Tuesday, March 29, 2011

tag-up tuesday

a new banner. (ta da!)
That's this week's contribution to tag-up Tuesday.
I've been meaning to do some sprucing up around here. A new banner seemed like a good place to start and it meant more fun on Picnik. can't resist! (the banner is going to get more work than this. I'm not totally happy with the black bars...)

There's not been much sewing accomplished around here of late. We've just been toooo busy with the kids and parties and family functions.

Have you seen the Mug Rug Madness going on around the blogsphere? so cool and such a fun way to practice and learn some new quilting techniques! Seems to me we have two more seconds to thank for all this lovely creativity. Check out the Flickr pool here. lotsa eye candy for you!

(Whatsa mug rug? quite simply a super-mini quilt but over-sized coaster and landing place for your water glass/coffee cup/chillin' iced tea/etc and treat (optional, of course but we all do deserve a little treat once in a while) throughout the day. Just some prettiness for your kitchen counter, table, desk or where ever you hang out all day.)

So this week we'll get Spring Break behind us and return to our 'normal routine'. And all of you with small children or any aged children know what 'normal routine' refers to. Ha, Ha!

Have a great week -- tag-up and get something done! (maybe sew a mug rug!)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

it's a picnik

I love taking photos of my little ones. and I love having fun with those photos on Picnik! If you've not tried Picnik yet, please do. It is nothing more than an online tool to edit and enhance your own photos. No downloads and no membership/registration is required but it is awfully handy having your projects saved for another bout of photo editing fun. Free registration allows you to save projects and your previous five photo uploads. Here's some Picnik fun!

You could just add some text to a pic like this:



or make a collage like this:



and Picnik even allows you to fix blemishes like the candle soot on Mike's nose from my birthday festivities:



after the blemish fix (click on the 'touch-ups' tab):



There are frames to add, effects to add, text (and lotsa fonts to choose from peoples), and more! Picnik may be used to print photos as well as share online and they are not paying me for all this praise! So go, grab some photos, have some fun, save them, share them and go print them with Picnik or your usual photo printing service and Have Fun!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

tag-up tuesday

just... barely... squeezing... in... a... blog... post...
as I wait for the washer to finish a load of wash before I go to bed.

And it's Tuesday so we're tagging up, and what have I accomplished?

Baby Stacks have finally made it into the shop -- take a peek here to see everything included in the stacks.


The Home Organization Journal/Centre is complete. complete without a photo. that's crappy. I'll have to snap one in the daylight for you all to see next week!

Some home reorganizing and decorating. I know, I know! not on the list. but we're having some fun with it! Our current projects are the front entrance and living room. More paint was purchased today, a new doorbell was installed yesterday and a beautiful plank chosen for a bench project and you'll get to see the creation process of that bench. I promise! The living room has a new furniture arrangement, new pillows fluffed and placed, art rearranged, new art purchased (I just sent him in to the store to look at what I had been thinking would be nice in the room and Mike came out of the store with two pieces and sent me in to look at another. Yes, I walked out with that one too.), a new beautiful yellow end table with very useful drawers and a coffee table project -- also for you to see! You will have to wait for warmer weather for these two projects though. We need to do some of it outside. (c'mon snow! melt, melt, melt!)



Probably the most wonderful accomplishment: Logan is potty trained. : ) smiles all around! He's done great!



New projects and projects still on the go:
-some stacks of fabric have been set aside for carseat/stroller quilts.
-there's a stack of little bags like these that need a bit more assembling before going in the shop.



-there's a large piece of jersey fabric that came home with me the other day to experiment with for a really fun and cute item for all the women out there!

That's all I've got other than doing the laundry, washing floors, making beds, taking care of my little family, birthday parties, play dates etc. etc...

Okay! tag up and go! and get something done!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

tag-up tuesday... on thursday

How many Tuesday's have I missed? ha! It must mean I've been really, really busy and I wish I could say I've been busy with sewing. mmmmm-mn. no, not especially but I do have a couple items to show you even though a project/gift or two flew out the door without having their photo taken. (gasp!)

On to it then...



a fun little tee for our nephew who celebrated his first birthday.
(Yes, his dad's name is Richard. but more importantly, his dad's 'hockey name' is Dick.)
just some fun with a bit of 'Dick & Jane' fabric I've had sitting on the shelf for a while.



a stack of flannel-backed wash cloths and flannel burpies to gift



and that week-long visit from Gramma (my mom) when by in a flash! We were busy, busy -- the kind of week/visit that leaves you so completely exhausted at the end of each day that you fall into bed or 'lose the battle' on the couch. Kinda like this:



Do you think we could get Logan real eyeglasses like that? He insisted on wearing the glasses from his doctor kit even though he was too tired to keep his eyes open.
(Mike is faking sleep for the photo. or is that completely obvious?)



I had to show you that this is starting already.
See Carter? He's inside his and Logan's 'trailer'. They are playing 'camping' -- this is when a fort is constructed around the Little Tikes kitchen and the play table Mike built for them. Paityn knows the boys are inside and she wants IN! but they have placed sufficient barricades around the entrance to keep her out. Oh, was she mad!



but some time with Logan later on, made up for it.
She so loves her brothers and they love her just as much!



and my dear little Miss P, bless her heart! She's changing her napping schedule from two shorts to ONE LOOOOOONG! and it falls just perfectly after lunch when her brothers have their best, most intense, absolutely independent play time which means mom gets to get some things done. ahem. sew. (yeah!) I got in nearly two hours of sewing yesterday. yuh-huh! one more hour and I'll have something new to show you!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

24 candles

I am another year older and I am blessed.
look at the wonderful day my family gave me yesterday.



no children were hurt in that morning 'Happy Birthday' hug!
strawberry cupcakes made by the boys with my Mom with strawberry puree in the icing.
oh yes, they did taste like strawberry icecream!




hand made birthday cards from my kiddos -- to cherish always.



a chocolate cake with beautiful tall candles and a nice looking man to light them for me.
this is when I say, "You're only as old as there are candles on your cake".

and since there are only 24 candles in a package... we get to stay in our 20's forever!



our little family.

(yes, he does have candle soot on his nose but that's just the kind of joker he is.)

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