Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Craft Exchange

I was able to participate in a craft exchange, through Craftaholics Anonymous.  I was matched up with my partner Michelle in Carson City, Nevada.  We stalked each other a little bit on Facebook and then made each other a gift.

I noticed that most of the colors she wore in her photos were natural colors, and she's a mom of four. So I made her the Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag.  (I'm very proud of the way it came out)
I found this great fabric at the local Hobby Lobby. I'm not a normal Hobby Lobby shopper, but I've been enjoying an alternative fabric choice to JoAnne's, of which I was getting a little tired of. 

I love the pockets inside. Don't worry I've purchased some fabric for myself with this bag intended.  I just need things to settle down a bit so I can do it in peace without a deadline.

My partner Michelle made me a lovely Christmas decoration. It is a glass block.  I might add some lights inside. Haven't decided.  

Monday, November 15, 2010

A little copy cat sucess.

There are so many beautiful blogs and websites out there filled with cute things.  I'm a sucker for all the sewn items.  One of my favorite blogs is Cluck Cluck Sew.  Allison has such beautiful work.  So I used her Appliqued Fall Pillow tutorial to make myself (and my mom) a beautiful pillow. 

 I tweaked it a little bit.  My pillow form was a 14x14, so when I cut my corduroy out it was a 15x15.  The project cost me about $5.  The form was a buy-one-get-one-free at JoAnne's and the corduroy I got 50% off and only needed about 1/2 yard.  Then the various fall fabrics I've been collecting.  So worth it because it looks like it came from Pottery Barn, or Crate and Barrel.  Loving it!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween 2010

Happy Halloween!!! If your in the mist of a sugar comma, sit down drink some water and hide the candy.  
Our little Peter Pan and Captain Hook had fun dressing up but the rain and cold were too much and we only made it to about 15 houses.   So we don't have enough candy to be in a sugar comma.  Oh well there is always next year. 

I'm really excited about their costumes.  They are 100% homemade (well not the plastic hook) but everything else, so really 95%. 
 Evan wanted to be Captain Hook since about July.  Which allowed me to get a 99 cent pattern.  Though I had to tweek it a bit. I'm most proud of the hat.!!
 This is his pirate face.

 Dean showing off his costume.  I thought the brown cords were alright.

 How can 15 houses make a pirate this tired.
 Dean choose a large Tootsie Pop as his piece of candy.  One sticky mess.
This is our view on this beautiful Halloween.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sewing up a storm

The Brad Kolling family gets to welcome a new little member to their family in a few weeks.  And new little guys are always a good reason to celebrate with a baby shower.  Crystal requested a diaper bag, and I obliged and threw in a blanket too.

 This is the Amy Butler Birdie Sling patten.  It was so fun to make. And she really liked it!!

Every boy needs to start with some trucks.  Love the minky too.

The Barclays visit St. George Utah

Yes we live in Utah.  Yes we've been through St. George before.  But.....  we were really only familiar with the Cheveron off Bluff Street exit, as we are normally driving through St. George on our way to California.  However Jon was going to St. George for a week long Security Training conference and we decided to join him on Wednesday.

I had the boys to myself on Thursday while Jon was in seminars so we visited the Dinosaur Discovery site. Don't know if it was the highlight of our trip.  I was a bit disappointed how non kid friendly it was.  There wasn't much to touch and it was hard for them to see.  But still it was about Dinosaurs so it had to be cool.

 Next we stopped at the St. George Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Dedicated in 1877 it is a beautiful Temple with a blinding white exterior.  The patron at the visitors center said that they water blast it each year to keep it so white, and paint every 10 years.  This Temple is special to the Lohrke side of the family because this is where Grandpa Kenny and Grandma Betty were sealed in the 1950s. 

 Also around St. George we enjoyed the park around the Tabernacle.  I really liked this statue for a small amount ($19,500) it could be mine.

 We stopped at Brigham Young's winter house.  I thought it was neat to see.  But his started Evan's grumpy tour. 

 On Friday after Jon was done we checked out of the hotel and headed on Highway 14 from Cedar City to Bryce Canyon.  We had gotten the America the Beautiful Pass (which allows you to go to all the national parks) back in March when we toured Zion's.  The only two Parks that we hadn't gotten to in Utah were Bryce and Capitol Reef, so we hit Bryce on the way home.  It made for a very long....very of driving, much more than we thought, and not as fun as Evan had come down with a cold. But still neat to see.
 This was on Highway 14.  So beautiful.
 And here continues Evan's Grumpy tour.

 Still grumpy.
Proof that we were there.  Maybe in another 5-10 years we'll do it again and the kids might like it.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Crafts

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  Candy, pumpkins, costumes it doesn't get better.  This year I wanted to make a Halloween banner, similar to my dear cousin Morgan's.  She is so crafty and seems to just come up with things. 

I also was stretched a little bit as a good friend of mine asked me to make Trick or Treat bags for her 2 girls and 1 God son.  I think they came out great.  I hope they like them!

This last picture is my favorite!