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My Name is Zoom and I live on the Moon…

October 5, 2012 Leave a comment

But I came down to earth just to sing this tune, cause hey! It’s my birthday!

Or something like that…

Since we celebrated our wedding for four months, it only makes sense that my birthday gets at least a month, right?

My birth-month began at Nationals Park with the Nats clinching the NL East. YAY!

On the second day, our good friend’s mom had us over for a fabulous fall dinner. Apple crisp. Yum!

At Monday’s game. Michael Morse included us in his champagne celebration.

On the third day, the Nats closed the season leading the entire league.

And yesterday, one of my super-fun cousins had twins!

I can’t wait to see what’s in store tonight…

 

 

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The year of the quilt…

May 15, 2012 2 comments

1. For a girl who loves yellow.

It all started in January when I decided to make ONE quilt.

Then people started having all kinds of babies, and I decided to make my nieces quilts, and I decided my wedding guest book should be a quilt…

And now I’m deep in the throes of the year of the quilt. To this point, I’ve averaged almost one per month. I’ve completely finished three and have finished all but the binding on one of them (it’s machine stitched on, I just have to do the hand sewing to the other side), and I’ve finished cutting the fabric for number 5 and have four completed squares.

For someone who usually starts and stops projects a dozen times before completing them, I’m doing pretty good. I also made 8 or 9 quilted rag bags while I was at it (that led to a week of bruised thumbs from all the cutting!). And a funky looking patchwork monster.

I just hope by the end of the year I haven’t totally burned myself out on quilting. It’s so exciting to see how patterns and colors meld together as I get closer to finishing things, but it’s easy to lose sight of that when working on something annoying (like cutting fabric, or hand stitching binding).

Thankfully, I think I only have two more quilts in the plans for this year, and one is baby-sized. But the other one is a queen. If I think I’ve been overwhelmed by the giant lap quilts…I’m a little scared of how intimidating a queen size quilt will be!

Funky monster. (I guess I didn’t take a picture of quilt 2. I didn’t love it and haven’t figured out what I’ll do with it.)

3. For a special little baby. This is one of my favorites quilts so far. The flannel was cozy and I loved the mix of fabrics.

4. My second large lap quilt. Still need to finish the binding.

5. The start of another lap-size one. I trimmed the pattern down a little since the squares were a lot more work than I expected! I’ve finished four squares. 24 to go!

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Happy birthday blog!

July 12, 2011 2 comments

My 50 cents

So loyal readers, today marks one year since I decided to make my thoughts public. What started as a sort of therapeutic exercise for myself and a way to “warm up” my writing skills in the morning has become habit. I feel like I’m forgetting something major on the mornings I don’t post!

Over the last year, I’ve posted 178 posts (counting this one).

I’ve had the traffic of more than 11,000 clicks. Also not so bad considering I was cautious to even post to Facebook or Twitter when I started. Daily, I average about 33 readers. But that number seems to be rising as I post more consistently (or maybe it’s just that everyone loves to read wedding blogs as much as I do!).

My top posts have been about giant cadbury eggs, my engagement, LK’s amazing taco bake, making our guest list, and the thought that goes into buying an engagement ring.

Many things have changed in the last year.

I’ve settled into my first home, and am already thinking about how sad I’ll be when I leave it when we get married.

Speaking of, I got engaged!

I have a new nephew, that rounds the total out to a nice even 10.

I’ve finished quite a slew of DIY projects for said nieces and nephews (and a few others).

What will the next year of blogging hold for me? Only time will tell!

What have been your favorite posts from the last year?

To do…Make Pizza!!

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Some little niece or nephew may be lucky to get a super cool home made birthday present (or maybe I’ll save it for Christmas and gift it to the whole family?).

Their favorite thing to make with Play Doh is pizza. They make all types of pizza with toppings I couldn’t even imagine.

I love this idea from Wee Folk Art to make felt pizza. (And the instructions are so in depth!)

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Finished Projects, Old and New!

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

This photo will be replaced when I remember to relocate my camera cable!

I realized over the weekend that I never blogged about my last two pillowcase dresses. And these are the ones I made completely by myself! Embroidery and all.

My favorite part about this whole project, I think, was when my cousin opened the present containing the dress for her daughter. I had used a pillowcase that came from my grandmother (hoping this would be extra special)…and to make it EXTRA extra special, my aunt immediately recognized the pillow case as one she had taken to college. I couldn’t have planned it better! It was also my favorite dress out of the bunch! (it’s the one in the middle of the photo at the linked blog.)

 

I mentioned last week about my Pay it Forward project for 2011…and over the weekend I succeeded in completing my first project for it! Yay for getting started early! It was actually rather easy since I’ve been making these felted balls for years with leftover yarn, but at least I was given a good reason to go ahead and string them into a finished project.

Pay it Forward!

And additionally, I started a birthday present (and am halfway done) for my sister-in-law whose birthday isn’t until February. Hopefully all weekends in 2011 can be this productive!

I would also like to take a chance to thank my boyfriend for my awesome phone for Christmas. The first photo (unless you’re reading this in the future and I’ve replaced it) was taken with my old sub-standard blackberry. The bracelet photo was taken with my new iPhone 4. Isn’t the difference amazing? The iPhone photos are actually able to be used!

My first attempt at Cake balls

November 8, 2010 8 comments

It was probably a year ago that I first heard of Bakerella’s cake pops. They sounded like such an amazing idea, but I’ll be honest: Her perfectly round little pretty balls of cake were just too perfect looking for me to think I could do them.

This weekend we were celebrating a friend’s birthday, and after she made me mashed potato cupcakes for my birthday, I had to come up with something equally fun. What’s more fun than cake on a stick?

I followed Bakerella’s original red velvet recipe. I don’t know that I’d ever made red velvet before and to tell the truth, it totally freaked me out! That shit is RED! My kitchen looked like the scene of a murder by the end of the day.

But I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of the process.

1. Bake a sheet cake. Easy enough. Even easier than cupcakes!

2. Let it cool completely. (Do not skip this step or your balls won’t stay on their sticks!)

3. Once cool, crumble and dump in a can of icing. I made the mistake of attempting this in my kitchenaid mixer bowl. The process really works a lot better if you use your hands and “mush” it so that all the cake gets mixed with all the icing (think of the icing as the egg in a meatball. It has to be there to make it stick). A shallower bowl would probalby help you not end up with bright red crap all the way to your elbows!

4. Form balls. Bakerella suggests “quarter-sized” balls. I second that. My balls were much bigger (yes, that’s what she said) and they were almost too heavy to stay on the ends of their sticks. A smaller ball would also be easier to eat.

5. Stick in sticks and Chill. If you’re attempting to make them the day you want to eat them, this is best done in the freezer. Again, Don’t rush it!! (unless you want your balls sliding down the sticks like I mentioned before.

6. Melt chocolate (I used the easy melty kind from the craft store). I needed just a bit more than one bag to cover all the balls, then a little more for the decoration. Follow the instructions on the bag for melting. I find the microwave method eaisest.

7. Dip cold pops in the melted chocolate. To solve the sliding down the stick problem, I found it best to dip the top first, then focus on the sides. I had a spoon handy to smooth any major bumps.

Another tip…red velvet is destined to make white chocolate “not so white”, so don’t expect perfection if you choose white chocolate.

8. Stick upright in styrofoam. If decorating with sprinkles, hurry and do it before the chocolate sets.For the chocolate decorations I did, I used a squeezy bottle.

9. Arrange. I did this by sticking them in styrofoam in a wine glass. However I did not think of the physics of this before I did it. You’re sticking an entire cake (plus chocolate) on whatever your base is. Choose wisely! The glass worked fine, but it was really top heavy and prone to topple!

10. If you haven’t already included this in one of the steps above, eat! Yum yum!

My Favorite Things in November

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Happy Birthmonth Lara!

I love fall more than any other season, and although October may be my favorite month, November has a lot to offer as well.

1. Thanksgiving. I love thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because there’s no pressure for buying presents or pleasing people, it’s just all about getting together, eating great food and having a fun time. And I love figuring out something for the kids to do before dinner. I have been told I’m an expert hand-turkey maker.

2. Daylight savings time. Although it’s harder to wake up in the morning when it’s darker, for one weekend, I love having one more hour to spend in my bed. I love sleep. There is not much that I love more than sleep.

3. Birthdays. The month opens with one of my favorite cousin’s birthdays and closes with my oldest nephew’s. What’s more fun than birthdays?? (Although with Dallin turning TWELVE it’s one more reminder of me getting old.)

Making Apple Butter.

4. One month closer to Christmas. I love Christmas enough for the normal reasons…but working for a Catholic University, I love it even more. A week or two of paid holidays? I’ll take it!

5. Sweaters. I love wearing layers. I love when it gets colder. I like to think cold is better than hot because you can always put on an added layer when you get cold, but when it’s hot, there’s only so much you can take off (in public at least).