31 December 2007
today i sit in wonder, looking back at everything that we've been through since. it seems at once so long ago, & just yesterday. my memories of that frightening time will never leave me... but that's good. it keeps me aware of how fragile life is, & how truly blessed i am.
2007 brought me more joy than i could imagine possible. i got to meet & chat with jane goodall, i turned a few dreams into reality, & was able to drive to oregon to see family. i watched my beautiful hobbit get healthy, & grow, grow some more, find 2 amazing bestest friends, & grow again. i saw my manlyman discover who he is, & what that means. i also looked around me... found that buddies had become close friends, & close friends had become family. so blessed.
*deep sigh* thus ends my deep, meaningful post. thehobbit walked through the room, making it impossible to remain serious. he is wearing (over his uniform,) an invisibility cloak, leopard print cowboy hat, glittery 2008-shaped sunglasses, wooden sword in hand. the wildest part of all of that, is that he doesn't dress 'creatively' for attention. for him it's just what he does, just who he is. if we ever comment, he'll rush off to change into 'normal' clothes... so we try to never bat an eye.
thank you all for starting this blog journey with me. i joke that i have just the one reader, but many have told me, or written to me, that they've been reading. i cannot tell you what a warm feeling that gives me. of course you know i shall not give up the only reader bit.
my hope is that this year brought you more joys than sorrows, & that you find love, peace, & happiness in the year to come.
30 December 2007
look! a prezzie!!
manlyman's order was late in arriving, so i only received her yesterday. isn't she lovely? i'm not a fan of orange, but oh how i shall love her. watering the farm has been a royal pain in the arse since my last spray nozzle broke. do not waste money on plastic gardening tools; pieces o'crud the lot of them. now i can water without having thehobbit stand at the faucet adjusting the water for all the various stages of growth. the last time he didn't hear me call for a low trickle, & an entire row of seeds went flying who knows where.
i know i'm not the only person pleased by receiving simple prezzies. what everyday items send you swooning?
time to stop hiding, & time to get to cleaning. paper said she never starts a new year with a messy home. i think that sounds like a peaceful way to ring in the new.
29 December 2007
pestilence is brewing at my house. it was bound to happen, what with all our friends having been ill the last few weeks. it looks like the remainder of 07 will be spent at home, in our jams. :-(
i have a terrible secret to share! i killed our holiday tree. a few days ago it dawned on me that i hadn't watered it very often. it still looked green & lovely, so i assumed it hadn't needed much. i should say that it's not a pine (i'm allergic.) we think it's a juniper...pine-looking, with soft 'needles.' when i went to check the soil, i noted that the 'needles' were hard & brittle. oops! we think the lack of water, & the heated air turned it to tree jerky. sigh. thehobbit hasn't yet noticed. that makes 4 trees in 4 years dead.
i just looked up to find my entire bigroom turned into a sherrif station. oh sorry... he corrected me... it's andy's home, the station is in the playroom. ok the bench with pots & pans atop it makes more sense now. he's just explained that it's his day off, & that's why he's not wearing his uniform & badge. if you were wondering what he is wearing (whilst lounging in an armchair, reading a 'newspaper'): dress shirt, sweater vest, slacks, daddyo's slippers. one fun little kid!
well my only reader, if pestilence is truly upon us, i should take care of a few things around the house. have a lovely day, & make sure to smell some roses! ~peace.
27 December 2007
today auntiesoap & i took the shorties to a private screening of this. as soon as we got home, thehobbit ran about making sure we had salt, tomato sauce; every protection he saw in the movie, & could remember from the books. he even met daddyo at his car with something steel (this... which just cracks me up!,) to escort him safely inside. i love how seriously kids take things... it makes for a vastly more fun life.
during the screening, i spent almost as much time watching thehobbit & minisoap, as i did the film. where does time go? i didn't see my wee boy... he looked so big. the two of them cheering at the screen, & whispering to eachother. i asked; during a few scary scenes; if he was ok, & he nodded without even looking me. just nodded! as in 'yeah lady shhhh i'm watching a film here!' whatever.
as quickly as that glimpse of what's to come appeared, it vanished. in the car they were their usual giggling, odd, little selves, & i couldn't see the big kid in him no matter how hard i looked.
ahhh this mamahood.... quite the journey.
26 December 2007
24 December 2007
well my one & only reader... i'm off to make snowflakes. may you be safe, well, & surrounded by love... have a happy christmas!
22 December 2007
... in my imaginary world. clipart to the rescue once again. well, not rescue exactly; elvie has been unwrapped, but i am feeling a tad lazy today... & uploading pics on she of slower-than-dirt sounds like too much work.
instead of actually hiking a mountain to greet the sun, i woke thehobbit with tickles & raspberries (belly, not food.) nearly the same thing.
i have to share what happened to me last night. i went out to run last-minute errands for santa, & ended up at whole foods. santa really wanted me to have this, so of course i had to buy it. one cannot deny santa his prezzie-giving. well... they carded me (which is silly to begin with,) then accused me of having a fake id! not joking sweet reader, they had to bring in a manager. they did not believe i was my actual age! heeheehee! now that was the best prezzie i could have ever been given. santa works in strange & mysterious ways indeed.
countdown, day 20: today we shall make luminaries to light the way!
review: we half-made them. i have yet to find the wire cutters, so we couldn't make their handles. the jar part was great fun though, & they are really beautiful. we used white tissue paper, then once that was dry, painted on glitter. i couldn't find the silver glitter glue (i see a need for better organization here) so my lantern had only a thin layer of glitter. i'm not a gold person.
countdown, day 21: tonight we shall turn out the lights & have a family concert!
review: did you know there were zillions of people out last night running errands for santa?! traffic was wretched, & i got back too late for a concert. we can rock tonight instead.
my last solstice prezzie for you:
20 December 2007
then today i decided that i should make a scarf for my dad, minisoap2 needed a flannel boo-monster for xmas, & the minipoms' faery skirts simply must have sequins. sigh. i suppose i should be grateful i didn't think about sequins before i packed the five faery skirts to be shipped. silver linings.
i never did get anywhere near the end of my to-do list. i have met me... i don't think that entire list stands a chance of getting to-done.
countdown, day 19: today we shall make orange pomanders with friends!
review: the friends have pestilence, so we made ours without them. we did see them (through car windows) when we went to pick up our order. the activity was fun, & the oranges look lovely studded with cloves. i'm a tad sick of the aroma at the moment, but there are worse smells. said smell shall be taking a bath tomorrow for sure.
today's solstice prezzie for you:
19 December 2007
in the land of make believe. in the land of here & now, this beautiful photo is from clipart. i cannot access elvie as it actually is raining here, & she needs to be wrapped until we are sure the recent roof patch did the trick. day two, & so far no drips! whew!
i have such fun photos to share... thehobbit playing poker with half-clad dolls (on their train ride to river city - music man,) the gorgeous antique-looking birdcage the oregon grandparents sent him (for his owl,) & the fun play skirts i made for various shorties. all shall have to wait for the rain, rain to go away.
countdown, day 18: tomorrow is grandmama's birthday, so let's bake some teeny cakes!
review: a certain person; who shall remain nameless & is not me; used all the eggs the day before. a certain other person; who could possibly be me, but i'm not saying it is; hasn't been keeping track of what activity is coming up, so didn't make sure we had eggs. bad daddyo, & bad other person who could possibly (or not) be me.
it's almost solstice! i think that is the source of my funk. not the solstice itself, but all that we're not doing to celebrate. usually by now i have everything on my holiday to-do list to-done, but this year the winter faire took that prep time. i'm utterly behind. last night i decided to slash everything off my list that i could. that will help a little. i may also ship packages late... i'm sorry to the shorties in oregon & minnesota! i really need to be able to get everything done, so we can relax & celebrate. ok i've babbled long enough. thanks for letting me get it out of my system.
i want to share some solstice joy with you, so today i have a list of books we love this time of year:
18 December 2007
countdown, day 17: tonight we shall go look for christmas lights!
review: i am thankful thehobbit is easily impressed. as is usual of late, the day was freaky-busy, then before we knew it, it was dark. just a few streets, & thehobbit was happy as can be. whew.
that's it for tonight. i'm just too funkificated (real word) to have a chat.
17 December 2007
we took him to b&n, so he could use his new gift card. while there we saw a display on buying books to donate. did he want to do that with some of his gift card? yes he did! we chose a tag that read "boy, age 9" then went poking about the kiddie section. he decided upon one of his favorites:
he could have used the entire gift card on himself... it was one of his christmas prezzies. no pressure, no sneaky ploys to get him to buy for a stranger. he just thought it was a good idea, & happily did it. i love being his mama.
ps... they are making it into a movie!
two of the hugs were for prezzies he wanted very desperately; this (she found an all-wood set), and this. some may be surprised to hear the former isn't always all in wood. it's sad to see plastic parts put into toys from our childhood. as usual there were many more prezzies, & as usual he really didn't care for the majority. he's so amazing that way - really wants very little, but what he does want, he wants ever so desperately. maybe the hugs helped her see that he doesn't need the explosion of prezzies to feel loved & special?
manlyman took us to one of my favorite restaurants for dinner... yum! grammie was a great sport, & ate all the veggie "meat" dishes right along with us.
countdown, day 16: today we will make potato stamps!
review: someone, i'm not naming names, forgot to buy potatoes! ooops. luckily we had a sweet potato left, & it worked nicely. we carved the cut edge into a tree shape, & stamped away. it was fun!
i have to get ready for a freaky-busy day. i hope yours is a lovely one.
16 December 2007
when we moved to our house; almost 3 years ago; he moved with us. we didn't bring him, we merely saw a squirrel in our new backyard that thehobbit swore was fred. miracle number one! he managed to follow the moving truck across town!
fred has brought thehobbit much joy since the move... running atop the fence to climb to our roof, chasing crows up our giant pine, & racing around the trunk of the huge pecan with his friend 'the other squirrel.'
two weeks ago we had a small storm that brought fierce winds up here on our little hill. the next day i found fred at the base of the pecan. it was a very sad day for our family. we wanted to believe it was the other squirrel, but the sadness at finding the creature made us all sure it was fred. we still haven't removed him, neither manlyman nor i have the heart to go back there.
so this morning thehobbit looked out his playroom window, & saw the other squirrel in my seedling pots! rats & fleas! the one who was destroying the farm wasn't the one who died. in the excitement of chasing the squirrel out of the pots, thehobbit decided this was fred. sorry? haven't we been mourning fred's passing for two weeks now? yes, but he is sure this is fred behaving so badly. who am i to argue with such logic? so another miracle... fred back from the dead.
some friends have reunited their old knitting group, & i decided to join them! no, i cannot knit. i'm not one to let mere details stand in my way - i made myself a pair of needles, sat myself down in their circle, & asked to be taught. thus far the needles themselves are my only knitting success. still...
i am quite proud of myself!
well i'm here to tell you it's true. adam & eve have gotten into the holiday spirit! actually those lights are always wrapped around their metal home, but i only ever remember they are when i'm plugging in holiday faery lights elsewhere. do you see that jar? that's one of two pet black widows. don't eww me! they belong to manlyman... the original doctor doolittle. i should love to squash them.
countdown, day 15: today we shall have a spa day! review: i had a date with a circle of knitting mamas, so manlyman agreed to have a spa with thehobbit. they played make believe instead. great fun, but today thehobbit is bummed to have missed having his feet soak in warm, scented water. sigh. no time today as we have to bake, & grammie is coming to visit. perhaps tomorrow.
have a wonderful sunday! if you see fred at your place, tell him 'hi' for me ;-) ~peace.
15 December 2007
elvie & i are much better today, so here are the promised photos :-)
my new apron! i used pieces of my most favorite fabrics for this. the body was left from an armchair slipcover i made eons ago, the flowered was a bit of fabric i bought at a thrift shop, & the taupe was scrap from a renaissance faire skirt. i couldn't resist the early morning light coming through the kitchen windows.
here is detail of the neck strap.. hung on my match safe (a thrift shop treasure.)
countdown, day 14: today we shall snuggle, & watch holiday movies! review: nope. after our r&s meeting, i lay on the couch in a migrane stupor until manlyman came home from work. by then thehobbit didn't want to sit still for a movie, he wanted instead to arrest daddyo, & put him in jail with otis (stuffed doll 'sequoia', playing the roll of otis in thehobbit's mayberry production.) ok by me. i wasn't up for holiday cheer to be honest.
did you know it's almost christmas?! yes i knew it too, but it is almost christmas! i have not sent our holiday cards, nor have i mailed prezzies to my brother's beautiful little chickies! bad auntie. we're a tad famous in my family for sending packages with this holiday's prezzie, plus a belated birthday prezzie, & a few times even the prezzie from the same holiday last year. pathetic + sad = pathetisad.
have a lovely saturday oh solo reader of mine! i have to "inlaw" my house today. what is that you ask? when your manlyman's mama is due to visit; neither regular clean, nor company clean will do. oooh. when is she due? tomorrow. ah. when did i hear of her visit? yesterday. yikes! indeed. ~peace.
14 December 2007
i think elvie has a migrane as well, as she's refusing to upload photos. & me with pics of the apron i made! sigh.
to avoid a photoless post, here are some things that i want for thehobbit's nook (play kitchen area.)
a fabric egg, cracked from a wooden shell!
a tin of wooden mushrooms!
& another tin, but this one filled with wooden tea bags!!!! now this one i think i can make, if i sew fabric tea bags. goodness knows he's got a zillion small tins, nicked from my kitchen.
i think it's wonderful that he's not yet outgrown his nook. in size he has, which we're fixing after the holidays; the knob legs will be replaced with turned legs. i shall post pics after it's finished. by outgrown i mean he still plays with it. he does need new food, but that's for my benefit - i'm tired of wooden pizzas, & greek salads.
countdown, day 13: tonight we will build an indoor fort, & play!
review: i'm not sure who had more fun! we built a giant fort from blankets, & tables, then i strung faery lights around the perimeter. inside we had a large blanket, & all the couch pillows. we shut off all lights, but the string of faeries, read stories, played this, & got out flashlights for this. manlyman took our fort down, so he could get through the bigroom in the morning... fort-grinch. thehobbit & i plan on rebuilding today whilst he's at work. no fort-grinch is going to keep us down!
well my sweet, only reader... time for me to rest a bit. my head is pounding, & we've got a gaggle of shorties arriving in 2 hours for roots&shoots.
13 December 2007
we captured one, & brought it indoors. isn't it lovely? i wish my camera could capture the amazing sparkle. instead, you shall have to just make one for yourself:
countdown, day 11: today you will play games with daddy! review: it didn't happen. daddy worked a double shift. :-(
countdown, day 12: today we will make giant, magical snowflakes! review: easy, fun, & we were thrilled to find it transformed when we woke. i want to make more!
all plans this week seemed to have gone awry. no etsy opening this week... sorry! i've gotten too far behind in solstice & christmas prep, & really should put my family & friends first right now. i will get the etsy shop up as soon as i can. in the meantime, please email me if you want to order something. i have drink slings, market bags, a few patchie totes, & needlebooks. the gnomie factory is running though. i couldn't put that on hold. the world needs more dinky gnomie orphans. currently i've just the people colors. other genera won't be available until after the holidays.
i hope you make snowflakes today. let me know how yours turns out. ~peace
11 December 2007
we did buy a bunch of 18gal storage bins for the garage. let me clarify... for manlyman to store his off-season clothes. the man has more clothes than any one person should. he also utilizes the largest closet in our home - or rather the only large one. his is in the part of the house added on in the 50s. the other two closets are literally regular doors, with door-sized spaces behind them. hopefully these bins will keep the stacks of his overflow off the streets... so to speak. or maybe i mean that literally? heehee. if you need large bins, & don't mind what they look like; we got these at target for $4! that is an amazing price. the catch? they are red with green lids. i imagine to store holiday decor. at least manlyman will know which are his in the garage at first glance hahahahaha! or should i say hohohohoho!? sorry reader, i've not yet had coffee, & i'm a bit slap-happy.
coutdown, day 10: today we will bake & decorate cookies! yum!
review: we ran out of time as nothing took quite a lot of time. he had been promised an hour of games with daddyo, so had to choose which to do. i lost. normally i love being chosen, but i will share a secret with you... i wanted to be alone for a little while! so yay games with daddyo!
today we are making mittens from fulled, wool sweaters. fun! we finished the borrowers, so will be spending the remainder of december, & all of january, reading & crafting this! which we leave for in just over an hour, & me still in my jams. bye!
10 December 2007
(this is my new imaginary stove)
countdown, day 9: today we shall dress in our fancies, & have a tea party!
review: the scones came in handy! i set thehobbit's little table with plates of scones & jam, & a dinky pot of blackberry tea. he wore his dress shirt, invisibility cloak, & a fake dalmation fur wrap. i sat down with him wearing my victorian hat, & was promtly told i was not fancy enough. i put a floor-length slip over my jeans, & tossed a sparkley shawl around my shoulders, then was allowed to tea.
no rest for the wicked. we have errands to run, the farm needs tending, & i must hand over a fortune at the library so they'll allow me to put books on hold again.
have a lovely day!
**update: you can see a few pics from the winter faire on paper's site; upper, right corner!**
09 December 2007
the maiden voyage of kats in the belfry was a success! even without someone of import smashing a bottle of champagne over my whatever part of the ship it is they smash champagne over. also a success was the launch of the cooperative - yay dragonfly artisans!
that's the nearly completed banner. i simply ran out of time. eventually it will have two more dragonflies above the writing. one shall be smaller, the other even more so - to appear as though they're flying into the spiral. i plan on becoming filthy rich, so i can have the talented pom paint all my future banners.
so the day!?! it was such great fun! attendance was lower than usual; i think the threat of rain kept the boring people at home. no rain did ever so much as threaten us. the sky was clear & sunny, the people just lovely, the venue a beautiful winter faeryland, & the food! mmmm. i had yummy baked treats, & a huge bowl of fantastic vegan potato soup.
sales were steady through the day, which makes me giggle with delight! thank you to all who purchased my wares! i cannot begin to describe how it felt to see that i wasn't sewing merely to clutter my home.
thank you to manlyman for believing in me, & for helping where you could - to my parnters in crime, paper & soap, for going on this adventure with me - to the academy for finally giving me an oscar - & most of all to my sweet, sweet hobbit.... thank you for being so patient, & so helpful whilst mama was going mad these past few weeks!
now what you ask? as a matter of fact i do have plans... this week i hope to get my etsy shop open. i'll post the grand opening as soon as... well as soon as i'm grandly open!
countdown, day 7: today we will read holiday books, & drink hot cocoa!
review: thehobbit asked to do this immediately! it was breakie theatre heehee. he asked me to read this, this, & requested i sing this one. our copy of the latter is not a board book; it looks like it's no longer being sold as a little golden book.
countdown, day 8: today you may spend $5 at the winter faire on anything you like!
review: he never found anything he liked! auntiepaper took all the minis on a shopping adventure, yet he came home treasureless. he did enjoy carrying a fiver about in his pocket all day. heehee.
ok my one & only reader... i'm beat. worn to a frazzle, & in need of vast quantities of coffee. plus a nap. & a day of doing nothing. which we both know shall not take place, as it's sunday. what is sunday? did you also forget? it's baking day mama! whimper. nap day? think i can convince a 9yo of that weekly event in lieu of baking messy goodness? no? i thought not.
i'm off to get ready to go to the market. if we're to bake, we shall definitely need yeast. & eggs. & butter. & booze. it's sunday... go bake something too!
07 December 2007
that means the winter faire is to go on as planned!!!!!!! yay! please go if you can, & please stop by the dragonfly artisans booth. i'll be selling: market bags, patchie totes, drink slings, needle books, & dinkie gnomies. who shall be my first customer?
i am sorry i've no pictures to share today. i had to wrap elvie in oilcoth in case the roof patching didn't work (again.) the drip would have to be directly above my computer. even with the rain being vastly less than expected, i dare not remove the covering until i can be sure the threat has passed. soon. i promise!
countdown, day 6: today we will cut, & hang our solstice spirals!
review: through the day i heard, "can we make them now?" "now?" "how about now?" i eventually was able to say "yes!" which resulted in a squeal, & a huge grin from my wee boy. we hung two perfectly formed spirals (mine,) and 5 of the wonkiest ones you can imagine (his) - along with two sparkley stars just for fun. (cut an 8in circle from white sketch paper, then cut it into a spiral. pierce a hole in the center, tie on a length of fishing line, & hang it from your ceiling! a row of them is lovely.)
as much as i love spending time with you, i fear i must be off. there is much to do today, sweet reader. the next time we speak, kats in the belfry will have sailed her maiden voyage! wish me luck!
06 December 2007
as with the foulness, nothing specific happened to account for the pleasant mood. i'm just happy to be relaxed, & cheery again.
the planned nature theme for the tree went out the window, when thehobbit asked if he could pick all the decorations. it is so hard to push aside my desire to have a magazine-worthy tree, & let him have at it. now i know why my mil always had two trees: a gorgeous one in the bigroom, & a smaller one in her kitchen, covered in kid decor. here's a closeup of our little tree:
sorry if it is very blurry. my camera thinks that photos taken within 4 feet are the devil's work. can you see the pinecone lights? they are just too precious. the barn red garland is the closest i can get to what dottieangel created; as i can only do the one crochet stitch. the silver garland is from thehobbit's stash of treasures.
countdown, day 5: today we will paint pictures for our holiday cards!
review: the menfolk voted to use markers instead. painty poopers. it was a lovely, quiet way to end the day. my plan is to have the three pics scanned, shrunk, then put together to make one card. i know i'm not explaining that well. i'll post a photo once they're complete.
i'm still poking along in bizzieland. yesterday i made 8 more needlebooks; which means i'm officially out of fulled sweaters! time to scour thrift shops for more. i also completed the last of my kiddie market bags.
a rainstorm is headed our way, & may mean a postponement of the winter faire. i have mixed feelings about that - 1) i would enjoy the extra week to prepare, & b) i want it done. done! i'm aching to craft holiday prezzies.
here is the beginning of the dragonfly artisans banner. i didn't like the dragonflies that manlyman drew, so he spent the remainder of yestereve drawing more. his natural style is enlongated, with sharper edges. his work is always gorgeous, but we want our dragonflies more wispy, & flowing. there is time yet. if he gets the banner drawn today, then i can paint in the morning. so here's the background, lovingly held by thehobbit:
i hope soap & paper like it. you're seeing it before they! shhhhhhh. it hangs on a beautiful wooden dowel that has a knob at either end. there is no 'v' on the banner by the way, that's just thehobbit poking his head into the backside.
the dec/jan issue of homeschoolla.org is up, & with the cutest of patooties on the cover! the every cloud article is a repub of an article i wrote for last year's dec/jan issue. i hope you like it.
thehobbit wants me to watch how the grinch stole christmas with him. how can i resist an invitation from a handsome prince? reader... go watch a movie!
05 December 2007
i should be singing through the house; with animated forest animals following me about; happy to feel so much better. instead i sit before you in a foul, foul mood - with no explanation to be had. & so i say.... rats & fleas!
countdown, day 4: today we will light the menorah, & play dreidel!
review: thehobbit was excited all through the day at the prospect of lighting a match, & rounds of dreidel until into the wee hours of the night (also known as 7pm.) the lighting part went well... what's there not to love about starting a teeny fire when you are 9? what did not go well was that we never found his dreidel. oops. hannukah has only just begun, so hopefully we shall find it today.
& to thank you for putting up with my foul mood; here is one of my favorite recipes!
04 December 2007
rats & fleas! dear only reader... i am sick again! this is becoming a tad ridiculous! we are not amused.
in my imaginary world, coco (beautiful man who speaks only french, cooks, cleans, & wants nothing more in life but to be at my beck & call) is, at this very moment, making me a plate of poached eggies, & brewing soycreamy coffee for two.
ooh look! he swirled a heart into the foam! he's so thoughtful. ok coco dear, drink up, then go play with thehobbit whilst i nap.
speaking of hearts: did i tell you that the 1st was one of my 'versaries? saturday marked seventeen years i've been with manlyman! one day i'll tell you our story; it's very romantic. today is another 'versary. it's the day we had our wedding. we don't do much for this one to be honest. i'll spare you that story, not all that romantic. so last saturday's was our biggie, then in april we'll celebrate the 'versary of our marriage, which is our next biggie. am in confusing you? sorry if so. all of this isn't leading up to anything, i just felt like sharing.
nothing much to report from bizzieland; i sewed not a stitch yesterday. i did get the dragonfly artisans banner started, & that was fun! i always forget how much i like painting. manlyman promised to sketch the design today, so i can finish the banner tonight.
countdown, day 3: today we will buy prezzies for donating, & take them to the firehouse.
review: thehobbit had a great time searching for the perfect prezzies. i took him to michael's, because he loves crafts (& i needed to replenish supplies.) he chose three craft kits: two birdhouses, & one bulldozer. we adore these kits! they're wood, very durable once built, & fun to play with. of course i just enjoy reading the box aloud - en bois, kit de modele. ooh la la! the day got away from us, so we never did drop them at the firehouse. i am hopeful that manlyman can take them later today.
i'm off to find coco to let him know i'll be napping now. before i do, i want to show you a fabulous garland the talented dottieangel made. i want one for our little tree!
03 December 2007
elive is behaving nicely this morn. here are the latest drink slings
the brightly-colored one is a bit of fabric left from the market bags we made for the roots & shoots peace day. those sold out quickly, so hopefully there is some peace day mojo attached to the fabric.
a closer peek
the grosgrain inside the lip was an idea i had after i'd already made the first bunch. it makes getting your drink bottle in easier. i use the same color on all of them, as i do with the thread. i'm running low, so i shall have to go back (oh how sad) to the amazing ribbon store for more.
countdown, day 2: today is the day we'll bake bread & eat it! yum!
review: fun! i didn't plan very well, & found that my yeast had long since expired. did that stop us? nope...we made quick bread instead. i found some yummy scone recipes, but thehobbit chose raisin-cinnamon bread (yuck.) he & manlyman said it was delicious. thehobbit asked if every sunday can be baking day. i think that is a lovely idea.
i'd like to revamp manlyman's grandma ruby's banana bread recipe. it is so delicious, but we don't use crisco... i'm sure that is what made it taste so good. any ideas how to substitute? i am a wretched baker, so dare not try to figure that out on my own.
i just looked up to see what thehobbit was doing, & found him playing with a jar of shells. how wonderful that at 9 he still loves the simple things! i love it! my sweet little boy. arrrgh! that was a too-brief moment of quiet mama-bliss. he just asked for the laptop, so he could google how creatures poop if they live in sea shells. *deep sigh*
& on that note...
02 December 2007
*deep breath* i am sorry for the morning rant sweet & only reader of mine. i just needed a bit of a vent. on to happier december babblings.
i decobwebbed (it's a real word) the entire house yesterday. i love my blue, fluffy thingamajig for dusting. it's on a very long, telescoping handle, so i can reach up to the ceiling. why do the cellar spiders love ceilings so? & why are they not called ceiling spiders instead? i also managed to get the bigroom cleaned & organized. whew. only the rest of the house to go yet!
today is to be a day of wicked-serious sewing. i plan on taking breaks to play with thehobbit, but not as many as either of us would like. we did bring the holiday bins out last night, so he'll most likely play guitar with elvis most of the day anyway. i'm not quite ready to sew... one more cup of sweet, soycreamy, hot coffee should get me there.
countdown, day 1: today is the day we pick out our holiday tree, & start decorating!
review: it went well. thehobbit chose a lovely, little potted tree from trader joe's. it came with a string of the most adorable lights! they are shaped as little pinecones. really isn't that the sweetest? so now the theme of our tree is to be "nature."
i'm off for the final cuppa! have a lovely day, & go hunting for pinecones... real, lit, or otherwise.
30 November 2007
no photos today my one & only reader. i did try, really i did. elvie is in a mood, & will not be swayed. santa? i know i've asked for a lot, but a laptop of my very own, & a new camera would look so lovely under my tree.
bodily update: all pestilence has left the building, & my back is much better. i did a little too much yesterday though, so my back hurts more than it should. even so... it is a huge improvement from spasms, & not being able to get up & down easily. silver linings!
bizzie update: 2 more needle books, & 9 drink slings completed in the last few days. i have to cut the pieces for 16 kiddie market bags today; but before i can do that i must finish the new countdown box. can you believe that december begins tomorrow?
which brings me to... i ditched the prezzies in the box that i've always done, in favor of paper's idea. she is giving activities each day; things they can do together. i think that is just so lovely, so am stealing it. rather than list all the things planned, i will post them as we've done them.
there isn't really much else to babble on about. wednesday we went to see the reindeer at the zoo, then walked through the nearby holiday light festival. locals: if you go to the light festival, i recommend walking rather than driving through it.
time for me to put the kettle on, & snuggle with thehobbit to finish reading the borrowers. have a faboo friday!
27 November 2007
elvie is behaving today which means it's picture time! here are the first of the needle books:
2 dark grey, two patterned. all with black pages & ribbon ties. i am going to cut more covers & pages today, as that's easily done from the couch.
the latest from the farm? some creature is still digging holes in the beds, but seems to be sticking with empty areas. i find it quite annoying, but at least it's no longer digging plants out. a great thing about farming in southern california:
i've saved the best photo for last!
my stamp! isn't it the most beautiful thing you've ever seen? no picture for my logo yet. i have it in my head, but manlyman hasn't had the time to get it onto paper for me. i do love the simplicity of just the words, so am sure i'll keep using this long after i've gotten the official 'with picture' stamp.
a question dear reader: is there a television show that you just love, but know you shouldn't? do you tell your friends about it, & they look at you as if you'd gone mad? (a bit like my love of lynn kurland romance novels.) well there is such a show in my life. i am obsessed with how i met your mother. i know. i know! but it cracks me up. & now you know my shame.
i've babbled long enough. have a wonderous day... watch a show that you know you should not love!
26 November 2007
there isn't much i can do in this condition, but i managed the handwork on the first batch of needle books, & stamped (heeheehee) the tags that will tie on each bag. the rest of my day has been one of blissful leisure. minus tea & faery cakes. add to that our pestilence. & my back pain. ok minus the bliss as well. now that i think on it, manlyman did go out for treats, so perhaps a bit of bliss here & there was to be had.
look what oddsocks sent me today...
the flyer for winter faire - my first show!!! & our first show as well. this will be the maiden voyage of dragonfly artisans, the all-mama co-op soap, paper, & i created. ooh! i just realized i shall need a new outfit to mark the occasion. people don't wear their everyday clothes for grand openings, & ocean liner launches. that would be unheard of. once my back is well enough, i will head over to the thrift stores, & vintage clothing shops. something cute & funky that says 'me!'
time to say goodnight my lone reader. i cannot stay in one position too long, so it's back to my book... have you read julia butterfly hill's legacy of luna? so far it's very good. we heard her speak last year, & just fell in love. especially thehobbit... she spoke directly to his little spirit it seemed. it was that talk that made thehobbit decide he wanted to be an environmentalist (in addition to rockstar & chef.) soap was the only one of us who found the courage to go talk with her. & she didn't even faint! ;-)
25 November 2007
... in my imaginary world. (i found that photo in my clipart files. don't you love the headboard?!) in reality we'll be on the couch. it's where the television, & mortimer are; 2 things one must have when one has pestilence... & one is 9.
time for hot tea, warm blankets, & loads of snuggles. to bed! err to couch! feel free to spend the day couching & snuggling right along with us :-)
24 November 2007
so what to do next? well i could beat myself up for not having stuck to the task at hand, or i can declare next week to be autumnal deep cleaning week. i choose the later. why moan when you can put something off?
the bizzie portion of my life is going well. the stamp is ready (yay!) to be picked up, & the "stock room" is filling nicely. here's a photo taken this morning:
last night before collapsing on the couch i managed a few drink slings, cut fabric for more, & affixed ribbon closures to needle books. notice the huge stack of market bags atop the built-in!
what's on the books for today? well not autumnal deep cleaning that's for sure. today is hogwarts. it's a few hours away yet, so thehobbit's not in his uniform. in his jams still you ask? nope. this is a photo taken one hour ago:
he's not playing any specific dress-up game if you were wondering. this is just who he is when at home. he used to dress in his fancies or costumes all the time, but too many people would comment. nothing negative, he's just uber-shy, & didn't like the attention.
where has the time gone?! i've exactly one hour to get ready! yikes! do you know what my sweet-&-only reader? time with you is great fun, but my how you distract me.
22 November 2007
we're vegetarian, so no turkey. we do have loads of amazing food each year, & i thought i'd share a recipe with you today. (we had it a someone's home a few years back. i've altered it a bit, so i feel safe pretending it's my recipe.) enjoy!
21 November 2007
i hope you have a wicked thankful day my sweet reader!
19 November 2007
i had to get that in first, so i wouldn't be ending on a sad note.
minisoap's party was great fun (you outdid yourself soap!) we are recovering quietly today. no pictures. too tired to turn on elvie.
instead i thought i'd tell you five things i like.
1) victoria - it's back!!!!!!!
2) this & this - yes two things technically. don't get nit-pickedty
3) urban outfitters - the santa monica shop makes me drool
4) arthur - such a sweet movie! (despite a few 'actors' trying to ruin it via wretched perfomances) the little boy is brilliant.
5) cauliflower sammiches (see below)
18 November 2007
no, your eyes do not deceive you - half the jam is missing from the spankin' new jar. neither manlyman nor i have had any. my guess is that thehobbit had been eating spoonfuls as he made his sammiches. that is not good! the worst part is that i cannot bust him for it, because everytime i so much as think about the half-empty, spankin' new jar, i laugh hysterically! manlyman too. we are terrible parents! we find this hysterical. sigh.
here is the drink sling i made for minisoap's birthday:
thehobbit chose the fabrics. i think he did a great job.
we had a short day at hogwarts, so soap could get ready for today's birthday party. update: slytherin slime was a huge success! easy to do, & worked for all three kids. you really should give it a go (even if you don't have any shorties of your own.)
that's the new hogwarts vest. i bought a black sweater vest at a thrift shop, & painted the stripes with fabric paint. the old one was so small it was above his bellybutton! he hates parting with beloved clothing, so getting him to try the new one was difficult. he does look adorable in it.
since we had extra time after hogwarts yesterday, paper & i took the kids to jo-ann (huge sale!) i bought the stuff to make my own labels, thanks for the tutorial isew! of course i bought more than label-making stuff, but it was all on sale :-)
have a great sunday! we shall be at a harry potter birthday party, eating faery cakes, & playing gnome toss.
17 November 2007
thehobbit, hearing the word celebrate, ran to dress for the occasion. i think i have the most interesting 9yo in the history of the world. he wore: black dress slacks, gray dress shirt, metal sherrif badge, silk-covered top hat, & his black wool london fog coat. when i say fancy dress i do not exaggerate. btw...later he asked why all the grownieups were smiling at him. umm duh?
we went to my fave diner in santa monica, & sat at the counter. thehobbit thought the counter was the coolest of cool. i had a blt with vegetarian b, manlyman had a vegan wrap, & thehobbit had a small greek salad with a side of black beans & salsa (i'm tellin' ya, he's interesting.) the only downer was a mama i know (that annoys the bleep out of me) in a corner booth. happily, she never saw us. whew.
today is hogwarts. we're making slytherin slime & i thought you'd like the recipe, errrr i mean the potion.
16 November 2007
people have been writing, wanting to see pictures of me. ask & you shall receive. here i am this morning, sitting in a favorite chair by the bigroom window:
i had to crop the picture due to a lack of clothing from the waist down. not quite sure where my skirt has got to.
time to rise above the crumminess of the day, & get going. i hope everyone out there is having a lovely day. or at least has the coffee creamer of their choosing to help get them through it.
15 November 2007
yesterday was a sewing marathon. i don't think i'll do that again anytime soon. it took the joy out of the process. i shall save marathons for when they're needed, not just because i have a day free of places to be. i did get the ribbon lining into the tops of all the drink slings, & i was right to do so... they look much nicer this way.
before i got down to biz, i made myself a cover for my receipt book (yes i forgot to take pics of it.) it's made from a bit of old, taupe damask, with a buttery yellow print on the interior. the cover holds the receipt book, a pen, & has a pocket for bizzie cards. it's pretty, & will make using the receipt book less of a boring, grownie-up thing. i think it needs an applique on the front though.
i used more of the pink plaid. i have to say i'll be happy when that's all gone. i liked it when first i found it, but as time goes it seems less mid century fun and more i'm late to the pta meeting. here are two drink slings - 1 short, 1 long:
& the first of the dinky market bags! great fun to make. i tossed in a ruler so you could see just how dinky it is:
i also got started on xmas ornaments, but got bored after sewing 8. not a good sign, so i set those aside for another time. i think yesterday i just wanted to be doing something else. speaking of something else... i decided to bleach the roll of mind-numbingly fuschia grosgrain that soap lovingly donated to my cause. here is the before shot (hey! get me actually thinking about things in advance!)
yes it is a huge roll! that's why i was anxious to get it to a more 'me' shade. a bit of bright ribbon would be easy to find a use for. but that much? not even i... the creative genius that i am... could figure out what to do with a bazillion yards. so i took the rest of the bleach we used for mortimer's detox, & got to work. here is what it looked like drying on the line:
yes it is the same color in both photos. how nice of you to notice. & so you do not think i didn't use enough bleach, i shall tell you my sweet, lone reader.... that i took the ribbon out after a half an hour, & tossed in two huge lengths of heavy fabric. those did get much lighter, so we now know two things. a) i know how to use bleach, & 2) soap is league with voldemort & got the grosgrain from knockturn alley.
one more thing before i sign off: thehobbit recently discovered the andy griffith show, & is now obsessed. each night at 5pm he can be heard whistling the theme, right along with the television (then again at 530.) the last two days he's dressed up like a sheriff, & told me he asked santa for a hat like barney wears. at first i thought "barney? why on earth would he want a hat like barney, & do i need to remind him that the purple dino is forbidden in our home?" then as i was listening to him talk about it, i realized "ohhhhhh! duh. barney fife, not evil barney." holy maude this is too funny... just this very moment he rolled by on his car, & told me he was on his way to gomer's to get his brakes fixed. heeheehee! what cute kid.
happy thursday :-)