Friday, December 11, 2009

Dinner Party

Last night I had a couple of people over for dinner ~
I never cook anymore so this was a huge treat for me to get to spend some quality time in the kitchen doing something I love. ~Plus I used my new Christmas china which was totally the icing.
Here is the menu for those of you who couldn't make it ~just so you know I wish you had been here.

Baby Spinach with, Honey Almonds, Pomegranate and Orange Slivers served with poppy seed dressing.
Pork Medallions with Orange Sauce
Balsamic Roasted Asparagus
Potatoes Au Gratin with Gruyere

I also made the worlds worst Pot du Creme for dessert ~I had to throw them out. So one of the guests saved my bacon a brought a pie ~pie is my favorite.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Only 35 days left...

I know all of my ten blog readers have been dying for me to finally get around to writing my annual Christmas list post so I will ask you to wait no longer...

I love this bird ornament from the CB2 ~it is just so chubby and silver and it would look great on a red tinsel tree (you know the one I have.)
I also am requesting quite a few pieces to add to my jewelry collection. I really want a 1mm ball chain 24" long they are just so darn tooten cute. Then to hang on said chain I need things like this little number from dogeared ~I am a huge fan of their stuff in general and this little world specifically.
Also I need this ~I was always told that you can never have too many friends and well diamonds are a girls best friend so I will need a ring that looks just like this.
Oh and I really think this is a good idea too if you are also looking to fill my high end needs. I have my mothers original kitchenaid that I love love love love love. It is avocado green ~it went perfectly in her kitchen 30 years ago when it was purchased. ~Now that I have seen this I can't help but want it all for my very own. I know that glass bowl will be ridiculous to work with heavy beyond belief and having two kitchenaids is just silly ~it isn't like having two stove burners ~but i can't help it

I also want a book on making bread called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. A giant maglite that I could use as a weapon and as a tool to light up a dark night. The OPI I'm wishing for Red mini nail color set from the holiday line.
Oh yeah and world peace too.

Friday, November 13, 2009

10,000 Hours

My Mom is extremely helpful ~she can't help herself and it is appreciated. So I am grateful when she passes along talents or words of wisdom. This week she e-mailed me an essay she had come across in the Fall '09 Humanities at BYU it's called "The Entitlement of Easiness" by John R. Rosenberg. The really interesting part is this, described by neurologist Daniel Levitan:
In study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice-skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals . . . this number comes up again and again. Ten thousand hours is equivalent to roughly three hours a day, or 20 hours a week, of practice over 10 years. . . . No one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems that it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery.
I can't help but wonder what I have spent that kind of time on, sleep, watching tv? I may be there with a couple of other things, sewing (although I am far from mastering it,) I think consistency must play some sort of roll.
It made me think of something else I have had rolling around in my head all month. How much I love my little brother ~which I know may seem odd but hear me out. The Rayger had a crummy month and it truly broke my heart to see him go through this. For the record it should be known that I hated him for so long ~he was a pest, he was a little brother. He didn't do anything extraordinarily awful outside of the realm of little brothers, he touched my stuff, I had to share a room, treats, tv time, the bench seat in the van, and my parents attention with him ~major annoyances like that. The reasons for hating him were nothing special and I have racked my brain and the reasons I love him are much the same, he shares my eclectic taste in music, food, driving, doing things our way (the right way,) he loves home too (who couldn't,) and he lets me mess with his squishy ears even though it makes him crazy ~nothing earth shattering.
So when mom sent that article and it talked about those 10,000 hours I can't help but think time was what it was about. All those dinners we ate together, family nights we complained about, movies watched, the road trips we fought on, all of that time I resisted and thought was wasted made all of the difference and I am so grateful.
So thanks mom I am grateful for the article and more importantly I appreciate the time you sacrificed making me hang out with the family so I could love them so much more than I ever thought was possible.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My worst nightmare...

Okay when I was six years old I some how talked my way into my brother Jason Jon taking me along with him to the Idaho Statesman carriers movie. This was the easily one of the worst decisions of my entire life. I spent the next month having the worst nightmares imaginable I was getting eaten by sea monsters I was fighting off skeletons ~I panicked about snake creatures all the time. What could have done this to a six year old ...



So you can only imagine how I felt when I bumped into this yesterday...



Argonauts ~ Titans they are all the same scary Greek legends.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nerdy Quilt Vacation...

Okay so this year for my birthday I tricked my mom into going on an adventure with me. I have total and utter quilting crush on Denyse Schmidt I love her fabric and her designs I have been slowly and surely working my way through her book of designs since I picked it up four years ago. I am currently working on my seventh project from her book and will try to post it when I finish it up this weekend.
For now here are the photos I took of the class.
The first thing we did was work on a block where we would just grab scraps of fabric from a bad and add them to the block it was all about moving quickly and not over thinking it. Mine is the block in the upper left hand corner.After that first run we talked about what we did and didn't like about the technique and then tried it again. My block is in the upper right hand corner.

~then we had lunch I had a lovely sandwich with cheese, pesto and roasted peppers, an apple and very crispy potato chips.After lunch we worked with a piece of fabric we brought cutting it up into strips to see what adding a continuous theme to the squares could bring the project together.
These are mine. I like things in a small scale and I decided to finish on time so I could chat up Denyse, she signed my book and we talked about her patterns and the book.These are moms. I like the way the stripe works with this technique.
Here is what the felt wall looked like with every ones up there to be discussed.

I loved this trip I love hanging out with Denyse working with her assistant Richard seeing her studio and understanding her design process a little more. Also there were 11 of us in the class and everyone was really great really smart and talented there were a couple of teacher, a running coach, a girl who works for etsy, a child psychologist and some professional moms ~one of my favorite careers. I really like the idea of more free form quilting and can't wait to use it a little more.

The trip had more to it than just the quilting class Mom and I hit the summer cottages in New Port ~in the freezing cold. Then we met up with dad and visited West Point ~easily one of the prettiest places on earth they filmed the wedding scene from Hello Dolly there ~I love that movie. Then I made a quick trip into the city before heading home ~mom & dad drove home hitting their last two states ~congratulations on visiting all 50!

I have to admit ~I am thinking of the advanced improve for next year...

Halloween '09

Okay so I am posting this a little early here is the costume I made to wear to work this year. I took the pictures myself so you really can't see the costume but that's fine, you get the general idea.
I got the idea from this blog and well I love the book too~

Monday, September 28, 2009

I don't work on 34th Street...

I know better that to talk about work on my blog but I am just going to say this one little thing...
I wish more than anything my job was more like the movie Miracle on 34th Street (i love both versions.) You know that scene were Kris Kringle tells the mom where she can find the gift at the best price. That's what I wish I could do with my job... "We aren't the right fit for you but if you go to this employer they will give you a job and you will love it."
~This is just one of the many ways I wish real life was movie life.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Ride the Wind

Okay so for book club this month we are reading Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson. On Lucia St. Clair Robson website it is described as This is the story of Cynthia Ann Parker's life after she was captured during the Comanche raid on her family's fort. It earned The Western Writers' Golden Spur Award for best historical western in 1982. It also made the NY Times and Washington Post best seller lists that year. In its 24th printing. it is still popular today. Ride the Wind has garnered more than 100 5-star reviews on Amazon!
On the blog the book group uses Hannah who picked this months book posted a the following picture of the book cover...
I have to admit I did coment on the blog how rediculous I thought the cover was ~but I didn't want to judge the book by the cover. Also at our last book club Hannah said the tittle and described the book a bit by saying that it took place in Texas and that there was a kidnapping and some Indians ~and I wasn't really paying attention beyond that I think was talking to someone about the food ~which is my favorite part of book club.

Okay this last weekend I decided I would go to the library and get the book because I didn't have a lot going on and I thought this would be a good opportunity to get started on the book. I typed in the tittle on the library search option and went right to where it was to be found in the romance section of the library ~odd I thought but I had never been over there and didn't really take note of what was there. I grabbed the book and the only thought that went through my head was that they had updated the ridiculous cover that Hannah had posted with an even more ridiculous cover. Here is what the book I grabbed at the library looked like...

Okay so as I said I didn't want to judge the book by the cover and clearly I didn't pay any attention to who the author of the book was suppose to be.
So this weekend I read the book with this synopsis found on the Leisure Historical Romance website that published this fine literature It is a race against time. In a desperate bid to rescue his best friend's bride-to-be, Reese Starrett thunders across the dusty plains, praying for a miracle. Because it will take a miracle to save the beautiful and pampered Saber Vincente from death, or worse, at the hands of her kidnappers. Dealing with a lowdown snake like Graham Felton, Reese expects hardship, expects bloodshed. The only thing he doesn't expect is to fall in love with the innocent girl entrusted to his care. But beneath the endless, starry Texas skies her sweet warmth beckons him, her soft lips smile an inescapable seduction, and he knows that no matter what the consequences, together they must...ride the wind.
It was a rather mild trashy novel and the whole time I am reading it two things kept crossing my mind ~odd that this is one of Hannah's favorite books and she admits it and ~this is going to be quite the discussion at book group. It never crossed my mind that it was the wrong book ~you see it takes place in Texas, the main girl gets kidnapped in the first chapter, they run into some Comanche Indians and it is historical ~hello it is published by a group with historical in the tittle.
Okay this book was a really quick read so I called Diana up from the book club and told her I would drop it by her house on Monday night so she could read it to without the hassle of having to run to the library to pick it up.
Luckly I went to dinner that night with Lori & Kelly and we talked about the book where I discovered I read the wrong book ~LoKell couldn't believe that I never once questioned the fact that we were reading a romance novel for book club. After a good laugh ~hell I am still laughing about it. I called Diana up and let her know I would not be dropping the book by.
I took it back to the library and then found out they don't have the Lucia St. Clair Robson version of Ride the Wind so when I got home I ordered it from half.com ~and this time did the search by author.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day..

The summer I was six my older sister reduced me to tears by telling me the gypsies had left me on the doorstep and that mom & dad had only taken me in because they had to. I didn't belong in the family and no one loved me because I was just a gypsy.
When I was sixteen I desperately hoped that I had been left on the doorstep by gypsies and that I didn't belong to the family.About ten years ago my father showed me this picture of my mother and said that it might be hard to deny that I belonged to the family...






























On a day like today when I think of how lucky I am to belong to my mother, how I wish I was more like her, how much I love her. I am so grateful the gypsies left me on her doorstep.

Monday, April 13, 2009

three or thirty and three...

So I love to peek into blogs and see what people are up to so when I saw this at the Pink Picket Fence I wanted it, I had to have it, nothing else would do for my Easter skirt...
So here is what I wore on Sunday after a couple of late nights.

It was too silly for words and only really went with my cowboy boots because it doesn't go with anything ~the whole thing was frighteningly unflattering but too much fun for words ~oodles of complements accompanied the skirt ~and no one noticed the new hair color. I am not too sure I will ever wear it again but I loved it for the occasion.
Oh and you will be glad to know ~I didn't have a stitch of this in my stash ~all purchased, i am a project disaster ~oh well.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

project six ~to pick up sticks...

This really cute fabric was going to be a reversible dress for my sweet neice Fi for her Birthday last year ~she has an early summer Birthday so nothing works better than a summer dress for such an occasion ~plus the reversible part of this dress makes it perfect for those days that the popcicle gets away from you but you still need to look clean ~easy enough you just turn the dress inside out and you are good to go, your skin just gets a little sticky maybe. The really sad thing about this dress ~oh it has the seams sewn ~it has about a half hours worth of sewing and pressing that needs to be done to have it ready to wear. But the real tragedy is my sweet neice had a total growth spurt as children tend to do and there is no way it is going to fit this next summer ~oh so crappy.

Monday, April 06, 2009

project five & dime...

If you look under my work table you will find a couple of really cute tins that I carry projects in while I am working on them. This cute little tin is holding my collection of green fat quarters that I am going to use to make my new duvet cover that is going to match my room here in my new apartment (or two year old apartment, new when I started.)

So the pattern for these is random green fabrics is called summer something or the other ~I don't know for sure because I have looked online and can't find ~but I don't really need the pattern because all you do is cut out a bunch of white squares and applique the green circles on to them and then sew them all together ~really I am not sure why someone would need a pattern for such a quilt.
I clearly don't need the pattern because I have no idea when I will actually attempt making this quilt ~but oh I do love all those green fabrics.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

project four...

Ahhhh, homemade Christmas ~it sounds so nice and I love planing all the projects ~well here is one that didn't even get started before Christmas and well as you can see it has taken an odd direction...
Okay what you are looking at in this pictures is one gauntlet finished and the second one almost done ~and they both have issues so I will be making a third one to see if it works for the gift I am trying to make. My friend Erin once again has a pair of these and they are beautiful and I want a pair for myself ~the ones you see above are my attempt to make a pair for my Granny. Pair number one are huge ~they are too long for even me and Granny is tiny so I know they won't work for her ~so at some point I will make the second one and gift them to a much taller friend that will have long enough arms to work in them. Pair two ~I hate the way the colors look once they are knit up in this project which is impossible to see when you are looking at variegated yarn. So it looks like this might be more of a next Christmas present and it will be interesting to see if the second one ever get's knit up on these.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

project three...

This is one of those really sad projects I have several of ~oh yeah it's all cut out I just need to sit down at my machine for about the time it takes to watch a movie and I will have a new skirt ~but I haven't which is really sad because I really want this skirt ~plus the other fabric in the back is to make a second skirt out of this pattern for my niece, I wanted to be nice but now it's just sad.
The pattern is the Amy Butler Barcelona Skirt ~I am making the teared skirt my friends Erin & Kara made the A-line version of it and the one time I got to meet Amy she was wearing the apron version over jeans ~and totally pulled it off, but would you expect anything less of the girl who designed it?

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

project two...

Alright the road to hell is paved with good intentions... and I am traveling.
So for Christmas I got this great bag pattern that went perfectly with this bag pattern that I already had. I knew exactly what fabric I wanted to make this out of and searched high and low for it all over Boise at over the holiday and finally found it on etsy at a great price. I then got all the parts I need for it and it was more that I wanted to spend on luggage but I was going to look so great when I got off that plane with my matchy matchy carry on bags it was going to be a fabulouse homage to bygone earas of when people travled in style.
I really wanted these bags to go with me to the Crazy AZ for presidents weekend ~but as you can see I haven't quite made it there just yet. Well I made it to Arizona and had a great time that I didn't blog about even though I made myself take photos so I could but you can read about the trip here if you want to.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

project one...

I have several squares of flannel cut out and binding all made to make these great super quick baby blankets for friends having babies...

The really sad part is I have about 10" of hand sewing left to go on one of them and it has just been sitting there for six or so months.
If you would like to make this project you can find it in this great book that is oh so inspiring Patchwork & Quilted Gifts.

projects on parade...

Okay I am no Molly Brown but I hate admitting when I am licked ~but I have to do I have to say it. Uncle!
I so admire all those blogs of busy moms who manage to get all of these lovely projects done and meals on the table and they take these amazing photos of them and give you all of this helpful information about it so you are equally inspired and can learn from them, because mom's are amazing teachers ~I know I have a mom.
Anywho I have decided to blog about the project that I have meant to get done ~because there are plenty of those lying about my place ~and well to be honest (don't read this dad) some of them are even hidden at my parents house. What can I say I am inspired by you, moved by you, convinced by you, that I too can sit down one weekend and make a quilt, a skirt, a knitting project, upgrade something so it looks like it came from anthropologie instead of target, make a meal and take photos of every little step... but I can't so I won't.
I will however continue on with what I do best ~collect projects and I will share them with you yeah! So now you have something to look forward to on my blog ~well until I get tired of this too because well that's clearly how I roll as you are soon to find out.

Monday, March 30, 2009

my tiny apartment...

All I can think is my apartment has got to be too small because, as much as I would like these people to come in ~they won't.

I mean sometimes they will throw a little help my way and a call will come through while I am at home and I am always able to call out ~they are thoughtful about my emergency needs like that. So if my phone goes straight to voice mail or you are tired of playing phone tag with me on a Saturday ~it's not me it's my people, sorry.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

my oh my a little pie...

When the Pie Ferries come to your house they leave a note on the pie so you know it is for you and that they aren't just storing pie in your fridge for other people... I love the pie ferries especially when they bring you one of your favorite pies that you have been thinking about and craving a little bit.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie ~a favorite of mine from eating Sunday dinners at my friend Bonnie's house, her grandmother use to bring this for dessert every once and a while.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sixes...

I got tagged. This is how it works: go to the pictures folder on your computer, go to the sixth file, go to the sixth picture, post it, then tag 6 people.

This is a picture I took of a batch of chewies I made and the posted about it ~I think.

I tag Dad, Nollie, Murial, Erin, Hannah and Aimes. Good luck!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chains of Love...

Okay this is my favorite trick for Valentines Day...Heart Paper Chains... you either use card stock that holds it shape or two staples to make the shape ~its oh so much fun and easy peasy to boot.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Merry Christmas...

Here is a little something to keep you reading the blog...

Okay I like to get myself Birthday and Christmas presents ~I consider it my due because I don't have a significant other that buys me things or that I have to buy things for ~so it all evens out in the wash. Also it is always what I want ~none of that thanks for trying awkward returning to do.
This is what I got for Christmas this year ~I resisted every being in my body and waited for the after Christmas sale ~and then got to go on wild goose chase to get the ten place settings that I wanted. The photo above is of the bowl and salad plate and Salt & Pepper that are being stored in Boise. I have the dinner plates down here in Utah with me. They look like this...

I stole this photo off of someone's blog ~but so cute huh?

Friday, January 23, 2009

So much to do I can't sleep...

Okay I rarely dream ~but the other night I had the oddest dream. I was at Costco in Seattle with my sister Nollie ~which is plausible I guess, I have been to Costco with her in Seattle. Now this is where the dream gets weird I had two carts and I was trying to push both of them around ~this is silly because don't you think my sister would have been pushing one of them ~she is extremely helpful and capable. Anyways so I am trying to get both of the carts around and I would sort of leave one and put stuff in the other cart and then go back and get the one I had left and push it till I put something in it and this is how I was getting around Costco ~okay I never use a cart in Costco because I am single and I don't buy that much stuff. Anywho I had left my purse in the seat of one of the carts ~now this I do. To my surprise it got stolen. I totally got stressed out about what I was going to do and how I was going to be able to catch my flight back home because I didn't have any ID. Well in this crazy panicked state I woke up ~at 5:02 am.
I wasn't able to get back to sleep because every time I tried I just started to freak out about what I was going to do about my stole wallet ~I could not for the life of me reconcile in my little head that it was just a dream and my wallet was safe in my purse in my living room in Provo ~and I didn't have to catch a flight.

I did look up on Dream Moods to see what this might mean and here is what it said...

To dream that you lost your purse, denotes loss of power and control of possessions. It also suggests that you may have lost touch with your real identity.
or,
To dream that you are a witness to a theft or a victim of theft, indicates that others are wasting your time and stealing energy and ideas. Perhaps you feel robbed in some way.

I am not sure if the interpretation is helpful ~but man I am going to do a better job of keeping tabs on my wallet ~the dream was so bothersome I can't imagine what it would be like in real life.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I little more Christmas...

Somebody loves her pink tutu...


Actually I am pretty sure this cutie will get exited about anything that is pink ~it is her signature color, one of the many things that makes her belong to our family ~we take our favorite colors very seriously.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What if...

I took everything out from under my bed out of my cupboards and my closets and then piled it in the middle of my living room on top of the furniture ~it would probably look something like this...

The exterminators came on Monday and they said they would only spray where they could get to, so I move some stuff around and vacuumed and did a little bit of dejunking this weekend.
Right now I am playing a giant game of tetris trying to get it all back where it belongs in the best way possible. ~I love tetris.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

State Dinner here I come...

You know you need to get a life when you think this the best news ever...

I am so excited about the new White House china.
My favorite set is the Regan set...


It had to be ordered when Nancy planed her first State Dinner and didn't have enough place settings of any of the other White House sets to accommodate her guest list
~clearly she knew how to throw a party.

The oddest of all the White House sets ~hands down no contest...
The Hayes China ~it has well this lovely snow shoe platter and plates with crayfish and turkey motifs, and it even has an oyster plate that has oysters on it that the oysters you are serving can sit in them ~it seams so confusing to me but really you should check it out.