Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Up In The Air

This is for Amy's new baby: (I'll mail it soon!) This was such fun to make because it was so easy to quilt. Now, someone in the family needs to have a baby girl so I can make the birdy one!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Let Me Sew, Let Me Sew, Let Me Sew!

This was made for a good friend in my neighborhood who is going through a really rough time right now. I thought it might cheer them up. I hope you can see that the houses are mostly made of 'candy'.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cute Model

I apologize for these bad washed out pictures but you get the idea. I got the idea for these headbands at a store I visited yesterday. Haven't quite got the closure figured out right yet - but since I used scraps, they are free!

Monday, December 20, 2010

I'm So Excited!

You know how when you surf the web for cute things -- you can never remember how the idea struck you to begin with - well, this is one of those projects. Because I sometimes work sporadic hours and my babysitting schedule changes alot, I need a pocket calendar. If you go to you can download a pocket calendar cover. You have to buy the kind of calendars with the plastic sleeve. Here are my results:
This one's for Katie. (the reason it is halfway upside down, is because you fold them in half).

These would make really cute checkbook covers too - don't you think?

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's Christmas Time!

This post is about sharing our favorite decorations. These are a few of mine... Katie bought me these last year as a thank you for baby sitting the kids while she went on a quick trip with her hubby. They are so cheerful.
I wanted to have a little "Mrs. Claus Corner" filled with goodies - so I fill my kitchen window sill each year with candies in old jars I collected. (It's a little hard because I have to tell the grandkids the candy is no good) It actually isn't -it's pretty hard.

This is my little kitchen tree.

NOW, WHAT ABOUT YOU- what are some of your favorites?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Memories

I found this little trailer to add to my Christmas Village a couple of years ago and it was a "Just Have to Have" item. I grew up in a trailer so similar that our little house could have been the model for this one. My parents made Christmas magic in this little house. As small as it was, there were so many traditions that lived there. We always had lights that Dad put up on the canvas awning outside and a small tree that sat on a table in a corner. And in our house, there was always MUSIC. I have a hard time listening to Nat King Cole without tearing up but I thought it was beautiful!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We kept getting blizzard warnings - but all we got was a few inches. I'm not sure what makes a blizzard a blizzard - it is pretty cold out there!
Oreo truffles - not very original - but still pretty yummy.

I wanted to share a recipe with you although you may think it's too late. I have forgotten to prepare this in advance years ago and it still tasted really good just by putting it on the day of the Big Bake. You could always use this on a Christmas turkey!
1/3 C. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbl. sage
1 Tbl. rosemary
2 crushed bay leaves
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. basil
1 C. oil
Combine all and rub over turkey. Follow oven bag directions and place bird in bag. Place in fridge for 12 hours, turn turkey over and marinade additonal 12 hours. Take out of fridge and smear 1 cube butter over entire bird.
Roast in bag following time/temperature directions. (don't forget to cut your slits in the bag before you bake it!)
This makes a very tasty bird!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Shh, this apron is Katies birthday present, (but she never reads my blog, so I'm safe). These fabrics are so cute in person, but really hard to see in this picture.

One of the cards we made last weekend.

A couple of the tags we made. Did I mention how much fun we had?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

More of Our Weekend

This was taken in the little town of Midway. It was settled by the Swiss and celebrates this heritage with these cute gingerbread houses.

Ski runs in Park City

Happy Birthday!

After leaving Heber Valley, we went to Ikea and spent a couple of hours wandering, then headed to Gardners Village for the witches. Every October they celebrate Halloween
by decorating the village with witches. We picked the one weekend where not only are there mecanical witches, but people came dressed as witches too.

Bringing one in for a safe landing.

Hula hoop Queen

One of my favorites

This one got too close to the building

The Homestead

Every year Kate and I celebrate her birthday by spending a weekend together shopping, sight-seeing and just hanging out. We celebrated a little early this year and think we may want to do that from now on because the weather is so much better now than in November. The Homestead Resort was having a $59.00/night special this month - so we jumped on it. This was our room.

Our room

Some of the grounds

That's a golf course just behind the chain link.

Isn't this place just amazing? And it's in one of the prettiest valleys in Utah to boot.

You know fall is here when it's this cold at 9:00 in the morning.

Not a very good picture of the main building - but the front lawn is cluttered up with monsters!
I'll post more this week of the rest of our little getaway.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Goodbye to a Good Friend

Our Daisy Cat had to be euthanised yesterday. She had lived a long, good cat life (16 years) but was having some medical problems lately that couldn't be solved. She was MY cat, even though she was adopted for Katie. She liked to curl up on the back of my chair while I watched t.v. and would literally drape herself over my shoulders and snooze. I'm sure I will miss her less as time goes on, but today I keep listening for her meow.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Better Homes and Garden Magazine

I just love this magazine and I love make-overs. I thought this couple was so clever. The small article that goes along with the pictures says that the husband told her he thought they could make a hutch out of their old builder-grade cabinets and she was skeptical, but once he was done, she made him do over her entire kitchen!
So elegant! Could you ever believe this is the same cabinet?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


We took our annual autumn ride in the mountains this weekend. It's become a tradition to try to find the prettiest leaves. We either came too early or too late and were disappointed.
I just thought this was a pretty church
We followed Kate and Jas up the hill so they could take some family photos for the Christmas card. I am MOST definitely NOT a photographer!

Aw, do we have to go?????

The scene just before this one was real cute.

Yeah, like I said just before this one.

She was the only one I could get any good pictures of because she wasn't running all over the place.