Thursday, March 24, 2011


When my niece came to visit i wanted to do something special for her. So I put together a little gift basket (of which I do not have a picture) and made her these slippers.
They were made using a pattern from I Think Sew, I absolutely love her patterns, they are well written, easy to understand and obviously tested before they are sold. The download is very quick and whola you have a pattern. Needless to say Tricia loved her slippers and wore them the entire weekend!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Adventures in Book Making

And mess making...

I had a heck of a lot of fun this weekend with this girl, who also happens to be my niece. She graces us with her presence every so often and it is always a celebration.

This weekend we broke out the tools and scrap paper and created books. And a few laughs. And stayed up way too late.

We bound some some of them with Japanese binding and took some ideas from this great book.
It has detailed directions and a lot of recyling and reusing ideas.

The above book is made using 3 x 5 index divider cards and is ready for the hole punches.

Next time, more completed works.

The book below is sporting a cover from a recyclyed gift bag.

I had some discarded and very worn out books from Maurice Sendak.

Here one is re-sized as a cover to Tricia's inspiration book.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Before and After

This chair came with our marriage. It was my husband's grandmother's and it has been in every place we have lived (it has been somewhere that is). Of late it has resided in our storage room taking up space, space that could be used to store other stuff.

Don't get me wrong, I love vintage as much as the next lover of all things used and loved. But this pattern did not go with any of my early American garage sale decor that I have in my house.
Now she wears this lovely black and white flowered frock. Home dec fabric that I purchased for another project.  Created cheater efficiency style. Simply a piece of fabric sewed up each side and an envelope enclosure at the end. I am thinking of painting the wood a shiny black. What do you think?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Science Fair

Okay, I will be the first to admit....when it comes to science fair I am a bad mom. This year it is the twins turn at the science fair go around, I guess you could say I am bad mom squared. It is my 7th and 8th time doing this. It is odd for me to be this way- I am:

a. a pre-service teacher (enough said...sheesh)
b. I really like science (often heard...go ask your mom she is the science girl)
c. I enjoy doing things with my kids (and this is a good experience for them)

But science fair....well bugs me. Maybe it is the lack of instruction that I feel the kids get ( I don't really know it just seems that way). They panic, "what do I do, what goes on the board, we have to do this NOW."- I am admittedly a chronic procrastinator relying on the excuse notion that I work best under pressure, whereas the pleas of NOW send me running in the other direction for a place to hide.
Or maybe it is because my usual laissez faire personality goes on vacation and words such as, "that can't go there it looks unprofessional." -Really, it is a kids science fair it shouldn't look professional. Then my son gets that- oh no mom is getting upset, I better agree tone- in his little voice and i feel like well, the worst mother. So I made myself laugh and be patient and work with the boys on their boards and yes force them to turn off all distractions.I only heard the 'tone' once and quickly made a joke. And it is done, they are ready to be judged. Let's hope they get more then a participant ribbon but if they do...that's okay.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Looks Like You Had Fun Today

So said my son when he walked in the door from school and eyed the cinnamony yumm-fest on the counter.
Since last Thursday I have been on Spring Break. Just me. At home. Alone. WOW.

To this afternoon I thought, yup, muffins. Consulting  this cookbook I devised my plan. I would make Ree's French Toast Muffins.

They came out this creamy unblemished color. So pretty, I was hesitant to proceed with the next step. But forge on- they say.

The next step was a bath of butter. I know it is wrong but I am of the 'I love butter and sugar' school and then add cinnamon and I was ready to jump in myself.
One bite of these tender sugary muffins had me convinced that I did, indeed have fun today. And you should have tasted my fingers (I know that would be weird) but if it wasn't and you had, you would have agreed that these are quite possible the best thing since...well you know the rest.


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