Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Craven Family November 2009

It seems like getting everyone together for a family picture is an event that happens every couple of years. There is always the excuse that the picture will soon be outdated, as there have been steady additions to the family. First with Gina's kids, then Justin's and now I am starting to have my own. And, even though it will be outdated in April, here is the latest Family picture.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


We had our ultrasound today. Everything looks great, baby is in the 55th percentile for about every measurement, so that is good. Nate was worried about the ultrasound, so I think he is relieved, to see that everything is going just fine. The baby was moving around a lot, more than what I can feel. Nate was amazed at how much the baby was moving!

The doctor said that my placenta is at the back of my uterus, so I will be able to feel a lot of movement at the front later in the pregnancy.

We didn't find out what we are having, it will be a surprise!!! It was great to finally see the baby. Everything is there, now it will just gain weight and grow bigger every week!

Halloween Pictures, Several Weeks Late

I already posted these pictures on Facebook, so I have been avoiding posting them on here. But, here they are now, in case you didn't see them on Facebook.

2 Cinderellas

The lost boy, the Farmer and the Hunter

Peter Pan's Shadow

The farmer from the Dell and his wife

The old woman who had so many children she didn't know what to do,
Dorthy and a little pumpkin

A dwarf, great beard!

Little Bo Peep

a black sheep

Humpty Dumpty, the wall and the shaddow

Another version of the Farmer in the Dell

Little Red Riding Hood and the Woodsman, he bagged the wolf

Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother

The wolf

Love the Lashes

The Mattress and the pea

Robin Hood, I thin he was supposed to come as Peter Pan, so Jakin could be his shadow


Our front door this year

The Mary Poppins

Dad's pumpkin

Pumpkins carved this year

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sneak Peek at Halloween Costumes

Are you getting your costumes ready for Halloween, it is a week away!!!
I always make our costumes every year, and this is what I have so far to show you.

materials for my costume, from Goodwill and WalMart

Partially completed headdress

Materials for Nate's costume, he is always something goofy every year and this year will be no different :)

Friday, October 23, 2009


I forgot to post this picture of how big some of the Connel Red apples were, and yes, I will admit that I cheated a little bit by setting it next to a pretty small apple, but these apples were huge!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Making Applesauce and Fall Pictures

Apples, apples and more apples, I forget how many I bought now, but they filled my trunk and backseat. My car smelled like apples for two days!

Regent, Sweet 16, Honey Gold, Connel Red, Haralson and Honeycrisp,
Gina and I processed over 7 pecks of apples in all

My big helper, he was great at washing apples.

Working away.

Aren't they pretty!

This is all I have for the pictures of how to can apples, Gina and I were a little too busy working to take pictures I guess. We canned 23 Quarts and 24 pints of applesauce. It took us about 5 or 6 hours, which I don't think is too bad for the amount of work we got done and that includes cleanup time.

*Gina says that I made this sound too easy, like it wasn't much work. It was a ton of work, we were both wiped out after being on our feet all day. But it felt good to look at the rows and rows of jars and be able to say, "We did that!"*

Our first pints. We were excited about them :)

These are just some fun shots I took of the gourds and apples I got from Gene and Barb's Orchard. Very Fall Festive I think.

Isn't that a cool swan-neck gourd, that is what is called

See the little snowflake, isn't it cute. Wait a sec, why is there a snowflake anywhere near my mums on October 11th, that is wayyyyy to early for snow!

Finished Bag #1

The bag is less ridged after washing and drying, but is still stands up on it's own and has good structure. I sent it out to Katrina and she should get it today or Monday, so I will have to find out from her how it works for her.

The bag looks like it was made this way now, instead of like I didn't know what I was doing and left the seams on the outside.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ragged Diaper Bag

Diaper Bag #1 - Blue and Brown - Katrina's

The Plan

Cut out squares of heavy double sided iron on interfacing

Cut out squares of flannel

Cut out squares of material

Iron the flannel to the interfacing

Iron the material to the other side

Add another piece of material to the other side of the flannel and sew the pieces together

8-9 inch long pieces of fabric to make a 5 inch pocket, sorry, no other pictures of pocket making

the pockets sewn on to the inside panels, 6 total inside

the outsides of the panels, with exposed seams for ragging

bottom material

Bottom interfacing and flannel on both sides

Bottom and one wall panel

two wall panels

inside view

outside pockets on the ends of the bag, 2 outside pockets

3 walls

4 walls

4 walls all sewn together

zipper top

I left it open on the ends, that way you can open the bag way up, the zipper doesn't shrink the opening then

strap insides

one strap all together

The straps sewn on

Almost finished bag, just need to rag and wash it