We have been off work for over a week . . . I think we are even starting to forget what day of the week it is. :) I guess that is a sign that we are relaxing and enjoying our time off. I love days when nothing is special and everything is special . . .
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
I sewed up some simple "Winter Warmers" today. I cut the fabric
10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches - sewed simple bags and them filled them with long grain rice and then finished sewing them shut. I also added some whole cloves so they smell nice when you heat them up. I added little tags just because. You heat them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. They are perfect for warming up your bed or for soothing sore muscles.
I usually don't drink anything like this . . . I am a girl that likes her beer, but when I found out the glass was rimmed with Pop Rocks . . . I had to try it. It is called a Pollasky Popper. It was invented by a young man who works at the Italian restaurant we go to - and we happened to see him making this drink for someone yesterday. I believe he won a local contest with it. A little too sweet for me and I rarely drink mixed drinks . . . but really a fun drink . . . Pop Rocks - what a great idea.
I received a very special package in the mail yesterday . . . from Lorraine. I have been following her blog for sometime. One of the best things about blogging is meeting people . . . and making new friends. Thank you Lorraine for these wonderful gifts, inspiration, and your kindness . . .
origami crane necklace and earrings . . .
. . . glass vegetable beads - (I have ideas for a Shabby Charlotte doll already.) I love the little eggplant and cucumber . . .
Lorraine also made this beautiful card . . . the photo does not do it justice.
. . . and a unique bracelet knitted out of paper yarn.
I have been enjoying my vacation . . . trying to stay motivated and get some things done, but I am finding that I am easily distracted - and can drop everything just to go out and do something fun. I am thinking that is a very good thing.
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
- Robert Brault
Thursday, December 26, 2013
We had a wonderful Christmas . . . having little ones around again make it so much fun. Richard made Charlotte a baby cradle - and I sewed a little mattress, quilt, and pillow for it. We took the big frame that we used for her birthday party . . . and turned it into a magnet board for her. She loves the magnets on the refrigerator . . . thought this would be a fun way for her to play with her magnets when she isn't underfoot in the kitchen.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Richard turned this old tennis racquet into a beer sampler . . . complete with a bowl for peanuts or pretzels. We love how this one turned out . . . it is Christmas gift for a friend.
He also made these earlier in the week as a gift for some other friends.
Tis the season . . .
Sunday, December 22, 2013
We were out finishing up our Christmas shopping today . . . and for some reason I had to have these socks. It doesn't take much for me to get Richard to do things like this . . . but I did ask him why he goes along with me and lets me take pictures on top of it. He answer . . . "because I 'sockin' love you." I think he is just as weird as I am. I am so wearing these to play tennis. :)
"Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
~ Bob Marley
Friday, December 20, 2013
I have posted a couple of times about Aleena. She was born premature - between 24 and 25 weeks. She is truly a little miracle. We refer to her as a million dollar baby (not kidding . . . there was a mix up with the insurance company and her parents actually received a bill for just over a million dollars.) I work with her mother . . . and today we were blessed with a visit from this little elf. Our office is a good place to be today.
All dressed up for her Santa picture . . . but looking quite serious. Poor little thing isn't feeling well. I am looking forward to some Grandma time the next two weeks.
I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.
~Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
They are dressing up each day this week . . .
They have had such great feedback from people who drive by our school each morning. When I walk out to take their picture - there are always people waving and honking their horns. One woman even stopped and gave them Starbuck's gift cards. She told them that she was in a very bad moon one morning and when she drove by and saw them dressed up for whatever holiday it was . . . she actually laughed out loud - and it changed her whole day. You never know what kind of an impact you my have on another person . . .
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Today's elf photo - at the tennis court . . .
. . . and a great ostrich hand puppet that I ordered for Charlotte for Christmas.
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
~ Dr. Seuss
Monday, December 16, 2013
I found this idea to bleach these bottle brush Christmas trees on this wonderful blog - A Fanciful Twist. So I thought I would give it a try. I bought a package of the Christmas trees at Michael's (I had a hard time finding them and was told they didn't have any, but finally located them in the section where they sell the Christmas village pieces.) I love how they turned out! You can also dye them after you bleach them - pink ones would be cute. Or you can add glitter (which I might do tonight) . . . as well as find fun places to set them.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
We found this croquet ball in an antique store the other day and had the idea to make it into a candle holder. Richard simply drilled a hole the size to fit a tea light candle . . . and sanded the other side of the ball flat so it would stand up. I love re-purposing things like this . . .
It has been awhile since I have made a Shabby Charlotte doll . . . at least I will get one done for Christmas. Meet Noella.
Noella is full of Christmas Spirit all year long. She loves Christmas and all the things that go along with it . . . cookies, hot chocolate, Christmas Carols . . . you name it. She especially likes vintage Christmas ornaments, glitter, and snowflakes. She carries her own magic snowflake in her bag, along with a jingle bell to remind her of Christmas all year. She loves to sit in Christmas trees surrounded by lights and ornaments – it makes her feel pretty and magical. She is a wise little doll and realizes the real magic of Christmas is about spending it with the people you love.
Now I want to make more. After finishing her last night - my head was full of ideas. I do have one that I hope to make for a gift this week - another red head. I had intentions of getting more listed on Etsy for the holidays . . . but I don't always get done what I intend to get done, but who know what will happen this week.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Richard found this idea online and wanted to try it. He simply unrolled the packaged cinnamon rolls - then rerolled them after putting in a slice of bacon . . . then bake according to the directions on the cinnamon roll package. They actually were pretty good - but we talked about if we did it again we would fry the bacon a little bit before rolling it into the cinnamon roll . . . it would then be a little crispier. They tasted great though . . . especially with the eggs on top.
We were downtown again today . . . walking through antique stores. I'm not sure why we decided to do that - but ended up down there. I always like Raggedys . . . although this one looks sort of like a zombie - I guess I should like that too. :)
I saw tons of cute things . . . but didn't end up buying anything. We were looking for some old wood tennis racquets, but didn't see any - Richard has an idea for a Christmas gift he wants to make for a friend . . . we will have to keep looking.