Friday, December 16, 2011


Her daddy's nickname for her is Trouble and for good reason.


Because the honey I found spilled all over the floor Sunday morning...


...and the "you know what" smeared all down the hallway to the bathroom on Wednesday night obviously wasn't enough trouble for this week.


I found her like this today when I heard her crying in her room while I was trying to get lunch on the table.
And what you can't see is the yellow puddle in the top draw that drenched all of her clean undies and pjs.
Don't ask, because honestly, I do not know how????
or more importantly, why?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

12 Days of Christmas

This year we are doing things a little differently to countdown to Christmas. I actually allowed myself time to bask in the tryptophan glow after Thanksgiving for a few days and wasn't in a big rush to pull out the tree or start any of our holiday festivities. For some reason, planning and implementing 25 different activities just seemed too much this year.


Instead, we are celebrating 12 days of Christmas. Our little envelopes are clipped to a ribbon on the fridge and each morning the girls get to open that day's number. We started on Monday and are currently on day 4.


So far, we've made donuts for a fireside picnic after dinner one evening.



Just make a hole in a biscuit (pre-made from a can thank you very much)


Fry those suckers up. Roll in sugar and they are finger-licking good.


Your children will think you are the smartest rock star there ever was.


We've worked on a special birthday/Christmas package for Pandimeena, including one very detailed picture drawn by Anna Cate and her favorite set of paper dolls.



8 little gingerbread houses were meticulously made and decorated by 8 very special little friends.






Which brings us to today, which was salt dough ornaments, of which I have no pictures uploaded yet. More festivities to soon follow...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Aprons for Sale!

These aprons are the last of the goodies I brought home from last week's market.
If you are interested in purchasing one, please e-mail me:

Ruffle Apron 1
(Brown & Aqua)

Ruffle Apron 2
(Red apples)

Ruffle Apron 3
(Pink & Brown)


Towel Apron 1
(Green apples)

Towel Apron 2
(Pink apples)

Towel Apron 3
(Pink Strawberry)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Market Recap and Last Minute Gift Ideas

Let's talk shop for a minute, shall we? The holiday market last week was fun. It was the first time I've been back to the high school since graduation (almost 12...what??...years ago) other than to visit my mom's classroom. After setting up my table, I snuck away to the ladies room before the shoppers started shopping and as luck would have it, I was in the hallway right when classes were dismissed for the day.


It was surreal I tell ya! All I can say it I would be eaten ALIVE if I was in high school today. My how times have changed. And let me tell you how we also walked to school in the snow, uphill both ways. My don't I sound old?

But really, the clothes (how scandalous!) the technology (everybody is walking around with an ipad or texting on an iphone) the size of these students (I don't remember everybody being such giants!) What are they feeding these kids today?
Oddest of all was sitting there in the bathroom stall over hearing a conversation, only to realize 5 seconds later that it was in SPANISH.

And I'm not talking about, "Hey let's practice what we learned today in Miss Enzastigas class." goofing off. I'm talking, "we aren't from your country and don't want to speak your language if we don't have to" spanish. In a class of 500, I only remember one hispanic student who could fluently speak the language when we were there. Or maybe I just lived under a big rock. I sat there, mouth gaping, trying to decide if I was more shocked to be hearing a spanish conversation between two teen girls at the high school or because I actually understood the conversation (and that it took me a second to realize it wasn't English). I know Spanish was my major, so I guess I should be able to understand it ;) but it has been 8 years since I've been immersed and had any sort of practice at all.

The entire experience was just surreal.
But back to the market.


The dolls were a big hit. I had already sold half of them before I even made it to the market that afternoon after showing pictures on the blog!
I'm already planning on whipping up another batch in time for Valentine's day. So many of you have e-mailed about ordering one that I'm planning on having more available soon. Just probably not before Christmas. bummer. So if you are interested, stay tuned because I'll announce it before I stock the shop so you can be ready if you want one because they go fast!


Will so wisely suggested that I make some sort of business card for the sewing classes to take with me, smart cookie that he is. And I'm glad I listened because I handed out quite a few of these as well.

I have a few aprons and zippered pouches left that I hope to post on here tomorrow in case any of you are interested in gifting them to somebody for the holidays. Everything else either sold that day or have been spoken for since. Yay!

And speaking of gifts for the holidays, I have two quick and easy tutorials to share with you in case you are still looking for something to give the ladies in your life this holiday season. :)

I will warn you now, if you are on my Christmas list, you need to look away.
resist the temptation to peek and just close your browser window now
do it right now or start practicing acting surprised when you open your gift from me in a few weeks

Ok, so the first idea is a jersey infinity scarf.


My sister was over here on Sunday taking pictures for a top secret project she has been working on that I hope to share with you all soon. While she was here, I snagged her "prop" to show you how cute this scarf is. And you won't believe how unbelievably easy they are to make.

Go to Joanns or Hobby Lobby, armed with one of their weekly 40% off coupons, and buy 2 1/4 (as in 2.25) yards of jersey in whatever color strikes your fancy. You will also want to buy thread that matches your fabric.

Once you get back home, cut your fabric into three long strips, roughly 15" x 80." Match the two ends that are 15" together and sew a french seam. If you don't know what a french seam is, just check out this tutorial.

Seriously, they take all of 2 minutes to do. I took pictures to type out a tutorial myself, but this one says exactly what I was going to say, so just follow hers instead. Why reinvent the wheel?

In the time it takes you to cut three strips of fabric and then sew 3 french seams, you will have three darling jersey infinity scarves to give to three of the ladies on your list. (Or two if you end up keeping one of these scarves for yourself.)


Ok, next gift idea is for those of you who don't sew, or for those of you who need an inexpensive idea because you are buying for a lot of ladies. How about a pair of these cute rose earrings?


On your next trip to Michael's, pick up the following:


A pack of earring studs and backs, a strong adhesive, one piece of cute card stock (cut into smaller pieces) and some of these rose cabochons.


They come in a package like this, except the colors aren't mixed. They are either all blue, or pink, or green, etc. I had already used half of both packages and combined them for the picture.

They come in lots of fun colors! And at $3.99 for a pack of 16, you can't help but pick up several different colors. You can also find them on etsy, which is what I originally did for the first ones I made. But then a smart friend found some at Michael's, so now we know you can buy them at your local craft store!

Now, I'm not sure if you can all handle the level of skill that is required to make these cuties.
Are you ready?


Just glue the earring backs to the back of the rose and let them dry for at least 24 hours.


Use a straight pin or needle to punch tiny holes in your cardstock where you want the earrings placed, and then secure your earrings to the card with the little metal backs.
Perfect as teacher gifts, high school girlfriends who have about 10 different people to buy for, the girls on your dorm hall, or stay-at-home mommies who want to look cute in their jeans and t-shirts!

Fun, cute, and most importantly, easy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

See, I told ya

When I checked my inbox yesterday afternoon, I had six e-mails about details for the holiday market.
Do you seen what I mean?
Coffee makes me spastic!
Just like me to tell you about the market, but not let you know where and when! I also may or may not have put a batch of brownies in the oven without turning it on this morning or run a load of water (just water!) in my washing machine last night.

The market will be held from 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 8th
at Lexington High School
in the "Learning Commons"
(which was known as the LIBRARY back in the day for all of you old-school LHSers like myself)


And yes I will have dolls!
There have been several inquires into if there will be some dolls for sell and the answer is a resounding YES!


dolls, aprons, earrings, covered notebooks, kindle covers,
more aprons, and tea towels!


This is what I made for Anna Cate's teacher gifts and they really are cute. I did go a little overboard with them though and have way more tea towels than anything else.


This is my first time at this market and I have no idea what to expect! I do know Meg will also be there with some cute goodies, and as she put it yesterday:

I really didn't know (and still don't) whatI was getting into when signing up for a craftfair that was 2 weeks away.

(you and me both girl!)

But if you are local, please stop by to say hi and do some holiday shopping!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hi and Bye!

Just popping in to say Season's Greetings! December is here and we are in full swing with all of our advent activities! No time to write much, but just want to share what all we've been up to.

Aunt D's brought us some cute t-shirts she made thanks to a little inspiration from Pinterest and we looooove them.

We decorated our tree on Friday and this was about the only picture I snapped.


I was having too much fun dancing around the den to a little Kenny & Dolly while we decorated the tree. My sisters and I listened to this music every year at Christmas growing up and I love it. It is so horribly bad and red that I can't believe I'm admitting this here, but I do! And even though he picks on me, Will has let make it part of our family's tradition to listen it to it while we decorate our tree. But don't let him fool you, he is there singing right along to all the words.
(DD & C: do you see this? do you see this?? This is going on the tree.)
I miss decorating the tree with you both each year!


That night we camped out in front of the tree while we watched White Christmas. This was the girls' first time watching it and they loved it almost as much as I thought they would. All the dancing and costumes...they were both mesmerized.

Anna Cate told me this was her favorite part of the movie. She loved Judy's pink dress and the way it twirled when she too sweet too!

Any free time we have, I have been here. Sewing ruffles. Lots and lots of ruffles.

And getting ready for a holiday market at LHS on Thursday afternoon.

There are doll parts scattered all over the house.

Anna Cate helped me stuff arms on Saturday afternoon during her nap time. We stuffed and chatted about what she is planning on getting Caroline for Christmas.

and I've been appliquéing some tea towels...

...more tea towels...

...oh, and did I mention tea towels?

All of this sewing brought to you by
I'm lovin it.
no really, I am.
Until this past week I think I've had a total of 3 cups of coffee in my life. I can't drink it because I feel too spastic and jittery. But this week the Peppermint Mocha has been a life saver and has kept me up waaay too long past my bedtime.

I'm hoping it will all be worth it in the end. Anna Cate has been helping me get things ready and is going to be with me on Thursday at our table. It is so important that the girls understand why we celebrate Christmas. That it isn't about Santa, the gifts, the lights, or the holiday songs, but about the gift that has already been given to us.

That is why we celebrate and we want them to focus on that for the holidays. Loving and sharing this gift with others.

The four of us each get to grant a Christmas wish for somebody else and Anna Cate is finally old enough to get it this year. :)
She looked through the Compassion catalog that arrived in November and informed us that she wants to give a pig to Pandimeena this year for Christmas.

I have tried to explain to her that we don't get to choose who the pig goes to, but I don't think she "hears" me when I tell her. So she has been diligently trying to help me get ready for the holiday market to raise enough money for a pig or two.

And you may wonder how on earth I can get sewing done with two littles running around the house?

they have been content playing dress up all. day. long.
about every 20 minutes we have a costume change, and yes, it does look like a bomb went off in the back of the house.

whoa! that is one deranged looking Cinderella!


I'll give you one guess as to who you think is a total handfull...


Caroline says "I have no idea?"
But I bet you need just one guess.


don't her eyes tell it all!

ok, back to the sewing machine. Be back soon with more holiday highlights!