Friday, April 29, 2011

winners of lisa leonard giveaway

winners of the lisa leonard $50 gift certificates are:

Barbara said...I LIKED you on FB ( and I do NOT do this for any ol' person, K?!)

wilderlamb said...This is probably something like the 53rd time I have attempted to win a Lisa Leonard giveaway.=) Her stuff is so precious!
I would buy the teeny tiny initials necklace.


congrats to the winners...your info has already been forwarded to miss lisa leonard.
thank you all for playing!

btw we have 5 weeks before we move. oh and please don't ask "where?" cause we haven't really narrowed that down yet, all we know is that someone is buying our house and we're leaving the end of may. possibly to our townhouse in provo?
yes, yes...uncertainty and me do not get along, husband keeps saying i'm making divots in our carpet with all my walking back and forth i'm doing while worrying. :/
have a good weekend...i'm going to try to stay busy.
we'll talk soon

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

V and Co: sponsored giveaway

this sponsored giveaway needs no introduction, but i'll do it anyways: lisa leonard is one of the best in the jewelry making world. i've fallen in love with so many of her designs and have bought them for myself, have given them as gifts, and have so many more things in my wish list (um hello new decor section!!!! i want all of it!)

come and take a look at what she has to offer. and come and take a look at the wonderful giveaway she is offering TWO lucky V and Co. readers. (plus a short time discount as well!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

V and Co: in Quilts and More Magazine

hey there! sorry so quiet over here. we had family from L.A. here and we had "spring break" (i write it in quotations because it snowed and rained most of the time. and when it wasn't snowing or raining there was wind. and sometimes the snow/rain/wind would come all together.)
yay. *laced with sarcasm*
needless to say the kids and i were housebound most of the time and we had a jolly good 'ol time trying not to want to rip each other's faces off by the end of the "vacation".
happy to say they are now back in school. and i'm just so grateful that summer vacations are nothing like spring vacations, and we get to go to some kind of water facility every day so we can be happy tired people by the end of the day. and no one wants to scratch anyone else's eyes out by the end of it. :) yes i can't wait till summer!

now, fun stuff to talk about...

i have a simple quilt in this summer's edition of Quilts and More magazine.
paired with some doilies, and monochromatic fabrics i think this would be fabulous for the new mom, and baby to be. i think simple elegance when i look at this quilt.
my quilter was Felicia Graves (long arm quilter)
the fabric is "stone" by moda fabrics in their bella solids
and the cream is bella solids as well.
the cream doilies were found either at micheal's or walmart, but how fun would it be if you had time to go to second hand stores to check out their selection?

then pair it up with an adorable little onesie embellished with a doily as well to seal the deal.

tomorrow we have a giveaway :)
i'll be over here: trying to pack up our house/get rid of things/trying to sew in the middle of everything/oh my goshing there's only two weeks till market...
if you need me.
we'll talk soon.

Friday, April 22, 2011

winner and rectums?

taken last week with my iphone...we started to get buds on the trees! yay!

winner of the modern workshop fat quarter bundle is darefamily
thanks to all who entered and played. :) winner's info has been forwarded to judi of green fairy quilts!
we have another scheduled giveaway next week sometime. it's a good one as well. ;)

hmmm and speaking of iphones...
lets talk about autofills shall we?

i like autofill because sometimes i don't know how to spell a word and if i type in something close to it...voila! autofill saves the day.

autofill has also substituted words for what i was trying to write with completely different words that by no means was what i was trying to type out.
i get a little chuckle here and there when it comes out funny or silly. you never know what you are going to get.
and sometimes i get a little too funny inappropriate autofill suggestions that thankfully i catch and laugh to myself about before i send it off to the recipient.

well until last night.

oh let me tell you.

so i was texting with my friend about walking in the morning on my regular phone (that i swear was made in the early 90s) so it wasn't easy. so i told her i was going to get on my iphone that was replacing my old phone due to the ATT take over of altell. we will have service mid may (yay me!) and so i used my iphone to continue our convo there. towards the end i sent her this last email obviously without proof reading it.

"yeah i have a phone call at 8:30 i have to be here for, so if we can do 6:30 that would be sweet. ;) um yeah rectum will be super easy when i get my phone actually working on may 12th!..."

i swear i wrote "TEXTING" and not "RECTUM"

she answered that she was a little confused.

my stomach sunk after i realized i had actually sent that...she can handle it but oh my gosh, what if it was to someone i didn't really know well? or worse...what if it was to like my mom. wait my mom doesn't own a know what i mean though.
anyways we laughed real hard on it after the fact.

apparently there's a whole site dedicated to this kind of stuff.

BE WARNED if you are completely caught up on repentance steer away from this site...autofill sometimes gets a little on the crude side of things.
now if you are on the "i need to repent soon" mode, go ahead and check it out. i always seem to be on the a little bit "unholy" ground so i got a huge laugh out of this...but clearly i was on my knees after my fun.
edited:(okay not going to link to it because uh...some of the entries are a little too crude for me. i saw the mild versions and when i went to the actual site there is no "bleeping" sooo yeah...even i have limits...)

lets just say i'll be super careful with texting/emailing from now on with the autofill stuff! i def don't want to say anything that would make my grandmother blush!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

V and Co sponsored giveaway

want some free modern workshop fabric by Liesl Gibson?
yeah awesome i know.
who wouldn't want to win a free fat quarter bundle? check it green fairy quilts is giving it to one lucky V and Co reader.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

V and Co how to: shag pillow

*no animals or plants were hurt in the making of this project.
*one really stupid person did get hurt in the making of this project, but she would like to mention that even though the needle swear words passed her lips. it's was a modern day miracle.

i love how this pillow turned out. i made it in green for two reasons:
1. it's still kind of cold here, and still kind of brown...will be for a little bit longer so i wanted some GREEN and springy looking happiness in my home.
2. it's the only color of jersey i had on hand, and living in the middle of nowhere doesn't let me just jump in the car and go to a store that i can find jersey fabric at (which btw this fabric was found at jo-anns but i would suggest amazon if you can't find what you are looking for, that's where i get a lot of mine when i can't find stuff)

okay here's what you will need:
*1 yard (to be safe in case of mess ups) of jersey fabric with the width of 60" (jersey comes in a bolt length of anywhere from 42" to 62" or even wider...but the most common i've found is 58" to 60")
*2 squares of cotton fabric close in matching color to your jersey fabric cut to 11" x 15" (if you make a slightly larger pillow you will still be okay because you will have a little extra fabric)

now lets get started:

*cut from jersey fabric 19 strips at 1 1/2" each.

*from each of the 19 strips cut 15: 4" length rectangles. (you should be able to get 15, but if your fabric is wonky, and you get less than 15 it's okay because remember you have extra fabric.)
*in the end you will end up with a few extra rectangles (depending on how many you put in each row (you'll see later) but all of my rows had 14 or 15 rectangles total.)
*now take your two cotton rectangles cut to 11" x 15"
*and on 1 of the right sides of your fabric, draw 3/4" lines all the way across your rectangle. (you should get 19 lines)
*now take one of your jersey rectangles, and measure at least 1/4" down from the top of your pillow fabric...
*and sew using your drawn line as your guide your jersey strip onto the pillow fabric.
***** i scrunched the jersey fabrics in the middle, but i didn't make them uniform because i wanted them to be different widths (you really can't mess this up, it's not exact but you will get basically the same look with the little variations that will happen when each individual makes it.)

*you will continue down the line making a small gap in between the jersey strips. i used a total of 14 to 15 jersey strips per drawn line.( i would say a certain measurement...but i just eyeballed it and didn't really measure it looks like around 1/4" or 1/2" in between each like i said, if you don't follow what i did exactly you will come out with the pretty close to the same result.)
*make sure you leave at least 1/4" gap from the edge of your bottom edge of your pillow fabric. (i didn't on the first line and had a little bit of an issue later on trying not to get it caught in my seam.)
*once you have your first line done, push over your jersey strips to make the next line visible.
*and then repeat what you did on the first line.
****note: i did try to stagger the jersey strips in between the gaps of the first line. so it would fill in a little better. (remember this project is REALLY forgiving so it does NOT have to be exact)
*continue doing this for all 19 drawn lines.
you will see the shag appear as you continue to sew on your jersey strips.

*once all your strips are sewn on, we are now ready to make it into a pillow!
*move all the strip ends away from the edge like the picture above.
*place on top and start pinning with right sides together the second cotton 11" x 15" rectangle.

*make sure none of your "tails" of the strips get caught in the pinned seam.
*sew all four sides leaving an opening (at least 4") in the middle of one side (this will be your bottom of the pillow) for stuffing.
*turn your pillow form inside out, stuff, and hand stitch close.
you are so done.
and enjoy a totally cool pillow.
i'm making some in other colors for my couch and on my bed, and on katie's and the boys' beds...kidding but i am making more in other colors cause i LOVE them!
you can even make little rodents play in the grassy knoll.
katie's put her rapunzel barbie on it (you know like in the movie when she's all excited to touch grass for the first time...okay i'm rambling now.)

make this pillow.
it's cool.
the end.

Monday, April 11, 2011

V and Co cooks: cake cookies with sprinkles

yes, thank you for all the kind words and sympathy on my finger. had no idea how many of you out there have done the same thing.
i've not touched my sewing machine since last thursday, but today i will change that and give it another go. wish me luck.
this last weekend though we did have a nice mellow weekend, and i dare say the kids were on excellent behavior. the oldest, get this, is all caught up in school, finished his homework and was in good spirits for most of the weekend. the others were in good spirits and i can say this with disbelief but in all one fought with each other on sunday.
it was the perfect day.
so i made cookies.
the comment "i don't know how you make them so perfect mom!" came out of two kid's mouths. while the other two double fisted and crammed cookies down their gullets. the husband did a fair share of stuffing as well.
i know! what the freak was going on? no fighting, all caught up on homework, and perfect cookie comments. i'm going with it, cause these days don't come every day.
and well because i have nothing to show you on the sewing front for's a cookie recipe most of you already know, but if you don't, get ready for some perfect cookies.

what you will need for cake cookies:
1 box of white cake mix (yeah like as in a cake mix)
1 egg
1/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of oil
sprinkles for on top of your cookies

preheat oven at 350 degrees

cake mix, egg, water, and oil in a large bowl.
in a separate bowl place some sprinkles to cover the bottom of your bowl.
take a teaspoon of the cookie mixture and make it into a ball.
dab one side of your ball in the sprinkles
place sprinkle side up 1" apart from each other on your un-greased cookies sheet.
cook for approx. 15 minutes (add a little more if they seem doughy).
cool on a cooling rack.
and watch the cookies fly faster into your family's mouth faster than you can say "holy hannah those are good."
hopefully i'll have a sewing project done here soon. but seriously how scary does a sewing machine look after you've had that needle go inside your finger?! kind of freakin scary. :/
we'll talk soon.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

just sewed through my finger

oh. my.h-e double hockey sticks.
okay it wasn't through the whole finger...but it went through half way and i pulled real quick when it happened so the needle broke in my finger but not before it tore my fingernail. i literally had to pull the needle through from under the nail and then un-thread my finger! yikes.
so the tutorial i was working on is going to have to wait. it's turning out cute though. now to nurse my finger with some chocolate.
we'll talk soon.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

london bridge is falling down

this last weekend we found ourselves in the car driving to lake havasu. did you know the actual london bridge is there? yeah, my 11 year old schooled me on it...i was a little blown away with the info...and well when we got there, sure enough we read up on it and he was right.
the husband had a job interview and we went to go check out the area...
did you also know that lake havasu is one of spring break's place to be? yeah, i got that little bit of info in my face wile the husband was checking us in the hotel, and i went to get the bags from the car and low and behold there right in front of my face was a car full of girls pulling a boat with "girlz gone wilder" logo on the side of it.
oh heaven help me.
another little bit of information we found out that weekend...every college has a designated week they have in the area...interesting.
also it has been known to get up to 120 degrees in the summer. interesting.

so aside from the fact that my three little boys, and husband felt like they needed to keep their eyes focused on the floor most of the time (haha!), and katie had huge eyes looking at all the life size barbies and kens walking around...we had a hella hot good time (101 degrees) in the swimming pool and we appreciated driving up closer to flagstaff to find a little cooler weather.

stay tuned, cause we still don't have definite plans, and till we do, i'll just craft and do my thing.
springy tutorial coming soon. i hope...if it works as good in real life as it does in my head...i think it's going to be cute.
we'll talk soon.
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