Monday, May 11, 2009


Projects as of late...

Freezer Jam - Totally wish I had a freezer full of beautiful matching containers for all to enjoy looking at. Okay, really, for myself to enjoy looking at every time I open the freezer to pull out one of my 30 pints of delicious Jam. But I don't. Have rows of beauteous containers that is. Being the thrifty mc-nickle pants I am, I saved old butter, cottage cheese, sour cream, and frosting containers throughout the year just for this purpose. Mom if your viewing this hold back on that big 'I TOLD YOU SO!' I have teased her for years about keeping all her old containers - it drove me nuts. Yet here I am, following suit.

Haircuts - Carter and Jacob have completely different hair. Jake's is curly like his Dad's. I have to buzz both of theirs super short. Once it gets 1/2" long it is really hard to keep from going berzerk. Carter's however is straight and thick and looks better when I just cut it as opposed to buzzing it. I usually start trimming a little here, a little there, and get completely annoyed within about 5 minutes because he wont sit still and end up buzzing it all off just to save myself the trouble of having to cut it again any time soon. Well, I finally gave him a real hair cut the other day. He sat so good for me that I gave him a bowl of ice-cream at 10 o'clock in the morning just to show my gratitude. I think it turned out pretty cute.

Blankets -I have 8 friends and family members having babies in the next couple of months! Holy cow! So I have been making rag blankets out of flannel as gifts. The first one is the one I made for Brayden before he got here. I saw one that another mom had when I was out and about the other day - hers was completely random, and super cute - I decided to try it with the second blanket I made. I haven't cut and frayed the seams on the second one yet, but I think I like the random pattern better than the precise pattern on the first blanket. I am experimenting with a few more blankets to see what I like better. A girl in my ward shared her pattern with me and I am really enjoying making them - they are very simple to do.

Next up, the garden. I am a little intimidated to get going on it. I need some advice from all of you gardeners out there. I went to the nursery last Saturday and picked up a page of info on gardening for beginners - also 60$ worth of seed! I hope I don't ruin it all! I have no idea what I am doing. Why the heck didn't I pay more attention to what my parents did in our garden growing up?! The info tells what type of things grow good in the area I am living, but it also says to plant certain things in late April, and others in late May. I am so confused. Also, how do you know how much mulch and manure to buy for your plot you are planting in? And most importantly, how the heck am I going to keep the neighbor dog out of my crops!!! If you have gardening knowledge and tips - please share, I need all the help I can get!


lefty said...

Look at you, Susie-home-maker! If you lived up here, or I lived down there: we would have so much fun together!

I've never done that kind of blanket; I hear it is easy. Will you post pictures of the project in the making, so I can learn this from you?

jennycooks said...

Kimberlee - thanks friend! We would have fun together - I'll be working on another one this week and I will take pictures and do a step by step deal for you. They are super easy and fun to make.

lefty said...

Danke Schoen. I'm looking forward to it. I posted a step by step of a quilt I did, early in my blogging (I think I may be coming up on one year of blogging)--you should check it out--very easy.

Jeanine said...

Jen --
wow -- so many skills :) about the gardening: we hadn't done "our own" garden until this year, mainly because we've always rented, but decided to build 2 boxes 8 x 4 anyway from friends' old deck boards & paid your parents to pick up a truck load of garden dirt from the nursery, filled the boxes & i just picked up some packets of seeds from target, 2 tomato plants & we now have peas, beans in 1 box, carrots, lettuce, onions, tomatoes & radishes in the other growing! not knowing how it would grow the 1st year, i didn't want to spend much -- i water & sheldon put on some fish fertilizer from your parents -- i was pretty intimidated too, but made it a goal and waalaa! good luck :)