Saturday, May 31, 2008
Honestly, I'm glad to be done with these - though I did order one more yard of fun fabric for the final "Mom" on my list. Not going to say who - but a hint would be she really needs an apron when cooking her famous (infamous) cabin style breakfasts!
Anyway.. camera is found. How do I know for sure that they were playing photographer? Hmmm... take a guess.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Of course not -but that is what I've done. I found this great site - and got some fantastic patterns shipped to me. There were so many options that I wanted them all, but ended up choosing camping art, woodland creatures, gnomes and fairies and kitchen gadgets. After all, who does not need a gnome/s'more stick/porcupine/blender embroidered on their kitchen towel? Then, decided I needed this book... and needed to spend a bit more on amazon to get super shipper rates, so got this book too. Now I'm set - but need to actually produce something to feel that I've not wasted my start up capital.
And, yes - I do know that have a problem and wholeheartedly, admit to being a compulsive craft dabbler. It is so much fun to learn to do something new and know that I can do it myself. I was able to logically justify the embroidery gear as a family bonding activity. "What?" you say (I'm sure). With all our long car trips to the lake and up north this summer, doing embroidery on the ride instead of reading will encourage me to be more social to husband and monsters, oops, children. See... embroidering is going to improve our quality of life. Ha! Excellent reasoning, right?
So, I spent last night learning the split stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch and a cable stitch. Oh... I think that there is an overcast stitch in there as well. I planned on posting a picture with my handiwork (ha ha ha) but unfortunately it seems my children were playing "Photographer" with my camera and it is missing. I'm sure it will turn up on the Saturday Clean Fest I've decided to hold at our house this weekend (tickets are still available, if you'd like to attend)... but for now I guess no one will get to see my stitching baby steps. Maybe that is a good thing.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Here are the monsters all dressed up for Grandma and Papa Thom's 50th Anniversary mass and party last Sunday. Grif's knees look a bit rough - and it is only May! Can't imagine what they'll look like by the end of the summer. They did good in church for the mass - though Rowan thought Grandma and Papa were getting married when their marriage was being blessed and Griffin kept asking if this (church) is where "that little girl baby Jesus" lived. They were a bit wild at the luncheon afterwards - but with over 20 cousins around to play with, I guess that can be expected.
What a huge milestone for Dave's parents... a half century of their lives together. 13 of their 14 kids, and their respective families, were able to attend the gathering. As you can probably imagine, always entertaining and interesting when that many sibs do get together. I have to admit to a guilty pleasure of watching my husband in the role of the youngest brother and #12 of 14 within his family. Quite different than his roles as husband, father, best friend or co-worker that I see more frequently. I also get a kick out of seeing his mannerisms and odd (to me) idiosyncrasies shared by his sisters and brothers (Theresa - can you say Mandarin?). On top of that, I love catching glimpses of my kids in their aunties, uncles and cousins. Makes me feel they are truly part of a bigger picture than just our little corner of Nightingale Street :)
Monday, May 26, 2008
Oliver loved his party - he was a riot opening his gifts. Here he is enjoying his singing, candles and cake. Maybe he is peeking over his shoulder to make sure big cousin Grif doesn't move in on his cake.
Hope your holiday weekend was fun!
Friday, May 23, 2008
When I got home from work and picking the kids up from daycare last night, I could see a big package by the door. Yes, I do my fair share of buying things on eBay, so a package by the door is not foreign to me, but I got a little giddy seeing it on our front porch. Does everyone love receiving packages as much as me, or am I odd? Anyways - it was a box from Texas - Aunt Nancy had found us all sorts of treasures at her friends' sample sale. Here are the kids in their winter gear for next year - Thanks Nance!! They LOVE their boots. Cute, huh?
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
- That Dave's rust colored leisure suit matched my peach puffy dress
- That I made a hair scrunchy out of a sleeve of said puffy dress
- That Theresa's dress resembles a crumpled pile of beer cans
- That Jeff and Missy look like chaperone's
- That I only had to blur out one ex-girlfriend (and did not do it well, I was in a hurry)
- And finally, last but not least, you gotta love Carrie as the prego prom goer! If I remember correctly, she had skull earrings and combat boots as well
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Lucky for me, Dave delivered big time on my own Mother's Day gift and brought me home a ridiculously fantastic sewing machine. I've upgraded so much from my "New Home" basic model that I'm fairly certain that if I just ask this new machine to "sew pants" with just the right words and emotion, it will do it on it's own for me. I now am the proud owner of the Huskvarna Scandinavia - and I nearly tear up just looking at it. Dave didn't understand why I would dance around with a large sewing machine box - but he figured out that he did good by bringing it home!
I broke her (Rowan named her Severina) in last night sewing the first of 6 aprons - and she sewed like a dream!! I had Rowan take a picture of the first apron - (check out Montessori by hand for this pattern - it is gorgeous) so it is a bit fuzzy, but you can get the idea. My own mother picked out the fabric - and while I did not like it much on the bolt, it looks great as an apron. The reverse side is a funky drum, palm leaf motif - yes, my mom picked this out as well. You can tie in front or back. I like the pattern so much that I hated taking this off - it made me look better than my normal clothes - but I'm guessing they'd look at me oddly at Costco wearing it! You can tie in the front or back - and it truly was something I could do on my own. Still challenging - but worth it!
Second project(s)were the silverware bracelets I saw on all sorts of "Trash to Treasure" sites. Dave again came through with a new dremel tool and enough bits and accessories to stock a small hardware store. Then I made a purchase on eBay - from a guy who sells the perfect tool to use to bend the bracelets correctly. Just to disclaim - I did try to make the bracelets without the amazing spoon bending tool - but they were jagged and crooked - and looked horrible.
I finished this first batch of 3 and then realized that I had not really sized them correctly - as they only seem to fit my 5 year old. I'll be working to find the correct way to make them a bit bigger - and fit those of us who have normal to larger sized wrists. Note - I have no excuses for these blurred pics (Rowan did not take them) - except that maybe it is hard to take pictures of silver - and I need a new camera (though after getting the sewing machine and dremel tool, I think I'll be quiet and lay low for awhile!).
Monday, May 19, 2008
I took the kids up to my dad's this past weekend so we could watch my little sister Lauren's dance recital. Little is probably the wrong word, since she is on the verge of getting her license - and is already taller than me as well. I guess "younger" is more appropriate. Lauren did a fantastic job - as usual, though Griffin and my nephew Oliver did their best to disrupt the 1 o'clock show. Tough for a 2 and 3 year old to sit for 2 1/2 hours - though Lauren in her "scary clown" number did draw his attention at the end - as well as Grandma Carole and Grandpa Jeff getting on stage for a surprise dance to "Grease" music. I am guessing it was a once in a lifetime type occassion to see my father on stage doing the hand jive!! Unfortunately, I was without camera - so no pics of that to post :(
The kids spent a lot of time outside while up north- and I snapped a bunch of photos of them having a blast. Trampoline, rope swing and just plain old dirt kept them very occupied!
They came home last night exhausted and filthy - but excitedly telling their dad all about the fun they had. We'll be visiting everyone again this weekend - to celebrate Brianna's graduation (YEAH BREE!) and Oliver's 3rd birthday. Then we will celebrate with the Thom's - Dave's parents just had their 50th wedding anniversary. Busy, busy, busy!
I finished a few crafts this past week and took pics to post - but I'll do that post tomorrow if I get done with a few more projects tonight!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
So, it was the weekend of t-shirt baby yoga pants, capri sun purse, and yes, I started and finished the Amy Butler Lotus Tunic (Dave keeps asking "what the hell is a tunic?"). I believe that I can now officially call myself a true sewer, albeit a "beginner". I've now gone beyond curtains, pillows and jean hems - Hooray. My mom thinks this just means that I'll start to swear more frequently.
Brooke called on Friday -she was making yoga pants out of a t-shirt for her 1 year old, Cash. I think I saw the on the Sew Mama Sew site. I was not sure if Dave's shirt would be large enough for Griffin (3), but it worked perfectly... I ended up making a pair for Rowan out of an even larger t-shirt previously belonging to her Bumpa. Dave wondered who's shirt I could use to make him a pair, cause they sure looked comfy on the kids.
Last up, I bumped into the Capri Sun purse on a few different sites a few nights back - I think I was looking for tote patterns and found it. I thought it would be a fun one for Rowan - so I threw it together tonight. Well, that is after draining an entire case of Capri Suns into a pitcher on Friday and letting the containers dry all weekend. I definitely know what to do different if I were to do this again, but can't imagine the need for too many of these. Still, it was fun and she'll love it when she sees it! Just kinda makes me thirsty to look at.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Brian brought his 4 month old Turner, since his wife was at work. The kids and I had a blast with Turner - he is extremely cuddly and curious. He seemed to love the loud ruckus being made in the house -which is NOT a testament to the quality of music being made - more the result of the sound escaping through the basement ceiling below to the floor and rug above, combined with G beating his Batman and pirate swords on a box to play "drums" and Rowie "strumming" her Hannah Montana guitar, which plays pre-recorded bits of teeny bopper pop.
I did witness a dimple or two from Turner as he smiled watching the kids dance to the music. Caragh and Brian did good with their little man!
I promise that he did smile... but he was more interested in looking at everything that was going on... and there was a lot going on!
Rowan kept asking to hold him, and she did a great job! I was very impressed that Griffin actually was inclined to share a Spider man guy or two with Turner as well...
All three in jammies - watching a bit of Baby Einstein as we waited for practice to wrap up... Griffin hasn't watched these in over a year and he was fascinated all over again. Dave has called the movies "baby crack" - as they seem a bit addicting to the young mind.