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Potty Training, You Ask?

March 21, 2012 06:55 by ehouston

Well, let’s just say….

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….it’s going swellReally, really swell….

 

Please, I beg you, say a little prayer for me.

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Valentine’s Day Fun

February 15, 2012 08:53 by ehouston

We have managed through another week and a half of head colds all around and today I was able to pull myself away from my own nap time to post about our card making day.  Last week I wrote about how we planned to make the wild animal cards featured in FamilyFun.com magazine and online.  It ended up being a lot of fun and I was surprised at how much of the process my almost 2.5 year old could handle.

Recently we moved one of the twin beds out of the spare room and into the play/media/exercise room – this was The Mister’s attempt at satisfying my strong urge to chuck the crummy futon and buy a small sectional sofa.  So far I like the extra seating, but my sofa longing has not ceased.  Anyway, that left me with one twin bed (we had them pushed together into a king) and a large open floor area in the middle of my craft space.  I have been loving the openness, but will admit I almost immediately filled it up with sewing projects, scattering piles of fabric from one side of the room to another.  I admit it, I’m a totally messy crafter.  So, I went in and made a space among the piles, patterns, ironing board and fusible webbing for our Valentine’s Day Card Extravaganza!  WOOT!

I found that one of my under bed storage boxes was the perfect height for me and the Little Guy to finish the assembly of his classmate cards. 

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While he slept I sliced the cardstock and animal print scrapbook paper to the size indicated in the magazine.  To make it easy (at least for me) I printed two sheets of word balloons, like you see in the comics, from Microsoft Word.  They are under Insert, Shapes, in case you are wondering what the heck I am talking about.  They made for a quick write up as we came up with the greetings for each animal.  I used the ones offered up in the magazine, along with a few extras for animals they did not feature.

My biggest surprise about all of this was how well he did in putting the cards together.  I figured the most I would get out of him was some sloppy glue stick action, but he was an old pro! 

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Not only did he spread on just the right amount, but at one point when I wasn’t paying close attention he stacked the pieces and moved on to the next one.  Of course, I had to straighten it out a bit, but it shocked me at how quickly he picked up the process and kept it going.  He also glued and placed most of the word balloons, but about half way through that part he grew tired of smearing and said, “Mama Do”.  So, I did.

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He loved picking out which animal went with each card, but I think his favorite part was gathering them up the next day, and putting them in a little heart bag I found in my gift wrapping stash. 

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He thought he was a regular old cupid!

I hope all your Valentine’s Day crafts were made and filled with, LOVE!  Now excuse me while I go eat my 4th iced heart cut-out sugar cookie of the day.  I mean, they aren’t going to gobble themselves up are they?

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Organizing Has Really Gotten Me Down

February 3, 2012 00:43 by ehouston

Actually, my inability to do it effectively is what’s the matter here!  I guess that’s the conundrum of the unorganized person, right?  I type this while simultaneously holding up piles of junk on my desk with my elbows.  Hey, I have to make room for my arms and hands to type somehow, ya’ know?

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I challenged myself a while back (will I ever learn?) over at Chic Tweaks Alterations to organize my craft and sewing supply closet.  It’s a mini-walk-in with hanging bars and shelves on each side; the contents of which had begun to spill out into the floor area making it almost impossible to get to the large shelf of vintage fabrics I store along the back wall in between said hanging areas .  After trying to get to some pieces and fearing an avalanche that would have me buried for days with my family wondering where I had disappeared to, I decided it was time.  Time to pull it all out and start over.  Of course, with it being the holidays when this epiphany hit me I knew that task would have to wait until now.  Well, now is here and I have since added two more closets, my desk and the garage to that organizing list.  I know I will get there…eventually.  ;o)

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In the meantime I am curious about how other people organize their spaces and keep them that way.  I have found myself gravitating toward pictures of these masterpieces on Pinterest and dewy-eyed dreaming of the day that I get to live in such uniformly stacked and labeled bliss.

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Cough it up now folks!  How do you stay in the know with your piles of junk?  Do you somehow avoid the mountains and keep a nice cleaning rhythm throughout the year?  Not me!  I’m a pile until I can’t find it any more kind of person. 

I’m sure there is a therapist out there just dying to talk to me.

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PS- To find out more about my sewing and craft life please click over to Chic Tweaks!


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I Will Just Be Blunt!

January 31, 2012 08:31 by ehouston

In case you have been wondering about the inconsistent posting here and over at Chic Tweaks lately, I will just put it out there.  This….

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….equals an amazing energy sucking, exhaustion inducing, fall-on-my-face-after-chasing-a-two-year-old excuse to sleep rather than blog.

I promise I am doing my best to get back on track folks.

Please bear with me.

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Roxy - The Wonder Dog

January 23, 2012 08:32 by ehouston

This past weekend we had to say goodbye one of our dearest friends. Our old girl Roxy would have turned 16 this August, but her body was really showing her age in dog years if you know what I mean. Luckily she had the energy for one last romp in the yard on MLK day, chasing golf balls as my husband chipped them around for her. She seemed her usual self, albeit pretty old and semi-crippled, but still able to let her inner puppy out when that felt natural. Unfortunately, things quickly took a turn for the worse as her arthritis plagued body just gave up. Saying goodbye is quite possibly one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, seeing as how she was my constant companion for all those years. Seeing her suffer was worse.

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The mister and Roxy enjoying one of the biggest snowfalls we ever had in Nashville, TN.

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She always posed with our Christmas tree, circa 2007.

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For these two it was true love from first sight!

We will miss you Roxy! You can never be replaced. Here’s to chasing balls in heaven!

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Keeping The Holiday Momentum Going

December 9, 2011 06:48 by ehouston

I am curious about something.  How do you keep going during this crazy time of year?  I find myself biting off soooo much more than I can chew and then falling on my face after the marathon.  Please pass your tips along, I’m dying over here! 

Just kidding, I’m actually moving along quite well.  At least that’s what I keep thinking to myself.  Although, along with those thoughts are the million others reminding of me of this thing or that thing that I still need to make, buy or accomplish on the “list”.  I pulled myself out of the black hole today just to clear my mind a bit before diving back in, oh and to post to the three of you that actually read my nonsense.  ;o)

I’m closing in on the present purchase wrap-up.  Mom’s Bakery will be closing mid-week and boxed will be shipped no later than Friday.  The Little Man will be out of school for the Christmas break starting next Thursday and I have decided, if it doesn’t happen by then, it’s just not going to happen.  Nothing spectacular going on here otherwise.  Hopefully I will have some projects to share again soon.  I have to hold off right now because many of them are going under the tree and I don’t want to spoil the surprises.

Right now, here is a little hint at how I am currently trying to keep my head above water.


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The Baking Has Commenced…

December 7, 2011 07:24 by ehouston

…and the first Christmas package just hit the mailbox.

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The house is a wreck and will be left alone until just before the big day, so get used to it! 

The kitchen will not be useable, so dig up the take out menus and let your fingers do the walking. 

Don’t bother mom, she’s in the Christmas spirit.

Or, maybe that’s just from imbibing some spirits!?!

If I make it out alive I will probably be 10 pounds heavier.

The postal lady will never even know what hit her.  Sorry dear!

Good luck to all you other fellow handmade Christmas fools!

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