From the monthly archives:

January 2012

Making Stuff: Crocheted Skirt {Thrifted Afghan Refashion}

by This is Carrie on January 25, 2012

I’m always attracted to the many brightly colored afghans at my local thrift store. I finally bought this one since it’s border and decorative flower just screamed to be made into a skirt. Basic Steps: -Cut a rectangle from the afghan for the skirt based on how full you want the skirt. The thicker the […]

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4 Ways to Get Your Teens to the Dinner Table (and like it)

by This is Carrie on January 24, 2012

The benefits of eating together as a family are pretty well documented.  As small children turn into teenagers, the benefits (including better communication, higher grades and lower incident of eating disorders and drug use) become even more critical but getting teenagers to the dinner table becomes infinitely more difficult. I’m …

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Women’s shirred top dresses and skirts are always easy and fun to refashion.  A dress that used to be mine (and I never really liked) looks so much better on Princess. Pin It Basic Steps: 1. Take in shirred panel on each side to fit chest. With so much fullness, you can blend to nothing […]

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Family Indoor Triathlon {Winter Racing in UT}

by This is Carrie on January 16, 2012

When my brother-in-law heard about the First Annual Indoor Triathlon being sponsored by his athletic club in UT on New Year’s Eve, he knew it would be the perfect event for the family.  When he found out we could compete as two teams of four, it made it even better.  After 20 minutes on the […]

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Making Stuff: Holiday Dresses {Women’s Sweater Refashion}

by This is Carrie on January 10, 2012

Before: Two gold women’s sweaters, a women’s blouse and a piece of embroidered sheer curtain fabric. After: Two 60′s inspired mini dresses for the holidays. The embroidered sheer curtain fabric that once sat in Todd’s (recently passed) Grandmother’s sewing pile made perfect puff sleeves for Pumpkin’s dress. Basic Steps: Cut off sweater sleeves. Sew up […]

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The Nutcracker

by This is Carrie on January 10, 2012

One of the best moments of the 2011 holiday season was being able to take my mom and the girls to see The Nutcracker performed by the amazingly talented dancers from the Maple Conservatory.  It was Pumpkin’s first time seeing the ballet. It felt like a rite of passage worthy of the multi-generational girls night […]

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Making Stuff: Ruffle “Love Scarf”

by This is Carrie on January 7, 2012

On the long drive from California to Utah, I finished one scarf for The Love Scarf Project and started another. Pattern: Ruffle Scarf by Caron Yarn: from my stash, missing label.

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If you would like to crochet/knit a scarf or cap for The Love Scarf Project, you can find the details here.  The delivery to City of Hope (here in California) will take place on February 14th.  After getting the chance to help with last year’s delivery of scarves and caps, I can’t put into …

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Christmas Vacation in Utah 2012

by This is Carrie on January 6, 2012

Even though we’ve been home for 5 days, I’m still trying to ease back into reality and responsibility. Having a whole week hanging out with family is such a treat.  And I’m not just talking about extended family. I got accustomed to having my own little family together with Todd home …

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This Week on Twitter 2012-01-01

by This is Carrie on January 1, 2012

It was a Merry BMXmas!! http://t.co/WnvaEbtZ # I think @toddsonaride forgot how complicated Transformers can be! http://t.co/L5Mnn5Ov # Hopefully he won't be quite so obsessed w/ big brothers skateboard. #wheelycow http://t.co/DhILiv0y # Luke, I am your father. http://t.co/VirekCjn # Off to celebrate the reason for the season. http://t.co/J7OrdHCk # Hope you and yours had a […]

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