Friday, November 12, 2010

Bonsai Bag & Oven Mitts

Happy Friday everyone! Today is a full work day for me so while I'm on my hour lunch break i decided to do my Friday finish post. This week sewing has been crazy. Doing some last minute things for the craft fair this Saturday over at the Bennington elementary, and Wednesday was my twin sisters 25th birthday. Soo of course i was crafting for them too!

One of the twins recently moved away to live with her boyfriend in MS, and i decided i would make her some oven mitts. Her first place, and i thought they would be a very use full tool.
I made them using this pattern
i made them out of the PEZ fabric that my mom snatched up at a local quilts shop's HUGE summer sale.
They have been shipped and are on there way to her. I hope she likes them....also i hope she doesn't read this!!! woops!


For the other twin i made her the Bonsai Bag found at Rae's Blog. My sister loves purses and big ones so she can put a lot of stuff in them. She is always on the go, and hardly ever stops so she needs a big bag.
I think that it came out awesome and i have fabric all cut up and ready to make one for myself!!! Its a great pattern and very easy to follow.

i used piping for the trim, first time using it and it came out not to shabby!

Here is a picture of some ornaments waiting for ribbon

 Have a great weekend everyone!

Make sure to check out Amy's blog for other finishes!

Peace & Love J-me

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cold Hiking Trip

Happy Sunday everyone! The clocks have been changed back, and it's been kinda a weird feeling day all around. My normal routine on Sundays is get up around 10 with Garrett, make break fest watch TV and basically nap all day. Sometimes we go on errands, other times Garrett will go for a bike ride or an outdoor adventure and leave me to sleep all snuggled up in his bed.

This day was a little different. We got up at 9, and made some breakfast, watched a little TV, the nova special on the Chilean miners. We then went to Garrett's Dad's house that he is flipping which is right across the street from my house, and helped move a HUGE fridge and stove into the house.

We went over and visited my mom next and Garrett said...Lets go climb Bald mountain. I have climbed this mountain before, but I'm not huge on climbing mountains, (I'm very out of shape, but need/want to get into shape), so i said sure! We packed up some food to cook, and lots of water, and an extra pair of shoes for me, because i was testing out the hiking boots Garrett got me for free from the dump.

The climb was really fun, and extra special because i had done it before and he has never. Before we got to the top i told Garrett about this "cave" like thing, so i took a picture of him in it.
Garrett was very impressed with me because i didn't complain at all! I had to stop a couple times to catch my breath, but there was no, how about we stop here? lets just go back! ugh I can't do this. haha. In fact i said a few of those things in my head, but not out loud! (haha I hope you don't read this Garrett!) I just said to myself just keep going, its rewarding, having fun with Garrett, doing something he really likes to do!

we finally made it to the top and it was a little cold! We tried to get the cook stove going to make some beans, but it wasn't cooperating, so we just drank some tea and took some pictures!
this is a panorama i took with my camera. We didn't got to the tippy top, but almost all the way. and the view was amazing!

This is our skills with the self timer and a small tri-pod
Don't I look cold?

We decided we'd better head back because we had no idea what time it was, and didn't want to get stuck on the way down in the dark. The walk down was fun because we just talked and talked about everything. He even mentioned how when we have children we should strap them to our...really my, back and climb mountains. :] That won't be for a while though!

When we got back we were happy to see that Garrett's dad, Nevan, had started a bonfire, so we stood by it to warm up.

It was a great Sunday, one of the best ones recently. I did miss the napping, but it was totally worth it! Now Garrett's back at school, and I can't wait for next weekend to see him again, and find another adventure to go on!

I hope everyone had a great weekend too!

Peace & Love J-me

*p.s. on January 9th (in about 2 months) Garrett and I will have been together for 9 years!!! wow that's almost half our lives! (were 22)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Finish! Crinkle Baby toy!

Hello everyone! Let me tell you this story about an amazing friend of mine. Her name is Miranda, and she has the cutest 7 month old baby boy whose name is Cyrus. When I heard of his arrival, I was so excited to be able to make him some fun baby things! I made him a mitered square blankie, and baby blocks with his name on them, and now i have made him a crinkle toy, with some fun tags on it.

I went over and visited with them 2 Tuesdays ago, and they are such a perfect pair! Lets just say I am super jealous and can't/can wait to have kids of my own. I spent the day catching up with Miranda, and watching Cyrus play with his blocks and his new toy. It was such a wonderful day! I can't wait to go over and play again, I will have to come up with another toy to bring him, or maybe some baby pants?

So  let me introduce you to Miranda and Cyrus. (Miranda is an awesome photographer by the way!)
(I also raided her facebook page for these pictures!)

His first time going apple picking. Isn't this the cutest picture?

I love the hood and the tongue sticking out!!

So on to the actual finish. I had read on the Internet about how babies love things that crinkle, and I had seen blankets made with tags, so I did a little searching on the Internet and came up with this.

I decided to give it a try and made my mom go to work on eating a bag of sun chips, because they have the loudest packaging!

 So this is what I came up with:

The tags are a bit long, but i didn't know, i just thought they would be better to tug on, and stick in his mouth! They are all different texture ribbons as well to for some added stimulation.

The only issue i ran into was I didn't make the whole to turn it big enough so when i started to turn it the bag started ripping off the stitching.  But i went extra slow and made it work.

I hope you like it! I will leave you with an awesome picture she took for me, just for this post!

Peace & Love  J-me