Sunday, February 28, 2010

Eyeglass case & zippered wristlet



So…I have been collecting some reading material over the last week.  I received a new “blank canvas” apron that I ordered online a few weeks ago and I have been trying to figure out what I want to do with it.  The designer added ruffles to her apron which I thought was awesome.  But I have never put ruffles on anything.  She also added some other fancy freehand embroidery and fabric and some other stuff that I have never really done anything with.  So-first things first.  I found some sewing books that looked interesting and I bought some fabric that caught my eye. 


This book in particular is very well written and has some great descriptions.  I started with this book.


Saturday night I finally had enough time to start sewing.  First, I created this sweet eyeglass case that is lined with a pretty pink flannel fabric.  I have never sewn a liner before, and it was pretty sweet once I hid upstairs where I was able to get 5 minutes of quiet time to read (and understand) the directions :) 


I am also hoping to use this fabric in the future for a bag or purse. 


So then I created this zippered wristlet.  I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE! 


I have never sewn a zipper.  I was really excited about that!  The decorative strip of fabric isn’t sewn straight, but I don’t care.  I love the liner and all I used for the main fabric was a cotton duck canvas fabric that I use for a lot of my fabric projects. 


Here is a close-up of the wristlet.  There are some other projects that I am looking forward to working on in the book for the future.  Maybe tomorrow.  Bryan was impressed with the zipper too.  And soon I will be confident enough in my sewing ability to work on the apron :)  Happy Sunday!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Around Here Spring Fever


Around here, everyone is getting a little case of spring fever.


Around here, William is sporting a piece of fabric that was on the table.  Smashing…


Around here, Bryan has been reading about investing.  Maybe he can teach me something.


Around here, William was sleeping soundly, so I was brave and took a photo.


Around here, Ralph gets stuck wearing whatever the kids put on him.


Around here, Elizabeth is wearing William’s Winter Formal tie.


Around here, Daddy is wearing William’s Winter Formal tie. 

Around here….everyone is a little bit ready to get outside. 

Around here…I am enjoying figure skating when I have a chance at the tv. 

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blast From the Past


From 2005-I have been going through old photos occasionally and ran across these.  Bill helped the kids make a giant snow bunny! 



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Love looking  at the old photos of the kids!  Happy Thursday!  Time for bed!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Totally Random Tuesday


Okay-I’m too tired to do much, so I’m recycling photos that are in my 2009-Fall Highlight Folder. 

William is so cute.


Yes…I used the word “dong.”  And I got points for it.  So?  Yes. I have an engineering degree…



Playing with the sunlight in the backyard in my camera lens. 



Playing Clue at the kitchen table. 



and my personal favorite…heh heh…shopping at Dick’s.

Looking forward to spending Wednesday with the science classes at Bryan’s school.  4-6th grade classes and 2-7th grade classes.  We visited one 8th grade “guinea pig” class today to make sure our presentation didn’t bomb.  It was a lot of fun! 

Happy Wednesday!

New Glasses

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Elizabeth got new glasses and I thought it was funny that she grouped her Long John Silvers by food type on Friday night.

Sorry-I don’t have much time to post-crazy busy at work and spending some time at Bryan’s school this week. 

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, February 19, 2010



Siblings_FullSpread Supplies: Geneology brushes and alphabet stickers by Katie Pertiet, 2010 brush by Ali Edwards, absolutely acrylic hearts by Pattie Knox-all available on designer digitals.  Stitching by Anna Aspnes, freebie from Yesterday and Today class.

This page is a scraplift from Ali Edwards page here.

I love these photos of Elizabeth and William from Winter Formal.  So cute!  Happy Saturday!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Band Night


Isn’t she pretty!??!  I can’t believe how old she is getting! 

Last night was the band carnival at Elizabeth’s high school.  I love watching the band perform. 


Elizabeth finally looked at us.  And Daddy gave her a big wave. And continued to wave.  So after a dozen photos, I finally got a smile.  And I love the manual focus by the way.  It is perfect for situations like this where the camera wants to focus on everyone under the lights, except the girl that I want to see! 


I tried really hard to get the crazy kids to stand together for a photo.  But this was the best I could do.  Nice, huh?  Half-chewed popcorn….Yum.

Have a great weekend!  Looking forward to watching more of the Olympics and hanging out with family. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Valentines 2010


IMG_2183 Sweets for my sweet valentines.


My Ninja.

IMG_2190 B-Dog/BTWarpig  Loving his stuffed bear.  But really he was happier about the tootsie rolls.

IMG_2200 Elizabeth-giving her dog a kiss.


IMG_2202 William-eating his jellybellies.  Ralph has his eyes on it. 

We had a great valentine’s day.  Hope you did too.   My science club will be dropping eggs using their designs in an egg drop competition on Thursday afternoon!  It’s my favorite competition.  Happy Thursday!

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Story of SuperBowl Weekend-Part 2


7. Trip to Michael’s/shopping in my studio:   I thought it was cute that Sarah took photos of things that she liked in my magazines and in my studio. 


8. Snow as soon as Mom gets here.  As soon as Mom and Dad got here-the snow started.  So that we could worry about them driving back.  Stupid snow!


9. Eating cookie dough.  Jake taking photos of Sarah and I eating the Oatmeal Cookie dough.


10. Dad playing MahJong on my computer.  Nice. I don’t normally allow game playing on my computer.  But I will make an exception…just this once. 


11. Katie printing some stuff for school.  Funny that Katie printed out her homework in Iowa.  Funny that Katie wants a planner too.  I hope she doesn’t come up and crack the whip on me. 


12.  Everyone eating cap’n crunch for breakfast. If I’d known I would have bought 2 boxes. I will have to buy it more often :)  And Sarah taking a photo of her cap’n crunch :)


13.  3-3rd shifters hanging out with a combined amount of about 10 hours of sleep over 3 days. Which made for a kind of early night on Friday.  But it was great to have everyone together!


14. Rice Krispie Footballs.  There aren’t enough cocoa krispies because William ate them and I had to use regular krispies too.  Everyone was standing around watching me make them.  And they were tasty.  Yum. 

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15. The nurses talking about digitally removing things.  Eeew.  Of course-I was trying to figure out how to use a computer to remove body stuff….and then I got it….


16. Butch playing in a Call of Duty Scrimmage on Saturday night instead of hanging out with us.  He took a little good natured {?} ribbing for it. 



17. Sarah taking a photo of Jake first thing on Saturday morning because she thought his hair looked funny.


I LOVED LOVED LOVED having everyone spend the weekend with us.  You guys are welcome to come and visit ANY TIME! 

SuperBowlWeekend_1_edited-3 Template and paper-Michelle Martin, both available at designer

18. Sari, when I was sitting at the computer Sunday morning, putting photos in a Photoshop heart.  “Are you SCRAPBOOKING?”  “Yes.”  {Since I cannot for the life of me figure out where I hid the heart page that wasn’t complete, I will just show the one that I did finish instead.}

Happy Tuesday!