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Back to School

Posted on September 9th, by Amy in My kids. 20 comments

Going back to school is not only emotional for mom – it’s hectic! In the last couple of years I have developed routines with Ella to make sure we get out the door on time. And now getting ready for Kindergarten, Emmalie is getting in on the action!

Much like the chore list, I make checklists for the girls of everything that they need to do before going to school. This may seem really basic, but I have found giving them the checklist eliminates the need for me to constantly question/nag, and gives them a little control. Who doesn’t love to be in charge of them self!? Also, Ella makes her own lunch – this helps to ensure she actually eats it, as she made the selections and put it together herself.For Em I used pictures … Read More »


Our Weekend

Posted on September 8th, by Amy in My kids, photographs. 7 comments

It’s been busy here! My sister came to visit with a friend and stayed at a hotel in Park City – that means pool time for the kiddos! And Joe took the long weekend off to go backpacking up in the Uinta Mountains. Now that we have settled down again – back to our routines – I can tell you about it :)

This is my favorite picture that Joe brought back – so much beauty up there! He went with his Dad and brother Zach (who spends a lot of the weekends here) so the three of them enjoyed hiking and being in the great outdoors.

Some fun shots of the girls at the park with Aunt Natalie –and lounging around here at the house.

Owen is very serious with new people – we were glad when he … Read More »


Sew-n-Tell

Posted on September 4th, by Amy in Doll Quilt Swap, sew-n-tell. 37 comments

I’ve been working to finish up my doll quilt all week. It needs to get in the mail Monday! But I think I will admire it until then :)

I’ve titled this quilt “Flowers for . . . ” I will have to update you with who the flowers are for once it is received. Now I just need to wait and see what arrives in my mailbox! That’s the best part! Getting a quilt just for you that you had no part in creating :)

Here’s a detail shot – I added a few beads to give the flowers in the center some sparkle, and hand-quilted the entire thing. I don’t know how some of you only hand-quilt, my fingers hurt!

If you have something to sew-n-tell head over to Amy’s blog and link up!

Have … Read More »


Homemade Tomato Sauce

Posted on September 3rd, by Amy in In the Kitchen. 8 comments

After Joe and I married, we both decided we didn’t like our moms spaghetti sauce very much. One used a jar of sauce and added fresh bits, and Italian sausage, and the other used canned tomatoes with browned hamburger. Neither was bad, but we figured that their must be better! This sent us on a journey of trying and tweaking many recipes.

Ingredients1 head of garlic1/4 C Olive Oil2 large onions3-4 T dried basil (1 bunch of fresh, chopped)1 T dried oregano1 T salt (to taste)1/2 T black pepper1/2 – 1 tsp chili pepper flakes – this will add more heat as it simmers1 tsp fennel seeds – crushed2 T balsamic vinegar10# can stewed tomatoes (if using fresh, blanch, peel, core and de-seed)

Roast garlic in oven at 350 for 1 hour.
Warm olive oil in large dutch oven, … Read More »


SewConnected – August & A Little More

Posted on September 3rd, by Amy in In the Kitchen, My kids, SewConnected. 23 comments

I know – it’s already September, I was slow to take the time to figure out paper piecing. I’ve read a few tutorials, but until I sit down to do something for the first time – it is still an unknown. In the end I had a lot of fun making these for Amy -

Over last weekend I took the time to make tomato sauce for the winter. It was an experiment. I love to make my thick and hearty sauce, but usually use canned tomatoes from the store. So I bought up 30 fresh, locally grown tomatoes at the farmer’s market – after all the simmering I was left with 2.5 quarts! I was/am a little disappointed :( It’s not cost effective, I can purchase a 10# can at Costco for less … Read More »


Color Wheel Inspiration

Posted on September 1st, by Amy in Inspiration. 24 comments

Hi there! With all our trips to the library – I have exhausted the quilting books of interest. So with our last visit I brought home a design book! I’ve been checking out more home design type mag’s too when looking for inspiration – I find myself more and more challenged to make my own quilts instead of a pattern.

The photography in Design! is stimulating and the text is worth reading. I found myself drawn to Chapter 3 – Visual Elements and his section on Color, and felt the inspiration coming on :)Love that color wheel! And so I started looking for quilt inspiration on flickr, this is just a taste of what you find when searching “color wheel”.

1. Oh, 2. inspiration day one, 3. 10-08 crazy color wheel, 4. DQS#7 Top Finished. Clockwise?, … Read More »


Something New

Posted on August 31st, by Amy in Blog Info. 8 comments

In the new year I told you I was adding advertising to my site – take it or leave it, I am looking for a way to help with the family bottom line (and support the fabric addiction). I have learned a lot in the process, like adding filters so that stuff I’d rather not see doesn’t appear at the bottom of my feeds and such! If you have questions, let me know, I will do my best to answer or point you in the right direction. :)

Today I want to share my Amazon Shop! I have added, and will continue to add, favorite books and tools. So if you have a little shopping to do on Amazon – consider linking through my shop. I’m not looking to make a ton of … Read More »


Sew-n-Tell

Posted on August 28th, by Amy in a Notion or Two, bag, sew-n-tell. 30 comments

Happy Friday! My friend Amy and I decided to save up our finished projects for a Friday reveal – she has a Mr. Linky up for you to join in and share your finishes with the rest of us too!

Not that I would have been able to post anything earlier! We have had a busy week getting ready for school . . . well child checks, immunizations, school shopping and trying to sleep and sew a bit too :)

My first finish is the sample bag for my LQS – Seasons of the Home – I should have taken a picture of it hanging with my pattern at the shop when I dropped it off today. Next time! I had the kids with me and we were on our way to the outlets for new shoes :)The … Read More »


Flea Market Fancy Freak?

Posted on August 26th, by Amy in random. 1 Comment

My friend Penny has taken on a new project – Getting Free Spirit to reprint Flea Market Fancy! Do you love the Denyse Schmidt, Flea Market Fancy collection?Click the picture to show your support and sign the linky/petition – let your voice be heard! Penny has already been in touch with the manufacturer, with some good news too. It just takes a moment to participate, add the blog to your reader too and keep up with the latest news!

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I Love Pretty Things

Posted on August 25th, by Amy in random. 19 comments

I stayed up late last night so I could look through thisall by myself! Cath Kidston Catalog and Magazine all in one – so much pretty in one spot!Just look at this kitchen! Changing accessories and adding color to the table made a huge improvement!Beautiful ironing board covers too.Encouraging the sewist in everyone :)It all came to and end too quickly – I’m hanging on to this one for more inspiration!Speaking of pretty — the blocks made with my embroidery are showing up in the flickr group! I’m excited to see it all come together :)

In case you haven’t guessed already – I haven’t made it to my sewing machine lately. I’m getting motivated right now – I really need to get a few things taken care of :)

Blessings -Amy

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Zig-Zag Quilt Along Links

Posted on August 23rd, by Amy in quilt-along. 27 comments

This post is a summary of the zig-zag quilt along done in the Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along Flickr group.Fabric Requirements** To make a 40″ square baby quilt – you need 10 fat quarters for the top, 1/2 yard for the binding, and 1 1/2 yards for the back.

** To make a 48×60″ throw quilt – you need 15 fat quarters for the top, 1/2 yard for the binding, and 2 1/2 – 3 yards for the back. Depends on how much piecing you add to the back.

The big difference with the bed size quilts – different size squares cut. It is to better use your fabric without too much waste. The quilt will be graphic and modern.

**To make a 64×88″ twin size quilt – you need 11 – 1/2 yard cuts, 1 yard for the binding, and … Read More »


A Little Bit of Sunshine

Posted on August 22nd, by Amy in give away, ramblings. 16 comments

Thanks so much for all your encouragement this week – seriously means so much to me. After Emmalie woke up with a bad stomach ache yesterday I was prepared for the worst, but she fought it off and is back at full energy today! She got her stitches out yesterday too!

After praying a few prayers of health for our family I got to work cleaning. A little clorox goes a long ways in killing germs. I figure if I pray and don’t clean, it’s like praying for a good grade on a test that I never studied for! My girls helped a bit too, wiping down their own chairs and most commonly used light switches :)

There was sunshine in my mailbox yesterday! A while back I won a giveaway from my friend Sheree. … Read More »





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