Saturday, October 1, 2011

Projects for Baby

I've been busy crafting for Jenny and Josh's baby, but I wanted it to be a surprise so I haven't been able to post pictures until now.  Jenny is in Chicago this weekend so my parents also visited and we gave her some gifts for the baby.  Here are the items that I made:

Wool felt baby booties

A reversible pinafore dress

Crocheted pacifier clips

Zippered pouches for carrying baby necessities

Two pillows for the baby's nursery (these aren't done yet, but I showed her so she knows they will be on the way)

A knit baby bunting

My mom and I worked on this quilt together when I was in Michigan for a weekend this summer

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Amy Butler Madison Bag

Here is the finished project from my sewing class.  It was a lot of fun to make something new and to also try out their nice sewing machine at the shop.    

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sewing Class: Part 1

Jason got me one of the greatest Groupons yet...a sewing glass at a fabric store in the suburbs.  Last weekend, I went to the first part of the class.  We are making one of the patterns from the Amy Butler Madison Bags pattern.  Here is a link to the pattern on her website:

And, here is my work from the first part of the class.  I've never made a bag like this and I'm using a Janome sewing machine at the store so I get to try out some of the new features and see what a different sewing machine is like.  Part two is this coming Saturday and I'm looking forward to it. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair

I went to the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair for the first time this year.  They offer craft workshops and a market to browse and purchase supplies.  I took an Irish Crochet Primer workshop where we worked on a lacy Irish Crochet compact cover.  It's hard to see in the picture, but here is my work from the class and you can see the market behind me.  I enjoyed the class and also had a good time browsing the various booths and getting some new yarn and buttons.  

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Baby Projects

We're going to have a baby in our family - Congrats Jenny and Josh!  We're looking forward to being Aunt Jenee and Uncle Jason!  A new baby is great motivation to make craft projects.  Here is a small quilt I made and some matching burp cloths.  And, when we were in Michigan, my mom and I worked on a project...that's me sewing with my mom's machine.  It's not done and hasn't been delivered so this is just a sneak preview for now.    

Monday, August 1, 2011


We went to Michigan over the 4th of July weekend and visited family and friends.  Here we are with my Grandma June (top) and my Grandma Elizabeth (bottom).  My Grandma June gave us this beautiful quilt that she made for our wedding gift.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


It's been so long since I've posted...we've been really busy with home improvements for the past few weeks and I'm looking forward to getting back to normal.

At work, we asked everyone to bring in a picture of him/her as a toddler.  So, when we visited MI over July 4th, I picked a couple of pictures.  Here they are.  The one that I shared with my co-workers is the one of me eating.  We have to guess who is in each picture and it has been a lot of fun to look at all of the pictures.     

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wedding Details

After months of looking forward to our wedding and honeymoon, it all went by so fast.  We've been back home for almost two weeks now and I looked back at some of our pictures.  I thought I would share some of the things that made our wedding special to us.  

We decided to have a small wedding so we chose the Honeybee Inn in Horicon, WI.  We had a wonderful time there.  The home and the rooms are beautiful and we enjoyed a delicious three course breakfast every day.  Barb, the innkeeper, also planned the details for our wedding which we were very happy with. 

This is my bouquet.  I got the idea from looking at bridal magazines and websites.  It is very special to me because our families helped make the flowers.  You'll also notice that we found two antique honeybee pins that were included.  

Jason and I enjoy looking at antique stores and finding treasures.  After we were engaged, we started looking for a bride and groom cake topper and found these.  They are actually salt and pepper shakers, but we really liked them and they worked well as our cake topper.  Our cake was made by Barb at the Honeybee Inn and it was layers of chocolate and white cake with butter cream frosting.  The tablecloth is also an antique store treasure.

We asked my parents to use this piece of wood to make a sign for our wedding.  Krista helped and they surprised us with this honeybee themed sign that turned out so great. 

This quilt was a gift from my parents, made by my mom.  It is so beautiful and it has a honeybee theme as well.  There is honeybee fabric and words to a song are embroidered in it.  The first line is "If I was a flower growing wild and free, all I'd want is you to be my sweet honeybee".  It's from the song "All I Want Is You" from the movie Juno.

We had a Polaroid guestbook and we had fun taking everyone's pictures to include.  Jason's mom found this honeybee frame so we included a past picture of us by the guestbook.

These honeybee cookies were made by my mom and she also got us this honeybee serving tray.  The cookies were so cute and so delicious!

I made fabric bunting for decorations at the Honeybee Inn.

We couldn't resist these honeybee and bug chocolates we found.

Jason and I made a few chalkboard signs for decorations. 

We enjoyed some of our favorite drinks (Izze and Sprecher Rootbeer - made in WI).

Our families surprised us and sang to us!  The song was "Anyone Else But You", also from the movie Juno.

I wore a headpiece that I made, with my mom's help.  It was made of crocheted flowers. 

My earrings were made of pearls and crystals from Jenny's bridal veil and my necklace was remade from a vintage necklace we purchased at a flea market. 

My bracelet was also made from pearls and crystals from Jenny's veil.  Our rings were handmade by a jeweler in San Diego, Alexandra Hart.  Jason worked with her to design them based on a ring of hers that we saw at a shop in Milwaukee. 

Our favors were sugars and spices from The Spice House, outside of Milwaukee.  We like to shop there and we always find something fun to try.  We also added some recipes and heart shaped measuring spoons.   

Our welcome bags included honeybee and Wisconsin themed goodies.

We have so many wonderful memories!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Here are a couple of photos of our travels on the Garden Island.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Few Wedding Favorites

Thanks to Josh (my brother-in-law) for being such a great wedding photographer!!  We'll post more when we return from our honeymoon...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Owl Quilt

This is my latest project.  I call it "Smart Little Hoot".  I don't know who it will be for, but I had to make it because the fabric is so cute!


Monday, May 9, 2011

Mooooo...Marriage License

Our wedding is less than two weeks away!  We're getting married in WI so we had to go to the county where the wedding will take place to get our marriage license last week.  It was the last major item to take care of before the big day.  Since we were in WI, we stayed in Milwaukee for the weekend and visited some of our favorite places there:

The Milwaukee Public Market,

We get this for breakfast every time we go (pumpkin cheesecake muffin and chocolate scone, yum). 

Kopps for custard,

I don't think we've made a trip to Milwaukee without stopping here...

On the way back, we stopped at the Mars Cheese Castle,

Here is the old Mars Cheese Castle:

And, the new Mars Cheese Castle.  I'd say it's quite an improvement!