In Crafts, Home on February 27, 2013 at 6:00 am
Go on. Admit it. You’re jealous.
Well, maybe orange isn’t for everybody, but it’s definitely for me. I smile every time I walk through the dining room and see it sitting in the corner.
This was one of the colors I was going to use to paint stripes on my dining room wall, but we all remember how that ended. So, this table is my consolation.
It houses all of Elly’s crafts that are allowed upstairs. (The messier crafts like play-doh, paint and glitter are kept in the basement.) Oddly enough, pouring a quarter of a bottle of glue on a paper plate to make a tissue flower is not considered messy in my book.
Elly’s craft table is so bright and cheery now.
When Elly saw it finished, she gasped “It’s beautiful, mama.”
That’s my girl.
In Sewing on February 25, 2013 at 6:00 am
A few months ago, I had bought some fabric markers. A day earlier, Dan had caught Elly trying to color our couch. He had laid down the rule that one could only color on paper. So when I tried to encourage Elly to draw on an old T-shirt of hers with the fabric markers, she refused and spat the rule back at me.
After reading a few posts from the current Kids II (Kids Inspiration Design Series) hosted by Jessica of Me Sew Crazy blog, I was inspired to pull the fabric markers out again.
This time, I let Elly pick out the fabric from my scrap drawer. Pink.
She used several colors to draw squiggly lines. When finished, she informed me it was a witch’s house.
Then, I turned Elly’s drawing into a pillow.
Elly helped a little by pressing the on and off button of the sewing machine. The trick lies in convincing her to only press the on/off button. She desperately wants to press all the other buttons.
The best part is that Elly loves it!
She loves that we made it together.
She loves that her witch’s house is now soft and can be dragged all over the house.
Thank you, Jessica, for inspiring me to pull the fabric markers back out.
In Family on February 24, 2013 at 11:29 am
The start line is on the far end of the couch.
Then comes the leaping dive.
All ready to do it over again.
In Crafts on February 19, 2013 at 9:16 am
Last year, I bought my first Christmas gift in January. Not only have I done the same this year, but I have also started making stuff for Christmas.
It’s an advent calendar that Elly can use. Made out of a metal Santa tray, bottle caps, magnets, stickers and a whole lot of E6000 glue, it’s virtually indestructible. Though I won’t hold my breath. Elly has been known to prove me wrong. In her defense though, we have ruined more toys than she has. Who knew that Barbie dolls broke if you stepped on them?
Our old felt Santa advent calendar had his candy cane removed, sucked on, and thrown on the ground. Any attempt to replace the candy cane with another object so that it could be moved from pocket to pocket was thwarted by Elly.
It is my hope that this year we can count down the days to Christmas together.
In Family on February 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm
On Saturday, Elly attended my eldest grandson’s 8th birthday. As a surprise (on top of the pizza, cake and presents) was an animal show, Annie’s Menagerie. A lady brought in several of her unusual pets to show to the children. It was a big hit.
Of all the animals, which included hermit crabs, a cockatiel, a tortoise, a chinchilla and a hedgehog, Elly loved Freckles the bunny the best.
In Family on February 13, 2013 at 9:38 am
Yesterday Dan and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary.
As a sign that we have been married too long, we bought each other complimentary gifts.
Dan brought home a bottle of wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon by Clos du Bois for this was the wine that we both enjoyed on the Disney cruise we took last year, and a bottle of port because in my book wine is nice but port is delicious.
My gift to Dan was two wine glasses.
Unfortunately, one wine glass broke already when Elly accidentally bumped it and it rolled off the table and onto the floor.
For dinner, we had steak and Caesar salad. Though I had made a side dish of macaroni and cheese for Elly, she surprised me by asking for bite after bite of steak.
Two years ago, I would have been terrified to cook a steak at home, but watching an episode of Ina Garten changed my mind. She made it so easy. Rub some salt on the steak, I like smoked applewood sea salt, sear the meat on high heat, and pop it into the oven until it reaches the desired internal temperature. The steak tasted amazing.
Sometime this month or next, we’ll actually go out for dinner and leave Elly at home. It had been our plan to go out on Saturday, but Elly was so sick neither of us could bear to leave her. Thankfully, she is back to her happy-go-lucky self.
In Home, Sewing on February 8, 2013 at 9:41 am
The pictures look the same, no?
A side view is needed.
Before the seat cushion stuck out a full two inches from the chair base. It was so uncomfortable to sit in.
The seat cushion didn’t always stick out so far. It appears that my replacement foam cushions were thicker than the original cushions.
My original fix-it plan was to trim the seat cushion. Dan stopped me just as I was ready to cut open the muslin lining. He reminded me how long it had taken me to sew the slip cover. Wouldn’t it be easier to trim the back cushion?
Indeed it was. I cut a 2 inch depth by 4 inch tall section out of the bottom of the back cushion. Now the seat cushion fits snugly into the contours of the chair and doesn’t stick out.
It is much more comfortable to sit in. My feet touch the floor, which is a big deal when you are only 5 feet tall like me.
In Quilts on February 6, 2013 at 8:07 am
Elly was sick the week before her birthday party. Two days after her birthday party, she was sick again. This time, I got sick with her. Misery does love company.
No progress has been made on my Fearless February project. I’m too sick to mount the energy required for it.
Instead I put together a mini quilt.
The winter picture is from an old 1978 calendar.
To turn it into a quilt, I just cut the picture out, tossed the calendar section in the trash and added two borders.
The fabrics were picked out from the huge selection at Generations Quilt Shop. Gosh, I love that store. The fabric is divided by color so it’s like walking into a rainbow. But the main reason I love the store is because they always have just what I want. I have never walked out empty handed.
But back to the quilt, I used fusible quilt batting to secure the quilt sandwich together. Then, I stitched in the ditch along the border seams. The rest of the quilting will be done by hand.
While watching the now memorized movie of Tinkerbell and Periwinkle, otherwise known as the Secret of the Wings, I squeeze in a little hand quilting while listening to Elly as she excitedly tells me what is going to happen before it does.