Tuesday, September 22, 2015

weekly phone screenshots

I've got a thing with screenshots. They are up there with the best inventions pretty much.
While scrolling through Instagram, some web page, or even Zillow on my phone, I come across a lot of really cool stuff. Some of the stuff I want to save and remember. But Pinterest is not really somewhere I want to save everything. Because, lets be honest, things get lost on Pinterest. Plus I don't know how to pin things from my phone!
Here's the post where I share a little peak into my screenshots.
What are you saving these days with screenshots?

#1  I saw this picture on Instagram. It's the truth. I've tried to be more specific and have a purpose with what I'm doing on the internet. I don't know who to credit this image to, if you know please share.

#2 From Instagram also. I'm always on the hunt for new and creative chore charts. I have a similar version of this for my kids to write on with a marker and then wipe off for the next day. It kind of helps with the basic every day needs.

#3 I follow A Bountiful kitchen on Instagram and love the look of these tasty bread sticks. I need to go make them!

#4 Instagram is full of good stuff. My friend posted this piano book and I want to try to find if for my kids.

 #5 I've been on the hunt for an area rug for my front room. I'm kind of over whelmed when I look on all the websites and see what is available. I find it easier to get an idea of what I want elsewhere and then go look for something specifically like it. This is one option I think looks good in a front room.

#6 This area rug is also one I was drawn to while looking on Zillow! I never imagined having a floral rug but when I saw this one I started imagining it.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Autumn & the accessroies that go with it

Everyone loves Fall, right? I love all seasons, really. Living in Southern California I even love Winter! But Autumn is anticipated and looked forward to during all the previous weeks we are the 100 degrees. Just a slight dip in temps gets all us Californians excited!
I participated in the recent Penelope Lane Boutique in Long Beach over the weekend, and enjoyed the feel of Fall in the air as many vendors were displaying their Holiday deco.
I couldn't help pull a few fabrics out and use them for new products inspired by Autumn.
This Vegan leather zipper clutch is a great size for your phone, keys, license and only a few necessities. It fits perfectly in your larger purse when you don't need to go light.


This Aztec print pouch is reinforced on the bottom with a grey waxed canvas. I love the durable and ruggedness of waxed canvas. It's going to stand the test of time and the best thing, it's water resistant! I made a matching mustard leather key fob/wrist strap to match this pouch.


Linen Burlap is soft and has a feminine look to it with these triple edeenut signature front ruffles. Unlike regular burlap that is hard and scratchy, this linen burlap is easy on your hands and has a more linen drape to it.
You will begin to see more waxed canvas and linen burlap in my products as the time goes on, they are becoming some of my new favorites!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

catching up with life

Do you ever feel that life is just running away from you and no matter what you try you are always running after it trying to catch up?

This year has brought on some changes for my family and I'm still trying to catch up.
Summer was busy because Spring was busy. I began packing up our house in Spring to move.
I began searching for place to move. Homes and neighborhoods that our children would grow fond of. Areas that I would feel safe.
We had a general idea of where we wanted to live but at the time had no leads and no where to go.
We needed to get out of the Inland Empire, that in California is anywhere East of Orange and LA counties. Inland; No coast in sight. My husband works in Orange County and was gone all the time. He commuted over an hour each way.
This was a move that we were guided to. This was not my first choice and when the answer came to move to Orange County I was scared and I admit sad and confused. But I knew it had to be.
Because of his job, we knew the general area where we would move, but had to put our total trust in God to lead us to the final place.
So many homes fell though and I was getting frustrated. I was tired. But I knew this was the plan, and answer to our prayers, so I pushed on.

Summer began and we put our house up for rent. Our very first home. The home my kids had grown up in and loved. We did this with no place for us to move yet. All I can say is that total trust is the only way I was able to survive. Otherwise, I would think we were out of our minds! We found friends in our church who would move in and rent our home. This was not by luck, they had been guided, I know. This was all laid out before hand by the hands of our loving Heavenly Father who guided us both to each other.

During a busy Pediatrician appointment, I got news of a home that became available the night before. I couldn't call from the Doctor's but knew if I didn't hurry it would be snatched up like every other home before we could even look at it.
Finally, the appointment was over and after a little ordeal or texts, phone calls and viewings, we were notified we could move in!
We moved in the next week. Spring had been good to me as I packed up our belongings. We were ready to go.

So here I am, in Orange County, near Irvine, and loving it. My husband gets home within 30 minutes.
I love our neighborhood and love being right by the ocean.
Moving is hard. Changing schools, church meetings, leaving your friends and everything you've known.
Plus, changing your address with every single company is not fun.
I'm still playing catch up. I'm still not completely settled but I know that is not likely to happen, lets be honest!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Best (fresh) Homemade Lemonade

We have been having some great summer weather and love to take advantage of it as much as possible,
even if we are just drinking beverages on the back patio.
Homemade lemonade is the best and we love to use fresh lemons for ours.

After squeezing the lemons we use the Best Lemonade Ever recipe from allrecipes.com. 
This is one my husband found and he likes his lemonade pretty sweet.
I prefer mine to be more on the tart side.
Sweet lemonade is not as refreshing and thirst quenching as tart lemonade is to me.

When I make this recipe, I add an extra 1/4 Cup of lemon juice and cut back 1/4-1/2 Cup of sugar.
I also do a taste test and adjust more if needed.

When my husband makes it he uses the recipe as written from Allrecipes:

Best Lemonade Ever

1 3/4 cups white sugar
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups lemon juice

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled. 

Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

Original recipe makes 20 (4 ounce) servings

You may also enjoy my Watermelon and Strawberry lemonade and
my Summer Lemonade Slush.
Recipe also posted to SistersandSidekicks blog.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Herringbone baby quilt with half square triangles

My husband asked me to make a baby quilt this month for a co-worker of his. I was happy to do it and was really excited to make time to quilt again. I had recently put my online shop on vacation mode because of our family move coming up. I didn't have any shop orders to sew and I was excited to try out this herringbone quilt top I have seen recently.

For a boy, I chose to mix a dark gray with a lighter gray. Then I searched for a backing fabric that was just a perfect gray match with a pop of blue. These mini owls are the cutest, they are from Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
As I was arranging the half square triangles on my bed for the quilt top placement, My husband asked if I really like doing this and said it looked tedious. I love doing this and when you get a result with perfectly matched up points, there is even more reason to love it!

I bound the quilt in a gray polka dot and now it's ready for gifting. I think I could sew up a few of these in lots of color options and be just happy! It feel so good to be quilting again!