Archive | October, 2011

Birthday Stockings for Christmas

29 Oct

Back in 2010, my sister asked me to make her Christmas stockings for her birthday.  In April of 2010, I said, “of course!”  After all, Christmas was a very long time away.  I ought to be able to fit it into even a very busy schedule.  Well, a very not-fun pregnancy, a house flood, a major remodel and lots of other fun stuff later, she is finally getting them in time for Christmas 2011.  This is the sister with the daughter who received the “Two Year Quilt,” I posted about here.  So, at least she kind of knows how I work.  She did get a bonus though since I took so long.  Had I done it back in 2010, I would have only sewn four stockings.I loosely used the pattern, “Merry” by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms.  I bought the pattern last year HOPING, but KNOWING I probably wouldn’t get around to it considering I wasn’t even living in my home last Christmas.  I LOVE this pattern.  I’m a pretty good rule follower, but not so good about following instructions.  (This makes perfect sense to me by the way.)  I usually get the gist and think I have a more efficient way of doing it.  I didn’t even read through the whole pattern.  I did though, use the template…which is really what it’s all about.  When I make my family stockings (soon I hope), I will follow the pattern carefully as I will be doing the other designs.

I quilted each one differently.  This one is just a simple meandering.I was really nervous about the stripes on these next two, but I ended up loving it.  It’s the first time I’ve ever quilted lines because I always thought it would be boring.  I will definitely be doing this more often.I did loops here. And finally swirly circles here.  Don’t look too close.  I just quilted it with the batting on the back and it causes a bit too much friction against the machine.My sister chose this uber fabulous Riley Blake Christmas fabric.  I love it. I’m hoping my sister takes much cuter pictures once they are hung.

Sand and Glue Art

28 Oct

My sister has been sanding her exterior stairs and was planning on repainting them and adding sand to keep from slipping.  She was supposed to finish them today, but instead she ended up using the sand to make sand art with glue.  We were the lucky recipients of her procrastination.My kids loved it!
This is my niece giving my daughter’s pet Dasher some love.  Isn’t she pretty?

Glass rocks and marbles

27 Oct

This have been REALLY busy around here.  You know how in December, you can’t really look at what you have going on the whole week because it’s all so overwhelming.  So, you just look 24 hours ahead.  I feel like we’re in that mode right now.  The other night I had a headache (still leftover from whatever virus or bacteria I have lingering inside me).  The hubby’s been really busy with work and church stuff lately, so no one was around (kids were sleeping…where she should have been!) to really give me the few minutes I needed to chill out.I bought all these glass rocks on clearance for about $0.25 a bag.  I didn’t have room to store them at the time that I bought them as we weren’t living in our home, but I couldn’t pass it up.  I bought a ton.  Although if I saw them again today, I’d but ten times as much.

I remembered them as I was thinking of what I could give her for a few minutes (don’t worry, she’s been around much smaller items and I’m very aware that this could be a choking hazard if I don’t watch her).  What a great buck fifty.  She had a great time moving them between the pan and the plastic container.  This is my “make a mess and destroy everything” girl, so I was pleasantly surprised that she didn’t fly these babies all over the place.At one point, she felt the need to wear gloves.  Go figure.This is a great free play activities for kids of all ages.  Probably adults too.  Lots of small motor exercise.  And if you don’t have a major headache, there’s a lot of counting and color interaction to be had.
She was happy.  I was happy.  It was great.

p.s.  For the record, all the noise of the rocks crashing into the pan didn’t bother me a bit.  It was a little therapeutic actually.

WE made bread today

18 Oct


She had a little fun before clean up.
At least she tried to clean up.

Catching Up

17 Oct

My month long “illness” has finally worked itself out.  I have a lot of catching up to do.My daughter’s class beach day.And my first attempt at a teriyaki chicken musubi that went over really well.Witnessing a beautiful act of love and friendship.A Football Game.My son’s class beach day.Our old neighbor and great friends missed us so much they came back for a week to visit.  A great dinner at PF Changs.Oh, and they did some work/school stuff since they were here too.Late night with Daddy.A great day at the zoo.  (side note: You can now pay for parking at the Honolulu Zoo by credit card…no more quarters!)He was so in to the map, he navigated us around the zoo the whole time. Peek-a-BooA failed attempt at what I hoped to be a great Halloween tee.  She was super cute,but ended up really creepy.  I guess I still achieved the Halloween look.Getting stuck in the “doll house garage.”And finally, her first time falling asleep at dinner.  This is how I feel right about now.  G’night!

Sick Of It!

10 Oct

I’ve been sick sick sick.  But, After almost three weeks, I think the worst is REALLY over this time.

This is the kind of stuff that goes on around here when mama’s on the couch all day.

Five Little Pumpkins Custom Book

6 Oct

A few years ago, I made this book for the kids to have for Halloween.  We had done a pumpkin activity and the boys mixed colors to get orange.  Then, they painted these pumpkins and practiced using scissors by cutting out these brown strips of paper.  I laminated it and bound it for the kids, but then I took the electronic copies and emailed to book to friends and family.  I haven’t made a new one this year, but thought you might like to see what you could do to personalize one for your gang.  They still love reading this book and the lamination has kept it in great shape.

This was our family picture at the time…we’re one kid short here.