Tuesday, January 14, 2014


I read some parenting advice for toddlers. It said to give your child two acceptable options and let them have a choice, so they don't feel like you are always bossing them around. I have friends who have used this advice and say that it works great. It does not work great for us.

Giving McBoy choices just signals to him that the situation is open for debate:

It makes me wonder...

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Handsome Bryce is Pretty Much Awesome

It has taken me a few days to unpack from our trip and find the cord for the scanner, (yes, we packed that) but here is a scan of the Christmas present Handsome Bryce McEwen gave to me:

An engineer and an artist in one dreamy package; how did I get so lucky?

Monday, January 06, 2014

Bryce's Christmas Present

Hello! I hope everyone had a great Christmas! This year we were in Utah with all of Handsome Bryce's family. It was the first time everyone has been together in a while and it was so wonderful to see everyone again! I am so grateful for close family relationships and happy times together. I am especially grateful for the chance to have all the little cousins get to know and love each other.

This year Bryce and I decided that we would make gifts for each other. We also decided that the handmade gifts had to be comprised of stuff we already had at home. I decided to make him an ottoman because our couch doesn't really have a place for him to put his feet up.

I used this pouf tutorial on the Better Homes website. Except...I didn't exactly use the tutorial. You see, the pattern is totally free, but you have to make an account and print off the pattern; this requires you to have patience for account making and a printer with ink. I didn't have either of those things so I looked at the picture of the pattern and decided that I could easily make it on my own.

I also decided to stamp my fabric instead of doing the ornamental stitching on the sides.

I wanted a pattern that went with my area rug, so I used the leftovers from a big package of floor protector pads and stuck them to cardboard to make tree-branchy stamps.

The pads worked great and they were already sticky on one side for easy stamp creation!

Then I sewed everything up and I realized that my devious plan to make my own pattern didn't go 100% according to plan. I used the hands of the model in this photo to estimate pattern size:

Buuuuuuut I didn't consider that my hands were probably bigger than hers. It seems that my hands are probably twice as big as her hands because my pouf turned out to be about two times bigger than her pouf.

So I definitely recommend this tutorial, and I definitely recommend that you print the pattern out, unless you want a super-sized pouf (or a tiny-sized pouf if you are a tiny-handed person.)