Archive for November, 2009

The Party and The Wild

8 kids 4 and under= 1 tired Mama.

My husband and older daughter got back from the movies after the festivities had ended, and suggested we go through a walk in the woods.

It was a great way to end our day, but my feet are hurting! It was a good day.

Good Nite!


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I’m It.

I’ve been tagged. Tagg-ed by two wonderfully gorgeous ladies, Lisa of Blozulfog and Jenny of Jenny on the Spot to join in on the Holiday fun
of entering a contest!

To enter, all I have to do is fill out this List of sorts… So if you’ll join me, I will show you my list.

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme:
TodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year?

  1. A pincushion (For the past 5 years, I have been using a tube sock bunched and stretched over a mason jar).
  2. A Calendar (Old fashioned paper calendar with giant squares, so that I can write everything my brain cannot hold).
  3. I would love love love a new digital camera so that I can record for my Blog a little bit better.
  4. Truly to have a year without sickness or sadness for my family- and friends- and well, while I am wishing, for the world. I think everyone needs a year off. That’s not too much to ask- right?
  5. Erik the Viking DVD– cause It’s. Just. Funny.

2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?

A mug my 10 year old made at school. It’s beautiful.

3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?

Kid’s Jacket from a pattern (I am not so good with the patterns).

4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?

A Bright Red Radio.

5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year?

  • A stick of Butter (the 4 year old has a butter problem)
  • She also wants Kisses and Hugs (Oh how I am enjoying the simplicity of a 4 year old’s wishes)
  • Art Supplies (My 10 year old LOVES to create)
  • She also wants a Sewing Machine of her own (The wishes get more expensive as they get older)

6. What is your favorite holiday food?

Home made cranberry jelly. I can eat that stuff alone with a spoon. Yum.

7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?

Just about everything.

All the Men in our lives will be getting Handmade Boxer shorts (I hope they don’t read this). I have also started a tradition with my kids to make each of them a flannel nightgown every year. I have made some other kids pants and flannel PJ bottoms. Whew- I’ve been busy.

8. What is your favorite holiday movie?

Hands down- White Christmas. What a dreamy movie.

9. Favorite holiday song?

Oddly enough- the same. White Christmas.

10. Favorite holiday pastime?

Personalizing our Christmas cards, Seriously. I love it.

So here it goes. Thanks for joining me.

Now it’s my turn to tag.

You’re it!

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Odd Thanks Out

Today I found myself thinking of things that I am truly thankful for, but they are less obvious than the ones I think of all of the time.

  • I am thankful for my daughter having a meltdown of sorts. It means she is on the mend.
  • I am thankful for her mood swings. It means she is growing up.
  • I am thankful for the ability to heal.
  • I am thankful for dishes to wash, and laundry to do, and a floor to scrub.
  • I am thankful for a roof over our heads.
  • I am thankful there are still foods I can eat.
  • I am thankful for my sewing machine…. (I couldn’t leave it out).
  • I am thankful we know how to make do with what we have.
  • I am thankful we want for very little, even though there is much to want.
  • I am thankful to be called “Mom”.
  • I am thankful for my children and their very different personalities, and their knack for keeping my wits sharp.
  • I am thankful for my husband’s sense of humor.
  • I am thankful for appreciating many of these things all of the time, not only once a year.

I hope you all had a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving with many things to be Thankful for!

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Decorations For Sanity

Still have that flu bug in the house, but the temperatures have gone down from scary 103 to 100.

To keep us (me and the non-temperature having child) from going stir crazy,
I kept us busy with projects.

One of them was inspired by a post I saw on Craftzine. Sonya Nimri has a project to use up those egg cartons (that I accumulate rapidly)! Yay!

I took her idea and tweeked it a bit to make it my own.

First, we tore up and painted the egg holder parts of the carton with watercolors.

Next I cut toilet paper rolls in half and we decorated them with markers.

I then glued all the “petals” together with white glue, and my little one squirted glitter glue into the centers.

Here’s another picture, because I think they are so pretty.

I hot glued the flowers (once dried) onto the toilet paper tubes.

And now we have lovely -easy- napkin rings! Since we have been in the house a few days- and will be a few more- we needed something a bit special to dress up our Thanksgiving. I think these do the trick!

The next project I did was for ME. MY. SANITY.

I needed to sew. I needed a break from washing my hands obsessively (and the kids’) and from making food and drinks and clearing food and drinks and laundry. Mountains of laundry.

I have found that when I am in a state of needing time to sew, I should take it.

I made these colorful birthday banners. I wanted something bright to look at. Something to take my mind off the worry that comes with having the little ones home, not feeling well.

Plus, it is practical. Although they are really to help celebrate our almost 4 year old’s birthday this weekend (we’ll see about that), I put them up now to enjoy.

Now, onto that laundry….

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Flu Bugs Be-gone!

We have a nasty flu in the house now. My older daughter brought it home with her yesterday. My younger one has a bad cold…so far.

I don’t like when they’re sick. It is so easy to take their health for granted and get swept up in the day to day busy-ness.

Colds and Flu’s Stop .You. Where .You. Are. No more errands. No more school. Just rest.

So I will be house-bound for the next few days, and will be resisting the urge to get sick myself.

Between making soups and warm drinks for everyone, I will be trying to finish up some things I want to get done for Christmas and Birthdays.

One of the projects is a Quilt for our almost 4 year old.

I think she is going to love this blueberry fabric!

Nourishing our bodies and creativity this week.

I hope all of you are well!

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Mark Your Calendars

The Second Annual Shorewoods Holiday Craft Fair will be happening in Hansville

Saturday December 5th, 9am until 4pm


Sunday December 6th, 11am until 3pm.

Come on down and support local crafters….

Noggin’ Toppers and Big Bagel will be there with bells on.

(Big bagel will be there selling bagels ONLY on Saturday December 5th. Pre-orders are suggested.)

Hope to see you all there!

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Crafty Turkey

Today I had a few extra children in the house (try 5), and I wanted to do something crafty with them. Since we won’t see them for the upcoming holiday, we decided to make a Thanksgiving craft.

I don’t know where I originally got the idea (it is usually done late at night while perusing Blogs). Sorry.
If you have the Blog info, please let me know and I can give credit where credit is due.

Anyhow, back to the 6 children in the house and our temporary insanity quest for crafty goodness.

Turkey crowns!

I wish I had more pictures because they all came out so great, but let’s face it, me, another Mom and 6 children- we were out numbered by little people wielding glue sticks. I was lucky to get 2 pictures.

What I really love about this was the unique personalities that shone through each and every one. We all had the same components, but the way they were assembled and decorated reflected on each child’s individual creativity.

On another creative note, our oldest Daughter just started knitting again. I can’t even tell you how happy that makes me.

I don’t knit. I do ,however admire those who can. I really am enjoying the fact that I can not help her one little bit on this because I get to see how she learns from others and how she works it out for herself. It is a safe independence.A way for her to assert herself as an individual in a healthy way. Plus, I get to see something without actually having to do it (as well as NOT getting sucked into all the different choices of yarn! I already have quite the fabric habit, I don’t need another).

This is her knitting while I read to her.

I am loving these moments of individuality and creative exploration!

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