The Winner, a Video, and a Craft Tutorial

Thanks for all your entries.  After assigning everyone and their extra entries a number, I used to pick someone.  Random picked…

LIZ! – who wrote “Do I even need to say who would be wearing this at our house? Okay, I am going to try to link it to FB as well.”

So email me within 24 hours, Liz, or you lose! hollylesue[at]gmail[dot]com

Sorry to those who didn’t win.  I always feel bad when it comes time to pick someone for my giveaways because I want everyone to win.  One of these days when I have more time (probably when I am able to clone myself so I can properly take care of my children and always have a clean house and sew/craft/create to my heart’s desire) I’ll have a tutorial on the tutus.  They really are quite easy and require minimal sewing.  And even then, the sewing is in a straight line.  Anyone can make these tutus, trust me.

In the spirit of Valentines Day, I put together this little video of my valentines. Enjoy.

Also, here’s a quick little craft that I got from The Idea Room which has great ideas (duh) and easy crafts. Ours turned out a little different than hers, but I think I like our version better.

Start with some card stock, paint, a paintbrush and a paper plate (or anything else you want that will hold the paint)

Paint your child’s hand with one color. They will love this step, well at least my girls did.

We practiced a little first.

After one hand dries, do the other hand with a different color.

After it dries, write a message around the hand prints, which not only solidifies the heart shape, but will make the grandparents (or parents) happy recipients.

I also cut ours down with some decorative scissors, but forgot to take a picture of them before they got stuck in a package and sent to our missionaries in Hong Kong.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

how ’bout them apples?

I love this apple print by Sandi Henderson. I love it even more coupled with the green.

Plus, it’s reversible.

More Sandi Henderson in orange & yellow, which has an orange back.

But this one is my favorite thus far. In fact I made two, but can only bring myself to put one of them in my etsy shop.

And it’s reversible too.


I don’t know what it is about sewing, but I just love it. It must be therapeutic for me or something. So it was nice to sit down last week and make this baby blanket for my brother and sister-in-law who are expecting a baby boy in a few weeks.

And especially fitting since my brother is a land-locked surfer.

new threads

I think this fabric is the some of the most delicious stuff I have ever seen. And there’s more yet to be purchased.

I’m STILL waiting on my mom’s surger to come back from the repair shop so I can get going with the sewing.

Until then, just planning, cutting, pinning…

I hate waiting.

trying to make progress

I have a bad, evil cold and all I want to do is work on Gwenie’s quilt. All my body wants to do is sleep. We’ll see who wins this battle.

decisions, decisions.

Tonight I am working on Gwen’s quilt.

I know. Absolutely delicious fabric.

But, (you ask) how is fabric delicious, luscious and worthy of my drool? Well I don’t know, it just is.

Anyhoo, I am feeling like this is Stumped II. However, right now the more important decision is, what movie I should put on.

I have it narrowed down to:
1. Persuasion
2. Pride and Prejudice (the new version as I have lent out my A&E version—a sin I will never commit again)
3. Sense and Sensibility
4. Nacho Libre (after all Dave is in the room, reading)
5. Oklahoma/Sound of Music/State Fair/South Pacific
6. Mamma Mia!
7. Bridget Jones’ Diary

What’s a girl to do!


Besides watching/listening to Mamma Mia!, I have been trying to figure out the quilts I want to make for the girl’s rooms. Now that the holidays are (nearly) over, I can refocus my attention on our house and getting us completely settled.
This is for Inez’s room. The focus/inspiration comes from this Alexander Henry print.

And here are some other pieces I have accumulated to try and match it. It’s not quite right yet. And I’m spending way too much time online trying to find more. I’m thinking I need to eliminate the yellow, orange and green pieces because I’m not sure the design matches the others. But I do want to keep some other colors in there so that it’s not all pink.

I just don’t want to make a mistake. What if I spend all this time and money on it and then it looks horrible?! Who knew quilting could be such a scary experience.

sew fun!

Ok, that is the cheesiest title, but I’ve been doing a little sewing for the girls for the Fourth of July. Super easy skirts with elastic waists seem to be my specialty as I am not very skilled when it comes to following patterns. With these (and the Easter skirts that were similar) I just measure the length, (from another skirt they already have), measure their waists, finish some edges and voila! Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

James & Natalie, you guys really do need to move back here so that Natalie and I could sew together, just like James always used to joke about. Although Nat you are much better at sewing than I am, so you could teach me your mad skillz. And the guys could be in the other room watching the kids and making sure they stay out of the bird heroine.