Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Okay, so I couldn't stop there. My dear friend Theresa had a birthday so I made an apron for her while I was making the swap apron. Yea, that's right, I was working on two projects at once. I used the same tutorial for the style, but I changed the pockets. I made large, square, lined pockets then folded down one corner and added a button for detail. I also did the gathers (even better this time around) and french seams. Still loving those seams! I also made her a matching travel tissue holder. As a mother of little ones I know how important and helpful it is to have tissues on hand at all times....especially this time of year. Okay, so I was so excited to give this gift to Theresa I forgot to take pictures of it first. She was kind enough to bring it to the library so I could snap a few shots in the picture book section...hence the bad lighting, but you can still see the finished product.
One month!!!! I know, I know. Now, stay calm. Take a deep breath. Okay, feeling better? There's something you should know. Thanksgiving is this Thursday, yes, two days from now. Has your turkey (or tofurkey) thawed completely? Do you have your cranberries ready for making into sauce...and the standard can of jellied, can-shaped cranberry sauce? How about pie...pumpkin pie? Oh good. Now relax. Enjoy this week. Remember that it's a time to be thankful. We are blessed. So, give thanks, enjoy time with family, watch the parade, listen to Christmas music, stuff yourself with turkey and all the fixins, linger over a hot cuppa coffee (or tea). That's my general plan for Thanksgiving day...how 'bout you?
I do have to admit, I got a little head start on Christmas this year so I'm a little more relaxed. Yep, my tree is up. The girls had lots of fun decorating it..of course, most of the ornaments are on the bottom half of the tree, but it's a beaut! And yes, Adrienne, that's a crocheted tree skirt that my Grandma made for me two years ago.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Preschool Scissor Practice
Then, be brave...hand your little one a pair of safety scissors and let them have at it!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Okay, I understand that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. I also understand that Christmas is coming very soon. But I need your help. With all holiday preparations and excitement aside, Miss O's birthday is the week after Christmas so my mental planning has to begin now! If I don't start thinking and planning now my brain will be filled with thoughts of egg nog, Christmas lights, pumpkin pie, wrapping paper...well, you get the idea. So what I normally do is ask her one more time what kind of cake she would like. If you know my little O, then you know that she usually chooses her theme for the next birthday immediately following her current birthday. And just so you know, she doesn't really change her mind. Last year, after her bumble bee birthday with cute bee hive cake and all, she decided that she wanted an indian pow wow birthday when she turns six. No, she hasn't changed her mind. Let the planning begin! This should be easy right? I mean, it's almost Thanksgiving so there should be plenty of indian...er, native american stuff all around. That's all good and fine, but the decorations and "fluff" are not my problem. My problem is the cake...the CAKE...THE cake! Here are pictures of previous cakes(made for O & E) so that you are fully aware of where I'm going with this.
Obviously I am not going for perfection. And also quite obvious is that fact that I'm not afraid to make a cake without a special pan. "Why are you saying all of this?" you ask. Well, I need ideas people...and even possibly links to great ideas. The cake is key. A tee pee cake? A totem pole cake? A likeness of Sacajawea cake? A pow wow drum cake? Any other ideas (which also includes your clever ideas on how to make said idea)? Bring it on people of blogland. I would love for my beautiful, snaggletooth, talkative, creative, inquisitive, almost 6 years old baby to have her cake and eat it, too!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Ooooohhhh...Joann is having a huge sale on snuggle flannel! I explain to miss O that I will take her to the fabric store and she can choose ANY flannel she wants and I will make her a new blanket (that, by my calculations, should last until 7th grade) to have in her bed. After the initial excitement of being able to choose any fabric she wants there were more tears of saddness over the old blankie.
me: No, never. You've had that blanket since before you were even born. We'll always keep it.
O: Will it go in the baby box?
me: Yes, with all of the special baby things. It'll be safe there and we'll know exactly where it is.
O: In the attic?!
O: (more crying) I'll never see it again if it's in the attic!
me: Okay, we can keep it down here, but in a clear jar or framed on the wall so you can still see it.
O: (with tears) But I neeeeed it in my bed.
Wow, I knew the blanket was important, but I didn't realize how important. After calming down we went to the fabric store. There were at least 200 choices in the flannel section. Okay, so you know miss E wants to choose some new flannel, too, right? Of course I'll make both of them a new blankie. What joy! So now they both are excited about choosing fabric and carrying the bolt. It's genetic, I think...the love of fabric. Miss O went straight for the solid colors so I could make one exactly the same as the original. Miss E went straight for something completely "her." I convinced them both to look at every choice. There were dots, stripes, butterflies, fairies, ballerinas, puppies, pirates, fish, sharks, frogs, turtles, stars, ...you name it, they had it in the flannel section. Oh, how difficult it was for me to resist the argyle, the ricrac pattern, the peacock feathers, but alas, I was not buying flannel for me. I was there to buy blankie flannel for my girls....and that, I did. Miss O settled on a pretty pink water color-y flannel and miss E, well she settled on her original choice, because "it's the fanciest" , a light pink with kelly green shamrocks and hot pink hearts! Oh, to be three years old! They both happily carried their bolts over to the blanket binding section. My plan: buy white or light pink. Their plan: rainbow blanket binding! They get to choose.They get to choose.They get to choose.
However, the handing over of the old blankie was not an occasion I care to relive. The whole sad drama played itself out all over again. The crying, the saddness, the separation anxiety. What to do?!? Time for a compromise. With the promise to leave it alone so it won't fall apart, we agreed to keep it wrapped up like this. Still within sight by the headboard but safe from harm.
Aaahhhhh....stress-free sleep will continue and the new blanket will be loved.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Every time one of my children becomes ill I am even more thankful for their health.
Every time the leaves fall I am even more thankful for the colors that God has created.
Every time it rains I am even more thankful for our warm and cozy home.
Every time I exercise I am even more thankful for the encouragement from my husband and friends.
Every time the morning alarm rings, although still tired, I am even more thankful that God has given me another day to enjoy with my family.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Now for the school stuff. The girls have been doing very well with their school work. Miss O is a hard worker. She's like a sponge I tell you...always reading, remembering just about all of the details, and sharing what she has learned with anyone who will listen. Oh, I love her sweet spirit. Now, Miss E is still 3 years old but is eager to do school work, too. I've been finding great preschool things for her to do...like working on opposites, counting, letters, using lacing cards...but there's one thing that she has been waiting for...SCISSORS! I have always been hesitant to let her have her way with scissors. She's very energetic and carefree...and I've seen bad haircuts and heard horror stories...I just wasn't ready. Well, yesterday was the day. She got to use scissors for the first time. She did a great job. She concentrated and focused and furrowed her brow with serious dedication to the task at hand.
Okay, now the stack of books. Last week at the library I actually found quite a few books for my own personal enjoyment. Don't get me wrong, I always enjoy the books that I choose for the girls, but these...oh, such good finds, such yummy recipes, such fun sewing patterns, and oh, the story of Annie Londonderry...I am really enjoying that one! Read anything good lately?
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Oh, by the way, that picture of him is from '05 and he's holding my little fat Miss E. No, I don't have more recent picture (that's flattering anyway). When they get that old they don't exactly send everyone a school picture..you know what I mean?
Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Greyson!
Okay, now they're just showing off all of their beautiful
feathers colors. I certainly hope they're not trying to make the new girl feel bad. I know she's not as colorful, she's a little lumpy, and apparently has some back problems...but she is beautiful in her own way...don't you think?
Okay, the cute little bird pattern was free! I found it here at Spool and I had to try it! The little beauties are going to be Christmas ornament gifts. Now, the manatee was a pattern that I found here and I just couldn't resist. The pattern said to use felt but I didn't have any. Instead I used what I had on hand...solid gray fabric. She came out a little crooked but still adorable.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Another tutorial that I just discovered and absolutely love is the camera strap slipcover from Made by Petchy. I had seen s couple of new camera straps made with fabulous fabrics...here and here, ...but it would have required some deconstruction of my camera strap....uuuhhhh....not ready for that. So when I came across this fabulous slipcover idea I had to try it! It was quick, easy, and it turned out oh, so, cute. Although I did forget the top stitching detail. Arg! But here it is...