Archive for December, 2007

A Conversation with E-Boy, Age 22 Months.

E:  “be-bu”
Mommy:  “Yes, you have a belly button.”
E:  “mama be-bu”
Mommy:  “Mommy has a belly button, too.”
E:  “daddy be-bu”
Mommy:  “Daddy has a belly button.  Everyone has a belly button.”
E:  “me be-bu”

We have this conversation often.  He seems to need the reassurance that 1. his belly button is still on his tummy and 2. everyone he knows also has a belly button on their tummy.  E-Boy won’t even wear zipper jammies at night because he has to be able to touch his belly button.  This really limits our wardrobe options.  Overalls – out.  Onesies – out.  Rompers – out.  However, if his belly button is that important to him, I am willing to make the necessary sacrifices.

I’m a Wii Bit Sore.

We got a Wii for Christmas.  The whole family has been enjoying playing with it, but I’m definitely noticing how out-of-shape I am.  My shoulders and arms ache from playing golf, bowling and bating practice.  It doesn’t help that hubby and I are terribly competitive, so when he suggests nine holes of golf, and I lose, we HAVE to have a rematch.  The kids only complaint is that mommy and daddy aren’t sharing very nicely.

Their Stockings Were Hung…

…by the chimney with care…

As it is Christmas Eve, a holiday themed post is in order.  And what good is a post with no pictures, so here are our Christmas stockings, hung and ready to be filled this evening.

As you can see, they’re really more socks than stockings.  Growing up, my family always had red and green “toe socks” for stockings.  When Hubby and I got married and celebrated our first Christmas together, I got hiking socks to use for our stockings, as we enjoy outdoor activities.  Then I sewed our initials onto the socks with buttons, to differentiate one from the other.  As our family has grown, we’ve needed to add more pairs of socks to the collection, but the theme remains the same.  Casual, outdoorsy with a bit of handmade charm.  I think they represent our family pretty well.

All I Want For Christmas

is my two front teeth.  Here’s A’s new smile:

From A:
I pulled it out my self!  It didn’t hurt at all.

Time for a Trim

Where did my baby go?  This is not E’s first haircut, I’ve trimmed it before, but never THIS short.  Remind me it will grow!

Here’s what his hair looked like a few days ago (I took some before pics tonight, but wouldn’t you know they came out fuzzy):

And here he is tonight:

He does look rather pleased with his new style.  He actually didn’t mind the haircut one bit, as long as I didn’t interfere with the puzzle he was working.

Sewing up a storm

Have I been busy sewing this week!  I’ve got several purses made and more planned, in addition to *maybe* getting the kids’ Christmas pajamas sewn before Christmas rolls around.  The trick to that has been making time to sew without the kids around.

Here is one of the projects I got done.  I know I’ve said it before, but this is one I love enough to want to keep it!  I have a thing for the matchiness, I have a wallet for each bag I carry (easy for me, though, since I make them).  This set came out adorable, and so fun to carry!   The round handles are swingy, and slide onto your wrist if you need a free hand.  I’ll definitely use more handles like these on other bags!

The other thing I’ve been working on is a PDF bag pattern, which will be coming soon to my Etsy shop.  Right now some of my sewing friends are trying it out to work out any kinks.  Thanks, gals!

One of these things is not like the others.

Here are the bags I’ve been working on this week.  You’d think I had brown thread on my machine or something, since brown is the predominant color in three of the four bags.  The black tote and wallet is actually a special order, so maybe I’m just in the mood to sew browns this week…

Empty No Longer


The picture frames on my wall that is.  I guess most people put the art in the frames before they hang them.  Well, I’m not most people.

I bought these frames on clearance at Target (don’t you just love Target’s clearnace?) and had brought them into the house and put them on the top of the dryer just inside the back door.  There they sat for several weeks.  One day, hubby asked me when I was planning to hang the frames up, so that’s what I did.  Only I didn’t put anything in them, because I hadn’t yet created the artwork I had in mind for them.  And you just can’t rush the creative process.

Today, I created the artwork for the frames.  It was hard to get a good picture, since the wall the frames are on is behind the Christmas tree this time of year.  These primary colored collages feature artwork that my girls and I created.  Each collage incorporates paints, crayons, markers and colored pencils.  I designed the color pallates, and showed the girls different techniques to make interesting textures.  This is an art project that can’t go wrong.  Once our papers were complete, I cut them into various sizes of squares and arranged the collage.  I think they came out lovely, and can’t wait to gaze at them once the tree is out of the way.

New in the Shop

In addition to the wallets I made last week, I have listed a new bag in my Etsy shop.

Here’s a photo of today’s project, which was a new shape for me.  I call it a “bucket bag” which may not be the prettiest name, but at least it’s descriptive.  Speaking of pretty, I love these fabrics!  They were just begging to be made into a lovely bag today, so I HAD to oblige.  (I can’t be the only sew-er whose fabrics talk, can I?)  This tote came out in a just-right size, big enough for what you need without being too bulky.  The shape is nice for putting things in and out.

And, just for you, my loyal blog-reader, a special offer this holiday season.  If you buy an item listed in my Etsy shop, just drop me an e-mail letting me know you read my blog, and I’ll throw in a little something extra to go with your purchase.  Consider it a gift from me to you.  So go, SHOP!

It’s in the Genes Jeans

Some families have heirloom christening gowns that are handed down from generation to generation.  In my family, we have a pair of Levi’s.

These 501’s made their way back to my house when my folks visited this weekend.  They’ve been in the family since about 1975, and worn by my brothers, myself, cousins, and now my kids and nephews.  What makes these jeans cool is all the little signs of wear they exhibit; the perma-cuff where they’ve been turned up for short little legs and the decades-old patch where my mom mended a little hole.  Today I put them on E, and I had to snap a picture of his cute little bum in his vintage jeans.

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