, and has turned into how many things can we get in her crib and she can still sleep. For Christmas I made her a quilt. My first! She loves it. so much so that I have to sneak it out of her room to wash. A couple of times she saw me put in the washer and started crying. She was very upset that I was taking her blanket. I have had this extra material that I was going to use for a jacket or skirt laying around in my stash. Lately Hadlee has been taking it out and putting this SOFT and I mean SOFT material on the ground and pretending to sleep on it. I decided I needed to make a blanket for her. It turned out so cute and so SOFT!!!! I wish that I had a way for you all to feel this blanket is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

It's Halloween Time!

YES, I said Halloween!!! It is only July and I have already started getting Hadlee's Halloween costume ready. It is one of the cutest things I have every made. OK! So I say that about everything I make. This is so great though because of the fabric. It is the The Ghastleys!!! I just love the little girl in the pink tutu holding a hammer. It reminds me of Tim Burton and all the crazy stuff he does in his films. It looks so cute on Hadlee but am waiting to Halloween to show pictures of her wearing it and I still have some tricks up my sleeve for the rest of her outfit. The dress is on display at The Quilt Shoppe in Stewartsville, and so is the fab fabric!!! Go by and see it and the wonderful fabric they have. Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer time

I have been working on lots of project....but i am finding everyone has at least three projects going at the same time. Mine is a swim bag, that I am hoping will get done before swim season is over. We go to the pool almost everyday, unless it is raining. speaking of rain...I just made this rain coat. Kathy from the Quilt Shoppe in Stewartsville, MO (love this store) picked out the material and it is hanging up in her shop as I type. It is lined, which took FOREVER!!! But was worth it. I have so many other things I need to show everyone, just have been supper busy at the pool :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Why oh why?

Why oh why? Why can't grown-ups have naps? Why do I have to pay bills? Why do i always have to cook a good meal? (I want ice cream for dinner) Why do my kids argue over which Wii game to play? Why does my three year old fight taking a nap everyday? Why does Hadlee feel the need to eat the computer mouse (this would be the third one)? Why are my kids still arguing about what game to play....yes I am serious!!! I am typing this while they are both yelling at me about the other one not being fair? Why are they still arguing? Why am i typing about this? Why oh Why? I need a serious break!

Oh yeah......i am sewing! Working on a jacket, blanket, and tons of other things that I should finish!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I have been sewing....really I have been. I have made a couple of dresses, but they are at the Quilt Shoppe in Stewartsville. I am busy making a couple of purses too. But today I decided to make a dress for Hadlee from scratch. No pattern, no templates...just what I wanted!!! So here it is. I am very excited. It turned out really cute. I made some mistakes.....but that is the point in trying new things. The dress and fabric are so cute....but not as cute as the little girl!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Birthday Purse!

There are so many projects at my house that need to be done...besides the everyday things that I seem to fall behind in. The weather is so nice...actually it has become hot here. Spring has missed us for a while I guess. What do they always say in Missouri "what 24 hours if you don't like the weather." I changes so much here, one day jeans, the next shorts. One thing that I am very proud of that I finished today is this Izzy and Ivy purse. It is a Birthday present for my sister, I won't tell you how old she will be. Her birthday is in May, but I am not good with surprises or waiting, so I will be giving it to her tonight. I really hope she likes it!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


March madness is here and so is Spring....well if you call three inches of snow Spring! I didn't even realize until after I made this dress that it was MU's colors. How appropiate! So here is my little MU dress for March Madness (you will not see any red and blue dress on this blog...EVER!!!) :) GO MU!!!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hedgehog Skirt!!

When I was at our last Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild I found the cutest print of hedgehogs!!! Yes...hedgehogs. Instead of thinking how can I use this in a quilt my mind went straight to "this would be great in a skirt or dress." Started working last night on this skirt...made a few changes from the pattern to suit me....and I love it. It is so cute! Who ever thought to make hedgehog fabric....too cute!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I haven't been sewing that much lately. Between taking the kids to the doctor's, not felling that great over the weekend, and tiling the kitchen, oh yeah and did I mention that I had not done laundry in two or three days. That is a nightmare trying to catch up with a family of six if I don't do laundry. Enough about the boring stuff. I finished Hadlee's hat yesterday and am so excited about it. The Flower comes off and can be a little hair bow or something. Although it might be to big for i am thinking of making smaller ones for pig tails (will post later). I was going to take great pics of Hadlee with her new hat....but the weather is terrible and she has two huge bumps on her head...oh yeah and the green marker she ate last night doesn't help :) So on to the next project.

Monday, March 1, 2010

How many projects is to many?

My question for you: How many projects are you working on right now? How many of those have you stopped working on and they aren't finished???? I have to put binding on a quilt....I started a new quilt for a project......I need to sew on buttons on a coat.....I started a hat...and I still haven't finished Hadlee's baby scrapbook. So that total would be 5!!! I have 5 projects that I am either working on, or haven't finished. So how many projects are you doing right now?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

My quilt is back from Angela...she did a AWESOME job and I can't tell you how happy I am with it. I am in the process of binding it...along with a new project that we received from my meeting at Kansas city Modern Quilt guild. It was a great night....met lots of new people and hung out with some great friends. Mind you I don't know half the things they are talking about, since i am new to quilting, but I can google it :) The project is we all got a packet of Tula Pinks new fabric Plume...and we have to use it and only 1 1/2 yards of some other fabric for the front. I got home and thought about it and decided to make yo last night while I was watching the Olympics I made yo yos.....i just love them. Know I am wondering how and what I am going to do with them Need to make a run to Stewarstville to the Quilt Shoppe (one of my fav places) and pick up something to go along with the yo yos...and I am thinking ribbon too!?!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My quilt that I made for Drew is almost finished..I am getting it back from Angela tom...I am so excited. This will be my second quilt that I have sewed so far since starting this little adventure I am on. I have almost finished the quilt I am working on for is made of some of the same fabric (since there aren't a lot of boy fabrics out there that aren't babish). I love the fabric though and am really excited about Carter's quilt. Next on the list of things I want to do...make a skirt for Parker out the rose pedal fabric and start on a purse. That I know is going to be challenging....but with this weather! Ugh!!! I feel as though I have been in my house non-stop for about three months...oh wait I have.