Feb 25, 2009

Look what I found!

"Daffodils" (1804)
I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

Look what I found in my yard today. So really it was not ten thousand, but I wait for them to come out all winter long. My daffodils and crocuses are out. I plant tons together, and have been watching them slowly creep up out of the ground for 3 weeks now. But today the first one bloomed. Spring is coming. The "popcorn" trees were blooming today (that's what Hunter calls them) I also noticed as I drove around. We are surrounded by blooming trees in this fertile valley, and all down the road they look like they are covered in popcorn. It is always interesting to me how the billowy blooms fill the tree first and then the leaves.

Feb 22, 2009

Picture of the dress and messy food

I tried to take some delightful pictures of Ainsley in her new dress. "Tried" would be the key word in that last sentence. Look at her glare at me as she sees me whip out the camera. But before I share those, I would like to take a moment to show how Ainsley usually looks. Less you think my darling daughter is too pristine looking. Mind you, these pictures were taken in matter of two days only. So as you can see, she is quite messy most of the time.
After destroying her peanut butter sandwhich she enjoys an oreo. Don't you take it apart and lick the middle out too? She always does and feels that the chocolate cookie part is optional.

This would be smeared banana that she rubbed all in her hair and down her arms. She didn't miss an inch of her head which I wish showed up better in this picture.

This would be a valentine cupcake that she also felt must be smeared all over head. It's a new phase, and I'm not sure what it's all about. I'm actually not even sure how much of this cupcake she ate since it's pretty much in crumbles.

I had the hardest time getting pictures of her in the dress. None of these are great, but you get the idea. She just wouldn't let me take one for the life of me.
I tried running a photo filter on the above picture to give it an aged look. I'm not sure what I think.
Here she is running away from me.

She's holding Hunter's lizard which was the only time I was able to get her to stand still for a second for a quick shot. And she's looking at the slide thinking of making another break for it.

She got herself soaked playing in our fountain. Her dress is wet in most of these pictures which made the pocket sag. Hunter didn't help much. He kept pumping the pump while I was trying to take the picture.

Out riding bikes with Daddy. These pictures have nothing to do with this post except they are cute. Permit me a mommy moment to post cute, nonapplicable pictures.

And because I ended the last photo blog with Ainsley sleeping, here's a couple of Hunter from the last couple of days. He got up from his nap wearing his tiger costume yesterday and his superhero cape. It makes me wonder how much he really "napped".

Luckily, he is napping today while I blog. Here is the picture of what he is currently doing right now. It must have taken him a while to fall asleep though because I see the signs of him playing. Those animals which are so carefully lined up by his head where on the shelf when I put him to bed. I guess he needed some pals to fall asleep with.

Feb 19, 2009

Grosgrain: The Conservatory Overcoat GIVEAWAY!!!!

Grosgrain: The Conservatory Overcoat GIVEAWAY!!!!

Seriously. This lady makes delightful creations and just gives them away. You have to check it out. I, of course, cross my fingers that I win. The coat is RED and vintagey! Now that is a must have!

Feb 18, 2009

Honest Scrap Tag

I was tagged by Jessica of MiaJoie for the Honest Scrap Tag. The rules for this award:1) Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design.2) Show the 7 winners names and links on your blog, and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with “Honest Scrap.” 3) List at least 10 honest things about yourself.
Here's the problem: Finding 7 blogs that I find brilliant of people I know. Most people I know don't blog. I would tag Jessica's, but uh, she tagged me. But here's few I like:

Laura from everydayValentine
Lisa - for her dry wit and sarcasm
Andrew and Esther - because I love their spirit of adventure

Ten honest things about myself:
1. I hate fish. I know I should like eating them for health reasons, but I hate the fishy taste.
2. I can't stand sugar in coffee. Just cream.
3. People tell me my best feature is my smile, but I think my teeth, lips, and gums are all too big and I often feel like a horse
4. I will take snow, rain, or heat over wind. I hate wind and could not live in a windy place.
5. The brattiest kid in the class was always my favorite student. Shhh, they don't know I had favorites.....
6. I can float for hours. Without sinking. I can almost fall asleep on my back in the water. Somehow my body build is very boyant.
7. I have many fears. I just choose not to live in them or dwell on them.
8. I get discouraged easily and need Tone's optimism and daily reminders from God to know that all is well and keep plugging.
9. I never knew how much I would love having children until I had children.
10. My favorite smell in the world in nuzzling into my children's hair after a bath.

I finally sewed something for Ainsley

So I finally sewed something for Ainsley again. I mean, she does get all the sample shoes for my shop, so she has about a million pairs of booties, but I have been meaning to sew her a dress out of this fabric for forever (well, really just two months, but it's seemed like forever). The pattern I changed a bit. I added the pocket and the ruffle on the bottom. It was a pattern for a dress Mom made me when I was little. I can still remember the dresses she made. Two summer dresses that I just loved when I was five years old. I even have pictures of me in them and some scraps of that fabric in my fabric boxes. I always felt so loved and special when Mom made me dresses. I made this in a size one, but it's more like 2T. I'll take pictures of Ainsley in it later. The fabric was so fun, it just screamed "make a dress out of me!" So I did. Now I need to make a hair clippy to match! With leggings, a turtle neck, and her bright red high top shoes, how cute it this? Well, I hope it's not TOO bright. What do you think?

Feb 16, 2009

My Valentine's Day - with the kids.....

We had a Happy Valentine's day. It started with making chocolate cupcakes with Hunter's bestest friend, Emma. I would post a pic but I'm not sure how Emma's Mommy feels about blogs and her daughter's pic on them.
I was in the middle of taking pictures of new shoes I sewed up, when Hunter wanted to take a picture in the backyard of me. These are the new shoes I created this week. I think they turned out better than the last pair made in this fabric. In fact, I love them!

So out we traipsed to the backyard for a photo shoot. I actually took the time to do my long hair since it was Valentine's Day, and I knew it would make the hubby happier than my usual pony tail. I am due for a haircut, but I am a long hair kind of gal.

Ainsley was not so thrilled with this. She wanted to swing on the swings.
Hunter took this one of Ainsley too during an accidental point and shoot, but I love it!

These pictures of them on the swings pretty much sums up their personalities. Look at the faces on those two goobers.

Then she wanted to go down the slide. Hahaha! I cannot believe I caught this on video. Or the fact that she came up laughing and went down again and again. I promise you she was not hurt. She got up, clapped and said "YAY!" She kept face planting and loving it. I got a second video of her face planting but I'll refrain, since this first one is funny enough.

The had an early dinner, and into the tub they went. They needed to smell clean for church tomorrow ya know.

Hunter got the brilliant idea that the goggles might help keep the water out of his eyes during the hair washing. He cries every time about the water and shampoo. He's giggling here about how funny this is.

After baths, they had an early bedtime. 6:30 to be exact. Since they pretty much skipped naps today, they had no idea it was way earlier.

So quickly sound asleeep with her usual thumb in her mouth.

After they went to bed, Tone and I cooked a great dinner together (trying a couple of new dishes), and watched a movie. Something I never get to do anymore with my evenings taken up sewing.
One thing that we cooked that was really simple that we loved was the vegetable. Really!
We cooked green beans and asparagus.
Heat the skillet, coat bottom with olive oil (enought to lightly coat the veggies) and toss in the veggies. Cook for a couple minutes stirring constantly. Toss some fresh garlic in and cook for a couple more minutes while stirring. Sprinkle with Kosher salt. Delicious!
With fried pita bread and filet mignon, it was a great dinner! Of course, we also made white russians to drink. Now I realize red wine would have been the drink of choice to go with the meal, but we are more of a mixed drink kind of couple.
We never did get to dessert - chocolate fondue. We fully meant to, but we were so tired after watching the movie, we just fell asleep. How unromantic. Oh well. It was nice to get to go to sleep at a decent hour for once. I had sewn the night before until 2 in the morning so that I could take the evening off for Valentine's day.
I'll post this last picture as a shout out to my fantastically creative sister-in-law. I have no patience for cross-stitch, knitting or crocheting (though I can crochet), but you have to count stitches. I hate that. I wish I could sit long enough for that because then I could make fabulous creations like this sweater she made for Ainsley last year. Ainsley finally fits it, and I thought it would be perfect over her valentine's dress for church. She was just so completely darling in it! Wish she would have let me take the cup away for a better picture!

Feb 11, 2009

Me thinks someone is approaching age two

Here she is in her cute valentines outfit refusing to even look at me. Total rebellion.

When she does look at me, I get this look. Nice.

Today I was sewing when Hunter came yelling, "Mooooommy, I was putting lotion on my legs, see Mommy," he lifts up his pant legs, "and sissy is playing in it and making a big mess!" Oh dear. First of all, why is HUNTER in my rose smelling lotion, and how did Sissy get it?
She came around the corner just then covered in lotion. We ran together to the bathroom to look. In the middle of telling Sissy, "no no" very sternly, she looks at me and goes back to playing in it.
She did very nicely put the lid back on the lotion tub first as if she was making an attempt to obey.

She smelled very strong the rest of the day. Luckily, lotion cleans up well. Please, please, please don't let me have another Hunter that gets into everything on purpose!
By the way, she talks VERY well now, and can communicate most of what goes on her little world.

My very messy sewing space at the moment. Yes, I got some big guns. I found this plastic holder that sits by the machine and holds the large spools of thread, so I don't have to keep rethreading and buying little spools at the store. So much more cost effective!

Feb 8, 2009

A crafting secret for hair clippies

So my daughter has fine, wispy, nonexistent hair. I am so excited that it is finally long enough on top to get a little clippy on. But what is a mother to do when they slip right out? The grosgrain ribbon that wraps around the clip does little to help. Ahhh, well here is a crafting secret.....for fool proof, no slipping bows, that grip like none other. And I figured this out all by myself.....
First buy a roll of shelf paper at Walmart. It looks like this and is the spongy kind with a checker board pattern. It comes in white and black and is about $3.50 a roll. Talk about cheap!

Cut a strip about two teeny squares wide as this will fit the best on the clip.

Then cut your strip into lengths of about 6-7 teeny squares long. This can be adjusted according to the length of your hair clippy of course. You will need two little strips for each clip.

Hot glue the strips inside the alligator clip (this also works for snap clips, but my favorite clippies are alligator type). I found that it is best if you glue it so that the bumpier side of the shelving paper is facing up (so that it grips the hair better).

See it again?

These are a small part of Ainsley's clip collection. I buy a lot of them at Walmart (because they are cheap), and I just glue this in when I get home. I also love making her clippies out of felt shapes that I cut out.

It grips so well, that unless Ainsley rips it out, it's not coming out. She usually leaves them in all day and brings them to me to put in her hair. I can attach them to a single piece of thread and shake hard, and it won't slip off.
You want to know something ridiculous? I saw a few sellers on etsy sellings these little strips in a pack of 50 for the same price as I bought the whole ROLL for. Talk about an easy return for your money. They called them "no slip" grips. Hahaha! Yeah right. It's just grippy shelf paper folks. Now don't sue me for giving away your secret. I figured it out all on my own as anyone could.
So while I was making this little tutorial, taking pictures and gluing in strips, what was Hunter to do? Well, at the Dollar Store yesterday I let him buy this little foam glider. I inadvertently, did not put the paint back in the cupboard but left it neatly on the table. He helped himself. I don't even think he is sorry. His face says it all.......

Can we say a mess? But he is proud of his creation. I just hope it dries soon. It's washable kid's paint fortunately, and luckily none of it got on the carpet. Whew!