Tuesday, April 19, 2011

when the boys go racing…


…the girls go crafting!

The boys had their biggest dirt bike race of the year last weekend (as in a week ago; I am late posting this), so the Dirtbike Wives, as we like to call ourselves, congregated at my parents’ house in the wilderness for some lounging, crafting, gabbing and face-stuffing.   This trip, it was just Leah, Kristel and myself.

But before we get to that, many of you who read Leah’s blog know she has moved to California.  :(  We miss our friends dearly already but we know they followed God’s lead in going there.  I have to show you how cute my late going-away present for Leah turned out…


I struggled to get a great photo, but you get the idea.  I had it strung across my window to see how it was going to work out because that is what she planned on doing with it, too!  I was supposed to make one for her going away party that she could take with her, but didn’t get to it, so I had her go with me to pick fabric and made it in time to give it to her on this dirtbike event she and Eric were flying back for.

She also commissioned mooched this off me…


That is a case for her MacBook (?) and it was sort of a pain.  On the end with the pleated charger pocket, I was dealing with nine layers, one of which was pleated!!!  It has a layer of thick fusible fleece fused to each of the four total inside and outside layers.  And the other end had a zipper which I have only recently mastered.  It is safe to say I will not be making these for the shop.

And then for some reason, (might have been the tears) I made her this out of the goodness of my heart…


Now, these little zippered pouches will end up on my Etsy shop soon!  I still have to make more of them, but I have camera straps and tea cup pin cushions ready to list very soon! 

Anyway, back to our weekend retreat.  It was not a total retreat, since we had the little boogers with us.  By the way, watch my daughter (the tiny one in the middle) in this picture story…


What is that you have there, Lucy? Hmmm…that looks neat.



I’ll take that!!



Oh, do you see something else that I might like?



Whoa, you’re right, I would like to have that!



Don’t worry, I got it.



Thanks, Luc.



Lucy: Mom, why do I always have to play with that Mean Girl?

Notice Susanna already having some kind of fit in the background.  My oh my is she different than her brother!?  That was basically the whole weekend.  Lucy is 4 months younger than Suzie but pretty much the same size or bigger, so I am hoping one day she’ll teach Susie a lesson if you know what I mean.  Aaron, start teaching her to wrestle.

They had some fun times together though…


Then poor Lucy had to go home and try to get some better sleep because she had been up all the first night with a croupy cough.  Now my kids both have it.  :(  They had already had it a few months ago and I didn’t think they would get it again.  Oh well, I’m still glad you guys came with us, Kristel!

Grandma treated Mark and Susie to a movie and popcorn, which was a big hit…


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And they thoroughly enjoyed getting in the way of all our projects…


As far as the crafting, there was a little of this and a little of that…

A tutu was tied…


Should’ve gotten a finished shot!  Kristel did good – it turned out so cute and puffy, despite Susie getting her little fingers on it.

My goal for the weekend was to finish cutting all pieces for the remaining 38 star squares yet unfinished for my dang quilt


I am elated to say I finished all cutting!  More on the quilt later in the week.

Leah didn’t bring any projects.  You would think she needed a vacation or something.  ;)  And when I tried to put her to work putting letters on her bunting, she decided she wanted them plain.  Funny how that works!  ;)

We all made this little project using paint chips, though; even Leah.  It is so simple you don’t even need words…





My mom shared the idea with me ahead of time, from here.  I went and got the paint chips (like, wayyy more than I needed, I realize now) and the girl at the check stand questioned me intensely.  I evaded getting arrested.  The link used Behr chips but any chips will work depending on the size of your egg and how you want your stripes.  I know this because I wanted Behr ones but went to Lowe’s.  Oops.  Valspar would have to work.  We used her Cricut to cut out the letters and a glue pen to add them to our eggs.

Anyway, that was our little retreat, and a sweet and quick little project you could get done before Easter and for free!  I should be back with some thrift store finds tomorrow!


  1. I love this post and didn't even realize you got all those pictures over the weekend. Also, pennant update. I love it. Well, we already knew that I love it...but it has officially grown on me and I am leaving it draped over the curtains. I think the Easter Egg banner clashes with it tho. Ha. Im totally in LOVE with my MacBook Air case. And that little stripped bag...well is it bad that I want to carry it around in my purse with nothing in it because I dont want to get it dirty? But I still want to carry it around. You already know Im weird.

    Last...I love the pics of Suz. Totally stealing from Lucy and then having a meltdown. Ha.

  2. Speaking of pictures...I was toatally waiting for one of the THREE bloggers to jump up and snap one of the CAKE;-( Guess I'll just have to get my own blog someday...
    It was a very fun and interesting weekend though.Full of laughter...thanks Kristel!We must do it more often. Keep on bloggin girls. I love it!

  3. haha! I enjoy the pics!! It was a fun, relaxing and enjoyable weekend! We willhave to do it again (croup free) :)