Tuesday, September 22, 2009

First Day of Fall

So every year we have a first day of fall feast, which is tonight! YEAH! :) This year, I'm debating about our regular routine and trying to come up with some food the kids will eat. So far I'm thinking mashed yams, corn pudding, pumpkin dip,and then I saw this yummy recipe and thought the kids might like it (more than the traditional pumpkin soup I make). Then we're putting up the fall decorations today. Can you think of anything else to do?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Christy's Baby Shower

So we had the baby shower this last weekend. I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I put all the decorations up and it wasn't quite as festive as I wanted. Here's the "welcome baby" scrapbook banner I made. There were two other banners up as well.I tried to find somewhere to buy some basic balloons (helium filled) that morning, but everywhere I went they were out or didn't do it? What's up with that??? Balloons would have definitely finished the whole thing off perfectly.Her sisters, Mom & sister-in-laws did all the food and it was so yummy! Of course the fact that I skipped breakfast had nothing to do with my obsession with the tiny costco quiche. LOL.Ironically when I went grocery shopping the other day I had found some silverware in yellow, nice sturdy stuff on clearance! And then the tablecloths & napkins too. I wrapped those up & tied them with ribbon. Christy asked for a diaper shower, I think that they covered that area rather nicely. I made the Bakerella's cowboy cookies w/ green, yellow, blue & brown m & m's (to tie into the color scheme) and wrapped them up in these cute little take out boxes as a giveaway.And notice the cute bow on top of the diaper cake instead of the freaky little monkey? I think she had a good time ... and now little baby ... come out soon! We're anxious to meet you! Oh, and in case you were wondering ... we still have our freaky little sock monkey hanging around. :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Freaky-Deaky Monkey

Next time that I am nervous & unsure about something, maybe I should listen to it. So I decided to share my shame, since not EVERYTHING turns out right, right? It probably would have been salvageable, if I hadn't stitched up the legs (the first thing you do) wrong, then cut them and left the freaky little monkey with a butt on it's hip.
But, I was convinced I could fix that, so I went on. And stitched his tail on his butt-hip. And since I don't know how to do an invisible stitch, I figured it wouldn't really matter, right? But it does! And it's my little freaky-deaky monkey mistake. LOL.
I told my husband about it, and he IMMEDIATELY went into his re-assuring, "Oh honey, I'm sure it's fine" speech. But halfway thru that statement, I pulled out the monkey and he stifled a laugh and told me he was sorry. Ha ha ha.
Oh well, I'm just going to stick a bow on the top of the diaper cake and call it all good. Today I need to pick up some tissue paper for those paper balls.
Hunter looked at it this morning and said, "You're right Mommy, it's bottom is on the wrong side. It didn't come out very well, why not?" Thanks Hunter for pointing that out, I feel so much better now.
And of course, the best part? Colton has decided he loves it this morning and won't put it down ... this thing WILL NOT stay in my home ... I have to put my foot down. Or else it may stay forever. Sorry Colton.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It's Intimidating ...

You know how you want to do something, but you find the whole process intimidating and never do it? Yeah, that would be the sock monkey thing. Mainly because ... there's no room for error! I mean, the cute socks I got cost FOUR dollars (not much ... but it really is at the same time!) and I'm nervous to start hacking into them ...but I will today, honest! LOL.
Before the end of this week, you will be so sick of hearing about this baby shower ... I know you will. I finished the cute little banner and will post some pics of it when it's hung up. I also cut some fabric out to make some totes. I love/hate purses. Mainly because I always seem to be too rough on them and ruin them too quickly. So, I cut these ones out of upholstery fabric, hopefully that will allow them to take the beating I tend to give ALL my purses. The plan is to list one or two of them on etsy tomorrow, but we'll have to see how my day goes.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mod Monkey Awesome-ness!!!

Look at this little guy! He's sitting up on his own! So exciting to see him doing this. :) I've been busy working on a fun baby/diaper shower for a friend that is coming up this weekend. I had been planning on something else, but when I saw this, I had to do it! :) She was generous enough to offer the downloads for the cute graphics she made too! I've gotten most of it done, just need to make some tissue paper balls, finish the paper banners and then a sock monkey.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A new favorite blog ...

We survived the weekend! YEAH! Ryan got back mid-day Monday and I was treated to a 3 hour, middle of the afternoon nap. Oh, I needed it too. I was so tired, whenever I sat down or tried to stand back up, all I could see was spots & I was sooooo dizzy! Why is it the kids know that you're on your own, so they immediately stop sleeping & want to visit with you at 2 am? LOL. Anyways, I'm working on a couple things to hopefully post in the store tomorrow ... it's fun to craft with a purpose (to fund a new serger ... yeah!). In the meantime, I am severely lacking in the cooking department, and this new blog has me captivated. I love everything about her postings, the photographs, the words, the recipes! :) Check it out!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Shhhhh ... don't tell my husband!

Since he's out of town ... well ... let's go for it! I have NO craft space. Seriously none. So, I really wanted to clear out that stuff that I made for last year's craft show. And then I was debating about signing up for it again. What do you think? Anyways, I listed the stuff on my etsy site. I put those ice skate stockings, and some care bears on. Now I'm working on getting a new butterfly artwork done and listed as well. :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Crafty Links

So I host a little group of people to my home to talk about food storage/family preparedness and being frugal. This month's theme is 101 gifts for under $10. I'm hoping to find more than 101, but it's taking all my free time coming up with ideas (beyond the generic ... make them a quilt! idea). Here's the first 60 links that I've found so far:

Then I was thinking of other ideas like:

  • Rather than an easy bake oven (which the ingredients can be SUPER expensive!): Make some pre-made cookie in a jar mixes, add an apron & a chef hat!
  • My kids favorite thing to do is search for books at the local thrift store. Grab a handful of books *used* and it's usually 25-50 cents a book, instead of $8-$15!
  • Make a family recipe book and gather the recipes from all the extended family. Each year (for the next several years), send them one section of the cookbook.
  • Trade services (like baby-sitting, etc.) with someone who IS crafty & has the time, to do it some things for you.
  • October is clearance time for the toys stores ... get $15 gifts for 75% off (that's only $3.75 each!).
  • Pre-made cookie mixes are always a hit!
  • For a great selection of ideas, check out this blog posting!

So ... do you have any more ideas???

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thrifty Thursday

Way, way back in history (back in April!) I was approached by my kids. They had decided what the PERFECT halloween costumes would be. Hunter (the video game obsessed) wanted to be Mario, Colton should be Luigi & Savannah wanted to be Princess Peach. After much thought, they even decided they would let the baby in on the fun ... he's going to be a toadstool. Which is fun, and cheap.
Except for the problem of finding similar colored overalls in a 2T & a 7/8 boys. I thought I had found a solution when a friend picked some up for me in Utah. Only, the waist on both ended up being the same width ... that's right ... the 7/8 & the 2/3 were the same waist size. LOL.
So, I am listing them on e-bay to recoup the money & then found some similar ones for $11 at the local thrift store. It works out to be cheaper this way anyways ... now to trim the women's overalls (size small) to a 7/8 length & fit ... wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

My Coupon Addiction/Problem

I've always been a big time bargain shopper, but I never really coupon shopped until recently. My proudest moment so far, was when I was able to get $65 worth of groceries for less than $10. It was sweeeet! But, in all this couponing madness, I feel like I'm losing a bit of myself in this. There's always a lot of work involved & I find myself constantly checking the bargain blogs for more information.
Between that and then the kids, there's no time to craft, no time to thrift store shop ... no quality time for the things I love. I still can't find a happy medium between it all.
That being said, today was a special treat! I got to go to a thrift store! It was wonderful. :) My oldest is having a hard time at the school library. They won't let him check out chapter books since he is just at the beginning of first grade. But, he's a wonderful reader. So I went today & got a TON of great chapter books for him (Captain Underpants isn't a personal favorite, but he'll love it) and a couple of books for Savannah & Colton as well. Only fifty cents a book ($5 for the large Winnie the Pooh book) and I can't begin to tell you how good it felt. I can't wait to read a bit together tonight! :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My new skirt ... maybe.

So I am not a fan of twirly skirts on my body ... I double in size wearing them ... or at least I *hope* that it's the skirt, and not me ALL me. LOL. Anyways, I made a skirt for myself the other day, but chickened out of wearing it to church. I don't know ... when are you too old to wear a red polka dot/cherry print skirt? And is it even a cute skirt in the first place??? * Sorry about the semi-blurry pic ... and the handy manny saw on the floor ... I was in a bit of a rush today. *