Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!!!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you get to eat lots of great food, and have a wonderful holiday with family and friends.
If you need something to keep the little ones busy, this was a fun project my 4 year old made at preschool, he was very proud of how it turned out!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I've been a slacker!!!

I've been such a slacker at blogging lately. My daughter had parent teacher conferences last week and although she did well, I still felt like I need to step it up a little when it comes to homework and reading with her, so that has meant less free time. I did want to show the family Christmas Card that I made. That's probably a lie to say I made it. I bought the kit from Shabby Princess and basically just pasted my pictures into it.

If your into digital scrap booking you'll have to go check out their Holiday Card Collection, I think it was like $5.00 and then all you do is take it to Walmart or some other photo printing place and print them, it's so easy!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's finished!!!

Remember this sneak peek picture from last week?
I am finally done!!! I love how it turned out. I bought the fabric and pattern for this bag like 4 or 5 months ago and was to chicken to make it. Last week I guess I got adventurous and decided to give it a try. I usually try and stick to quilts and things that are not 3 dimensional, but I'm so glad I gave this one a try. I'm going to be using as a "church" bag, I filled it with all sorts of things to try and keep my children happy and me sane during church!

I love the sides of it. It has these cute little ties to make it a little skinnier or a little wider. And inside it has eight pockets, perfect for crayons, diaper wipes, cell phones, ipods whatever. I still need to find the perfect button for the little loop closure. I had so much fun sewing this bag I decided to make another.`

This one will be up on my etsy site, so if your interested go to my side bar and check it out.

I think it would be perfect for a diaper bag, or craft bag or purse or whatever.

By the way, I can't take credit for the jewelry over in my Etsy site. My twin sister made it all and everything is so cute.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I found a new favorite blog!

Ok, I really want to be this girls friend, (yes I know I'm pathetic)! This girl is having an awesome giveaway.

This girl designs her own fabric, how cool is that! She has her own fabric line with MODA, like the coolest fabric on this green earth. Anyhow, for this giveaway you get to pick the pattern and she actually makes a quilt for you, wow!!! Go check out her giveaway at Simplify.

It's a tough job, but I think I can do it!

My SIL is moving away for a few years and will be working full time. She feels like she's not going to have a lot of time to sew, so she asked me to take her sewing machine while she's gone.
Hmmm, ya know, I think I can handle that! It's not going to be easy, you know, all those late night sewing projects, but I think I'll manage!

This is like my dream machine. Ya see all those buttons on the right? Those are all different stitches this beauty can do. My only real concern is when the three or four years are over, how I'm I going to give her back. I mean we will have developed such a close bond, it would be like giving away one of my children. Maybe I just need to start a fund, and save for my own, yea right, I'm the worst at saving!!! I guess I'll just enjoy her while she's been entrusted to me.
I did finish my little sneak peak project from last week. The problem........the cord thingy that I use to download pictures from my camera isn't working. I'm hoping to make it to good old Wally World tonight to buy a new one, so don't give up on me just yet!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Going outside of my little comfort zone!

I don't like to talk politics, mostly because I feel very uneduacated in that area. I watch the news and talk about it with my husband, and that's about as far as it goes. I've been watching the televison today (something I really don't do to often, ya know with 3 kids, usually it's cartoons). Anyhow, it's been interupted a lot with breaking news of the protests in Califorinia at the Los Angelos temple. Ok, I'm not a real eloquent person so forgive me for not being able to explain myself better.

My heart is truly breaking. I think this is one of the first times in my life I've seen the church and prophet that I love, so publicly ridiculed. I wish people could see the kind, loving, humble man that our prophet is. Is it so wrong for us to fight for what believe to be true? I understand that people have freedom of speech, but the other day I received this e-mail from my sister n' law from an aquaintance of hers in Califorinia, and it made me so sad.

Dear family and friends, Monday Oct. 27, 2008 I had a very disturbing experience yesterday that I would like to share with those of you that live outside of California (or outside of the San Francisco Bay area). This weekend we have stake conference. Our stake conference always begins with a stake temple session on Friday or Thursday night. Early Friday morning I received a call from the second counselor in our bishopric to let me know that there would be numerous protesters outside the temple, and to remind everyone to stay calm and to drive carefully. The beautiful Oakland Temple is located right across the bay from San Francisco, very close to the city of Berkeley. Apparently the opposition to proposition 8, the amendmant that seeks to make marriage in Ca, between a man and a woman again, has realized the deep involvemant of the church and begun to protest right outside of the temple and harass temple patrons. The fastest way to get to the temple from our house is to take the 680 freeway, but the exit is a bit tricky. The off ramp is extremely short and straight uphill. You then make an almost blind left turn, an immediate right and another left into the parking lot. As we approached the off ramp I realized there would be trouble, there was a backup onto the freeway from cars stalled on the off ramp. As we moved forward inches at a time, we realized this was due to a large group of loud protesters who were standing on both sides of the street, yelling, screaming and waving signs. When we got to the top of the off ramp, ready to make our turn, one protester jumped out right in front of our car. It took my husband all his self control to carefully maneuver around him to the left and proceed to the temple. I tried not to listen to all they were shouting at us, but I was shaking as I got to the temple front door. Several of the sisters, especially the ones driving on their own, were crying (which made me snap out of it and go into the RS President mode to comfort them). Later, as I was sitting in the perfect quiet of the chapel, I couldn't help but think of Lehi's dream, and the people who mocked the Saints from the big spacious building but 'we heeded them not'. It was a truly surreal experience, I'd never thought that I would have to go through an angry crowd to ge to the temple. As we left late at night, the protesters had dispersed, temple security (who all looked very large and Tongan) stood by the gates. I never saw a single police man. Please pray for those of us in California fighting for prop 8--it's getting kind of scary out here!

As a member of the LDS church I try and be a kind person, and for the most part I believe that can be said for most members. We are blessed to live in a free country with freedom of speech so I don't understand why LDS members in Califorinia are being so ridiculed for standing up for their beliefs. I understand that these groups also have that same right, but the tactics they are using I belive is wrong. They have put untruthful ads on the teleivision about the the LDS Church and LDS missionaries. These young men give up two years of their life to preach our gospel and share it with others, not to go into people's homes and terrorize them. They riot on the temple grounds that we beleive to be a sacred place. They have made it difficult for peaceful LDS church members to go to a place we beleive to be sacred and worship our Heavenly Father and Jesus.

Anyhow, like I said, I wish I was better with words and could share what is in my heart! I'm praying for LDS church members in Califorinia, and also that the hearts of the protestors will be softened and they will come to realize, as Mormons, we do love them, we just believe marriage should be between a Man and a Woman.

I hope nobody will be offended by this post, that was not my intent. I am not trying to push my religion on others. I guess I just want others to understand it. This is something I feel so strongly about and I guess I needed an outlet for my frustrations.

Tommow, I'll be back tommorow with my finished project!

A sneek peak!

Well, luckily the people at my husbands Halloween party are more with it than I am and e-mailed me some pretty cute Halloween pictures of my kids.

Here is my oldest little boy in his Fireman Costume.


One scary looking with isn't she!

A really ferocious lion!

A sneak peak into my next project, hopefully my next post if I can make it too the fabric store for some more thread. It's killing me, I'm so close to having it done, but the hubby has the car today so he can go to the big University of Utah football game after work with his brother! Oh, the trials of only having one automobile.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Lucky Me!!!

It was a great Halloween weekend! My kids got WAY to much candy. Honestly, I've probably ate more of it then they have. Yes, I will be going to Curves tonight!

For Halloween we went to my parents house for pizza and then the guys took the kiddos trick o' treating afterwards. I feel like the worst mom ever, I didn't even get any pictures of them in their Halloween costumes. This is the only picture I got of our Halloween festivities. I ran inside as soon as we got home and grabbed the camera before the kids woke up.

I signed up for an ornament swap. I think I came away from it very well. Here is the Christmas ornament that I made............

And look at the cute ones that I got in exchange. I wish this picture was better. They are two cute little crocheted angels. Mary Grace was also sweet enough to put in come cute Christmas fabric, some pretty ribbon and some Christmas present labels. Definitely a good swap!

Also, a couple weeks ago I won a giveaway over at 19 Butternut from Stacy . Look at all the fun stuff I received. I can't wait to have some quite time and sit down and look at that magazine. She even packed it all in that cool paper grass stuff, yes I will be keeping that too. I love the sparkly leaves and then cute little fall framed art that she did. And, as much as Martha Stewart drives me crazy, she does make some pretty ribbon.

Hope you all had a great weekend also!