Monday, August 31, 2009

Knitted Doll Dress

I made a knitted dress for Miss M's American Girl Doll.  She had asked me to pretty please make her one and I just had to oblige.  I found a simple enough pattern on Ravelry but it turned out so short!  I had to add quite a few rows to get it half way to the doll's knee.  I used a size bigger on the needles so maybe that was the problem.  Miss M liked it well enough though.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Plum Jam

6 1/2 cups of chopped up plums
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 box low-sugar pectin

Pit and chop the plums.  Pulse in the blender.
Pour into a large pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes.

Turn up heat and bring back to boil.
Add pectin and return to boil, stirring constantly.
Add sugar, return to boil, boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Ladel into hot, sterilized jars.
Seal and process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes.
Let cool and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Apricot Jam

9 pints of freshly made apricot jam.  Yum!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Maternity Shorts

Simplicity 2608

These are simple jersey shorts with a fold over yoga-style waist band.  They aren't specifically maternity shorts but they work really well for me!  I think the waist-to-crotch measurement is a little too deep for my liking but it works fine as far as maternity shorts go.  I think I'll just shorten the pattern when I make them again.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


The raspberries are coming!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I've got such an addiction to vintage Pirex bowls.  I just can't get enough of them.  I'm pretty religious about checking the thrift store every time I go in.  I just found two orange ones today and I almost died.  They make the perfect serving/mixing bowls for my ever growing family and I love the handles on the sides. 

Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Pictures

I got a new camera for my birthday and so I've been updating all the pictures in my shop.  The pictures look so much better now.  I can't believe the difference!

Monday, June 1, 2009


I did something new.  I just sent 5 sets of my knitting needles off  as part of a wholesale order.  Selling wholesale is new to me and I hadn't given it much thought until I was approached by a little shop in California.  I guess there is a first time for everything!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Play Clothes for Miss M

The blue was on sale at Joann's and the white is a thrifted pillowcase.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A New Outfit

I made myself a new Spring outfit.  Isn't it cute!  (Please excuse the cheesy grin.  My hubby was making me laugh.)  The material is a cotton/poly knit that I found in the clearance section of Joann's.  I bought 2 yards for $8.  It's thin so I have to wear a tank under the top, but that's okay.  I like the way it moves and feels.

I based the shirt off of Simplicity pattern 2964, but I made a few changes.  I didn't do the large sash that ties in the back because I wanted more of a blouse look.  I also omitted the buttons on the sleeves because I hate making button holes.  I left the bottom edge unfinished to match the skirt.  My favorite part is hard to see in the picture, but I embellished the neckline with a fabric flower ruffle thing.  I think it makes it more stylish.

The skirt is my own design.  I love the color.  It's an earthy soft heathered green.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I love Spring and how glorious the sunshine feels after the dark dreary days of Winter.  Even the rain feels different, some how more hopeful and full of life.  

Spring brings with it so many welcome changes.  I feel an itching to make changes everywhere I look.  Clothing to sew, closets to clean, soil to till, needles to paint, salads to prepare... life is good.

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Sale!

I made a sale in my shop!  It's been sooooo long.  Yay for May! 

Friday, May 1, 2009

From Pillowcase to Spring Top

I woke up this morning to sunshine and the desire to sew some Springy clothes.  Not having any appropriate clothing patterns (must remedy this soon) I hacked a shirt sized shape out of a thrifted pillowcase and then just made things up as I went along.

It turned out okay.  I consider it a good practice run.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


I'm sick. Fever, aches, pains, congestion, coughing kind of sick. I don't like it.

I had so many plans for today. Fresh strawberry jam to preserve, books to read, quilts to piece and farms to visit. Instead, I'm sitting here feeling awful while The Statistician turns into super dad and takes the boys to the farm to watch sheep shearing action. I'm grateful to have such a good hubby.

He went out this morning and bought me lots of kinds of fluids and a pint of delicious Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Creme Brulee. Mmmmm.

I love my hubby.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Knit Blanket

I love the texture of this blanket!


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Project: Pillows

I'm in the middle of an attempt to redecorate our living room.  Interior design is not my forte.  But I try.  

I recovered our $10 Costco pillows with some fabric purchased from Ikea.  The material on the back of the pillow overlaps for easy removal.  I think the new pillows add the right amount of spunk to our couch.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

About time


It's about time I got some more knitting needles made!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Little Baby Quilt

Little stroller sized quilt for a friend's new baby.


Pieced with bits and pieces of flannel.  Backed in a soft furry fleece.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Jersey Skirt

I am more than slightly obsessed with this certain dress on Etsy.  I am convinced that we were meant to be together.  The dress and me.  Me and the dress.

The only problem is the $150 price tag.  I just can't do it.

So I'm going to make the dress.  I've been working on drafting a pattern by combining bits and pieces of other patterns and making my own adjustments.  It's a work in progress.  Thanks to a sale and coupon I bought the fabric (online).  It's a delicious organic cotton / bamboo jersey blend.  Yummy.  I bought extra yardage so I could have enough to play around with because I'm slightly nervous.  I've never sewn on jersey before and this is the dress we're talking about.

Anyway, I made a skirt.  I used a recipe and not a pattern.  I'll make some adjustments next time, but overall I really like the skirt.  The color is fabulous, because well, I dyed it myself.  :)  It's super comfy due to the amazing awesomeness of the material.  I wish all my clothes were made out of jersey.  Bonus: the wide stretchy waist band means it can double as a maternity skirt.  And no I'm not pregnant; I'm just being practical.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring Purse

A new purse.

With a thrifted sheet lining.

Lot of room.

A wallet to match.

Yeah for Spring!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Rainbow Sherbet Washcloth

Lily Sugar n'Cream yarn
Size 8 needles
CO 45
Row 1:  {K3, P3} to end
Row 2:  {P3, K3} to end
Row 3:  {K3, P3}to end
Row 4:  {P3, K3} to end
Row 5:  {K3, P3} to end
Rows 1 through 5 = 1 set.  
Repeat the set , 11 times for a total of 12 sets (60 rows).
Bind off.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Fuzzy Bunnies

 Soft and fluffy and handmade.
(And adorable.)

Friday, February 27, 2009

How Not To Make a Poodle Skirt

1.  Make a late hour run to the fabric store with your daughter to pick out material.

2.  Chuckle when the lady at Joann's tells you that your poodle skirt is going to be short.

3.  Wait until 11:30pm to pull out your material and try to draft a pattern.

4.  Realize that the lady at Joann's was right.  You didn't buy enough fabric.

5.  Cut out the skirt and piece together a yoke to give it more length.

6.  Tell your husband it will only take you a few minutes to put it all together.  Roll your eyes when he tells you all your projects take an hour.

7.  Use your serger to whip it all together super quick.  Then spend at least 30 minutes fiddling with the ribbon trim at the top.  Iron on the poodle decal.

8.  Show your hubby the new poodle skirt and try not to point out that he was right; it took you 1 hour.  

9.  Pretend like you meant to leave off the poodle leash when hubby points it out. 

10.  Paint on poodle leash.  Pray that daughter will not hate the skirt saving you from trying to make a new one before school.

11.  Breath a sigh of relief when daughter loves it.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


I hit 100 hearts on Etsy! 

(It basically just means that 100 people stumbled upon my shop and liked it enough to bookmark it.) 

But I feel pretty special anyway.  :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

30 Days of Meals

 A well stocked pantry is a wonderful thing.  I am always working on mine and was definitely interested when a friend of mine blogged about an easy way to accumulate enough food for 30 days of meals.  She suggested that the 30 days could be broken down into 10 of your family's favorite meals making sure to have enough ingredients on hand to make each meal 3 times.  Sounds easy enough!

Here's my list of meals.  They are easily made with frozen, canned and dry ingredients.

Pasta with olive oil, tomatoes, olives and mushrooms
Chili with rice and cornbread
Indian curry with chickpeas, sweet potatoes, spiced rice and peas
Chicken noodle soup (with or without meat) and dumplings
Cuban style black beans with rice and flat bread
Chicken pot pie with veggies
Hawaiin Haystacks with pineapple, slivered almonds, crunchy noodles, and coconut
13 bean soup with fresh rolls
Quick bean burritos (pinto)
Sticky chicken with rice, veggies and mandarin oranges

Of course, all of these meals would best be enhanced with the addition of a fresh vegetable and or fruit.  I also keep oatmeal, pancake mix and syrup on hand for breakfasts (we don't eat a lot of boxed cereal) and plenty of ingredients for bread (flour, yeast and oils), peanut butter and homemade jams for lunches.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Back from Vacation

It was absolutely fantastic to have a get away with my hubby, but it feels good to be home.  I've an itch to do some knitting.  I didn't bring any with me because I was too afraid that the airport would think the needles were deadly weapons and confiscate them.  :)

Friday, February 6, 2009


It's fun to look back at the things I've created.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

A Hat for Moo

Moo requested a new hat and I was happy to oblige.  This roll brim hat was a quick knit.  I used a double strand of fuzzy acrylic and warm wool.  I like the way the striping turned out. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Zebra Love Knitting Needles

Working with polymer clay is fun. I'm glad I pulled it out again for this latest pair.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Laundry Mountain

Oh Mr. Plumber, please come and fix our washing machine today.  Boo is running out of pants and I fear that Little H is going to get swallowed by the laundry mountain.  Please hurry.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Goofy Kids

Miss M


Little H

Monday, January 5, 2009


1.  Less plastic.

2.  Less sugar.

3.  More exercise.

4.  More trips to the temple.

5.  More handmade gifts.

6.  Less eating out.

7.  More Etsy sales.

8.  Less stress.

9.  Less garbage.

10.  More play. 

Friday, January 2, 2009

Knitted: Cowl

Another item for me.  Knitted in a super soft acrylic.