Thursday, December 31, 2009
I know once I hit the shower (I did workout this morning. Yay! That makes three days so far this week!), and throw my tennies back on, I'll be good to go. In the meantime, I'm watching the minutes tick by as I do absolutely nothing. Lazy moments are a vital part of life, right? ;)
One thing I have to get done today is make a dessert for tonight. We're going to spend the evening with a few other families who have kids the same ages as our kids. It'll be nice to not have to get a sitter. I was searching the cookbooks for dessert ideas when I remembered the gallon of whole milk in the fridge expires today. Viola! I'll use it to make some homemade custard. Vanilla crunch, here we come! A double batch of custard should use most of what is left of the milk. Easy peasy!
I did get some pictures of the light switch covers and magnets I got done earlier this week. If I have enough time after getting all my necessary things done, I'll try to do up a few more of them. I got a note via Facebook today from someone suggesting we raise our prices on the light switch covers. It's something I'll have to mull over. I haven't checked out the competition on Etsy for a while now so I really don't have any idea what other sellers are selling their's for.
The peace and quiet didn't last long as the Bigs have just piled out of the playroom asking if they can make homemade ice cream. (a combo of snow, sugar and milk) Sigh. Christmas vacation has gone amazingly well but in some ways, I think I'm ready for them to go back to school.
Looks like I better hit that shower before too many more minutes pass!
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Year's!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I hated to disrupt their concentration but I made them move their mess into the kitchen so I could spread out my sewing stuff on the table. Mean mom! :) Actually they didn't mind and soon we were all grinning and satisfied with how the afternoon was panning out.
I was sewing merrily along, in my own little world. I paused to turn the corner on the blanket I was sewing when all of a sudden my machine took off, sewing like mad all on it's own. I was just about to have a heart attack when I heard the squeal of delight from under the table. I peeked down to see Baby Doll poised and ready to have another to at the presser foot. She had been playing quietly in the living room and I didn't see her slip into the dining room to join the "fun". She was quite pleased with herself, clapping her dimpled hands together!
Take my word for it...sewing with a baby on the floor is not recommended!
Once she was distracted upstairs in the playroom, I was able to get a few more blankets done. It was positively blissful to spend some time sewing! I'm hoping to continue tomorrow afternoon. We'll see...
I haven't yet done a feature on a vintage shop so let me show you daisytoad.
I'll admit, it was the colors of some of her items that first caught my eye. How cool is this hairdryer? Love the robin's egg blue!
Monday, December 28, 2009
I love the fact that in the park, you have the red rock but also the snow covered mountains in the distance. It's an awesome contrast!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
If there is one chore at Christmastime I'd rather not do, it's wrapping gifts. I despise it greatly! The past few years my wonderful Husband has done most of it. This year I had an "ah ha" moment and decided to enlist the help of my older kids (along with a couple friends they had over).
I had them wrap all the gifts for the Littles. They were quite pleased to help and I was quite pleased to let them. It was a win-win situation!
Now the wrapping is more than half way done and I am one happy camper!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
- graham crackers (about 7 crackers per house)
- Royal Icing (slowing mix 5 cups of powder sugar into 3 egg whites. Beat for 10 minutes)
- sprinkles (kids love these, Moms on clean up duty don't)
- plastic baggies
- paper plates
- a few friends
- a healthy dose of patience
- an already messy floor (if your floor is spotless to start with, it won't be when you're done!)
- toddlers who are napping, thus greatly reducing the amount of patience needed
Scoop some icing into a baggie. Squish it all down into one corner and cut that corner off so you can squirt the icing out in a nice, clean way. Squeeze from the top of the bag, sliding all the icing down to the cut corner. Give each kid their own baggie of icing to use. This will greatly reduce the amount of squabbling.
Let the kids go to town attaching candy to their houses with icing.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
- I'm done with my Shutterfly jazz. Yes!! I got the calendars ordered and on their way for the grandparents. My oldest two girls both requested more scrapbooking supplies for Christmas so I ordered each of them some pictures from this past year. Believe it or not, they might actually make it here before Christmas. Now wouldn't that be something?!?
- Tomorrow I promise I'll get the tart dough made. (I've only been saying that for the last week or so.) My husband said if I'd make the dough, he'd roll it out for me. I've never made them so I'm scared I'll screw them up. He did it all last year as I snuggled our freshly born baby on the couch.
- I went to the library tonight to get Hubby some books on cd. I came out with a stack of books for me. Good one. Like I have time to read. Looks like a bunch of late nights ahead of me.
- I "babysit" my friend's daughter a few days a week for only an hour or two each time. I use the term "babysit" loosely because she is in kindergarten and is extremely easy to have around. I hardly notice she's here. Anyway she brought me a Christmas gift this morning (as if she needed to, but we've already gone around and around on this one and I lose each time. I'll find a way to get even someday!) and in it was fresh elk summer sausage and jerky. It was my lucky day! I was thinking I should hoard them and not share with the kids but I suppose they do most of the "babysitting" since they play with their friend when she's here. Shoot anyway.
- I'm taking baby steps when it comes to getting these Christmas cards in the mail. I have them all addressed and the stamps bought, now I just need to seal them shut, put a stamp on them and put them in the mail. I'd hate to be too on the ball and get them all done in a day. Apparently I'm all about milking it out as long as I can.
- I got a few magnets designed today! I was on the floor in my bedroom, surrounded by a mess of paper crafting goods in a completely silent house. No one needed me. No one wanted me. No one yelled for me. No one but me and my thoughts. Pure bliss!! (as much as I love my kids, I simply adore naptime. It's what I need to recharge and face the supper/homework/bedtime chaos.)
- Remember those cookies we baked a few weeks ago? Completely gone. Looks like we better plan another baking day. I knew it would happen, just not this quickly. Such is life.
- I have 10 days to figure out what to get two girls in their early 20's. Any ideas? I'm coming up a bit blank this year.
- This brain purge helped! My eyeballs are shutting all by themselves. I'm tried. I'll see you all tomorrow!
Monday, December 14, 2009
You see, when we moved into this house in August, it had more closets than we've ever had before. A front closet, a back closet, a linen closet, three walk-in closets, one "normal" closet. We were in closet heaven!
The catch? They all came with wire shelves. Have you ever tried to organize a bunch of little stuff on wire shelves? Not fun. Things just don't line up right. A person needs a million baskets to keep them all contained in one area. Plus the "pantry" is so small that if you blinked, you'd miss it. All of a sudden, my closet bubble burst. Yes, we had the space, but not the shelving required to get our life organized.
I've been patiently waiting for the right time to add "shelves" to Hubby's long list of tasks to complete. His plate is so full already, I hated to ask him to add more to it. Last week he started talking about building a sauna in the basement and I decided I couldn't wait any longer. I asked him, rather sweetly, if he'd be willing to do a few things on the main floor for me first before he started on the sauna. Don't get me wrong here, I would love a sauna but would rather have some order in my day to day living. After all, if Mama ain't happy...
Being the great guy that he is, he agreed and started in on the front closet. A few hours later, here's what I had...
Friday, December 11, 2009
One of the hot items was the good ol' key fob. Or, at least, it became popular after I explained to people what they were for and why they need them.
You walk to your front door juggling grocery bags, purses, perhaps a kid or two, diaper bags, etc, grabbing everything from the car so you can make it all in one trip. You nimbly navigate the steps, hoping you don't trip. You reach the door and...oh on!...where are you keys to unlock the door? Lost at the bottom of your purse, again. Sigh!" Then I continued on with the rest of the jazz.
Pre-key fob, this was literally the story of my life. I know I'm not the only one! We'll see if a catchy description works or not.
On the listing, I was even brave enough to have a picture of my lovely wrist. Yuck. Not very flattering!
There were only about five of these left so I'll list them and see how they sell. If they sell, maybe I'll make more. It just seems like key fobs are oh so popular to list on Etsy.
I think Santa will throw a few into the kids' stockings. They make perfect zipper pulls for backpacks.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
She's been snuggling blankets and artfully crossing her ankles. Grinning her huge grin for all to see.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I am so looking forward to a date with my Husband on Friday! The last few years we've spent a few hours Christmas shopping and then going out to dinner. I'm quite impressed with the fact that he's still willing to come with me and it's an awesome sport about it. This coming from a guy who despises shopping unless it has anything to do with the outdoors. I love him dearly for being so willing to come with me once a year especially when I know he doesn't like shopping at all.
Now about that to do list....First things first, I better get these order packed up and in the mail!
Happy day to all!
Monday, December 7, 2009
On Saturday we ventured up the winding roads with some friends to where the pines start to cut down our Christmas tree. Keeping with tradition, we built a fire, roasted a few hot dogs,
After wrestling the tree into the stand and turning it around and around until it was just so, Hubby put the lights on. Then the two of us sat back and
let the kids have at 'er. This is their favorite part! As they get older, the ornaments get more and more evenly spaced out. The only request from the parents is that the glass ornaments get put high so the babies don't get them. Other than that, it's all theirs!
Friday, December 4, 2009
The best part of not digging into my bag of goodies I had bought at Archivers for about a week was being able to squeal with delight all over again when I saw what I had bought! Talk about Inspiration City!! I had a hard time putting it all away when it came time to make dinner. Sigh...all good things must come to an end...
Thursday, December 3, 2009
First up was sugar cutouts. Here they are all lined up ready to be iced. Usually I'm standing around waiting for the oven but now that I have convection bake, I couldn't keep up! It was wonderful! We did get them iced, complete with my hot pink stockings. They should have been red but I'm always a little leary about adding too much food coloring...
My husband's niece showed up just as I was finishing the cutouts. She got busy getting the peanut blossom dough mixed while I kept a watchful eye on the toddlers unwrapping Hershey Kisses and Andes mints.
Peanut blossoms done. Next up the Andes mint cookies. Oops. Forgot to take pictures of them. These ones will be the ones that will be gone first! They are divine! After we got those done we did ginger cutouts drizzled with white chocolate. It's amazing how much more fun and faster baking goes when a "partner in crime" is present! It felt like we were done in no time!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The first thing about her shop the jumped out at me was her pictures. Marine Necklace
Stunning isn't it? Great pictures are always important when selling online but in an area, like jewelry, that is totally saturated with sellers, they are that much more important. I absolutely love how she stages her shots.
I adore the colors of this necklace. I also love the square pendant paired with round beads. Lovely!
Monday, November 30, 2009
- Today is all about the visual progress of cleaning up stacks of leftover vacation junk.
- Folding clothes with a squirmy 11.8 month old on the lap is not good.
- Distracting her by putting a sock on her hand did allow me to turbo fold the towels.
- All was well until she crawled off my lap and knocked over the stack of already folded washcloths.
- Speaking of which...I finally remembered to buy new dish cloths. Hubby will be quite impressed. The old ones were down to shreds. Not even cleaning rag worthy. Simple pleasures for simple people!
- I still get an ocassional shutter when I think of the wrong driver we met at 2am in Council Bluffs, IA on our way to MN. Could have been quite disasterous! Make a person appreciate life!
- My fingers are itching to create some new light switch covers. But in an effort to keep the peace in the family, I better get the house in order today so I can "play" tomorrow.
- I think it must not be meant for me to take vacations. Everywhere I've gone (MN and New York), the weather is yucky...rainy and cloudy. I get back home and it's all glorious sunshine! ;) Either I quit going or I keep going until I find nice weather...
- I was quick in ordering my Christmas cards, now we'll see how long they sit in their box untouched. I got some done in MN but still have a ton more to do.
- It's the first time I've seen it....a box of animal crackers that has both lions and sheep in it. It struck me as an interesting combo.
- Hubby accidently hit a button on the keyboard last night and now we have large print of our screen. It's unnerving. We can't figure out how to get it back to normal. Any ideas?
- I bought a new rolling pin the other day as a sort of bribe. I'm seriously hoping Hubby will make prune tarts again this year. They were the best I've ever tasted.
- As we listen to Christmas music, I am making a summery supper. Fish with oven potatoes. Yum.
- My three year old is chewing out his five year old sister for "scribbling" instead coloring on her school paper. Heehee.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I spent a few hours shopping with JB today. We definitely could have used a few days, not just a few hours. It felt like we were on a roll when it was time to head back to Mom and Dad's. I had a supper date with friends this evening that I wanted to keep.
For someone who "didn't really need anything but I'll go along for the ride", I sure came home with stuff I guess I did "need". Our first stop was Archivers. It had been a long, long time since I had gotten to browse a big scrapping store like that. Glorious!! I filled up my basket in record time! I was just thinking last week that I needed some fresh inspiration!! Well, I got it.
After hitting four shoe stores, including Nordstrom Rack, I'm still on the lookout for the perfect pair of brown and/or black shoes. I'm not totally sure what I'm looking for but I'll know when I see it. I almost bought a pair of silvery gold shoes at the Rack but decided they showed too much toe cleavage. Not good.
Tomorrow I am determined to make a dent in my Christmas cards. Anything to save a more than a few bucks on postage. I wonder if I can sweet talk my sisters into helping me?! It sure would make it 1000 times easier!!
Sounds like Mom and Dad just pulled up. We've hardly seen then since we got here. Between both of our schedules, we're like two ships passing in the dark...
Friday, November 20, 2009
I broke open the box of "travel goods" and pulled out two fresh coloring book and a box of crayons. Viola!! Entertainment for a good hour. My three year old is still diligently hunched over his coloring book, paying great attention to staying inside the lines. He's quite pleased with his progress! I am too. Anything to keep him out of my hair! As long as I acknowledge his "Look how much I did now Mom!!", we're golden!
The two year old? Her attention span isn't so great. She decided the crayons were suckers. I managed to snag the them from her mouth as she sauntered by. She just giggled and kept going about her merry way.