Thursday, October 29, 2009

as if I don't have anything else to do...

but I just couldn't help myself. Found this via How About Orange (there's always something good there, I swear!) Go ahead, try to resist, I dare you.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

in praise of the day-date

I'm happy to report that I did in fact get to spend a little time with my husband this past weekend without two little ones in tow. We decided to get a babysitter and leave for our adventure during the day instead of at night. I have to say, that just might be the way to go, folks. We went hiking, out for lunch, did a little snooping in some favorite antique shops. It was wonderful! By the time we got back it was time to make dinner and put the boys to bed. Thinking about it, I really can't believe we have never done that. I give that idea five stars.

In crafting news I am stitching ornaments like mad. It really feels like the holiday season is here and right now that is okay with me. Ask me again at Thanksgiving and I might feel differently. Here is my latest bit of sweetness:

I love that little rabbit and I love those colors. I do think it has a little bit more of a country western feel than I anticipated or planned but I guess that's okay. Vince's response to that was, "hey, even little cowpokes need Christmas ornaments". I guess so.

Oh, and I have completed the first of what I hope will be many handmade holiday gifts but guess what?! I can't share it because I believe the recipient stops by here every once in awhile and I don't want to spoil the surprise. That's no fun at all, I know. Oh well, what I will be revealing soon is my halloween costume endeavour!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

the big 1-0

My my my what an awful scan of one of my very favorite photos!
What can I say, I have been married so long that my wedding photos were taken on film! No really, I love that I have been married this long, especially since I picked such an excellent partner for this adventure. Vince says it was his plan all along to marry me but honestly I think we both would have been pretty shocked if we had been told back in high school that one day we would be celebrating our ten year anniversary. It's true that we are, as a lot of our friends and family tell us, very opposite people. The good girl and the bad boy, the introvert and the extrovert, I could go on and on, seriously. But we are also great compliments to one another and somehow it just works - much to our surprise and delight.
Oh, and how exactly will we be celebrating this event? Ummm...I'm not sure. Terrible, isn't it? When it became clear that we wouldn't be able to fly off to India, or Scotland, or even Minnesota for that matter, we failed to come up with a plan B. I can hear all the romantics out there gasping in horror right now. Don't worry, we'll come up with something! In the name of love and romance I swear we will come up with something!
But right now, I really need to put in another load of laundry.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

This might have been the most creative fun I had all week. We had a birthday celebration for my sister last night and I was in charge of dessert. (yea!) So I dug out my good 'ol 'Hello Cupcake' for some decorating ideas and decided on this. love that book!
Peter was able to help out with the leaves so that made it even more fun. We made them by using real leaves that we had collected, washed, and dried. Then we melted some colored candy melts and sort of 'painted' the backs of the leaves with it. Some were just solid colors but on others we swirled the colors together. They cooled in the fridge for a day or so then I peeled the candy off the leaves and that's it. I did lose quite a few leaves in the peeling process though so I am glad we made a LOT. The acorns are just carmels that have been rolled into an egg shape then dipped in chocolate and chocolate sprinkles. Really easy, really fun.
In other creative news Peter's Halloween costume is going surprisingly well I'm happy to report. Oh I hope I didn't just jinx myself. I don't have any photos to post yet so I'll try to take some this weekend. Plus, the forecast is calling for sunshine - hooray! I think it's been over a week since we have seen the sun and it's making everyone grouchy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

the first flakes have officially flown

I truly love snowflakes (they are right up there with trees in my book). I can, however, wait until oh, I don't know, December perhaps, to see them in my yard. Yes, it's true, it did actually snow here this past weekend if you can believe that. I should have taken a photo as proof but I was too busy pouting about it and keeping an eye on Peter who was, get this, sledding. sigh.
I just prefer to have fall before Winter is all, that's not too much to ask is it? I was sport enough to dig out "Wonderful White World of Winter" by Bing Crosby and play it loudly as is the tradition in our home whenever the first snow of the season falls. See, I can be a big girl when I need to be.
In the end, the day turned out quite well and I was able to attend Craft Night with some other Omaha Etsy Street Team members. I got some stitching done AND met some wonderful women as well (like this one and this one and this one) - yea! Go ahead, click the links and see just a small sample of the amazing talent right here in Omaha, I promise you will be impressed.
I also just finished up a little pattern set (pictured above). I have another one I was hoping to have complete by now too. This pattern contains some text and I realized as I was almost done stitching my sample that there is a spelling error in it!!! ACK! I cannot believe I did that (wait, yes I can) but luckily it will be an easy correction. I sort of feel like I need some space from that project for a few days though, do you ever feel that way? Besides, I have plenty of other things to keep me busy like the Halloween costume fiasco I'm right in the middle of right now. I'll save that for another post :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

i'm not the only one around here with WIPs

Oh yeah, um, have I mentioned this?
It doesn't look like much now but we are all hoping this room will save all of our sanity - crossing fingers folks! It was never really finished and always seemed like the previous owner threw paneling up in some attic space and called it a bedroom right before he put it on the market. For a while it was my studio but that didn't last long. Two kids later we decided to tear into it and make it a real room for the boys. Once that is done we will have a nice room for the little ones and their current rooms can be converted into an office-y guest room-y type place and... a studio for me. I cannot express in words how happy that would make me. Everyone is so tired of my stuff taking over the rest of the house anyway so we will all be thrilled to see it find a home. As you can tell we (and by 'we' I really mean Vince) have a LONG way to go.

Besides sharing that little project I'm also sharing some recent loves today. 1) these fantastic stamps commemorating the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:
I love the illustration, the colors, and the parade itself as a matter of fact. They look gorgeous on colored envelopes too - like, ANY color, it's amazing, they have this bizarre super matching power.
and 2) This book:

Printing By Hand by Lena Corwin. Oh my how I would love to try every project in this book. The only thing that intimidates me a little about printing on fabric is the cruel unforgiving nature of it. I can always tear out stitches when I sew or embroider, or erase pencil lines when I draw. But if you screw up your print on fabric - it's back to square one. If I can get over that I think I can have some real fun.
What scary projects are you taking on these days?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Off they go

Eventually I did finish these Zinnias for my friend's birthday. I am pretty happy with how they turned out but I am a little unsure about that blanket stitch around the leaves.
I do really love a nice blanket stitch but I'm not 100% sure it really works here. These will most likely be my last blossoms for the year as it seems more appropriate to stitch leaves and snowflakes right now. I am working on some patterns right now which is always an extremely long but oh so enjoyable process for me. One of them will be the free pattern I promised in September (oops).
Oh, and who is sewing up a costume (or costumes) for wee trick or treaters this month?? I'm still debating on that one but my guess is that costume making will be penciled in on the "to-make" list very soon.
Hoping to be back later today for the last instalment of the Autumn Colors photo week!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Autumn Colors Week: Brown

Dear trusty, comfy, cute sandals,
I promise not to let you go until the first flakes fly.