Archive for March, 2007

Ah, completion!

It’s finally done… I started these bedspreads for the boys when I was 7 months pregnant with Olivia. I finished Augie’s last fall, but poor Eddie has waited and waited. Both my boys can sleep under their blankets tonight- I’m a happy mama!

Boy’s bunkbeds

Eddie’s bedspread


Break for Bread

I’ve never made bread without a bread machine- ever… But with all the rain yesterday and the kids still wanting to go outside, I decided to give them something to do. Forget Eddie’s quilt, the skirts or my wristlet, we decided to give it a try. (Also my sewing area was such a mess, I had to clean it before I lost another needle for Olivia to find!) We made 2 loafs using whole wheat (I’m a white bread lover, but I’m slowly converting…) and it really wasn’t that bad! They weren’t done until about 8:30pm so Augie and Eddie had it for their bedtime snack along with a bowl of peas. Chris couldn’t believe that they wanted peas with their bread since he can’t stand the stuff, but he couldn’t talk them out of it- way to go my boys!

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Today, my work table was clean waiting me to finish start my projects, and my new fabric is washed just calling me to sew…


-instead, we went to the Zoo. Yes, it was raining and barely 45 outside, but it’s Spring Break and we NEED to get out of the house. Chris couldn’t believe we were still going when the rain really started coming down, but we had a great time. Our trip actually ended with blue skies, and kids that were so tired they’re still sleeping… ah, some quiet time just me and my mac! Olivia- 9 months img_0872.jpg

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I finished the boys’ cammo appliqué shirts yesterday. They were really easy to do except I think that the letters are a little big. I can’t wait to try more like this one and to also try some shirts with freezer paper stencils.

First applique shirts!

Here’s a close-up of the stitching around the letters. I didn’t want it to come off and I’ve read that it will fray if you don’t.

Applique stitch close-up

I also finished my pincushion. My fingers are killing me from forcing the needle through this thing and especially from sewing all the little people on. The Japanese figures are from an old pincushion that was Grandma R’s, but I saved them because they were too cute! It’s a little lopsided, but it’s for me so I don’t mind…

Pincushion Little Japanese people



I’ve been waiting for an excuse to drive out to Fabric Depot and today I finally had a chance after taking Nana home. I only had Olivia with me so I got to take my time and just browse their huge selection of fabric. I finally choose 2 yards each of this and this and one yard of this from Free Spirit. I’m finding that I love Robert Kaufman’s designs- check out his site and try to stop from drooling!

And lastly, thanks to Chris, here’s some good photos to try and make my blog look pretty…






Here’s a cute picture of Eddie holding our morels, aren’t they huge?!


I bought these sunglasses for Olivia at Fredy’s, but look who’s wearing them… I think he looks a little like Elton John!

Little Elton

By the way, I took this picture which I think is a really good one. All those craft sites on my blogroll with their phenomenal pictures have inspired me to take more time with my photos. Let’s see if I improve…

My project for tonight is to try to do this with some t-shirts I got the boys from Old Navy. They were $3.97 so I won’t feel bad if I ruin them. I will also try to get my darn wristlet started. Hopefully I won’t be up until tomorrow!


We can home yesterday to find Chris laying down in our backyard just as happy as could be. He was sooooo excited because he found these right in our backyard for the first time ever!

Blonde Morel

Chris could barely contain himself as he took picture after picture of the blond Morels. Joe was even called to come over a revel in the beauty of these mushrooms. We had about 5 morels in a little cluster, but they were big! The largest one was almost as big as my fist. We are all very excited for the Morel season which fast approaching. I’m not sure how much I will be hunting this year since Olivia will have to be carried the whole time.


Over the last two days, the kids and I have walked 5 miles around the neighborhood hoping to find more morels, but we haven’t had any luck. Eddie claimed to find a “Chanterelle” on the nature path near our house, but it turned out to just another LBM- little brown mushroom. I’m just proud that he remembered another mushroom name! Here’s a cute picture on the path near our house. As you can see, it’s sometimes a tight fit with the double jogger, but we make it.

Nature Path

We stopped by the thrift store today while waiting for a leaky tire to get fixed. I found 3 great patterns for dresses for Olivia, some material for very cheap and a pretty skirt that I am going to use to make my wristlet and wallet. I’m excited to start these projects and hopefully will have something posted soon.

More of the same

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These soft bunnies are quick to make so I made another for a teacher who is expecting her first baby soon. I think it looks like a kid made it, but maybe one of these days I’ll learn to sew like a grown-up… I would like to try all Wee Wonderful’s free patterns since they are too cute! These tablecloths and these pincushions are somethings I could really use so they are on my project list as well.

This morning was a trying one with the kids. Everyone seemed to be bouncing off the walls or more like bouncing off each other. I felt it was a good excuse to use some of our precious blueberry stash to make muffins. The kids love these not to mention Mary, Papa and Penny who all stopped by today. Chris found the original recipe in his grandma’s Betty Crocker cookbook, but I’ve changed it a little over the years. It’s very easy and quick to make for those kids who can’t keep their hands out of the blueberries!

Blueberry Muffins

Best Blueberry Muffins:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, grease the bottom of your muffin tins. (This recipe will make 12 regular size muffins and 12 smaller ones.)

2 cups of blueberries (If your blueberries are frozen, soak them in some warm water while you are mixing the ingredients. Be sure to drain them good before adding them to the batter.)

In a large bowl, mix:

3 cups flour

1 cup sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 ts salt

In a separate (microwave-safe) bowl add:

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup oil

Whisk these together. I like to warm this mix in the microwave for about 45 seconds to bring it to room temp. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together just until all the flour is incorporated- it should be very lumpy. Gently fold the drained blueberries into the batter while trying not to break them open. Fill the muffin tins about 2/3 full and stick them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until golden. Serve warm and enjoy!

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