Sunday, January 29, 2012

Under The Sink Issue

My husband told me how the wood under the kitchen sink had been bothering him since we moved in.  It looked like it had some bad water damage and was just plain gross.  He had an idea that he could fix it by covering it up with new linoleum.  We went to Lowe's and found some Golden Oak Luxury Vinyl Plank (self stick linoleum tile) for only $.98 each!  It actually made a huge difference and only cost $6 to make the cabinet look amazing and clean!

 Water damage and built up yuckiness!  Is yuckiness a word?  It really should be!
Measuring and cutting.

Looking tons better already!  Even matches our cabinets.
Looks amazing!  

Sunday, January 22, 2012

My Sweet Shop

Here is what I am sewing these days.  I have added another border and quilted one.  I am now hand sewing lots of bottons and decorations onto it.  Lots of fun!  I love the colors of the 30s fabric.  I am going to hang the one I keep in my daughter's room.  She wants to own a candy shop when she grows up.  Maybe she can hang this in her own store one day. 

For the past week I have been working on these two quilts.  I have never had so much fun sewing on buttons!  I love how they turned out.  My daughter picked one to hang in her room and the other is going to my etsy site.  Here they are all finished!

Kylie picked this one.

Reading The Bible In One Year

I have read the bible front to back once and it is often on my list to do again each new year.  I have a Women of Faith Study Bible that has weekly studies to go with your reading.  I am at least trying to do the weekly studies!  I have been thinking about Week's 2 reading all week, Meeting a Fearsome God.  It is about Moses meeting God for the first time and how terrified he was at first.  As he builds a relationship with God he is less afraid and more respectful and awed by God's holiness.  

Exodus 34:5-7; "The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.” 

Last night I watched a movie about the Ten Commandments with the kids.  Christian Slater was the voice of Moses.   It wasn't the best animation, but it was a great movie and really followed everything out of the bible.  The kids were amazed by the whole thing.  The kid's bibles never really say that the Pharaoh threw the baby boys into the river.  Haley quickly gave Jacob a hug and said she wouldn't let anyone throw him into a river. It even went over all the plagues.  I really liked the part where the pillar of cloud and fire who was God that went before them was shown. And then the thunder, lightening and cloud that was the voice of God on the mountain.  It really brought it to life for me too and made me think about how amazing it must have been to see all of that! 

How quickly the Hebrews were to forget God and want more from God and to be so upset that they had only manna to eat. They even wanted to be slaves again so they could have some meat and their other favorite foods to eat.  It really made me feel bad for Moses that he had to deal with all of their complaining.  It is hard to understand the way the reacted sometimes, but I know we would probably be the same.  We are so quick to forget, especially when we are tired, hungry and thirsty.  When I lived overseas my friends and I would spend lots of time talking about the food we missed and couldn't get.  So that part I can really relate too.  But with God being in a pillar of cloud and fire ahead of them I don't know how they could be as disrespectful as they were.  That is why they missed the blessing of seeing the promised land.  And I think this is still the same for us today.  If we do not respect/fear God and all that HE is we will end up being complaining, grumpy people who go our own way to make our own happiness.  And for that we will miss God's blessings. 

I really like this bible verse I found while reading more of Exodus. The Egyptians were coming at the Hebrews in their chariots to bring them back and the Hebrews were standing at the water's edge scarred and fearing they were going to be killed. Exodus 14:13-14; And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be still.”  Then the cloud/fire that was traveling ahead of them went behind them and made it so the Egyptians wouldn't come near the Hebrews.  I thought that was amazing too.  We are still supposed to follow this and let God fight our battles for us.  We still only have to stand firm and be still! 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Repurposing Christmas Packaging

For Christmas my girls really wanted a Lalalooopsy Doll.  So Santa brought each of them one.  They came in really cute boxes with neat plastic decorative handles.  I couldn't throw the handles away because they were so neat.  I knew I could use them for a bag handle somehow.  My girls were also given lots of little Lalaloopsy dolls.  After seeing the mess of little Loopsy dolls all over the floor I knew we needed a way of keeping them somewhat together and organized.  I then got the idea of using the handles for a Loopsy bag.  I got some scraps of fabric that matched the handle and came up with these super cute bags.  I just had to sew the handels in by had, but they were so easy to make. If you are giving or receiving a Lalaloopsy doll you should definitely keep the cute handles!

I added a small square of velcro to keep bag closed.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sweet Cup Cake

I finally made a cup cake pin cushion!  I have had this pattern sitting in my to-do pile for 3 years now!  It was so easy to make and I think it looks good enough to eat.  This one I made as a gift.  I am working on a couple more for me and my sewing friends.  They will be fun to give for Valentine's Day gifts.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chubby Charmer Vacation Bag

I can't believe 2012 is already here!  I am still recovering from an amazing Christmas vacation back home in Arizona.  We just finished putting all of our clothes away and put the suitcases back into the attic.  We have all settled back into our old routines and feeling a little bit normal again.  And now it is time to start thinking ahead in this New Year!  I think that is really the point of New Year Resolutions.  To get you thinking about what you are going to do differently and how you will make this new year better.

Is anyone's resolution to take more vacations?  If I could this would be mine!  My mom and dad are world travelers and always going somewhere.  For their Christmas gift I made them a great beach/traveling bag!  It fits everything you need for the beach.  I know because I made one for me last summer.  It fit everything our family of 6 needed for a long day at the beach.

The pattern is called The Chubby Charmer Tote by Quilts Illustrated.

Front View.  All fabric is from Hawaii!  I love this bag.  

Side View


I made one for cousin's twin girls.  They wanted to be different so one had hers done in stripes.