Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lena's Christmas Dress

This took a lot of work, but I love it! I used one of my mom's patterns that she used to make a dress for me when I was little. My dress was a bigger size and blue, so cute! But I thought it would make a great first Christmas dress in green. My mom even kept my dress for me so in a couple of years Lena can wear my dress.

This dress has a lot of lace and ribbon and ruffles, so feminine and sweet! And I found the cutest little snowflake buttons.

And it looks beautiful on my beautiful daughter (if I do say so myself).

Her very first Christmas dress.

Mom, aren't you proud of me?! :)

Friday, December 11, 2009


Yay! I finished one of the things I was intending to do before Christmas! haha I am really glad that I got our stockings made and hung. After all, we have a fireplace to hang them above this year!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Latest for Lena

This week I made this dress for Lena. It is big for her, which is good. I cut it out before she was born, but never got around to making it so I was a little worried about the size. She will grow in to it. I am planning to make a headband out of some of the remaining fabric. Do you think the flower thing on the front of it is too big? That wasn't part of the pattern, I just made it up and I am not sure. Anyway, I really like the dress. It is so sweet and feminine. But I still don't like putting in zippers. haha
I love making cute little things for my sweet princess.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Event

Our ward Halloween party (aka the great pumpkin event) was last night. I LOVE Halloween! Ever since I was a kid I've said it is my favorite holiday. It is so much fun to dress up, play games, and trick-or-treat. love it!

This year I made all of our costumes and we were all bugs. Aaron was a spider, I was a bee, Landon was a caterpillar and Lena was a ladybug.

Here is our little ladybug (aka Lenabug).

The caterpillar was tired by the time the ward party started. He fell asleep in the car on the way there, but he managed to have some fun anyway.

Landon had to do a double take when he saw Aaron in his costume. It turned out pretty cool. Although he did have a hard time doing some things with all those legs in the way. He said he wished they were functioning legs and he could use them to do things.

Once Landon figured out that people were giving out candy at their trunks he started to giggle with glee and although he didn't really say "trick-or-treat" he would go right up to them and hold out his bag. Every so often he would say 'treat'.

Here is the spider with the ladybug. I just thought they were cute.

And when have you not seen a bee with crazy hair?! jk
I just miss doing my hair crazy (not many opportunities as an adult). So I had to do it.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Baby Food Jars and Halloween

I saw a neat idea here for making jack-o-lanterns out of baby food jars. So I gave it a try. Mine didn't turn out quite as well as hers did, but hey, I think they are pretty cute anyway.

Here are mine:

I have a lot of baby food jars so I want to try this other idea that I saw here. She made her baby food jars into little festive treat jars for halloween, but you could really do it for any occassion. Like I said, I have a lot of baby food jars so if any of you ladies that live close want to come over with your kiddies sometime and try out the jack-o-lanterns or treat jars with me it could be fun. Plus then Landon would have someone to play with while I am crafting. :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pumpkin Roll

Yesterday we made one of my favorite festive treats - Pumpkin Roll! It is also a very nostalgic food for me. My mom always made it during the holidays and I have fond memories of those times.

Here is the recipe:

Beat 3 eggs on high speed of mixer for 5 minutes. Gradually beat in 1 cup of sugar. Stir in 2/3 cup pumpkin and 1 Tbsp lemon juice. Stir together 3/4 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp salt. Fold into pumpkin, spread in greased, floured pan. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Turn out onto towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Roll towel and cake together, cool. Filling: 1 cup powdered sugar, 6 oz. cream cheese, 4 Tbsp butter or margarine, 1/2 tsp vanilla. Beat smooth, spread over cool cake. Roll, wrap in tin foil and chill.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Photoshoot of Lena

I haven't done much photography since high school, so I am not that great. But Lena is so cute, how bad could I be?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New dress

You know how I wanted us to wear black and white for family pictures? and I wasn't so in love with the skirt? Well, here is a new dress I made her. I think I will just put a black ribbon around her and call it good. Isn't she a doll?!

I love the eyelet fabric, so sweet and feminine. It was some that my mother-in-law gave to me out of her stash. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Landon likes drawing on our furniture...

...almost as much as I do.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I love headbands. I just do. However, I severly dislike the plastic ones that pinch my head. So, I always go for ribbon, elastic, or fabric ones. Here is my latest.

I used fabric that was left over from this skirt I made for Lena. I wanted to make her a black and white skirt because I want all of us to wear black and white in our family pics. The skirt is cute, but once I put it on her I realized I am not in love with skirts on little babies, I prefer dresses. She just has such shorty legs. I don't know.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


New baby this month = not as many crafts.

However, my sister-in-law is having a birthday next month, so I decided to make her this.

Cute monogrammed throw pillow for her room.
I really hope she likes it (honestly, teen sister-in-laws are hard to get for)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Hooded Baby Towel

I don't know how people get a dripping wet, cold baby into those baby bath robes. I much prefer hooded towels because you can QUICKLY get the little dear dry and warm. So, I needed a couple for our little one. The picture isn't the greatest because I don't have the baby to model it yet. :)

It was really easy, I just cut a towel in half and a washcloth in half, hemmed it, added a little ribbon - voila!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009


These are super easy and cute. The best part is you can make them to match anything you want. I have made some for me and some as gifts for others.
All you need are glass tiles, bails, scrapbooking paper, mod podge or something similar, and hot glue. I got the tiles and bails from You just rinse off the tiles and dry them. Then cut out the desired paper the shape of the tile. Then modpodge the paper to the tile. Let it dry, then put a little dab of hot glue on the back for the bail. Easy as that.

Monday, May 25, 2009


I've never really done cards much before. But our ward was having a card exchange and I wanted to go, so -

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


This is the latest thing I've made for a baby girl.

I really love it, but my favorite part is how we got the fabric. I don't know how many of you bring your husbands and sons to the fabric store, but I don't think its the most common thing. However, Aaron and Landon go with me fairly often. I really enjoy having them come. Aaron is really good about saying "yes, dear, that's great. yeah, I like that too." etc. Plus he can keep an eye on Landon. So, that is usually what he does.

Well, one time I took them to the fabric store and I'm looking at some fabric or whatever and Aaron wanders down the aisle a little ways, pulls out a bolt of fabric and goes "Hey, what about this one?" (and he's pretty excited about it). It made my heart sing. Even if the fabric had been totally ugly I would have bought some, but, no, my husband has very good taste in little girl fabric ;) and he knows me really well. The fabric was the most adorable green leaves with ladybugs print (seen in the photo above). I was so excited, but I tried not to act overly joyous about the fact that he picked it because that might cause him to never do it again.

I even had him pick between a couple patterns which dress I should make out of it. So, this is the dress Aaron picked for his little girl. So cute! He is going to make such a fantastic daddy to a little girl.

Friday, April 17, 2009


This is a blanket that my mom was given when I was born. It is darling! It has four squares that hav pockets for a little doll to go in. One that is a cradle, tub, buggy and highchair. So cute! But I guess I was a little hard on the doll - very well loved. So my mom kept the blanket for me, but not the doll. So, I made a doll myself. I had no pattern or guide or anything. I made it up. And I think it turned out pretty cute.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Jungle Room

I love having a house for so many reasons. One reason is that I can decorate it however I want. I have had so much fun doing Landon's room-to-be. Right now we just call it the jungle room. I have always thought coloring on the walls would be way fun. Actually I got a chance to do that a little when my parents let me redo my bedroom when I was sixteen, but now I have a whole house I can color on the walls in! Okay, I don't really color on the walls. But it has kind of felt like that as I have been painting the mural in Landon's new room. Now I just hope Landon doesn't get any ideas about adding to the picture, he did watch me do part of it.

The Mural:

The rest of the room:

This is just as you walk in.

This is the awesome quilt my mom made for him.

I love the bamboo and I made the curtains.

The bookcase with all his jungle stuffed animals.

Now I just have to get up the courage to let my little baby sleep in a big boy bed in a big boy bedroom. :( I just don't want him to grow up!

For my kiddos

For Landon:

This is one of my favorite projects. And it was super easy. I love to do things for Landon, but it seems like there is so much more out there for little girls. So, I was thrilled when I found this idea here for little boys! I love the way it turned out and can't wait for him to wear it.

For Lena:
I still love making things for little girls too. I made this dress out of the exact same fabric used for my bridesmaid skirts and groomsmen ties when we got married in August 2005. How fun is that?! My mother-in-law still had some that was left over, so when she found out I liked making dresses for my baby-to-be she gave it to me.