Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It's all fun and games until you get a saucer sled to the nose...

This is what happens when your nose challenges a saucer sled. The saucer sled wins. Stinking icy snow.... He still had fun.

Note the red spot left of center on the bridge of his nose &
the bruise just above that next to the his right, your left, eye.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

No Lions, No Tigers, Just Bears...Oh My!

Got a sewing book from hubs for Christmas. I love it! Made a bear for someone's birthday coming up. I may have procrastinated Christmas gifts but I rock at early birthday gifts! (Except for my sister-in-law, her's is tomorrow and I haven't started it yet.....it might be late, sorry.)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Whole Family

Here we are in all our glory. Christmas day at my brother-in-laws house. Weather was horrible. We were so worried about the drive, we forgot to bring the pies and cookies. Whoops! We told them we'd need to get together next week for an evening of desserts and frivolities. Here's to hoping you and your families had a wonderful Christmas. Now on to New Years!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Baby Bag for a Friend

I promised my friend Tana that I'd make her a bag for her baby. This was her 3rd child but her 1st girl & she desperately needed to add pink into her life. Segway to the Professional Tote.

So far, this is the 2nd one I've made and I totally love it. I'm thinking I'll need to make a few more. Definitely a 2 day job (unless you like spending an entire day in your sewing room, then it's just a 1 day job).

Felted Clogs

Whipped up these babies for my niece. Broke my felting needles 1/2 way through & had to make a run to the craft store for replacements. The best part was the needle felting. It's a new thing I tried. I'm thinking I'm going to need to do this again!

Pattern: Fiber Trends Felted Clogs
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool & Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool
Needle size: 13
Additional material: felting needles and mat

Bella isn't Just a Name...

It's a mitten too! Finished making my mittens but only took a picture of one. I have been wearing them and am loving how warm and comfy they are. Definitely something I would make for mitten lovers. Very quick to knit up. I don't remember the last time I loved a finished project so much (that's saying something)!

Pattern: Bella's Mittens
Yarn: Cascade 220, 2 hanks
Needle: size 8 double pointed & one cable needle

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Easy way to ice your holiday cookies

We had hubs brother and his family over for dinner last night. Hubs spent all day yesterday making cookies (he likes doing that stuff). We decided to set them outside on the deck next to the house while we were baking so the chocolate bits wouldn't melt and they'd be out of the way.

Fast forward to this morning. We are sitting in the living room, reading the paper, admiring the rain and the ice that's forming a crust over everything. Then we remember about the cookies...

Voila! Iced cookies!

Friday, December 18, 2009

I smell bacon

Because I am just that mature. Need I say more?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gotta Love the Muppets

The ma num a num guy is in this! Also, at the 2:40 mark, I cracked up. Love the Swedish Chef!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sadly it will never be Jim.

Dear Jim,

I know when you finally decided to come to Lincoln to enlighten us with your wit and charm you will inquire about me. I will gladly meet you, shake your hand, laugh at your jokes. I can't deny that you're a funny guy. However, when you fall to your knees and beg to be my devoted butler, commenting on my whit, charm, hair, and ignoring that I've put off waxing my eyebrows (again) I will have to say, "Nay, Jim.....nay!"

You will undoubtedly throw yourself to the ground sobbing and wailing, "Why dear Seesaw, why?!?"

I will remind you of this:

Don't mess with my hobby pal!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Halloween 2009

Below is a brief photo montage of what Halloween was like at my house.

The little guy's pumpkin. He designed it and carved it this year (with supervision). One of the teeth sacrificed itself during the carving process. The little guy said, "I wish it had 2 teeth. It probably would have been scarier with 2 teeth." Ummmmm, ok......

My pumpkin. If you know me, you'd understand. I don't do scary....

Hubs pumpkin. The little guy helped him pick out a design. Very nice!

Hubs preparing to go out at night. The glow stick is for safety. Do you think it's in a prominent enough position?

So nice I didn't even need boots!

I have two of the cutest guys in town! I'm not even sad one is a zombie.

Check out my his haul so far.

Met up with the little guy's buddy that lives across the street. Halloween is a lot more fun with a friend to get scared with!

I'm playing the part of the girl that manages to fall down 50 yards ahead of the zombies and still doesn't possess the skills to get up and run away....

More convincing when he puts his mask down. Wouldn't you agree?

Fun guy that performed a magic show for the kids after giving them candy. Too bad he ruined it by putting a business card in their Halloween bags.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Busy Afternoon

I had a busy afternoon. Sorry about the poor quality of the photo, took it with my phone. Fun and easy to make! Thanks for the hair band idea JK!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Do I really look like that?

I am beginning this post by showing you what I really look like. Pay no attention to my son. He's sporting the "what's that smell" look. There was no smell, it was windy and he was chatty. We caught him in mid chat.

I wore a 'costume' at the Trunk or Treat event at my school. I'm not one for dressing up in an entire get up. I spent most of my creative energy on the car (which wasn't that much). So, when the little guy and I went to the grocery store a couple of days before the event, I picked up some goofy glasses and teeth to throw on. So long as I didn't need to put on gloppy makeup, I was happy.....until I saw a photo of myself.

Stop taking that drink before you see this.


I wondered why my adult friends were laughing SO HARD! A couple of them said they wouldn't have know it was me if they hadn't seen me put the getup on. I'm thinking that's a good thing.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Trunk or Treat

Guess who won for "Most Creative" at this evening's Trunk or Treat? My kindergarten kiddos loved it! It was totally worth freezing my feet, fingers, and part of my tush off. Now how will I top myself next year?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

What do you do with 20 lbs of apples?

Can them! I'm sterilizing the jars right now. Then, look out. (pictures to come when finished).

Friday, October 09, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

A Picture Journal of the State Fair

Our day at the fair....

We started of by waiting over an hour in line.

What could be so important you ask?
It was worth it.

We followed it up with foods we've never tried. Since this is the last year for the state fair to be located in our beautiful city, we felt it was justified.

Then we got down to business looking at the animals, riding the rides, and having lots of fun.

Ending the day with a traditional funnel cake. Great day with my two favorite guys.

Sunday, October 04, 2009


Our therapy dog at school passed away last year. His ‘mom’ Susie asked me if I could do anything with the hair they shaved off of him prior to his amputation (and passing).

This is one of the projects I made for her hubs.

I used Mountain color top for the base mat and, after washing/carding the dog hair, I replicated his footprint using a felting pen.

The dog hair was washed in a salad spinner. I used a drop of Dawn dish washing detergent to get the oogies out. Then I gave it 2 more cold water washes to get the remaining dirt out.

I combed it with some combing cards I picked up last year.

This was my first needle felting project. It was pretty quick to do. I left the footprint fuzzy on purpose as Zeke was a very hairy Golden Retriever.

I mounted it in a shadow box.

I hope they like it.

Project needs:
Needle felting mat: size large
Pen style needle felting tool: for small projects, holds 3 needles max.
Red top: I used some Mountain Colors that I picked up on vacation.
Dog hair: Zeke was a Golden Retriever. His leg was amputated months prior to his passing. At that time, Susie collected some of his hair based on a conversation we had MONTHS prior to knowing Zeke was even sick.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Another Chair

On the way home from the little guy's soccer game, I realized it was garage sale weekend in my neighborhood. We've been looking for a chair to go with the kid's loft bed and I stumbled upon something I couldn't pass up! I don't think the people who sold it knew what they had or they would have asked WAYYYYYYY more for it.

It's new home.