Sunday, August 1, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
I'll admit it. I am one of those people who used to think... um, I pay a lot for childcare and this is their job, so why do I have to get them gifts all the time? I have since come to my senses and realize that these ladies have played an important part in my children's lives, and heck, I know my kids. These ladies deserve gifts for putting up with them some days! HAHAHAHAHA!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I began this blog when mom-blogs were all the rage, and as my comfort level with parenting has increased, my blogs about parenting seem to have decreased. Does this mean I know what I'm doing now? Um, no.
I could digress a long time on this one.
But I won't. Point is, I don't feel like my blog name truly describes what I want my blog to be. I feel like I'm no longer a mommy in need of a time out, but rather a working mom with a passion for creating and my family and making pretty little things, more in need of an outlet than anything else.
So what to do? Do I begin again, fresh with a new focus? Will you follow this crazy chicky so I can tell you my story?
Cause I think it's high-time I'm out of time-out.
Monday, July 26, 2010
It was so great being here...
but it's pretty nice being home, too.
***P.S. I've been having fun editing photos on picnik - have you tried it yet?
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I'm lying on a comfy couch, looking out the window at the waves of the Gulf rolling into the sandy beach as kites and seagulls hover in the blue sky above. It is naptime for the kiddos so it is quiet and peaceful, the opposite of what it was like in here just an hour ago, when the kids were chasing each other, playing hide and seek and just enjoying every moment of this vacation.
This was our first real vacation with our girls. The last few trips we have taken were sans kiddos, and it truly changes the dynamic of the vacation. Whereas before it was about relaxation and getting away, now it about new experiences and savoring every moment of sunshine and every grain of sand.
It is exhausting.
And it is wonderful.
I've been having so much fun playing that I've not even taken many pictures!
Guess that's what happens when you're busy making memories.
Up this afternoon... More beach time and wave chasing and enjoying my chickies. It doesn't get much better than that. Unless of course, you want me to mention the smores.
Yep - definitely doesn't get any better than that!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
|photo credit: marcelacamargo|
This bowl is so organic and, well, just cool. From elementclaystudio.
photo credit: elementclaystudio
And finally, a little memory from my childhood - little seashell boxes to hold your trinkets! Love this gorgeous one from tropicalcottage.
|photo credit: tropicalcottage|
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I was hoping for something like Flossie or Queen Canine or Molarita... but no.
Toothy it is.
So, without further ado... I present Toothy!
I found a 2T shirt still in Lil Sis' dresser drawer and knew it would make another great upcycle, so I got to cutting and it turned out so great. I promise pics soon... cause I really want you to see it!
In other news... I've started making one of these:
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I chose the T-shirt halter pattern, since it is summer, and was so pleased with the results! Check out this cutie:
Big Sis was the recipient of a dress as well, but she was not happy about being told what to wear this morning. The drama was ridiculous. She has lost her fascination with anything that mama makes her, and thus puts up a fight when I want her to wear something I've made - I admit, I was not the most patient mama this morning while listening to her wailing and whining. I wonder sometimes if any other 5 year olds in the world act like this... I sometimes think we give her too much freedom and independence that she thinks she is the one running the show.
Back to the dress. The cutting and sewing was incredibly quick and easy, and I can see myself making a lot of these in the future - right down to getting a limited license from LBB so I can sell some, perhaps? (I love the idea of using soft old shirts with interesting graphics and turning them into something new and completely different.) Rather than add the loops in back to tie the straps, I simply added some elastic to help pull in the fabric in the back for a better fit. In the future, I'll probably either get thinner elastic and place it under the trim or I'll attempt some smocking with elastic thread. We'll see.
This was the first time I've sewn with jersey knit, and I'm loving that as well - I even threw together a little racerback tank this afternoon (that was not picture worthy, but it'll be good for a trip to the gym - LOL) for me. I can't wait til Ashley comes out with a pattern for adults - I'll be all over that.
Now... just wishing I hadn't taken all those old shirts to Goodwill!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
We have a contract on the house!
I feel okay talking about it cause there is still a lot that is up in the air, so I'm not 100% confident that the house is completely sold. I can thank the decline of the housing market and a lot of foreclosures for that. Financing a home is not as easy for people as it was four or five years ago, which is good because it's preventing a lot of bad lending... but it's difficult when you're trying to sell your home!
So, we wait on pins and needles waiting to see how it'll all work out.
Speaking of pins and needles... ever wonder what happens when your dh decides to sit with you while you're sewing?
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Disney is retiring from her ruffled throne.
Vanessa is enjoying her summer, sans daily blogging.
Anna is questioning her reasons for blogging.
There seems to be a common thread amongst all of us, though. We're all focusing on the things that truly matter most: family, children, friends... life.
Enjoy your summer... enjoy your life.
And if you have time, then maybe come back and share the story with us!
*** Countdown has begun! Only 6 days til sand and sun! ***
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I tell ya, after taking pictures and editing and saving and uploading, etc, etc, etc... I think it's less work making the items than listing them!! There's only two trash bags in the shop as I sold two before I could get them listed... so hurry!
I will be filling it up slowly but surely, so be sure to check back. I'm on a mission to get me a new sewing machine (and just may fry the current one in the process)!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Snow White - Crafterhours
She is so winning Mom of the Year.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Your mojo is gone.
Just like that.
That's kinda where I was after finishing the dress. A little burned out, maybe? I don't know, but I would just walk past the sewing machine and not get any urge to sit down and get to work.
That's just not right.
So I took some time this week to spend some time with my girls:
And some time to just relax... and now I'm ready to warm up the Singer again. There's fabric in the dryer just waiting to be ironed and turned into a fabulous lunch box.
Welcome back Mojo, welcome back.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Homemade cherry cobbler!
New pattern drafted!
Teacher gifts I just whipped up last night!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch... I've got tutorial plans written in my idea book, waiting to come to fruition. I made cookies yesterday, from Nestle pre-cut cookie dough. I took the kids to McDonald's cause an unexpected detour on the way home from work didn't allow time to make dinner. My sewing machine sits and waits... along with my fabric stash... and I need to get ready for work.
I'm amazed by the creativity.
I'm adding tutorials to my list of things to make.
I'm wowed by the incredible organizational skills.
And I'm envious. Of people I don't even know! Isn't that crazy? Almost instantly I get into this "woe is me" state of mind, wishing I had all this time that seemingly everyone else has to accomplish all of these fabulous things, wishing I was able to sleep in and not be a slave to an alarm clock, wishing my "job" was staying at home, raising kids, and blogging to an audience of 5000 followers.
Is this really what blogging is supposed to be about? I started blogging as a way to chronicle my life when I was away from friends and family... and while I still do that somewhat, the focus has changed. It's not so much anymore about chronicling life as it happens, but rather making life happen in the form of a post. It's about linking and commenting and following, when it should just be about... blogging. Weblogging. Writing.
You know, the thing that's happening around me as I'm huddled over a laptop, reading through my browser. The life that started this whole blogging adventure.
My gorgeous man.
My sweet little chickies.
And, yeah, my suzy-homemaker domestic side.
The life that gives me a good swift kick in the arse when I'm feeling like everyone else has it so much easier and better.
So while I may not be whipping up a new project every day, wowing you with the way I juggle everything, or making everything from scratch, I can promise you this:
I will be living, and enjoying the blessings bestowed upon me. I will be creating, but sometimes with two little girls and some playdough rather than a new project. I will be trying to impress the people that matter most rather than the people that comment the most. I'll be telling our story, not creating a story to tell.
And I'll be eating cookie dough, straight from the package.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Father's Day Tie from the Purl Bee
Apron from Tote from Betz White
Mini Tie Keychain from Creative Itch
Photo Coffee Sleeve from Spincushion
Father's Day Wallet from Quiltish
And let's not forget my favorite: Fast Food Fun from Bakerella!
Okay, now get to it! You have two days to go!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Nevertheless, the list remains. Seriously. I have a favorites category called "Stuff to Make".
That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?
Here are the things I'm tossing up for the next sewing round: