Thursday, February 28, 2013


This is what happens when a 65 lb dog jumps on a 15 lb dog...(note the lifted sad paw in the photo)

Poor Jaxx won't put any weight on his front paw. It makes for quite a sad little walk.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Pencil Lead Carving

What an amazing idea! Apparently people do colored pencils and crayons too!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Wine Sippy Cups

We often have neighbor alley parties that involve wine on the go and so I stocked up on these cups at Give Simple because I thought they would be perfect gifts. They would also be perfect for wine loving parents chasing after small children. What a fun idea!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Yarniad

I love the Yarniad's patterns - they are so beautiful - check out these new releases!  I love the idea of a key hole in the back of a sweater!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Postage Stamp Quilt

A friend of mine and I made this 35 inch x 45 inch postage stamp baby quilt using Oh, Fransson! Tutorial (it is an amazing technique for us OCD people who need perfect corners).  It took us about 4 hours to make the quilt top and about 1.5 hours to quilt it.

- We used featherweight interfacing and it worked well without adding much bulk to the finished quilt
- We skipped the grid (it isn't necessary)
- We also skipped ironing the rows before sewing them (all you need to do is fold and finger press and it works well and saves a bunch of time)
- When sewing your blocks together PIN PIN PIN if you want to have perfect corners
- There are a ton of variations you could do with this (you could put solid pieces in the shape of an X on each block which would give you a diamond pattern, you could do dog ears with a solid color which would make a different shaped block - snowball shaped, you could do a color fade or a pattern of colors rather then random, etc etc)

Here were our modifications:
- We used a jelly roll so we used 2.5 inch squares to start
- We used 12.5 inch interfacing blocks (Note:  If I were doing this again I would use bigger interfacing blocks to decrease piecing time at the end)
- Our blocks were 5 by 5 squares (10 inch finished blocks)
- We did a 5 inch border around the quilt

I highly recommend this tutorial / technique!  It is fast and easy and the quilts are adorable!

Happy sewing!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Go Speed Racer

We went to Boondocks for the first time today. Did some Go Kart racing, bowling, game playing. We didn't get to the laser tag or mini golf but it was a really fun way to spend an afternoon.

Chase apparently takes Go Karts very seriously!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Free Baby Stuff!

Seven Slings (code 7love) and Udder Covers (code Seven) had a deal today where you can get their products for just the shipping costs! Super fun!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Antler Bone

Stark is a crazy chewer (as in has chewed on the flat part of our garage door crazy). I was at a doggie boutique and they recommended antler bone. I have never seen that dog so happy before!

Friday, February 8, 2013