Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BIG NEWS- Bundle Up Because It's About To Get Cold

I mentioned in yesterday's post that Mr. B and I decided to cut our vacation short because of a surprise... so here it is: 

Mr. B took a new job in Utah and we are packing our bags and moving very soon. (Don't worry, there will be plenty of room for my sewing area wherever we go.. it was a stipulation of the move.)
I mean, it's only a 5 hour flight, or 32 hour drive-- It's not that far right?

He has to report for work before the end of October so we have been busy making arrangements and getting our life in order before the move. 

While the news is super exciting it's also scary, happy, sad and every other emotion all at the same time. We both are looking forward to this new adventure and chapter in our lives. Oh and I can't wait for visitors. 

Until then it will be Face Time for me. I know that the move will be super hard to leave my family, friends and of course Copper. We'll make it through. 

I borrowed this image from the internet. It is of a town, Ogden, UT,  that will be nearby.  :-) 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Breakfast with the Rushmore's

Last week, Mr. B and I got to take a 6 day road trip adventure. I never thought that I would enjoy road trips until we started taking them. Since we have been together, we have taken several but this was out most expansive adventure. As you will see in the images below, we certainly crammed a lot of fun into just a few days.

Day 1- Home to Lexington, KY

Day 2: Lexington, KY to St. Louis, MO to Des Moines, IA

Day 3: Des Moines, IA to Sioux Falls, SD to Rapid City SD

Day 4: Rapid City, SD

Day 5 & 6: Rapid City, SD to Home!

We had initially intended to do more exploring and adding in a few additional stops but we had a surprise twist along the way and high tailed it home. Stay tuned for an update on our Surprise Twist later this week. :-) 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sooba Steve Health Scare

There's nothing like a little scare from a mechanic to really make you appreciate your car. Let me tell you, this past week has been cray!

So, Sooba Steve (my Subaru Legacy, which was Ryan's pride and joy) went in to the Subaru dealer last week while we were on our Mid-Western Adventure Vacation for an oil change and a brakeline recall. This was the first time that I had taken the car to this specific place. 

They seemed pretty disorganized, which raised a few red flags, but I had to have the recall work done so I shrugged my shoulders and dropped off the car. A few hours after I dropped it off, the mechanic called to tell me that the turbo was broken and it was going to cost $2,400 to repair. I remembered the car being in working order when I dropped it off so I was a little confused but I believed what he was saying and thanked him for the call. 

Mr. B and I had a few days to think it over and decided that the best option might be to trade the car in since the turbo problems could also have meant engine problems. We were on vacation when all of this happened so there wasn't really much we could do. 

Fast forward a few days, I picked up the car and sat with a sales person to see about a trade in. I have to say - the experience was horrendous. I was so disappointed that I decided I should probably get a second opinion. 

It turns out that there was hardly anything wrong with Sooba Steve, just a loose heat shield. Instead of $2,400 it cost me $160. Woo Hoo. So I must say that the lesson here was.. always get a second opinion. It saved me a bundle. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Easy Sock Monkey Pillows

I am the absolute worst at choosing gifts for Mr. B. He always seems to have everything that he needs and doesn't really ever want anything. So, his birthday is this week and I have been trying to figure out what to give him for months. 

I started out by asking him, he named two things. Both of which I got, 1. a bread board and 2. wooden salad dinner bowls. The board arrived just fine but after searching the internet far and wide for the bowls, they arrived cracked. So I sent them back. He was insistent that  he didn't need anything else. But I wanted more..

After thinking and thinking, it occurred to me that two sock monkey throw pillows sounded like a great idea. I found one online and decided that I would try to replicate it. Here's how it went...

This was my inspiration. I think that it's still cuter than my finished product.

I headed over to Hobby Lobby to pick up a few ingredients. They didn't have the traditional sock monkey material so I went with solid felt colors. I decided to get the big box of fill.. just in case. :-) 

This was the in progress piecing. Does it look similar?

Here is the finished product. What do you think?

The pillows are about 15x15 and are made of mostly felt and blanket material. I used yarn for the tassels on the hat and buttons for the eyes instead of just a flat material. In all, these probably took about 4 hours from start to finish. This would include time for me to draw my pattern. 

 I'll let you know if he likes them. Remember a few months back, I made him the silly sock monkey quilt. I think the pillows will pair well with the blanket. I have some leftover material from the quilt project so I was thinking of making some sock monkey bunting. I've never made bunting before but I can't image that it's that hard.