Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Outdoor Chairs

I found four of these quite a while ago. The owners were just throwing them out. And I thought maybe there was a chance I could use them. (Aaron thought I was a little nuts)

I brought them home and brainstormed what I could do to make them functional again. I haven't had any experience with things like this so it took some thinking to decide what would work best.

I bought some outdoor canvas (I really like the green and brown stripes), which I used to make "sleeves" to slide over the back and seat of the chairs. It was a long time in the making but really wasn't too difficult. I am excited to have outdoor seating for adults now. Hopefully we will have a summer full of fun times outside.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Site

Through another blog I discovered this really cool site. It is It is a creative exchange website. You list items you have made and are willing to exchange, when someone wants it they give you "whoops" for you to send it to them. You can then use your "whoops" to exchange for other people's items. It is completely free to sign up and use the site. I have yet to make any exchanges, so I will let you know how they work out (if they work out). But it sounds like a great idea to me.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Geek Baby Shirt

Aaron loves this shirt. He is an electrical engineer and uses computer code a lot. So this was right up his alley. We both get a good chuckle out of it. We'll have to see if Thayne is a little geek in the making. :)
This was my second time using fabric paint on a child's shirt. The first time I was with a friend who has a cricut, which we used to make freezer paper stencils. So they looked really professional. Since I don't have a cricut or silhouette or any other tricky machine, I just free-handed it. So it is not as neat as I would have liked, but oh well. I just used black fabric paint on a white onesie.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Family Silhouette

Today I made this family silhouette to put in Thayne's room.

I looked at various silhouette images online and then combined, altered and adapted them to fit my idea for our family. Then I printed it out, taped it onto a piece of scrapbook paper and put it in a frame. I'm not crazy about the frame, but it was one that we had on hand. Overall, I really like it. Can you believe I almost have three kids?!

Dominion Cake

I've never been good at doing cool cakes, but they are fun to try anyway. Someday I would like to take a class learn how to do it right. For now, I just pretend. :)
My husband and I play games all the time! We love them. Lately our favorite is Dominion (highly recommend it). So for his Bday cake I made a Dominion cake. I just made a regular cake and frosted it with regular frosting. Then I made fondant and made Dominion cards out of it. I used food coloring to 'paint' them. They are far from perfect, but we all enjoyed the uniqueness of his cake.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


I remember when I first heard the talk "Happiness, Your Heritage" by President Uchhtdorf. I felt inspired. Then rereading it I felt inspired again. It wasn't much later I started this blog. I put a quote from it on my sidebar so I would remember. Recently I read "The Remarkable Soul of a Woman" by President Uchtdorf and I was inspired once again. And now watching this video, I couldn't help but feel inspired. It is one of my favorite talks, for the inspiration to create, extend compassion and be happy. Hopefully it can inspire you too.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Thayne's Coming Home Outfit

My idea for this project initially came from here. Although I didn't follow her instructions. Her tutorial is for a hat and blanket. Obviously I added to that and changed them as well. But I thought I should give credit to the spark that triggered the idea. BTW, I love her blog; she has great ideas.
The blanket was more difficult than I expected. Probably because I expected it to be very easy. My problem was that I am not used to working with knits. I had a hard time keeping everything flat and not stretching weird. I had to do a lot more pinning than I do with regular woven fabrics. Even then, it didn't turn out perfect, but I like it anyway.

I bought a little onesie and embellished it with a "T". I think I will call him little T when he gets here. :) Aaron teasingly asked if the T was for Twitchell. I told him sure, even though we both know it is for Thayne.

Then I made a little hat. I kinda went off the tutorial and kinda went off a hat from when Landon was a baby.

These pants I patterned after the pair that Landon wore coming home from the hospital. I hope they fit him.

Altogether I am pleased as punch and very excited to bring my little man home in them.