Saturday, December 31, 2011

First Finished Quilt Front

I've been dabbling in quilting for the last couple of years, but this is the first pieced quilt front I've finished so far. It was my Thanksgiving project.

It's not perfect, but I did it!

Now I just need to figure out how to put the rest of it together. :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

If you haven't seen...

If you haven't seen the new videos about the life of the Savior put out by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, go watch them! Right now, they have several up about the birth of Jesus. I especially love the one where the shepherds learn of His birth.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I got a juicer for Christmas (I know, it's early). I've been making green juices (very yummy), but this morning I decided to experiment with an all fruit juice. I used a cup of organic cranberries, two organic oranges, and one organic apple. Yummiest juice ever. I'm all sorts of proud of myself. It's the little things. :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Amazing Organ

I'm not usually the biggest organ fan. I'm a pianist and I prefer the piano. But check out this rendition of "Go Tell it on the Mountain."

My piano students have often complained about playing two hands at the same time, but two hands and two feet, all doing complex things! Wow!!

For this second one, I didn't know if it could compare to the first, but just you wait. ;)

Did you hear it at 2:22?!!!! "Good King Wenceslas" is a favorite in Morgan's family, which makes this video even cooler to me.

Friday, December 2, 2011

December Challenge

Both Jane Austen and Walt Disney were born in December. Read a book that is somehow related to either of them. (Spin-offs, about the park, biographies, relating to the movies, etc….)

I hope you had a wonderful month of reading in November. The challenge being for reading fun books, I read mostly fluff. :)

Challenge books:
North by Northanger - Carrie Bebris (should have saved this one for Jane Austen month!)
Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon - Melody Carlson
Prada & Prejudice (likewise should have waited for Dec. Forgot it would be Jane Austen month)
The Reluctant Heiress - Eva Ibbotson (not that great)
A Billion Reasons Why - Kristin Billerbeck
Kissing Adrien - Siri Mitchell (read at the same time as Siddhartha, which made them both more thought-provoking, believe it or not)
Cut to the Quick - Kate Ross (mystery from the 1820s, I think)
Sprinkle with Murder - Jenn McKinlay (wish I could try the cupcake recipes!)

This Time Together - Carol Burnett (very fun!!)
Fat Burning Furnace - Rob Poulos (recommended to me. Just reiterated all the things I have found to be true. Kind of disappointing, but a quick read, at least.)

Siddhartha - Hemann Hesse (been meaning to read this one for a long time. Finally got through it. Reading at the same time as the other book, I found it an interesting contrast that strengthened my belief in "all things in moderation.")

My favorites of the month were "This Time Together," "Cut to the Quick," and "Sprinkle with Murder." I guess I'm back in mystery mode. I also reread a few books, which was fun, but I didn't write those down so I can't report on them. :)

Happy reading!