Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Baby Blanket part II

I decided to hand-tie the baby quilt instead of the satin binding. I think it's added a fun, whimsical touch, and it helps keep the layers of the quilt together, too. I wasn't sure about actually "quilting" it (sewing all over it), because the fuzzy fabric is a little tricky and can get matted down. Anyway, here's the finished project. I have another one ready for fuzzy backing and hand-tying to give our nephew, Samuel too (if you're reading this, Ariana, Sam's bday present will be on its way soon... sorry for the delay!). :)

Without further ado, here's the finished project:

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sewing in Space

My latest project was a baby blanket for an upcoming baby shower. It was supposed to be a very simple blanket.... (spaceship) flannel top with (yellow) fuzzy back. Then I asked for the wrong yardage and had to salvage the project. In order to reach any semblance of the dimensions I desired, it became my first "quilting" project! I very quickly learned that what everyone says is true--straight and even seams are essential in quilting. I also learned my fuzzy fabric wasn't the easiest medium with which to do that. :) But I kept at it, and I finished it tonight (after breaking my first needle last weekend... see, this project had lots of firsts!). Without further ado, here is the baby blanket for baby boy C.

Not too bad for a first try, right? I have green satin blanket binding, but I'm not sure.... do you think I should use it, or should I leave it as is?

There you have it! Happy sewing, everyone! :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday

Not long ago, several of my necklaces became *quite* entangled after a trip, and the following scene ensued...

(Dad and M painstakingly untangling my necklaces at Christmas)

I had been keeping them in snack-sized baggies to protect them from whatever else roams around my toiletry bag, etc. But I didn't realize the baggie wouldn't protect them from each other. Sheesh!

Enter..... pill organizer!

Mine is a lot like this, but in pretty pastel rainbow hues. I put one piece of jewelry in each section. I haven't traveled with it enough to know if it's fool-proof yet, but it's a huge improvement! And (so far) it works for me! :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Jesse Tree Ornaments part 2 and MORE

Part I
Jesse Tree Ornaments, round 2

Here is my final installment of Jesse Tree ornaments. :)

(one of my favorites above, Elizabeth and John the Baptist)

Part II

While at some church functions at a family's house, we saw the idea for this cork board. That family has a big S on theirs, and it kind of functions the way a fridge would, from what I can tell. So, we placed this one (3' x 4') where my old picture board used to be (it's now in the laundry room so I can see our family and friends' smiling faces while I do laundry), and it has a K we bought and spray-painted from Hobby Lobby, birth announcements, shower invitations, Sammy's puppy obedience certificate, and some pictures of friends. I reallllllly like it! We bought the K in the spring and the board this summer. But we only recently got everything hung and set up. :)

And here's Sammy, spying at me over the back of the couch.

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

So, I decided to give my menu planning a boost (credit to LifeSong and Preschoolers and Peace for the idea). Normally, I plan a weekly menu around what is on sale. I have to admit, it's common to see some of the same meals popping up each week or every other week. In order to spice things up a little and provide for more variety, I have decided to try the following menu plan:

Mondays: Italian
Tuesdays: beef
Wednesdays: Mexican
Thursdays: chicken
Fridays: easy
Saturday: mix and match
Sunday: crockpot (now that our new small group meets Sunday late afternoon/early evening... more on that later :) )

So, then my Italian dishes to choose from currently are:
pasta bake
spaghetti pie
baked ziti
chicken parmesan
chicken cacciatore

pot roast
cubed steak
porcupine meatballs
hamb. stroganoff

hard, soft, or fractured tacos
taco pie

chicken and biscuits
chicken pot pie
chicken and stuffing
company chicken
pineapple chicken
baked chicken
grilled chicken
teriyaki chicken
chicken caesar salad
cornflake chicken
chicken packets
rice crispy chicken

frozen pizza
crescent roll pizza
frozen lasagna

mix and match:
pork chops (cook top or grill)
something from another category
baked potatoes
potato soup

bbq crockpot chicken
crockpot pork roast
Italian chicken
(stew/pot roast)
chicken and dumplings
scalloped potatoes and ham

With the exception of my "easy" night and kind of Mexican night, we can have a different meal every day for a month! Woo hoo! My husband won't know what to think! :)

I've been meaning to sit down and revitalize my menu planning for awhile, and now it's actually done. :) I'll let you know how it goes.... :) And if you have any recipe suggestions for easy weeknight dinners, I would welcome them! :)

Sunday, January 13, 2008


What is your favorite? one of each:

the first thing that came to my mind....

1. food? pasta
2. book? Bible
3. item of clothing? t-shirt
4. actor? honestly don't have one
5. movie? Little Women
6. color? blue
7. time of day? after lunch
8. season? fall
9. holiday? Christmas
10. animal? dog

Friday, January 11, 2008

Friday's Feast

What is your middle name? Would you change any of your names if you could? If so, what would you like to be called?

Jennette. It's a family name. And no, I would not want to change any of my names, except occasionally I toy with the idea of First Middle Maiden Married. But it's already done. No more changes now, I guess. :)

If you were a fashion designer, which fabrics, colors, and styles would you probably use the most?

Amy Butler and Alexander Henry, hehe.

What is your least favorite chore, and why?

Ironing... I think it's genetic. ;)

Main Course
What is something that really frightens you, and can you trace it back to an event in your life?

Fire, which I trace back to our minivan BURNING UP (to a crisp!) in our driveway when I was in middle school... and especially me not waking up for a single second if it (sirens and all). I know that was God protecting me, but I think I've always been a little extra afraid ever since then--what if I didn't wake up and the house was on fire?

Where are you sitting right now? Name 3 things you can see at this moment.

In the family room at the computer (obvious)...ribbon keychain, cell phone, Rock Bottom coaster from Charlotte, NC.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, January 7, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Today commences our official thrust back into the swing of things (you should have seen our dog Sammy's "what is going on?!" face when I was leaving for work... it was like she didn't even remember the days before lazing around the house with me home most of the day the last few weeks). Between traveling and just being totally out of routine, it's been awhile since I did a serious grocery shopping trip and planned a menu for the week.

Thankfully, there were some good sales, and we look forward to some good meals shared together! With just two of us, I usually just make a main dish and a side...

Sunday: spaghetti with rolls

Monday: chicken and biscuits with mashed potatoes

Tuesday: soft or fractured tacos

Wednesday: chicken alfredo with corn and rolls

Thursday: pork chops with mashed potatoes

Friday: lasagna with corn and rolls

Saturday: grilled chicken and potatoes

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Christmas Crafting

Joy received the Jesse Tree ornaments I made her for Christmas in the mail today (I gave them to her on Christmas morning lacking the final step--appliqued but not sewn into their final, pillow-like form, and asked for them back (eek!) so I could finish them off). I mailed them on Saturday, and they arrived! Woo hoo! So, now I feel like I can show you the final "product" without giving away the fun of her seeing them first. :)

Here they are...

I actually have a couple more to upload (there are 28 in all), including a couple of my favorites. I love, loved, LOVED working on them. It was so sweet to be able to rehearse the Gospel as I made them and to think of my SWEET sister while I sewed. :) As I was telling someone the other day (because it still blesses and amazes me after growing up with 2 brothers and no sisters), she's known me over half my life. What a gift to me!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Friday's Feast

When was the last time you received a surprise in the mail, and what was it?

This week! Mom sent a glass apothecary jar from Pottery Barn monogrammed with my initials. :)

If you could have a summer and/or winter home, where would you want it to be?

Back home in TN, no doubt about it. Convenient mountain access (how we do miss those mountains we used to "lovingly" call "hills"), and of course, wonderful family and friend access! Not to mention, FOUR seasons! :)

Pick one: pineapple, orange, banana, apple, cherry.


Main Course
Describe the nicest piece of clothing that you own.

My wedding gown. It was (is) amazing. I expected to choose a simple a-line dress, but I ended up with an all-out princessy ballgown. White. Off-the-shoulder straps, beading on the bodice and straps, basque waistline, full satin skirt with beading around the hemline, buttons down the back to the waist, and chapel/semi-cathedral train. LOVE it.

If you could forget one whole day from your life, which day would you choose to wipe from your memory?

In recent memory, it would probably be the day Ellie went to the vet and we found out she had to be put down/the day after she went to the vet and they actually put her down.

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Crafting pictures from 2007

(I couldn't find anything for Jan-March, sad huh?)


April #2 (I didn't have anything for May :-( )
baby blanket

pizza glyph for science camp

cross stitch for living room



nursing cover

classroom decor

notecards for newly-engaged friend

leaf-covered pumpkin

began Jesse Tree ornaments for Joy

family apple ornaments

tree in the classroom my students decorated (they made the ornaments)