Sunday, February 27, 2011

During the Oscars.....

I made this.  Thanks to and her lace & pearl tutorial.

this wild and precious life

Inspired by this poem and a very special friend, I made this gift for her birthday.

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

And this is the pretty wrapping job, along with the "bakers twine" I made - which is super simple.  Just use the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine and plain cotton yarn.  Love it!

Before and After

We had this old bench we got at IKEA at the end of our bed.  The before picture actually makes it look way nastier than it really is, but needed to be covered.  The plan, when we bought it a few years ago, was to make a slip cover right away, but I just never got around to it.  Plus, figuring out the measurements and pattern just didn't sound like very much fun.  Lucky for me I came across this tutorial from Whipstitch and i didn't have to do a lick of measuring or figuring on my own, she outlined it all!  Anywho, I like the way it turned out.



I wasn't very careful about matching the stripes in the pattern.  I had, like, 2 hours to make it  before I had to pick up my son, so I was kinda sloppy.  Oh well, it's still 100 times better than the stained, nasty before picture!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Poptart-ish goodness

Patrick and I made these  yummy treats tonight.  I love that my little man likes to bake with his mama.  I didn't really care for them, they were too sweet, but Andy and Patrick loved them.  We used a brown sugar and cinnamon filling and made a glaze to drizzle over them.  And of course we used homemade pie crust - thank you Pioneer Woman, now my freezer is never without one or two extra.  I know, I know, it's made with lots of Crisco but dang it is one good recipe.  Better than my mom's and that's sayin' somethin'.  Next time we'll try a jam filling instead.  Yes, this is definitely a repeat.

Friday, February 25, 2011


I'm afraid my eyes don't work well enough to make these cute little creatures, but man this is a pretty fun video! I'm might give 'em a try anyway.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The perfect haircut

I'm not sayin' this is is, but if I could get away with it I might just do it.

Wishful thinking.....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


just one of the many reasons i love REM.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Plus Size?

Wow, this is plus size? Seriously? No wonder I have a complex.


apple pie bars

i think i gotta try these..........the velvet bird