Friday, August 20, 2010

Odds & Ends

I have a bunch of random pictures that I decided to put all in one post.

Here we are with Haley & Greg after we toured historic homes in Provo for the 4th of July celebration

Ben and I went on a date! This cupcake is not as good as it looks... from a cupcake place in Provo

Our "livelihood" as I like to call it-- this is a corner reflector Ben uses in his research for his thesis.

My birthday! Kelsey made this cake while I was at Mom & Dad's learning to sew.

While I was away for my birthday at Mom & Dad's, Ben was busy getting me a present. Some of you know that I love maps. Well for my birthday Ben got me a huge map of the world and he's going to use his woodworking skills and build me a frame! I was so surprised and impressed with Ben's gift-giving skills.

Ben bought me a beautiful map for my birthday!! I am so excited.

Since I have been unemployed and having lots of free time, I put together a recipe book. While I was in Illinois Mom Dilsaver gave me a recipe book and all I had to do was type up the recipes. So I gathered all the recipes I usually make along with a few others and typed them all up for this little book! It's actually been really nice, having all the ingredients listed in one place and I don't have to go searching for recipes when I make my shopping list! Thanks for the great gift Mom Dilsaver.

A cookbook Mom Dilsaver bought me.

All the recipes I typed up.

Ben & I went on our ward campout and had so much fun! Here's a pic of us right before we left.

Also, I was going to post a picture of our first crop of cherry tomatoes, but Ben & I tried to take some last night and they looked horrible and we just ended up laughing at them so they're not up here. Just know that Ben has his Grandpa D's touch for gardening and we've been getting a good crop!

Monday, August 2, 2010

I'm sew cool

My mom is an excellent seamstress.

She has SEVEN daughters, yet none of them seem to have gotten the sewing gene (we are pitiful beginners, wouldn't you say Sarah & Bethany?).

When I graduated from college, I decided that I wanted my graduation present to be a sewing machine. Because, of course, nothing says "rite of passage to motherhood" like a sewing machine, right?

So, with the help of Mom Dilsaver, some friendly sales people, and even Ben I picked out a beginning sewing machine that seemed to fit right. And my mom, being so gracious invited me up to old Horseshoe Bend for a week of sewing lessons. Of course, when we planned it all we didn't know that Mom would also be in charge of funeral meals all week for a sweet sister in our branch who passed away. But, I did sew all week and sewed two quilts and a car seat cover! (With a LOT of help from my mom, of course)

And here are the pictures to prove it!

This is what Mom & my "workstation" looked like. We took over the dining room table and most of the time had both machines going (especially Friday, my last day, we had a deadline to meet after all!). That's my little machine on the right:

Finished product #1: My first quilt!Granted, Mom did the actual "quilting" part, but I sewed all those triangles and squares together (and it's straight too, Sarah!).

Finished product #2: My second baby quilt!
(that bunch at the bottom is just from folding)

Here's a close up:
I tied this one, but Mom put on the cute ruffle.

And Finished Product #3: A car seat cover (I made this one all by myself!)

So, I mean sew, now I'm a seamstress! Jk. But I do feel a lot more confident in my sewing abilities and look forward to making many more products in the future.

And just for you, a baby bump picture:

P.S.-- I'm pretty sure I'm going to turn into my mom.
My mom is a great singer, I love to sing.
My mom was quite the swimmer and water skiier when she was younger, I LOVE to swim and water ski (altho I never get to practice the second one... if you have a boat we can be friends...)
My pregnancy is EXACTLY like all of my mom's.
My mom was a secondary ed teacher, I graduated in secondary ed teaching.

I guess that means I'm DESTINED to be a seamstress!

Thanks Mom for EVERYTHING you have given me :)