Friday, September 30, 2011

A White Skirt

I just had to show off this skirt I made last week. This is the 4th piece of clothing I've made for myself. Most are dresses that I've hidden in my closet. SO this is my first independent project that included a zipper and POCKETS and A LINING!! My second try at zippers and my first attempt at pockets and a lining. Did I mention it is a fitted skirt . . . that actually fits! I proudly wore it Sunday and not one person asked if it was home made. This has been my goal for a while now. So thank you for stopping by!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

How Do I Love Thee

This Sunday, instead of looking for a short sitcom to watch I decided to look at I found this sweet, uplifting video. It reminded me that love is much stronger than what is shown in the media today. It is an attitude of faith in others and forgiving each other when we falter. Love is an action word to show "care and sensitivity," to "think the best of each other. Assume the good. Doubt the bad."  It is a great reminder that true love "beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." I hope that one day I show others the pure love of Christ, untainted, as I know Christ showed us all when He struggled in the garden of Gethsemane. As Elder Holland puts it, "Jesus Christ is the only lamp by which you can see the path of love and happiness for you and your sweetheart."

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fish Bed for Cats

Bruce's Creation

About a two months ago, Bruce discovered a clever idea for a cat bed. It's a 3D fish with an open mouth that leads to a comfy bed inside. After seeing a few dozen pics of these adorable cat beds, we just had to make it! Little did we know . . .

It was 7pm on a Saturday night when we decided to run down to the fabric store and pick up the pattern and materials needed for the project. Bruce picked the fabric for the body and I helped him match colors for the head and fin. It took us about an hour and a half to decide what we wanted! (The longest Bruce has ever lasted in a fabric store!)
It took a few weeks after that to get the pattern made by Simplicity. It was out of print, so we had to find it online. The first person we ordered it from canceled our order, so we ordered from someone else. Eventually, we got our pattern! Bruce carefully cut out each piece of the pattern, fabric and foam. Next was my turn to sew each piece of fabric to the foam. After sewing the first layer of the head, I was about to loose my cool with that foam! Let me tell you- Don't sew foam unless you have a super-heavy-duty machine! After the head and two fins I gave up! Lucky for Bruce, his sweet mom was much more willing to work on the fish as he directed it. Cheryl sewed the rest of the head, the body, the fins, and then sewed the whole thing together! Super Mom! And so, Plop the Fish was born!

*If you want to make this super cute cat bed, let me know and we will give you a pattern and a simplified version of instructions.

Chocolate Ice Cream Bowls

My wonderful friend Nikki showed me this recipe and then we tried making them together. Getting started was a little tricky. Here is the website to follow the tutorial:

Here are a few suggestions:
*chocolate cool as much as possible, otherwise, the balloons will pop and get chocolate everywhere!
*any kind of chocolate works. It doesn't have to be dipping chocolate.
*water balloons work just fine for this project.
*we sprayed half of the balloons with cooking spray but not the other half and they all came out the same.

Have FUN!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I'm Alive!

I know I kinda stopped posting very abruptly, but life has been a little hectic lately. School started - it's my first semester back after 2years and I'm taking 15 credit hours . . . I thought I could do it all. Homework, cook for a hungry husband, be social with friends, keep up posting on the blog, sew cute projects. I've come to conclusion that it's just a matter of time management. In other words, I can do it all! (insert eye roll here) Anyhow, I have a list of pictures (of the beach), recipes (involving chocolate) and fun ideas (more chocolate!) I want to post so be excited because there will be more to come. Meanwhile, enjoy these music videos from Bruce . . .