Friday, December 16, 2011

Five Minute Friday - Connected

Happy Friday.  I am taking part in another Five Minute Friday.  Head on over to The Gypsy Mama to find out what it's all about.


Are you connected with others?  I think most of us are connected, but a good bit of that connecting is with electronics and not people.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the benefit of computers, cell phones and more, I just don't want to lose sight of what is truly important.  Am I connected with people?  You never know when a word fitly spoken will be just the encouragement a person needs.  Am I connected with my children or am I browsing blogs and facebook while they play without any interaction from me.  I do believe it is good for kids to play on their own, sometimes.  I also know it is good for kids to play with their parents, tying those strings of relationship that are so important and so lacking in many families today.  Am I connected with my kids or am I simply shouting orders and giving lessons?  There is a lot of truth to the saying "actions speak louder than words".  What are my actions telling my children?  Am I teaching them the most important things in life by my actions?  How do you teach a child about true joy?  They will put their joy in what you put your joy in.  I have been thinking about little topics like this lately and purposing to be more connected with my kids and making sure I am living the life I want them to live.  "Life is but a vapor" and soon my days with my children will be over.  Will I have spent them wisely, as God would have had me do or will I have wasted them?  I hope in the end I will hear a "Well done".

Mother/Daughter Beanies

I won this pattern from a giveaway a while back at Our Seven Dwarfs.  The pattern is by Kristine at Ambassador Crochet.  Be sure to check out her blog and shop, you are sure to find something you'll love.  This was my first time making hats, but overall they turned out great.  Princess just loves hers.  I started out only making one for Princess, but somehow the pattern ran a little big (I am sure this is my inexperience at work here), so I decided to make it mine and make her the next size smaller.  All worked out in the end.  We have gotten so many compliments on our beanies.  I think Princess loves the attention and you know it makes me feel good to get a compliment on something I made. :-)

Merry Christmas!

A Special Sewing Basket

I have a special basket, my Nana gave to me.  It was her grandmother's sewing basket.  What makes this basket so special besides the fact that it is piece of history from my own family?  Let me show you some pics.

My great, great grandmother's bonnet.

 Sunbonnet Sue Quilt patch

With a friends suggestions I decided to reline the basket with new material.  The old lining was literally falling apart everywhere.  Here are some after pics of what the lining looks like now.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Flu Shot is being Preached form the Pulpits???

I receive the Mercola emails.  Now just to make sure we are all clear, I am not some excessive, crazy health nut person.  I believe moderation is a good line to follow.  We eat pizza, hamburgers and cookies, etc. on occasion.  My curiosity was peaked when I saw the headline for the article If You Go to Church, Heed This Warning.  
Even my OBGYN is advising pregnant women NOT to get the flu vaccine.  
I just wanted to share for those who might be interested in reading the article.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Princess and her 1st Piano Recital!

Warning brag moment coming...
The Princess had her first piano recital a bit over a week ago.  We had family come in for the special event, so I am only just now getting around to posting. 
She did a lovely job and we are so proud of her.

That cute little nod at the beginning was to her Mommy and Papi. Love, that special little nod!  Seeing her in this video, she looks so grown up already.  I can't believe how fast time flies.  My baby is turning into a young lady right before my eyes, its like a magic show.

I made her recital dress using Sense and Sensibility's Girls' 1780's Portrait Dress Pattern.  This was my first time using one of their patterns and lets just say it isn't the easiest to follow.  There were times I was sure that I was putting this dress together backwards and upside down.  You must read through the entire pattern to include assembly instructions before purchasing any materials needed, they are not listed on the back with all the options like typical store patterns.  For example, I purchased the fabric that was stated on the back for the sash only to come up short.  The listed amount was for a knot, not a bow like what is pictured.  The dress looks a lot better on than it does on the hanger.  The patterns are not bad, just want to share the warning so you can avoid some of the problems I had.  And now for the pics.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway at KookBeenz

Hop on over to KoolBeenz to enter the Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Silhouette Cameo Giveaway

Infarrantly Creative has a Silhouette Cameo Giveaway going on right now.
And for more Silhouette Giveaways head on over to A Plain Path for another list of blogs to enter.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Silhouette Cameo Giveaway

Little Miss Momma
For a list of more Silhouette Giveaways head on over to The Plain Path.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

KoolBeenz Fabric Giveaway

We are finally back from our trip down south and now I am catching up on my blog reading.  Who doesn't like a good fabric giveaway.  Go check it out at KoolBeenz.

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Busy Week Ahead

Not that life is ever not busy, but this week is going to be crazy.  We leave in the morning headed south to West Palm and Miami Children's Hospital.  My 12 yr old nephew was diagnosed with Melanoma.  He will be having surgery on Monday.  We will be there for support during the surgery and to help out afterwards for about a week.  We will be logging in quite a few hours on the road this next week.  We are praying for a safe surgery, recover and time on the road.  I better be off to finish the packing. 

Five Minute Friday - Remember

Another Friday is here.  I haven't participated in Five Minute Friday for a while, but am excited to give it a go today.  Five minutes of writing no editing. For all the details and to join in, hop on over to The Gypsy Mama blog.

Today's topic: Remember

I remember the first little flutters of movement I felt, how precious and special they were.  The first time daddy could feel the kick. I remember the smell of  a newborn baby.  The sweet sight of something so fragile and new.  The awe and amazement I felt and still feel at the creation of such a tiny life.  The first cries from a new innocent life.  The first tingling sensations of milk.  The first time I nursed. I am blessed to have these memories. They are special and not to be taken for granted. I remember all this and am looking forward to experiencing it all once again.  There was a first time and there will be a last time, and each time is as special as the first.  Remember to cherish the moment.  Don't rush it or wish it away in the middle of a sleepless night.  There will come a day when it is gone and you will not get it back. Remember, cherish the moment!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Caramel Apples = Yummy Fun!

Who doesn't like caramel apples?  I came across this yummy recipe last year in a Rachael Ray magazine.
Making homemade caramel apples has been on my to-do list for a while now.  When I saw this recipe I knew this was the one I wanted to try.  Well a year later and I finally got a round to it.  These taste delicious!  The kids love them, the hubby loves them, I sneaked a quick taste and I love them.  The honey-vanilla caramel flavor is wonderful.  The only down side to this recipe is that it takes a while to cook the caramel.

Now that i have your mouth watering for these yummy apples, here's the recipe.

Honey-Vanilla Caramel Apples:
Recipe states that it makes 6 apples, this all depends on the size of your apples and how much caramel you put on each apple.  I made 6, but have enough caramel left over to make about 6 more.

6 medium red apples chilled (braeburn, cortland or fuji)
Ice water
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Skewer each apple stem with a lollipop stick or thick bamboo skewer. Fill a large bowl one-quarter of the way with ice water.
2. In a 4-quart, heavy saucepan, heat the cream and salt over medium-high heat until steaming hot. Stir in the honey and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower the ehat to medium and continue to boil, stirring constantly, until the mixture registers 260 degrees on a candy thermometer, 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla. Place the pan in the ice water, stirring the craeml with a wooden spoon until it"s thick enough to coat the apples without running off, about 5 minutes. (If the cramel thickens too much, return the pan to the medium heat and stir.)
3. Wipe the chilled apples dry. Working with 1 at a time, hold the apple by the stick and dip into the caramel, tilting the saucepan and twirling the apple to coat all but a 1-inch border around the stem. Place the caramel apples on the prepared baking sheet (if you want to add toppings now is the time to do it) and refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Educational Insights giveaway!

Giveaway for Educational Insights at Mama to 4 Blessings. This is one of the neatest blogs I have come across.  I've learned of some pretty interesting products through her blog.  She is always having some of the coolest giveaways too. Enough said, go check out Mama to 4 Blessings and her cool giveaways!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuneables "I Love Music" giveaway

Mama to 4 Blessings has some of the best giveaways.  I love her blog.  Hop on over there to enter the giveaway for Tuneables "I Love Music" DVD set.

Sorting Snack (Cupcake) game giveaway

Mama to 4 Blessings(a homeschooling blog) is having a giveaway for this fun shape, color sorting cupcake game.  Looks like fun to me!

A bowl full of lemons.: Thirty-one gift certificate giveaway!!!

A bowl full of lemons.: Thirty-one gift certificate giveaway!!!: I am just in love with Thirty-one organizing products , and the organizing utility tote is my all time favorite. If you have been reading ...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We MIght be Addictied!

Are you Krispy Kreme?  If you aren't you probably haven't had one.  The Man and kiddos love doughnuts fresh or day old.  Me I love the fresh warm ones.  Now you can't eat them too often because they are dangerously high in calories and other not good for you stuff.  But every once in a while we just have to get a good ole' Krispy Kreme fix and NO Dunkin's won't do.  So in honor of the Krispy Kreme doughnut....

Krispy Kreme Copycat Recipe
Krispy Kreme Milkshake Recipe

Can you tell what this preggo lady is craving?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Silhouette Cameo Giveaway

Have you been drooling over the Silhouette?  I have.  Now there is a new one Silhouette Cameo and Tatortots and Jello is having a giveaway.  What better way to get one than to win?  Hop on over and enter!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mountain Home Quilts : Poppy and Pearl Co. Giveaway!

Okay, you have got to head over to Mountain Home Quilts.  She is having a Poppy and Pearl Co. giveaway.  What is she giving away mason jar tumbler lids.  These are so cool or at least I think they are.  Good luck!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Patty Jo - A Giveaway with a Cause!

Hey check out Patty Jo's giveaway and help Africa at the same time.  For more details visit her blog and links.

Friday, October 7, 2011

My Baby/Everything Bag!

It has been a while since I have made a real post.  I have good reason though, I have been pregnant icky and then crazy busy and you know my family always comes first over blogging.  What better way to give an update than on my very first new baby gift.

This is my special friend/sister Kelly.  She blogs at A Plain Path.  She is wonderful at sewing bags and other crafty type items.  She came down for a visit and made me this wonderful diaper/everything bag.  I got to help. She let me do the easy stuff like pressing and seam ripping. ;-) Honestly I am not that great at bag sewing, but I hope to improve on this before too long.  Watching her process was really helpful.  We went shopping for the pattern and bag fabric together, so this was together fun from beginning to end.  She used the Amy Butler Reversible Sunday Sling bag pattern in size small.  I love the yummy Bliss fabric we found. 

Isn't this bag simply adorable!?

Side pocket

Inside pockets and key fob

Cellphone pocket

So now I have an extra special, one of kind bag to carry all my baby necessities when baby gets here. I may not wait 'till baby gets here to use it though. ;-)  I love the bright and cheery fabric.  Just looking at this bag makes me smile.  Thanks, Kelly, for being a special friend, for the fun visits and making me my first baby gift.  Love and Hugs!

Muse Day Jellyroll Giveaway!

Lily Pad Quilting is having a Muse -Day Jellyroll giveaway!  These fabrics are lovely, so go check it out.

A Sew Lux Giveaway!

The Other Side of Me is hosting A Sew Lux Giveaway!  If you are into sewing and fabric you are going to love what you see. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Givaway at It's So Kiki

It's So Kiki is hosting a giveaway for a Jelly Roll of Etchings from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Cottage Home and Shabby Fabric giveaway!

If you haven't seen Shabby Fabric and browsed their shop, you don't know what you are missing.  I love this shop it is so, well shabby.  They have everything from fabric and notions to patterns and kits.  And today The Cottage Mama is having a giveaway for Shabby Fabric.  So hop on over and check out all the details.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

High Risk Blessings!

Yesterday we visited the high risk doctor.  For those who may not know I have type one diabetes and have had it for over 20 years.  I am the highest, high risk there is when it comes to diabetic high risk pregnancies.  I have people who care for me, love me and my little one to be enough to pray for us and God's help during this special time.  I couldn't be more grateful for these people in my life.  God is good and God is powerful.  The results of our appointment show that everything is right on schedule, baby is growing well and there are no noticeable signs of birth defects.  The praise and glory goes to God.  I know that there is no way I could do this without him.  Managing diabetes is hard, but add on the complexity of pregnancy and it just made hard/impossible even more so.  I thank God for keeping my little one safe and protecting it against my own bodies faults.  Lord willing sometime in late February, early March our little blessing will be born.

We were able to take Princess and Roochie with us for this appointment.  They got to see the ultra sound and the miracle of a tiny little person growing in mommy's tummy.  We had lots of good conversation during the ultra sound.  One of my favorite moments was when the technician told the kids the baby was waving at them, Roochie stood up on his chair and waved at the monitor.  The kids are so excited for their new baby to arrive.  I love seeing and hearing their excitement.  I am very glad we were able to spend this special time together as a family.

Abortion... A Horrible Reality

Have you ever stopped to soak in the reality of abortion and what it means?  When I was in high school I did a report on abortion.  The research I did has forever engrained images on my memory that I wish I could erase.  I do not understand how anyone who truly understands how abortion works could support it.  Did you know that the baby in the womb will move up higher and higher trying to get away from the suction? Did you know the suction literally rips their tiny bodies apart?  Did you know that the solution used burns their tiny bodies while they are still alive?  The innocent killed in such horrible wicked ways, while murderers are offered a nice little injection and a last meal.  Something isn't right.

The video at this link 180 movie shows how some have changed their position on the murdering of our babies/abortion. What is it that changed their minds?  Watch to find out.

Beware that the images at these links are graphic.

For more information check out the images and information at this link or this link.  There is much more information available.  Find the truth.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Remodelaholic HGTV area rug giveaway

Looking for a nice area rug?  Why not try and win one?  Check out the giveaway over at Remodelaholic.

Cancer Hoax. What would you do?

I don't have cancer, yet.  I hope neither I nor anyone in my family or close friends ever get this terrible disease, but I know that more than likely some will.  My grandfather died from lung cancer.  He had conventional cancer treatments and he had a long, slow, painful death as his family watched on helplessly.  I haven't researched cancer in depth, because I haven't had to yet and there are so many different types it would be near impossible to guess which type I would need to know about, but I do know that if/when the time comes I will find an alternative to conventional cancer treatments. For some insights on the war on cancer and its flaws check out the video at this link.  The video is long, but well worth the watch in my opinion.  Beware what you will hear, may be upsetting.  The link is available at the Mercola website.

Did you know that conventional treatments can leave the person with brain damage, blind, hearing loss and even in a vegetable state only to name a few?  Did you know you may not have the right to choose the treatment you or your child will receive?  Did you know if you don't follow conventional treatments, your child's doctor may turn you in for medical neglect? 

I believe it is the right of every person/parent to make a truly informed decision on what type of treatments they will receive.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Not Just a Housewife Pottery Barn Gift Card Giveaway!

Who would like to win $100 gift card to Pottery Barn?  Well hop on over to Not Just a Housewife to get all the details for her giveaway.

Jackie's Art Quilts: Fabric Giveaway!

For a fun fabric giveaway hop on over Jackie's Art Quilts for all the details.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Five Minute Friday - Growing

It is time for another Five Minute Friday.  Hop on over to the Gypsy Mama for all the details and to join in.

This weeks prompt- Growing.


Growing, every growing never stopping.  Do you ever wish you could pause time?  Does it seem like it just flies by and you don't have enough time to soak in each stage of life?  It does for me.  It seems like yesterday I was getting married.  It seems like yesterday we brought home our first baby.  It seems like yesterday we brought home our second baby.  It seems like yesterday we found out we were expecting our third baby.  And today where are we today.  We have been married 7 1/2 years, our first is 6, our second is 5 and we are already into the second trimester with our third.  Where did the time go?  When did my babies grow up?  And I still can't believe I will have another baby, Lord willing sometime in Feb or March.  We are all growing, we cannot stop it or control it.  Only God the giver and taker of life can control our growing.  And yet while we are growing we are dying.  Are we prepared?  Do we even know what this means?  Are we sharing and helping other to be prepared for this reality?  Are we growing closer to God or are we dead spiritually?  These are some questions to think about.  It is good to examine our hearts and see where we are compared to where God would have us to be.  I hope I will continue to grow spiritually until the day that I die.  My hope and prayer is that I will be able to guide, teach and train my children as they will grow up in the Lord and so they can continue to grow closer to God throughout their lives.

Times up.  I am sure my thoughts could have kept on coming with this one.

Grosgrain: Little Mave Guest Giveaway

Grosgrain: Little Mave Guest Giveaway

Go check it out, so cute!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig Giveaway

The Cottage Mama is having a Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig Giveaway.  Hop on over to read her review and enter the giveaway.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Five Minute Friday - Joy!

It's time for another Five Minute Friday.  I haven't done one in a few weeks so was excited to do this weeks.  For all the details and to join hop on over to The Gypsy Mama.
Today's prompt- Joy.


I love joy.  Joy is more than happiness and sometimes there is joy without happiness.  That seems hard to believe, but I know it to be true.  Only Christ can give us true joy. 

Things that bring joy into my life:
Being a wife to The Man
Being Mom to my kids
The expectation of another sweet little bundle that will grown into a wonderfully unique person all their own
A new day, a fresh start
A completed job
A place to call home
Being with family
Special friends that add to my life in so many ways
Seeing God work in the lives of our children
Salvation-knowing no matter how rough things get here, in the end it will be worth it all.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

And the Winner Is....

And the winner of the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbook Software is.... Kelly!
Congratulations Kelly!  I will be emailing you soon with details to claim your prize.

Don't feel left out.  Head over to My Memories and purchase using the coupon code STMMMS25117.  This coupon gives you $10 off the My Memories Suite Software and $10 for the My Memories store.  That is a $20 savings!  The best part is there is no expiration date for this code, so if you can't use it now you can use it later.  How cool is that?  I suggest copying the code to avoid any typing mistakes.  Feel free to share this code with friends and family. :-)

Happy Weekend!