Monday, December 31, 2007

Farewell '07, thank goodness '08 is almost here...

It has been a trying year (and that would be a grand understatement). Starting tomorrow, the first day of the new year and the first day of the rest of my life (now tell me that isn't a cliche)...

I call a do-over!!!!

Remember, from when we were kids - when something wasn't working out like we had thought we just cried do-over and that was that. Well, here I am on the verge of the new year yelling "DO-OVER".

I want a second chance to be better. Forget resolutions - I would have no idea where to start. I just want to spend the next year of my life - enjoying my life.

Stop looking to get to the finish line and enjoy the race.

The kids are growing up too fast and I should be playing Old Maid and not washing dishes. I need to reconnect with those who mean the most. I need to stop worrying about things and realize that even if I woke up tomorrow and realized that all my material possessions were gone and that all that was left was my family standing on the sidewalk - that is more than I could ever ask for in life.

So forgive the mushiness of this post and see it for what it is... a do-over.

A well-doctor visit...

So now that my little man has turned three... he needed to go to the Doctor for a well-visit. He watched what the nurse did to him VERY carefully and then performed each action on his "Cookie" the stuffed dog that follows him where ever he goes.

My little boy has such a big heart... I hope he never changes.

After a successful appointment, we went out for the afternoon and found a Barnes&Noble that was going out of business and today was the final day. We found a few good sale items (things that weren't being transferred to the newer, bigger B&N down the street) and got a couple more pictures of my Tasmanian Devil in a moment of peace...

Then it was off to the mall... Macy's had some great sales ($34 bought four shirts and a pair of pants for my daughter) and Johnny Rockets for a late lunch (yum).

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Good-bye Christmas...

Well, aside from anything that is snowman or Nativity related... all Christmas decorations have been packed up and put away until November 28th, 2008 (the day after Thanksgiving).

I am always so excited to put the decorations up and can't wait for that magical Friday where I shout orders at every member of my family until every surface of my house looks like something from Santa's workshop...

There is something to be said about putting my house back into order and starting the new year with a clean house and not have remnants of the year before still hanging over our heads.

The five Nativity sets will stay up until the wise men safely reach their correct destination - our children move them all over the house until they reach their manger(occasionally, they will stop at the wrong manger and just keep moving on). The snowmen will stay up through March (after all this is Connecticut and what would a Northeast winter be without that late March snowstorm that has you wondering if this time spring really won't show up).

But, Christmas has come to an end in this household. Two more days of vacation and then it will be back to work, school and daycare - back to crazy mornings and busy evenings filled with homework, meetings, and life in general.

I hope the next 48 hours move very slowly...

What a three year old trying to teach his Uncle how to breakdance looks like...

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday! Enjoy!!!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

A party favor/gift for the nieces and nephews...

While surfing through my blog lists, I came across a post on Angry Chicken from yesterday. She has this adorable idea for a clothes pin photo holder. I loved this idea so much... I made one for each of my 20+ nieces and nephews and all the guests (approx. 14 more) expected for dinner next Sunday. Here is a photo of my work in progress (note the glass of wine - it truly helps the Christmas angst)...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Cookies with Grandma

Today is one of my most favorite days of the year. It is the day that my Mom and I get together to make my Grandma's cookies. We started this tradition shortly after my Grandma passed and back then it was just me and my mother. Since then, my daughter has come along and wants to be a part of the tradition.

Okay, my son tried to be helpful too... for about 5 minutes before I kicked him and his father out of the house so we could get our work done! ;)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Candy Cane Mice

My daughter wanted to give her classmates a little Christmas gift and I remembered seeing these somewhere. So after a short google search (what did we ever do before the Internet?), I found the directions at Family Fun.

In about two hours, my daughter and I were able to finish about 30 of these.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tip Junkie

I think I may have a new favorite blog, the Tip Junkie.

How can you not love a compilation of many great ideas? I love the ideas for the twelve days of Christmas (and to think I have all night to come up with a plan before I need to start tomorrow - wink).

I also think I need to order vinyl lettering for my kitchen, bathroom, and family room.

Grab a soda, cup of tea, glass of wine, whatever... and go check it out.

Monday, December 10, 2007

As time goes by...

Sorry I haven't been around to post for awhile... been busy in the "workshop". I have finished my first (of three for Christmas) Reading Pillow. I got the pattern from Montessori by Hand and just adore it. Isn't it great! I will be gifting this to my daughter's second grade teacher.

Let's see... what other crafts have I been up to...

I have made three juice box purses for gifts - (friends asked me to make for their daughters, etc.) Oh, and here is a picture of the stars I have been folding for church. It is still a work in progress, but I still think it looks neat...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Starry Night

Tonight, I folded stars. Lots and lots of stars...
for an Art Guild project at our church. It should be really beautiful when finished (hopefully, Friday night). I will post pictures of the process.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Girl Scout Patches, Oh My!

My mother-in-law is right....

The first badge that all girl/boy scouts should earn is a sewing badge - so they can sew on all their own patches!

My daughter has amassed five new patches and I finally sat down to put them all on her Brownie vest. Pretty soon, I will have to put badges on top of badges to make them all fit. So that was the only sewing/crafting (such as it was) that I got done last night.

Since there is no new craft picture to show.... here's a picture of how well my attempt at getting the kids to pose for a Christmas card photo went...

Yes that is my son trying to hug my daughter to death! LOL!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Advent Calendars

In my search for new and interesting Advent calendars, I stumbled across Magpie & Cake and their Joke - a - Day Tree. I just loved it and had to make one right away. Here is my version of their tree. I didn't have any buttons, so I folded the paper at the end and wrote the number on it. I can't wait to give it to my kids...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I finally finished this week's installment of Crazy Mom’s Quilts Quilt-A-Long Week 2 (Thanksgiving and family took a lot of my time this week - not that I am complaining).

I have to say I am very pleased with my square this week. Hooray! I am looking forward to seeing what next week's square looks like.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Cute Kitty

Hi everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday.

Our holiday was nice - lots of family and fun. Our house is decorated for Christmas and I am so excited that the holiday season is in full swing (even if I have too much to do and not enough time to do it).

The only crafting I have been able to complete over the past three days is this kitty I found at Wee Wonderfuls. She is simply adorable and pretty easy to put together. My daughter fell in love with her immediately. I have a feeling I will be making many more of these for nieces, etc.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Grandma's Cookies - Part 2

I finished baking the cookies tonight. The whole house smells wonderful. Tomorrow morning I will arrange them on a platter and sprinkle powdered sugar on them.

I also managed to get the "Kid's Table Basket" done for tomorrow. Nothing like a few arts and crafts to keep the kiddies busy while the grown-ups talk and talk and talk.

I hope all of you have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday - and that you get some great bargains on Friday!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Grandma's Cookies

Tonight, I made the dough for my Grandmother's cookies. My mother and I keep the family tradition alive by making these cookies every Christmas. I thought it would be nice to surprise her with them on Thanksgiving. Plus, I think it is therapeutic to work the dough with my hands.

Here are the ingredients for the dough...

1 lb. butter

1 lb. flour (1/4 cups)

3 egg yolks

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 pint sour cream

Rub butter, flour, and salt between hands on a large floured board until well mixed and crumbly. Make a well in the center of the flour and butter mixture and add egg yolks and sour cream. Work with your hands into a nice smooth mass (a round ball of dough). Chill overnight.

Roll out onto a floured board; cut into small squares; fill with canned pie filings (I use Solo brand). Roll into crescents; brush tops with beaten egg; and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 8 to 10 minutes (or until slightly browned). Sprinkle powdered sugar on top.

I will post pictures tomorrow night after baking...yummy.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Busy Monday...

So, I have no new craft to post tonight. I went to Boston today to conduct a photoshoot and by the time I drove the 2 1/2 hours there and home - and worked eight hours - I was too tired to craft.

Instead, I laid in bed with my 2 year old and listened to the exciting stories of his day, then put the 7 year old to bed after an impromptu concert featuring songs for tomorrow's school assembly. What a great use of my time!

I spent the rest of evening folding origami stars for an Advent display at church and looking for apron patterns on the Internet.

All-in-all a good day, busy - but good.

Tomorrow night - I'll make the dough for my Grandma's cookies - yummy!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Party Gift

My daughter has a birthday party this weekend and is in need of a gift. There has been a big push at her school to Renew, Reuse, Recycle. So she asked if I would make a juice pouch purse. I have been making these for her little friends for a few months now.

They make a great gift, cost less than $5 to make and serve as a gift bag as well. After I sew them up, I throw in a little shredded paper and a small gift (card game, etc.). These have been a hit!

I found a tutorial at Mormon Chic. Great pictures and easy to follow. As you can see I altered mine a bit. Instead of the handles used in the tutorial, I take 2 juice pouches, cut them lengthwise in thirds, sew them end to end, and then sew both edges. I take another juice pouch, trim it to shape, sew around the edges, and attach it to the back of the purse as a closure (just use a little self-stick velcro). Lastly, I must say it is VERY important to sew on the embellishments - they will never stay on otherwise.

(by the way, my daughter now refers to herself as "mom's model")

Oh, one more thing - have a few more juice pouches on hand than you will need. Juice pouches are an unforgiving medium and if you need to redo a seam, it might be easier to start over. Have fun with this one!!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

I joined Crazy Mom's quilt-a-long

I am excited about this quilt-a-long. You can check it out at her blog - Crazy Mom's Quilts.

I rummaged through my fabric bin last night and realized I have a lot of pink fabric - I mean A LOT of random pink fabric. Since this is my first attempt at a quilt like this, I have decided to use up as much scrap material as possible. The quilt will either turn out beautifully, or will make great sample quares for future projects - only time will tell....

Week 1

Here are pictures of my week one square.
Notice that I am not a professional and my edges don't quite match ;)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Blast from the past

Remember those ribbon barrettes we all wore in the 80's?

I do and I also thought my daughter would love them... Thank goodness for the Internet, I was able to find the directions at

Now to choose the colors... of course, red and white (High School Musical colors) and blue and gold to match her school uniform.
The barrettes come in packs of 3, so we have one more to make - maybe red and green for Christmas?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

No, really I wanna blog!

Okay, so I decide to have a blog and then don't ever post anything to it - typical.

There are some phenomenal blogs out there that have got me crafting. Just to name a few... - Handmade Holidays - 30 days of gifts to sew - great compilation of ideas - 'cause I'm not - just a fun crafting read

I am vowing that all of my Christmas gifts will not be store bought this year and I will make gifts for some family and friends (wish me luck - or should I say, wish them luck).

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The First Post

So, I have finally decided to jump into the world of blogging!

I have become completely obsessed with some of the crafter blogs out there and thought that I would try my hand at writing one that included kid crafts, as well as other crafts. So bear with me during this trial and error period as I figure this all out.