Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Quilt Square

phew.  Another one done for the quilting bee.  Now off in the mail to live out its destiny in a little girl's quilt.  Thought the fabric for this one was especially cute.  As you can see, I'm not so good at sewing straight lines.  That will come in time, I suppose.  Or maybe it never will.  That's kind of my personality, I guess:)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Repurposing a Ruined Sweater

I have a bad habit of drinking coffee whilst lounging on the couch. VERY bad habit.  But I just love to do it.  And the other day I was reminded, yet again, why this is such a terrible idea when Sam was banging about and accidentally banged his head into the bottom of my cup.  Nothing like scalding coffee to wake you up in the morning (thankfully none got on him).  After a quick change into outfit number two for the day I raced to the washing machine to soak and spray my lovely cream cashmere sweater in a vain effort to try and save it.  No such luck.  I suppose if I'd been the one to switch it to the dryer, I would have stained sticked it again but I wasn't.  Not that I'm complaining that my husband does laundry- not one bit.  But I wish I would have been home when it was switched.  Anywho, that's neither here nor there.  The point is, I can't wear the sweater anymore.  I tossed it before Jason said, "there's got to be something you can do with cashmere."  And, he was right.  I immediately remembered the picture above that I found on pinterest.  My dear Watson!

A 20 minute project, at most.  I was planning to buy some, but now I don't have to.  One less thing consumed, and 10 fewer dollars spent.  I feel kind of good about that.  Have you all ever found a new purpose for any of your old sweaters?  I'd love to hear about it.

Here's another one I found that kind of made me smile:

I love when things work out.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone! What are you up to?  We'll be busy with friends and birthdays and getting ready for Thanksgiving.  That reminds me, probably no posts next week due to the holiday.  Wishing you a great one. I for one am very thankful for you and for this blog and for life and happiness!  I could go on. 


Monday, November 14, 2011

Women, Be Good to Other Women.

The other day the three of us were driving home from being somewhere (gee. imagine that).  We were kind of quiet, enjoying each other's company in a low key way- offering a silly observation here or there but mostly just taking in the world passing by. I think Sam may have been asleep and I happened to be devouring a box of nerds, one palmfull at a time.  I'm sure it was a beautiful sight to behold.  I offered Jason his own box of nerds, because, well, I'm awesome and generous.  And he politely declined, stating that he doesn't care for nerds.  and I said "Really?  I thought you'd love them since you happen to be one."  and he replied "Exactly.  Why would I eat my brothers?"   and he smiled.  And I laughed, and laughed in a quiet way.  So funny he is.  Its funny because its true.  Nerds shouldn't eat other nerds.

And you're wondering what I'm on.  Nothing.  But I had to share:)  Its been on my mind, ever since.

Its a good motto to live by, I think- in a metaphorical sense- that perhaps we should be careful not to "devour" our own with judgment, criticism, hatred even though sometimes it makes us feel better to do so (wow.  it suddenly got serious in here).  Thinking about this reminds me of when I was a girl traveling the high school hallways feeling insecure and lonely- I remember that feeling of connection I felt with girls in bashing other girls.  Don't get me wrong, I wasn't the worst of them, but I had my moments when finding someone who shared a common hatred of another girl felt so, so good.  I can remember it, really.  Almost like relief.  Instantly, I felt justified in my hatred and bonded in our shared emotion.  Why?  Why are women like this?  It's not the same, now that I'm an adult, but I do still see traces of this behavior in me; in others.  Women are the harshest on other women.  Its as simple as that.  I guess its competition and self preservation and maybe it all stems from insecurity.  But why are we so insecure?  Maybe if we stopped judging ourselves so harshly we'd be able to stop judging others, too?  Maybe if we forgave the things we hate about ourselves we wouldn't have to hate it in others?  Or worse yet, envy those who, in our perception, don't share our faults. 

The truth is, women in general are caring, loving, earnest creatures who are unique in their ability and desire to nurture. That is something to value and treasure.  I've found that when I begin female interactions with this assumption, I'm not so quick to judge harshly, and I might instead be willing to forgive small things, give her the benefit of the doubt, accept her for who she is. I've even learned to enjoy women I would've otherwise despised.   That feels a little like relief, too. 

Now, lets all hold hands and sing cum-by-ya:)  But really, we should love each other, don't you think? 


Friday, November 11, 2011

Pics and Stuff

Because my son WILL NOT fall asleep, I'm going to give you the link to my Flikr page to see the pics of his second birthday.  Unfortunately my camera ran out of batteries half way through- wah, wah!- so I didn't get things like the first bike ride, the cake, the way he played and played with his trains until it seemed he might fall asleep right there, on top of the track.  I'd say it was a success.  It was a beautiful day, nice enough to eat outside, and the boys played like animals. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Almost forgot: Samapalooza (My flikr page)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Just Kidding about the Craft Show

Hello everyone!  So I have some slightly embarrassing news to share.  I've decided to back out of the upcoming craft show.  It kind of breaks my heart to tell you this.  I know you don't care, but I do.  I feel like I'm taking the easy way out, backing down from adversity, being a chump.  But the truth its, I'm not ready and I'm scared.  So, is it better to be head strong and carry on when I'm pretty sure I'm setting myself up for failure? And to spend even more money I don't have, trying to beef up my inventory? Or is it better to bow out gracefully and breathe a sigh of relief?  I'm hoping the second, even though I feel like it may be the first. Miss unreliable strikes again! 

Anywho.  Rather than dwell on the negative, I'm going to focus on the fact that I have a few very nice gifts made for Christmas this year. ALREADY!  Yea for me.  And I now have a lot of time to read, blog, not barf from nerves.  Life is good. 

Goal for the future:  Don't try and push myself into things by making asinine leaps.  Na ah.  Not anymore!  Oh, and write more.  Its free:) 

Thanks guys, for dropping by.  I'll be back with Sam's party highlights tomorrow:)  Aren't you happy to have me back?  I'm sure glad to be here.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Holiday Craft Show Prep and Turning Two

A little sneak peak at the work going on in preparation for the holiday craft show at the Beavercreek Golf Club.  Ahem.  There's a flyer to the right, if you're interested in the details.  No pressure:)

What do you guys like to see at a holiday fair? Or any craft show for that matter?  I guess I think Cute and inexpensive trinkets seem like they would be successful.  What do you think? 

Guess who's turning two this weekend?
Not my kitchen.
Not my cat.
Not my blog.


Will share photos next week of the big day.  Got his gift today, right in front of him but I don't think he even noticed.  There was a McDonalds selling "cheek-in" within eye sight.  Phew!  It will still be a surprise! (No, I'm not telling.  You'll have to wait for the pictures:)

Funny things he's doing these days:
Where'd it go? about EVERYTHING we pass on the road.
Puzzles.  He's so proud when he finishes one.
Jumping from here to there (who needs to walk anyway?).
I want porn (corn you pervs)
Helps me carry the big boxes of diapers into the house, rake the leaves, arrange things, clean... he has a good heart, this one.
Brings me flowers (with a little guidance from others)
says I love you

Funny, but not so good, things he's doing these days:
eating cat food.
picking his nose.
kicking and screaming.
opening the bathroom door while occupied.
asking for anything and everything he can think of.

Kind of both
Wants to go on a walk in the trees- ALL THE TIME
Wants to "ride on a tractor"- ALL THE TIME
Wants to watch "trucks"- ALL THE TIME
Happy Wednesday to you all!  I'll be back again this week, I hope.



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