{What month is it?}

Crafts / Me / Sewing

Is it really October?  I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by!  Craziness, I tell ya!

I also can’t believe I haven’t posted in so long.  And I really don’t have any reason why I haven’t.  I did have my 30th high school reunion last month (I know, I know, I can’t possibly be old enough! wink!), and the planning for that took up a lot of my extra/free time.  I will have to do a post about that soon, and show some of the fun decorating type things we did.  It was a great time, and I loved seeing so many friends and blasts from the past!

I’ve been toying with the idea of hosting a Holiday Boutique before Christmas.  Have you ever hosted a boutique?  Any thoughts or advice?  I’ve been trying to get my craft on, and get some things ready, but my creative mojo seems to be hit or miss lately 🙂

I have become obsessed with embroidery. And tea towels. And boxes with embroidery thread sorted by color (I’m weird).  Carl has been on a different work shift the past few weeks, so he tries to get to bed before nine.  That is way to early for me, so I have been spending some time stitching up a storm.


Fun stuff!  I’m a total novice and don’t really know what I’m doing, but it has been a really good stress buster and relaxation tool for me these days!

Welp, no idea if anyone is out there reading anymore, but thanks for stopping by if you are! I hope you are having a FABULOUS Wednesday!

What have you been doing this fall?

Any college football fans out there?  If so, what team do you root for?


{Cooking, Crafting and Getting Fit}

Cooking / Crafts / Food and Drink / Health & Fitness / Me

Hmmmmm…..Cooking, Crafting and Getting Fit.  During my 5 month blog hiatus, did I do any of those things?

Well, let's see.  I posted about my Valentine's Day Cooking Exchange HERE, and that definitely involved some cooking and a little bit of crafting!  In, January I crafted some centerpieces for a church luncheon we had and made some chocolate covered fortune cookies (crafting or cooking?):

January Collage

I also decorated my small white Christmas Tree for Valentine's Day:

Valentines Tree

I even decorated it for Easter, but didn't take any photos!

As far as Cooking goes, let's see?  I've made some of my favorite meals:

Cooking Collage

Which include clockwise from top left:  The Best Pizza Evah! , Grilled Salmon, (YUM!), Lemon Vodka Pasta (I add Shrimp) from the I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook, and the always delicious Funeral/Mormon/Company/Utah Potatoes (made for Easter).

I've got an injury that I am dealing with (more on that below), so I have also been trying to be much healthier in my cooking by eating more of a clean diet.  We've also been trying to drink Green Smoothies every morning.  So delicious and good for you.  I've found most of my recipes HERE

Green Smoothie Collage

Other clean eating recipes and cooking:

Clean Eating Collage
Clockwise from top left:  Citrus Grilled Chicken (you must try this!), Clean Rice Saute (veggies and TJ's Organic Brown Rice), Salad with Salsa Chicken, and more Salsa Chicken with a salad made with chick peas, avocado, tomatoes, kidney beans and cilantro and lime.  So good!

Now on to the Getting Fit: Well, about 2 years ago I set out to get fit and healthy.  You can read about it HERE or  HERE.  I was doing my favorite Zumba and GPP classes faithfully.  I was happy and healthy.  I've always had some random back problems which were manageable, but a bit frustrating nontheless.  Well back track to last November and I woke up one morning with my left hand numb.  It was the weirdest thing.  It progressivly got worse, and moved up my arm.  I had no idea what was wrong.  Then the upper back/neck pain started.  I went to my Chiropractor for treatment and ended up seeing him 3-4 times a week for a few months.  Finally, when I really wasn't improving, he ordered an MRI.  After getting the results, he suggested I see a neurosurgeon.  I had to wait two months for my appointment with the neurosurgeon (what?, I know crazy).  Anyway, the neurosurgeon confirmed what everyone thought, and what my MRI results suggested:  4 bulging discs in my neck (two moderate, two severe), with one pinching a nerve (the cause of the numbness and pain in my arm/hand), bone spurs, and degenerative disc disease. 

Jealous?  🙂

So…..next week, May 22nd to be exact, I am going in for surgery.  I believe the surgery is called: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.  More informtion found HERE

So, the Getting Fit part of my life has been seriously lacking the last 5-6 months. Cue sad music!

I'm not really a quitter….but I sure feel like it in the getting fit department!  I should be back to regular activity soon, right? 

I do get to have one last Getting Fit adventure before surgery next week!  I'm heading to the BLEND Retreat this weekend and I couldn't be more excited!  Who knows how much I will get to participate, but just being there will be awesome! 

I can't wait!

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Okay, well this post has been long enough.  Just wanted to update on the Cooking, Crafting and Getting Fit party of my life!  Happy Thursday y'all!



{Christmas Card Storage}

Christmas / Crafts

**This is a post from last year, but I thought now would be a good time to repost it, since we are all getting Christmas Cards!

Do you have a pile of Christmas cards like this after the holidays are over?

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I know I do!

I LOVE getting Christmas Cards and I especially love getting photo cards.

I save them every year!

But all I do is usually tie a ribbon around the stack and label the year.

Not very fun.

I came across THIS POST at the FABULOUS blog Eighteen25 and decided now was the time to get all those cards organized!

I pulled them all out, and just punched holes in the side, and placed them on jump rings, adding the cover page!

So Easy!


Then I just store all the booklets (two years per booklet) in a red velvet box.

I will pull the box out each holiday and make them available for everyone to look through.

It's always fun to see how all the kids and families have grown!

What do you think?

How do you organize your Christmas Cards?

Do you even keep them from year to year?

I would love to hear!

Thanks for stopping by!


{I had the time of my life…..}

Crafts / Me / Sewing

Well, hello there!  I know, I know…..it's been a minute (or a million) since I last blogged, but life got Ca-Razy there!  But, it's time I got back at it.  I've got a ton of things to blog about, but the first thing I have to tell you about is the FABULOUS weekend I had in Kansas in November!  I first blogged about going to Craft Weekend back here in August.  Well, the weekend finally arrived and I had the time of my life!  Seriously, I really did!  So much fun!  This post may get a bit long winded, with tons of pics, so please bear with  me!  First of all…..the hostess with the mostess:

Meg Duerksen is awesome.  So nice, spiritual, down to earth, creative, funny, etc.  Just FUN!

And her side kick Kimberlee Jost:


Super fabulous as well!  And the girl can cook!  Oh my word!  The food at Craft Weekend is truly scrumptious!  Pumpkin Cheesecake, Creme Brulee French Toast, Harvest Chilli, Fajitas, Cinnamon Rolls and more.  Sooooo good! 

We were picked up at the airport by these two girls (the helpers for the weekend):


Megan from Contented Sparrow and Becky from Farmgirl Paints, two of the hippest, funnest and coolest girls I've met!  They had never met in person (only through their blogs) and they were seriously soul sisters!  Loved their connection! 

When we drove up to the house, I about died.  Look at this beauty?  Gorgeous, yes?

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And the inside of the house?  Love, love, love it.  So colorful and inspiring!

(photos courtesy of my beautiful roommate Jill from 4 Fab Franklins)

This is where we crafted:


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And where we ate our delish meals:


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I also got to meet this girl, which was a dream come true!  She was there to visit on Friday night!

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We spent both Friday and Saturday nights crafting.  We made the infamous apron, along with some other fun, fun crafts:

(images courtesy of Meg Duerksen)

Check out our swag:

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 We stayed up late, late, late…..into the wee hours of the night.  Taking a break on Friday night to head to the local donut shop around midnight for fresh, out of the oven donuts!  And on Saturday night it was cheesecake! 

During the day on Saturday, we headed out to Bearly Makin it Antiques and to The Barn for some antique shopping. 


Oh my.  Soooo  many treasures to be found.  My main goal was to find a nice, hand stitched quilt.  And find one I did!


Here it is on my bed back home.  I need to try and get a better photo.  The yellow is  more of a creamy butter yellow, not at all neon or bright.  I love it!

We made a quick stop at Sonic on the way back to the Craft House, before getting back to Crafting.  Sunday was spent taking photos, and saying our good byes.  It was so much fun getting to know such fun girls!  My roommates,  Joanna and Jill and I:


All the girls with our aprons on:


I really did have the time of my life!  It was the experience of a lifetime and I am so thankful that I was able to attend!

Go read Meg's post HERE about the weekend to see even more photos and get more fabulous information!

Also, I think YOU should sign up to attend Craft Weekend!  Do it!  NOW!  Go READ THIS and sign up!  You won't regret it! 

Happy Monday!






{Craft Weekend}


    Hello friends!  Sorry about the lack in posting this week!  My internet modem died last week, and we just got a new one yesterday.  Finally, internet again!

I haven't talked  much about crafting lately and I don't really have too much to say today, except…….IMG_5453-6

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I have been on the waiting list for this fabulous weekend for almost a year.  Only 12 crafters per weekend, and you are picked via lottery.  I will be going in November.  I couldn't be more excited!

Check out Meg's Craft Weekend blog, to see what this is all about!  So many fun projects!  I can't wait!


In other exciting news….guess what?  It's Friday!  TGIF!  I hope you have something fun planned this weekend!  I am checking an item off my 2012 Summer Bucket List tonight!  I am going to see Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw tomorrow night at Red Butte Garden.  Should be fun!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a FABULOUS day!



{Orange you glad we’re Friends?}

Crafts / Me


So, I have this super cute friend named Traci, that I  met through Zumba.  She is seriously, one of the  most thoughtful girls I know!  I truly feel blessed to call her my friend!  She is the one that gave me the awesome gift bag in THIS post during HELLTH Week.

Well, Traci did it again!  After Zumba on Monday night she gave me this cute bag:


The bag was full of all this CUTE orange stuff!

An orange notepad, orange glass, orange slices, orange flower, orange vitamin water and more!  This was her take on a cute idea she saw on Pinterest!

She also included this:


Her sweet, thoughtful gift totally made my week!  Thanks so much Traci!  You are the best!

And YES, I'm glad we're friends!

Happy Wednesday y'all!


{Craft Wars}



TLC’s new show Craft Wars, hosted by Tori Spelling aired this week.  Did you watch? Being the crafty crafter than I am, it was a no-brainer for me!  Of course I watched!

After seeing all the promo’s for the show the last few weeks, I also noticed some familiar faces of bloggers I stalk follow.  Christy Tomlinson, Becky @ Infarrrantly Creative, Brooke @ All Things Thrifty, and Mandi @ Vintage Revivals to name only a few!  I was pretty excited to see what the show was about.

Well, it was pretty good! 

The show starts out with three crafters competing in a one hour Pop Challenge.  Two contestants then move on to the five hour Master Challenge.  In the Master Challenge, the two crafters (Christy Tomlinson and Cheryl Burchett) were challenged to build playhouses.

This is Cheryl’s Playhouse:

Chery's school house

And this is Christy’s playhouse:

They were both pretty amazing!  I can't imagine the pressure of coming up with a design, and putting it all together in just 5 hours!  My heart was with Christy, mostly because I’ve stalked her for years and years, being a scrapbooker and all!  But, Cheryl ended up being the winner and taking home a cool $10,000!  Her playhouse had so many fun details!  It was reallyl creative! 

All in all, I thought it was a fun show, and I can’t wait to see future episodes.

Does anyone else think it’s so weird that Donna Martin is a crafter?  I love it!

TGIF friends!

What are your plans for the weekend?  I hope it’s something fun!


{Not Your Average Dish Towel}

Crafts / Sewing

Good Morning!

Today I am happy to spotlight one of the last items (that I took photos of!) that I sold at our Spring Boutique!

Not your average dish towel, right?

I took regular white dish towels from Walmart, and embellished them with cute fabric!

This one happens to be perfect for a UTE FAN!

I had quite a few other options, but didn't take photos before the boutique, duh!

What was I thinking?

This is one I made for myself!

Hanging proudly on my oven!




Crafts / Vinyl Projects

Happy Monday to you!

I hope you had a great weekend!

The weather was nice, but a bit chilly here in Utah, but I'll take it over rain and snow!

I've got a few more projects that I included in my Spring Boutique that I want to spotlight.

I got the idea for a "Notes" plate from the uber talented Shelley @ The House of Smiths .

You can see Shelley's plate HERE

This was a huge seller at the boutique, and I've since put together quite a few more for friends wanting extras for gifts!

You can write on the plates with just plain old dry erase markers.

Erase with a paper towel, or soft cloth.

I love how they turned out!

What do you think?

Let me know if you are interested in purchasing a plate with vinyl, or just the vinyl alone!

Have a great day!


{Tile Coasters}


Here is another project from my boutique.

Super, easy Tile Coasters.

White Tile from Home Depot or Lowes


Scrapbook Paper (I used paper from my a few of my Girls Loft Kits )


Modge Podge


Cute Coasters!

What do you think?

I finish off the coasters with 4 felt discs on the bottom corners, so the tiles don't scratch whatever surface they are placed on.

Happy Thursday!

Hope it's a great day!