Tuesday, August 30, 2011

getting personal

Guess what? More ornaments. I just have two to share today. These were both designs that are meant to be personalized. The sweet little angel makes me wish I had a little girl to stitch for and the trike makes me giddy that I have a boy so I suppose it all worked out.
The streamers on the trike were an afterthought but now I think they are my favorite part. And the grown-up bike lover in the house (i.e. Vince) thinks it's pretty cool too. So, we've got something new to hang on our very own tree this year.

I will probably have to come up with one for Peter just to even things out. What do you think...a ninja or a yu-gi-oh monster?? Hmmm...tough call. I'm joking of course - I can respect the things he is into right now but they are not going to make it onto the family Christmas tree. Sorry Peter!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

preschool preoccupations

I've got not one, but TWO fun little projects from this Summer to share. They were both geared toward the younger set since I have a three (almost four) year old in the house who often needs a diversion. Before you get too excited I'll warn you that I only have one of the two projects ready today - I'm working on the other. Also, I admit, I did not come up with this idea, I read it in a magazine somewhere but it's so fun and easy I'm sharing here anyway even though chances are that you have seen this somewhere before.
So, the first one is the much beloved "I Spy" jar. All you need is an assortment of little doo-dads and what nots (we always seem to have plenty in our house). I used things like a paperclip, a thumbtack, a crayon, a button and well, you get the idea. Then you need a clean empty jar and some rice. I decided to color my rice just for fun using this recipe.
Toss everything in the jar and seal it shut (I used E600 for this). All that's left to do now is turn it and shake it until you have found all the hidden treasures inside. I added a tag to it that lists what is inside as well. Fun and super dooper easy.

Monday, August 22, 2011

eight is enough

when posing in front of an underwater themed mosaic you must, of course, act as though you are underwater
Okay Peter, you can stop growing up now. You can just stay right where you are. How could he possibly be eight already? It just doesn't seem possible. I have been struggling a bit with Peter's birthday this year. I guess part of me just feels as though change is on the way. I have loved ages six and seven and I think I will love eight too. I don't know though, maybe it's this new "tween" label that has cropped up in recent years. I see him heading that way and just want to grab him and run in the opposite direction.
One minute I'm quietly panicking to myself about how I'm on the verge of losing him to manga and video games and any number of other things that I am not fond of and then the next minute he is making up a goofy dance or chasing butterflies and I can take a deep breath and realize that he will NOT grow up all at once. Thanks goodness too because that is more than this marshmallow mom could handle.

We did have a wonderful weekend celebrating this 8 year milestone. We visited the Minnesota Zoo, did a bit of hiking and ate a lot of junk food. Everyone was exhausted but happy for two days straight. Not a bad way to start a new year is it?

Monday, August 15, 2011

angels in august

Okay, so I am so excited about these! In part because they took sooooo long to get here! I sketched this idea out 2 years ago and just couldn't seem to get it right in time for the 2009 or the 2010 holiday season. She would get pulled in and out of the project pile over and over until finally this Summer she emerged! yea!
I decided I had better throw a blond into the mix for good measure. Usually I get scared off by blond. I'm afraid I will make it 'yellow' and all the blonds in the world will hate me. I hope I got it right here (crossing fingers).

Besides getting these on the shop shelves this week I am plugging along on a custom order - I swear one day there will be photos, I swear! I have also designated this week as "wrap up week". The week when I finish up a number of half completed 'to-do's' that have been nagging at me and also catch up with people I need to catch up with. That part will be fun - assuming all the people I have been neglecting haven't written me off for good for being so out of touch (sorry guys!). We also have a birthday at the end of this week in our family and I am so NOT prepared for that. Again, I have work to do but it will be the fun kind of work!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

august is...

Christmas ornament time! Didn't you know? None of this "back to school" season stuff for me. And Halloween and Thanksgiving?? Forget about it! The bells are jingling over here even with the air conditioner blasting. I'm joking for the most part of course. I don't enjoy jumping the gun on the holidays but I know I have to do it if I want to have anything at all on the shop shelves in time.
So, these are the first of the season. Remember my trials and troubles with shisha? I really did stick with it and even though I don't yet find it to be easy, it is getting more fun. I thought it would add just the right sparkle to a Christmas ornament and I love the idea of something non-traditional on a Christmas tree.
More ornaments should be hitting the shelves in the next month or so. I am really excited about all of them!

And by the way, I have been back to school shopping recently. While I do love this particular chore (fresh crayons, new notebooks, super clean lunchboxes and backpacks - whoo hoo!!) I am glad that I only have two kids to buy for!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

show and tell

As promised (or threatened perhaps) I am back in the blogosphere. My very dear friends, Julie and Jen, who were visiting all the way from sunny California left today and I immediately wanted to share some of the fun things we made this year. If you are a regular reader then you have probably heard about this flurry of crafting that comes along with any visits from my friends and fellow Etsians. I am pretty proud of us this year although I think it's safe to say that we never get as many projects done as we would like.
 This year we made some lovely mugs using Vitrea paints. They can be heat set in your oven so they are dishwasher-safe. How Julie gets her handwriting so perfect is beyond me. I didn't even try. I opted for flowers (imagine that).
What we spent MOST of our time on this time around was a set of dolls for a very special baby girl born just this Summer. We used this tutorial which I had bookmarked ages ago but never honestly thought I would ever have an opportunity or reason to try it. When this precious new family member came into Julie and Jen's lives I threw the idea out there and was thrilled when they said they wanted to try it. I think we would all agree that this is a labor intensive project but well worth it.
There is a lot of embroidery going on behind the SeptemberHouse scenes but I don't have any decent photos to share. What I will share is this scan of the new 'love' stamps from the US post office. LOVE these! I think I gasped a little when the woman at the counter pulled these out. She seemed less impressed of course but I was one happy girl when I took these home. Yes, I have been known to be a bit of a stamp nerd, it's true.
And now, I'm off to check in with some blogs I have been missing, I can't wait to see what everyone else has been making!

Monday, August 1, 2011

still here, i swear

I really am still here, just a bit buried at the moment. I promise to get back to the surface soon but this post is just a little breather before diving back in. I miss all my blog friends!!