Thursday, December 4, 2014

Let the baking begin!

December 4:  silver

Today's the day we dust off the cookie cutters and vintage baking tins:  holiday baking begins!  We'll be baking all month long, but I wanted to get a couple of cookie batches made before we leave for the hospital this weekend.  I always use the sugar cookie recipe in the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook for our cut-out Christmas cookies.  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Welcome, December!

Welcome, December!  It looks to be an interesting month. . . .

http://www.theidearoom.net/2014/11/december-photo-day.html

I'm doing a photo-a-day challenge with The Idea Room this month!  I've never done one before, and this one looks fun and easy.  My photos may be a little... odd... since part of December will be spent in the hospital with B.  You can follow mine on instagram if you'd like.  I hope you'll join in!  Be sure to search #theidearoom to see all of the neat entries!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

B's knee: update

For the first few weeks after Brendan's surgery, I felt so overwhelmed, with caring for him full-time, and then having a houseful of sick people on top of that.  But since everyone's well now, and Brendan's recovery is coming along beautifully, I  feel like I can breathe a not-borrowed breath.  And give you a quick update.


Plus, Brendan wanted me to share his progress photos with you.  (I also promised to be real here, so. . . .)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Peace, pie, and preparations

I hope you all had a wonderful, safe, and sane Thanksgiving yesterday!  We spent the day baking, cooking, eating, napping, and laughing.  Perfectly peaceful!

my "peace."  I love these wild monkeys....

paper plates.... classy!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Felt bird ornament tutorial, 6 ways


I've had a soft spot in my heart for red birds ever since my oldest daughters were babies.  Every year, their Big Pawpaw would hide a tiny cardinal ornament in his Christmas tree for them to find.  The girls thought this very serious business, as they crept silently around the tree, intent on finding that red bird.  Sometimes they found it immediately, and sometimes it took a while, but I'll never forget the expressions on their precious faces.  So sweet. . . .

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My superheroes, and a winner!

So, I'm a little late posting about Halloween.  It was two days after Halloween that the Bad Sick sent us all into a tailspin. . .  remember:  survival mode.

Anyway, the kids had all planned to dress up as superheroes.  At the last minute, the teen girls all changed their minds.  Whatever.

not superheroes.

I'll just talk about the boys. . . .

Spider Man, Captain America and Iron Patriot, with Super Monster 
in the foreground, showing off his intense super-powers.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gratefully surviving, and a GIVEAWAY!

~~~ The giveaway is now over.~~~

I'm sorry I've been absent here lately.  We've been in survival mode for the past few weeks.  About a week after Brendan returned home from the hospital, every single kid, and that includes the husband, was sick.  Bad Sick. Baby Henry had the Bad Sick plus ear infections, and is now on week 3 / round 2 of antibiotics to try to clear them up.  I think (and hope and pray) that everyone is now on the mend.  And for that, I'm so grateful.

Speaking of gratitude. . . .


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Settling in

Brendan was released on Saturday morning, much earlier than anticipated.  We're all so grateful for that, and to be home, settling in to our new Normal.


It's a little tricky, figuring this out -- how this situation fits into the family rhythm, as Brendan can't transition or move to any spot in the house without assistance.  He can't prepare his snacks, go watch tv, join us outside, or do anything that requires walking to that activity without help.  And I am now realizing just how much I depended on his help around the house every day!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Another Real, quick update

Brendan is doing FABULOUSLY well.  Pain is well-managed, and all PT and OT goals and tests passed.  His new CPM machine was delivered this afternoon. . . .


This machine will be his constant companion for the next six weeks.  It will work his quads without him moving and working them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Into the storm and out... a quick post-op update


My son came through surgery safely, and the surgeons are cautiously pleased with the results.  They found more damage and complications than they had anticipated, but they were able to adapt and accomplish their main goals of lengthening the quadriceps and centering his kneecap on the right leg.  None of the anticipated bone procedures were done; the surgeons said they wouldn't have been helpful.  Now Brendan's very painful, very slow process of healing and rehab begins.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The calm before the storm

after pre-op, a relaxing evening stroll, enjoying the Texas sunset

THE SURGERY is tomorrow, and I think we're as ready as we humanly can be.  He's more ready than I am, but that's how it goes with moms, I think.  We met with a dozen different personnel and departments on Friday. . . .

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dog toys and barking babies


Henry woke up wheezing and coughing (barking, really,) early Sunday morning.  He went into respiratory distress -- twice -- while in the ER.

Friday, September 19, 2014

I have Something to say

Did you know that when I was younger, I wanted to be a writer?  Writing came easy for me, and I loved everything about it... the brainstorming, the organizing and planning, the spilling over of words and colors and ideas onto paper / computer screen, and the rush of it all coming together.  Even the ruthless editing!  LOVE!  I shared that dream with one of my daughters yesterday, and she asked me why I never wrote anything.  I thought about it a minute, and shrugged, "I never had anything to say."

I never had anything to say.

Liar.  I mean, you're reading this, now, on a blog, so that's something.  But does it have to be epic and life-changing, the great American novel, to be something?


Friday, June 20, 2014

Fabric Friday and a WIP

Currently up on the cutting table. . . .


 Some more ideas and pairings for upcoming totes and bags

And I recently found this gorgeous hand-dyed cotton fabric yardage at the thrift store. . . .

Monday, June 16, 2014

Car seat cover remake: a tutorial review


Three days before Henry's arrival, I decided he'd need a new car seat cover.  There was nothing wrong with Monkey 9's old one; I just wanted a cover with bright, happy colors!  I took to Pinterest, and came across a tutorial by Make It and Love It.

IT. IS. AWESOME.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Getting ready

My 2 year-long new fabric fast is over.  I may have been a little binge-y. . . .

top to bottom....

But when fabricworm hosts such a ginormous sale, and my stash is (believe it or not) actually on the skinny side, how can I NOT replenish my stash... just a tad?  I'm getting ready to reopen my shop in the next couple of weeks, barring any catastrophic life events.  New designs, new products... very excited!  I'll post some sneak peeks along the way!

We're also getting ready now. . .

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Scrappy: handmade twine from fabric scraps

I've managed to get a little bit of sewing done lately, working on an old order for boob scarves.  They're for an amazing lady (and her Bunco group) for breast cancer awareness and support.  She placed the order months ago, right before Henry's birth(yeah.  I'm a horrible slacker-flake...) and I feel like I have to get them done before I can start sewing anything else, so boobs it is for now.

I took a brief break from sewing the other day to play around in my scrap fabric bin.  A tutorial on how to make handmade twine from fabric scraps had recently captured my attention, especially the parts about it being a scrap-buster, and also mentioning that the whole process was "sort of meditative."  (it WAS!)   So I gave it a spin. . .

a basket full of fabric bits soon became a foot of twine, 
which then turned into several feet of twine.  and then several yards of twine. . . .

Saturday, May 24, 2014

In seven months....

We had this bambino. . . .

 the first time Henry opened his eyes.

And Monkey 4 had leg surgery for bone deformities. . . .