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I wish there was a shot for seasonal colds.

I’ve had a cold the past week, so that is the reason for no posting.  It is hard for me to put a sentence together when I’m not feeling well, let alone an entire post.  This morning at school drop off a friend of mine was standing not 20 feet from me waving frantically as I looked right at her.  It took me a good 2 minutes to notice she was standing there, let alone waving at me.  Bad form.  Anyway, not a whole lot to talk about because I have been mostly housebound.

I did manage to cut out my pattern pieces for this:

I am making the mini dress and I intend to wear it as a long top over pants (even though the ladies at go fug yourself really hate that look.)  The problem (already) is that I keep reading that the pattern runs really small.  This is no good, as I cut out the largest size on the pattern that I bought.  We’ll see.

I also started on a hat for DQ for the winter.  I’m knitting the Felicity hat, pictured here.  I’m knitting it in an alpaca/wool blend in purple.  Hopefully that one will fit.

Pip is planning to hack down some tree branches this weekend.  That should make for an amusing post.  Until then…


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Let this be a lesson to you

If a child in your life should ever choose Inspector Gadget as their Halloween costume GO WITH IT!  I did not.  “Why don’t you choose something else?”, I said.  “It will be so hard to find a trenchcoat in a size 5.  Let’s try something else”.  He chose a skeleton and I thought EASY!  Lucky me!  All I have to do is cut our white felt and baste it onto a black t-shirt and sweatpants.  True, but this was before I realized we have ribs…a lot of them.  The cutting out of the felt has taken a lot more time than anticipated and I still have to sew them on.  I’ll be back after the costumes are finished.  Until then, true to form for me, I’m under a deadline.

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We interrupt this vacation to bring you…

Finished Projects! 🙂

I have 2 friends that are due to have babies soon and they received these gifts from me.  The baby bootee pattern is the same one I used for these.  The pink ones have the ruffle around the cuff that is in the original pattern.  The burp-cloths are more of the same burp-cloths that there are a hundred tutorials for.  I used this one.  The pink fabric on the burp-cloths is Amy Butler fabric and the cowboy fabric I found at Hobby Lobby.  Oh, and the yard I used for the blue booties was Paton’s Grace.  The yarn for the pink was DMC Senseo.

Back to vacation posting next. 🙂

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I should be writing about our vacation, but I’m creating diversions because I know it will take me a good chunk of time.  So instead I’m showing you one of my finished Christmas gifts (yes, in September) because we decided to give homemade this year.  This one is for Gloria. 🙂

Ruby Doll

The pattern is a free download.  I needed easy and this pattern was.  I like it so much that I want one.

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Spring is here and after the long freezing winter it feels so good.

We have had a lot going on here the last month, and I simply have not had time to blog about it all.  Rather than backtrack I’m going to start afresh.  I made some Wee Bunnies for the kids’ baskets.  They are super easy and super cute, and the pattern is free, so there is no excuse.  Go make one! 

And for funsies, here is a picture of the little Easter cuties waiting for the go ahead to find their eggs.  TM is trying to give everyone an excellent view of his nasal cavities.  Hope everyone had a great Easter!

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The Halloween Post

Ahhhh…Halloween.  I remember as a kid loving Halloween so much that I would start thinking about the next year’s costume on November 1st.  Good Times.  I was reflecting on this while driving the kids to school and listening to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on the radio when the kids started fighting in the backseat.  I was looking back to tell them to can it, and didn’t notice that I had entered a school zone where a van we shall call “the devil” was parked.  The next thing I saw was a FLASH.  When I get the ticket in the mail along with my picture, I promise to post it for all to see.  Grrrrr.

Anyway, the kids had parties and a costume parade, and because TM has a huge problem with noise and crowds, I decided it would be best to stay with him and then check in on DQ after the parade.  TM was a major grump.  I tried taking his picture in his lobster costume, but he was having none of it.  He pulled his lobster eyes down so I couldn’t see his face.  It was going to be a fun afternoon.

I can’t really say I blamed him, as this was the snack at his party:

It’s kind of camoflauged, but there is a spider made out of crackers, cream cheese, pretzels and raisins.  Very cute, but not very appetizing when there is a perfectly good Tootsie Pop sitting right there in front of you.  THAT YOU AREN’T ALLOWED TO EAT!  The school has a Health and Wellness policy that bans all sugar from classroom activity, and although this sounds great in theory, try enforcing that on Halloween (a.k.a. Sugar Coma Day) in a classroom full of 4-year old’s.  They were only allowed to wrap it in tissue paper and make a ghost out of it.  Woo. 

I managed to get a picture of him before school, and one of his back during the parade. 

And DQ, sweet little DQ.  I can’t believe I actually typed that, but she was.  She was all smiles and joy during her party and parade.  She loved her healthy snacks, and gobbled them up with a smile on her face.  She fit her costume perfectly on this day.  Hmmmmm… you think it would be innappropriate to dress her as an angel every day.  Because after today, it seems perfectly logical to me.  A simple case of Cause and Effect people.

And yes, I made the costume (not the wings and halo) and I have to say it was the HUGEST stroke of luck ever.  I did not use a pattern.  I went and bought some clearance bin fabric and laid it out on the bed, put one of her dresses on top, traced around it, cut it out and sewed it together.  I almost passed out when it actually fit.  It was a Halloween miracle (if that isn’t sacrilegious).

By trick or treating time everyone was in a good mood and excited about the impending overdose of all things chocolate.  The kids were excited too. 

And yes, my kids used grocery bags to collect their candy.  I couldn’t find the plastic pumpkins they used last year.  Lost in the move I think.  Pip complained that they were too big, to which I countered, “No such thing my dear.  No such thing”.  The kids agreed with me. 

I read awhile back that when polled only 40% of parents said they stole some of their kids’ Halloween candy.  I say the other 60% are dirty rotten liars.  It makes me feel better about myself.


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Simple Shades for the Living Room

I realized I forgot to post pictures of these.  I actually did these a while ago to replace the very glamorous cotton blanket hanging in these windows.  Pip is very happy to have this replacement.  I also made a matching one for the front window, but due to mis-measuring, the wine colored strip is on the side, rather than the top.  Hee hee.

The Pattern is from Two Straight Lines Simple Blinds TutorialI became extremely irate with the whole thing when trying to turn the impossibly thin tabs, so substituted ribbon instead.  Also, I didn’t top-stitch, which I probably should have done, but since I am so highly impatient when finishing projects…well, let’s just be happy they’re done.  All in all, it is a very easy project, as I have very little sewing experience.


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