Friday, September 6, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Recipe Review- Blue Apron: Chicken & Brown Butter Rice with Corn and Tomatoes

We'd just come home from a trip and I forgot to postpone our Blue Apron box; so very glad I did!

This recipe is AMAZING! One of our new favorites. We love it so much that we made it the next week for our friends visiting from Spain!

Pros: ingredients looked nice and fresh on arrival. It turned out just like the picture on the recipe card. Best of all? Our very picky children loved it! 

Cons: recipe steps are tricky to follow. We've discovered that our Blue Apron recipes are more confusing than meal boxes from other companies. This recipe only has 5 steps, but you'll need to read through all of them before starting in order to figure out how everything goes together. 
Time estimate is waaaay off! This one says it'll take 30-40 minutes to make. It took us almost an hour, and this was our 2nd time making it, with 2 people! (It is nice to slow down a bit and enjoy cooking, but if you're in a time crunch, choose a different recipe :) )

Inspired by Blue Apron: Weeknight Hero Spice Blend

Last week I forgot to postpone our Blue Apron order, and I'm so glad I did! Our 2 family sized meals arrived and they were amazing!

We had friends from Spain visit last night and decided to recreate one of the favorites: Chicken & Brown Butter Rice with Corn and Tomatoes.

The only problem? We didn't have the delicious "Weeknight Hero Spice Blend". Oh no!

Here's our take on it. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Movie Theater Tip

Brought to you by: a clever husband, a cold wife, and @joann_stores

Movie Theater Tip:
I left my jacket at home and knew I'd be cold at the movie theater, so my clever husband stopped by JoAnn Fabrics. I ran in, bought 2 yards of fleece and a cute reusable bag; kept me warm for the movie, and my daughter got a new blanket! #win/win

Monday, July 29, 2019

We're Home! Summer 2019 Reunion and Family Road Trip

We're home!!! We had an amazing time, and are so grateful to be home safe and sound.

Our trip was: wonderful, beautiful, difficult, exhausting, fun, exciting, scary, stressful, learning, growing, blessed, and incredible. So many emotions.

* The first week, my 5 kiddos, my Mom, and I drove from Provo, Utah to Williamsburg, Virginia for the Borrowman reunion. My husband flew and met us there on Sunday (6 days after we'd left home). We had a lovely time with the Borrowmans visiting Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Virginia Beach, playing with cousins, talking with brothers and sisters-in-law, and celebrating my parents-in-law's 50th Wedding Anniversary! I'm so blessed to have such fantastic in-laws.

* The next week, we drove to Gaithersburg, Maryland (where my family had lived when I was in High School!) and stayed with my parents-in-law. They are two of the most gracious, kind, loving hosts! We enjoyed visiting DC, many Smithsonian Museums, Gettysburg, fun with Virginia cousins, yummy food, 4th of July fireworks in DC, and Church. Keith had to fly home that Sunday for work, and it was hard to see him go.

* Our third week, the kiddos had more sleepovers, swimming, and fun with cousins, we met up with long-time friends, and we explored as much of DC as we could! It was hard saying goodbye to my wonderful parents-in-law.

* Our last "week", my Mom and I drove with my 5 kiddos and we visited Niagara Falls, Hill Cumorah, Kirtland, Nauvoo (where we enjoyed spending time with my Uncle Peter and his beautiful new wife, Sarah), and Carthage. Niagara was breathtaking, and the 4 Church History sites were beautiful, thought-provoking, and holy.

* We arrived home last Saturday after midnight, and are slowly getting back to normal life again.

* Our summer road trip was 33 days long, more than 6,400 miles, crossed 12 states, 3 time zones, stayed in many different places (9 hotels, 1 house, 1 AirBnb, 1 RV trailer, and 1 rest stop), and we loaded the car top a total of 13 times! Phew!

* Thankfully, the kiddos did (mostly) well on our travels. They range in age from 3-15, and we discovered that a built-in DVD player is worth its weight in gold! Several weeks before our trip, we'd traded in our 15-year-old minivan for a 4-year-old minivan. It drove beautifully, has 8 seats, our 1st built-in DVD player, and has been a huge blessing for us. Mom and I had mostly good health during our travels (and when 1 of us wasn't feeling well, the other was having a good day; we were watched over!)

* One of the most difficult experiences is when my sweet husband was very sick while we were gone. He had a tooth extracted AND strep throat, an extremely high fever, and he felt miserable. At the time, we had just arrived in Nauvoo (19+ hours away from home). I was so worried about him and feeling awful that I wasn't home to take care of him. My kind sister Tanya took him to InstaCare where he was given a shot for the strep throat, and the next day he had a painful tooth extraction. He's finally feeling better, and I'm glad to be home with him.

* Our Road Trip was difficult but worth it. Spending time with family was the best! We also enjoyed visiting so many historical sites and museums, and learning about our country and Church history (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I had to experience so many amazing things this summer.

* Thank you Keith for working hard and supporting us on our travels. Thank you Mom Cynthia for driving with us and taking care of me and the kiddos (thanks Dad Craig for supporting Mom in going with us!) Thank you Mom Saralyn and Dad Keith Borrowman for hosting us, loving us and our kiddos, and watching out for us. Thank you to my brothers and sisters-in-law for your kindness and friendship, and for raising wonderful children. Thank you to Peter and Sarah for caring for us while we were in Nauvoo. Thank you to my brother and sisters for watching out for my husband while he was home alone. Thank you to our friends far away, who spent time with us while we were visiting. And thank you to our friends at home who've been kind enough to ask about our trip and listen to me talk about it forever. :)

#roadtrip2019 #summer2019 #borrowmanreunion #family #ushistory #churchhistory #williamsburg #yorktown #jamestown #gettysburg #washingtondc #smithsonian #niagarafalls #palmyra #kirtland #nauvoo #carthage

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sixteen Best Shades of White Paint

In which we compare 16 of the best shades of white.

I'm searching for the perfect shade of white trim for our new house. I had no idea that there were so many different variations! Yellow-toned, blue-hued, bright, warm, cool, etc.

I read a bunch of articles online and put the top 16 most-recommended shades of white into Photoshop. Hope it helps someone else out there. :)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Choosing a House Color

Choose a house color, they said.
It'll be easy, they said.

Exciting and scary, all at the same time! What if the color I choose turns out to be hideous?!!
(My husband says we can just wear sunglasses and plant very tall trees around the new house. Awesome.)

After hours of research, breakdowns, comparisons, chocolate breaks, and throwing darts at color chips on the computer monitor, I've narrowed it down to 4 colors that I like. Our neighbor's house is also blue, so we're taking that into consideration. :)

Any help would be very welcome! (Click on a picture to view larger)

1st pic: comparing the 4 colors on houses. The last column shows the color of our neighbor's house (on the left), and our house color ideas in the middle (circled).
 2nd pic: showing the 4 contenders.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Making my own shoes: Dritz Espadrilles!

Step 1 to becoming a real Elf: Make your own shoes.
Done and done!

Last week I used kits from Dritz to make shoes for me and my girls. I LOVE how they turned out! And guess what? Making these cute little espadrilles is fairly easy!

The girls love Disney's "Frozen", so all of our shoes are inspired by clothing worn by sisters Anna and Elsa. My girls have only taken off their shoes to sleep and bathe. :)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mermaid Tails!

A few weeks ago, my sweet little girls asked if I could make them mermaid tails for swimming! I took out my handy roll of butcher paper and traced each girl to make their tail patterns. For the tankini and shorts, I used a darling pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.

I made them out of shiny swim/dance fabric and Babyville Boutique Foldover Elastic from my local JoAnn Fabric store. I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!

We tried them out the next day at my sister's community pool and they work perfectly. So much so, that my niece knew exactly what she wanted for her birthday present this year. :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Spoonflower Contest Entry: Roses and Lilies

Handwriting, hand-drawn swirls, and vintage 1800's floral sketches are combined to bring to life a gorgeous, antique sketchpad!

Designed especially for the Fabric8: Botanical Sketchbook contest. :) Swirls can be removed for a repeating design:

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sewing for Baby: Finished!

Finished some last-minute cuddlies for baby! Car seat canopy, boppy cover, minky blanket, jersey blanket...and a couple of gifts for family. :)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sewing for Baby: Minky Baby Blanket

This is my favorite project so far! Super soft minky, cuddle soft flannel, silky blanket binding....mmm! Can't wait to try it out. :)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sewing for Baby: Car Seat Canopy

I LOVE how this turned out! It was the first time I sewed a car seat canopy with bias tape, and I think it looks really sharp. :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sewing for Baby: Super Soft Jersey Knit Blanket

My sister told me about an incredibly soft blanket the other day and I knew I needed to make a few!

I scoured my local fabric store and found this amazingly soft jersey. Love the color and how stretchy it is. I used the rolled hem function on my serger and was surprised that it only took about 15 minutes to finish each one!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sewing for Baby: Boppy Cover

Finished this cover the other day and LOVE how it turned out! Soft minky on one side; soft flannel on the other. I've been needing a new cover for awhile. :)

Made the pattern myself and it worked pretty well! (Someday I'll have to ask Mom to teach me how to put zippers in so they look beautiful.)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Spoonflower Contest - Sandcastles

Contest time! I entered my "Sandcastles" fabric in the weekly contest at Spoonflower and would love your vote. :)

Click Here to Vote!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Free Tutorial: Quick and Easy Couch Caddy

Are you having a hard time keeping track of TV remotes? Looking for something to make for Father's Day? Here's the perfect solution!

Click Here to view the entire tutorial at Babyville Boutique!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Is This Fabric Blue and Black or White and Gold?!

Which one should I make?!

I'm afraid that if I choose the wrong one, I'll create a disturbance in The Force, a rift in the space/time continuum, a glitch in the Matrix, the next Civil War, dogs and cats living together, and certain but inevitable betrayal!

Find it here:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Free Tutorial: Carefree Cup Cozy

Today I needed a fun, useful gift for my husband's boss. I quickly made a couple of these and she was thrilled! Happiness all around. :)

I also found a really cute "coffee cup cosy" poem, originally by Yvonne Lowther, and adapted it to use as a gift tag.
Click Here to download the JoyfulRose Carefree Cup Cozy Template
(Note: These are PDFs, so you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open all the files in this tutorial)

Click Here to download the single Cup Cozy Poem

Click Here to download the full page Cup Cozy Poem (4 poems on a regular letter-sized page)

Supplies for 1 Cup Cozy:
About 12" wide x 4" tall outer fabric (I used Babyville Boutique Sassy Girl Cheetah PUL)
About 12" wide x 4" tall inner fabric (I used JoAnn Fabrics Cream Fleece)
4" of 1/4" wide elastic
3.25" of FOE (I used Babyville Boutique Solid Brown Fold Over Elastic)
Label (I used Babyville Boutique Little Bird and Hearts "Love")
3/4" Button
Sewing Machine, needle, thread, scissors, cutting board, needles

Note: this pattern and tutorial are for a small store-bought coffee cup. It's made with elastic so it can expand to fit a cup snugly, but if you're using a much larger or smaller than average cup, you made need to alter this tutorial to fit. :)

1. Print and cut out the Cup Cozy Template
2. Fold PUL in half width-wise, place Template on fold, and cut. Do the same for the Fleece
3. Match up PUL and Fleece, right sides together, and sew along top, bottom, and one side. Clip corners so they'll turn nicely
4. Turn right side out and cover-stitch
5. Place FOE along the side that wasn't sewn and use a wide zig-zag to stitch. Use Fray Check on edges or heat-seal
6. Place Label in center and middle of Cup Cozy and sew
7. Loop elastic, match raw edges to edge of FOE and sew very securely
8. Measure in about 1.5" from sewn side of Cup Cozy and sew button in the center, very securely
9. Make another one so you have a pair!
10. Print poem using above download link, wrap Cup Cozies with poem, and give to your favorite coffee or hot chocolate-drinking friend :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Free Tutorial: Wildly Cute Essential Oils Holder

Do you need an awesome gift for your favorite guy?

I recently introduced my sister and brother-in-law to essential oils and needed a manly Christmas present for him. That's how this awesome camo essential oils holder was born. It's now under the tree and waiting for Christmas morning!

Finished Size: About 3.5" wide x 7" long.

My essential oils holder is made to hold 10 of the 5/8 dram bottles, or 8 of the 5/8 dram bottles and 1 of the 2.5" long roller bottles. If you'll be using different-sized bottles please take that into consideration when cutting fabric and elastic.

About 9" x 5" PUL (I used Babyville Boutique Camo)
About 9" x 5" Coordinating Fleece or another soft, thick fabric (I used JoAnn Fabrics Cream Fleece)
Label - Born to be Wild, from Babyville Boutique
Button - 3/4"
About 20" of 1/4" wide Elastic
7" Babyville Boutique Brown FOE (Fold Over Elastic)
Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors, Cutting Board, Pins, Fabric Marking Pen

1. Cut PUL and Fleece to 4.75" wide x 8.25" long
2. Place PUL and Fleece right sides together and sew along both sides and bottom, using a 5/8" seam allowance.
3. Turn right side out, top-stitch, and then sew FOE along the top
4. Cut about 4" of elastic, fold in half, match ends to bottom of FOE on outside, and stitch along FOE sew line (be sure to sew this part very securely, back-stitching several times)
5. Sew label so that the top of it is about 1.5" above bottom of Holder, on outside
6. Sew button so that the top of it is about 1/2" above bottom of Holder, on outside
7. Cut 2 pieces of elastic, each about 7 and 3/4" long
8. On inside, measure 1" below top of of Holder and draw a horizontal line with your fabric marking pen. Measure 1.5" below that line, and draw another horizontal line
9. On inside, on first line, starting from left side, put a little dot with fabric marking pen every 5/8ths of an inch, for a total of 6 dots. Do the same for the second line, making sure dots line up vertically with those on first line
10. Mark the elastic: for both pieces of elastic, measure in about 1/4" from edge and make a dot with marking pen. Measure in about 1.5" from that dot and make another dot. Continue until you've made 6 total dots
11. On inside, on first line, starting from the left side, match 1st dot of one of the pieces of elastic to 1st dot on fabric and stitch vertically (be sure to double-stitch each of these lines to make sure the elastic doesn't come undone as it stretches to hold your essential oils bottles!) Continue matching dots and sewing until all 6 dots are matched and sewn. Then do the same for the 2nd row and 2nd piece of elastic
12. Add essential oils bottles and enjoy!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Free Tutorial: Simply Cute 10-Minute Stockings

Need a super fast, super cute Christmas gift? These stockings are perfect! It takes about 10 minutes to do all 3. They're about 4" x 5", and are just right for a full-size candy cane and some candy. Use them for decoration, as gift tags on a present, or make a bunch for Christmas tree ornaments! Also, they take so little fabric that it's a great way to use up scraps.

Click Here to download the free JoyfulRose Stocking Template
Note: it's a PDF, so you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it

Stocking Template
Scraps of non-fraying fabric (I used 3 different patterns of Babyville Boutique PUL, but you could also use felt or fleece)
About 15" of 1/4" wide ribbon (I used Babyville Boutique Pink Floral Ribbon)
Sewing Machine, thread, cutting board, scissors, pins, needle

1. Print and cut out template
2. Fold fabric in half, wrong sides together
3. Trace template onto fabric and cut through both layers of fabric
4. Cut a 5" length of ribbon
5. Keep fabric wrong sides together, fold ribbon into a loop and place at top left corner
6. Sew along sides (not the top!) with a 5/8" seam allowance, using a wide stitch (or hand stitch)
* Tip: Be sure to stitch securely, especially the top sides.
7. Make at least 2 more stockings.
8. Fill with goodies and enjoy!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Free Tutorial: Fast and Festive Gift Bag

Need a quick gift bag? This one is super easy! It takes about 15 minutes, including gathering all the materials.

About 1/3 yard of fabric (I used Babyville Boutique Chevrons and Solid Red PUL)
About 20" of 1/4" wide ribbon (I used Babyville Boutique Forest Friends Ribbon)
Sewing Machine, cutting board, scissors, pins, thread, needle

1. Cut the chevron BBVL PUL a bit wider than your gift and twice as long (I added about 4 inches of red PUL at the top and bottom to make it more Christmas-y)
2. Fold the PUL in half lengthwise, right sides together
3. Sew the 2 sides together and turn right side out
4. Sew a 20" long BBVL ribbon to the back
5. Insert gift, gather top of bag, tie in a cute bow. 
Done and done!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Free Shipping Day at Spoonflower!

Today Spoonflower is offering free standard shipping to anywhere in the world! Great time to stock up on fabrics for the upcoming holidays. :)

Click Here to order!

Perhaps some Minecraft-inspired designs for Halloween?
Or maybe Princess-themed designs for your little gal?
Or maybe awesome Steampunk designs for Cosplay?
How about gorgeous quatrefoil for gifts?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

100+ New Designs at Spoonflower!

Chevrons, Quatrefoil, Houndstooth, Damask, Steampunk, Frozen Inspired, Minecraft Inspired, and MORE!!!

We've been hard at work over the past few months creating new, unique designs for you. Perfect for the upcoming holidays!

Head on over to our Spoonflower shop and take a look. :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Spoonflower Tip: JoyfulRose Minecraft Inspired Grass Block Pillow

I received a question last week about making pillows using my grass block design. Thought I'd post a quick tip in case anyone else has the same question. :)

I've taken screenshots of both of my grass block designs: the regular and the rotated. Click the image below to see a detailed picture. Pink lines mark a 20" square (about 50cm). Blue line indicates a yard.

If you purchase 1 yard of fabric, you can make one 20" pillows/cases. You'd have about 16" of fabric leftover.

If you purchase 2 yards of fabric, you can make two 20" pillows/cases. You'd have about 32" of fabric leftover (great for a little throw blanket!)

Remember that if you cut 20" squares and sew them together, they'll end up about 18" or 19" depending on your seam allowance. :)

Hope that helps!

Click here to purchase the regular minecraft inspired grass block (design on the left)

Click here to purchase the rotated minecraft inspired grass block (design on the right)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Spoonflower Free Swatch Day!!!

Guess what?! For the next 24 hours you can get a free swatch of faux suede from Spoonflower!
Spoonflower is the company for which I do a lot of fabric, wrapping paper, and wallpaper designs.
Click here to try it out!

Click here for more info:
Spoonflower Blog - Free Swatch Day Info

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spoonflower - Creations Made from my Designs! - Minecraft Grass Pillow and Valances

 I LOVE these valances and Minecraft grass pillow!

They were made Becky's (aka: beckymay78) Mom for her daughter's room. Merry Christmas indeed!

She used my designs found here:

Thanks Becky for the pics!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spoonflower - Creations Made from my Designs! - Minecraft Backpack and Cushions

Love this Minecraft backpack and cushions!

They were made by Danielle (aka: daniwillis) for a 12-year-old's birthday! So very cool.

She made them using my designs found here:

Thanks Danielle for sending pics!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spoonflower - Creations Made from my Designs! - Minecraft Bedroom

Check out this amazing bedroom!
It was made by Tania (aka: taniaflynn) using a couple of my designs, found here:

I'm constantly amazed by the ingenious ideas that my customers have!

Thanks Tania, for sending the pic. :)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spoonflower - Creations Made from my Designs! - Valentine Creeper Box

I absolutely love this Valentine's Day Minecraft Creeper Box!
It was made by Sara Baese (aka: sbaese) using my Minecraft Inspired Creeper Pixels - Green Gift Wrap, found here:

What a clever idea! Thanks to Sara for sending the pic.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spoonflower - Creations Made from my Designs! - Minecraft Dog Collar

Isn't this Minecraft Dog Collar fantastic?!

It was made by Kristin Wills (aka: kristineileen91) using my "Enhanced Minecraft Inspired 3/4" Blocks Collage" fabric found here:

I love it! Makes me wish our dog was still with us. :)

Thanks Kristin, for sending the pic!


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