Wednesday, March 31, 2010

GoD & DoG.

My friend, Julie, sent this to me...she knows what I like. And I really love this.

It reminds me of our sweet dog, B.B.

And of the infinite love God has for each of us.

I figured this little song and clip was especially appropriate for this holy week.

Visit the GoD and DoG site for more information on the creative background of this beautiful little song and film.


incredible, edible eggs!

Come Friday, I'll be scrambling in my quest to color Easter eggs (couldn't help myself!).

It might interest you to know that coloring eggs originated with the pagans. Eggs were decorated with bright colors to represent the coming of Spring. They symbolized the growth of new plants and the birth of new animals.

Colored and decorated eggs were used to give as gifts between lovers and romantic admirers, much in the same way we celebrate Valentine's Day today.

I don't know about you, but if I get a colored egg for Valentine's, "somebody" is going to be in BIG trouble!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

public. Who can figure it out?

We headed down to RAM this past Saturday to sell some purses. "We" as in, Jason and I.

It was a very blustery day under that bridge! A study in futility on oh, so many fronts!

None of my new stuff sold. Go figure. They went for the purses that last year, didn't sell. That no one wanted. That got pushed, tossed aside, ridiculed and scorned.

Now what am I supposed to do with that?!

And these pretty bags? This year, they are the objects of derision, vitriol and diatribe.

Alas! The new designs shall prevail! Because we are going to have another go at RAM..."we" as in Jason and I.

Aren't we, Honey?

Friday, March 26, 2010

gasping for air.

I'm still alive! Just been busy getting ready to roost under the bridge tomorrow! If you live in the Jacksonville area, I'll be at this end of the venue...come and see what I've been making!

I'll be back to blogging next week. I've missed you!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

saving the world, one diaper at a time!

Do you remember this dude? Yes, he's CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS! A favorite at our house when Jonathan was little.

My friend Adrienne..... herself a superhero!

She is flying to the rescue of all you moms who are fighting the battle of potty training.

Visit Some of a Kind for this heroic mommy's take on the criminal task of potty training!

Now go, save the world from the stench of poopy pants!

Friday, March 19, 2010

do you feel lucky, punk?

Visit Today's Creative Blog and enter for a chance to win some very cool and creative personalized decals , from Ten 23 Designs.

While you're at it, check out Ten 23 Designs blog, here.

Good luck!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth...

...destination: Austin!

A baby blanket.

A onesie.

Baby booties...

All will be heading to Austin, arrival time not confirmed. But there's going to be a heck of a party this weekend to celebrate Austin.

My friend, Cathy, commissioned this set for her nephew. Being very laid-back and easy-going, Cathy pretty much left the fabric/pattern selection to me. Keeping in mind that the color-theme is brown and blue, I easily found inspiration in the fabric. My first tie-onesie outfit was a blast to was the monogrammed blanket...but the booties, not so much. They took me longer to make than the other two items.

And Cathy...she's gestating her own little bundle of boy. Hmmmm, I wonder if he'll like ties?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

let them make cake!

Just look at these adorable cake pin cushions! YOU can make them...yes, you can! And you don't even need to know how to sew!

Watch the clip below, or visit the DIY Dish... Kim and Kris will show you how to create these delicious little cakes!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Beauty and the Beast...

This isn't the classic Disney tale of a beautiful young maiden, destined to save the soul of a disfigured and miserable young prince...

Mine is a tale of two highschoolers; a beautiful young woman and a handsome young man who, on the very same evening at approximately the same time, experienced a moment they won't soon forget.

I am both a bystander and participant in this "magical" evening.

Our tale begins at the annual high school beauty pageant...I am in the audience, cheering on the contestants with my trusty friend, Suzy. The contestant we are most interested in is Mackenzie, the daughter of our dear friend, Kathy.

Mackenzie looks beautiful, so talented, so poised! For the talent category, Mackenzie dances to a jazzed-up beat of Pocahontas' Colors of the Wind...actually, it was a very energetic and precise dance/tumbling presentation...I could easily do that!

All of the contestants did a great job, they all looked lovely. Such talented would the judges ever choose one winner? Dancing, singing, a piano solo...beautiful dresses, big smiles.

I know who should win!

Hey, look behind you, judges! I'll help you select the winner!

The queen of the evening should be this girl...

Mackenzie! Yes, this will be the girl who will wear the crown, I just know it!

She's talented, poised, a dazzling smile, so pretty. Yes, she's your girl!

Meanwhile, a few miles down the street is this boy, Jonathan.

He's gearing up, ready to step in the ring with who-knows-who? To punch, kick, jab...

He's been unable to fight for the past few weeks, due to an injury he suffered to the precise spot where a bone-growth had been removed.

He's ready, man!

Let the fighting begin!

Here he goes, giving it all the power he has, punching hard.

After all, he's been out of the ring for several weeks and he has a lot to prove.

But you know what happens in sparring when you unleash all your power?

Yup, you get even more power unleashed on you!

And then you end up here...

In the emergency room for six hours!

Jonathan received a hard punch to his temple and we didn't quite know what was happening to him...fingers clenched, tingling/numbness, distorted vision...

A cat scan, two Motrin and $250 later...

The evening ended well for both Beauty and the Beast...

The Beauty didn't win a crown, but she competed well.

The Beast was clocked on his crown, but he competed strong.

And yet, both won in a roundabout way...

"It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game."

It's not the prize that the Beauty and the Beast will forever remember, it's the experience of participating in the event that will remain with them.

Go children.

Make mommy and daddy another memory!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

till then...

It's raining in sunny Florida...I'll be back tomorrow with my exciting Wednesday evening adventure!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

follow the bouncing dot.

Same bag, two different poses. I'm not sure if the bag looks better sitting, or standing.

Each photo is taken in different lighting, too.

I'm not sure which photo I prefer...which do you like?

I have more of these bags, in different prints. One is waiting to have the threads trimmed, the other is waiting for the shoulder strap to be attached. The rest are finished and awaiting their portraits.

There's also an apron waiting to be made, along with writstlets to be finished.

I'm thinking of adding camera straps to my repertoire...or do you think that's going overboard?

I do like these polkies, though....

Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Culinae Invidia."

I have a bad case of "Culinae Invidia." It's a psychological disorder that strikes at a moment's notice, affecting mostly women. Some men, too. One day you're minding your own business, flipping through a magazine or surfing the web, when WHAM! Culinae Invidia hits you!

Did you look it up? Couldn't find anything, could you?

That's because I made it up. Which doesn't make it any less real.

At least in my mind.

Culinae Invidia loosely translates to "Kitchen Envy." I have it, bad.

That first photo is the look that I desire for our kitchen. Fresh, clean, cottage-y.

My dream.

This would be "Coenationis Invidia." Of which I am also suffering.

You don't need a translation, I think you can figure it out.

It all sounds more medicalish (I made that up, too!) when it's referred to in Latin.

Which doesn't make it any less real.

At least in my mind.

Friday, March 5, 2010

fly like an Eagle...

It's a proud moment in a family when it can say one of its "own" realized a goal and did something truly remarkable for the community in which they live.

Then multiply that by two!

Our nephews Aaron (in the above photo) and Connor (in the photo below) recently completed their Eagle Scout Projects and we are so proud of them.

Aaron's project was to conduct interviews with local war veterans from WWII, Korea and Viet Nam, which was then sent to the Army War College in Carlisle.

Connor's (the tall boy at the very far left) Eagle Scout Project, was to create a picnic area at the local library for the benefit of both patrons and staff.

You can read more about their accomplishments here and here.

Great job, boys! Now get down here and help out an old aunt!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

a cup, two friends & a tousled house.

You know, it takes a good friend to acknowledge what I know in my mind to be true. Some friends might be intimidated with the thought that I am pretty darn perfect. A good friend, however, revels in the fact that her friend is self-confident and, to be blunt, perfect.

Thank you, Christy, for being that friend. Not the perfect one, because that's me. You're the friend who revels in my perfection. The friend who is so secure in her own sense of self-worth (that's you now, honey) that she can bring the factoid right to the perfect one (that'd be me).

In closing, I want to both thank and apologize to my good friend, Christy. Thank you for the perfect cup for perfect me. And I'm sorry that my house wasn't in the perfect state of presentableness (I just invented a new perfect word)...but to be fair, I never said that my house was perfect. Just me.

Thank you!
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