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This tote was made for tote-in’.

August 24, 2010

I made that!  Pretty cute, huh?  Again, I’m pretty dang proud of myself with this whole sewing thing.  I think I’m getting the hang of it!  The fabric is from Joann’s and it was actually a “nursery” fabric…so it’s not being used in a baby’s nursery, but I think it makes a pretty fabulous bag anyway.  I haven’t actually used it yet.  Right now it’s just hanging in my house so I can stare at it  every time I walk past it and say to Chad, “I made that!”.  Yeah he’s getting pretty annoyed by it, like I’m sure you are (GAWD LADY!  Shut up!  We get it.  You made it.).  Eventually however, I would enjoy carrying things in it.

I’m way behind on the sewing projects taught in my Home Ec class, but that’s okay since it’s a go at your own pace kind of class.  One of the reasons I’m behind though is because Chad finally caved and agreed that the sewing room (slash guest room slash music room) should be painted!  I didn’t think it was going to take me that long, but I ran into some troubles when I opened the paint and saw that my color had been mixed improperly and I came home with a VERY dark greenish, blueish gray instead of a light/medium gray.  I thought it was way off when I opened the can but decided that maybe I was crazy and once it was up on the walls and dry, it would magically be the color I chose.  So I painted an entire wall with it.  It was not the color I chose.  By the time I was done with all that, the paint store was closed so I had to wait until Sunday to go back and get the correct color.  Bummer.  Plus, I’m painting all the trim and closet white, and that takes FOREVAAAR!  But it will all be worth it in the end when I’m finished.  I’ll be sure to take a bunch of after pictures.  It will be a work in progress though, because there are a bunch of prints I’ve found on etsy that I would love to frame and hang in that room once it’s painted, but my budget is telling me to be less spontaneous and to stop putting things on credit cards (credit card debt is bad!), so I will have to just buy a little at a time until I’m satisfied with how the room has turned out.

Plus, I’ve already spent a pretty penny on some fabrics that are currently being shipped to me (hurry please!)…

I got more of the above fabric that I used to make my tote, plus a few others…

Aren’t they lovely?  I also got a simple green fabric and brown fabric because I have decided that it’s time to tackle curtains for my kitchen that has been curtain-less for going on 2 years now.

I think there needs to be more hours in the day…or less time at the day job!


I’m totally repainting this room.

August 16, 2010

Chad and I are having a little disagreement on what’s going to happen to the upstairs room that has recently gone from the guest room/music/skateboard room into the guest room/music/skateboard/MY SEWING ROOM.  It’s really a lovely room.  It’s the first room you walk into as you are going up our stairs.  They say our house is 1 and 1/2 stories…which basically means that the attic was finished to make more living space and the ceiling is tall in the center and then angles downward towards the outside walls.  Here are some pictures to give you an idea of how we have it set up right now. (sorry for the darkish photos…how do people take such lovely photos of rooms in their home?  It’s really hard!  I’m thinking I’m going to have to splurge at some point and get a decent flash.)

The stairway going up to “the room”

Here’s my sewing table (messy!) and the bed…which now is covered in prepubescent boy bedding.  It was cute for a second since this is also our music room, but now it just looks a little weird.

The other side of the room is where we stash the guitar/bass/keyboard/various amps…and it’s also a place where all of our pets like to hang out apparently.

Here’s another view of the music side of the room.  As you can see, we have a couple skateboard decks (Slayer boards! and signed Dennis Busenitz board!) that are desperately wanting to be hung on the wall.

Chad does not want me to repaint this room.  I’m going to repaint this room.  The red was cool, but it’s been up a couple years and I’m needing a change.  I admit that the red does look good with the instruments and skateboards, but I think I can make it look nice with a different color…a lighter color.  I’m thinking gray.  I would be painting the railing around the staircase white along with the window frame.

See that awesome yellow lamp on my sewing table?  I kind of bought that with the intention of repainting the room gray, because I am loving the gray/yellow color combo right now.  I bought the lamp before mentioning to Chad that I was intending to repaint the room gray.  Does this make me a bad wife that I’m going against the wishes of my husband and redecorating a room to my liking?  Don’t answer that, because I’m going to do it anyway.

To update you on my progress in my online Home Ec class, I LOVE IT!  I’m not great and still feel pretty awkward in front of a sewing machine, but I think I’m doing pretty good.  Here is what I have made so far…

Pin Cushion!  Isn’t it adorable?

Cloth Napkin!  I love this fabric.

Drawstring Gift Bag!  I made a little mistake on this…totally didn’t mean for the name of the fabric store to be on this bag, but it’s still cute, so let’s just pretend that was intentional! 🙂

Later in the class, we are learning to make duvet covers and you better believe that bed up in the sewing room is going to get a little make-over.  And Chad’s going to LOVE it.  Or else.

Home Ec

August 1, 2010

I’ve wanted to learn to sew for a very long time, but I knew this wouldn’t be something that I could teach myself.  I never bought a sewing machine, because I just knew it would sit in the box for years until someone came along to teach me.  My grandma would sew things for us growing up…mostly patching up holes in the knees of our pants, but I was never really interested in having her teach me how to use her sewing machine.  It’s definitely something I regret now.

The other day, I was catching up on one of my favorite blogs and saw she had posted about a “home ec” sewing class that three of her friends are teaching.  It’s an online class for beginners (ME!) and they say it’s great even for people with NO SEWING EXPERIENCE (ME!). Also, it’s a “go at your own pace” kind of class, which is really helpful since I don’t have a lot of free time Monday-Friday because of work.  It was too perfect to pass up, so I signed myself up.  Only problem…I don’t have a sewing machine.

I read review after review of different machines online and finally settled on a Brother XL2600i, because all the reviews were good and the price wasn’t bad either.  I didn’t want to go all out and spend a fortune on a top of the line machine when I haven’t touched a sewing machine since 7th grade home ec class, so I got a machine that I think will be great for my skill level.

I ordered it online and I should get it before the class starts, and I could not be more excited!  There are so many things I want to create for our home, and it will be so much more rewarding knowing that I made these things rather than going out and buying them.  And I think my windows will thank me as they have been naked since November of 2008.

Chad has already given me a sewing project to work on too!  There is a gaping hole in the crotch of his pajama pants now which must have occurred while he was showing his mom how high he could kick happened due to his bulging muscles.  Ahh, boys…

If you are interested in signing up for the Home Ec class, just click the link above or the Home Ec widget on the top right hand side of the screen!   Class starts on August 10th!

Best Wife EVAAAR!

July 28, 2010

We are now the owners of a Dennis Busenitz signed skateboard deck.  And Chad is so glad he married me!

Birthin’ Human Babies.

July 13, 2010

I’m an AUNT…AGAIN!  My sister-in-law and brother-in-law welcomed their 3rd little Sutton baby into the world yesterday around 8:50 a.m. and she is perfect (maybe I’m biased, but LOOK AT THOSE CHEEKS)!  They named her Makenna Leigh and she weighed 7 lbs., 14oz., and seriously, look at those cheeks!

I got to hold her during  my lunch break yesterday and I didn’t want to let her go.  I felt a slight twinge in my ovary area and a little voice in my head that said, “You must make one of these ASAP!”  Hello, baby fever!

Chad and I were too lazy to cook anything celebrated our new niece by eating out last night at our favorite Mexican restaurant and then immediately falling into a food coma once arriving home and going to sleep for the night around 6:30 p.m.  BABIES FTW!  I figure we better get all the sleep we can now since my ovaries are talking to me.  And they are demanding!

July 4th Weekend Recap

July 8, 2010

I just love the 4th of July.  It’s always so hot and humid here in Indiana, but it’s such a fun holiday to spend with family where you aren’t stressing about gifts and all you have to worry about is eating as much junk food as humanly possible!  This year, we ended up going to Lafayette to visit with my side of the family on Saturday because it was my step-dad’s birthday and my brother and his family had come up from Virginia.  A big party was thrown and it was so good to see my niece and nephew, who we only see around once a year since there is so much distance between us.  All pictures (besides the last two which were taken by me) were taken by my sister-in-law, because I have proven, once again, to be awful at balancing socializing and taking pictures at family functions!

There are no words.

The one I call MOMMY...ain't she perdy?


Moving on…

Sunday, I spent the day tending to the awesome sunburn I got the day before, and I realized that nothing hurts more than sunburned cleavage.  Always wear sunscreen…seriously, your bewbs will thank you.  On the plus side, there was a marathon of Intervention on Sunday, so I watched that and felt a LOT better about my sunburn, because, you know…my life could be a lot worse.  For instance, I could be camped out at an Office Max with an addiction to compressed air.

Sunday night, Chad’s parents had a cookout and Chad’s brother was in charge of setting off a fireworks show for the kids.  Other than that, we ate, ate, and ate some more.  I’m pretty sure I ate my weight in watermelon, but it’s WATERmelon, so it’s okay, right?  (so what if I drenched it in salt…yeah I know…I’m gross)

Chad and I were both off work on Monday, and we had to deal with his car, which conveniently broke down on the way home from his parent’s house on Sunday night.  So that was fun…

In other news, I will be an aunt again next Monday and I am pee in your pants excited!  Chad’s brother and sister-in-law will be welcoming their third into the world on Monday, and they decided early on in the pregnancy that they didn’t want to know the gender until the baby is born, so it’s like Christmas.  Will I have a niece or will I have a nephew?!?  The suspense is killing me!


June 25, 2010

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All I have been hearing for the past couple of days is how everyone MUST get their hands on the new iPhone 4.  Really?  Will your life become completely meaningless if you don’t get the latest iPhone?

No, I don’t have an iPhone.  I simply can’t justify the increased monthly cellphone bill since I am currently on the lowest priced plan there is and still pay around $50 a month for it (which is another rant for another day).  Yes, we could pull it off but I don’t need an iPhone.  I don’t need to be able to connect to the internet while I’m sitting at a stop light waiting for the light to turn.  I don’t need to have a bunch of games on my phone to entertain myself while out in public.  Speaking of “out in public”, I don’t feel the need to constantly be messing with my phone when I’m out with other people…other people that should get the respect of your attention when they are talking…just sayin’.

I actually saw where people waited in lines yesterday to pick up their shiny, new iPhones.  Again…really?!  REALLY?  You can’t possibly spend another day with your iPhone 3?  It’s kind of sickening when you look at it like that, isn’t it?!  I mean I can’t be the only one that thinks it’s a little ridiculous, right?!?

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It’s not just the iPhone…I think we’re all becoming a little too dependent on things.  I am guilty of it too.  I am definitely going to start trying to enjoy all the things I have now and not succumb to all my wants.  Reprioritize, people!