Free Motion Embroidery

17 Jan

Free motion embroidery Kukui nut

Last year I made a gift for my daughter’s teacher, who was my son’s teacher, who happens to also be my husband’s aunty.  Anyway, she’s special and I wanted to do something special.  I’ve always wanted to try “drawing” with my sewing machine.  It was a small space and I thought it would be faster than doing an appliqué.  I really hate preparing my fabric for appliqué.  It’s a Kukui leaf and nuts, which has special meaning to her and her class.  
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Until tonight, I had no idea there was such a thing as “free-motion embroidery.”  I’ve been wanting to do more with it since this first project and now I’m really inspired!  If only I had the time to go with it.

 

 

Back to School!

23 Aug

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Wow…it’s so quiet!  Baby is sleeping.  Girls Club is in session (not at my house) and the rest are back in school.  They have been counting down the days and are excited to be back with their friends and their fabulous teachers.  I can’t believe how old they are getting.  Makes me kinda sad.

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It’s taking me a bit to figure out what I want to do first…not sure what to do with myself right now!  In a good way.

 

 

Back to Girls Club

16 Aug

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My three year old is back to “Girls Club.”  I blogged about it at our 4chicksplayschool blog here.
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New Accessory

30 Jul

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Someone got glasses!  I think she looks super cute.

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I LOVE camping

27 Jul

We camped with our old ward last week and almost everyone in my family.  I LOVE camping so much.

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I remember my mom telling me that my dad had given up opportunities at work because the trainings would have taken place during ward camp.  I’m so glad he did.  I have so many great memories of camping as a child and my kids are making their own set of almost identical memories.  It’s so relaxing.  I love that feeling of being disconnected with real life and just enjoying having no where to go (although the kids did go to their sports practices) and seeing the calendar cleared out.

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The older cousins brought lots of nail polish and the little girls loved having their nails painted.

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Always lots of games with lots of cousins.

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Getting ready for the ocean!  Her aunty took her into the water the day before and she loved it.  It w as her first time at the beach.

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Smores

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Crab hunting

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This is how my dad lights the grill.Image Image 1 Image 2
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IMG_3241 IMG_3233 IMG_3224 IMG_3225We had to be out by eight in the morning on the last day.  Instead of waking way too early and breaking down, we did most of the break down the night before…including our tents.  Most of us just slept under the EZ corner.  It was my best sleep the whole time!

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Can’t wait for next year!

Grandma Rocks It At 92!

20 Jul

Today this amazing lady turns 92. This picture was taken recently.  Isn’t she beautiful?  Grandma is incredible in so many ways.

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We all love grandma for her food. She cooks with so much love and butter. The more you eat, the happier she is.

We love her for her generous heart. She loves The Lord and is always reminding us to be Christlike.
We all feel so blessed that she has such vibrance and spunk!  She still runs up and down the stairs like an athlete.
I hope that I can have half as much energy and as pure a heart as she does when I’m a grandma one day.
We love you so much grandma!!
Happy Birthday!

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Gifts for Tweens Are Hard

17 Jul

I have a ton of tween nieces.  All fabulous.  They are so hard to shop for.  The cutesy stuff no longer applies and the stuff they want often comes with that picture of an apple on it; and I wouldn’t dare try to buy clothes for them.  I decided a bath wrap was kind of spa-ish (I saw lots of ideas for spa baskets…but no one ever really uses that stuff) and functional.  I like functional.
Tween gifts Bath wrap tutorial

I found a bunch of tutorials, but this one made the most sense to me.  This one inspired the ruffle.  As always, I followed it loosely.  Many tutorials call for terry cloth, but I like the large and super plush towels that Costco & Sams club sell.  Plus, they are huge!  I cut off about a third of this towel.

My favorite part is the ruffle…although it killed two of my sewing machine needles.  I free-motioned her name to personalize it.  I think tweens are probably over appliqué.  I kind of want one now.

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