Monday, December 31, 2007
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.
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...
Sunday, December 30, 2007
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...
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
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
In about two hours, my daughter and I were able to finish about 30 of these.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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
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
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
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
Sunday, November 25, 2007
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
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
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
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
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
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 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....
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
I do and I also thought my daughter would love them... Thank goodness for the Internet, I was able to find the directions at
Sunday, November 11, 2007
There are some phenomenal blogs out there that have got me crafting. Just to name a few...
http://www.sewmamasew.com/blog2/ - Handmade Holidays - 30 days of gifts to sew
http://www.craftzine.com/blog/ - great compilation of ideas
http://www.notmartha.org/ - 'cause I'm not
http://artsycraftybabe.typepad.com/artsycrafty_babe/ - 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
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.