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August 31, 2011

Back to School Celebration!!

I get happy with myself when I think of traditions that we can start at the very beginning.  

Yesterday evening we had our very first Back to School Celebration.

I suppose it's technically "Starting School", rather than "Back to School", but I wanted to make a banner that could be used time and time again.

I also wanted a new tablecloth to add festivity to our table for our celebration.  (FYI-- I went to 3 different stores before finally stopping in Big Lots and snagging this one for $8.)

To make our banner I first chose papers that matched my new tablecloth and cut them into triangle shapes.

Then I printed out and cut the letters to "B-a-c-k t-o s-c-h-o-o-l  2011 "and glued them onto my triangles.

Next I grabbed some yarn and stapled them on my triangles to make my banner.

Now, if you've ever been to my home you know that it is teeny.  We moved in here with three people and now we're completely busting at the seams with 5 people.

I was able to hang my banner in the kitchen...but I was not able to take a nice photo of it.  So, you'll just have to use your imagination.

Then Monday night we had a family night discussion of our goals for our five year old and wrote them down.  I printed each of the goals out and glued them onto paper and placed them around the table to talk about as we ate dinner.

This boy was Very excited we were having a back to school celebration just for him! 

We had a Delicious dinner of spaghetti, rolls, squash, zucchini, and grape juice.

Then I made apple dumplings for dessert.  If you haven't made these before you Must.  They are completely divine!

This morning our big boy was off to school.  He was So thrilled and happy to be going.  We sure love our big boy!


I was excited to be featured today on Big D and Me.  So fun to see my work mixing it up on other blogs and other great ideas.

August 30, 2011

Strange little fence.

Okay, so I'm Almost ready for the Big Reveal of my painting I created for the Utah State Fair.  I'll be revealing it later this week.

I officially finished painting it yesterday.  
I was all but done-- when I noticed a little fence that I had forgotten to paint.  It is sort of hiding behind the wheat in the original photograph that I'm painting from.

I hadn't noticed it until I was scouring over the photograph seeing if there was anything I'd missed.

So I decided to paint it in.

This was the same exact time my husband was telling me, "Don't keep adding stuff to your painting.  When you're done, be done.  You don't want to ruin it by nitpicking at everything."

"Um, yeah, I won't", I casually called back.

Once I was done I brought it over to my husband for his opinion.

"Everything looks Great.  Really fantastic....except that thing.  What is that?"  He told me, pointing at my odd fence located next to my barn.

"Yeah, I know it's kind of weird, but it's fence that I never noticed before and I decided to paint it in."

"Well", I could see him choosing his words wisely, "I think it looked better before the fence. Let me see the photograph."

I brought it over to him and pointed it out, "You see, it's kind of hard to see because it's obscured by the wheat."

"Allie, that's not a fence-- that's a Tractor!"

Upon further inspection, ah, yes, it is indeed a tractor.

I painted it back out of my painting.

August 25, 2011

Birthday Seat

Growing up we had a few lovely traditions for our birthdays.

Tradition Number One: We would chose a lovely cake out of a special cake book and our long suffering gratious mother would make it for us.

Here I am, Proud as can be on my 5th Birthday.

Tradition Number Two: As long as I can remember we always sat with this beautiful sign behind our heads:

I know, this is not exactly the best quality-- this is before digital, people.  Well, It says, very festively mind you, "Birthday Girl Sits Here".  The "here" is in the red arrow.  This lovely sign was drawn and created by my sweet mother....hey, I wonder what ever happened to it?....

Well, as a girl I always loved sitting underneath that arrow and it always made me feel special on my birthday.

Over the years I've drawn a few of my own "birthday kid sits here" signs around birthday time-- and then promptly throw them away after said birthday because they were not as awesome as I wished to merit saving for the next birthday.

Last year it occurred to me that maybe I should make my own.  This time I made it all out of felt.  

Here's how it goes for the Birthday Seat Tutorial:

1. Felt
2. More felt
3. Scissors
4. Sewing machine

Step One: Measure chair back and cut two equal squares that will cover the entire chair, when sewn together.

Step Two: Cut out "B-i-r-t-h-d-a-y" "B-o-y" "G-i-r-l" "S-i-t-s"  and "H-e-r-e" letters and arrow.
For this step I free-handed this.  I printed off the letters from a font that I liked and then looked at it as I cut each letter out.  If you're more of a perfectionist-- which I for sure am not-- then you can trace the letters on the felt to cut out.

Step Three: Pin and place the letters on the front and center of the chair slip.  Zig-Zag down the middle of each letter.

Step Four: "Boy" and "Girl" are sewn onto their own backing and attached with Velcro to the front of the chair slip.

Step Five: Once all the letters are sewn onto the front you can sew the chair sides together. Sew the three sides together with the bottom sides open (so it will slide on the chair).  Fold the bottom sides under and sew for a more finished look.

That's it-- So easy and lovely to be used again and again-- Now Don't Spill Any Cake on it, Kiddo!

(See how "boy" flips up-- because it's attached with Velcro)

August 22, 2011

Red Shoes Should be in Every Closet.

I wanted to capture sister and me in all our red shoe glory (...too much?).

Naturally, I asked our best photographer.

The 5 year old.

"Son, will you take a picture of me and sister's red shoes?"

Aahhh, there we go.  Aren't we cute in our red shoes? 

August 20, 2011


Many of you are aware of baby Ruby.  She is the darling baby who was born with Caroli's Disease and recently passed away.  This sweet baby was 3 months younger than my baby when she left this life.  It is extremely sad.  However, there is an absolute peace that comes with the knowledge that Families are Forever and she will be with her family again some day.

You can read more about her life here

I was so happy to make a donation for a fundraiser to help the family pay for the piles and piles of medical bills.

August 19, 2011

Ruby Shoes

I am So excited to share with you my latest project-- the Ruby Shoes.  Named, of course, for the lovely ruby coloring.

I was inspired to make these from two sources:

When I saw the Make it and Love it Sandals I immediately thought, "Oh, I wish I could make my girl shoes-- but I don't have any leather."  Literally the next day it occurred to me that I do indeed have some pleather-- or some strange leather wanna-be which I purchased a long time ago sitting in my supply.

Then I thought, "Hmm, I don't really want to make sandals, since summer's almost over.  But I'd love to try making my daughter some church shoes-- mary jane-style."

And thus my journey into becoming a cobbler began.

(Right click on the image to save, and print on an 8x11 page to get the proper size)

1. Print out Ruby Shoes Pattern
2. 1/4 yard leather (pleather?) fabric
3. 1/4 yard felt
4. Regular sewing machine and materials

Step One: Place pattern on leather and cut out each piece.  
The pattern explains how many should be cut out.  
Please note, when doing the soles of the feet, flip the pattern over to do the left foot pattern.

Step Two: Line up the soles.   
We'll start here.

 Enjoy those lovely new Ruby Shoes!

 She loves them!

August 15, 2011

Bucket List-- Utah

I've started a new project today.  

Something I'm Really excited about.

I'm creating a painting to submit to the Utah State Fair-- coming up in a few weeks.

Submitting something to the Utah State Fair is on my Utah bucket list.
I created a "Utah Bucket List" because I know hope we're moving away from here soon.

Also on my bucket list-- eat Hebrew national hot dogs.  I can check that one off now.  In case you're wondering, they tasted like normal hot dogs.

It's so fun to create in my
Art studio.../craft room/ bakery/husband's office/kitchen table.

The boys just woke up from naps and tried to each chocolate in my art studio...can you imagine?  They were scolded and told not to eat in here.

My two year old told me, "But mom dis is a table.  We Haf to eat in here."

No vision, that one.