Aug 30, 2008

Pretty things

I found a camera cable in the million and one cameras around here and hooked up my camera so I could show you the little birdy I made as promised. He's only about 4 to 5 inches, but he sure is cute isn't he? Cheeky little begger I think. Very easy to make: make french knot eyes, hand sew him up, stuff him, make little legs out of wire and poke them through, and then sew on embellishments. The possibilities are endless. Of course, I did copy this idea from etsy, so I won't be selling him.



I sold five pairs of shoes this week. So I had one to sew almost every day. I also got crafty last night and I sewed this darling little outfit for Ainsley. I found the pattern on this blog http://bridgetbaxter.blogspot.com/search/label/tutorials for a knot dress, and thought I could handle it. I ended up making it a lot harder on myself because I wanted to put that extra bit of green floral on the bottom, but it still turned out pretty cute. I even did french seams along most edges so that you don't see open seams on the inside. The inside looks almost as good as the outside. The tricky part was that the pattern was in size 6 and Ainsley is size 1 (if that). So I also had to create the pattern from scratch, but all in all, I'm in love with it. I also figured out how to make baby bandanas that have elastic in back (all on my own), and I bought these little pants from walmart for $4.00. I cut the bottoms off and added a coordinating cuff to make capris for the summer. This morning it was off to the yard for a photo shoot in her new duds.




The ties go through button holes and then knot in the front to keep the dress up.
The pants are about to go. I need to put some more elastic in the back. I bought them because they were narrown waisted but apparently not narrow enough.
Our bushes were covered in butterflies and so Hunter decided they would be most fun to catch. He had a great time tromping through my bushes trying to make them fly away. He's not fast enough to hurt any butterflies, and my bushes are now pretty hardy enough to withstand him.

Yet more photos of my little darling. You do know if you click on the photo it gets bigger right?
Her new favorite word is "no." Of course. But the way she says it is so cute. She casually says a long drawn out, "Naaaaa." If you ever heard my step-brother Andy say it, you know exactly how it sounds. She also shakes her head no and says an emphatic, "uh-UH!" I have learned that this actually means yes. Kooky girl.
Looking and laughing at me and Hunter.

I hear the words of the song, "isn't she lovely?" when I see this photo.
Clapping at something that delights her.

Just showing off what the back looks like. Bandanas are good for bald heads in the summer! (and she keeps it on much better than the headbands and hair clips). Maybe I'll add these to my etsy store with embellishments on them.



Aug 24, 2008

Getting out of the Funk

Cookies always help with a funk. Hunter went and got his chef's hat. He thought that it would be better to cook this way. He did not want to wear an apron though. Too girly.

He lost interest until this part. He wasn't quite happy when I took the other beater to lick. He wanted both of them. When I took the cookies out of the oven, I left them on the pan to cool. I came back a few minutes later to a pan with two missing. Any guesses as to who ate them?
I made a tent out of our living room chairs for Hunter to play in. Sissy enjoyed playing peek-a-boo with him. We had a picnic snack of popcorn in there. The kirby people visited our neighborhood this week. We let them do our carpets which desperately needed shampooing but we held strong and did not buy a vacuum. I felt the taddest bit guilty. I need a new vacuum (ours might just possibly be one of the most ancient ones still in use and it's still going strong), but I why would I buy a new one for several hundred dollars when we can buy a barely used kirby on ebay for $200-300 dollars? That will probably be my Christmas present from Tone this year. I have gotten many great fun presents from Tone this year (ipod, camera, mom's ring), but really a new vacuum would be just as great. Can you tell I am a mom?
All dressed up for church this morning and walking.
Here she is looking cute and charming. What a little princess, no?
The "Miss Priss" walk across the living room.
But this is the "real" Ainsley of the last few days. Cranky and crying about everything. Poor Hunter. She is purposefully destroying everything of his that he builds and he is getting tired of it. When I try to take her away, this is the look I get, or she throws herself face down on the floor and yells. Apparently some discipline is in order here. *sigh* I just got Hunter straightened out. If it's not one.....
My sweet boy ready for church.
One thing I have loved about etsy is the great crafting ideas I get. I found this cute idea for fabric birds that the seller was selling for around $40. I quickly whipped up the pattern, made one and am planning on giving it to my Aunt. I took some cute pictures of it but they will have to be posted later. I cannot find the cable for my camera to hook it to the computer because I didn't remember to put a card in it while I was taking pictures. We have about ten million cameras in this house that we are selling on ebay, and I can't find the one to our own camera! Figures. I will have to wait until I can ask Tone.
Another way to get out of a funk is to throw yourself into life. So I am. Today was the ministry fair at our church and I launched in. I am working with the youth group, volunteered to lead a mom's group at my house on Friday's (at home mom's can lead lonely lives at times), teaching children's church, and starting a monthly ministry to visit convalescent homes with our children. I was only going to do the Mom's group and youth group, but I realized that they were beneficial to the church, but what was I doing for my community in which I live? When I realized the answer was nothing, I decided to get proactive and asked if I could start a group for mom's to reach lonely shut-ins. The idea is to make a craft with their kids and then take it to patients once a month and visit. It's something easily done with kids too to get them involved with their community and to teach them to be giving and selfless. Plus it's easy and fun.
I also do a women's study at my Aunt's church once a week during the year, but I don't do anything there. I just get to show up which is nice for once. I learned a ton last year, and really feel like I learned a lot of life-lessons with how to better live my own life. It's my personal "meat-and-potatoes" deep study, so to speak. All that being said, I am hopeful about the coming year, positive that I will find friends in my new community, and feeling much better about my funk. It didn't really help me get time to myself, but it will help me get a support group around me to do "life" with, so to speak. *side note*: I can't even take a shower by myself. I told Tone I was taking a break from being with kids all day and I locked the door to my bedroom and tried to take a shower. Hunter went around to the outside french door and got in that way. Why didn't I think of that door????!!!! My shower door has handprint marks and lip marks all down the front from Ainsley looking in and shouting at me to get out. Oh the day I can take a shower without blowfish lips on the glass! *sigh*


Aug 23, 2008

Walking walking walking!

Ainsley is now officially a walker. Not a sometimes walker. A full walker. She was walking a lot this morning, but ever since she got up from her nap today, she has walked everywhere. Down the whole hallway, from the office to the front door, across the living and dining room. She hasn't crawled once. Very exciting...but also a little....sad. It's the end of an era in our household.

Aug 22, 2008

New blog look

I changed the face of my blog. It reflected my mood. Or rather the mood of my children today. I saw it and thought...."I must have that..."

I'm getting out of my funk today. Not that Sissy was any better. She was worse. She pretty much attached herself to me and cried the whole day. It's just that my funks are short lived (thank goodness).

Aug 21, 2008

A Funk

A funk. That's what I'm in....for no real reason...nor is it anyone's fault. So I am sitting here venting with my peanut MM's which seems to be theraputic. Maybe it's because Tone is gone on a five day trip after only seeing him for like half a day because I chose to be in Salinas for the one day he was off this last week. Maybe it's because I bought a beautiful picture to go in my living room for my birthday and can't get it to look right. (Mom, I will post pics of it later, I am still fiddling with the frames around it). Maybe it's because I miss friends. I drove to Salinas on Sunday (almost three hours) to make a friend's wedding shower (which all of my best friends were at), but missed most of it. I had to teach Sunday School that morning and SOME parents have nothing better to do than to stand around and forget their kids, and I had to take my kids because (shocker) Tone was working, and traffic was really bad. I had to pull over twice. Once for a food stop, and once because Ainsley dropped a chicken nugget into Hunter's seat and it went down his pant leg and he started screaming. Or maybe sometimes the constant demands and interruptions of life themselves can put me in a funk because I have had zero time for me. For weeks. When Tone's home it means it's his time as well as the kids. I tried reading a book last night and after 10 minutes I felt jumpy. I know it's because that's the most consentration I've been able to get on something before I get interrupted. Don't get me wrong. I love doing stuff with my kids and playing and teaching them and doing the mommy thing. It's just.....I'm not even sure. Maybe Little Miss Independent needs to start asking for a little me time. But I feel guilty doing that. See, all of this is my fault anyways, and it's pretty petty.

The miscarriage has been on the brain a LOT this week. It has really bummed me out (again). I think it's because we aren't going to try again. I would be 20 weeks. Halfway. It keeps surprising me how much I really really wanted it. I'm trying to just let it go, but it's proving to be hard for me. Yesterday was a really bad day especially for that.
Also, my little etsy store is not taking off so that's been a bit frustrating. I've just been praying about it. The verse comes to mind, "unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain." Part of the reason that I started it was so that we would have an easier time tithing and giving to others. We don't have any extra on one income. But maybe we'll have to rethink how to better do that.....I know tithing shouldn't be out of your "extra" anyways so to speak.
Hunter has been great this week so it's not because of him. We had a huge "showdown" a couple weeks ago that lasted the whole day which ended in him staying in his room for the whole day and some favorite toys being taken away. So for the last two weeks he's been as good as gold. So kind to those around him and with a good attitude. His new phrase of the week is, "Uh Huh, I sure am!" or "that sure is!"
In contrast, Ainsley has not been great. She has been wanting to take Hunter's toys, fuss for food all the time, throw temper tantrums when Hunter gets attention, etc, etc. She says, "MAMA!" all the time. It's cute, but I'm getting tired at her yelling it at me to get what she wants. This morning I closed the office door. I was in my bedroom and I heard her yelling for me. She was yelling at the office door. She looked surprised when I came around the corner. She thought for sure I had shut her out. She has learned a TON of new words this week. She learned, "camera", "Ba-booo" (book), "snack", "Grandad", to name a few. I am tired of reading books to her. I love reading books to my kids, but she hands me the book saying "ba-booo!" and then gets in my lap, reads one page, gets out of my lap, I put the book down, she gets it back, says "ba-booo" and it starts all over again. It gets old.
BUT......drum roll........I put a barrette in her hair today for the first time! Mind you, it's as small as they come, but it stayed in and she left it there. Yay for microscopic strands of hair! I even took a picture. Can you see it, can you see it????!!!!


Hunter rode his bike around today very proud that he could peddle. Took him long enough! Yes, I left the tag on the front from a year ago. It's hard to get off and so I never have. I'm that lame.

Another adventure today was that we went to the dollar store, the grocery store, the post office, and the cell phone store. Mind you these were mostly all in the same parking lot, so I'm not that much of a super mom. The kids were GREAT! Happy and quiet the whole time. Hunter found this hat at the dollar store. He put it on and jumped out at me from behind the aisle. I laughed my head off. I let him get it because he loved it so much. (Don't look at the background. My house was spotless yesterday....I don't really know what happened today.....)

For the visit in to Salinas this last Sunday, I put Ainsley in this sweet little dress. She is ADORABLE in it and I had to get a picture on our way out the door. The best laid plans.....look at Hunter. Even if she had felt like cooperating (which she didn't because there was a loud construction truck across the street), Hunter wouldn't have allowed it. Look at him in every shot. Good grief! Yelling at him to get out of the picture just made him more determined to get in it and be silly.


He loves to get his own water. I had to get this shot because of his pants. Poor kid. Nothing ever stays up. Hahahaha.

Yet another mess Hunter did not do. How she opened the can of baby formula (which she doesn't use any more so I don't know why I still have it), and spread it around the floor so much beats me. Apparently Hunter tried to get his own water too and then thought why not try mixing her a bottle? So the floor had water all over it. Ever try to mop up sticky powered formula. Yeah. It wasn't that fun. Look at her though. "What Mom? I've just been sitting here innocently drinking my juice!" All the pictures I have of this have her sitting with a blank innocent face or a big smile. No remorse at all. None.


I took a video of her newly developed walking skills from this week. She can walk across the living room now. Not very masterfully as you can see, but still....it's a start. You can see in the video she also says "uh uh" and shakes her head when she disagrees with you. It's funny when she does that.

video

She has also learned to do the "Miss America" wave and say "hi" this week. To everyone. Every store we went into today. Every person we walked by today. They were all blessed by little Miss Priss' wave. They all thought it was cute. I guess she's too young to talk to about "stanger danger."

video

Well, that's the end of my boo hoo pity party, and I feel good. So good in fact, I think I can put away the MM bag. I'm such a sad sack.

Aug 13, 2008

Late nights

Ainsley loves these sunglasses from a happy meal. She's just my sunshine girl who eats nonstop. Whenever she sees me she signs for food and drink and says "mo" or "soos", which translated is "more" or "juice." It wouldn't be that funny except that she's so tiny. We are not sure where she puts is away since she is still in 3-6 month clothes.



He looked so silly eating this cone, I had to take pictures. It was a highlight of the day, because the next morning he tried to make his own ice cream cone before Daddy caught him.

He was thoroughly loving this cone, and ate it without dripping at all. I was amazed.
This is his idea of a silly face.

Again, my blog has been quiet for a while. Busy, Busy, Busy! I have been pulling late nights every night sewing and watching buff olympic people compete. Namely, Michael Phelps of course. Though I enjoyed the likes of men's gymnastics as well. haha. We just had Tone's sister, Shari, and her kids visit us for a few days. I am currently getting my house back in order so that I can have my parents and sister over for the weekend (starting tomorrow). As soon as they leave, I rush into Salinas after church to go to a wedding shower. Good grief! My life needs to slow down! I am supposed to go to a couple of church training meetings for people involved in children's church, but between my parents coming in, showers, and a wedding, I'm just going to miss them. We are also going camping the week of my birthday (two weeks away). When the summer is over, I think it stays just as crazy. I am supposed to be starting working with the youth group at church. That hasn't happened yet because I have had such a busy summer. Oh yeah, Tone and I have been working like crazy on our home businesses that we just started too. As soon as school starts, I will be going to two women's Bible studies during the week. I also want to focus on getting Hunter ready for school this year and that involves time out of my day to work with him on that in the mornings. He loves it though, and it makes me stop and pay attention to him. I think that I am going to be super busy this year.

I finished up making two pairs of boots today which I put in my etsy store. I have had boutiques ask me about selling to them wholesale, and lots of people looking, but not really any sells yet (well just one so far). I also had my first taste of reality when one of the the other shoe sellers on etsy copied one of my designs and sold it under a fancier name, and then stole my idea for microsuade sole bottoms. Oh well, live and learn I guess.

Ainsley has been trying to walk this week. At best she can only take five steps at a time, but she's getting more confident and steady. For a while there, she was running a couple steps and diving at me. She's a fiesty little happy thing with a stubborn, fearless personality. She's pretty much happy all the time unless Hunter takes something from her or she's denied food. Then she throws a temper tantrum. They learn early don't they? She has quite a shriek on her. But for the most part, she's an easy, happy baby.

Aug 5, 2008

My new "baby"

So I haven't posted in like a week, which is pretty long for me! I have been busy, busy, busy and focused on my latest "baby." But I am excited about what I have been working on!

I started an online boutique selling baby shoes! Yes I did. And Tone got an ebay business up and running this last two weeks selling wholesale items. Whew! Have we been busy! I would never have had the courage to even try selling my designs until Tone was confident a home business could work. We are just brave trying to get two home businesses going in the same week. So in addition to keeping his going while he's been gone, I have been feverishly working on my shoes. I have tossed it around for the last couple years, but I just haven't been that brave. So I took a deep breathe and made the leap! I have my boutique posted at http://www.sugarplumbtree.etsy.com/

So check it out. I am nervous, but I think that it might work out for a little income a month. I can sew these little shoes while Hunter and Ainsley are napping or sleeping at night, and it's totally flexible on MY time! Always good. I have no idea what I am nervous about. That people won't buy or will buy (and it will actually work out)?! It's always worth the try though.

If you have never checked out etsy.com go check it out. It's an online sight for everything vintage or handmade. There are some beautiful and unique items on there. I could spend hours just brousing! So support an artist and use etsy for your next gift! I have my new shoes posted on the side of my blog so let me know what you think!