Monday, October 31, 2011


So this weekend my husband and I went shopping for new phones. An Apple IPhone4S with SIRI voice technology.   This is what he bought me.  I love it!  There are so many thing I still have not figured out about it yet but can tell you that I will definitely be doing more blogging and more picture taking.  It has a whopping 8MPG camera.  That is stronger than our current DSL.  It has a steep learning curve if you have never owned an Apple product before (me) but I couldn't be happier with it.

This is what he pre-ordered to be delivered on the 7th.  It is the Motorola RAZ R.  He is quite jazzed but I feel sorry that he has to wait while my new toy is here.  Although we had both had our phones for over two years I was happy with my Blackberry Storm 2.  The only problem was the incoming rings, chimes, and other sounds all stopped working.  I could not tell if I had any incoming calls or messages.  His (same phone) has other multiple problems like short battery charge, shutting itself off often for no reason, etc.  so it was time for us to buy.  I am thrilled with both choices.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Face Painting Results

Here are a few shots from the Face Painting Adventure.  It was a blast and I hope to do some more of these events as long as they are quite small. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

So...late Friday evening I was surfing the internet and found this lovely BOM site.  BOM is short for Block of the Month and is a quilters term.  I love the new theme these talented ladies have chosen so I signed right up and downloaded the pattern.  Hope that tomorrow I can find a few minutes to stitch it up.  Here is the link and also in the sidebar of the Blog.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Face Painting

Face Painting is something that I have wanted to do for a long long time.  I finally tried it out recently and absolutely love it.  So......daughter number two and three and myself will be going this weekend to a local festival and set a booth up to face paint.
Here is a preview of my practice models.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Daughter #3 Desk Redo

So....this is the desk that daughter number 3 has been using for the past two years. We recently (2 months ago) deep cleaned her room and I decided to take the leftover wall paint from daughter #2's new bedroom makeover and liven up this lovely little desk.

It really was this ugly before. I sanded it very lightly, applied kilz and then this lovely Robin's egg blue.

In this shot I was not quite finished with the paint on varnish but doesn't it look just lovely.

She is happy to have it back in her room and holding her 4700 pencils, papers, and important items.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Yummy Yummy

Cool and refreshing is the idea with this dessert. I have made several new pies over the last few weeks as my sweet husband does not like cake very much. This is a 'Grasshopper' Pie. The last frozen pie was quite hard to cut and serve so this time around I just used my spingform pan that I normally use for cheesecake. It was so much easier this time. One of those voila' moments.
The recipe is from Kraft Foods. I get their weekly coupons and recipes in my email and this just sounded delicious. I made only one change. I did not have FAMOUS Chocolate Wafers, so I used crushed OREO cookies instead. All the kiddos loved it, and I loved that it was low fat and no one could tell...NA-NA-NA.

4 FAMOUS Chocolate Wafers, divided, CRUSH 2 wafers; sprinkle onto bottom of 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray.

1 pkg. (1 oz.) JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding

1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk

1/4 tsp. peppermint extract

2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Sugar Free Whipped Topping

1 square BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped make it.

BEAT pudding mix, milk and extract with whisk 2 min. Stir in COOL WHIP and chopped chocolate; spread onto bottom of pie plate. Top with remaining wafers, cut into quarters. FREEZE 6 hours or until firm. Remove pie from freezer 10 min. before serving; let stand at room temperature to soften slightly before cutting to serve.

Desk MakeOver

This sweet little desk was in her room. It was very dark natural oak and quite old. A fresh coat of robins blue and it is just too cute now.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sweet Little Pincushions

Posted by PicasaI only had about 9"square of this lovely fabric and wanted to try my hand at these two variations of pincushions. I have several others but since making these a few months back they are all I want to use. I just love those bright, vibrant colors together. I leave the second spool holder connected to the top back right corner of my sewing machine and simply place the spool holder on it. It is so convenient to remove pins as I sew and stab them right in there.

Eleven Now!

Of course he wanted a little Harry Potter for this years birthday! The banner is old book pages, Volume 5, with brown paper backing and painted letters to spell out his name. I strung the whole thing up on some long heavy cording and hung it from the beam in the center of the room. His gifts were then wrapped in the remainder of the book pages.
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The Big Day is Here

Congratulations Kaleb Van. We love you.!
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Harry Potter

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Harry Potter

This sweet little face (son #2) and his sib's all dressed up in costumes I made between last Halloween and this week as Harry Potter characters to go to the midnight premiere of the last movie! they loved it. I also made/supervised making the wands. This shirt was actually two different boys tees. One long sleeved, yellow, and the other short sleeved red. I removed both shirts' sleeves and attached the yellow to the body of the red shirt. Then I used yellow bias tape to make the stripes and printed out on muslin the Griffyndor crest. I backed that with some heatnbond and just ironed it to the shirt. Afterwards I ran an applique stitch around to secure it.

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