Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Sweet little animation video. The result of a collaboration between two BYU professors - one dance, one animation.

Thought of You from Ryan J Woodward on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010



Just won a gift card to Communal from Rachel over at Black Eiffel!
I can't wait to go try their breakfast. I love going out to breakfast. It feels so luxurious for some reason. And you'd better believe I'll be having a cup of this with whatever I order! I'll be sure to let you know just exactly how delicious it is. Promise. :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Umami Yummi

Last night for dinner we tried out a new recipe I found while tastespotting.

picture via The Creative Pot

It was easy, TASTY, and didn't have any random, wierd ingredients that require a special trip to Many Lands. I think the only thing I'll do differently next time (because there will be a next time) is season the beef a bit before cooking it. Thanks, Marisa, for sharing!

p.s. Tomorrow I'm totally gonna go to this. And while there I will get the world's most delicious donut.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

For Cute!

They're totally out of my price range, but aren't these book ends sweet?

From Etsy Seller Graphic Spaces.

Monday, September 27, 2010

{Trying to} Welcome Fall!

(apples from the Farmers Market)

I am a summer girl all the way. I love the sun, the heat, the long days, all of it. I'm from Arizona, what can I say? BUT, I'm trying to be better about embracing the here, and now. And here and now, I live in a place that has all four seasons, and cooler weather. I've been enjoying fresh apples from the farmers market and we took our customary drive up Payson Canyon to see the fall leaves, and I took NO pictures! I know, how could I? I'll refer you to this song for explanation:

O, love that song. (Sorry the video's a little shaky, but the audio quality is pretty good.)
Anyway, another fall activity I look forward to is making delicious butternut squash soup. And this year is extra special since I grew my own butternut squash! (remember how it took over my back yard? Suffice it to say, the takeover is even more complete these days!) I have a fantastic recipe my mom created that I love (and will definitely be making soon), but yesterday I decided to make up a recipe of my own. I'm not gonna lie, I'm really impressed with myself. It turned out amazing, and you're going to want to try it. So here it is:

Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque

1/2 a large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 small shallot, minced
1 small clove garlic, minced
3-4 cups chicken broth
aprox. 2 tsp. rubbed sage
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, toss squash cubes with sage, salt, pepper, and oil to coat. Spread out cubes on a cookie sheet. Roast squash until tender, about 25-30 minutes.

In a large dutch oven, saute shallot and garlic until soft. Add roasted squash and chicken broth. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Add more or less broth depending on your desired thickness. You'll notice from the picture that I like mine thick. My husband says it reminds him of baby food, but baby food is not nearly this delicious. If you prefer something thinner, you can add more broth or evaporated milk, regular milk, whatever you like.

That's it! So simple, and so delicious. The only thing this soup was missing was a nice crusty roll to enjoy with it. Let me know if you try it!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Vote for Austin!

Okay folks, my twin brother Austin is competing for an amazing job in Los Angeles, and is very close to getting it. But he needs our help!

It takes literally 5 seconds to vote for him - Click Here to VOTE!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Etsy Wish List

One of the blogs on my reader is CraftGossip, because they have about a bajillion posts daily linking to craft blog awesomeness. You can tell they like the good stuff, because they linked to Nancy's Post Here.
And in a continued display of awesome, they're doing the best giveaway ever! Here's how it works, I post my etsy wish list here (spending up to $100) then comment on their giveaway post, and I could win my wish list! Yeah, I'm down with that. Although, I gotta tell ya, it was HARD to pick a list that was under $100. There's so much on etsy to love! I decided to limit myself to things for Jane (which was still hard to pick). So, here's my list of baby cuteness:

Handmade crayons for little hands from kittybblove.

Cute wooden woodland toys from ImaginationKids

This sweet hand-knit jacket from Zarina2009

And finally this fun dress from Hopscotchavenue

Keep your fingers crossed that I win!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Fruits [And Leaves] of Our Labors

At the beginning of the season we planted a vegetable garden in our back yard. We've done this in the past, but two years ago pretty much nothing produced anything, so we didn't do it last year. This year, things are different. Here's what the garden looked like when we first planted.
We planted 4 different heirloom tomato varieties, 2 cucumber plants, 1 crook-neck squash, 1 butternut squash, 3 different bell pepper varieties, 4 hot pepper varieties, sugar snap peas, cilantro, and basil. Notice all the empty space covered with bark? Here's what it's looking like lately.

It's filled in beautifully! Most of what you're seeing is the butternut squash vine that has taken over the back yard, but I don't care because I already have a few big squashes on the vine. I'm pretty excited about it. See what's coming along.

We've eaten some sugar snap peas, and I've already had two BLT's with my fresh tomatoes. Fa-Nominal! But I was too busy enjoying them to take a picture.
One of the things I'm most excited about is the basil. It's thriving, so I finally made some pesto. Oh man, it's beyond good! I picked about three cups worth of leaves off the bush, and you can't even tell I took anything off the plant (I'll have to make some more!). Here I am (in my new Anthro shirt, told you you'd see me in it soon!) cutting off some leaves.

I brought them in the house and put them in a big bowl of cold water to wash off any dirt and/or bugs. I put them through the salad spinner to get them dry, then I put those in the food processor with about 2/3 cup walnuts, 2.5 oz Parmesan cheese, 1 clove garlic, 1 cup canola oil, and salt and pepper to taste, and voila!

Put it on pasta, bread, a cracker, a fork, whatever! I've eaten three meals of whole-wheat pasta and pesto in as many days. And I might just have it again for dinner tonight. It's that good. Or you can come over and have some with me. The Rockstar doesn't like it (He's crazy, but we love him anyway) and I need someone to enjoy this with me!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cup 'O Tea

Saw these nifty bracelettes and thought of my mom.

I think she'd be into them.

And now, I'm off to the beach...

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Wow, I didn't know the star feature in Reader was going to be a novel thing for you all! I'm so glad I could help out, although, I apologize if I've only further fed your addiction. To make up for it if I did, here are a few more awesome tips:

  • Baby Shampoo is a cheap, yet effective eye make-up remover. Just rub a little with warm water on your eyes and voila, clean eyes, and no tears!

  • A grapefruit spoon is not a grapefruit spoon when it's a peeler for fresh ginger, or a strawberry huller, or a great tool for getting kiwi out of it's fuzzy skin.

  • Newly shaved legs + Baby Lotion = Silky Skin Perfection

  • This makes for a great summer foot exfoliater. The next best thing to getting a pedicure, but way less expensive.

And coming soon, another shirt to cardigan tutorial, but with more pictures this time...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Gold Star!

Do you use Google Reader? It's kind of, totally addicting. WAY worse than email. With email, I constantly check back and am disappointed, because no one ever emails me. With Reader, there's always something new, because it loves me more than email. I love it too, because it allows me to "Star" posts that I like, and keeps them all in one place for me. That Reader, so thoughtful. Here are some posts I've recently starred in Reader:

Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Lamest Tutorial Ever

I tried my hand at an upcycled garment! I had a plain white long-sleeved t-shirt sitting in my closet, just asking me to do something with it.
I decided to make a cardigan. I know, "It's the middle of summer!" you're saying. But my office is always a little bit chilly (as are these Utah evenings, if you ask me) so a light cardigan to warm my upper arms was just the ticket. Plus, is it just me, or does anyone else feel like their arms are a little bare in a cap sleeve? So I can just throw this on over and voila! No more bare cap-sleeved arms.
I thought I'd make a little tutorial for it, but, as it turns out, I'm not very good at making tutorials. I'm just not patient enough to stop at every step and take a picture, but I'll try to give good instructions in lieu of some of the pictures.
*As a little caveat, before you go doing this yourself, understand that if the shirt you start with is fitted, you're not going to be able to button it closed once you're done with the project. I knew this from the start, and was okay with it, since I never button my cardigans anyway, but if you wanted to be able to button your cardigan up, you'd want to have some extra (contrasting would be cute!) fabric on hand to add to the middle of your shirt once you cut it up the middle, and you'd put your buttons and button holes on that.
So, here's a picture of the shirt I started with (and still had picture-taking patience).

I wanted three-quarter length sleeves so I tried it on and figured out about how much I wanted to take off, then added about an inch to that so I could hem the edge and still have the sleeves the length I wanted. (How's that for a run-on sentence!) I measured that amount on both sleeves and chopped them off. Now my shirt looked like this:

Next I used that yard stick you can see on the right edge of the picture and measured the middle of the front of the shirt all the way up, then cut along that center mark. Here's a picture:

You can see where I marked up the center of the shirt with my washable marker. Next I folded under 1" on each side of the center cut and pinned it down.

Here's a close up shot:

And that's pretty much where I stopped taking pictures of my steps, but hopefully I can give good written instruction.
Next, using a ball point needle (because my shirt was knit) I sewed up the folds on either side of the center using a straight stitch. I did my stitch closer to the outer edge of the fold so that the buttons would be between the stitching and the edge of the fold. (Oh, geeze, does this make any sense? Why didn't I take more pictures?!)
Next, I laid out my buttons down one side to figure out basic spacing, and decided I wanted six buttons, about 2.5" apart. I marked on the shirt where each button would go using my washable marker. I made corresponding marks on the other side of the shirt where the button holes should go.
I know, these buttons are purely decorative, so I didn't really need to put button holes, but I thought it would look weird with out button holes. Plus, my machine has a button hole setting and I get strangely excited any time I get to use it (just in case you didn't already know I was a nerd!).
Still using my ball point needle, I stitched the button holes down one side of the center. I didn't even bother cutting the "hole" part of my button holes, just stitched them on for looks.
Now, my machine also has a stitch that will automatically sew on buttons, and I was all excited to use that, but...I broke my first button. Cracked right between the holes. Better than breaking a needle, I guess. Feeling a little defeated, I sewed them on by hand. Don't worry, I have since learned how to sew buttons on using the machine, and it worked beautifully. Hopefully I get around to posting about that project as well.
I don't know why I left this step until the last, but finally I hemmed both of the sleeves, so they didn't have raw edges. I just folded them under (like I did for the center seam) and did a straight stitch using the ball point needle. Sorry, no pictures of that!

But I did take a picture of the finished cardigan!

What do you think? I have an identical black shirt that I plan on doing the same thing with, but maybe this time I'll do a little more embellishing. If you wanted to, you could make some of those cute fabric flowers that have been floating around the blog world using the extra fabric cut off the end of the sleeves. Maybe I'll do that on the next one...and take pictures, too. :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Weekend Loveliness

I had a most enjoyable weekend. We were able to spend Saturday with family at my nephew's baptism, which was followed by a signature Fancy Nancy party. Love those! Then Nancy, hostess extraordinaire that she is, watched the kids while I went shopping at Anthro with my mom, Emily, and the Rock Star. Oh boy, did the sale rack yield up her treasures! Fortunately I had some birthday money to spend, which I did with reckless abandon.
I got this top, only I got it in a cerulean blue (which I can't find a picture of online)

I also got these pants (which I'll have to hem like 6 inches off of, but such is the life of a short woman).

And I got another top, but there are no pictures of it to be found online. I'm sure you'll see me in it one of these days. Thank you Anthropologie, for having a sale rack. I'll love you forever for it!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Been a While

'Member how I used to blog? Yeah, then I just stopped for months! Lame, I know. I've been doing a lot of thinking about making, but just not getting around to the actual making part. Some things I've been thinking about making...

Bakerella's Pillow Cookies (brownie and chocolate chip cookie all in one? Yes, Please!)

Home made basil pesto, with my home grown basil, which hasn't died! I'm not the best at keeping plants alive, but the Rock Star pretty much tends the garden, so this stuff is thriving.

I am in LOVE with these overalls. The print, the bow, the ruffles on the bottom? C'mon! I want to try and copy them. Mom, you may be getting some sewing related phone calls soon.

I'm also feeling so inspired by all the upcycling people are doing in the blog world, turning old and boring clothes into new and fabulous clothes. I have a few pieces set aside that will hopefully get a make-over soon. In the mean time, here are links to some of my favorites

1. Katies Scandalous to Fabulous Skirt

2. Ashley's Stained Shirt turned Shrug

3. Katie's Liberty Shirt Turned Skirt

4. Jess's Floral Refashion

5. Nancy's T-shirt Skirt

Friday, May 28, 2010

Look What I Found!

Remember those vintage Valentines I framed for my Valentine's Day decorations?

Well apparently somebody else has the same one, and made it into a free printable download.

How Fun is the Internet?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Check out this great source for CUTE oil cloth!

Found Via this post on Prudent Baby.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thank You Martha

So I was reading this months Martha Stewart Sunday night and saw an ad for this:
I don't think I've ever seen lemon ice cream before. Lemon sorbet or sherbet, yes. Ice cream, no. I'm a bit of a lemon fiend, and really, who doesn't love anything Haagen-Dazs? So Monday night at the grocery store, I decided to pick some up and try it.
Oh, it's good.
Even my husband (who is not a lemon fiend, and thinks I have a some-what unnatural affinity for lemons) really liked it. I'm excited to have a little more after dinner tonight. You should probably try it. That's all. :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Yup, She's My Sister!

Witness the moment my sister's company becomes a household name! Katie Richardson and her husband own Puj Baby, and her baby bath tub was on Ellen today. I couldn't be more excited for her! Click here for a link to the video. (I was having a hard time trying to embed it). Now go buy an awesome baby tub, or booties, or sling for every pregnant lady you know!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I Could Make That...

Oh man, I say that a lot when I'm shopping, or see something I like on a blog. The question is not whether I could, but whether I'd ever actually get around to it! But that was the first thing I thought when I saw these lovely, yet prohibitivly expensive letter blocks from the MOMA Store.

Cute, right? But they're $120.00! Don't get me wrong, I totally respect paying for a quality designed beautiful product. I just can't always afford it. So I might have to go the thrifty route and make some similar ones out of cute craft paper and modge podge. Nancy, you're my resident modge podge expert, what do you say?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Guess I Should Have Gone Shopping First

My sister Becky is in town, and that means shopping with the girls! We went to Nordstroms on Tuesday and I saw the cutest purses. At first I thought they must be Orla Kiely bags, but no, they are Fossil! And way less expensive than Orla Kiely bags. Too bad I just made a new purse...

Maybe I'll just have to get a new wallet instead.

I just love coated canvas in a cute print!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Nursery Tour

Well, I finally did it, I finished the nursery! I wanted to make as many things in here as possible, so that's why it took me so long. And you thought I was just being lazy!
We'll begin our virtual tour where you first enter the room. On our left are two wall mounted shelves (painted with the help of the lovely and talented Nancy). Here we find a few familiar faces, the elephant shrew, the dachshund lamp, and Karla's elephant, along with a few new faces that include some toys that belonged to my husband as a child.
Moving on to the second shelf, is a stuffed owl I made, a pink rubber duck (everyone needs one of those, right?) and soft letter blocks that my mom helped me finish.
Below the shelves is an white dresser that I made into a changing station. I made the pad using some vinyl coated fabric I purchased at Corn Wagon in Springville (they have the cutest vinyl coated fabric around, if you're in the market) and I got the pad inside at JoAnn's. I also made pockets to go on either side to hold all my diaper changing necessities.
As we continue our way around the room, on the next wall hang a couple of needle point pieces that my grandpa made a long time ago. (Yes, grandpa! He was one of my biggest crafting inspirations.) Next to those is a nice bright window with a patchwork curtain. This was actually the first decor item I made for the room, and was the fabric inspiration for most everything else, including something hanging from the ceiling to our right.
The mobile! I made the birds for the mobile using a pattern I found here, and I attached them to an embroidery hoop, trimmed with pom-poms, fabric, and ribbon. I got the idea to use pom-poms from Lovely by M's mobile. And my mom helped make the bias tape that covers the hoop.
Below the mobile is the crib, a gift from my husband's parents. Hanging on the side of the crib are a couple of afghans my husband's grandma made, and a quilt from Nancy is there to prevent soothie's from falling behind the crib. Yes, this happened once in the middle of the night. Not fun. Around the base of the crib is a crib skirt that is made using the same fabrics as in the curtain. (Okay, so part of the reason everything is made out of the same fabrics, is, well, I bought way too much. I'm really bad at trying to figure out how much fabric I need for a project, and tend to buy about twice as much as I need. Let's just say, I still have more. Maybe I'll make a quilt or something.) To the right of the crib is a painting I did in high school, that happens to co-ordinate with the room. Awesome.

And down inside the crib is the best part of the nursery. :)
Thanks to everyone who helped me finish all my projects!