Thursday, June 30, 2011


I have been doing some general house revamping lately. I've been wanting to do these things for a while but had lacked motivation. Well I had my own little epiphany the other day that slapped me upside the head and got me going. I was running and just dog tired so I stop at the house. Then I realized I had only run one mile and I was toast. Wait what? Since when do I quit that easily, and then I realized I'd been doing it all week. My normal average is 2 1/2 to 3 miles per run. How had I gotten here? Now that I think of it I've been really tired and lack luster lately in general. I would do what was necessary and sack out on the couch. I had been eating really badly, and all of the sudden it hit me that this had become a culmination of a couple months of slowly slacking. So I freaked out a little then pulled myself together and decided enough is enough. So the last three weeks I've been pushing and made it back to 3 miles. I've also been trying to eat vegetarian for most meals. No I'm not thinking of becoming an animal rights activist or even feel meat is bad for you. Eating vegetarian makes me be more mindful of what I eat and it also helps deplete our never ending supply of produce from the garden. And guess what? My motivation and energy is back. I know, genius right? Amazing how much more you get done. So here's a few things I have done so far, they're just little but they make a big difference to me.

New curtains for the bathroom.

They add a sunny disposition don't you think?

Golf ball basket, repainted and repurposed. Love using things for something other than their original purpose.

"The jar corner" my attempt at being artsy-artsy.

A little homemade decor for my sewing room.

More to come soon!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Things are really growing around here! Must be the summer heat.

What my sink is beginning to look like daily.

It's really taken off since the heat came around. The only things that I'm waiting on are tomatoes and corn, and there will be a lot when they're finally ready.

The chickens are all quite big now and sure do eat a lot. No eggs yet much to my dismay. I have to admit I'm getting a little impatient. I'm told I probably have another month but heat can affect them.....Maybe by October :)

Tiller is getting very leggy, I think she's going to be tall.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Taking a ride

I went over to my in-laws house yesterday to swim and have dinner. Ben is gone this weekend and a swim and nephews sounded way more fun than being home by myself. I took my puppies and just had to share this picture. This is how they chose to ride all the way home :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Making things

Well it finally started acting like summer around here so I've been hiding out inside during the late afternoons. I usually spend a lot of time outside and don't do quite as much sewing. Here are a couple of my most recent creations. Oh and I apologize for my absence, our internet on the computer hasn't been working so this is from my phone. Not going to lie, I'm quite proud of myself for figuring it out.

Tea Towels for a soon to be married friend.

A yarn wreath for myself.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gifts for my new nephew/niece

Someday very soon I will be an Auntie for the second time! I wanted to make a little something for this newest addition and found inspiration through this quilt he/she's mother made. It was so fun to make these becuase I love owls, and because I can't wait to meet this baby!

Funfetti Cake

For Ben's birthday I decided I wanted to try to make him homemade funfetti cake. He loves funfetti cake so homemade is even better right? Welllllll, not so much. I had fun doing it and it looked great but it was way to rich. The frosting recipe did have 3 sticks of butter in it and I think that was the cause. The first two bites were great, then after that it was just a stomach ache. I think next time I make funfetti I'll use the store bought cake mix (it's much lighter, this homemade version was very coarse) and try making a regular vanilla frosting. I'm a big fan of homemade frosting and the homemade funfetti chips look so pretty! So it's semi-homemade for me on this one, but it was definitely worth trying out.


I recently did some rearranging in our living area. I must say that it did come out of necessity not desire for change. My Grandma Sue had this great desk in the basement of her cabin up in Shaver. I asked her about it, to which she responded if you want it you can have it! I was super excited and had the perfect purpose for it, it would replace my cheapo sewing desk that was leftover from college. We get home and haul the beast all the way to the door of my sewing room's one inch too big to get through the door! The window is too small too! I was so frustrated the desk sat in our hall for a week becuase I didn't know what to do. Finally this last Saturday I jumped in to some shifting and I'm pretty happy with the results. The only downside is our big dinning table doesn't really fit well anywhere. We bought it for our someday home and not our current day and it's too big for our space. So as a result, it's a little cramped wherever we put it. It's new home in the kitchen isn't ideal but would be it's eventual spot becuase having kids someday eating over carpet is just risky.