Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween costumes

Yesterday was our party at church for Halloween. The kids had tons of fun.
 I wasn't wanting to sew anything for their costumes, but then both kids were really specific about what they wanted.  Katrina wanted to be a wizard with a blue cape with stars.  We happened to find the perfect fabric at Joanns, and then she picked the polka dot fabric for the inside.  We already had the hat, and then we made a really fun wand with a dowel and beads. She also has a pink tutu with stars that went perfectly.
 Daniel said right away that he wanted to be a puppy.  Later on he changed it to Green Puppy, which is a character from Blues Clues.

Since he was so set on that costume, I decided to make his too.  I used a simple hoodie pattern that I've used before, and then for the pants I literally traced his pants on two layers of fleece, and then sewed up the sides and inseams.  Then I folded the waistband and sewed that, and it was done.  It didn't take long--a couple hours or less.
The Halloween party was great, and Katrina said her favorite part was the haunted house (which Adam and I both found fairly creepy, but she went through four times!), and Daniel said his favorite part was drinking the green punch.

I'm glad they had fun at the party, because there's a chance Halloween will get cancelled with Hurricane Sandy coming.  We're preparing for several days without power and hunkering down!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween decorations and other fun with my Silhouette

A couple months ago I splurged and bought myself a Silhouette Cameo, which is a cutting tool.  It's similar to the Cricut, but instead of cartridges, you can program it to cut whatever you want.  I got some gift cards along with the purchase, and used part of that money to buy some Halloween images.  Today I cut them out with the Cameo and the kids had fun telling Adam where to hang them.
 Not uncontrollably festive, but much better than our normal decorations, which consists of putting our BOO! sign on the door.
 I also cut out some orange pumpkins but didn't get a picture before Adam whisked them away to hang up.
 This is the machine.  It's pretty loud and can take awhile cutting, but I've been really impressed with it so far.

I had the idea of replacing the folded postcards on top of my purse packages with folded cardstock cut out with my logo.  The cardstock is a bit flimsy, so I would need thicker paper, but I kind of like this look.
I also got an attachment to sketch with the Cameo.  I've been experimenting with turning regular images into vector images.  I've had mixed success.  This temple was an experiment tonight.  It looks cool, right?  Adam thinks he can clean it up a bit if I want to make a nicer one.

 And one of the things I'm most proud of is my work on a sparrow for a customer.  She likes the sparrows on this wallet:
 I said I could make something like that on a purse.  I also bought vinyl and heat transfer paper.  I'm going to try using both on the purse and see which works better.  The vinyl would be used along with fabric paint.  The heat transfer can be used by itself.  I have glitter vinyl for the purse.  It will look awesome!  This sparrow below was a combined effort from me and Adam:

We took a free sparrow graphic online and Adam simplified it, and than I figured out how to add a border and turn it into a useable graphic.  This was my first effort that cut successfully, and it gives me hope that this purse will turn out well.  I'll be working on it later this week.
So that's my cool new toy.  I'm hoping to use it for Christmas present this year to save on money.  We'll see what kind of cool things I can make!  I also have a fabric blade so that I can use it for appliques and things.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Purse Week Top Ten

 I entered a couple of purses into the annual Purse Week competition on the blog Lemon Squeezy Home.  I've entered the previous two years too, but this is the first time one of my entries got into the Top Ten!

So if you're interested in voting for my purse, head on over here and cast your vote!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Facebook quotes round #2

So since I have a good amount of family and not all of them are on facebook, I thought I would share some more facebook quotes that I've put there since the last time I shared.  Yes, it's kind of a lot, but I like having them recorded someplace other than Facebook for easier access.

May 12
I told Katrina that fairies aren't real today, and she laughed at me and said, "Yes they are! Someone with a blue shirt and blue shoes and a blue dress has seen a fairy." What the heck? I love my funny kids.

May 14
I don't know how the kids came up with this game, but they are running around pretending that Daniel is a baby ghost. He is running around saying, "Go, Baby Ghost! Ah-wooo!"

May 21
Agenda tonight: buy a new toaster. Apparently the funny smell coming from it has been a combination of melted crayon and melted marker. [And we ended up buying a toaster that also poaches eggs!]

May 25
Me: "Why do you have green marker right there?" Katrina: "It's a mustache! I like it! I look like Daddy!"

June 2
We went to the horse show yesterday.  Every time the horses jumped both kids yelled, "Jump!"
Photo: We went to the horse show yesterday.  Every time the horses jumped both kids yelled, "Jump!"

June 2
Some things that Katrina said while doing Pilates with me: "Look, I'm doing it too!" "But I can't go higher." "That looks fun, can I ride your leg?" "Mommy, (giggles)you look like a tunnel!"

June 6
Strawberry picking at Linvilla

June 9
I found Katrina laying on the floor sucking her thumb through her blanket. I said, "What are you doing? Why aren't you getting your shoes?" Katrina: "I couldn't find them, so I'm sucking my blankie."

June 15
Katrina said, "My giraffe needs gas to go. Can you fill her with leaves?"

June 19
Both my kids like to play Fabric Store. In their game, the fabric store is full of sparkly fabric, candy and especially lollipops.

June 25
Up-and-coming artist Daniel James, with his original work titled "My Mommy"

July 1
"Daniel, time for bed!" "No, I need my Thinking Chair!" He sits, sucks his thumb. "Are you ready for bed yet?" "No, I'm thinking!"

July 11
I love my kids--Katrina was eating dinner and suddenly yelled, "Oh no! We forgot to read the scriptures!!"

July 17
Some of Daniel's conversations today: "Katrina's hitting me with the orca!" "Blue skidoo'd, Mommy too!"

July 18
Today I was trying to figure out a song to play on violin for the talent show next week. The kids thought it was novel and cool at first, but then Katrina complained it was putting her to sleep, and when I asked Daniel if the song I played was fun, and started to play it again, he said, "Not the fun song! No fun song!"

July 21
New haircut!

July 30
I love it when my kids decide to start quizzing me like I always quiz them. Daniel: "What color are my hands?" Me: "Green." D: "What color are my arms?" Me: "Green." Daniel: "Good. What color is my back?" Me: "Green." Him: "Heh heh heh." (Oh yeah, he was playing with markers today).

August 13
Katrina: Why does Princess Celestia have a sister named Nightmare Moon? Me: I don't know. Why does anyone have a sister? Why do you have a brother? Her: Because I like brothers

August 14
Stayed up until 2 am working on this rush order for a bride. I'm a bit frazzled today but it's done and being overnighted later today!
Photo: Stayed up until 2 am working on this rush order for a bride. I'm a bit frazzled today but it's done and being overnighted later today!
August 25
I am always amazed at how Daniel can be saying one minute: "It's the muffin's turn. Muffin wants to watch Blue's Clues," and then a few minutes later is running around squealing such brilliant thoughts as, "Geh-geh! Geh-geh geh-geh! Ike ike. Boinga!"
August 27
This is why markers should be a heavily supervised activity:
August 26
Katrina, singing: "We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine..." Daniel, singing: "Yellow sub-matrina, yellow sub-matrina, yellow sub-matrina.."
September 8
After I dramatically dispatched a cricket in front of the kids, Katrina insisted it was actually a girl cricket and wanted to name it. Uh, okay. Crickey the cricket is dead!
September 9
We left the house for the first time with Daniel not wearing a diaper. And it worked! I even put his travel potty seat and change of clothes in his backpack. I could get used to this!
September 12
Katrina, on writing her name: "It's easier if you stick your tongue out."
September 12
Funniest thing of today: I was driving the kids to pick up Adam from work. I said to Katrina: "In January, you aren't going to be in my Sunbeam class anymore at church, you're going to be in an older class. And Daniel is going to be in Sunbeams."
Daniel: "No, no be in Sunbeams. Be Flashlights!"
September 13
Katrina: "Do we have a lot of money?"
Me: "We have enough for everything we need and some of the things that we want, but not all of the things that we want."
Katrina: "Well you can sell more purses and then have money so I can get the things I want."
September 20
Sometimes we have some really good ideas as parents--we've been putting the kids down half an hour early and then letting them read quietly in their room for that half hour. They love the reading time, we love the earlier bedtime, and we no longer have to sing the Busytown "Who, what, why, how" song every night!
September 22
A conversation on the basics of birds and bees last night has led to some funny questions about what things Katrina can do "when you and Daddy make a real baby." I don't think she understands why I crack up every time!
September 23
Daniel is equally afraid of hair, thread, and bugs. Multiple times a day I hear him yell, "Aaah, thread!" "Ahh, hair, get it, get it!" or "A bug, ahhhh!" I'm pretty sure that in his mind, they are all interchangeable. And the poor buy lives with me, so he sees a lot of hair clumps and thread clumps!
September 26
Silence from the kids=half our spices dumped on the floor=early bedtime and a really fragrant kitchen.
October 1
Family picture snapped yesterday by my father-in-law. What's wrong with this picture? :]

October 2
Celebrating a big milestone tonight--500 sales on Etsy. Woo-hoo! I bought some fancy cheese and crackers and mango juice to celebrate, ha. :]
Photo: Celebrating a big milestone tonight--500 sales on Etsy.  Woo-hoo! I bought some fancy cheese and crackers and mango juice to celebrate, ha. :]
October 3
Daniel doesn't like it when I call him "sweetie," (apparently Katrina is Sweetie, not him), so I ran through a few endearments with him and he decided he likes Punkin. So when he's not in the mood to be either Daniel or Puppy (his other alter ego) he tells me, "I'm not Daniel, I'm Punkin!"
October 7
Funny quotes from this morning:
Katrina: "Why are we sitting here watching church movies and eating waffles and not going to church?" and
Daniel: "Boomba-chacha-walla- Quorum of Apostles! Quorum of Thinking Chairs! Quorum of Mommies!"
...Now Katrina is singing "Five apostles jumping on the bed..." I swear, they come up with these things all by themselves

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Katrina started preschool in the middle of this month. It has been a huge adjustment for everyone, mostly for me.  Instead of staying home while Adam drove to work everyday, I have to spend 1.5-2 hours in the car just driving Katrina to and from preschool and Adam to and from work.  If I add any errands, that's even more car time.  It's exhausting!  But the payoff is this:

 Katrina is absolutely thrilled with preschool.  She's always been really gregarious and loved making new friends, so school is really perfect for her.  And it's also helping her learn to focus and giving her an outlet for her creative desires, which is awesome.  Plus they have music 3 days a week, gym 2 days, and recess everyday.  I'm not that great about getting the kids to the park, so I'm always happy to have her more active.
 We bought them both backpacks, and we've officially done away with the diaper bag!  Daniel carries his portable potty seat, a diaper, and a change of pants and undies.  Plus anything else he sticks in there (food, usually).  Katrina usually carries just her stuffed animals, but also other little treasures.  It's been a great arrangement, and I love just carrying a normal purse.
 School is 9-12, and it's only five or sixe minutes away by car.  It's a really great school and I love seeing her learn.  I'm trying to get her to learn her friends' names but she has a really poor memory for that sort of thing. 
Daniel is my new little buddy.  Every day after we leave Katrina at school, he asks to go to the fabric store or the grocery store.  He always gets jelly beans at the fabric store, and loves dropping the food in the cart at the grocery store.  I've actually been going to playgroup sometimes and that's really fun, especially because our ward just split and a bunch of my friends ended up in the other ward.  We still spend a lot of time at home with Daniel watching tv while I sew, so I need to try harder to find things for him to do other than tv. 

The other hard thing about this arrangement is making dinner.  I disliked making dinner before, and now I despise it!  Driving to get Adam happens right when I used to make dinner.  I like to sew while the kids are napping, so making it before is awkward, and if I wait until afterwards, then I just am exhausted and cranky.  I ended up buying a bunch of boxed foods yesterday at the store, which feels like I sold my soul or something, but these days getting something on the table is more important than what it is (though I hate looking at the labels and seeing how much sodium is in them!!).  I tried a second week of salads and the kids still hated it, so we're back to cooking things that hopefully they will eat and I just try to not overeat and eat plenty of fruit and veggies.   Also, Adam is cooking more too so that I can sew, since I get more tired these days in the evenings and then get behind on bridal orders and have to catch up while the kids are awake.

Monday, October 1, 2012

New pillow shams

It's been awhile since I finished our King-sized quilt.  I had planned on making coordinating pillow shams, but just never got around to it.  Lately I've been really getting anxious about the amount of projects I have on my list that I never get around to, so today I bit the bullet and finished them.  I had planned out a couple weeks ago what I wanted them to look like.  Originally I wanted to get some pretty cotton prints, but these colors of yellow and gray are kind of unique and hard to match, so I ended up just going back to Fabric. com and buying the exact same colors of fabric.

 Looking at these pillows on the bed, we should probably have king-sized pillows for it to be aesthetically correct, but we are happy with the number and size of pillows we have. I may or may not cover the long round pillow in the back. 

For all of these, I used French seams, so that they can be taken off and washed and hopefully be long-lasting and sturdy, with no exposed seams. 
So now I feel better about our bedding. Sometimes I wish that I had picked different colors or at least different shades of gray and yellow, but I don't intend on making another bedspread for a long time, so I'll make do! :] It's really comfy and warm, and ultimately that's what I care about.