Friday, November 20, 2009


Here are some pictures of the sewing projects I've completed for Christmas. I have more to do, but I am so happy with what I have finished so far, I thought I'd post now.

These are from Bit of Whimsy Patterns, available here

These are dolly diaper bags, made from this pattern.

These are Little Retro Aprons for Kids.

These are crayon rolls we made at Super Saturday. I actually completed a project begun at Super Saturday. I think I am unique. ;)

I have some Heather Bailey projects, some Bit of Whimsy dolls for my own kids, and Christmas Jammies to make still. Luckily, I still have over a month!!!

I am loving sewing right now. (Obviously). I'll post more when I finish them.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

So it's been a while...

Ok, it's been a while since I have documented my homemade things. I have kept busy, but have not posted. Here is what I've been up to lately:

These are my homemade Cloth Diapers. A diaper, the waterproof covers, and the 2 stacks of diapers... one for Phoebe, one for Zenna. The total was 16 diapers for Phoebe, 12 diapers for Abigail, 5 waterproof covers for each, and 4 overnight soakers for each. That was 8 yards of fabric, 500 yards of thread, and hours upon hours of sewing. A lot of love went into those diapers!

Here is my new pleasure. Whole wheat that works! I took a whole wheat class from a woman in our ward who owned a Bosch store. I can finally make 100% whole wheat bread that is light and yummy! These cinnamon rolls are whole wheat as well, and delectable! Of course, they were even more delectable with cream cheese frosting, which perhaps cancels out all the good I did in making them whole wheat...
This is our monster potato/tomato garden. The plants are huge! We have plenty of both for this year. Next year I'd like to plant enough to preserve and store.
These are our raspberries. Being picked over by Zenna. I didn't get any raspberries for jam this year. The girls kept our patch picked clean!
This is our homegrown lavender chopped up to make into an eczema salve for Zenna. It works pretty well and keeping the inflamation down. And how cool to make medicine from the plants in my front yard!

These are the summer outfits I made for the girls. They loved them!

So, that is my home made list for now. I will post more soon! Have a bunch of projects in the works! :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Busy day!

OK, no pictures, but a had a crazy homemade day. Today I made granola (very yummy... Joe likes to have it around, since we don't buy cold cereal), chocolate chip cookies, whole wheat bread, Costa Vida sweet pork, and homemade tortillas.

I also made two baby slings, and 12 sets of nursing pads.

And my house is a disaster.

But I did involve my children in some cooking, and I read them stories. I call it a successful day. Tomorrow is going to be a major cleaning day though. ah... the joys...

Monday, June 29, 2009

The latest "homemade"

My latest "homemade" is Phoebe Elise Haws. Here is a picture of my two homebirth babies. I love doing homebirth! Since my labors are so easy, and I have such healthy babies, this is definitely the best option for me.

I was proud of myself, because this labor I was in control the entire time. My breathing was great, and I was able to focus and completely relax through the contractions. It was thrilling! I love the feeling of doing it all by myself, with no drugs. What a rush!

Of course, it was only 2 hours of "hard" labor, and two pushes she was out. That's my story every time. If any body was made to have babies, my body was made to have babies. It has been such a blessing to us. We are so grateful for the chance to do it this way. Thanks Joe! I couldn't do it without your support!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Our First Garden

This year we planted our first garden. We planted almost two weeks ago, and we have some seedlings poking up. I'll take pictures of the whole garden when things are obviously growing. The one thing growing very well is crab grass. I believe that sticker weeds/goat heads and crab grass are the most noxious of all noxious weeds. Here is a picture of my lettuce. I plan to harvest baby lettuce for salads. That's why they are so close together. I don't think I'll grow heads this year.

Recent Sewing Projects

I saw a quote the other day, "Once I learned how to sew I forgot how to cook" That's how I feel sometimes. This week Joe has been working over time (like 15 hours every day), so I have put in a lot of hours at my sewing machine.

This is an apron that I made for the lady who is teaching a bread class for Enrichment. She used to own a Bosch store, so she is doing her great demos for Enrichment for 6 weeks! After 3 years of making "brick bread" out of 100% whole wheat, I made soft nice 100% whole wheat bread after attending her class. I thought an apron would be a nice thank you. This is kind of a hokey picture... I am not taking a picture of it on me, and I don't have a mannequin or model. But I think you get the idea. I loved the vintage fabric, and it is reversible. The other side is made of the polka dot fabric you see on the pockets. The pattern is called "Church Ladies Apron." I had visions of all-day relief society that you hear about in legends. (Ha ha ha... yes, I am young enough that I have never done anything but the block schedule.)

These are two more of my favorite baby blankets made of the "Little man and me too" line of fabric. I just love these! They will work for boy or girl, right?

The other project I am working on right now is comforters for the girls new bunk beds. I found some great sheets on clearance at Shopko and Wal-mart, and I am just going to make tied comforters out of them. With all the materials, they cost less than $20 each, and will be better than the $40 that I found. I'll let you know how they turn out!

Crochet madness!

Last year my crochet freak was dishcloths. They taught me a lot about different stitches, but there is only so much you can do with a dishcloth. Here are some of my latest projects:

These are two baby afghans that I made for the new baby. They work for either a boy or girl... I love the granny square one. I made it out of Caron Simply Soft, and it is silky soft. The fuzzy one is great too. Although I am sure that the baby will just be irritated by all the Fun Fur, I would love to get a picture of a little naked baby cuddled in it. Otherwise, I can just wrap the baby in a nice soft receiving blanket, and use the fuzzy on the outside. (: (Both of these patterns came from Lion brand yarn. I downloaded them from

This is my newest crochet freak: Homemade Facial Scrubbies! I found the pattern on Etsy. They are simple and quick. They are adorable, and they work great! Plus, they are machine washable. They look great all strung on the clothesline too! (: