Makey make

the bad news is i haven’t gotten to blog as often as I mean to. the good news is I’ve been making stuff.
recycled junk mail bowl
I saw this on A Little Hut and thought hey I can do this. Julia really really likes this bowl. I’m not sure why the paper clips are still there. Just lazy I guess.

pink half apron
And a little half apron. Not so sure about that bottom ruffly trim.

christmas flannel fabric
Joann’s is having quite the nice christmas sale. I got lots of good flannels and I’ve been making us some stockings. I’ll show you when I’m through – still have two more to make.


wintery goodness

candy cane marshmallow hot chocolate


drinking hot chocolate

when he put the cup down the candy cane was sticking to his head.

I *love* these trees over at Treefall

And I have *loved* the daily project ideas and tutorials over at SewMamaSew this month. I can’t tell you how many of them are currently stored in my “to make” bookmark folder.

since this year my family is doing a homemade gift exchange I don’t think I’ll get the chance to make an awesome advent garland like this one over at hopskipjump.typepad.com. But I so want to. Maybe next year. And when I do get around to making it I’m sooo going to use this list of ideas from uncommongrace.typepad.com to fill them. Check out these awesome ideas!

Chuck E Cheese

The kiddos earned themselves a trip to Chuck E Cheese through our little system we have set up. This feels like one of the best rewards I’ve come up with since its not really something I’m tempted to do very often, and its super exciting. Jeremiah even ate pizza – which he never does. He’s the original vegetarian – health foodie in our family. But at Chuck E Cheese, he’s a pizza eater. The soda is a special treat too – they get it on birthdays or extreme special occasions.

Plane bags

Here’s the assortment of goodies for the kids on the airplane ride. airplane bags the playdoh was definitely a big hit. Inside of the little books are various things I drew for them to color and questions to answer about thanksgiving and the plane. I think I may have had way too much fun making them. Since I was sitting with the baby, Michael was sitting with the kids in the opposing aisle…which meant he was in charge of keeping them occupied. He didn’t go through the books with them, so we didn’t really get into them till we got back home after Thanksgiving. But when we did they thought it was pretty cool. Now I need a new reason to make books for them.

no clue

we have some friends who seem to be playing with a stacked deck. against them. A lot in their life has gone wrong and it wasn’t their fault at all. And now at this point in their lives, things continue to go wrong. Some of these things are because of their earlier lives and some of them are by their own making.

I got a phone call from this friend telling me about something she was incredibly excited about that she felt was going to get her on the road to success and feeling better about life in general. But after listening to the news, i couldn’t help but feel like this was going to be one of those things they would regret in the (near?) future. And it could be a big deal. i don’t know what to say to that – it can’t be changed now so its not like I could tactfully advise against it. I ended up being supportive and excited with her, but I wish I knew the best way to handle it.