Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tutorial : Minky Blanket

I wanted to share this tutorial for a sweet little minky blanket. It is a great gift for Christmas (or any other occasion) and it's easy, even for beginners :)

First, lay out all your fabric, right sides together.  As you can see, a yard of minky is considerable wider than my Thomas the Train fabric, so I had to start by trimming of the sides.


Make sure the edges are lined up like you like and trim.  Be careful, minky is a slippery snake.


Now, pin the CRAP out of that bugger.  I mean, pin until you don't have any pins left and then go to the store and get more pins and then pin some more.  Seriously, pin at least every inch or inch and a half.  Again, minky ain't no joke, that stuff is so, so slippery.  It might seem excessive to pin that much, but it will help keep it from sliding.


I would suggest using a walking foot.  You don't have to, but if you do it will feed the fabric through your machine more evenly and there will be less slippage. You may have a little extra when you finish sewing, you can trim that off if it is an amount that you aren't comfortable with leaving.


Seriously, I didn't even pin this enough.  I made a second blanket and pinned it twice as much and it turned out better, you guys, use a lot of pins!!


When you finish sewing all four sides, be sure to leave a little pocket.  Turn the blanket right side out and then pin up the pocket.  Top stitch it, and then all the rest of the way around.  Bam!  You are done!  In all honestly, this took me about 25-30 minutes and cost me about 10 dollars.  It's a very thoughtful gift and if you know any kids that love blankets (Cooper is a little blanket stealer in our house, he just loves them) then this is the perfect gift.


Be sure to leave me a link back to your blog if you make the blanket.  I would love to see them!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, December 15, 2014

Baker's Dozen.

Well guys, they did it again!


 I can't say I'm surprised, the Navy is made up of win.

Other tidbits from the weekend.

*Sunday was our kids Christmas program.  While Sophia was doing her song I told Melissa that I was about to tell her something very un-humble, but seeing Sophia on stage was like seeing history.  Sophia has never looked more like me.  Melissa said she was about to say the same thing.
*Then, while the older kids were doing their program, Sophia said "This is a good play, but we've been here a long time, I think the sun is going to come up soon."  I have no idea where she learned to exaggerate like that.  Cough.
*Once Upon a Time is over until Spring and I am sad.
*On the other hand, The Mentalist is back and I love, love, love Jane and Teresa together.  Like, love.  Those two were meant to be together.  
*I finally got my Christmas card envelopes printed out.  They are beautiful.  Seriously, little birds starting singing.
*You should go like my new FB page here.  I'm giving away something cool when I get to 250 fans!

And that's it!  I have a new tutorial coming this week.  Aren't you excited?  Haha!



"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fear the Goat!

Today is the day!  Win or lose, we play with everything and I'll always be proud to be a Navy daughter, wife and fan.

Here are my two favorite spirit videos :)





"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, December 12, 2014

GO NAVY! One More Day!

Get ready for an onslaught of Navy Spirit.

A few things are incredibly apparent to me while watching these.
1. While these boys (and girls) are getting a fine education, there is no clear emphasis on arts.  Kids can NOT dance in a lot of these, haha!
2. These are you future Senators, CIA Leaders, and political advisors here.  Let that sink in for a moment.
3. I only wish YouTube existed when I was a child.  These are amazeballs.











"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, December 11, 2014

GO NAVY! Stories with SecNav.

One of my friends posted this video on FaceBook.  I literally have no words.  This man is a genius.

Enjoy!  Come back tomorrow for the mother load of videos.

Watch HERE.


"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GO NAVY!

Due to my sad lack of posting yesterday, you get two spirit videos today.  You lucky ducks.

But first, a few fun facts for you!

The series began in 1890 with a 24-0 win by the Navy.  #surprisesurprise
Between 1894 and 1898 there was no game played between the famous rivals.  Hmmmm.  It was due to a reported "incident" between a Rear Admiral and a Bridgadier General which apparently nearly led to a duel.  A duel.  Why oh why don't people have duels anymore?  It's all bang bang and a done deal.  Someone please bring back duels.  In any event, the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of War sent both teams back home with their tails between their legs.  They were instructed that they were allowed to play other teams, but not each other.  It took five years for them to get over their feud and get the government to allow them to resume their annual game.
In 1909 the Army cancelled a game due to the death of Cadet Eugene Byrne in a game against Harvard.
The games were cancelled in 1917 and 1918 during WWI.
They were also suspended during 1928 and 1929 when the schools could not agree on academic eligibility standards.  Perhaps they should have solved it with a good old fashioned duel.
Since 1899 the game has been played in Philly, where it is still played to this day.  The good city of Philadelphia takes great pride in hosting this century old rivalry.
Thought the score between the two schools is close, Navy has won more games than Army in the 124 years they have been playing.  Funny considering the Navy is known for their sea faring ways, huh?

And now, what you've all been waiting for.  The videos.  

I give a ship, do you?


And last, What Does a Zoomie Say?  This one is for a game against the Air Force, but I suspect it will get you in the spirit just the same.  Go ahead, try it and see.




"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, December 8, 2014

GO NAVY! Spirit Day 1.

It's the beginning of one of my favorite weeks of the whole year.  THE WHOLE YEAR people.  And surprisingly, it has zero to do with Christmas, that is, unless you factor in that a few weeks before Christmas the Navy plays the Army.

This week, on December 14, the Navy will valiantly face the Army in over 100 years of all American tradition.  For the last 12 years, the Army has had their butts handed to them by the Navy.  If the Navy wins, this will be yet another year in the longest ever winning streak by either team.  Think about it, three entire classes of the Army have never seen a win.  The Christian heart in me actually does feel bad for them.  Will this be year 13?  You'll have to tune in with the rest of the nation on Saturday to find out!  My only wish is that my dad was here to watch it with me.  Don't worry, he's not dead, he's just in Florida.

And as always, here is a Spirit video to knock your socks off and get you in the mood, so to speak.  These just get better and better every year and they never disappoint.  Come back tomorrow and every day this week for another.  #gonavybeatarmy!



"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11