Friday, April 29, 2011

Sewing Machine Problems

All of a sudden my sewing machine (in the middle of my project) decided to have the tension spaz out. And my thread isn't pulling tight anymore. I didn't move/change one thing. So frustrating. I tried to adjust the tension, but nothing worked.

I'm sure that my lack of sewing knowledge doesn't help my situation. I wish that I knew how to fix it so that I could finish my Amazing Quiet Book.

Anyone know where to go to get it looked at? I have zero idea. HELP.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Quiet Creation in Progress

I'm not apologizing for not being here. I have been working on something that I think is going spectacularly. I am making a quiet book for my little ones. It is taking longer than I thought and my computer is currently buried under fabric and buttons and scissors and who knows what else. So, I just don't get to it. (not posting from my own computer)

You don't get to see any pictures yet. (mostly because I haven't taken any) But you will when it's all finished. I'm really excited. I designed it myself and am pretty proud of it. Hopefully it will be finished in a couple of days. They are harder to create than I originally thought.

Sorry, you have to wait in suspense. But it will be worth the wait. I promise.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Questions

It's Easter already! I can't believe it. I feel like this year is flying right by. There isn't even time for me to think about doing some fun things with my Sweet Pea for all my favorite holidays. I did want to do something fun for Easter.

She already has her "ba" (basket) she has been carrying around all week long. So, I'm thinking it wont be too hard to get her to pick up filled eggs and put them inside. I'm not quite sure what to fill the eggs with. She can't eat dairy so that means NO regular chocolate. I don't really want her to eat a bunch of candy. Not enough teeth yet.

Any ideas?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fabric Wall Hangings

My Conference weekend was filled with craftiness and new experiences. I got to use my Dad's power tools. The electric saw. The electric sander. AND his Nail Gun. Oh how wonderful. I want some of my own!!

You know how much I have been complaining about my empty walls and having no ideas and a very thin wallet. Well, I saw some fantabulous wall hangings HERE and just HAD to make them for my never ending empty walls. They weren't even expensive. I only ended up spending between $25 and $30. Fantastic. I could have only bought one for that price. Yea!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fabric Covered Cork Boards

So, I have been watching the DIY blogs like crazy trying to figure out how to help my poor, bare walls. I don't love the way cork boards look. And the frames they come in are hideous. I have seen a lot of fabric covered cork board that have been re-framed with some fantastic frame, but I didn't want to spend too much money. I decided that I didn't want a frame. I came up with these:


FIRST, I pulled the ugly frame off.
SECOND, I measured and cut the board into three equal pieces. (I just used an exacto knife)

THIRD, I measured and cut the fabric I wanted to cover them with.
FOURTH, I tacked the fabric in place. Pulling very tightly so there was no bumps.

FIFTH, I hot glued the fabric down. Taking the tacks out when the glue was dry. (I would have taken a picture if I had more hands)
SIXTH, I super-glued the brackets on the back so that the cork boards could be hung on my wall.
THEN, I hung them up.

I think they turned out pretty well. I still have to do the third one and hang it on another wall. Now, I just need to do cute tacks to hang pictures up on them. I'm so excited.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The List by Melanie Jacobson

A couple of weeks back, I posted about my list of things to do before my kids leave the nest. I did it all so that I was entered in a giveaway on another blog. I WON! It's so fantastic. (does anyone out there feel like someone else is always winning those things? anyway. . .) My prize was this lady's first book. Her name is Melanie Jacobson.

I understood that it was her first novel and that it falls in the LDS genre (most of which can be extremely cheese or cream filled). So, I wasn't expecting it to be some amazing story. However, I received the book last week and I'm on #3 time of reading it. The first time I couldn't put it down. I read it in under 24 hours. The second time took the rest of the week because I wanted to slowly absorb the fun. Then when I couldn't exactly get the right words out to tell my Hubby just how great this book was I convinced him to read it with me again. So, the third time is out loud with my Hubby. Who laughs out loud to some of the conversations that occur in the story.

It was really good. A little cheese, but we Mormons are kind of cheesy. So a story containing any has to have some in it right? The List is all about this girl (Ashley) who, after seeing her mother and sisters marry young, doesn't want to marry until she has accomplished all 25 things on her bucket list. She wants to experience freedom a little bit and have a whole bunch of fun doing it. Reading about Ashley was completely satisfying. And I recognized the spirit in the conversations she has with #17-her summer fling, as that of the sass that fits in my Hubby's and my conversations. (this is probably why my Hubby enjoys it)

Anyway, I thought that I would pass along the knowledge that The List is well worth your time to read. It's quick and enjoyable. If you have ever lived with roommates, had FHE brothers, and attended an LDS singles ward you will appreciate this book. I hope you will go read it.

It made my night. Thank you Melanie for the book. I'll probably read it many more times.


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