Friday, January 30, 2009

in the mail

I got this in the mail today and I am excited and honored that our friends have allowed us to be apart of their adoption process! I am looking forward to finding a few quiet moments to fill this out and pray for our friends as they wade through the adoption process!

weekend fun

I know I have been MIA this week. I don't know why, but I have been in a bit of a funk, couldn't seem to get myself moving (I am still in my PJ's right now, at 10:30am!). Anyway, I think I am going to spend today catching up at home... mopping the floor, folding laundry, lesson plans for next week and getting ready for the weekend!

This is what I will be doing this weekend... making more of these:
Finishing up this:
Waiting for this to come so that I can start sewing. And of course watching this. Hope you all have a creative, restful and fun weekend!

Monday, January 26, 2009

giveaway at Crafty Crow

The Crafty Crow is having a great giveaway today for Japanese fabrics and some other fun stuff. Check it out!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

how do you deal with stress?

I bake cakes from scratch...
and make homemade frosting (and blog) instead of fixing dinner :)

kids ideas on making some extra money

At lunch today the kids and I were talking about the possibility of Max and Tallulah both going to preschool next year, but that in order for that to happen Mommy and Daddy were going to have to find some way to make some extra money to pay for two kids in preschool. The kids quickly chimed in with some great ideas for how we could make some extra cash...
Regan is going to start babysitting (any one interested in a 7 year old babysitter?) and Max suggested that Daddy should start busking... well he did not use that word, he said Daddy should "play music and put out a jar for people to throw money into."
So, no worries, with these plans implemented we should have no problem coming up with the money to pay tuition for the two of them! lol!

all finished!

I finished the sweater last night and sewed the buttons on this morning! It is a little big for Lulu now, but that just means she will be able to wear it longer. The buttons are supposed to be on the back, but Lulu wanted them on the front, so that she could see them.
I love how it turned out, and I can't believe I crocheted a sweater!!! I only wish I had more of that fabric I used for the covered buttons to make a matching skirt!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

on the hook

I first saw this sweater here (scroll down) and fell in love. I had to have the pattern... which I bought here in December and have been holding on to, waiting for the perfect yarn and the new year. I started it Monday night at my knitting group and have hardly been able to put it down! It's not done yet, but I though I would post a few pictures anyway.
Lulu, modeling her new (half way done) sweater.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

snow day!

I couldn't help posting this picture. It is the view out my front door at 12:40pm. All of the local schools were canceled today because of impending snow... 2-6 inches by 6pm! Not looking likely. Oh, well, we've had these warnings before and so far, in our three years of living here, we haven't even had a inch of snow. The kids are ready though, with snow boots and hand me down snow pants, plus all those hats and scarves I crocheted for Christmas! Maybe things will turn around in the next 5 hours and we'll actually see some snow, but I won't hold my breath.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

i'm a craft book junky...

So, I have a confession to make... I LOVE craft/sewing/knitting books. I saw this one in Michaels when my mom was here and it was love at first sight! Of course there was no way I was going to pay Michaels prices for it, so I waited for my next Amazon coupon to come and now it is mine :) I also got Anna Marie Horner's Book Seems to Me and am enjoying that one as well!

Anyway, back to my Amigurumi book, I had planned to work on some other projects yesterday, but instead started looking through the book with the kids and decided to give the little turtle a try.
I think his head is a bit big, but he's still cute and the kids love him. It was my first time crocheting a round, I have just done scarves so far, and it took me a bit to catch on to following a pattern (another thing I have never done with my crocheting), but I think I have a better handle on it now and hope that my next try will produce better results. I think I might make these for the kids Easter baskets this year. They have all picked out their favorite animal and put in their request, I just need a few skeins of yarn and some kid free moments to work on them!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

i can cross these off my crafting to do list!

My friend Heather asked if I could make art books (like I made for my kids for Christmas) for her boys. I finally got them put together tonight, plus a couple extra that I can't decide if I should list them on Etsy or hold on to them for birthday presents? If I do put them on Etsy, I need a better name for them... any ideas?

For Heather's Boys

Because I couldn't pass up the fabric! =)


We are studying trust this month and today we read about Elijah and talked about how he trusted God to take care of him, even when he was afraid or did not know what was going to happen next. The kids had a blast acting out the passages that we read, here are a few pictures I took...

Elijah coming before the king to announce the drought (I kings 16)
King Ahab and Jezebel
The widow and her sick son (I kings 17)
Elijah praying to God to bring the child back to life (I kings 17)

We have also been reading through Little Pilgrims Progress and really enjoying it. The kids beg Phil to read more every night. I definitely would recommend this version of Pilgrims Progress for your kids!

Friday, January 9, 2009

my first felted hat

Here are some pictures of the girls modeling the hat. The flower pin came from Lori Marie at Pretty Little Things and was the perfect accent for our little hat! The hot pink stripes in the girls room make the hat look red, but really it is a deep pink, I would call it fuchsia, Lion Brand calls it Rose.
I am so thrilled with how it turned out, you just might be seeing more of these!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

cathcing up

We had a fun week with Grammy and Poppy, but I am feeling dreadfully behind in everything now! We tried to play a bit of catch up this afternoon, after my parents left, but did not get too far. I finally gave up on finishing today's school and sent them out to play a few minutes ago. I am posting this quick blog and then trying to get dinner going and the house straightened for bible study tonight.

Here are a couple of pictures of some of the projects my mom and I worked on this week. My dad was busy fixing Max's bed (the one that got broken a couple of months ago), putting in a new garbage disposal, redoing the girls closet, repairing broken chairs and other miscellaneous jobs around the house. I asked him if I gave him too many jobs, but he said he likes to stay busy.

I have been wondering who could ever have a head big enough to warrant using the largest "Knifty Knitter" loom and then my mom came up with the idea to try felting a hat made on the loom. So, off to Michael's we went in search of some wool yarn for felting...
It is still drying, but here is what it looks like all felted and being stretched! I can't wait to show you what it looks like on someone's head!

I am working on these birdies as party favors for a baby shower coming up, hopefully I can make enough of them in time! My mom helped me cut some out while she was here, I think they are turning out pretty cute!

And here is where I say a big THANK YOU to Steve Demme. We have been struggling with place value for a year and a half and this week, with the help of MathUSee, it just clicked! Math has never been so much fun, the kids love Decimal Street (the poster they are building numbers on in the picture), even Max got into it!

Sunday, January 4, 2009


Grammy and Poppy will be here any minute... The kids wanted to surprise them, so they are sitting on the steps waiting... like this =)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

playing with trash

We went to Michael's today in search of a model boat for our next unit and picked up this.
As I was about to throw all the scrap pieces of wood away I though it might be fun to make pictures or designs with the scraps and started playing. One thing led to another...
and this is what my scraps of wood look like now.
I am still not sure if I am done, but it is late. Hopefully I can get a better picture of it tomorrow. I will have to play around with the camera a bit and try and capture it's 3-dementionalness (I think I just made that word up) a little better. If you are wondering, the blue background is painted, the small flowers and butterflies are decoupaged with scrapbook paper, and the large flower is tissue paper.

Friday, January 2, 2009


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