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I finally got a new sewing machine.

I adore it.

It sews just like it’s suppose to. I wasn’t asking much, just some even stitches and correct tension, that’s all I wanted!

It’s the Bernina Activa 220. A pretty basic machine really but it does have 20 or so extra fun stitches.

It does Free Motion Quilting like a dream. Being that I’ve never had a machine that did it correctly, it’s a dream to me.   After researching for about 4 weeks it came down to this or a $4000 machine.  I looked really hard but I couldn’t seem to find the 4 Grand lying around. :)  I also found that at least 4 of the professional quilter’s I follow either started on this machine or still use it.

So I have finally started finishing up some things I’ve had lying around for months.  I even ripped out all the quilting on a 50×60 quilt I had done on my old machine so I could redo it.  I’m so happy I did to.

I finally quilted my Wonderland  Table Runner and I decided to try some pattern quilting rather than just random stippling or loops.

Not horrible for my first try but not real impressive either.  There is definitely a talent to this art and I have yet to discover it.

I have decided that I don’t hate binding so much now that I have a decent machine.

I didn’t even curse once!

I’ve been seeing those new Car Seat Cover things around and decided I wanted one.  But I wasn’t about to spend $40 bucks on one. $12 is more my style. :)

(I do realized I just totally sounded like my mother, aunt and grandmother, claiming I could make anything for cheaper than you can buy it. Which is SO not true. But when it is, I’m all for it. So I don’t want to hear any comments from my sister or my cousins. You know I’m talking to you, Heidi, Amber and Teri!)

I also decided to put a very thin batting inside since I’m having a winter baby and wanted the warmth. I’ve never seen one with batting but I’m really happy with it.

I didn’t realize it when I bought the fabric but I like that it matches my car seat.

Barry looked at it and said, ‘So is that supposed to be for a boy?’

To which he receive the ‘I’m pregnant, cranky, don’t mess with me, evil eye’ from me.

And then he responded ‘well, I guess it’s kinda boyish’, and then he ran away.

Quickly.

A few minutes later he returned with a Pepsi for me and started rubbing my shoulders.

Smart Man.

:)

Now I’m just not so patiently waiting for this fabric to arrive by mail so I can get all the crib bedding made.

Cause ready or not I’m being induced on January 25th.

Nothing like cramming it in at the last minute!

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Christmas project

I’ve wanted to make this table runner since last year.

I thought I was pretty happy with it but I used felted wool and it did not survive the abuse it got everyday.

I wanted it to be pretty primitive so I just zigzag stitched everything which I really like and I also loved the wool texture.

It ended up really stretched and wavy so I’ll be remaking it again next year.

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I’ve had these Wonderderland by MoMo Charm Squares sitting around for about 6 months.

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I Adore them. But what to make with them, hmmmm…..

6 months and nothing brillant struck me.

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Big surprise.

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So I decided to just pick a pattern that I have in my ‘make it someday’ list and go for it.

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This is about the point when I looked over to find my shadow with scissors in hand, attempting to cut my hexagon pile to pieces!

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She’s decievingly cute.

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And thankfully unsuccessful in working scissors.

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I’ve yet to decide on what to back it with, so we’ll see how it turns out.

I used this tutorial here.

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Rocks

We have a lot of rocks around our neighborhood.

A bazillion actually.

Great big climbing rocks.

The kids love them.

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(that is my niece Sydney, just in case you were wondering.)

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And if your wondering if this post has a point, well it doesn’t.

Accept that my kids are cute.

And calm, brotherly love moments like this one, happen about ummm…I think this is the only time it has happened.

The calm part that is.

He try’s to give his own version of brotherly love, it’s just not generally appreciated by the girl population in the house.

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I’m just not sure which I love more….

Ok, I promise this is not turning into a coupon blog. But I had to share this.

If you click on this link for Schwan’s Foods you can order $10.00 worth of food for free.  I have several friends who have done it and it is totally free. The only catch is the item must be under $10.00. So you can’t order something that is $11.50 and pay the extra $1.50. Sort of lame but oh well.

I just ordered 2 lbs of Ground Beef for free and I also sent my momma 2 lbs too.  They also have tons a treats for under $10 too.

Now go get your free food!!

Speaking of treats, do any of you read The Pioneer Woman?  She has quickly become one of my favorites. She’s very witty and very down to earth, one of those people you would love to have for a best friend.

She also runs Tasty Kitchen and she recently recommended this recipe for Chocolate lava cakes. These are one of my ulitmate favorite things!

So I decided to try it out last night. I was in need of some chocolate therapy. And just in case you were wondering, it totally worked. The therapy that is.  The cakes too.  I don’t think I have ever made an easier recipe and they were PERFECT! Seriously, you have to make these babies. 20 minutes start to finish and you’d think a professional chef had whipped them up right in your own kitchen.

Oh my, I think I might make some more tonight…

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Cheap Produce

I’ve mentioned my new love of coupons before and I thought I’d share my latest find for saving on the grocery bill.  My friend Melissa told me about this a few weeks back and I finally got around to checking it out. I’m sorry I waited so long!

The company if you can call it that is called Bountiful Baskets.  They are more of a non-profit/wholesale group/Food Co-op.  It was started in Arizona, has grown into Utah and seems to be growing by the week.

I’ve heard of community farming before where you buy a ‘share’ of a locale farm and each week you get a share of the crops, but that is a little different and is about $500 up front in the Spring.  This Co-op purchase produce of all kinds at a wholesale cost and then divide it all between all of the customers.  That’s not a very great explanation, so go here to read all about it.  They also  have bread, meat and a few other things available from week to week.

Every other week you log on and place your order of how many ‘baskets’ you would like and if you would like anything extra.  Last week they had bread in 5 loaf packs, tomatoes by the bushel and it looks like you can ad extra’s like the ‘Italian Basket’ has herbs, extra tomatoes, egg plant, cucumbers ect.  Each ‘basket’ ends up filling a large laundry basket with produce and each week it varies exactly what you will get. Also 1 Basket is $15 and the ‘Italian Pack’ was $7 or 8.

Here is what I got in my order of 1 Basket-

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9 Banana’s

1 Cantalope

1 lb. Strawberries

1 Bag a grapes

4 Peaches

6 Gala Apples

1 Acorn Squash (the only thing I’m not sure how to cook)

The Biggest darn head of Cabbage I’ve ever seen

Bunch of Asparagas

Head of Califlower

Bunch of Celery

4 Tomato’s

All of it was in great shape, except the tomato’s which could have been a little riper but those ripen well in my kitchen window so I’m not complaining.

The other great thing about this is that there are tons of pick up locations, it looks like most of them are in Davis and Weber Counties.  Pick-ups are all on Saturday morning and vary a little bit on times.  I only had to drive about 6 blocks down the street to the park, fill up my laundry basket and I was good to go.

I’m totally sold! I would have spent well over $30 on all this produce by the prices at Albertson’s this past week and we will use every bit of it.  I just wish it was available weekly and not every other week!

If anyone is interested I totally recommend it and you can get all the info you need from their website.

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I would like to say that we made it to Colorado without incident but thanks to one very special Colorado State Trooper we did not.  He ticketed me for going 88 in a 75.  Now is it just me or is that just rediculous?  And no he did not lower it like a nice cop would.  $162 Fine. Yes, you read that right. I about had a coranary when I read that fine.  Apparently Colorado is taking care of it’s state deficet by sticking it to you with speeding tickets.

Ok, I’m done now.

Next up we arrived at at the home of Natalie’s friends where we were staying and I  fell down the stairs. mmm hmmm. So like me.

Don’t worry, I wasn’t done there.  I left the lights on and we had a dead battery too.

I don’t know what else to say…Natalie drove 90% of the rest of the trip and I walked down stairs very slowly.

We spent most of the trip visiting with old friends of Nat’s since this is where she grew up.  Honestly we didn’t plan much on purpose and we slept a lot, ate good food, went to a few movies (because we didn’t have to get a babysitter! I know, we are crazy like that.)  Nat fell in love with a piece of cheesecake, no I’m pretty sure she had a full fledged relationship with that piece of cheesecake!  We hung out in Boulder which is apparently one of the most progressive city’s in the country.  Not much for 2 little Mormon girls to participate in there. :)

And of course we ran the race.  Here we are before the race started.  We took the bus into Boulder and got there about 2.5 seconds before we were suppose to race.  We started one wave late because one can not run 6.2 miles on a full bladder. I’m just sayin.

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And could y’all remind me not to where my hair back? As it makes my fat face a little more prominent than I’d like. Thanks Ever So Much.

Here is proof that I actually ran and finished.

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1 Hour 26 minutes and 16.17 seconds.

I ended up going slower than I wanted because my hip started hurting and I didn’t want it to get as bad as it has in the past but I really just intended on finishing so I’m completely happy.  I believe Nat finished about 20 minutes before me.

We stayed and watched the professional runners and that was incredible! Team Ethiopia took first in both men and women and the men set a new world record. He was averaging a 4 minute mile! Holy Crap!  Team USA took 3rd in Mens and 2nd in Womens.  They also had a Memorial day program with Jet Fly overs and Parchuters and Veterans and I totally bawled through the whole thing.  Typical. But I also spent most of the time trying not to be pissed off at the fact that I could not see ONE other person besides me and Nat with their hand on their hearts.  It makes me Livid!  Cheering and Whistling and waving your flag don’t count. They just don’t.  I could go on and on about how angry this makes me but I think you get the point.

The minute the Jets flew over at the end the sky’s opened and it rained buckets! We were soaked! I had an umbrella and we were still dripping and my shoes were literally full of water.  It made getting home a little interesting.

Oh and do you know what I got for running the race?  Free Beer! Ha Ha! Is that really refreshing right after running? Or is it just about getting drunk? Because let me tell you, people were totally getting drunk.  Hello, I’d just like a water please. Um, yeah, Thanks.

Bottom line is we had a great time and I totally plan on going back to run it again next year.  Who’s with me?  Plus I’m going to dress up like Where’s Waldo while I run.  Anyone? Ah, come on, you know you want to!

(yes that is the only picture i have. Nat has a few more but i haven’t gotten them from her)

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