Sunday, August 28, 2011

{Suite} Muddy Day!

This weekend I ran my first race EVER! 
{Well, actually,  I remember I ran in the Turkey Trot in middle school. 
I totally should have tripped that girl that beat me. 
I came in third....Only first and second won turkey's!  UGHHH...Totally annoying! 
I know you all really wanted to hear about my bitter childhood memories :/ }

Okay so back to the race.  It was a MUD run.  I ran with a group of fabulous friends. 
 SEEEEEEEEEE! Cute, huh?!

Nothing like mud in your teeth, up your nose, in your shoes and of course in places that don't ever
see day light!   Better yet, nothing like a friend to tell you that you have mud in all these places.  


Thanks for being here so I can blab to you all about my Mud day with friends!
I LOVE giving tutorials so here is my tutorial on

How To Run In A Mud Run

What you need:

Friends who will lift you up when you are down!  Cause, you will be going down.  This is mud people.  It will eat you alive!

It also helps if you have a few morefriends to lean on,  even when your armpits are totally sweaty!

Duct tape... We don't want to loose our shoes!

...On your marks, get set, go!

Okay, so if you decide to run through the middle
of a large puddle of mud that is being sprayed by
your local firemen and their powerful hoses , take a friend.  This is where they come in pretty handy!
Unless, your friend is totally stuck along with you!  That's when her awesome sister, {the happy on in the blue} comes in pretty handy! 
I've never laughed so hard in my life. 
 Both of us were so tired from laughing and struggling to get out.

 Thanks Mags and Amy, you rock! 

Now don't forget to flex them neck muscles!
That way you look like one tough mud Queen!!

Don't forget...keep smilin' you wanna  get as
 much mud as possible on your teeth!
Just make sure you have your friend do a tooth
check before you head home.
Thanks Heather :)

This is about when I was wishing I had my hikin' boots on.  Up the little hill
Then down, down, down the little hill!!

Now, they will tell you to keep your arms crossed
as you go down the big slide.
I'm here to tell you....

close your mouth!

Muddy water up the nose and in the mouth! 

Okay, so after the 6,789th muddy hill and mud puddle, 
stay strong my friends,  
there are only 5,674 more to go.

Just keep runnin', just keep runnin'!

Hold up,
 I totally lied, there are 5,675 more 
Some of the thoughts that may go through your mud filled little head
about now,
"Are you freakin' kiddin' me?!"
"Alrighty then, 
Let's do this!"
"One foot, now the other foot."
"Oh, I'm still moving, sweet!"

Then comes the time when the Finish line is in sight.
Move that muddy booty girl!

Don't forget to celebrate at the Finish Line! 
 Make sure you high five a total stranger who you thought was
coming to congratulate you.
  {she really just wants the time chip off you shoe.}
She will think you are a total rock star and not know what to say.
Oh yeah, I blew her away with my fabulousness.
 {She totally asked for my autograph!}

Now, go celebrate!

 have a nice dip in the mud!

sling some mud around...

Don't forget,

Capture every moment!!

We had the best camera man in the universe!
Thanks Alan, you da best!

Thanks fabulous girlies, 
what an amazing day!
I will never forget it!

Friday, August 26, 2011

T-shirt Quilt Tut

Do you guys remember the T-shirt quilt I made?
I know it was way long ago.

Here's a little picture to help get the brain juices flowin'!

Okay, remember now?
{Just nod your head and smile.
"Umhmmm, Jennie, I totally remember your cute little quilt."}

now that we are all on the same page let's move on.
I had Miss Shari come by and ask for a little tuttie on how I made it.
I have to admit, I'm feelin' a little nervous.
No, I am not Miss sewing queen of the Universe.
 I know quite a few of you are. Those of you who have mad sewing skills please leave the room. :)

{I do have to give props to my Momma. She sewed a lot while I was growing. I used to love watching her create. I still do. Thanks Mom for always listening to me as I talked your ear off over the hum of the machine. The best days ever :) }

 This post is for people who can sew a kinda straight line and who can cut with scissors without cutting off all of their fingers.
Oh, that's you....
High three sistah!
Won't you come and join me on my sewing a T-shirt quilt journey?
Okay, so no judging,
just kind thoughts from here on out.
Pinky swear?!

Here we go!
What you need:
Oh yeah, I brought out the big guns for this project.
This  is a fancy Fiskars rotary cutter.  I love it cause it cuts straight lines.
I found mine at Walmart.
If you don't have one, grab them scissors, you'll need them too!

Here's a full picture of the cutter. 
You will also need a mat to cut on top of if your using one of these. 

You'll need some flannel or "warm and cozy" fabric. 
We are using this as a batting.
 I used an old flannel sheet.

Old T-shirts

And obviously a sewing machine and pins.

How to make the quilt:
  • first: cut your shirts into squares. I cut mine into an 11in x12in square.  
Just cause. 
{Below is a picture of my template}
You make yours however big or small you'd like!

So, decide how big you want your quilt to be and
how many squares you will need to make it that big.
I know,
way too much Math!
Cut, cut
away your little squares until you have the amount you need.
Remember, watch out for those fingers! 

 As you can see, I cut right through both sides of the shirt,
all at once.
 You will end up with two squares. 
A front and a back.
Just make sure your template is lined up with whatever logo 
or picture you are trying to cut out. 

 I also used their old polo shirts from school. 
They are way too old to give away, but I hate to throw them away.
Here's to a new life little shirt!

Here they are all cut and fabulous...

  • Second: Cut out your flannel.  Use the same template you used to cut out  your shirts.  You need one piece for every set of squares you have.  It will be sandwiched between each front and back piece

  • Third: Make your TS & F sandwich. 
{T-shirt and flannel sandwich! yum!}
Pin them together.  Please take note: My pins are going the wrong way. 
Turn yours in, or your sewing machine will eat them!


  • Fourth:  It's time to sew.  Each sandwich will get a big X sewn through the middle of it.  Just start at one corner and sew down to the other.
I have one line down in the picture below. 

 {My girlie sat at the table and talked to me as she played with her playdoh and I sewed away.
Making memories :) }
  •  Fifth: lay them out in the order you want them to go.
Pin them together.  With a small seam allowance on top with the right sides up.
Hope that makes sense!

Just look at the picture. 
 Pin it like this. 
Make sure you have all your sandwich layers in there.

  • Sixth: Sew your squares together. This time you will have to pay attention so all your seams are the same. I don't know exactly how far in I sewed them together.  Just eyeball it.  Make sure you have enough to cut little slits into later. I lined my edge up with this  piece of tape on my sewing machine. I knew as long as my edge was lined up to it I was going pretty straight.

 Here they are all sewn together!
I did 6 squares for each row.
  • seventh: MAN! This is one LOOOONNGG tuttie!

Cut your strings and then get to cutting the little slits along the seam. DO NOT cut all the way through the seam you sewed. You'll have a huge hole in your purdy quilt.

  •   eighth: Sew the rows together.  Repeat, until they are all sewn into one big fabulousness!
 Line the rows up square to square and pin them just like you did to the squares with a small seam allowance.

Oh and don't forget,  Snip, snip all along that seam too!

 Sew a small seam all the way around the edge of the quilt.
Then, you will snip around those edges to.
You will hate your scissors after this one!
Make sure your scissors are sharp.  Otherwise, one word,
Don't forget to throw it into the wash so all the snips can fray.
Here is our new row added to the rest of it's t-shirt friends.
Don't they look so happy together?!

I'm going to continue adding to the quilt I already made. 
I will keep adding rows until it's big enough to cover the whole bed!
Almost there!


Here's a close up of the back. 
Pretty much the same as the front
except for NO frayed edges.

Hope this helps Miss Shari and anyone else who was wondering.
  Please email me or facebook me with any questions! 

Happy safe sewing! :)


Monday, August 15, 2011

{Suite} New Bathroom

What the?!!
I just realized I never showed you our new Master Bathroom!

How did I not? 
You must see before.
That's the only way for you to totally appreciate the new bathroom.
Are you ready?
Eeeeekkk, I'm not. 
{why the stink do I always put myself in these embarrassing situations?}
hold up,
a little background first.
We've lived in this house, going on 8 years.
When we moved in, the bathroom was naaasssttyyy!
Sad to say,
it was still gross until a few weeks ago.
You totally feel bad for us, huh?
I can't believe we waited so long to do this.

So here's the before. 
Plug your noses cause it's

The hubs makes it way cuter than it was.
{hi honey!}
As you can see we have two cupboard type vanities with
a big space between them. 
Not cute when dirty clothes start piling up in it. 
Okay, so I did try painting the cupboards at one time.
They just couldn't hang in this house.
The drawers were falling out and 
the tile was literally falling off the counter tops.
The sinks...
ugghhh, always made me wanna barf a little.
So stanky!!!
Next photo please...

you get that stinky sink out!!

never mind the nice guy!  Beat that sink out. 

In comes the magical bathroom fairy who magically removes the vanity and all it's nastiness
with her fabulous magic wand! 

Okay, so ya get the idea.  It was old and nasty and in need of lots of love and a total beating. 
{Seems like we beat a lot of things up around here, huh?! }

Now are you ready?

Let's do this!

 Welcome to our new {Suite} Master Bathroom.
{I know I need to iron my little curtains! Lazy, lazy!}
 My hubs picked the color out.  I know, I know...he's a total rock star!
I love how soothing it is. 
Great job sweetie!
 The vanity I bought from my Mom who used to sell furniture.
 All the hardware and towels I found at one of my favorite places to escape to.
Ross...Whoot, whoot!  We love Ross!

Happy bathing!
I know I'll enjoy mine.

Email or Facebook me if you wanna guest post or even do a bloggy swap. 
It would be so fun!!! 

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