Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fashion idiot

I'm such a fashion idiot!

There is a store going out of business here in town, and the other day I was in the area and I was alone so I decided to stop in and see if there was anything I needed for a killer price. 
I have been wanting some white Christmas lights to put up outside to replace the half-lit ones on our canopy.  I wondered where I was going to find Christmas lights in July, but lo and behold, I did.  And pretty cheap as well.
I also saw a few things in the home d├ęcor area that I thought Kelsey would like.  She recently redecorated her room (she does a major overhaul every two months or so) and I thought she might like the looks of this.  There were three of them, so I bought them for a buck and a half a piece.
 

When I saw them, I thought that she would just use the frame and the canvas and make her own original design with scrapbook paper, photos, and mod podge.  She is great at creating projects like that.  Because, who wants a 9 inch by 9 inch picture of a fat triangle cat with a scarf on, right?
 
Yep.  That is what I thought it was.  A cat.  A fat one.  With flowery fur and a long long scarf.  And words that said LOVE IS FASHION. 
I'm a complete fashion idiot.  When I told Kelsey what I thought it was after she hung a few of them up in her newly redecorated room, she laughed so hard she cried.
So did I. 
Does anyone else see the fat blob of a cat with a winter scarf and skinny ears, or am I the only fashion idiot that didn't realize it was a dress?
I think Kelsey wants to trade me in for a new mom sometimes.  This was one of those times.

Friday, July 18, 2014



Yesterday Emmitt asked me to lift him up to look out the laundry room window.  Our neighbors across the street fly an American flag everyday and he told me he wanted to see it.  So I obliged.  He disappeared and I didn't think anything about it. 
He had helped me decorate our little seasonal decoration area for the 4th of July a few weeks ago and seemed to enjoy it very much since it didn't involved flowers like our spring, Easter, and other recent decorations.  
So last night I saw this on our front porch.  It made me smile then it brought tears to my eyes.  I love that in his 5 years of life experiences, he has a love for something that I love as well. 





Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kelsey and Shrek

On July 3rd 2004, Kelsey became a pet owner.  She was two years old.  My aunt Noreen gave her this little kitten that she had named OREO.  Kelsey was in her 'princess phase' at the ripe old age of 2, so she renamed her new kitten FIONA, after Shrek's princess.




Having a veterinarian in the family, we soon learned that FIONA was a male, and the new kitten became SHREK.  SHREK has been an incredible cat for the past ten years.  We love him.  He is a year-round outdoor cat and is the most patient fella with all our kids, but he loves Kelsey the most.

 

 Kelsey had a great idea a few weeks ago that SHREK needed a bath.  First one ever.  So she got some Head and Shoulders shampoo, conditioner, water at the perfect temperature, multiple towels, and got busy.  Even though he is a good cat, I was sure we were going to have a rodeo.  But Kelsey's sweet-talking and cooing the entire time she had him in the water proved effective.

 

 I love this photo.  SHREK'S look of incredulousness at the situation is fantastic.  

 

The bath was truly a success and I was very surprised.  It just shows how much that cat loves that girl.

When Kelsey told her dad what she had done, he once again stated what a great cat she has.  Then he asked what kind of shampoo she used.  She told him and he laughed and laughed.  Apparently, one should use baby shampoo for a homemade cat bath and no conditioner.  Kelsey replied smiling "But his dandruff is gone and he is just SO SOFT now."





 

 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

the summer quilting homefront

On the quilting homefront:
I have a hard time sewing in the summer.  There is just so much going on with the kids, the yard, and the wonderful weather.  So I make myself sign up for my local quilt guild's round robin exchange, just to get some stitching time in.

 
I added this border for the month of June to this round robin quilt of Deonn's.  The rules for the round robin exchange stated that the second border had to be applique.  I am awful with applique, but that's what I came up with.

 
I did get this one sent off to my mom.  When I was there for the 4th of July weekend, it was hanging up in the cabin and looking so spiffy!

 
For July's round robin exchange, I added this red and black checkerboard to the cute little farm scene that Sue started.  I am not good at being creative and I couldn't figure out how to extend the scene, so I just framed it.  The rules for the third border stated that you had to add cornerstone blocks in the corners and it couldn't be over 6 inches wide.  I can't wait to see how my round robin turned out.  I get mine back next month.


During the 4th of July Torrey Apple Days Celebration, I went to their fun little quilt show.  These two were my favorites.  I love traditional scrappy stuff.  Love it.


And last but not least, last month I finished this one.
It was a block of the month quilt we did at church more than five years ago.
I put the last two borders on and I gave it to my friend, DiAnn.
She is going to hand quilt it at the DUP (Daughters of the Utah Pioneers) Museum here in town this winter.  Then I will bind it for her.
It turned out lovely if I do say so!
 

So, that is my summer quilting thus far.  Kinda lame, but my garden is looking a bit better!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

2014 birthdays

My four kids have birthdays in February, March, May, and June.  I wish I had an April baby in there, but oh well.  So much for my planning!

So, just a snippet from the 2014 birthdays.

Kenna turned two in June.  Right before she opened her gifts, we sang Happy Birthday to her.  She covered her face and cried! 


She loved the ribbon more than opening her gifts, of course!

 Kendal turned 9 in May.  I love this picture of my little crew. 
When I asked her what kind of cake she wanted, she said, some some chocolate with some candles.  My kind of girl!
 I love Kendal's face in this picture.  She is making a wish.
I can tell it was a good one and heartfelt.


 Emmitt turned 5 in March.
We were in Salina for his birthday, so he was fortunate to have a few cousins celebrate with him.

 We worked at the farm on Emmitt's birthday.  I suppose that is fitting for this little dude.  He found this cow skull while we were moving gated pipe and considered it a birthday miracle!
 
 Kelsey turned 12 in February.
My kids only have friend parties on big birthdays, so this was one for her.  All the girls in her class came over for a fun pajama and pizza party late night.
They had a noisy great time, and I am grateful that those birthdays only come every four years!
She has a really great group of great girls for friends.  She is a lucky gal to have such good friends.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

will my mom ever get a gift I make for her on time?

Back in March I was at the local quilt shop in Midway and I saw this family tree panel and some coordinating fabrics.
I loved it and bought it, not sure what I would do with it.
I got it home and tried to make it work for me, but since my progeny is only 4 children, it didn't really work.
So I decided my mom needed it for Mother's Day.
I had oodles of time to complete it.
 

I put it away for a month or so, then got it all out and got busy.
I made little birds depicting me, my siblings, and our families.


I added a few simple borders, appliqued the birds on and put it away again.
For another month.
Then I sewed Emmitt civil war clothing during the month of April and figured that I could quilt my mom's little quilt the week before Mother's Day and get it completed.


Well, I got out the machine the other day and started machine quilting it.
I got about 2/3 through it and broke a needle and the darning foot.
I thought I had a spare darning foot, but it was broken as well.
I was stuck.


So I put it away and called my mom and told her what a procrastinating daughter she gave birth to, and apologized.  She was too kind and understanding.  Way too nice.
I did the same thing to her for Christmas!
But today, I had the chance to stop into the sewing machine shop and get a new darning foot.
Tomorrow, a week beyond Mother's Day, I will finish quilting my mom's quilt, get it bound, and send it off in the mail on Monday.
Its going to be really great.
I will learn one day.
And one day, my mom will get a gift in time for the occasion it was meant for!
Her birthday is coming up in a few weeks.  I think I will purchase something for her, not make it!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Emmitt's 19th century proper clothing


Emmitt and I went to a civil war event near Boise, Idaho last week.
Last year I took Kenna since we were still attached for her nourishment needs, but this year I wanted to take the lad.  The girls are not fond of missing school, so it was the perfect idea.
But I had to get busy sewing for Emmitt.
I haven't really sewn any period clothing for him since he outgrew the dresses he used to wear.


So I found a shirt pattern Emily posted on her blog, Buns and Baskets.
I made Emmitt two shirts with this pattern that worked up really quickly. 
I used Emily's 5T math for the first one, and tweeked it a bit for my scrawny boy for the second one I made.
When Emmitt saw the shirts, he said
"Why do my shirts have flowers on them?"
I assured him all was well with his little flowers.


 
I have a friend who enjoys buying great things at thrift stores to rework into period clothing.
So, I got a few pairs of adult men's pants in linen, wool, and a heavy cotton from him and got busy.
I made linen trousers with suspenders and vest, cotton short trousers with suspenders and a vest, and then also a pair of wool trousers.
I couldn't find a suitable pattern, so I just made it up.
Which is pretty apparent, but its okay for the sweet boy.


Emmitt wore his linen trousers and vest the first day in Idaho. It was a warm day, gorgeous day actually, in the low 80s and so by the afternooon, Emmitt found the creek and I changed him into the short pants.


Emmitt has a super simple pair of elastic waisted church pants, and I just sort of laid them on the table and traced them, then did some more tweeking to make a pattern.
The linen trousers have three shell buttons in the front for a button fly opening. 
The braces, or suspenders, are very necessary for these trousers to stay up.

 
The vest is just a simple one, and on the linen one I made four fabric covered buttons.



There were around 1000 5th graders there on Friday, and of course they did some drilling.
Emmitt did as well, but was a bit shy about it because he couldn't remember what was his left and what was his right! Check out that cute cute hat too! 
 

The next day Emmitt wore the looser shirt with the cotton vest and short trousers.
These short ones are also button fly and also require suspenders to stay on.
They have just one wooden button in the fly, and wooden buttons for the braces, but the vest has self fabric buttons.
 


I made Emmitt wait until after lunch before he played in the creek on the second day.
He was of course joined by the sweet girls cooling off too.

 
I also just loved that President Lincoln watched my lad playing in the water.
For some reason, that just made me smile.




 
Emmitt and I had a great time with our sweet Idaho friends.
He of course said he will be going back next year.
He loved camping in our canvas tent with me and thought it was a great adventure.
The last morning, as I was cleaning up and packing up, the little lazy britches didn't want to wake up.
So, after everything in the tent was packed and loaded but him and his bed,
I drug his cot outside the tent so I could drop the tent.
He finally woke up, but said in a sleepy voice,
"Lets not go home mom, lets just stay here."


I am glad he had such a great time.
He made so many fun friends, and they were really great to be so good to him.
 

 
There was one pair of wool trousers I made that he didn't get the chance to wear in Idaho.
So, he wore them to church yesterday.
Matt gave me a "REALLY?" look, but it was Mother's Day and so I just got him dressed the way I wanted to!
 

I totally just made these up as well, but I was going for the drop front, or fall-front style.
So there are two buttons on each side to allow access.
These trousers actually stay up and in place without suspenders.
 


I had him wear the cotton vest to church just because it looked sharp, not to hide the suspenders like they would have done in the mid 1800s.  The weave, color, and pattern of the cotton vest and wool trousers are very different, but it still was a nice overall look.
 

 
Two of his sisters could not handle Emmitt getting his picture taken, without them in it as well.
So friends, that is Emmitt's new mid 1800s wardrobe I made him.
I really should have made him a coat too, just to be completely proper, but I usually work with a strict time limit!
He looks so handsome!




Thursday, May 01, 2014

Easter at the Ranch


Once again we spent Easter at the ranch, well, Saturday anyway.  We had a fantastic time playing a killer game of townball in the sagebrush and rabbit brush flat, but we were too busy playing to take any photos.  So, its the usual 4 wheeling and egg rolling pictures.



 The weather was perfect with a gorgeous sun shining on us, and a little breeze when we needed it.  The wind blew a bit of course, but we didn't notice too much.  We enjoyed a delicious dutch oven chicken lunch cooked by Mark and Emiko with some salads to round us all out.  MMMMMMM.



Matt and I took a little ride to go check on some cows that were in another mountain pasture, and I made him stop so I could get a new homesteading photo.  I love love love old places.  All old things actually. There was actually still wallpaper up on the walls inside!



The kids had a blast playing with cousins, rolling eggs, enjoying an egg fight, and of course riding and driving in all the toys.




We had the usual Easter Egg hunt and this year I put money in the eggs I filled.  Not sure if it was a hit or not, but we were candied out!  Kenna was so excited, she loved finding the eggs and filling her basket.




Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays.  Its the first big outing of the year, great times with cousins, treats, good food, and good times with family.  I hope my kids have great Easter memories like I do.



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