Some of what's been happening around here. It took me a little over a month to finish this horse hat for my daughter. My crafting comes in my spare time which lately I haven't had too much of. ;-) My sweet princess picked out yarn colors and buttons. I would have gone a different direction with the colors, but I aim to please the one who will be wearing it.
This outfit was a fun one. I made the pants first, more out of necessity than desire. I love how they turned out. I altered a pattern which was a huge pain in the end, because apparently my math was off somewhere. I made the shirt just the other day after finding I had just enough leftover flannel. I love the embroidered applique hearts. I think my favorite thing about this outfit (more than than how adorable it turned out) is that it was all leftovers and just enough fabric. That means free minus my time of course.
We recently had a field trip to our local newspaper. The kids had a blast. I love how they are taking and comparing notes. Isn't that just too cute?
We also went to Pioneer Day at a local park. This was lots of fun. I can't wait to go again next year.
My Memories Suite is a digital scrapbooking program. It is easy to use and fun. There are lots of "papers and embellishments" available both for free and purchase in the store. This program can be use for so much more than scrapbooking pictures. You can create one of kind signs, pictures, gift tags, your imagination is the limit. Here is a sample of what I have done in the past.
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Today's topic Laundry-
What do you think of when you hear/read the word laundry? My mind immediately goes to piles of clothes needing to be washed, dried, maybe rewashed because I forgot to put them in the dryer, folded, put away. I also think of the word cycle, it is a never ending cycle. Forgiving? I think so. If I don't get a load finished I'll just start all over, it's really not that big of a deal. It's a little thing and not worth stressing over. I actually don't mind laundry for that very reason, it is one chore that I really don't have to stress over. I throw a load in and I'm off to work on something else. Come back throw the load in the dryer another in the washer and off again. Back again and the laundry from the dryer goes into the basket, what's in the washer goes in the dryer and another load is started in the washer. You see the clothes may not always get folded and put away, but we always have clean clothes. Sometimes good enough just has to be good enough. Striving for perfection is not always what is best for my family. I would rather have kids that remember me for playing games, reading stories and cooking yummy meals and treats together, than for perfectly cleaned, ironed, folded and hung clothes. Really now that I've stopped and thought about it. I think it's a waste of my time to do all that the clothes just end right back up in the laundry room anyway. Maybe I should convert my laundry room to a family closet. Hmmm. Now don't get me wrong, I haven't judged you if you manage to get your laundry perfectly done. I'm just saying to each his own and there are things that just aren't worth judging others over, stressing about or even judging yourself as unfit, not good enough, because you haven't reached someone else's idea of what a wife, mother, homemaker should be doing.
I am continually reading and coming across new information. There is so much more to our world and how it works than we know. There are so many touchy subjects, our food and medical health being towards the top of that list. This week I learned some new things about abortion and the innocent lives lost to it. Check out this link for U.S. Aborted Fetal Products. Food and spices? I'm really struggling with this one. I guess it really shouldn't come as a surprise if we are using aborted babies in the development of vaccines why not food too!? I am not one to tell others what they should do. I believe that God has given us a guideline through his Word and that we as individuals should base our decisions of what to do on the principles found in God's Word and the knowledge we have of the situation in question. I am giving links so that you can inform yourselves and make your own decisions. This article, Vaccines, Abortion & Fetal Tissue, does a good job of explaining how aborted babies were/are used in the vaccine production process. This next link shows which vaccines contain human protein & DNA. I would like to encourage you to research for yourself. There is so much information out there, if you only look for it. Since I am a type 1 diabetic, I'll throw this next link out just for good measure.
My latest project was a backpack from Sew Serendipity Bags by Kay Whitt. I made the small backpack for my Jule Bug. She outgrew the diaper bag a while ago and was using a hand me down backpack from Princess and it was falling apart. Not like I really need an excuse to sew something. ;) I browsed fabrics and found the Full Moon Lagoon line. I fell in love immediately. I couldn't wait to receive the fabric and get started.
Over all the bag was pretty easy to make. I did have a few issues, some of it was due to be being unfamiliar with sewing bags and others were due to some confusion with the instructions and drawings. I would make this bag again. Actually I am making the larger one for Princess.
I used Princess to model the backpack for me. Isn't she just adorable?
Just a little side note. I searched high and low, in and out and couldn't find two loop sliders anywhere locally, so once again I turned to etsy.
Back in 2011 I did a mini fireplace makeover. You can check it out here. It helped, but I still did not love this fireplace. I hated the orange/rust color in the stones. I'm still not quite sure why anyone would put orange/rust stones in the same house with pink tile. Yes, we still have the same pink tile from when the house was built. I had toyed with the idea of painting or whitewashing the stone for a long time. Several seem to be of the opinion that it will lower the house value for resale. Well, I've lived here nearly 10 years and I don't care anymore. I want it to look pretty to me, not some potential, possibly, one day buyer. I figured it couldn't possibly look any worse than it already did. So I did it. I whitewashed the stone.
First I cleaned the stone. I just used my normal cleaner and made sure to get as much dust and sand off as possible.
Next I mixed my paint and water. I just used some flat paint I had on hand. I used a 1:3 ratio. 1 part paint to 3 parts water.
Now for the work. I brushed the paint on and waited just a bit before wiping it back off. I did this until I got the coverage I was looking for. Be careful of drips!
It's looking much better, but I still have plans to tweak it just a bit. I plan on painting the insert again, but this time with white. Hubby says he would like the stones to have a hint more ivory to them, so eventually I will do an ivorywash. ;) I'm also thinking of using a satin finish instead of the flat finish. But, in the meantime I am liking this so much more than that ugly orange/rust color. Did I mention I hated the orange/rust?
Princess is growing up so fast, too fast. As she grows we become closer and closer. We have similar likes and loves. For instance we both love her Papi like crazy and her ever growing love for sewing, crafts and baking, well I guess I'll take the blame for that one too. ;) She plotted and planned for months, working ever so diligently so that she could finish her very first quilt for her Papi's birthday. She also wanted to make him a strawberry lime cheesecake, so she made her first cheesecake ever and it came out awesome and delicious! She sure does love to spoil on her Papi. I'm so proud of my girl for so many reasons. She did an awesome job. Looking forward to much more sewing, crafting and baking with my girl.
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Today's prompt is Beautiful! Love it.
Beautiful. What is beautiful? Well, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. It's beautiful when a child needs their parent. It's beautiful when teaching moments present themselves. It's beautiful when a marriage lasts and is strong. It's beautiful when children learn to problem solve and put others before themselves. It's beautiful when others look at you like your strange because they have no clue what it is like to be you. It's beautiful when the house is quiet or loud. ;) Everywhere I look it is beautiful. When I stop to think Why is it beautiful? I know it is because of my Saviour, God. "He makes all things beautiful, in his time". - Ecclesiastes 3:11. "In all things give thanks." - 1Thessalonians 5:18. I am not bragging on myself, but my God. He is ever working and molding me into the person he wants me to be. And that is Beautiful!
22. He does little things that shows his love for me. For example: He got up early this morning to put gas in the van before he left for work, just so I wouldn't have to do it before heading to piano. These things can sometimes say "I love you" louder than anything I know.
23. He helps me with the grocery shopping.
24. He's almost as at bargain shopping as I am. ;)
25. He doesn't mind shopping for fabric and craft supplies with me.
26. He let's me bounce my ideas off him and helps me make the ever so difficult decision of which fabric to buy.
27. He is my best friend.
28. He doesn't mind when I mess up dinner, it's just another opportunity to have pizza.
My Man and I make a great team! One of the areas that we work well together is the kitchen. Even though The Man rarely does any cooking or baking, he helps. By help I really mean he is the one who brainstorms the ideas and I do the work to make it happen. I love it when I can make his ideas come true. This treat is one of the results of our great teamwork. ;)
Berry Burst Cookies 'N' Cream Bark
1/2 a package of almond bark
about 1/2 a package of Berry Burst Ice Cream Oreos
Chop and melt almond bark
(this can be done in the microwave or on the stove top in a double boiler)
Let almond bark cool for a minute or two
Chop Oreos to desired size
Mix melted bark and cookie pieces
Spread on a lined (wax paper, foil, etc.) cookie sheet
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Today's prompt - Here
When I think of here, I think of present. Then I wonder am I here? Am I present? Life gets so crazy with chores, to-do lists, running here and there, lesson plans and lessons that sometimes I feel the pile closing in on me. I'm buried under a never ending pile of must do's. At the very same time, my kids are asking questions, learning, investigating, changing, growing. I think they are growing way too fast. Then my mind begins to wonder, am I here for them how they need me to be?Does it really matter when the clothes get washed or if they even get put away? As long as they have clean clothes that's all that matters, right? Does it really matter if there are scuffs on the wall and something sticky on the floor? What will they remember a mother who was too busy doing constantly, a mother they can't see for all her business with chores and such? No! I don't want that. I want them to remember a mother who loved them. A mother who kissed every boo boo, read stories just because, rocked in the rocking chair, sang songs and played games. I want them to remember a mother who was a part, who was present, who was there (here) with them in their moment of youth. I want to be here for my kids in the now. The moment that they need me the most. I want to be by their side. And when life gets crazy and the pile gets deep, my prayer is that I will remember to just simply be here with my little ones. All too soon there will come a day when I will have more hours than I need and clean and tidy house. I'm sure in that day I will long to buried under the pile of to do's and to be with my kiddos again. So here's to enjoying the Here!
There are many reasons why I love my husband. Number 21 on my list is a video clip. The Man made the video with the help of his cousin on a work related trip that separated us for the first time after being married.
If you look from the outside you may see a tired man working hard, going to school with not much extra time to spare. But, if you live on the inside you will see so much more. You will see a husband who loves his wife immensely. You will see a father whose utmost concern is his children. You will see sacrifice of sleep, sometimes sweets ;) all to show his family love. You will see a man who is thoughtful and analytical of every word and action that his children do. You will see a man who is ever thinking of the future for his children, not only in their physical needs, but most importantly their spiritual needs. You will see him sewing seeds of wisdom and love. You will see him carefully tending the garden of his children's hearts, pulling the weeds and giving food and water to their souls. You will see a husband who only has eyes for one woman, his wife. If you look into those eyes you will see that his love and care goes so deep that there are no words to describe it, so he makes up his own "EST". If you live on the inside you will see that this husband is ever playful and sweet with his wife. He is thoughtful and caring. He is encouraging and helpful. He doesn't expect too much, but he isn't surprised by just how much she can do. Why? Because he believes in her. He believes in her even when she doesn't believe in herself. He is her best friend and she is his. Life isn't always easy, fun and games, but this family has heaven on earth. This family loves, believes, cares, enjoys life. Why? Because this family has Christ and has centered their life around him. This family has chosen to follow Christ and his example. This family cannot thank God enough for giving them a guideline to live by, because of this guideline they truly do have a heaven on earth.
Why I Love My Husband (the never ending list)
11. He is purposeful in what he says and does.
12. He has changed me.
13. He teaches me so much.
14. He loves me when I'm not lovable.
15. He makes me smile when no one else can.
16. He whispers sweet somethings in my ear.
17. I know that look in his eyes.
18. He lovingly and willing will take care of the baby during the night just so I can get some sleep. And no I don't have to ask.
My sister is about to have her second baby any day now. Life can be rotten sometimes. I was supposed to be there for the birth of her first, but life got in the way and it was impossible. I was supposed to be there for this one's birth too, but once again life gets in the way and it is impossible. Sometimes life frustrates me to no end. I love my sister so much and would love to be there to support her and help during these last and first days. My sister and I are 7 years apart, but we are best friends. This is a great encouragement to me, not only in my personal life because everyone needs a good friend, but also because my girls are 7 years apart and I know what they have to look forward to. I can count on one hand my true friends and I am thankful that one of those is my sister.
I would give my sister the world if I could, but alas time and money got in the way of that too. LOL! So I went with the next best thing. My recent go to baby gift has been a car seat canopy. I made one for my last daughter and love, love, love it. My daughter is 1 yr and 1 month and we still use the canopy on occasion. Yes, she is still in her infant seat. I came up with this pattern myself. I based it on several that I had seen on-line. I liked different things about each one, but there was not one that combined them all so I made one. I really love how this one turned out. I fell in love with the adorable fabric and colors as soon as I saw them. I know my sister will love them too. It should arrive in the mail today, fingers crossed. I can't wait for her to receive them. I also made her a diaper bag, matching wipe case and changing pad. When I was pregnant with my last one a dear sweet friend made me a diaper bag and I love it. My sister wanted a special bag. I have never made bags and was very nervous about making this one. I am super duper excited how it turned out. My hubby helped me pick out the fabric at Hobby Lobby. I guess you could say it just spoke to us calling out my sister's name. ;) I found the tutorial for this bag on none other than Pinterest. The Angela's Diaper Bag is actually quite large. I didn't really think through the measurements before making it so I ended up getting it put together only to take it apart and make it a bit smaller. I took 2" off the length and 1" off the width. Apparently I'm a bit of a rebel and don't like following instructions (honestly I rarely follow a recipe, pattern or tutorial without making some changes) so, yes I did make some modifications other than the size. I added a cell phone pocket inside one of the elastic pockets, I added a magnetic flap instead of the ribbon ties, I lengthened the straps to make should straps, instead of the divider I made a zippered pouch divider and last of all I added a cute ruffle down the front of the bag. I couldn't have made this bag without the much needed and appreciated technical and emotional support from one of my dearest friends and awesome bag maker Kelly. Yes, she is the dear sweet friend that made me my diaper bag. ;) You can find her at her blog A Plain Path.
Now we get to the good part, Pictures!! At least for me that is the main reason I end up reading blogs in the first place. Lol!
One more extra little gift I made for the new baby. Really it's hard to stop myself. There are so many things I wish I could have made also. ;)
And just for the fun of it here's a look back at my very first car seat canopy.
Another year has come and gone and my 'little' princess is turning into a 'big' princess much faster than I like. It seems like yesterday we brought her home from the hospital all snuggled in our arms. Nursing and diapers are done. Kindergarten is over. She flew through 1st grade. Time is not forgiving. It does what it pleases no matter.
I love the young lady my baby girl is growing into. She is kind and helpful, loving and sweet. She is a wonderful big sister to her brother and baby sister. They both adore her to pieces. She is my crafting partner. ;) She loves to get messy. If I'm baking bread you can bet she's got her hands in the dough. She loves learning new things and is curious to try something new.
Every year I make my kids a special outfit for their birthday. As soon as they are old enough they tell me what they want and that's what I make. This year was my girl's first year not choosing a princess dress. A little bitter sweet for me. She actually designed her own outfit this year and I did the sewing. Gotta love it!
I'll end this post with pics of my beautiful inside and out, 8 year old princess.