Can’t sleep

| Art, Family, Jewelry, Stories

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So let me tell you a story. A while back there was this incredibly talented woman named Vada. She was an artist of every sort. Her main creations were jewelry, but she was amazing at everything. In her youth she even danced with Martha Graham. She was quite beautiful, too. She met a wonderful man named Alexander, and they married. They had a son, Christopher, but when his son was only 2 weeks old, Alex was killed by a drunk driver. Eventually, Vada married again, and had two more sons. She had always wanted a little girl, but it wasn’t in the cards for her. Unfortunately, this marriage did not last. Even worse, her youngest son was also killed by a drunk driver when he was just a teenager. Through all of this Vada keep creating her art. I imagine it is what kept her going. Eventually her sons (more…)

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Chai Tea Dry Mix

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By popular demand – here is the recipe I use to make Chai tea. I found a few recipes on the internet, and tweaked them to come up with one I love.

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Fun with Dot and Katrina!

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This week we have had guests every morning! My dear friend Jenn has dropped her girls Katrina (almost 5) and Dot (almost 4) off for a few hours each morning so she can get some things done. The girls have had tons of fun together. However, my girls are a little rougher/crazier then Jenn’s. They play monster and chase Dot and Katrina. On Monday morning, Katrina decided to build a fort to protect her little sister from the monsters. At first there were just 3 pillows, and Kyla was not fooled!

Dot-looking-for-help

So Katrina started adding more pillows. (more…)

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Madison’s Birthday Party!

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My sister-in-law’s little girl just turned one. There was a birthday party for her on the 14th at my mother-in-law’s house. There were quite a few people Doug and I didn’t know – we are guessing they were Madison’s father’s family. No one introduced anyone, so I still don’t even know their names. It always seems odd to me that my husband’s family never bothers to introduce people. Anyway, there were some new toys at Nana’s house to play with.

Kyla-with-the-cat

Kyla fell in love with this toy cat that moved and purred. I thought it was a bit freaky, but Kyla was happy! (more…)

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Getting ready for the big round guy.

| Baking, Blanket, Crafts, Crochet, Hexagon, Holidays

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In an attempt to save some money, and satisfy my creative side, I have lots of homemade happenings for that day a week before the New Year; the day of the Big Round Guy. For now it is mostly jar gifts. This was my table a few weeks ago making 72 cups of banana bread mix.

Making-mixes

Of course I didn’t have all the jars yet, so then I had to stash all that mix, and all the ingredients I had for other mixes, somewhere. Yeah for those new bookshelves! (more…)

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The Little Things

| Blanket, Coffee, Craft Hope, Crochet

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I feel the need to celebrate the *good* little things in life right now. Sometimes the *not so good* little things pile up and become overwhelming. When I look at the world through the eyes of my 2 1/2 year old girls, it is a beautiful and happy place. So here are a few of their little things, and a few of mine.

The girls love to play with pillows and cushions. Look at the immense amount of fun they are having with the cushion from the top of the toy box. Sorry about the funky glare in Vada’s eyes, the red eye tool doesn’t get rid of that.

toy-box-cushion

Mmm… my girls just adore brushing their teeth. First Mommy brushes for them, then they get to have a go. Sometimes they even ask to brush at random times during the day. (more…)

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Finally DONE!! Craft Hope Quilt Reveal

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That’s right, I finished the Craft Hope quilt last night. I have made a few quilts in the past, but I have never hand quilted one before. I grossly underestimated how long it would take! However, the quilts are due November 14th, so I am safe. Now I know, right.

Here is the quilt on Friday, I still had nearly half to do, see all the safety pins?

Half-Done-Quilting

To make matters worse, I woke up on Saturday feeling very under the weather. Luckily quilting is not too strenuous an activity, so I was able to sit and quilt all day. I finally finished Sunday afternoon. Here it is. (more…)

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