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Friday, July 31, 2009

Weekend plans

Hi everyone! Im headed off for a fun weekend in the canyon for a family reunion! Camping, oh what fun! Thank you SO much for all the suggestions on what to do about the pictures! Here is proof that the suggestions worked! hehehe! Hope you all have a great weekend! I am sure I will be back with lots of fun pictures and stories!

Thursday, July 30, 2009


So how come no one told me that the link to Selissa's giveaway was the wrong one?!? You dont want to miss this! Here is the real one!

Actually, come to think of it maybe it was right after all, just with the facebook logo- dunno, but make sure you enter!

I figured out the problem....

I cant post pictures because I guess I have over gone the amount of pictures one can post in their blogs. So now I have to figur out how to get in an delete some without it completely doing no good (like deleting the posts does nothing). Anyone have any ideas? hehe So I now have 183 posts and want to do a big giveaway for my 200 post- anyone have a suggestion of what they would like, or would anyone like to donate something? Leave me a comment or shoot me an email (addy in a button on the sidebar)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wordless Wed

So this wont be wordless because I cant get a pic to load right now, I will try again later

- make sure to check out the new skirts I just put in my store- SO cute! Also, my friend Selissa over at Forever and a Day is having an awesome giveaway to celebrate the fact that they are having another little boy!!! She makes the most amazing crochet stuff I have a pair of awesome cowgirl boots and some Mary Janes and I love both of them! I shouldn't even mention this giveaway to you because it will wreck my own chances lol hahaha! Go check it out!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Totally random Monday

This weekend was filled with rodeo's and way too much time logged in farm town. While we were at the rodeo I was introduced to my all time favorite rodeo event- the HIDE RACE.

Anyone seen one of these?!? It starts with 2 partners, one on a horse, the other decked out in coveralls, gloves and sometimes a helmet. The jist of the race is that the rider of the horse grabs onto a long rope tied to a cow hide. They then race down to the end of the arena where their partner is waiting by a barrel to run as fast as they can, grab onto the rope and then be drug all the way back to the other end of the arena. Sound fun? Well it is absolutly hysterical to watch! Can you imagine the dirt in your mouth, eyes, hair, shirt?

Yep, it is pretty grand! What do you think? What is your favorate rodeo event?

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Think about it Sunday

How much makeup do you actually wear?

I always see fashion ambush shows where they tell them there is no reason not to weat makeup, but I guess I have opposite feelings. All I wear is eyeliner under my eyes and mascara- thats it! So what do you wear?

See ya tomorrow morning! :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Did someone say Summer?

Lazy Saturday.....

I love it when there is a holiday on a Friday because Saturday and Sunday always feel like bonus days! hehehehe. This weekend has been filled with parades, rodeos, food, friends, hot whether and cleaning out kennels.... The last 2 dont make for a very fun combo! hehehehe

Right now my baby is in her crib fake snoring and hiccuping at the same time.... who does that! not to mention what 17 month old knows how to fake snore?! hahahahahaha!

I am trying to work on a new tutorial but I need some ideas- anyone have one? Knitting, sewing, crafting- throw some out to me! :) Hope you have a great weekend and see ya tomorrow!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Happy holiday! :)

So today is a big holiday here in Utah- but most of you dont live here so you wouldnt know! hehehehe! It is Pioneer day in Utah filled with parades, fireworks and being in the HOT sun! SO I figured to keep current I would just post a few pictures to keep you entertained! Make sure you check out the rag quilt tutorial a few posts down! I have a ton of cute skirts I will be making this weekend and posting on my site on Monday! Have a great weekend!!

Dont yall take baths in a cooler? hehehehe

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rag quilt tutorial

Sorry guys, I just havnt had time to do this until now- but here it is!
(We are making a baby sized quilt, but you can add yardage for bigger projects- for example, I use about 10 yards for a twin sized quilt- and you can always go back and do borders to make it bigger!)
Supplies- 1 yard each of 3 different flannel fabrics (or like I said 10 or more for a larger quilt) You also need an inside fabric or filler- I like to use 1 color that will tie the whole quilt together- some people use batting but that is a huge pain. *If you do not use flannel the fabric will not fray and it will not be a rag quilt!* The general rule of thumb is to take the amount of yardage you have for the quilt and divide it in half, so 1 1/2 yards for our baby quilt- I usually get 1/4- 1/2 yard extra just in case! (The reason you only need half is because you will only be using one piece per square instead of the two of the quilt fabric)
Cutting board, scissors, ruler, rotary cutter, sewing machine

Getting started- You will need to decide how big you want your squares to be. For a baby quilt I usually do 6-7 inches, but for a twin or bigger sized quilt I use 10 or bigger (just less pieces to sew!) Once you have decided how big you want the squares you need to line them up on your cutting board and start cutting. I dont know how many squares 1 yard will make because it depends on the person cutting, size of squares, and so many other things!

Once all your squares are cut out you need to lay them out seperated so you can see what you have. Now comes the tedious part- you need to take each of the patterned squares and put one piece of the colored layer inside and sandwich it with the patterns. Now your square will have 3 layers. You will now take the square and sew a large x from one end to the other diagnolly. (This makes it so that the quilt will not bunch up when it is washed! Think quilting on an actual quilt!)

Once you have all of the squares sandwiched and X'd you need to lay the pattern you want out on the floor. This will help you to see what it will look like before it is done, and show you how many squares you have so you know the amount you want on each level and wont run out or make a wonky size! (Again, I cant tell you how many to do across or down because it really depends on the size of squares- just lay it out- you will be glad you did!

Once your pattern is all layed out you are ready to sew! Pick up the squares for 1 row. These squares will be sandwiched together and you will sew them together with the raw edges on the 2nd or 3rd line of your sewing machine plate. Make sure to back stitch to make them stay sewn! COntinue to do this all the way to the end of the 1 row you picked up. Once the first row is sewn you need to take it and lay it on your lap so the raw edges of one sewn square are facing you. (do not clip the unsewn edges yet!) Now you will take your scissors and carefully clip the seams! If you do happen to cut through your stitching put a saftey pin there and go back and stitch it up before you continue- trust me, I have a few that toes and fingers get stuck in while sleeping! lol.

Once the entire row has clipped seams you lay it back on the ground and pick up your next row! Once you have finished this row exactly like the one before you will sew the two together! Again, sandwich the fabrics with raw edges together, making sure that you match up the seams you have clipped or it might be a little wonky! Once you have sewn the entire length of the 2 rows you get to clip that raw edge!

Now hold it up, shake it a little and admire your work! You have just started a rag quilt! Now continue in this manner until the entire quilt is finished!

* Tips- If you clip the seams after you sew each row it will save you SOOOSOOOOO much time, energy, and sanity! It takes forever to clip edges that are all sewn together because you cant move the fabric very well and you will end up clipping seams!

Once you have all the raw edges sewn together you will need to finish the edges around the quilt. You can either just sew on the same line you were using to make the quilt and go all around, or if you want it a little bit bigger go ahead and cut some long pieces and sandwich like before, and just sew them along the entire length around the quilt- THEN you will sew around the edge and clip!

Once your quilt is entirely finished PLEASE take a picture of it and email it to me! I would love to post some pictures of what you guys have done! After taking the picture find an old pillowcase or drawstring bag and throw the quilt in there. These quilts make a HUGE mess, and this is the best way I have found to keep it minimal! Wash your quilt on a regular cycle with no soap or baby soap, and then when it has gone through a cycle go ahead and carefully take it outside. Once outside shake that quilt until you dont see any stray piece flying. (Sometimes this requires a partner!) Once you think it is pretty well shaken take it inside and throw it into the dryer. For the first about half hour you need to check it every 5 minutes and empty the lint filter. It will have a ton in it, and this will ensure that it will actually dry instead of just be clogged up. Once you are checking and there isnt much in there you can give it 20 minutes or so.

Once it is dry take it outside and shake it out again! Wallah! You have made your first rag quilt!!! Make sure you send me your pictures!

Blog hop- Favorate recipe

Every time I think of my favorite recipe I think fetachini or lasagna- but I want something today that can be easily remembered, so I will share my super easy mini pizzas!

You will need a tube of biscuits, mozzarella cheese, a bottle of pizza sauce and some toppings (we use just peperoni!)

Take the bisquits and squish them out somewhat flat. Take a spoon and spread sauce onto bisquit. Take toppings and layer them on top of the sauce and then add cheese! Cook on 350 for about 15 minutes- make sure to cut one in half before serving to make sure it isnt dough! hehehe


MckLinky Blog Hop

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Think about it Sunday

Before my husbands grandfather died they were on a really big family history kick and trying to get a book put together. He worked and worked on this book, never letting up on people to get their history in! When he died in 2007 the work kind of slipped by the wayside and is just now being picked up. As I was looking through what we had written last time the book was edited I was a bit surprised. It told things about our engagement and such and was written before we were married. So much has changed since then! The past 3-4 years have just been a world win! So thinking about all this made me ask my self what I am doing in my daily life to remember all the memories and special things that happen?

I try to blog on our personal family blog every other day or more. I try to take pictures each day of what the baby is wearing, learning and doing. It has been a really fun way for me to keep track of the daily going ons as I used to be so good at keeping a journal in my younger years. I really enjoy blogging and it is a good way for family who is spread throughout the state to get to see what we are up to too! About a year ago a cousin turned me on to the website blurb. You go on there, download the program, and then it slurps your blog right onto the program and into a book! The book can then be moved around and fixed to be the way you like it, and then published for like $40-$80! The last one I got was a 8X10 with almost 400 pages and I think it only cost maybe $85! You could not even get all those pictures developed for that much- let alone have the text and a hard cover bound book! We LOVE our blog books, and I am currently almost done making our 3rd! They are so fun and a family keepsake for sure! Best of all, once you have ordered 1 copy it saves the book on their website, so someday when you decided you want a copy for your kids, you can order it on the spot! I highly recomend this web site to everyone!

So what do you do to keep your family's history?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Things im working on weekend

SO I realize I missed Thursday, but that is because I was working on big things- Introducing- my brand new line of skirt sets!!!!!
Rodeo set
Purple set
Birthday girl setApple of my eye set

I am REALLY excited about these! They are so fun to make, and little girls look SOOOOO cute in them! And, as soon as I sell a few things (lol) I will be introducing a new line of boys shorts sets with matching shirts! I am really excited about those too! (Dont we all wish we had endless supplies of money....) So make sure you go take a look around my Etsy site- I hope you like what you see! And I have set a goal for myself to make at least 3, hopefully 5 new items for my store EVERY WEEK! So that is really exciting too! :)

I hope you are all having a great weekend! See ya back tomarrow! :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Not a good day for being cheap.....

Oh Summer..... It is SOOOOO hot here! 106 and sand for ground and it is just smoldering! I dont know what it is about the hotness, but I think it really makes peoples fuses short and tempers bad! It has been a terrible day already...

DD has had a mosquito bite on her arm for about 2-3 weeks now, and this morning she woke up and there was a bright red ring around it, with a skin colored ring around that, and then a red ring around that, and it is hot.... SO my first thought is the cat she has been with gave her ring worm. So I start freaking out and make DH call the nurses station. They tell us that they cant give any advice and that we need to bring her in if we are worried.

So of course I had just put her down for a nap, and of course they wanted to see her in 20 minutes. So in 10 minutes I wake her up and get her in the car. I try to take the short cut, but it ended up taking me back a road and onto the same road I 'should' have taken.... Oh well. So we get there and wait and get in quick and all is fine. As soon as the nurse starts to check her temp the baby starts screaming though- no good at all.

SO after about 10 minutes the dr. comes in, but not any dr. I had ever seen! She asks whats going on and I tell her about the bite. She looks at it, but doesnt touch the baby or the bump. She says, "has she been anywhere where they are ticks?" I say no. She says "Oh, I have no idea what it is then. I will be back in a few minutes." So she is gone for at least 40 minutes when she pops her head back in and says "I cant find what it is, so I am going to ask another dr. to come look." GOOD a second opinion I am thinking. After another almost half hour and the poor baby is pushing and pulling me towards the door screaming "go, go, go!" And then throwing herself on the ground when I sit back down...... AHHHHHH! SO FINALLY the dr. comes back in and says- well "I think she has lyme disease, but he (apparently meaning the dr who never actually came in to see us....) Doesnt want to give antibiotics, so you will have to go get a blood test."

WHAT THE FREAKIN CRAP?!?! First off how do you just asume that she has lyme disease? Second, you didnt even touch the kid! Oh I was MAD, but I complied and took baby over to the hospital next door to have a blood test.....

We walk in and all 3 of the apointments that had been before us at the dr. office are in line waiting at the lab.... that is a bit strange..... So after waiting 20 minutes we get in there and there is a big burly lady who says "well I am the only one here, so you will have to hold her down" and proceeds to get her stuff ready. So I sigh and lay the poor little girl down, and she instantly starts screaming. So the lady ties on the rubber band and pokes her. She is really mad, but not as mad as I expected, she is still just laying there, not squirming or anything. The lady cant find a vein though and is littereally SAWING the poor babys arm in and out, in and out with the needle! After about 2 entire minutes she takes the needle out, undoes the rubber band and says, "well, I better try the other side." ARGH! So she then preps the other side, and by this time little one is trying to rip the bandaid off the one arm and the rubber band on the other- oh it was sad! Then she rolled her arm for a while and pricked her again. Baby is SCREAMING by this time and luckily the lady got some blood and in about 2 minutes we were on our way- with baby girl completely wiped out screaming and having 2 red bandages tied to her arms.

We will get the results on Monday-

Anyone else want to bet a milkshake she does NOT have lyme disease.... I am so mad at myself that I made her go through all that!

I figured they would just give her an ointment..... Next time, I am waiting a few days!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I was tagged.... here goes!

10 foods I cant live without!
1. Mac and Cheese (kraft or homemade!)
2. Broccoli cheese soup
3. Salad with lots of different greens
4. Oreos
5. MIL's ritz fried chicken (To DIE for good!)
6. Ego waffles
7. String cheese
8. Cottage cheese
9. Alfredo
10. Chocolate (that's a food group right?)

I tag all y'all! Please leave a comment if you do this! It will be fun to see what you like!

(Things im working on coming later today when I have time to take a picture!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bloggy award!

I received this bloggy award from my friend Amy over at Keeping up with the Schultz family. I am supposed to pass it on to 8 bloggers- so here I go!
Heather- A day in the life with Jake- a mama with a seriosly funny and awesome personality!
Teressa- CHocolate Chip Waffles- She always has a great story and has a warm heart! (not to mention she is BeAuTiFuL!)
Devon- The Dailey Dakin- This woman is so strong and deals with everythign throw at her with such ease and grace!
Katz- My endless day of Diaper changes- She is so funny and those kids sure keep her on her toes!
Jen- Baby makin Machine- This girl always has something to talk about! Her stories about impending mother hood are just TOO funny!
Kylies mom- She too always has a witty remark or a fun progect going on!
The Brock Clan- Her 2 little ones always have something up their sleeves!
Jackie- making the most out of the little things in life!

Make sure each of you take the button and go pass it around to 8 other bloggers!

Wordless wed

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hopping along

Today's blog hop subject is 3 things you dont know about me!
1. I tuck my socks into my pants when I sleep in strange places.
2. I took dance lessons for 15 years.
3. I didnt have a name for the first 3 days of my life, and then my grandma named me!

MckLinky Blog Hop

Crunchy Tuesday - garden greens

So today I am taking a different look at the crunchy Tuesday and asking for your help! hehe- Now that the gardens are starting to be fruitful we all need a little help with our recipes! So today I am asking for your help! Please link us to, or comment with your favorite recipes that use Zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, peas and green beans!
Here is my contribution-
Hamburger and fried zuccini-
Take a pound of hamburger and 3-4 squash (zuccini and crook neck/yellow squash) Cut squash into circle slices and then in half. Put beef on the bottom of a frying pan and then layer squash and half an onion cut thin on top of it. Stir around some and keep the top on as you wish and stir as you want! Salt and pepper to taste!

Hope you like it! my MIL makes it ALL the time and it is yummy!

I like my zuccini dipped in water, then butter (sliced thin) and then fried in a frying pan until crispy!