Monday, September 27, 2010

One Thing Challenge~ Kyana's skirt

I joined in on the One Thing, One Week Challenge over at Amy's Creative Side.
Amy says, "I don’t want you to be stressed out about this challenge, but I do hope to MOTIVATE you. Finish something, start something, just don’t be overwhelmed by everything – One Thing!"
My goal: a twirly skirt for Kyana.
Goal accomplished!

Check out the other accomplished goals on One Thing, One Week over on Amy's Creative Side.
I'm linking up:

Amy's Creative Side

Enjoy your week! ~Garilyn

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Remember the Sneak Peek??

A reversible vest!!
I made this as a pattern test for Little Lizard King.
Patterns found here, Little Lizard King's Etsy shop, if you are so inclined.
I took my son out and let him choose the fabrics since it was in his size.
Transformers on one side and...

puppies on the other side!
What a combo! At least he likes it!

Watch for these soon in our shop!

Available in sizes NB- 7.

Linked at:

Today's Creative Blog
Get Your Craft On!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Holiday Gift Giveaway Blog Hop

We will be participating in the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop, December 1st- 5th.

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop

So far, there are 187 blogs registered to participate.

All prizes will be either cash or gift cards/certificates!

Woo Hoo, just in time for Christimas!

Stay tuned for the publishing of our new store!

Have a great weekend! ~Garilyn

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Missions Fundraiser- eParty

My friend, Nikki, is going on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic October 23-30.
Here's a little about her trip:
From Nikki:
"This is my first ever missions trip. It is a medical missions trip and we will be going into a small village and setting up a medical clinic where we will give free check-ups, treat with tylenol, vitamins, etc and hand out items like soap, toothbrushes & toothpaste. We will also have several opportunities to minister and share God's love with the people of the DR."

We have put together an AVON eParty!

Any purchase using the code: NIKKIGUNN will count towards party sales. She will receive a percentage of the profits for her trip!!

Look at these exciting sales:

ANEW REJUVENATE Skin Revitalizing System $25 ($58 value)

Imari Seduction Eau de Toilette Spray $10.99 (reg. $23)

*NEW* Pumpkin Spice Bubble Bath $5.99 (will be $8)

Moisture Therapy Vitamin Treatment 4-Piece Collection $12.99 ($26 value)

*NEW* NATURALS Glazed Apple & Walnut Refreshing Shower Gel $1.99 (reg. $6)

There are lots of other items...

Introducing: AVON Healthy Makeup!!

Free shipping on all $30 orders!

One time free shipping on any order using code: FSANY


Thanks for looking and helping Nikki reach her goal! The party will end September 30th.


(P.S. In my list of things about me, I forgot to list that I'm an AVON rep! Oops!)

Let me know if I can help you with fundraising or if you'd like to do an eParty and earn product or discounts!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cakes...Lots of cakes! Part 2

Here's another round of cakes I've made in the last couple years (at least the ones that I have on my computer!)
This one was for Aaron, my oldest, who turned 11 earlier this month. He wanted a Bible cake.
Scooby dooby doo!!

Our home school graduation.

This is the front of the program that I copied. This cake is HUGE! Three layers!

My daughter LOVES Blue's Clues.

A wedding shower for a friend.

This turtle is Michaelangelo!

And a skateboard!!

I hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into my world of cakes! I have fun creating them and seeing my kid's faces as the character they wanted appears in the icing!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Scripture & Prayer Requests

Psalm 121 (NIV)
A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
I've had quite a week...needing to remember that my help comes from the LORD, that He's watching over me. All. The. Time!! Isn't that amazing? To know that our LORD is watching over us, that He will keeps us from all harm, that He cares about all our needs! I just have to remember to give those needs over to Him and let Him take care of them.
Let me know if you have any prayer requests this week. I'm happy to pray with you!
I hope your weekend is great! ~Garilyn

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cakes...Lots of cakes! Part 1

I thought I'd share some of the cakes that I've made over the last couple of years. There's more than this and I'll finish with part 2 on Monday!
Leonardo! first time making "fur."

Colin's R2D2!

Our anniversary cake in 2008, we renewed our vows!
My very first wedding cake! It was for my sister's wedding.

Hope you enjoy! More to come on Monday!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sleeping and a Sneak Peek

We have been diaper free since the end of July. I've accomplished this at night because I sneak in and get her up to go to the bathroom before I go to bed. We've had a few nighttime accidents, which I've found to be related to either Kyana getting sick or being overly tired. The funny thing is that she hardly ever opens her eyes and always goes to the bathroom for me!
This was taken after lying her back down the other night. All her baby's are named "Two."

And this is a sneak peek of fabric (not a great picture, but it's the only one I took) my son picked out for a pattern that I am testing! Hope I can show you the final result soon!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Items...

posted on etsy!
Most have been seen in recent posts!
Thanks for taking a look! More coming soon!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Here's the story.
Aaron: "Mom, is that Nana's sewing machine?"
Mom: "Yes."
Aaron: "Wow, that's ancient!"

Well, I certainly hope it's not ancient, because if it's ancient, so am I. Leave it to kids to say things that make you laugh. Maybe those laughs will help erase a few years!!
The Kenmore is old, it's metal, and oh so heavy! My mom was inspired by the quilts I was making and how easy they were. So, we dusted off the metal, cleaned out the lint, and got some new thread. And we went shopping for fabric. Yippee!

We then set out to cut, chain piece, and put it all together. A couple week's ago, we finished up the border, sandwiched it, quilted it, and started on the binding.

All that's left is hand stitching the binding!!
We should have taken the pictures outside, these don't do justice to the bright purples and greens.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 6, 2010

A little about me...

I thought I might share a little bit about myself.
Here's a list of things you may or may not want to know about me:
1. I'm a Christian.
2. I'm married to a pastor.
3. I have 3 sons (11, 8, and 6).
4. I have 1 daughter (3).
5. I can't sing.
6. The town I live in is the home of the Great Pumpkin Show!
7. I love to sew.
8. I love to quilt.
9. I drive a Toyota mini-van.
10. I'm the oldest of 4 children.

11. I have brown eyes.
12. My hair is naturally curly.
13. My favorite color changes frequently. (right
14. I love Jesus.
15. I like to read Christian romance novels.
16. I've lived in VA, WV, and OH.
17. I've been on a missions trip to Paraguay.
18. I used to tap dance.
19. I went to Denmark with a foreign exchange folk dance group when I was 16.
20. I love to sew.
21. I had stitches in my chin when I was 3.
22. My grandmother was a quilter.
23. I love to quilt.
24. I don't like to hand quilt. (It takes too long and I'm all about finishing!)
25. I homeschool my children.
26. I like to crochet.
27. I like to bake.
28. I like chocolate.
29. I like to bake with chocolate.
30. I like iced cappuccinos.
Hope you enjoyed reading a little about me. I'd love to hear something about you!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday Scripture & Prayer Requests

Psalm 20:4-5 (New International Version)

4 May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.

5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.

Several years ago, I held tightly to this verse. You see, I had 3 sons, whom I love dearly. But I really wanted a daughter. My oldest son had been praying for well over a year for God to give him a sister. It took a little longer than we had anticipated, but God granted that prayer! We got our daughter and my sons got their sister. They shower her will love and I'm sure as she gets older all the boys will all know that she has older brothers watching over her!

We praise God for answered prayer. It may not be in our timing or exactly the way we would like it to be, but God's ways are best.

Do you have any prayer requests that you would like to share, so that I may join you in praying? It can even be as simple as stating it as unspoken...God knows your heart and your need.

May you all have a blessed and wonderful Labor Day!


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Brown & Turquiose

Brown & turquiose corduroy Easy-Fit pants.

(pattern by The Scientific Seamstress aka Carla C)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Twirly Whirly Skirt and a Cute Model

This is the Annabeth Girly Skirt from Noodles & Milk! I thoroughly enjoyed making this skirt and seeing the fullness and twirl-ability of it as I put it together. The pattern was well written with great pictures and sewing tips.
Kyana loved how much it twirled. Of course, I'm biased but I thought she was a great model and has a perfect smile!

It's kind of hard to tell in the picture, but the body of the skirt is cream color with tiny pink flowers and green leaves and vines. The bottom ruffle is a coordinating green with cream polka dots.

Link Love!!

Fresh Poppy Design

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I've been making...

the Love Me Knot Dress/Top!

The pattern is by Little Lizard King.

The Easy Fit Pants pattern is by CarlaC Dolly Designs found on You can make this.

Pinks/Browns/Cream polka dots and stripes! Yummy...reminds me of neopolitan ice cream!
This is a size 5.

Love Me Knot Dress (3T) in black, white, and bright pink, yellow, green, and blue!

Nice twirling action!!

Relaxing in the sun!

Ruffle Knot Top (size 12-18mo.), pattern also by Little Lizard King.
Sorry, the pictures didn't come out all that great! Should have gone outside!

You Can Make This!

Custom listings coming soon to our etsy shop!
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