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

It's been a whirlwind

last few days! I'm finally finding a few hours to sit down and catch up with the computer, namely my 117 e-mails. Yuck. We'll see how long I can keep my sanity with this microscopic laptop. The mouse has serious issues jumping all over the screen. It can be quite maddening!!

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 gave in

I took one look at my to do list this morning and my big three year old rolling on the floor having a fit and decided I needed to employ some drastic measures to keep my sanity.

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.
(I'm not sure why the picture uploaded so grainy. It's perfectly clear in my photo editing program.)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Continuing on the food kick

How about a recipe for homemade granola bars? I got this one from my friend Amy. She made them when we went camping way back on Memorial Day weekend. I finally remembered to get the recipe from her. I just finished making them. They are now sitting in the pan waiting to be cut.

2 cup oats
3/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup crushed peanuts
Combine and toast in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, in saucepan combine:
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
4 Tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla
Cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved but don't boil.
Mix with nut mixture (you can add in 8oz of dried fruit if you'd like) and press into greased jelly roll pan. Let harden a bit before cutting into bars.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday Treasures

It's just about every decorator's advice when sprucing up a dull room... "Add a potted plant." Problem with that is that there are some of us who have great intentions but eventually our brown thumbs take over and we end up killing the plant.

Enter janejoss and their wonderful fabric plant creations! Sweet Leaves Fiesta Fabric Branches

Talk about instantly sprucing up a room! A conversation starter! Something unique but oh so fun!
Sweet Little Fabric Plant
Going on vacation for a week? Leave worry watering is required! Have the perfect place for a plant but no sunlight in sight? No problem, no sunlight required!
Sweet Leaves Winter Damask

Seriously, it doesn't get much easier than this. They also take custom orders, so you're sure to find a set to match your decor.

Monday, November 16, 2009

A few blurbs

Bringing back the bullets! (It's been a while!)
  • Time got away from me this evening. (Now that's a first!) I had started working on some magnets before dinner and decided to pull them out again after the kiddos went to bed. Things just started flowing (it's kind of sad how long it takes to get the brain fired back up after not doing something for a while.) and now it's way later than I thought it would be.
  • The shop in Glenwood gets first dibs on the magnets. Whatever she doesn't take, I'll list on Etsy.
  • It'll be fun to have some fresh new product.
  • I royally messed up supper tonight. When I was at Costco, I bought a different brand of chicken bullion than I usually buy. I was whipping up some chicken pot pie for dinner and glanced at package of bullion to see how much to add per cup of water. The little picture said 1 tbsp=1 cube of bullion (which is what I normally buy.). I thought it seemed high, since I thought the ratio is more like 1 tsp to 1 cube. Being that it was a different brand, I shrugged and added in 1 tbsp per cube. What is usually a favorite meal was promptly spit out by everyone except the 2 year old (go figure, she actually ate almost all her food. The one and only time...). Hubby checked out the bullion packaging again and if I had read the directions, instead of just glancing at the picture (which I looked at three times to make sure.) I would have noticed it said 1 tsp=1 cube. The picture was wrong. The written directions were right. We had PBJ's instead...Gourmet Central.
  • I got our Christmas cards ordered this weekend. Shocking, isn't it? I've never been so on the ball! Once again, Hubby and I are absent from the picture (anyone remember what we look like?) and once again, no one matches, coordinates or looks "normal". I'm not sure if anyone even combed their hair that morning. We took the picture when we were out on our hike a few Sundays back so you can imagine how everyone looks. Another one of those "good enough" years.
  • I think about all the darling cards we get every year and vow that the next year, I'm going to take the most adorable picture ever! Every year we do it spur of the moment, without much thought or preparation. Some things never change! At least we send them...
  • I skipped grocery shopping tonight in favor of working on magnets. I'm sure my family will thank me for it in the morning. I think I'll sleep in and pull the quilt up over my head...
  • We saw a man with tattoos covering both of his arms this morning. My three year old took one look at him and said, "Uh oh Mom! That guy colored all over himself!" (a definite no-no in our house) sending me into a fit of giggles!
  • Which method of waking should I use on the Man of the House curled up oh-so-cozily on the couch (where he's been for the last hour)? Foot tickle? Cranky wife syndrome? Ignore him and let him figure out that he's not in his bed at 2 am? Send him a text? Flash the lights on and off for 10 minutes? A noogie? Looks like the possibilities are endless.
  • Good night! We'll see you all in the morning!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

A little birdie told me

that the time has come to say goodbye to( Orange Pumpkins Color Photograph )
Autumn and welcome in the start of Winter.
(Snowflake Gift Card Envelope)
As the snowflakes are flying thru the air and the mountains are suppose to get a foot of fresh snow this weekend, I'm resisting the urge to
(Bright Plaid Wool Blanket)

snuggle up under a warm blanket and read a book. Instead I'll settle for dreaming about fun winter accessories I could get...
(Hand Crochet Warm Winter Scarf)


Who says winter has to be hum-drum and boring?
Welcome Winter!! Bring on the snow!
(Well, except for this next weekend. We'll settle for clear skies and roads!)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I wish I would have brought my camera

This morning a friend called and asked if I wanted to take a "field trip" to Costco with her. We piled into her Suburban and off we went.

When I had arrived at her house, our three year old boys were delighted to realize they were dressed the exact same. (brown shoes, jeans and the same brown sweatshirt) Great minds think alike!!

We got a chuckle out of all the comments we got. I'm sure most people have never seen so many little kids all in one spot.

I had the two three year olds in my cart for a bit. They had a hoot pretending they were driving 4 wheelers, dirt bikes and the like.
"Oh wow! You sure have your hands full! TWO sets of twins?!?!", says one lady (I'm not sure which other two that lady thought were twins, but I can see how she would think the boys were twins.)

At least two people asked me if all five were mine. I could truthfully say no, although I did claim my four.

Another time as I sat by both carts with all the kids while my friend ran into the Produce Cooler, this couple came up to me and the woman asked, "We have a bet going...are these all your kids?!?" I smiled sweetly and shook my head "no". Her other half elbows her and says triumphantly, "See! I knew it!!" I should have first asked what the "prize" was for whoever was right.

I had to wonder what she was thinking. There was an 11 month old, an 18 month old, a 2 year old, two 3 year olds and two 5 year olds.
a.) it's not even possible to have that many kids with that spacing.
b.) even if it was possible, I'd be absolutely nuts to take them all out in public all by myself.

I was coming around a diary cooler and this guys says rather loudly to his wife (at this point my baby was done shopping so I was carrying her as I maneuvered my cart around the store. My friend was miles behind me so I only had my 4 with me.), "See that? That's going to be you someday, Babe! You ready for that?" She groaned and said, "Oh no!" He was pleased with my brood. Her? Not so much.

Good thing Costco is an easy place to bring kids and they all behaved themselves for the most part!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

As I was madly

washing the floor this afternoon, I realize I never got around to blogging this morning. I figured I better get over here and get it done before I run out of time. The kids are almost home from school so there is the wonderful homework scene and supper chaos awaiting me in a very short amount of time. At least supper is in the oven. Attempt #120398 with bbq ribs. Let's see if I can get them right this time. Hopefully they taste halfway normal since we're expecting supper company this evening.

I had just gotten off my rump (at about 10:15am) and decided to put away the mountain of laundry sitting in my upstairs hallway when the door opened and in walked my husband's niece. I sheepishly looked around at my messy house, trying not to feel too stupid for being so lazy this morning. No worries, she has seen my house messy more times than I care to count.

I had asked her yesterday if she had any open mornings to come model some aprons for me. I had about 6 of them sitting here waiting to be photographed (story of my life). She tackled the breakfast dishes (gulp) while I attacked the aprons with the iron. Isn't she just the sweetest?!? This is the only one I have listed so far...

Sneak peeks of a few more...

Yes, Mom. Since she was already here, I did have her model your purses for me. Isn't this one just simply adorable? Upon seeing this purse, I half heartedly tried to talk my mom into giving up doll making and just doing purses. Seriously though, she has way to much talent to spend her days making purses instead of dolls.

Step 1 is done. Now I just have to list them in her shop for her sometime in the near future.
In other able mabel news, the Lovely Kim Kesti gave us a shout out on her blog today. Wow! I feel honored! Thanks so much, Kim!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

The loafing has started

I'm have a very hard time finding any motivation today. Last night I went to be all inspired to wake up this morning and shovel out my house. Then I woke up...and here I sit. After being on the move constantly for weeks on end, it's hard to get motivated when I don't have any firm deadlines looming.

Trust. I have plenty of stuff to keep me busy for weeks (and that is just my cleaning that's been neglected), I'm just choosing not to do it today. Tomorrow? Maybe. I'm just relishing my "freedom" today. Let's hope for some energy tomorrow...

The craft sale came and went this weekend. It was about the same as last year, so we definitely can't complain. I started taking pictures on Saturday morning, but got interrupted and then forgot to go back and take the rest. I only have two pictures to share. My three year old is convinced this picture was taken "in our old house". I asked him why he thinks that. He pointed to the chair on the table and said, "See! There's our chair." Smart little kid, isn't he?!

This table was filled with our decorative towels, rice filled heating packs and some aprons. I'm still bummed we didn't figure out a way to block off the rest of the room so you can't tell we're in a school, but such is life. Maybe next year.
Here is a table filled with all the delicious baked goods, which were a hit as usual. Yum!!
I am very thankful we had such a great crew of ladies and guys to help out with it all. It all went very smoothly!!
I opened the shades on Sunday morning and instantly felt clausty, like I was wearing a two sizes too small turtleneck. It was absolutely gorgeous out and the thought of sitting inside all day made me scream in agony! Winter is fast approaching and this might be our last nice Sunday. I announced to the troop that we were going on a family hike, much to the dismay of our 5 year old. (She's the only one in our family who dislikes hikes.)

Off we went on a fairly mellow, yet breathtaking hike. My main goal was to be outside. Mission accomplished. We stopped for a picnic lunch, a mini snowball fight and a Christmas card picture attempt. (still not sure if any of those pictures will work. I think I need to send them to my sister who has a great photo editing program.) On our way back down we met some friends on their way up. It was a two-fer...Socializing while hiking! Life doesn't get much better than that! Our 5 year old was thrilled to see her friends and hiked along happily after that. Hubby and I decided that someday we'll leave the toddlers behind and do the whole 3.6 miles to the top. We've heard there are some awesome views to be had.

Friday, November 6, 2009

I should know better

Tomorrow is our craft sale! Exciting!! I'll be sure to take a lot of pictures to share.

Yesterday a friend and I were doing the mad scramble to get the last of the home decor wrapped up. We got it all done except for one sign that I was going to do this morning.

The piece of wood I had to use wasn't the smoothest. For some reason I was more than slightly delusional in thinking I could still get it to work.

Oopsie! Guess not.

Sigh. I've been doing these for how many years now?!? I should know better. If the board isn't as smooth as a baby's rump, the paper is going to wrinkle. Of course, I had to use some of my favorite paper. Why didn't I try it with something hideously ugly?!? Looks like this one is headed for the burn pile....Definitely doesn't pass quality control.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday Treasures!

This is something I've always wanted to do...

Isn't it just so sweet? It was done by sassyshades. Here are a few of her thoughts...
"I enjoy creating and have done so in one way or another for many years. With the support of a great mentor, Judy Lake, this outdoor enthusiast, former full-time restaurateur, and mother of three has unleashed her artistic side and is cooking up some sassy lampshades at her studio.

Feeling Groovy Lampshade

So what’s the recipe?
A “Sassy” ShadeIngredients:
  • An array of fun and colorful textiles or unique finds (old and new)
  • Tossed with an armful of imagination and charm
  • Add a dash of trim Sprinkle with a passion for detail
  • Handle and combine cheerfully
  • Put on top of a lamp base and indulge!

I find handmade items to be personal and a labor of love. Vintage, recycled or eco-friendly materials are heartwarming to me to me but the real thrill is the hunt for that special item or the inspiring idea that jumps out at me while I’m going about my day. My desire is to fill your home with a lampshade that will be absolutely treasured!

Pink and Orange Toile Lampshade

Currently, I reside in the beautiful Puget Sound town of Edmonds, located north of Seattle.



Monday, November 2, 2009


Kim suggested we all write down 5 things we're thankful for. I'll kill two birds with one stone and use today's blog posting for my 5 things!!

1. Naturally I'm going to say family, faith and friends. This is definitely a no brainer! Without them, I'd be oh-so-lost.

2. Etsy. Huh, you say? Without Ety, my life would be filled with laundry, cleaning and poopy diapers. My hubby is thankful for it too, although he doesn't realize it. Without Etsy, he'd have to listen to me vent every day when he got home from work about how "lame" my day was. "So-and-so bawled all day, so-and-so was sooo whinny, so-and-so pooped three times, I folded 17 batches of laundry, cleaned 3 bathrooms....etc." is what he'd be met with each and every day. See Hubby? Aren't you thankful for Etsy?!?!

3. My morning cup of coffee. Life doesn't get much better than starting off the morning right! I make sure I sit down and enjoy each and every slurp.

4. Nature. Another easy one for me. I love opening my blinds in the morning and seeing the not-too-distant mountains, now covered in snow. I love hiking three seasons out of the year. I love packing up and taking the family camping. I love watching the kids play outside. I love the peacefulness of the wilderness. I love the magestic-ness of wildlife...

5. The conveniences of this day and age. I'd be sunk if I had to live in the "olden days". If I had a dollar for every time I've said 'I'm so glad I didn't live "way back when" 'or "There's a reason I was born when I was born and not 100 years before.", I'd be one rich little gal!