Our Gingerbread House


Friday, December 31, 2010

Stephen and I decided to make a gingerbread house mansion for Christmas. We made a four story one that resembled the beach house we stayed at this summer at Amelia Island in northern Florida. Since it took us about three hours to make we really wanted to give it away. We gave it to a family in Stephen's ward that has lots of little kids to enjoy it and rip it to pieces :)
Stephen made windows out of gummy bears. He even carved a little Christmas tree out of a green one to place in the front window.



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My newest creation/last project for my intermediate sewing class.



Saturday, December 11, 2010

My second assignment for intermediate sewing was to make a men's tailored shirt. This project was definitely the hardest yet. The techniques that we learned were really helpful but hard to do. My seam ripper became my best friend along with my iron... steam can fix anything :). Stephen kept checking in with me to see how it was coming along. Most of the time I just gave him a frustrated look and he would switch the topic of conversation. Luckily it's finished and it fits him.

Here's a little preview of what's going into my 3rd project. It will be debuting on 12/15/2010:

December Arrangement


Our last lab in floral design was an "evergreen" design. This design consists of a variety of evergreen foliage as well as carnations, starburst mums, button mums, roses, hypericum berries, statice and pine cones. This arrangement took the longest to make because of the collaring of greens and the strategic placement of flowers. The candle sits on top of the foam and is secured with wooden dowels that encircle its base. The arrangement is suppose to last well into Christmas with a life of about 4-5 weeks. It's been a little over a week so far and everything still looks fresh and lively.

Warm & Cozy


Our first project in my intermediate sewing class was a hoodie. It was really fun to make and gave me little to no problems (which is always a plus). At the time I was making it we were just transitioning into fall, which meant there was a limited selection in sweatshirt material in stores. I found this lovely brown jersey variation at the Fabric Mill [If you have never been to the Fabric Mill and you love to sew or quilt, you absolutely have to go there! It has a great selection of designer prints... you are bound to find something great! I have promised myself NEVER to shop for fabric at JoAnn's again!]. It took about 6 classes to make complete the hoodie (pattern alterations included). I could not be happier! I still haven't put the ties/drawstrings into the hood so I guess it isn't completely finished, but looks good and it's wearable, and that's all that matters to me.

Giving Thanks


This Thanksgiving we had the opportunity to go to Florida and be with Stephen's family. Our friends from Brazil, Arlindo and Rosangela came to visit too. We really enjoyed spending time with everyone, relaxing and soaking up the warm weather. We have so much to be thankful for this year!

For my floral design class our assignment was to create a centerpiece for a Thanksgiving dinner table. This is what I made:

Emme trying on Stephen's boot.

Arlindo and Rosangela.

This is why we were so happy to be somewhere warm (what we returned to):

A Gift for Stephen's Boss


A little while ago Stephen's boss had a birthday, so I made this glass cube arrangement for her. When Stephen took it to her at work, she wasn't there. The next day she found it and thought the girls at work gave it to her :)

Boutonniere Basics


Friday, December 10, 2010

Mid-semester we learned how to make boutonnieres and corsages. The techniques we learned included: piercing methods, wiring methods, taping methods and attachment methods. These are four of the basic ones we did in lab.

November Arrangement


Saturday, December 4, 2010

One of the floral arrangements we made in November was inside of a pumpkin. It was probably the hardest arrangement to make so far, but it turned out really good. I gave it to my boss and his family to enjoy since Stephen and I went to Florida for Thanksgiving. He was super impressed and kept telling me how it was still looking great 3 weeks later.


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