Monday, October 29, 2007

Christmas is C-o-m-i-n-g...

Found this adorable garland here. There are more ideas here.
Considering my love for fabric (and paper) this looks like something I just might make.
Paper would certainly be easier than fabric (and better selection too), but will it hold up??
Hmmm...maybe if I mod podge it. But will the paper wrinkle all by itself? Does anyone know?
Clearly, I'm thinking out loud. Fabric would be so fun too, and I do have a stash.
I might be able to come out for a breather in 2 weeks. I will have to ponder it again then.
More to come on my busy weeks.

P.s. Kudos to Heathers sister Candace for these links...tee hee hee

Saturday, October 27, 2007


5:30 a.m. baby wakes up
4 bowls of cereal
clean kitchen
soda with my waffles
take down bunk beds
break bed (not me)
trip to Home Depot
fix bed
one baby working (real hard) on being 2
threaten girls to clean room (or else)
threaten boy to clean room (or else)
rearrange girls room
rearrange boys room
one baby down (for 2 1/2 hrs.) :)
5 loads of laundry folded and put away
give in and help kids clean rooms
vacuum said rooms
force kids to do more chores
cook dinner
clean kitchen (sigh...again)
kids down

Friday, October 26, 2007


Halloween - 2005

The only time I've ever been able to coordinate my kids costumes.
(I kinda forced em' into it...hee hee hee)
All year long I told the girls they could be Daphne and Velma
They were ok with that but as time got closer they tried to
make other suggestions. Too bad.
Nathan chose his costume and it still goes together, ya know
scary monster/skeleton...It's all Scooby Doo!

Anyway, loved the costumes!!! I think they have been my
funnest to make so far for the girls. Gotta love Samantha's poor Harry Potter
glasses that are a little too big.

I've not had much say since then when it comes to costumes!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Observations from the Park (part 2)

Love this girls laugh.
She always puts her whole face into it!
This is Kristen after school on picture day.
She looks like a little Dutch girl.
My son is a tree hugger!
He just walked up to this tree and kept hugging it.
So glad I had my camera at the ready.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Flashback Friday

October 31, 2003
One of my favorite sets of Halloween costumes
Kristen - Pocahontas...the wig kills me
Nathan - Froddo (Lord of the Rings)
we drew hair on his feet, wore the ring around his neck and everything!


I'll send it in the mail today!
Thanks to everyone who commented.
Thanks lurkers for "coming out"!!!
I may just start lurking on you!
And no, Sunee, you weren't too late.
But sorry it did not make you a winner :)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Observations from the Park (part 1)

Took the little ones to the park yesterday. Had a rough start. My poor old bike needed air in the tires the last time we went out and sure enough, flat again. So we pumped those. Started to leave and realized the poor old tires on the trailer also needed air...lots of air. One tire, never quite got full. Finally got off. Had a feeling they would not be full when we got home, I was right. (Santa, momma needs a new bike and trailer :))
Anyway, Samantha had fun riding.

Got to the park. Felt weird to me. Felt like I was imposing on something I didn't belong in. All these little moms with their 1.5 kids. Granted, I only had the 2 with me. Maybe it was a playgroup or something.

Anyway, observation #1...Overheard an interesting conversation. A very pregnant women talking to another prego. Each had one child. The one saying how she was concerned about splitting her time equally with each child. Worried about being able to give each the attention they so deserve. (ok, fine I can understand that). What was stunning about the conversation was her comment on growing up in a family of four and not ever feeling loved. WHAT? I mean I know 4 is a lot to this world lately but come on. Never felt loved? What was wrong with her parents (or her for that matter?) I grew up in a family of 6! I felt loved, wasn't spoiled rotten or anything and knew the world didn't revolve around me, but that's good right. I loved being in a big family (most the time). I thought her comment was sad. Did any of you really not feel loved because your family was SO big???

Observation #2...some lady smoking while pushing her kid on the swing...right next to the tot area. COME ON! I know were outside and stuff, but jeez, a park full of kids and babies? I was so annoyed!

Observation #3...found this nest full of duck eggs...cute. Samantha's comment with a grump "the ducks aren't sitting on the eggs".

My computer is being bad today. Something must be wrong with my program I use to download my photos. It keeps shutting down and or not working at all. I hope to get the rest of my way cute park pictures up later. Stay tuned.

Oh and don't forget, the big winner will be announced tomorrow morning!!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

On the street where I live...

There was this little party...they had valet parking...
That's all I've got to say about that.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

100th post GIVEAWAY!!!

Yay...I finally made it to #100
Here's the prize.
A few of my obsessions...ribbon, picture frame, scrapbooking, all combined into one
Thanks for playing along in my little life
Obviously...you need to leave me a comment to enter
Lurkers far and wide don't be shy...I know you're out there :)
Love to hear from one and all
*Let the fun begin*
You have until next Thursday
I'll post the winner on Friday!!!

Sewing on the brain...

These last few months seem to be pulling me back to my roots.
Needing to make life simpler.
Needing to use what I have.
Sewing a little here and there.
Being creative.
I have plenty of resources stuffed in the closets.
Made myself a little skirt recently...I've had the fabric for a year.

Found this yummy fabric and lace for a skirt I will make Samantha.
After I made mine, she put in a request for her own.
Love the punch of aqua!
Of course this will have to wait for some Halloween costumes ;)

I have some other old unfinished projects stuffed away that I think I may be pulling out too.
But don't hold me to that...
Being creative definitely soothes my soul.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A few scraps

When I was little my mom (or grandma or both) taught me
how to sew a bit and do a little crocheting.
I remember making TONS of Barbie blankets and pillows.
I still have a few...my girls use them now.
Love that my mom saved so much of my stuff.

A few weeks back Samantha wanted to sew something.
We pulled out my big bucket of stuff I can't seem to get rid of...
glad for that now.
She picked her fabrics and trim.
We made a blanket for Hello Kitty (or Butterflyee as recorded on her birth certificate)
Made a pillow too (though it's lost at the moment)
She helped to sew it. She pushed the pedal.
We had fun.
These are the kinds of memories that I have.
I want my kids to have them too.

Sunday, October 7, 2007


So, I've been sick. Spent last Mon/Tues attempting to stay in bed. It's been lingering all week, thought I was doing better, but on second thought, maybe not. Trying to decide now if I should go to the Dr., yuck! Maybe if I continue to ignore it, it will eventually go away. :)

Beginning to feel like I have Halloween breathing down my neck. This is my pile of costumes I need to sew...3 of them. Thought I had all the time in the world having bought it all in September, but alas, here we are 1st week in October, sick and not wanting to sew. They shouldn't be too hard though and I still have 3 whole weeks right!

Oh ya, here's the details...Nathan wanted to be something scary, so a Dementor is his choice. He wanted to be something like Scream or some other ax murderer that every other boy in school wears. I wouldn't allow it. For one, EVERYone wears those masks, and why should he choose a character he doesn't even know!
Kristen was easy, she wanted to be a Devil. That girl decides what she wants and does not waver. She's easy to shop with.
Samantha had no idea what to be. Took her to the fabric store to look at patterns. The only thing she liked was the medieval princess costume with the tall hat and vail. She told her grandma she didn't know if she was going to be a bride or a princess. When I told her she was a medieval princess she said excitedly, "Ok, so I'm an evil princess!" LOL I'm glad she wanted to be something princessy...I think we are on the tail end of that business in this house.

One last thought...I came up with a give away for my 100th post. So be on the lookout this week. It is something I have a bit of an obsession with :)

Friday, October 5, 2007

Flash WAY-back Friday


My brothers and I... beauty amongst many beasts!
These are the only Halloween pictures in existence (that I know of) of me as a child. Amazingly I do have faint memories of this time. I remember my brother coming up with his monster mask. I also know that I wore this beautiful ballerina costume (I believe my mom made) for as many years as I could squeeze into it, I think this may have been my last! Of course I was in full pretend mode, with the arms in every pose! Love when costumes were made out of what you could put together at home, although I don't make my kids do that. But I love making their costumes, and am always secretly disappointed when they want one from the store. This year they have me busy with that task.