Wednesday, September 29, 2010

One Last Trip to Indy!

On Monday, the 27th, Jacob had his very last trip to see his doctor down in Indy! We are so pleased to announce that after 15 1/2 months after his accident on June 7th 2009, Jacob no longer has to wear his pressure garment glove! How exciting! After wearing them everyday for 23 hours per day he is done, trust me we have looked forward to this day for quite awhile. Everything looks great and we are so blessed that he has had such a wonderful doctor along the way! The reason he had to wear his glove was to push down the skin and help minimize any scaring from his hand being skin grafted. Of course the glove worked to the best of it's ability and we will continue to do massage therapy to minimize any scares he has left.
Isn't he such a cutie!!!!
Jacob doesn't seem to miss wearing his glove yet, but then again we have been quite busy the past few days so that may be a reason why too. You may read more about his accident and what happened here. We will forever hold the Riley's Children's Hospital Burn Unit and the Hoosier Burn Camp dear to our hearts. Jacob is a remarkable little guy, and we are so very proud of him and all that he has accomplished!!!! Lisa

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ready for Fall!

Goodness am I ready for fall or what! With today being the first day of Autumn someone had forgotten to inform Mother Nature that she can turn down the temperature! Geesh, she must be confused, its fall not summer! The temperature outside was a whooping 92 degrees, or in other words a great day to stay inside in the air condition! I am more than ready for the weather to cool down. I am ready for:
~crunchy leaves
~long sleeves
~light weight jackets
~cool nights on the back porch
~leaf piles
~leaves changing colors
~fall pictures of the kids
~pumpkin carving
~open windows
~fall baking
~cool breezes
~and this year a sweet little baby!
With fall comes harvest time and of course Chad has been super busy in the fields and
so have Jacob and I! He! He! Jacob loves anything that has to do with farming so of course we play with tractors all day, or I should say we farm all day. We have a small farm (dirt pile) in our back yard that Jacob and I seem to farm regularly. Of course when Kyle comes home from school he usually takes over for me so that I can cook dinner! I personally think it's the cutest thing to watch the boys playing in the dirt with their tractors. The things they say are too cute, they sound just like the grown up farmers! The only draw back to farming season this year is that working on the other house has been put on hold. I had hoped we would be moved in before the baby comes, but that is definitely not going to happen! We don't have a plumbing yet and my beautiful kitchen cabinets are still sitting in their boxes! I am hoping we will be done with the house and moved in by the beginning of Nov. or at least before Thanksgiving! I suppose that I have excepted that we won't be moved in for a while and understand that someone has to help feed the world! I will leave you with one last picture for the first day of fall!
Of course the picture was taken last year, but it is still one of my favorites for fall! This year when I take the kids' fall pictures we will have little miss Lillian! Hopefully, we will get to meet her within the next week or two! I know I am ready to see her little feet that keep kicking me in the ribs!!! Lisa

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Flower Pin Tutorial

Today I will show you how to make a vintage inspired flower pin! I admit I enjoy making these super easy and cute pins, and I hope you do too! There are so many different flower pin variations out there but I prefer to do things in my own little way! These flower pins are rather inexpensive to make and take no time at all!
Lets get started!

What you will need:
~ Scrap fabric
~ Scissors
~ Needle/thread
~ Button
~ Pin back or a hair clip
~ Felt or fusible interfacing (rather small piece)
~ 3 inch circle template using pencil and paper (I used a protractor for perfect circle)

Begin by cutting out four circles from two different fabrics. (You may use more than two fabrics I just choose to do two fabrics for this first pin tutorial.) You should have a total of 8 circles. (Sorry, I only have two shown)
Next, cut out a circle from your small piece of felt or fusible interfacing, making it slightly smaller than your back circle. I used fusible interfacing on mine so I ironed it on. If you are using felt you will simply sew all pieces together towards the end.
Now, get another circle and fold it in half like shown and place it on top of your backing. Repeat this until all of your circles are gone.
I then crossed over one color and then the other so that I had the same color of fabric across from each other, you may do what you wish with yours. Be creative and try different ways of placing your "petals"!
Once you have all of your pieces where you want them, place a button in the middle of your flower. Then get out your needle and thread and start sewing all of the pieces together, be sure to start from the back of the flower. Also, make sure you are sewing all of your pieces together, to check, simply tug on each fabric piece to make sure they don't come out! If one does just simply tuck it back in and finish sewing!
Once you have gotten your pieces sewn add your pin backing and finish sewing it on. Be sure to go through all of the holes in the pin and secure it is rather tight. When you are sewing the pin backing on you only need to go through the last layer two layer of fabrics. As you can see below.
When your have gotten everything sewn pull your needle through the top of your last two layers of fabric and tie a knot tightly and secure. Cut all of your strings and Voila you are done!
Here is another one that I did using different colors of fabrics.
Once you are all done you can pin it to your shirt, purse, tote bag, scarf, sew it on a headband add it to a hair clip! Oh my the list can go on and on! I do have another pin that I made using a little different technique. I will save that for another post, but here is a sneak peek at it!!!
I hope you understand my instructions, this is my first ever tutorial so I hope things make sense to you! If you have any question feel free to leave a comment or email me! Get busy and make yourself or someone else some flowers!!!! Lisa