Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Now that the days and days of sewing are behind me and the days of eating are on my behind, I can share with you some of the fruits my labor! Thanks for your ideas, they were great, I really wanted to make a CD holder as Sarah suggested but ran out of time. ( I ended up decorating a dollar store one with glow in the dark paint.)
I made this really quick, for my tactile boy who happens to love monsters and incidentally wanted a scarf.

Below is a pencil roll I made for Mr. Tactile who also happens to be the resident artist. He was thrilled and I was pretty giddy with how it turned out.

Lilli received this bag and the smaller bag below. I also included a eye mask for sleeping.

This little bag turned out better then I expected considering it was my FIRST, yes FIRST zipper, ahhh one fear conquered.

Notice the Zippy Zipper.....yup I did that....yup yup

These pretty little bags sitting prettily on such a ucky ironing board cover were for my sisters, inside each is a lavender rice pillow, lavender bath teas and sleepy eye masks.
They were a hit (I think) and smelled divine- love lavender and got a good deal on it on eBay.
Below is the best. This little bag was for my niece Chloe made from an accidentally felted sweater but in true lemon to lemon-aid fashion I have made several great things from it. But that is not what makes it the best.........
The best is this sweet face that dramatically swung the bag behind her and gave an adamant NO every time anyone tried to look at it..... Oh be still my heart she likes it she really likes it!!!

Coming soon.... the amazing gifts made for me.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Despertly seeking ideas

Okay so the idea of an all homemade Christmas has always been appealing to me for various reasons. Foremost, of course is my secret wish to be Caroline Ingalls and live in a log cabin in the woods when one particularly snowy Christmas a large man donning a great beard treks through the woods to bring my small girls a stick of candy for Christmas. I believe Mr. Edwards arrived only in his red long underwear, the kind with the drop flap in the back. (sorry I don't know what that is called other then a drop flap. However, I apparently was born in the wrong time period not to mention the fact that Charles never proposed to me. That does not stop me from my romanticised visions of being a homesteader, in my vision it is a calm simple life- no bubble bursting on that one please.

Wow I got way off track-let me get back on- Okay I began talking about our homemade Christmas. Yes. Well then, somehow I was able to get everyone on board even with visions of store bought goodies fighting for position in my children's heads. Perhaps, it is the difficult economy that we are all too well aware of or better yet maybe, just maybe- am I romanticising again?- they are all intrigued with the idea of creating something special for all those involved.

Now that I have taken this on I have to actually come up with things to make for everyone and there in lies the problem. I need some ideas- hopefully there are a few of you who still pop in here now and again and can help me. Mainly I need ideas for my boys ages 9 and 11.

Any suggestions?

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Oh and you are?

Hello- what is up with this vacant lot? Did the blogger move out and forget to tell anyone? Is she coming back EVER? Well and if she does will she return or just humor this little space to appease it?

For the answers to these questions and more stay tuned for the next episode of Soap.

I have a little room to breath- just a little-and I need to be inspired, I need to chronicle our upcoming Homemade Christmas endeavors. I have made many Christmas presents over the years but this is the first year we are all on board in our little family of six.

I have spent a lot of time in perusing the various ideas out there especially here.
I did make this little potholder and hot pad and there will more to make.

In other news we spent some time enjoying nature with our family. We spent an early November weekend at my sister's cabin in Northern Mn. It is very primitive and I mean outhouse, no running water, get there via four wheelers primitive. We loved it.

We went hiking and exploring and enjoying nature's music.

A beautiful snow fell shortly there after, one of those heavy fantastic snows that coats everything and melts away too fast.

And a milestone for the twins

The big #9- can you believe that there was a time when it was hard to tell them apart and now they have both grown into their own.

My little soldiers


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