is it weird I almost want to try putting google adds on my blog just to see what happens?

more crafties.

I made a baby set for my dear friend who had a baby shower last night. I loved the fabric I found at Joanns (something about jacks) and some nice brown flannel and white terrycloth for the back. I know what I said about not buying things for kids I don't have but...how about making things with scraps I have? I loved the bibs I made. They are just so little and cute.
How could I not?

Our kids might have soooo many bibs because I could just make bibs for one day and get a million. (approximately)

look at my nice mat and ruler I got for Christmas. Such nice straight lines! (theoretically).



the brown one ended up with one side bigger than the other (oops) and so I cut out the leaves from ikea fabric and sewed it on.






I ended up with two bibs, one small (and probably impractical) burp cloth with the small piece of terry cloth I couldn't make a bib from, a normal size burp cloth and a 3 foot square (or so) blanket.

It was a great inaugural project and I had a lot of fun doing it.


If you need baby gifts, just let me know!

recommendation: wanted.

Yesterday I got a Borders gift card (thanks kylie!) and am in need of a recommendation. The Hunger Games has been recommended to me a few times, but I'm curious if any of you have another book to recommend. I take my gift card purchases very seriously.

Also, we got some movie vouchers (thanks katie!) and are going to see a matinee tomorrow. Any recommendations? It has to be 12 days old (so no Sherlock, unfortunately). It's down to Avatar and Blind side.

Any thoughts?

the nativity.

On Christmas Eve my siblings-in-law, Dave and I put on the nativity for our parents. It was so much fun (and very impromptu). Shanna wrote a great script that we read for the first time whilst acting, and while it was sort of hilarious, it ended with dad reading "The Living Christ" which ended it on a very spiritual note. We had fun in our sheet robes and ribbon head gear. Bruce was a great angel and wise man, with Shanna and Evan playing great double roles as Mary/Joseph, Heavenly hosts, shepherds and wiseman (or quad roles) while Dave and I were shepherds and Mary/Joseph. Brian was a great donkey/wisemen.
We all had beautiful singing voices...

Thanks mom for a wonderful documentation job!




























merry Christmas!

I haven't gone that crazy.


a 18-24 mo. t-shirt. perfect.
(our kids will be sporting ac/dc even though we don't even listen to their music except my chorus of "back in black").

I wanted to buy it, but it was like 12 bucks (for a tiny t-shirt??)

but...

1. there is no need.
2. I could make one for a dollar, probably.
3. if I start, I won't stop. /sigh.

Now that's what I'm talkin' bout

finally buying mixing bowls, 3 piece w/ lids : 19.99

20% off coupon : 15.99

unexpected $5.00 rebate : 10.99

paying with a giftcard : priceless.

then over to some killer deals at old navy along with my awesome new 20$ jeans.

ah, I love the holidays. (although, the bowls had nothing to do with the holidays).

family presents.


Now that Christmas is over, I can post all the things I made that were presents.


I tried to make ties for our dads. Unfortunately, though I could make one, I never found the right fabric. It was very frustrating. I finally just made one with just normal feeling fabric. I liked it, but Dave didn't like that it wasn't out of silk/satin. (I didn't think it mattered that much). If you know where I can find tie fabric, let me know! Anyway, I gave it to my dad and figured if he doesn't like it, he can wear it once for Christmas. :) (and we got him something else). I also tried making a tie an easier way, but totally messed it up. Oops.

(my dad just sent me this picture)




This was my mom's gift. A purse and matching Kleenex holder. Fancy, huh?
This was Ikea fabric.


Lots of pockets. She has way too much stuff in her purse :)




This was Aimee's. It was pretty big and with my beloved Ikea fabric. A favorite.




This was for Alisa. It was the first time I put magnetic snaps in. Ignore the ridiculously crooked pocket. ( I do not like to unpick).




This was for Ali. The very first one I made. Alisa's is the same pattern but bigger (130% I think).






merry christmas




God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.

oh fudge!

Okay, remember this recipe? I wanted to make some Christmas fudge, so I whipped some up after the cookies. (it takes like 7 minutes). I used dark chocolate/mint chips and put crushed candy canes on top. I haven't had any yet, but I'm pretty confident it will be delicious. :)






Christmas cookies

While shopping at Target, I found a 12 piece cookie cutter set for 50% off....and so I had to have it. It was perfect for that....Christmas tradition we will start of making sugar cookies and decorating them. I think we did that at my house a few times.

Last night was my first chance to make them...and I didn't start until about 8, and while listening to the first season of the office, whipped up these babies! I made deliciously soft cookies and tried my hand at royal icing. I had plenty of ideas, but, these didn't turn out quite as cute because I lack the resources, skill, and patience. I also used some extra cream cheese frosting I had from oreos last week.

I started the tradition with my future/imaginary children (okay, I don't have imaginary children). Maybe they helped me pick which six of the twelve I was going to do..well, anyway, it was fun. It also involved me making a big mess, whipping frosting all over (we need real mixing bowls) and dropping frosting on the floor, not picking it up, and then stepping in it later. oh well. Here's the finished product!




I thought some candy cane might be good.







the snowmans were pretty cute.









oh happy half birthday....




to me! This was the first year I didn't get to sleep by the tree with my sisters to welcome in Christmas eve. It was a bummer, but we'll see them tomorrow!

This break has been nice in the fact there is no school, but it's still been pretty full. The weekend was great....we did eat at Costa Vida, In-n-Out (yum), and Pizza Pie Cafe (so good! 2303 kinds of pizza! Including dessert pizza!). We did some shopping, wrapping and movie watching. I love those kinds of weekends. Then starting Monday, I worked nine hour days. Work was slow most of the time, but when it was busy, it was busy! I wish I could have sat around at home those three days but....the paycheck will be nice, right? After work I'd do more shopping and then we'd sit around at do nothing (watch t.v.) all night. It was awesome.

We are spending today with Dave's family. It should be super fun. We're having a lunch at his aunt's house, and a rockin' family party at Shanna and Evan's house. Gift exchange, elf presents, acting the Christmas story.....it's gonna be good.

We'll head on over to my parent's house after and spend Christmas morning there. After, we'll head up to my dad's family Christmas party, which rocks. However, ironically, the year Dave comes, we do things differently so it might not be aaaas fun. But, it should still have great food. I love the food!

And then who knows! A free weekend with our new presents. Sweet!

Merry Christmas!

/sigh.

Sometimes, sewing is frustrating. I find the perfect gift idea, etc...and try it out and it stinks. So then I decide to whip up something I'm pretty good at, and somehow mess that up too. It's fixable but...was supposed to be a quick project.

Boo.

in the end.

aaaaaand we're done! We're walking with an extra spring in our step....this weekend smells of costa, in & out and pizza pie cafe. (we don't usually eat out that much). It'll be filled with sewing, present buying (my favorite) and probably some cleaning. Here are some pictures from the last week or so that I haven't posted.



I found this tutorial here. I've made 12 so far, and I'm loving them. They are so cool.



This is a mini purse I made from a pattern I have. I'm not sure what to do with it.



I also made these boxy pouches. I made them pretty wide though, instead of tall.



We celebrated the end of school with pizza on our Christmas plates.



Have you ever had hot chocolate with a candy cane? It's delicious!

happy weekend!

I much adore this song.

[the dream by priscilla ahn]

I was a little girl alone in my little world who dreamed of a little home for me.
I played pretend between the trees, and fed my houseguests bark and leaves, and laughed in my pretty bed of green.

I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest swing.
I had a dream.

Long walks in the dark through woods grown behind the park,
I asked God who I'm supposed to be.
The stars smiled down on me, God answered in silent reverie. I said a prayer and fell asleep.

I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest tree.
I had a dream.

Now I'm old and feeling grey. I don't know what's left to say about this life I'm willing to leave.
I lived it full and I lived it well, there's many tales I've lived to tell. I'm ready now, I'm ready now, I'm ready now to fly from the highest wing.

I had a dream

[and I'm not dying or anything, but I'd hope to feel like that]

take this, finals.

plug in your headphones or warn your roommies, because you'd better blast this and enjoy [1:30] of feeling invincible.

seriously, it works.

presenting:

my health blog. not my blogger one, but the wordpress one I made for my 'technology in health promotion' class. It's more professional, along with having cooler features than blogger (no offense, blogger). Anyway, validate my hard work and take a look and leave a comment!

healthy living

it's overrrrr. [almost]

This week was full of group presentations (that went well), working, studying and frantically finishing out the week. Reading days were much better because we had no class, a little work and we got to sleep in! Best part of the semester...

Today we went to town cleaning our bathroom and kitchen and doing laundry. Then I promptly messed it up cooking 23o98 oreos for our ward party. Party was fun and went to my parents house after (see previous post).

This week will be intense but so worth it when it's over. I can't wait for Friday.

We have 3 presentations (all dave's; mine were last week) and 6 tests between the two of us (five are mine). we can do it! Then it's hanging out with family, working (bleh), and enjoying the Christmas season.

We had a fun Friday night watching our two dollar copy of Ocean's Eleven (so good) (and, it was in an 'eco case' with a nifty recycle stencil cut out of the slightly less sturdy case. Pretty sure that stencil cost more than it would be to just give me the darn case. We celebrated with some freshetta pizza and sprite. we loved it. we also caught up some t.v. shows and made a list (okay, I'm the list person) of all the things we want to do durning the break.

:) hope you had a great weekend! what did you do? play in the snow? study?

fake gingerbread

After our ward party, we went with our friends Brent and Lauren to my parent's house where we made graham cracker gingerbread structures. In case you missed it, here are last year's productions. Here are the results this year (from my phone):

my dad's heliopad



lauren's hagrid's hut/jukebox house



brent's leaning tower of piza/empire state building



dave's egyptian pyramid





I built the Parthenon. here is zeus with his lego lightening bolt.