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I applied to be apart of the 7th annual Hyde park arts and crafts adventure, and I was accepted. This will be my first ever booth and I’m very excited. I have a small inventory of things that I have been trying to sell on etsy, but now that I have to fill a 5 x 10 space of stuff, I really need to get cracking on sewing things up. For a while I might just be posting pictures of things I’ve made that day. I won’t be updating my etsy shop, so if you see something you want, just send me an email and I can sell it to you instead of putting it in the ‘adventure’.

*what I started with before I was accepted.

I have 5 weeks to make enough stuff for this two day adventure. Between sewing lessons, being a wife and a mother and helping watch kids before a friend moves, I am only able to make one thing per day, usually.

If you have any suggestions of things to sell, I’m all ears. I’ve been mostly been working on boys and girls clothing type items, I need to start working on bags of sorts and other generic type things that are not size related.

I’m excited for this, but I’m also stressed about making enough product. Wish me luck and keep an eye out for updates of what I’m making.

*what I currently have so far.

New Shirts


I’m expanding my homemade wardrobe, and I love it.

This shirt i started making not long after Hubby and I got married, 4 years ago.  I learned to sew as a teen, but after leaving the house, I didn’t get my own sewing machine until I was married.  I knew some, but I wasn’t very good.  I cut out the pieces for thus shirt, got to step one of sewing and gave up, because something didn’t  work.  I don’t remember, but I think it’s that I didn’t know how to sew knit fabric.  I pulled it all out again and finished it up in a few hours, almost without a hitch.  I’m glad to know that my skills have expanded over the years.

This was fun to make because I just made it up as I went.  nothing fancy at all.  I’ll have to write up a tutorial for this.  It seems to be my favorite shirt right now, but the weight of the fabric is best for fall weather.  I like the color as well.  It’s exciting having a hand full of homemade shirts in my closet.  Now if I could learn to make my own pants.

Summer goals


I found this great idea HERE, and liked the fun way to remember the fun things we wanted to do this summer. The original idea was to have your kids do chores in order to pick an activity, but C1 is a bit little to have regular chores.

Some of the things listed on our summer fun list is:
Swimming pool
Make crayons
Children’s museum
Hotdog stand
Field museum
Self family pictures
Navy pier
Movie day at home
Play group 4 times
Play with grandma and grandpa
Visit cousin in WI
Art institute
Sox game
Botanical gardens
Play group 4 times
Taste of Chicago
Face fountains
Go fishing
Cold stone
Six flags
Get a fish

We have just about done them all and a few of them wont get done this summer, but that’s ok.

I liked this idea so much, I decided to do a list for crafts and me things I wanted to get done this summer.

On my list:
Pillow cases
Catch up on farmers wife blocks
Learn to play 1 hymn on the piano
Jog a personal 5k
Yoga mat – gift
Sewing lesson
Pin cushion on machine
Swim robe
Be attitude quilt top
Finish a book
Pillow shams
Baby snuggle wrap
Jenny’s garden quilt
Donation quilts
Art smock
Makes ties to sell in UT
Scan photos for dad
Cut squares for space invader quilt
Circle jean quilt
Quilting practice quilt

I think I will continue this format for each season of the year to help me break down my 101 in 1001 goals.
I also get a bonus this summer because I get until the end of September.



Flower shirt


I was running low on my boy fabrics, so I went to JoAnn Fabrics to get some more. On my way to the check out I walked past a maniquine that was showing off a pattern for a shirt. I liked the neckline of the short, so I bit. I bought the pattern on a whim and made my way home. I picked out the knit fabric that I wanted to use and got to making myself a shirt.

I love quite a few things about this shirt; the neck line is flattering on me, it was super simple to make, and it doesnt have sleeves, but still covers my shoulder. I tried it on when I was done to show Hubby and he thought It looked a little big around my middle and didn’t look good.

I ended up adjusting the sides by taking them in even more. I am really enjoying my new shirt. It close to the first time using knit fabric and it the only shirt I’ve made myself that fits well.

Padres @ Cubs


Today was fun.  We went to a Chicago Cubs baseball game.  To me, baseball (or any sport really) is slow and boring to watch.  But the atmosphere of being at a game is great.  Apparently we went the same day as a ton of Mormon Missionaries and were sitting right near them all.  Top row straight up third base behind the home plate.  That was fun, but we wanted to stretch out some and let C1 run around a little more than our assigned seats allowed, so we moved seats; a section down and between third base and home plate.

We made sure C1 took his nap early so that he would wake up when it was time to go and be happy while we were there.  It worked out great.  He was happy the whole time, he loved riding on the train to get there and back.  He cheered and clapped and ate his stadium food.  It was so much fun to be out as a family.

It was so fun to be sitting where we did because we were so close to two foul balls.  The first was half a section to our left and 7 rows down.  The second foul ball was 5 rows right in front of us!  While it would be SO cool to catch a game ball, I’m glad one didn’t come flying right at us.  I wouldn’t want C1 or me getting hit by it; I don’t fear for Hubby, he has good instincts.  We did go down and ask the man who caught the second foul ball if we could hold it and take our picture.  He was very kind to let us do so.

We ate our lunch, cheered for our teams; Hubby for Padres, me for Cubs, had our ice cream and headed home after the “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” song; which was led by DUFF GOLDMAN!  I was kind of star struck.  We watch his show ‘Ace of Cakes‘.  I really wanted to see if there was any way for me to go up and meet him and get a picture.  But alas, he was up in the announcer booth and there was no way I could meet him.

The game was super fun, and it was on our list of things to do in Chicago before we move.  But the real adventure started after the game and on our way home.  We took the train to the game and got on the train to go home, until the train stopped.  The driver announced that there was a building near the tracks that was on fire and that the tracks in that section were closed.  So the train went back to the last station and everyone had to get out and find another way to go on their way.  Tons of people were quite upset, but I was more worried that the fire didn’t hurt anyone.

The transit people acted fast.   They had pass cards for people to use so they wouldn’t have to pay extra to take an alternate route.  They guided us where to go to get past the closed section and get back on the train.  The bus was packed!  I don’t know if this was planned, or just buses backed up, but three buses showed up at the stop to transport people down to the next station to continue on their way.  We were all packed into the bus like sardines and we made some new friends.  Quite a few of the people had also come from the game.  One guy in crutches had a box from the game and apparently the first so many people to show up, got a free bobble head doll.  He looked at C1 and gave it to him.  What a nice man.  Lucky for us, we stood squished next to a passenger who knew that part of town and how to get back on track.  So we sort of followed him on which bus stop to get off of to get back onto the train to take us home.

C1 had fallen asleep on the bus, and slept most of the way home which was good, days like this wear him out.  It was such a great day.  I’m so glad that my poor mood lately didn’t ruin this fun experience of having to find a different route home.

Fun Highlights of today:

1. Going to the Cubs game

2. Seeing Missionaries

3. Being really close to people who caught a foul ball (2x)

4. Seeing Duff Goldman in person

5. Being re-routed on our way home and meeting nice people

6. Receiving a free bobble head

7. Spending time with Hubby

8. Knowing we have the cutest kid in the world.

The Color Run 5K


I did it!  I can hardly believe that I did it.

It’s been the the back of my mind to someday participate in a 5K, but only someday.  Then I saw on Pintrest about the Color Run.  It looked like so much fun,  that I signed up me and hubby.  The Chicago location was sold out, so we went to the next closest location; Racine, WI.

From the time I signed up to the race was only a little over a month.  I could barely jog a full mile, let alone 3  miles.  I would walk/jog every morning with a friend, pushing C1 in the stroller.  However I wasn’t making much progress.  I got close to two miles, when I went on a two week vacation to the in-laws, where I only went jogging once.  When I got home (a week and a half before the race), I could barely go the one mile I had already concurred.

Hubby and I trained a few times together and we went almost 3 miles in 35-40 minutes; our goal was to complete the race in half an hour.  Hubby is more use to jogging than I am, he can go on and on without stopping, so I slowed him down a bit, but he was so kind to stick right by my side pushing me to keep jogging (instead of walk), the entire time.

My cousin drove down from Milwaukee to stand on the sidelines with C1, so we wouldn’t have to  push him during the race; we really didn’t want him and the stroller covered in the color.  On our drive up, I felt sick.  I do tend to get car sick, but this was the worst, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to do the race at all.

We showed up around 2p even though the race didn’t start until 5p, and seeing the line to register at 4p I’m so glad we showed up early.  The finish line (as well as the last leg of the race) was right along the lake.  It was such a beautiful view.

Just before 5p we found our spot at the start line.  Since the Color Run isn’t a timed race, they let off a wave of people every 5-8 minutes.  We counted down to the first start, and I was more nervous than excited.  As everyone in front of us started moving, so did we.  I started my RunKeeper on my phone to time how we did.  We slowed and came to a stop.  We were far enough back we didn’t make it out until the third wave of people.  I started my phone again, but later looked down at it, and it wasn’t working.  Darn.

Lots of people were not taking the race seriously, they were walking the whole way, or they would stop on the sides, to take pictures.  One lady near us at the start line was wearing her jean shorts and her sandals.  We started off slow and steady.  I would have been easy to push myself too fast with the rush of people around me, passing me, but not that far into the race I was the one passing people; weaving in and out to keep up my steady pace.  It felt good to pass people.

In all I think we only walked a quarter mile, but I power walked, so we never slowed down to a stroll or anything.  Running through the color sections was a thrill.  We would raise our arms and scream and shout as we went through.  We also had our bandana’s up covering our faces, so we didn’t get the color in our mouths.  It was just baking powder, but it did not taste good at all.  Toward the end of the race, we did find my cousin with C1, and they were able to cheer us on, and take some pictures.  Shortly after that, Hubby had to really cheer me on, I didn’t know if I could make it without stopping.  He kept screaming, “Here’s the finish line, here’s the finish line”.  People around us looked at him funny.  But it was motivating me to keep going, so I would just scream, “YEA!”, soon we wern’t the only one’s screaming for joy.

The flags seemed to be camouflaged, because as we approached them, I kept thinking, that’s it?  That’s the end?  I thought it would be a little more dramatic than it really was.  We started to slow to a walk after we finished, and they had us all gather on the grass to throw our own color packets up in the air for a celebration.  We waited around for that to happen, caught up with my cousin and our boy.  The throwing of the color looked really cool, but then soon, the colors mixed and it didn’t look as pretty.

According to our watches, we left the start line at 5:16p and arrived at the finish line at 5:46p.  We had made our goal of 30 minutes!  I just jogged my first ever 5K in 30 minutes.  I’m so proud of myself for doing it and grateful to my Hubby for supporting me the entire time.  Thanks dear.

Payson Quilt Show


Last year when I went to the Payson Quilt Show I signed up to enter a contest.   They give everyone who signs up a matching fat quarter.  You then have to make your own wall hanging out of it in any way you choose, but you must use a % of the fabric and the mini quilt can only be so big.  This fabric was so fun, and quite frankly I didn’t know where to cut it.  It took me a while to decide, but after doing the snowball quit for C1’s first birthday quilt, and the fabric had monkeys playing in the snow, I had to go with a snowball pattern for the mini quilt.  I fussy cut out the monkeys and added white and light blue is all.  When I was binding the quilt I decided to cut the corners to make it look snowball-ish as well.  It’s hard to tell, but I quilted it with snowflakes in the white areas.

Another hard thing for me is, I have to make something that will not only win the contest, but something that I like because I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this once the contest is over.  I think it’s cute.  I’m sad that I won’t be able to attend the quilt show this year to see my quilt on the wall, but I’ll have my MIL enter it for me and take pictures of it in action; along with some of the other quilts that people made from the same monkey fabric.