“Mosaic of Me”

30 09 2008

Answer the following 12 questions about yourself (my answers are in parentheses after each question):

1. What is your first name? (jennifer)

2. What is your favorite food? (chocolate)

3. What high school did you attend? (university high school in spokane, wa, but actually graduated from newman smith high school in carrollton, tx. I searched for university high school. )

4. What is your favorite color? (teal green)

5. Who is your celebrity crush? (james McAvoy)

6. Favorite drink? (starbucks frappuccino in the jar)

7. Dream vacation? (new zealand)

8. Favorite dessert? (triple chocolate trifle dessert)

9. What do you want to be when you grow up? (godly old woman)

10. What do you love most in life? (freedom)

11. One word to describe you? (creative)

12. Your Flickr name? (jen5253 – I was shocked to find something that matched my name! It’s a postcard that I mailed for a swap-bot swap! )

Like this idea? Here is how to do it: Type your answer to each of the above questions into Flickr’s search. Use only the images that appear on the first page, choose your favorite and copy and paste each of the URL’s into the Mosaic Maker (3 columns, 4 rows). Have fun!


It’s hard taking pictures of moving objects!

18 09 2008
This week, the photo challenge theme is “Children.”  I’ve discovered that taking pictures of kids is much harder than it seems.
I attempted to get some photos of Eliana’s beautiful Blue Eyes. I wasn’t happy with how the photos turned out, though.


And she was in an extra wiggly mood, so most of them turned out blurry. So I decided to try to play around and capture her action and got this.  I actually really like it, and if I don’t take something better, then I may submit this photo.

“Little Miss Always in Motion”

I tried taking some pictures of David but he didn’t want his photo taken either. I did manage to grab a shot of his especially grumpy face. He doesn’t do it very often and it cracks me up every time. I know I usually try to get photos of my kiddos when they look their best, but photos of babies crying always make me giggle.

“Mr. Grumpy Face”

Black and White


I’m going to try to take some more photos today, but David, Eliana and I are going out of town Saturday and won’t be back until Tuesday. So I’m hoping to post one of the photos before we leave.

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a….

14 09 2008

Blanket!! No… Head! Ok, for real…. Blanket!

This week, the photo challenge theme was “Texture”. I had a few ideas but hadn’t tried any of them out yet. The deadline was today, so I had to get to work!

The first thing I thought of was David’s fuzzy little head, as I love rubbing it! But I wasn’t sure if the fuzziness could be captured by photo. I went ahead and tried, but it was hard, as David kept moving his head! I realized tonight that I should have done it when he was napping.

Here are two shots from that mini session this afternoon.

Tonight, we were watching an spisode of “Battlestar Galactica” together while eating dinner. David fell asleep on the couch and Jake covered him up with a blanket that I crocheted last summer. I still haven’t tucked all the end pieces into it, and David was holding onto one of the strands of string while he slept. I gently pulled it out of his hand and then got the idea to take pictures of the blanket, since it’s also really fuzzy.

This is the one I decided to enter into the Photo Challenge.

“Fuzzy Wuzzy Blanket”

Now I’m kind of wondering if I should have entered the one of his fuzzy head. I think I’m going to go ahead and stick with the fuzzy blanket one, though.

I haven’t worked on the quilt top today. I decided to go ahead and use the pink for the inner border, but I want to get one of the paisley fabrics for an outer border, and then have the pink striped fabric for the binding. So while running errands, I stopped by my local quilt store. The door was unlocked, so I went ahead and went in to see if they have any of the fabric line in stock. It’s listed online and available for purchase, but it may not be updated. I Couldn’t find it, and while I was waiting to ask the employee about it, I went ahead and looked through the patterns and notions. I picked up an Amy Butler bag pattern, another tote bag pattern that I am actually sending for a swap, a cute smock apron pattern, along with a triangle ruler. When she was finished with the other customers, I asked her about the fabric line so that I could pick out some border fabric. That’s when she told me that actually the store is usually closed on Sundays, but they were having a class and the class members were purchasing supplies. Whoops! She went ahead and rang me up, since I already had everything in hand, which I thought was nice. I’ll call back tomorrow to see if they still have some in stock.

I started a great Bible study. We are reading a book called “Mom’s Everything Book for Daughters: practical ideas for a quality relationship” by Becky Freeman. It’s got great suggestions, both fun and serious, that help create a close relationship between a mom and her daughter now when they are young, instead of waiting until the teen years. I really want to foster an intimate relationship with Eliana, and I thought that this would be so helpful. I’m also doing a Beth Moore study called “Breaking Free” and it is being led by one of Jake’s co-worker’s wives named Emily. I’m really looking forward to getting to know her better! I know that I’m going to learn a lot during both studies!

I’m also looking into some online curriculum that I can do with Eliana. She is such a smart little girl and I can tell she wanting to learn so much, and I thought it would be helpful to have some guidance! I’ve been given some great recommendations, so now I just need to take the time to look at them and decide which one to pick. Also, I’m looking at getting her into Awana’s. I’ve been amazed to hear her “reading” a book to herself, her dolls or her brother and she has a great memory and recites a pretty close translation! One of my favorites is when she reads “Curious George Goes to the Movie” and she gets to the page where the man in the yellow hat says, “Two tickets, please!” It makes me smile every time I hear her say that! I also like hearing her read her Bible to David. So I think she’d enjoy learning some Bible verses and playing some games with other kids. I have to call tomorrow to see if there are any openings for her age.

There was a panel discussion today at the church we’ve been visiting. It was really good to hear them describe the core values of the new church they are creating and the reasons behind some of the decisions that have been made. They also have some great outreach ideas, and Jake and I really like the direction they are headed. It’ll be interesting to see how things actually work out, but we are really intrigued and will keep praying about where we should make our church home.

I hope to get my quilt top finished this week so that I can start on some Christmas projects, like stockings, a Christmas tree skirt, a wall hanging, a quilt and some ornaments. Um, I don’t really think I’ll get everything done for this Christmas, but it will be fun to have at least a few homemade items decorating our home!

I’m working on a quilt for ME!!!

13 09 2008

I’ve made over 20 quilts and they have all been for other people. I won this awesome fabric kit and pattern on my quilt shop hop last weekend and I’ve decided to go ahead and make it and keep it for myself!!

Here is the kit and pattern.

The fabric line is called “Posh” by Chez Moi by Moda and the pattern is called Charms and Jelly Rolls. It requires two Charm square packs and one jelly roll, plus fabric for border and binding. I will need to get backing fabric for it.

Due to Hurricane Ike, we decided to not go out of town to visit friends who live near Houston. Instead, some college buddies of Jake came into town and he’s been hanging out with them. So I’ve had lots of quilting time!

Here are the fabric strips! I sewed eight sets together, with five jelly roll strips in each set.

Then I cut them down to size to make the blocks. They are supposed to be 10.5″ but my seam allowance is off, so I cut them down to 10″. I was able to get four blocks out of each set. I played around with the blocks and got them laid out. I have two extra blocks, so I’ll either turn them into a pillow or into a bag.

Getting the rows sewed together!

The blocks are all sewn together!

Here is a close up view of some of the blocks, so that you can see the fabrics. I really like this fabric line!

Now I need to add the inner border, which will be the solidish pink fabric in the first picture. Then I’ll cut the charm squares in half and begin sewing them together to add to the top and bottom and then the sides. Then it will be basting and quilting time! I’ll update with more pictures once I get the rest of the quilt top finished!

Tools of Torture

8 09 2008

The photo challenge theme was 7am/7pm.  Basically just take a picture that shows what you are doing at one of those times.  There were quite a few kid bath times, and morning messy beds or bed heads.  I was really stumped!  The deadline to post something is today at midnight, so I was really running out of time!

Last night, I realized that I had a 7am dentist appointment this morning.  Ugh.  I picked that time so that Jake could watch the kiddos while I was at the dentist and he wouldn’t miss much work.  I am NOT a morning person, so I was really kicking myself for picking such an early time as I was driving there this morning.

Luckily, at the last minute, I remembered to grab my camera!  Halfway through the appointment time, they made some molds of my teeth so that they could make a temporary and permanent crown.  While they waited for the mold to stiffen, they went to work on the patient in the next room.  I quickly got my camera out of my bag and took a few shots.  I felt like I was doing something I wasn’t supposed to, so I was trying to be sneaky about it, LOL!  Hoping I got what I needed, I put it back in my bag and sat back in the chair with a magazine, just as they walked back in.

I had a chance to fiddle with the shots while both kiddos napped.  I read the tutorial on giving something an old-fashioned look with the sepia tones, so I had fun experimenting.  This is what I ended up with and is the photo I’m entering into the challenge.

“Tools of Torture”

Two peas in a pod… or something like that

7 09 2008

I woke up to someone stroking my face and having their little face just inches from mine. My blue eyes struggled to open up, but when they did, they saw matching blue eyes smiling back at me. “You woke up!” Awwww… what a nice way to start the morning!

Eliana started chattering away. “When I woke up, my door was open and it was light out! So I knew it was time for me to wake up and come out of my room! And I came to see if you were woken up too! I’m hungry. Can I have some gwapes? And some ceweal. I like ceweal and gwapes! And Look! I have my dwess! I want to wear my dwess to church today. And you will wear your skirt that matches my dwess! And we will be SOOOO pwetty! Will you put a hair clip in my hair that matches my dwess? I can’t find my black shoes. I want to wear my black shoes with my dwess. Will you help me find my black shoes, mommy? The sparkly black shoes. I like them because they are sparkly. Oh! David woke up too! David’s hungwy. You need to feed David. Will you feed David? When I grow up I’m going to feed my babies too. David can’t have gwapes yet. He’s too little. I’m a big girl! So I can have gwapes! I’m hungry, mommy. Can I have bweakfast? Daddy is still sleeping. He needs to wake up so that we can eat gwapes and ceweal and go to church today. I will see if he’s still sleeping and then I will be RIGHT back!”

The little bundle of energy ran out of the room.

Wow. Luckily she didn’t expect me to respond to her yet, as my brain could barely keep up with her! So yes, I helped her get grapes, and we had toasted bread and jam instead of cereal. Then I got her cleaned up and we put on her new dress, found a matching hair clip and hunted for the shoes. I could only find one, but realized that she’s outgrown them anyways, so I convinced her to wear a different pair of black shoes. (Boy this girl loves shoes as much if not more than her mama!! LOL!) I got dressed and it was so fun to walk into church with her holding my hand and skipping beside me!

The church that we’ve visited the most is held in a middle school just a few blocks from our house. But today they made some announcements that will radically change the dynamics of this church. There are some things I really like about the changes and others that I don’t. Jake is excited and we are looking forward to seeing how it pans out in the future. I’m torn between this one and another church. We’ll keep praying about where we should attend church as a family!

Once home, Jake took some pictures of Eliana and I in our matching outfits. It was hard getting Eliana to smile at the camera, and not use her cheesy “yawn smile” as we’ve dubbed it. I’m looking forward to wearing these outfits more this fall!

Twirling around in the yard

Matchy, Matchy!!

7 09 2008

I saw these cute dresses at Target yesterday. They were in the junior section and there was no way that I could fit into one. But then I thought it would be so fun to whack the top off of one and turn it into a skirt so that Eliana and I could have a matching outfit!!

And here is what the dress looks like now! I whacked off the top and sewed a casing for an elastic waistband.

And here I am modeling the skirt!

Before Eliana went to bed, I showed her the matching dresses and told her that I was going to make one into a matching skirt and we could wear them to church tomorrow. She was SO excited and asked me to hang up her dress on a hanger and hang it off of David’s crib so that she could look at it. Awwww! I look forward to taking a picture of us in our matching outfits!

And here’s something random. David had been hanging out in the computer room with me. I realized that it was quiet and I looked down and saw that he was snoozing. The thing that made me smile was that he was sleeping in the same position that I do… left leg straight but right leg bent. Left arm up by head but right arm tucked under. It was fun to see and of course I had to take a photo!

There was a quilt shop hop in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this weekend. I wasn’t planning to drive the route, but after visiting the McKinney Quilt store, I couldn’t resist! The kids were troopers and we had fun! I got to pick out some fun Christmas presents, like quilt kits and a calendar, and I’ll give them to Jake to wrap and give back to me at Christmas. I can’t believe that I forgot to grab my camera! Oh well. We’ll have the memories! I’ll take some pictures of my “loot” and post them soon!