Quiet….

April 9, 2010

I don’t know about you, but the quiet in the morning when everyone is in bed is just heavenly.  Of course I’m not talking about  the 5 a.m. morning, but 9:30 a.m. during Easter Break.  The cats are running around, the TV is off, hot tea is at hand– ahhh…..

I have lots of catching up to do- and I will!  I think I will even try to schedule posts for publishing on subsequent days—ooooh!

First up- those Christmas gifts I said forever ago I was going to post.

For the kids I made Christmas quilts and matching pillowcases. The quilts are just a simple checkerboard of 2 fabrics. Flannel on the backs.

 girl quilt

 boy quilt

Sorry for the bad photos!  Bad lighting and all…

For the grandparents I made silhouettes of the kids. Easy-peasy, looks fancy- just takes time.   I photographed the kids’ shadows (or you could photograph a side view of their heads on a light background) and then printed them on regular paper in black and white.  [Mind you, I don’t have Photoshop or such, or this could be a LOT easier] I outlined the heads in pen, cut them out, and then scanned that into the computer again.  I did this so I could print the silhouettes directly onto nice paper in the future.  I printed these onto blue paper in this case, cut them out, and mounted them on scrapbook paper in frames (all cheap, from Michaels).

Lastly I made a doll for my daughter!  I used the Mimi Kirschner pattern on purl bee.  “Virginia,” as she was named on Christmas day, was not hard to make- just time consuming.  It took me probably 6 hours to do the doll itself. (I’m sorta guessing- I started after the kids left for school and finished right before they got home. I DID have lunch and all in there too…) The dress and embellishments took a few more hours.

I used a combination of purchased wool felt and wool I felted myself.  I really like her hair- it’s plaid! I thought that was cool to infer highlights and shades and all instead of plain monotone brown.

I have 2 more partially done- well, one started and one planned in my head!!

And lastly I decorated these houses (for ME!)- bought at Michaels. I wanted them to look vintage, and they came out more Mary Englebreit. Still very cute!  I used those crazy cheap Christmas picks for decoration- I thought I was smart to use them for trees and bushes.  The only problem was that they melted easily in the hot glue- made it tricky.  The other decorations were tiny tree ornaments and pipe cleaners.

That’s it for now!

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Now it’s November

November 4, 2009

I mean, DUH, you know that it’s November. But time is getting away from me as always!

I’m not subbing today and I’m glad- my to-do list is LOOONG.  So I can’t stay here long- just a quick note.


Handmade Holidays is back!!! EEEEKKKK!!!

– I recommend these Pumpkin Cheesecake muffins.  And no, I don’t think these can legally be called muffins- they are cupcakes in disguise!!

 I know there is more I want to show you, but I can’t think now.

Later………!

~S

Happy Birthday to me!

June 2, 2009

Yup, just had a birthday.  A milestone one.  We’ll leave it at that- it’s not so bad, it’s just a number, and the day before my birthday was the same as the day after- but we still won’t harp on the number…..  Anyway it’s not the dates on your tombstone but the dash in between, people!!!

I didn’t win anything at the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway- 😦  – but that’s ok.

Back to my birthday!!  I got phone calls and e-mails galore- some surprising ones at that.  DD said she felt sorry for me, because I had to make my own birthday cake.  Well, thems the breaks when you are the baker in the house- and I didn’t want a partially-hydrogenated oil icing store cake- so I made it myself.  I wanted blueberry bars, but blueberries aren’t in season yet, so I opted for chocolate (MUCH more appropriate anyway!).

 jam cupcake

I made Martha’s jam cupcakes with chocolate frosting – quite a good and easy recipe.  I acutally followed the directions as written!  Except lowering the salt to 1/2 t. as suggested by a comment, and I only had 1 stick of unsalted butter, so I used salted in the icing and omitted salt there.  It makes a dozen cupcakes, which is great, and I had everything in my cupboard to make them (except the raspberry jam). Easy peasy!

Off to the land of normalcy………..well, not normalcy- rather, reality!

~S

P.S.- Guess what I’m going to do this milestone year??? When it comes back to Richmond in 2010………

The Elves are Busy

December 1, 2008

Not really!!! Just me- in that after Thanksgiving frenzy of washing and getting back to the regular weekly schedule- at least for a short while.

Where did December come from?!?!  I thought I had another week….. Seriously! I’m not at book study because I thought I had another week to read.  Phooey.

I need to get back to damage control, but GOOD NEWS!!  My entry was accepted into the Light of the World online exhibit at ECVA!!!  I’m so excited- I’m one of 30 accepted from a pool of 100+ entries.

Ok- back on your heads!!!! (Know the joke?  I’m not going to explain it here if you don’t!! Maybe later…….)  I’ll show some Christmas presents I’ve made- next time!

~S

Girl Road Trip- a few photos

September 28, 2008

I’m trying to be good- get stuff done WAAAAY ahead of when they are due.  I’ve finished DD’s Halloween costume– all but the hem.  Mine is partially done- I decided to go ahead and keep working soley on hers once I got past the yokes. 

We are also making Halloween t-shirts from the recent Family Fun magazine.  Cute, not hard.  We are finished dying and are now washing- DD is anxious to see how it turned out!!

Ok- while I’m waiting for spaghetti noodles to cook, I’ll show you a few photos from the trip. I WILL recap the whole thing- I swear.

Ave Maria Grotto- Cullman, Alabama.  A monk constructed miniature replicas of religious sites in the early to mid-20th century.

Ave Maria Grotto- Cullman, Alabama. A monk constructed miniature replicas of religious sites in the early to mid-20th century.

Vehicles in a junk yard.  Only in Alabama would one see a school bus, a trolley and a boat, side-by-side.  An FYI- there was a tractor trailer to the right!!

Vehicles in a junk yard. Only in Alabama would one see a school bus, a trolley and a boat, side-by-side. An FYI- there was a tractor trailer to the right!!

Me doing my best sharecropper imitation at The Shack Up Inn-Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Yes, we stayed overnight in this shack.

Me doing my best sharecropper imitation at The Shack Up Inn-Clarksdale, Mississippi. Yes, we stayed overnight in this shack.

More later!

-S

GIRL ROAD TRIP!!

September 22, 2008

Well, today is the first day of Fall, school has been in session for a few weeks, and I’ve been back from my trip for a week.

The trip- that was the big tour of France, then it was going to be Scotland, then a road trip through the Bayou.  Until Hurricane Gustav, which threw a wrench into the plans- AGAIN.

So, my stepmom and I got in her car and drove from Atlanta to Alabama, to Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio (and back to Atlanta).  Over a span of 12 days- and 2,000+ miles.

It was GREAT fun- we had a general idea of where we were going to go, but we were very loose and adaptable.  As we went we met people, talked to them, got advice, and traveled from there.

I’ll update this post and list all the places I visited- right now the HEROES preview and season premiere is on!!!  Gotta go………

Where have you been??

June 15, 2008

Where have I been?  Where have YOU been?!?!?

I’ve been……..busy.  Like one-armed paper hanger busy. I had 2 jobs for a while, in addition to my job as chief bottle washer and meal maker. (This is where I do my bad imitation of the Jamaican family on In Living Color- remember that??)

But, now it’s Summer, and rug-rats are out of school…….whooo HOOO!!!  At least I don’t have to pack lunchboxes or get up at 6:30 a.m. for a while.  But, I will be constantly surrounded by the kids.

I’ll give an update on other stuff later (isn’t that the death-knell for me?  hopefully I’ll do it).  I’m working on the Father’s Day meal. The typical ribs, macaroni salad, spinach, coconut cake, etc. DH and the kids are out canoeing and I’m ALONE!!!! Happy MOTHER’S Day!!!!

Here is something funny:

HowManyOfMe.com
Logo There are
145
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

 

It even gives one stats about your given and surname!

Here’s my maiden name:

HowManyOfMe.com
Logo There is
1
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

I SO want to know who she is!!! 

I made these refrigerator pickles yesterday- pretty good.  I added pickling spices and an extra 1/2 c. of vinegar- and i used 1c. white vinegar, 1/2 c. apple cider.

If you are a former 80s teenager, this video will bring back lots of memories.

And lastly, if you like utterly stupid humor, watch this. Hilarious! At least the first time you see it……..

I’m off to cook and do a little cleaning.

P.S.- I’m still doing my photo-a-day project! Half done, 6 months to go.