29 November 2008

quilt giveaway

Stephanie's good friend and his wife had their 3rd baby almost 4 months ago. Mia. She was born with a severe heart defect and waited for months on the heart transplant list. I used to work as a nurse in a Pediatric Cardiology unit. I helped care for babies like Mia and their families. Each new day and every little change in the baby's condition brings a roller coaster of emotions. The physical and emotional tole it takes on families is overwhelming.

When my own children are sick I feel so helpless and lost when I can't make them feel better. But they do get better. The are healthy kids. I can't even begin to imagine the emotions Mia's family is going through at this time with her heart struggles. My heart aches for her mom. And on top of all this their insurance will not cover all the expensive surgeries and needed health care.

But baby Mia finally got her heart! Here is cute Mia when her mom finally got to hold her after the transplant surgery. Imagine not being able to hold your little baby for so long.
So it's a happy quilt giveaway! But she still has a long road of recovery ahead of her. And the medical bills and medication costs will keep piling up. So if you can we would love you to help her family.

A recent quilt giveaway got 2100 entries. Could you imagine if everyone who entered donated a dollar? It could be such a blessing for little Mia. I don't know that we will be able to get those kind of numbers but anything will help.

So here it is, my quilt to help baby Mia. The quilt measures 38x45 inches. Perfect to cuddle up with as a lap quilt or if you can stand to give it up, use as a crib quilt.

How to enter:

Leave a comment after this post to be entered in the quilt giveaway. Make sure you leave a contact email if your comment does not link to your blog.
Post the baby Mia quilt give away button on your blog or facebook account to get 5 more entries. (html code for button at bottom of post)
Email all your friends and tell them about the giveaway and get 5 more entries.
Donate to the help baby Mia fund and get 15 more entries.
(Don't forget to tell what you have done when you comment so you will get all your entries!)

Click here to go to the Help Baby Mia blog. You can then click on the sidebar at the top right to donate through paypal.

And because we love you and your help in donating and spreading the word we have two more items to give away to a lucky second and third place winner!

Baby Bjorn cover. Made and donated by my friend Melissa. (she sells them here!) Opposite side is brown, shows when top of cover is flipped over to carry forward facing baby.
Crayon roll. (If you need one for a boy I can do that instead)

The give away ends at midnight on December 9th.

One more thing - thanks for hanging in for the long post! I will have the quilt pattern ready to sell after the contest closes. Email me at bwrdavis@telus.net if you are interested in purchasing a pattern.

Code for quilt give away button - copy and paste html code to your sidebar in the layout section of blogger.


crafty christmas

Whipped this up the other day.
Just kinda made up the pattern based on how much material I had.
Found the pattern for the little tied pocket here.
Now I am all ready to start the Christmas goodies!

And because I think I have a cute little guy, here is a picture of Finn all dressed up for church last week. Just try to tell me he isn't adorable!

26 November 2008

simple finds

Love the blog Simple Finds.
I actually know two people who have won give aways.
Here are two more great giveaways to check out.
Wall Candy
Layers dress

Check em out!

another one! check it out for the chance to win a sleepy wrap baby carrier.
I could so use this - Finn is too long to fit comfortably in my other type of wrap!

21 November 2008


Took a few pictures of the kiddos today. I have been feeling guilty that we have ten times more pictures of Roman as a baby than Finn. Happens with every second child I am told.

14 November 2008

necessity is the mother of invention

I am on the enrichment committee at church. We are having super Saturday tomorrow and I am supposed to bring a Christmas treat.
So candy cane kisses and leftover cookie dough
became this
And they actually taste really good!

The left over cookie dough came from this.
Roman's I finally stayed in nursery the whole time all by myself celebration cookies! It only took a year, but he finally stayed. He wasn't excited about going, and it took a great deal of talking into, and he took Monkey with him, but he did it. I asked him what he wanted to do to celebrate and he said make cookies. So make cookies we did. Good way to get rid of Halloween candy too. We'll soon see if he can make it two in a row...
And in other cooking news, I made stuffing from the crock pot blog for dinner last night. It was so good! I'm eating leftovers for lunch as we speak. Cooked a ham in my other crock pot. You just may have to put up with my love of this blog and her recipes for awhile. And if you haven't checked it out you seriously need to!

11 November 2008

I heart my crock pot

Or should I say pots, I have three. Three different sizes of course.
I came across an interesting blog awhile ago but have never explored it much. This girl decided to cook with her crock pot every day in 2008. 365 days of using a crock pot.
After telling some friends about the blog yesterday I was intrigued to check it out. I couldn't stop looking back at all her recipes. I now have a huge word document of recipes to try!
And the best part, her last post was about cooking a turkey breast in the crock pot!
Turkey breast has go to be my favorite food. Well turkey buns actaully. Warmed up with cheese. Cheese you say, I know it sounds ridiculous. But don't knock it till you try it! I love turkey buns so much I have given up all together on eating turkey on my plate. I go straight for the turkey buns. I even go so far as to bring my own buns and cheese to family events where turkey will be served. I think it drives my family and Brad's family crazy.
So check out the awesome crock pot blog! And if you have any awesome crock pot recipes send em my way!

06 November 2008

Oh my!

It's an Amy Butler Christmas!
Usually I am a stickler for the rules - the American rules that is. Christmas does not take center stage until Thanksgiving is over. We will be celebrating American Thanksgiving, but I think I am all about Christmas after seeing Amy Butler's new free patterns! Check em out. I love the felt pillow, although white would never last around my house. And the felt stockings and tree skirt. Looks like I am in the market for some felt to combine with my love of Amy Butler and polka dots! She also has those red polka dots that would look just as great as the green!
Kid in a candy store moment for me, just go with it!
In other news, my quilt for the help baby Mia give away is well on it's way. Amy Butler fabric of course! And there will be some other cool stuff we are giving away too. Keep checking back!

05 November 2008

I'm too tired to think of a title. That is why I am blogging instead of cleaning my house.

Make sure you check out the link on my sidebar, for Stephanie's quilt give away. And check back soon, I am working on my quilt for a give away.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of a few things I made recently.
I actually made this black apple doll before Finn was born, but never got around to taking a picture of it. Silly I know, two boys and I am making a doll. She is all for me. Get the pattern here. I added shoes, pigtails, sleeves, and a collar. My mom did the face for me. If I made another one I would make the limbs a bit bigger. The seam allowance is so tiny. I am afraid the limbs would fall apart if a little girl played with it much. I think I would try tracing the pattern onto my fabric, sewing on the line I traced, and then cutting out so I could leave a big seam allowance. Make sense?

I had the pieces for this pillow cut way before Finn was born, but couldn't finish it until we named him. Brad was kind enough to take him for a bit a few days after we came home from the hospital so I could finish it. It was silly, but it was nagging at me, I just had to finish it and couldn't wait any longer!
The front.
The back.
Got the pattern and idea here. Just drew my own letter cause the ones they had were much to frilly and girly for little Finn.

I am dying to attempt this cute Molly Monkey pattern. Sadly it will have to wait until after Christmas at least. Too many thing on the list to sew for Christmas.

03 November 2008

halloween fun

Here is my little monkey. He REALLY didn't want to hold still for pictures. So I did what any good mom would do, told him no trick or treating if he didn't let me take a few pictures.
He had a lot of fun. He kept saying "happy tal-ween" to everyone we passed. And he did a sweet monkey dance complete with sound effects for anyone who asked.
And little Finn was a polar bear - a polar bear because his bunting suit has ears. He actually fell asleep just as we were leaving, so my mom came out with me and Roman and Brad and Finn stayed home. But he did have a cute little pumpkin hat he wore around all day. Here he is with it on for a Halloween party we went to a few weeks ago.
After going all out as the incredibles for our Halloween party I didn't get around to getting cool costumes for me and Brad to wear tick or treating. This is how creative I was - a nurse and a finishing carpenter. Not at all lifelike or anything!
There were tons of parents dressed up this year. Must have been because the weather was so nice. Lins and Derek had some good costumes, and Ali and James were adorable. I loved James' costume because my mom made a skeleton costume for us when we were little - just painted bones onto black clothes. I am sure Lins will put up pictures soon if she hasn't already.
And I LOVED the Williams family's costumes! Scroll to the bottom to see the whole family.

Instead of costumes I made the cupcake pops I talked about in an earlier post. Here is the link to make them. They were fun to make, but I don't love how they taste. They are okay but I would rather waste the calories on something else! But a few of the people around town that I took some to loved them. So at least I know it was just me and that they turned out good this time. If you going to make them try styrofoam to poke the sticks into while they dry, it worked like a dream. And it would be a cute way to display them at a party or something.

One last picture. Here is what Roman tricked his dad into letting him have for breakfast the day after Halloween. Maybe that's why it is trick or treat!