Thursday, April 30, 2009
I had an eye appointment this morning along with my oldest daughter. (Nothing like squeaking it in before our insurance runs out tomorrow.) We both got our eyes dilated and received an absolutely gorgeous pair of disposable sunglasses. Since I had my antique glasses on (they're only about 9 years old, horrible!!) I got the kind that slips behind the glasses. The minute I stepped outside into the bright sunshine, I knew I was in trouble. So I pulled my normal sunglasses out of my purse.
I started a new trend in layering. First the doc issued sunglasses, then my hideous "not-for-use-in-public glasses, followed by my own sunglasses with a little bit of bling on each ear piece. My nose almost wasn't large enough to hold such a production. When people do the "swivel the neck and gawk", you know you're in trouble. The combo worked though and I was able to make it home without too much trouble.
I was planning on swinging into Target after my appointment but since my pupils were as large as saucers, I beat it right on home to the safety of my own house, declining a meet-at-the-park invite on my way there.
On the able mabel front...
On Tuesday, I finished waterproofing 5 sets of coasters and left them on the garage floor to dry. Before they were completely dry, some yahoo decided to ride their bike over the whole lot of them. What a mess!! Dirt and tire tracks don't make for a very smooth finish. Sigh! That's what I get for leaving them there. Now that it's nicer out, I'll be able to seal them outside and then read the kids the riot act about leaving them alone!! I'm just thankful there were no custom orders in that batch.
Today, I started working on the next batch of coasters. I have two coaster giveaways coming up (I'll be sure to let you know where to find the giveaways when they happens) so I need to kick out a bunch of them. Fun!!
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Oh my! Look at the time! I better scoot! We're having an early supper tonight since our 2nd grader has a concert tonight. She's just giddy with excitement!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Ohhh! Baby is out, I better get moving! Later!!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
A pouch made from a hand towel. These always look so dorky when I photograph them. Anyone have any ideas for these?
I love these toes and the baby that comes with them, but you already know that. This fabric is from Amy Butler's Garden Maze line. I love that it's modern but still girly.
I suppose I'll wander into the kitchen to see if there are any more dribbles left in the bottom of the coffee pot. You all be good!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
My husband called earlier to let me know that things are looking better job-wise. On Monday, he was informed that the company they're doing business under is no longer a company, leaving the operations in Colorado without a parent company. We had a stressful few days, not sure what was going to happen. We were told that he'd get paid thru this week and then that was it. Today another company flew into town to look at taking over and they'd like him to work for them. While we're not out of the woods yet (details still have to get figured out), we're at least less stressed.
That news kicked off some cost cutting measures around the house. First off, I started hang drying the laundry. In doing so I discovered a shortcut of sorts. When you towel off with a crunchy line-dried towel, you can exfoliate your body at the same time! I'm not a fan of the "crunch" so before now, I've avoided line drying.
Contrary what my mother thinks, I have been working on able mabel stuff this week. Coasters on Monday and Tuesday, signs yesterday, sewing today, pictures tomorrow....I just haven't blogged about it yet.
I've also been trying to convince my baby that sleeping isn't just for newborns. Big four-and-a-half month old girls can, and should, sleep too. In fact, it's highly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, something this mother agrees with! There's not much worse than waking up at 2am, fumbling in the dark to find her pacifier, hop back into bed and realize that once again, Hubby has done the "Burrito". You know, rolled up in all the covers and I have to unroll him so I can have even a little corner of them. Oh well. I still love them both.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
At one point, I lost sight of the almost two year old. Never fear, she was just sitting down doing her stripping routine. First she makes a standing attempt with her pants, then she realizes her shoes are stopping the progress. Down she sits, off comes the shoes and then she shimmies out of her pants, leaving them in a puddle at her feet. Off she hops, gleefully bare legged and bare footed.
This picture was snapped when we got home. This after I had put her pants back on her three times already. I'm sure the neighbors really wonder. When we're at home, I don't even bother trying to keep pants on her. In public....it's a whole 'nother story. A onesie is a must though, no ifs ands or buts about it!
This little pumpkin was positively bouncing with delight at being outside. I had her on the front porch, out of the sun and she was loving every moment of it. She's started a new little game with us. When we lay her down for her nap, she promptly rolls over, we roll her back putting her pacifier back in her mouth, she rolls over again, we roll her back putting the pacifier back in her mouth, she rolls over again....until she finally tires herself out and falls asleep.
She had a fabulous time picking dandelions from the neighbor's yard with her little brother. I decided not to stress too much about them being in their yard. If they have problems with them picking weeds...She's putting them in water so they "grow big and bigger". She tossed them in the garbage at dinnertime. So much for that idea.
I missed the photo op of my son wearing his tank top. He kept admiring himself in all the windows and mirrors. Better luck next time!
Monday, April 20, 2009
My husband did a wonderful job of holding down the fort in my absence. I walked into a spotless (well, cleaned up) house and all the laundry done. Once again, I'm spoiled! He's a keeper!
Monday, April 13, 2009
I woke up yesterday morning to several texts from my mom saying that my dad's dad had a massive heart attack and wasn't expected to live much longer. It came no surprise being that he's been ailing for quite some time. When I told my husband, he suggested immediately that I start working on plans to travel to Seattle for the (possible) funeral.
My mom called while we were sitting in church to tell me that he had, in fact, passed away. When we got home, I started looking for tickets and was pretty bummed out when the cheapest I found was $502, plus taxes and fees. That's how it goes when you try to fly last minute.
I decided to give Priceline a try. Lo and behold, my price of $250 was accepted for the days I wanted to fly! Yay!
I fly out tomorrow mid afternoon. Yikes!! My brain is swimming with all the details I have to figure out and things I have to get done before I leave.
While the occasion for getting together isn't a good one, I'm excited to be able to see my family. All my MN family will make it to Seattle except for two sisters.
If you don't hear from me for the next 5 days, you'll know why. I may be able to sneak online using my dad's laptop....we'll see!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Here is the first attempt. I decided I wasn't super wild about how the satin trim went on, or should I say, came together in the back. It looked a little sloppy. I like the overall look as opposed to this one...I was using pink thread and don't like how it shows, so glaringly, across the green square. I think I'll go back to the satin or maybe try a ruffle next. I'm also not super thrilled how it hangs on her. I guess that's what I get for not following a pattern to the T. I also fixed the gathering on the top light blue square. Yikes, I missed that the first time around!
I suppose I have to take into consideration that this is the first time I've ever attempted a piece of clothing. I'll get right someday, just for sure not on my first, or second, or third attempt.
Let's just say, able mabel won't be adding a clothing line anytime soon. I would die of embarassment if a sewer looked closely at this skirt! I've been having fun though! It's been worth all the time I've spent on it.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I was able to get some pictures taken in the morning. It's always a disappointment when you upload your pictures, only to find that your setting was all wrong and the picture isn't clear enough. Oh well, there's always tomorrow to try again!
This little dolly get so excited when I'm taking pictures. Her little feet are doing ninety, she lifting her legs and squealing with delight.
Note to self...when trying to focus on detail, do it without baby in the picture.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Or that's how I had it planned out in my head. This morning I set up my sewing machine on the dining room table. (I wish I would have had my camera nearby because my three kids were lined up on the opposite side of the machine with their heads propped in their hands watching my every move.)
My goal was to do blankets in the morning and pouches or purses in the evening. I pulled the blanket part of the day off without a hitch. The pouches....not so much. It's been about a month since I've done a pouch and I was having a major blonde moment (because I'm a "sandy blonde", I only get them every so often! ;) Haha...I crack myself up!) and sewed it inside out. Duh! My next one didn't go much better as the bobbin thread was having an attitude problem. I put those two aside because they need to be taken apart and went to put the interfacing on a third pouch. It totally rippled on me. (What up with that?) I got the hint and put all the pouches away. I knew I should have read my book instead.
I was bummed out for about 3.5 seconds and then I remembered the stack of blankets I got done this morning. It was still a fun and productive day!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
We're currently renting a house and they used "imported tile from Italy" as a selling point for it. (that's not the reason we liked this house.) Italy Schmitaly. I don't care where the tile is from, it's nearly impossible to keep looking clean! I wash it and as soon as someone walks on it, it looks dusty again. Plus it's very slippery even when dry. Maybe I'm just being too practical and not appreciating the "finer" things in life. (That and the fact that I'm tired of cleaning.)
As Hubby walked out the door with the oldest three this afternoon for a visit to Sportsman's Warehouse (I yelled after him to buy himself a birthday present since his birthday is on Tuesday. He wrinkled his nose at me so we'll see if he does.), I was so very tempted to pull out the sewing machine. I think my non-creative week was getting the best of me, I was feeling a little cranky earlier today. I did the next best thing and popped in a workout DVD. There's nothing like a good workout to change one's outlook on life.
Now back to the scrub bucket. The end of my cleaning is in sight!!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The fabric I bought to make one of them with is in the washer right now. One slight mistake on my part. I thought this pattern called for all the same size patches, but it doesn't. This will require a slight "fudge factor" on my part! Good thing I have a box of scraps!
I'm sure I'll share pictures when I'm done with them.
I still have those coasters to finish up, photograph and list. I had temporarily "misplaced" one of them, but found it again while I was cleaning up my workspace the other day. I hadn't even noticed but my oldest daughter pointed it out to me as I was sealing up the rest of them. See? It pays to clean!
The list goes on and on....
I'll stop now since it's time to make supper. The kids are jumping with joy because it's their favorite...chicken pot pie. They'd love it if I made it weekly! It's one of the few meals everyone inhales before it had time to cool!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Last year, I texted him and told him I was pregnant. I thought it would be funny to see what his reaction would be. (Okay, so that was a lame joke, but it was all I could come up with at the time.) Turned out the joke was on me because I really was pregnant and just didn't realize it at the time.
Got any good tricks up your sleeve?
As I posted yesterday, we're having problems with him deciding that he doesn't want to be potty trained anymore. Figuring he needed some positive attention, I asked him if he wanted to help me make cookies. I couldn't resist adding in "...after you go potty..." His eyes lit up and he asked, "Help you, not just watch you?" (Depending on my mood that day, my kids either get to help or watch. More often they watch instead of help. We call it "helping by watching".) It was his lucky day since his sisters were both still napping. He had Mom all to himself.I let him measure a few of the ingredient and then he was on mixer duty. Win, win for both of us. "Power tool" for him, less mess for me! His favorite part was eating the chocolate chips off the counter. Or maybe it was that he got to lick off the beaters. I don't always let them do it because there is usually more than one kid hovering at my elbows. If I'm not in the mood for the fight over who's turn it is, I use the excuse of "It has raw eggs in it, it'll make you sick.", then I take a big ole lick. It's one of the many perks of being a mom!
I'm still slacking able mabel wise this week. It feels good to take a little break from creating. Maybe tomorrow....(I think I said that yesterday.)
The school kids are almost home and as soon as they walk in the door they hear the usual Wednesday refrain "Job, homework, showers. Pronto!" They just roll their eyes at me and mutter almost under their breath "We know, we know." :)
See you all tomorrow!