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Spring Breaks 2015

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That’s right. Spring breakS. Pural. Last week the girls were on spring break, and the week before it was Doug. It’s such a bummer that they do not have the same spring break. But we make the most of it. Doug took 3 days during his spring break off of his second job (tutor for Huntington Learning Center) so he would have more time with the girls. They loved when he would pick them up from school and then be home the rest of the day.

While they were at school, he managed to clean Vada’s walls, caulk the trim, and base paint her room. She is going to have a fairy forest room. However, we do not have the time or finances to do that all right now, so it just got a good start. We had to replace the ceiling in the fall, so that was done already. Now the room is painted a light blue (walls and ceiling) and the trim around the windows and doors are a medium blue. This summer we will add some bookshelves that are tree~like (how that works is yet to be determined, though we have a few ideas), we will sponge paint a few clouds on the ceiling, paint the baseboards green, and paint a few trees on the walls, grass coming up from the baseboards, and flowers. Plus fairies. Lots of fairies. Oh, and lay down a new floor. We must be crazy.

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Holiday Catch Up!

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Wow, things have been busy around here. I have some exciting news I should be able to share with you next month(ish). Between that and Christmas, I got a sort of neglected my blogland friends this week.

I still love you!!

I have lots o’ pretty pictures to share with you, so how about I just post them all with a bit about them and leave it at that. It is Christmas Eve and all…

If you hover over the pictures, a short description will pop up, as always! You can also click on the pictures to see them larger.

The Holiday Gift Shop at the girls’ school was at the beginning of the month. It went quite well. Vada had fun playing in my booth while waiting for things to wrap up at the end of the day.

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A couple of weeks ago we bought our Christmas tree. We got all bundled up and went off to the nursery around the corner.

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I found this in with Kyla’s school work one day. I thought it was so sweet to see this note her teacher left for her.

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The girls both made Christmas lists last week. Vada wants a Hess truck, and an ornament, but not a breakable one.

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Kyla wants a Sophia Doll, a Mommy Toy, a Rudolph Toy, and a Firestar Toy. A Mommy toy is a doll that looks like Mommy, so when I am not home and she misses me, she can hug it. I hope she is not too upset when Santa does not bring her a Mommy toy.

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Last weekend was the Yule celebration with our Medieval group. We all had a great time. I was given the Order of the Artisan, which I apparently was supposed to get over a year ago, but every time they had the award for me at an event, I was not there. Oh, and at the end of the event, I took the leftovers of Marsha’s yummy hummus, along with her bowl. That way she has to come and visit me!

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We made cookies today. Santa needs cookies.

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I know, I know

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I know, I have neglected my blog and my lovely readers over the past few weeks. I am sorry. First Doug was on break, and we spent the days working around the house (I did at least share a bit of that with you.) Doug still had to go to his second job, but it was nice to have him around during the school day.

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Then there was a week with no one on break, and me working feverishly to get ready for craft fairs. I seem to have quite a few tea cup coasters and appliques. I think they will do well. It was a very productive week for me on that end, but I let all the photos pile up in my “blog” picture folder. Sometimes I get into making things and can see nothing else.

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These little spring wraps were one of the patterns I came up with that week. I hope to have a written and video tutorial for you this week!

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Then this past week the girls were on Spring break. We had a lot of fun. We played in the yard ~ OK, they played in the yard while I was in the garage making things ~ we took long walks, we went to the playground, we got some shopping done, we even had a Scooby Doo marathon on a rainy day.

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I am amazed at all the fun creations I have to sell. Some of which are samples from my pattern writing, and some are creations made just for the fairs.

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I bought some large, clear, plastic bins to pack everything up into.

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I discovered that 3 clothing racks break down nicely into this never used trash bin.

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I even unearthed some fun pictures to put in my “window” above my sewing table. Yes, this is in my unfinished basement, hence the ugly.

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I haven’t gotten as much done on the adult version of Kat as I would like.

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We did get to see Jenn, George and the girls last weekend. Look how big Katrina is!!

Angry Dot!

Dot has always had the greatest angry faces!!

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On the first day of the girl’s spring break, I made them bacon, eggs and toast for breakfast.

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As always, they were very happy with that breakfast!

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Another night I decided to finally give these silly skewered hot dogs a shot. I don’t usually have hot dogs in the house, so this will not be a regular on our menu. It did take a while to skewer all the dogs. I cut up a few hot dogs, and then threaded 5 pieces of spaghetti through each one.

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Then I just cooked them as I would for just the spaghetti.

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When they were done I tossed them into a quickie sauce, and dinner was done. The girls were amused. Not the most gourmet dinner, but fun on occasion, and not too unhealthy.

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And more fair prepping. All these random flowery bits needed to become pins.

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Yea, I’m still not to sure about this. I think it is the obnoxiousness of the glitter in the netting that is driving me crazy.

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Sometimes random things pile up in the oddest of places in my house.

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I have a feeling this is going to be a WiP for a while. These old jeans will become something “new” one day.

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Me and the net yarn. We are one. There was a good sale and I got a little out of hand…

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Super Daddy!!!!

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One of the play-in-the-yard days Kyla picked me flowers.

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One night last week we were supposed to  be able to see the aurora borealis. I don’t know if it was the clouds, or if it was just not visible  but that is NOT the northern lights.

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On Thursday Izabel came over to play. The girls had a great time in the playroom!

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We had a pair of Rapunzels!

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I know she is Rapunzel, not Snow White, but this was just too cute not to document!

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I did get a little done on the Kat coat.

I hope to be more regular with my posting again now. The breaks are over, and the creations for the fairs are pretty much ready to go. The first one is a week from today, wish me luck!

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First Floor

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I have snaps of the first floor to share with all of you. Let me start by reminding you we are still moving in. As a matter of fact, as I type this Doug is making the last few runs from the apartment to the house to get the last of our stuff. I still have to go back to the apartment and clean the heck out of it. Fun.

Anyway, we are still moving. There are boxes everywhere, accompanied by piles of “stuff” that needs to find homes. It’s a wreck. But you’ll just have to deal with the wreck if you want to see the pictures.

Also, we have a next~year~or~two plan of things that need to happen as soon as we have the money to do them (we really don’t want to charge anything,) and a 5~to~8~year~plan of things we want to have done to get the house to our dream home. I will share some of our ideas for the first plan, the second one will only cement your suspicions that I am completely off my rocker.

Ready?

Here we go.

I’ll put the description of each picture below it.

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This is standing in our doorway, looking out to the street through our (enclosed) porch. If you were to turn your head to the right you would see…

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…this wall with shelves and a window. I plan on pretty~ing this up a bit to make it a nicer drop zone for all our stuff. Something inspired by this…

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…picture I found on Pinterest. Obviously I don’t have the full corner like this, but as I said, something inspired by this.
Right, back to the porch shots.

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If you stand with your back to the wall we were just looking at you can see the rest of the porch. That’s my wardrobe on the right. We are thinking of leaving it there for coats and such. Two of the doors open to a hanging closet sections, great for all our coats, and the other has shelves, the lower ones can be for the girls to put coloring books and toys, and the higher can be hats, scarves, and other such accessories.

Most likely the porch will be the girls downstairs playroom. Great way to have all their stuff with plenty of room to play, yet not cluttering up my house.

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Walk to the end of the porch and look to the left and you will see that the porch does wrap a bit around the house. Great little hide away for mischievous little imps…I mean children.

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Looking into the house from the porch entrance. You will notice a theme throughout these snaps. Someone really liked white paint. I would imagine that all the beautiful trim was not painted originally, but somewhere down the line someone got a little white paint happy. The actual steps of the stairs are just about the only wood that hasn’t been painted white, though up close you can see there was once those little individual step carpets on them. One day I will rescue the beautiful trim from it’s suffocating layers of white. Just not any day soon.

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There are stunning doorknobs throughout the house. I’m sure they are original from 1900. Again, sins in white paint. Someday they will be saved.

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Use your imagination. Light colored walls and stripped and stained wood. Isn’t the stairway pretty? OK, it will be some day.

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Just inside the house, the stairs are on the left and then turn overhead. There is a bedroom at the end of the hall which is going to be Doug’s “man cave”/office for the next several years. Those bookshelves/drawers in the hall are not staying there, we have a little demo to do in the bedroom before they can go in. First on the list is flipping the door so it opens into the hall and doesn’t take up real estate from Doug’s room.

Yes, that is a Darth Vader cookie jar. We are that cool.

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Another snap inside Doug’s room.

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That closet is getting torn out, and then we will salvage/build a desk/entertainment unit along that wall for the TV and such just next to the window, and the office~y stuff next to that.

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On the other side of the window, just next to the door into Doug’s room, is the door into the basement.

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Here we are looking down the stairs into the basement. We will probably steal about 2 feet into Doug’s room here, so that we can push the top part of the stairs back and have a real landing at the outside door. Forget the kids, I will break my neck on those angled steps if we leave them like that. The bit we will have to take from Doug’s room isn’t that usable anyway because the window and radiator are so close to the door.

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So, living room. Standing with your back to the stairs, this is what you see.

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Here is the wall to the right of the last picture. I’m sure there were originally 3 windows in that bay front, but there is only one now.

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Looking through the living room to the stairs. I love this entrance/doorway. I’ll love it even more when it is not white.

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Standing at the bay front window, looking through to the dining room.

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After entering the dining room, this lovely bay wall is to the right. Hmm, if the blinds were even this picture would be even nicer. Then again, the table clutter doesn’t help much either.

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Looking back from the kitchen, through the dining room. Can I just tell you the massive amount of love I have for that row of trim shelving around the dining room. You know when I will love it even more?

When it’s not white.

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Another snap from the living room into the dining room. See that hutch? It’s all opened up to air out, it smelled a bit…old. Not bad, just old. We picked it up for $90.00 from the ReStore. How can you not love that?

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Into the kitchen from the dining room. The kitchen was originally where the Doug’s room is, this kitchen was built on in the 50’s, along with the back room of the basement.

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Like the 2″ step up to the kitchen? Gotta do something about that before someone gets hurt (or breaks a hand.)

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Inside the kitchen. The doorway we were just looking at is between the fridge cubby and the table. Our “back” door is actually a side door.

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Standing at the side door, looking the other way down the kitchen. Pantry and laundry down there. That space needs some work, we will deal with it soonish.

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Another shot from the doorway into the kitchen. See those little Russian nesting dolls on the window sill? Yes they are white plastic. Tacky you say? I would agree with you, if it were not for the fact that they are also measuring cups. Pretty dang cool, isn’t it?

Target. $5. Go spoil your self.

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This is the window to the left of the oven. I just pop out that little screen and hang my cloths on the line that runs from the house to the top of the garage. Nifty.

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And what kitchen is complete without a bathroom? It’s behind the fridge.

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This is the wall of the fridge cubby, next to the bathroom. I have plans. I want to build a counter there with space underneath for the recycling/trash. Then build shallow shelves up the wall for tea and spice storage. We will have to remove the intercom and phone jack, but I don’t use those anyway, so we can just take  ’em off and safely cap the wires inside the wall. I think the counter there will be the perfect place for my tea and coffee accouterments!

Hope you enjoyed the tour.

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Easter and other fun!

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I couldn’t resist taking this picture one morning just before Easter. The girls were just too adorable.

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Here we have the girls the day before Easter. First time painting eggs. I think they are awesome. (more…)

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Happiness and Love Delivered to the Door

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First, let me say that yes, I will be posting Christmas pictures. I am aiming to get caught up with that this week.

In the beginning of December I received this box from my parents. Happy mail!!

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Inside were a few small Christmas gifts, and some more goodies: (more…)

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Feeling Better

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I am finally starting to feel healthy again. Just the last remaining bits of congestion, but other then that, I am feeling good. I am also finally getting out of my funk.

Now that I am feeling better, these past two days have been very productive. I got a good bit of cleaning done. I went through some piles of paper that needed to be dealt with; and I even organized the foot tall stack of paper that needs to be scanned into categories (phone, car, medical and so on) so I can start scanning them in an organized fashion!

I came up with a plan and put it in motion to get my recipes in order. Every week I make a menu, and enter the recipes in a great recipe organizer on the internet, where I can also put my menu on a calendar. I did do that for this week, and even printed out the recipes onto index cards and put tabs in my index card box to keep them organized. I figure if I do this every week, eventually all my recipes will be in order. On the website, I can rate the recipes, and put tags on them, so that will help with picking out menus in the future. I still want the printed out index cards, so I don’t have to take the laptop into my tiny kitchen. I’m very excited about this, because I have so many magazines laying about with recipes I want to try, and a many, many bookmarked web pages with recipes, also. Maybe I’m just silly that way, but (more…)

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