Sunday, December 17, 2006

What can I say?

I haven't had time to do any blogging.

I did pictures with Santa for Abby's school this past week. It was fun to be able to do that for all of them but I am not happy that some came out a little blurry. I turned off the flash on the second day because Santa literally started to tear up. Unfortunately that made the auto-focus a little off and about ten of the pictures came out blurry. A few were so blurry they are unrecognizable. EEK. I feel horrible about it. Poor kids. I wish there was a make-up day.

All of the children were so cute! They were in total aw that Santa was sitting in front of them. Some of them would rub his fur when they were telling him what they wanted. A few held his hand and played with his nails or his beard hair. There were only a couple that didn't want anything to do with him. Abby wouldn't go up without the wonderful Ms. C by her side. Another little girl didn't want to talk to him but she got her picture taken with him. They all made my week. It was great to be there!

I started and finished three purses. Two for my nieces and one for my sister. They don't usually read here so I don't think they will see this but I want to wait to post pictures just in case.

All of my packages and cards have been sent out. That's a lie I still have a few stragglers in the out box. I will have to remember those tomorrow.

We have a lot of painting coming up because the living room is not making us happy anymore and we switched rooms with Abby and Ella so we now have aqua walls and they have brown walls. It will probably take all Winter for us to get it all done. We are also still renovating the downstairs bathroom so that should be another thing we have done before the Winter is over. Not going to be another boring Winter for us!

A blog isn't complete with out some pictures so here ya go.

Abby and Ms.C with Santa. Doesn't Abby just look like the happiest little girl in the world!!???

Had to get one of Santa. He was a fun guy to talk to all day. He was really good about staying in character and I even found myself telling him stories as if he were Santa. He was very convincing. His wife was also very lovely and sweet. She kept him in line when he got a little feisty.

Our Stockings in the morning sun.

Saturday, December 09, 2006


I am in love with a tree. A bunch of trees actually. I saw these trees on Colorfool and fell in love with them! She got the pattern from Little Birds. They are addictive they take a few minutes to make once you get the hang of sewing in a circle. Took me a few tries but I am an expert now!

I numbered them so it would be easier for my Mom to pick the ones she wanted.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Pow Wow

I totally forgot to tell everyone about Boog's Thanksgiving Pow Wow. Her class invited one parent from each family to enjoy some Pumpkin Pudding and few songs. The children were the indians and the parents were the pilgrims.
G-man was totally diggin' that hat.
Can I just say that I don't like sharing the fun stuff at Boog's school with the man but I am reasonable and since it was on his day off I let him go. It was my Thanksgiving gift to him. ;)
They even made center pieces.
There were more pictures but I don't want to put other peoples kids on the internet. I don't think that's to kosher.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Pretty Penny Is Her Name

Remember me saying we had a special surprise for the girls for Christmas. Well Christmas came early because you gotta strike while the iron is hot. Miss Penny is a cute little black Lab and she is so sweet!

The girls were very excited. They weren't quite sure what was going on. Boog is blurry but I like the picture because you can still tell she was very excited.

This was The Girl's reaction when she realized why I was acting weird. She was just as excited as the little ones. Very cute!


Penny sitting pretty.

It took me about a half an hour to make this blog. Normally I would have had to stop every five minutes and do something for one of the lovely little ladies so it would take me about an hour or longer. Apparently not anymore. They are so quiet and enthralled with the new addition of our family. Woohoo! I wonder if it will last?


A few months ago Boog asked me to make her a bear. UM... Ok. I can do that? I winged it, of coarse. Sylvia is what came out of that little adventure. She is a little awkward at best.

So I decided to take my time and make a pattern for the next one. Which turned into two because you can't make one without eventually having to make two around here. Their bellies, eyes, ears and nose are all velvet. They were fun to make.

I put a little insignia on their butts. A roman numeral two, of coarse.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


The finished Marilyn purse. I am happy to report that The Girl loved it and many of her friends would like their own. Their gonna have to pay for it.

I got very ambitious with this one and put in a zipper. I used buttons to protect the corners from wearing down.

This pretty one was supposed to be a Christmas gift but the person I made it for is a surprise ruiner so I sent it out already. I loved this Japanese material.

Monday, November 13, 2006

A couple of works in progress.

I am working on a few things right now. One I am not going to post pictures of one because it's a gift for someone. The other is a purse The Girl asked me to make out of a Marilyn nightie top she found somewhere. I haven't gotten far but it's going to be cute. I convinced her to use red on the outside to make Marilyns' lips pop.

We did lots of Christmas shopping this Saturday. Rick wanted to beat the holiday rush so the majority of our shopping is done. All that is left is a few things that I am making for people, something I want to get for The Girl and gift cards. It feels good to have it done. We usually are scrambling the week before to get everything bought or made.

I have been having trouble managing my children lately. I get alot of back talk from both of them. They don't go to bed when we put them in bed. It takes threatening to take things away and just all kinds of arguing before they will just give up. It's harder on me than it is on them, they think it's funny, I wanna cry.

Potty-training sucks my big toe. As a matter-of-fact I just gave up on it. It is like torture for both of us. She doesn't even notice that I haven't been asking her to go to the potty or anything. She doesn't go on her own at all. It's like the past month of intense potty training didn't even happen. I'm exhausted and a little angry about the whole thing.
Yesterday was, hopefully, the last time we will rake the yard. The backyard really gets alot of leaves because we have three very large trees that cover the whole yard. ( I have been trying to convince Rick to cut at least one of those suckers down but he likes the shade the generate. I do not.

Anyhoo... I took the oppurotunity to take some pictures.

Pretty leaves

Abby being still

Ella can not sit still... well neither of them can.

The G-man
HA! I got her.
These might be blurry

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Something I Don't Want to Forget.

A few weeks ago Boog informed that she had a new word for "duh". I was intrigued. I had to know. "What is the word?" I asked. "Doyo." (pronounced Doy-yo.) "Did you come up with that all by yourself?" "Of coarse, Mom."

There you have it people.

Monday, November 06, 2006

What Being Frugal Can Do For Your Creativity.

Boog is not easy on clothes. She can not wear a pair of tights for more than an hour before they end up with a gigantic in them. Most of her shirts need to be bleached or stain treated as soon as they come of her back. As a matter of fact Bell doesn't get many hand-me-downs because her sister can really tear up some clothes.

I have been thinking about what I can do to extend the life of her clothes without making them look like they have been doctored up. Today I decided to try some stuff out.

I traced a cookie cutter onto a piece of cardboard (so I can keep it and do many more without using my cookie cutter everytime) and then used the that as a template and traced the shape onto some scrap fabric. Then I used some Heat-n-Bond to bond it to the shirt and pants. Last, I appliqued it with embroidery floss.

Drumroll Please.....

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Falling Leaves

The only thing I had planned to do on Friday was rake leaves in our front yard. It ended up only taking about an hour to do the whole yard. We don't have any trees in the front but our neighbors have a few so we get some of the fallout.

Anyhoo... since it didn't take long I played with Bell and took some pictures.

I'm excited about a special Christmas present we are planning for the girlies. I will give out more details when we are sure about it.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Halloween was excellent. Boog and Bell were very excited about getting out there and getting some candy, of coarse. Boog was a cute little witch and Bell was a puppy. (Everyone kept calling her a sheep.)

The amount of candy they got is unreal. Way more than last year. I think it's because Boog was way more into it this year and she made sure we covered twice the area we did last year. Bell was not into it. She went a block and then wanted to be carried home. Her costume didn't even make it over to Grandmas house. She insisted on taking it off before we got a chance to go over there.

On the Potty training front we are doing very well. She won't go on her own all the time but she does about half the time. #2 is still eluding us so I am doing a lot of dunking and swishing. ugh.
I started volunteering at Boogs school once a week. It is so much fun. The children are so excited to see you. I always get " I've seen you before." or "You're Boogs mom." Yep. That's me.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Fabulous Fall day in Ohio

I love Autumn in Ohio. The colors are gorgeous, the air is crisp, the smell of warmth coming from chimney tops, the colors are gorgeous, the colors are gorgeous and the colors are gorgeous. We went for a little hike on the river trail today and I got alot of beautiful shots.

The Falls. One thing that is different about the river water here and the river water in Colorado would be the clarity of the water... for sure. Still beautiful.


My future Botanist

My favorite shot. Would look great in black and white or sepia, I think, but the colors are just to beautiful to hide.

If you look closely you can see a rainbow right in the center.