Thursday, September 30, 2010

Crazy hair

I basically only wanted to share this photo. And remind you that my giveaway for one of my purses ends today.

Have a great rest of the day!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My sewing area

To start off with here is my crazy-haired little guy. Isn't he adorable? He's teething right now, has two top teeth coming in, but his amber necklace seems to be working, because these two teeth aren't bothering him much at all, unlike the last two teeth. I guess I'm converted! If anyone else is interested I bought them here. If you become their fans on facebook they always advertise deals.
So I thought I would show a few pictures of my sewing nook. I'm so glad that I have a little area of our home devoted to my sewing and crafts. It's much better than spreading everything over the dining room table or shoving it all in the storage ottoman, like I've done in the past.

First off, here is what the bug pillow pet looks like so far. I'm not enamoured of it. I think I tried to do too many things and that it looks funny. I'm hoping that when I get the zipper in the back and attach the head, it will all come together and I'll like it better. That happens a lot with my projects--I don't like it until the end, and then I love it.
Those are supposed to be two extra legs on the sides. Here's the head:

Yes, it really is that lopsided. I might just redo the whole thing since I have enough fabric leftover. It also needs eyes and a mouth still. Katrina thinks it's awesome though, so I could probably leave it like this and my nephew won't care!

This is my stack of fabric. The red-topped box has fabric for my current or imminent projects. The bottom drawer and other three boxes are divided by colors into medium-sized pieces of fabric.
Over on the right I have two carts. The green cart has larger pieces of fabric that are folded and stacked and mostly arranged by color. Behind it is a cart with five drawers, each devoted to something different, like drawing utensils and paints and ribbons, etc. I have a bunch of ziplock bags with very small fabric scraps arranged by color that I save for color books or other similar projects.

This is a little cluttered. It's a mix of experimental bags, half-finished projects, and miscellania. Katrina is starting to get really interested in this area, so I'm going to need to clean it up better.

And here is the long view of it. It works well for me. We used to have the swing here and it's so nice to have that gone, though it's still just as cluttered.
I was going to finish up with a really cute picture of Daniel rolling around on the floor but he was unfortunately placed right next to several permanent stains on our carpet and the visible evidence of my lazy housekeeping was just too bad for me to post. But trust me, he was cute. And speaking of housekeeping, I need to either start folding all of the laundry I've been doing today, or
I got a custom order and she just paid for it, so housework is getting thrown aside so I can work on her bag! If she likes this one, she's ordering more for her bridesmaids, so I'm going to be working very quickly. Also, my mother-in-law has an embroidery machine I can use to embroider names on the inside! I'm going to be experimenting with that tonight.
Yay yay yay! AND, I just got a notice that one of my bags was featured in a Treasury on Etsy. Here's the link.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Happy Monday!

Yesterday was one of those tough Sacrament meetings that pop up periodically. The happy thing is that those sorts of Sundays don't happen every week anymore! From the moment Katrina realized we didn't bring her blanket, everything went downhill. I jumped up to help the choir sing (they had only one alto!) and she cried and cried. She had absolutely no volume control while talking and playing (we've been scaling down her Sunday bag but starting next week she's going to get a coloring book and colored pencils and that's all!) Her slight runny nose from Saturday turned into a faucet of yellow grossness. I couldn't imagine leaving her in nursery like that, so after Sacrament meeting we headed home. Daniel gets fussy about ten minutes into every Sacrament meeting and insists on being held for the rest of the meeting, so Adam is well acquainted with the foyer these days. He even knows that a certain car across the street from the church leaves at the exact same time every single week, since he's always standing there with Daniel in his arms watching!

Our day really seemed like it was going to be awful, but when we got home we stuck both kids in their rooms and both of them napped for about three hours. Ah, heaven. Adam made calzones, yum. Then we headed out on a ride. We didn't have much gas, so we couldn't go far, but somehow we happened onto a part of the area that we've never seen before. It was gorgeous! So many trees, and huge houses, and fields with horses and riders practicing. I absolutely love the area we live in.

Then I finished off the night working on my nephew's Christmas present--a bug pillow pet! I'm using fabric from his quilt so it will match. I don't have anything sewn together yet, just cut out, but I'm pretty sure it will be awesome.

Oh, and here's the really exciting part--someone wants me to make multiple bags for her wedding. I'm ecstatic!

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Today was our first family temple trip in a year! I really enjoyed the opportunity to go. Adam's parents went with us to help us with child care, and so his mom and I went to the first session and then we switched off. The kids did well overall. We got them up at 5:30 am, so they were pretty tired, but they loved being outside and seeing their grandparents. Adam and I are pretty beat though. He's collapsed on the other couch napping right now with a hot pack on his back from the excessive child-lifing he did on his shift (both kids refused the stroller).

Here's a little brag for Katrina. She has never once woken up dry. I haven't even worried about it because I figure we have awhile before she gets to that point. But last night after bed she insisted on coming out of her room to pee instead of just using the pullup. And this morning she woke up dry! It was 5:30 though, so I didn't get too excited. Since the car trip would be 2-2.5 hours, we kept her in a pullup. Soon after we women went into the temple, Katrina told Adam she needed to pee and he took her to the visitor's center, where he found a dry pullup. She had no accidents until she fell asleep on the way home. I'm very proud of her.

Tonight is the Relief Society Broadcast, which is awesome. I'm watching it from home instead of going to the church--with Daniel still nursing it's just easier that way, plus it goes from 8-10 for us Easterners.

K, I need to go feed the children. Wow, I'm dragging. The RS Broadcast will be tough. It's probably better that I will be staying home, because if I go to the church with dim lighting, I'll probably fall asleep. Here at home I can cut out and iron things and occupy myself while listening.

Ugh, I'm so tired. I might try to catch a catnap for a few minutes until Katrina comes and manually opens my eyes while commanding me to, "ee up, Mommy!"

Friday, September 24, 2010

Giveaway and other non-bag related stuff

First off, I want to announce a giveaway for one of my bags. If you want a chance to win, go to my new blog and follow the directions.

Second, well, not much is going on. I finally bought some new batteries for my video camera so I'm trying to get some good videos of Daniel. His favorite syllable has changed from "yi yi yi" to "ee-yeah!" He is rolling much more fluently and has been a stomach sleeping baby for a few weeks now. He doesn't hate tummy time as much anymore and sometimes is happy rolling around on the floor for a long time. He likes to crawl all over me and pull himself up on my body and stand on me, but doesn't do any of those things any other time.

Katrina hasn't been doing much lately. We need to have another tv "breaking" period. I really liked it when we didn't watch it much. But then we all got sick or something and it's on all morning again. Grr. That requires me to do something about it, I just need to get up the energy!

Christmas is approaching so quickly, goodness! When you are making all or most of your gifts, you need to start much earlier. Unfortunately, this year our gifts to extended family are going to be rather slim, but I'm still making gifts for the younger members of the family, because, well, I have so much fun doing it! I've got some great gifts planned and I will share them once I start working on them.

I finished a good book last night. It's called The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I really like his works. He is the author picked to finish up the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and I think he's doing an excellent job. This book was the first in a similar epic series. I had a rough time getting into it--it's one of those hard core fantasies I normally skip over because it's not my thing, but I persevered because I enjoy this author's other books so much. Even though it's a really complicated world he's imagined, and I took several days to get past the first ten pages, I read the rest of the 1000 pages in another few days.

Adam is feeling the stress of life these days. Say an extra prayer for him, would you? Job stress is hard on a guy.

Well, we're planning a great weekend and I'll tell you about it afterwards, hopefully with a few pictures! Make sure to enter the giveaway! I know some people don't like family or friends to win their giveaways, but I would be thrilled if you did! I'm submitting it to several big giveaway blogs though, so I don't know how good your chances will be, but it's still worth a shot, right?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pottytraining and Five more bags

So pottytraining has been a bit of a drawn-out process, but that's all right, Katrina started pretty young. And I didn't have to change all those diapers, so I don't mind!

Last week I was getting very frustrated. I kept turning around to find little puddles as Katrina was scrambling to mop them up or pulling off her wet clothes and taking them to the hamper. While it's cool that she was taking care of her own mess, it was not cool to be having so many accidents. So we reinstated awards for successes. And it's amazing how well "baby marmosh" work in pottytraining! Katrina takes herself to the bathroom without any prompting as long as she gets a little marshmallow afterwards.

Yesterday's efforts: I made two like this with snaps because they were too small for frames.
(Photos courtesy of Adam. More bags and pictures here.)

Sorry if you're getting tired of all the bags! I want to be able to share them as my finished sewing projects for the week on one of my favorite blog parties later in the week, Sew & Tell at AmyLouWho.

Show N Tell at Blue Cricket Design


Monday, September 20, 2010

My first six bags

I am adding this post to Sew & Tell at Amy Lou Who (see button at bottom of post). I also have more finished bags here and here.
The reason I started creating these bags was because my stuff was spread all throughout different pockets in my diaper bag and I wanted them all in one place. Also, I wanted a smaller bag that I could easily take when I wanted to go somewhere by myself without the kids. A lot of people make clutches and a lot of people make clutches in frames, but I couldn't find any who did clutches in frames with inside pockets and card slots.

So I decided to make some.

Don't be fooled by the simplicity of the red one--doing all of that quilting took ages.

More pics can be found in my shop.

Show N Tell at Blue Cricket Design


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Swimming, concussions, and Grand Openings

Adam spent Friday night and Saturday camping with the Scouts at a Delaware beach. I spent the evening glueing bags like crazy and trying to find something good on tv. Which failed. I ended up watching the same Star Trek episode twice because nothing else was on.

Saturday after the camping trip, we headed over to a friend's house for a little pool party. This couple just got a pool in their backyard and invited a bunch of little kids from the ward (and their parents were also invited, of course. :] This was Katrina's first time in a big pool since last summer, and she was definitely more tentative than before. She sat on the top step for awhile until Adam got her to go out into the pool with him. I think she ended up enjoying herself even though she was still pretty terrified. She kept laughing hysterically. Daniel spent the first while sitting on that same step and sitting next to me on the side of the pool, but then his dad took him out too and Daniel loved it when he was floating around on his belly with his head up. The moment Adam would put him in a more vertical position he would squawk, so Adam just let him cruise around on his stomach and Daniel made strange drawn-out grunts that we think mean he's enjoying himself.

Then Adam and one of the other dads started having fun doing headstands and swimming back and forth underwater. Unfortunately, the sides of pool weren't super clear underwater (the other dad said he was a little confused underneath the water too) and when Adam was reaching for the side he got disoriented and ended up propelling himself headfirst into the side of the pool. Ouch! Some of you may not know that Adam is a former lifeguard and basically a fish in the water, so he was rather rueful about the whole thing. He knew right away that he had a minor concussion, so I did the driving and we kept a watch on him. Other than whooziness and a major headache, he was fine, though we noticed today he has a scab under his hairline.

So last night we got out the photobox we made and started taking photos. I think we did pretty well!
If you want to check out my stuff, Toriska Bags & Crafts is up and running! You can get to it easily through the widget on the side of our blog. I currently have six bags up. I am taking break today for Sunday and then tomorrow I'll be glueing more with the hope of listing them the next day (it takes at least 24 hours for the glue to dry). My first batch of bags should be completely up by the end of this week!

Now that I've started I'm really excited, but I don't want to turn this blog into a business blog or anything. However, I still like to link up my projects to various craft blog parties, so I will be including some posts with pictures of the individual bags. Also, if by any chance you are interested in buying a bag, and you are a friend (that I've met in person) I am offering a bit of a discount, and a little bigger discount for family.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sloooow progress

The absolute worst part of these bags is the last step, getting the bags into the frames. It's my least favorite part, by far. Because I've been doing these bags assembly-line style, I've ended up with having to do all of these at once:
I actually still have five more bags to finish some sewing on, so that makes the total 18 bags. I only have 15 frames though, so I can put aside the ones that I don't love until the next batch.
Two down, thirteen to go...Did I mention how much I hate glueing these into the frames? Sticky, smelly, time-consuming, ugh. I think I might raise my prices after dealing with this part. ;]

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sew inspired

I went to a quilt show today with Adam's mom and grandma. We had lots of fun and I tried to snap pictures of the ones I liked the best. I wish I had remembered my camera! The cell phone worked well enough though. Sorry for the picture overload; I couldn't decide between them.

This next one was so gorgeous on the front but I actually didn't get a picture of it, I just got a picture of the back, which was also stunning.

And finally, Katrina was pushing Daniel in circles and and I grabbed a picture of it.
It was fun! The kids were pretty demanding and active, but we still managed to have a good time.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Okay, who threw off out schedule?

This was a cute moment earlier today. Katrina insisted on being in the pack n play and that Daniel join her.

This is life currently: "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"
That's either the sound of Daniel screaming in his room or me and Adam screaming mentally, take your pick. I don't know what happened but both kids went crazy tonight. I had to close myself off in the bedroom for half an hour when Adam got home just to regroup. After dinner and the battle that was involved with that with getting Katrina to sit still and eat, we put her to bed. At 6:20. She fell right to sleep. Then we put Daniel to bed, he yelled, he slept, fifteen minutes later he woke, stayed awake for half an hour but was cranky and rubbing his eyes. Now it looks like I'll be getting him since he's stil crying. :[ Let me repeat that: :[
Both kids have really runny noses so I'm blaming illness. Here's hoping Daniel will sleep, tonight he'll wake up less than the four or five times he woke up last night, and that life will resume its normal schedule tomorrow!