Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Today's Bootie Variation - Sewing Pattern

Many years ago when I actually still had a baby I saw a bootie with a curved back like this.
I worked on the back for this years ago and put it away.
This morning I happened onto it and decided to make it fit a pattern I already make.

Mark the bootie backs for the casing.

Sew the bootie backs together right sides together leaving a gap for the ribbon to go through the casing. 

Trim the seams back if you like so that the pieces will lay nicely.

I marked the  1" casing with a pencil. 
 My great grandmother used to keep a thin sliver of soap in her sewing drawer for jobs like this. 
I remember seeing these thin pieces and not understanding why they were in her sewing drawer. 

Sew the casing. 
Remember to back stitch when you start and stop.
Iron your pieces.

Sew your bootie fronts together and press with an iron.

Pin your pieces together. 
Make sure you pay attention and layer your bootie front over
the back to save taking it apart once it's sewn the wrong way.

I like to trim the middle layer back to reduce bulk before I finish the seams.

Zip around it with a zig zag.

Thread 25" of 1" ribbon through each casing.
I folded the ribbon in half to slide it through and then flattened it out where it exits the casing.
I secured the ribbon in back to stop a curious baby from pulling the ribbon out of the bootie.

I melted the ends of the ribbons over a candle.
I browned them a little bit. 

Print actual size. My HP printer has a Fit Page box that needs to be unchecked.

The back for this bootie is the 3rd one using the same sole and front.

I just realized I did not add newborn line to this particular back.
I added another scan with the newborn line drawn in.

Thank you for your interest.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bootie of the Day - Basic Bootie Assembly and Pattern - Updated

Two layers Reclaimed Wool with a layer of thin fleece sandwiched between for body.

Fleece and Flannel

Sandwich the shoe laces before sewing

Tack the elastic to the seam allowance. 
See the elastic is sandwiched
Set your machine for a large stitch length and width on the Broken Zig Zag Stitch.
Stretch the elastic fully and then sew over it.  Feel with your finger and follow the line of the elastic.

Trim back the fleece between the layers and then Zig Zag the fleece together to finish the seam and reduce bulk.
Before Trimming
After Trimming and zig zagging the edge.
Pattern Link has been repaired.  2/14/16 


This pattern can be cut on the outer line or the inner one. 
I taped two pens together and traced my original to make the pattern a little bit bigger.

Jan. 2014

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Free Wedding Invitation Template Photoshop Elements

This is a template that I made for printing DIY wedding invitations.
I created a similar template for my daughter's wedding in Elements 11.
If you've never made a document like this before in Elements looking at this may help.

I printed invitations two to a page.  It is a little bit tricky your first time. 
Go slow and make sure you have left enough space for trimming around the edges.  
I chose Kraft Cardstock. 
And chose a corner punch.
And Envelopes...
If you do them yourself you will also need a good paper cutter.
Don't forget to check with copy shops.  We have a good one here that will not only make the copies, but do the cutting for a fee.
Invitations are expensive, let's face it. 
Have a couple picture done and design an overlay for a picture and have them printed.  The price goes up when you print 5x7.  Do your home work and then go for it. 
Good Luck!

 credit: Pointer Graphic

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Andrew and Julie

It's finally here!  Julie and Andrew were married in the Payson, Utah LDS Temple today! 
Pictures to follow.  :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Orchid Wedding Bouquet - Two Weddings in 62 days!

I have entered a new stage of life and my time behind the computer has been limited to indexing a batch here and there on Family Search and quickly checking in on the happenings with my friends and family on Face Book. 

My second oldest child (my sweet son) was married this last weekend to his cute wife that he met in 10th grade in seminary.  We are getting ready for my oldest to be married in 57 days!  Oh my goodness life is changing so quickly. I now find myself with a foot in two worlds.  My 7 children are growing up.  My four oldest are out of high school and my "little" boys are not so little anymore.  I have only one left in elementary school and 2 in junior high.  How did this happen?  ..."and also our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream"...  Jacob 7:26

Our second wedding is 62 days after the first one and we have hit the ground running now that the first one is over.  My Mom is hard at work on our daughters wedding dress and I am working on other details. 

Yesterday I finished my daughters bouquet. 

Here is the front view.
I used a video for inspiration. 

My flowers did not have nice long stems like the one in the following video so they required trimming and wiring to give me something to stick into the foam base.  This gal whipped this puppy out fast, but I have a couple of hours in mine with the stem prep and then putting it together.

Friday, June 20, 2014


My mother cautioned me many years ago about feminism.  I come from a  very capable line of women who get in and do.  We girls have put down tile, built things and been very capable.  My Grandmother was an executive in a man's business world back before the idea occurred to many women to work. It was what was needed for her situation.  But, it gets dangerous when we stop believing we need the men in our lives.  We compliment each other.  We have different jobs, men and women.  I am a very capable woman who likes to learn to do everything, but I still want men to be men and I can see the blessings of women being women.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Lessons I Learned about child rearing from My Dad Teaching me to Water Ski - Father's Day

When I was a pint sized nine year old my Dad decided I needed to learn to water ski. 

He knew a few things about teaching a child to ski. 
My Dad positioned me near the shore in water that he could stand in with the boat out in the deeper water at the end of the ski rope.  My Dad taught me to keep my ski tips straight and together. 
He taught me to keep the rope tight between my skis and hold on tight.  I sat in the water with my body in a C shape and because of his encouragement I knew that I needed to be prepared to stand up as I came out of the water. 

My Dad said "Hit it!"

His friend gave the boat some gas and I wobbled and partially stood before I crashed back into the water.  Patiently, the boat was turned around and moved into place for our next try.  I don't know how many tries it took to get me up onto my skis, but I remember the time that my dad spent tenderly teaching and guiding me.  I remember my dad giving me a push upward as the boat would begin to pull me. 
My pint sized body was propelled out of the water as my dad gave me a boost to help me to stand.
I was skiing!  My little nine year old body flew along Deer Creek Reservoir.  I was doing it!  I was skiing!  I remember however looking back and thinking, my Dad can't see me.  It was hard for me to go and ski out of his sight.  I had left him behind in the water.  But, the thing I did not understand was the feeling of pride he must have felt as he watched me disappear.
As a mother of seven I am learning about watching my children go.
Now I am the one in the water.
I am here preparing them, keep yourself straight...
Hold on tight to what we have taught you.
Look up toward the Heavens for your guidance.
Now we are saying, you can do it, we will give you a boost.
It's okay that you made a mistake, try again.


And then I watch them go.

I watched them go and return from their missions tearfully, but with so much pride.
They had struggles and triumphs while they were out, but they did it!
I have a whole house full coming up in various stages. 
A whole house full who are learning to go out on their own.
My young adult children have expressed worry at times over needing a soft place to fall. 
"How will I ever be an adult Mom if I keep having to come back for help."
The thing that I learned form my Dad teaching me to ski is this how families work. 
We watch the kids go, but guess what? 


Just like the boat comes back to where you are camped on the beach, the kids come back. 

Hopefully they come back often as the years go by.
We will always be here for them to come back and visit and to give each other a boost of encouragement. 

This is what family is about.

Thank you Dad and Mom for all that you have taught me.  Thank you for being there for me.  Thank you for teaching me to stand and for the encouragement you have given me over the years. 

Happy Father's Day Dad! 


Monday, June 9, 2014

Both of our Missionaries are home now!

Three of my children and some friends that hung out with us on Sunday.
 I am so pleased to have our two oldest home from their LDS missions.
I have missed the youth that they bring into my home and the extra measure of fun that they bring.
Our daughter served 18 months on the East Coast in a different area from her brother who has been home several months now.
We are so glad to have all seven of our children under one roof again if only for a moment.
I know life will take off and they will begin their lives.  But, what fun for me to have them all here again for a short time before they get under way.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Utah Coalition Against Pornography Conference - I am Getting Educated

Fight the New Drug

I am getting educated
I was fortunate to be able to spend the day becoming a more proactive and informed parent at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography Conference today. 

Beyond Filtering
I have always advocated filtering, but there is so much more that we can do to protect our families. Our children need to know what our values are and they need to understand why Pornography is dangerous. 

My Favorite Speakers
I listened to 4 speakers and one of my favorites was Clay Olsen of Fight the New Drug. And the medical geek hiding in me enjoyed the lecture by Dr. Donald Hilton. He talked about Neuroplasticity and it's relationship to pornography. Wow, I loved learning about brain function. I also heard Jill C. Manning Ph.D talk about our family media habits. 

Great Resources are available
Over all I left feeling encouraged that this is something we can fight against as a community.   I you hope you'll check out Fight the New Drug. I challenge you to talk to another person about it the dangers. If we talk about this we can spread the word about why pornography is harmful to society.
Where do I start? 
Teach your children about your values, and don't stop there. Teach them why Porn is so dangerous. If they understand the science they are more likely to decide for themselves that Porn is dangerous. We can empower ourselves and our children through knowledge.  And don't worry you don't need to be a science geek to teach the science. 

When do I start? 
Ask your children questions about what they know.  Have lots of little conversations about this topic along the way.  Be gentle and careful to nurture a loving relationship with your children.  Working to open the door to communication is important.  They need your support.

Be their ally. 
Kids need parents in their corner who will not just talk to them, but listen to their thoughts about this issue.  You may feel squeamish about talking to them, but gather courage.  We must teach them about this topic.  The pornography industry never sleeps and puts a lot of effort into reaching them from an early age.  If you do not teach them, the industry will.
This is a challenge that we face in our society today. 

But, we are up for the challenge.