Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Girly curtains

I've been mildly crafty. Not in the way I'd like to be, but it's better than nothing! :) Emily's room (window hell) is looking better. ALL the rooms still look pitiful because of the stale paint and bazillion screw holes in the walls, but every little bit of newness helps. Anyway, Emily's room. The curtains are all sewn and 3 of the 9 have the fluffy accents. See:

I'm gluing the yarn on. It's not hard, just tedious. I'm using 2 rows of green with 1 row of pink on top. It's like gluing on 30 yards of fake eyelashes!!
When they are complete, those white sash rods will be in the bottoms securing them to the windows. And metal rods will go up top with custom flower finials (polymer clay of course) on each end. I'm thinking they will be the same color as the tiny flowers in the ribbon loops. It will be so cute it's nauseating. :)
Here's a closer view of the yarn. I am not hip with the yarn lingo, so I'll just describe the green as a thinner eyelash yarn and the pink as super fluffy and soft. LOL!

And Miss Lydia's curtains are almost done. (I swear I canNOT finish a project immediately.) Mom made her curtains one afternoon while she was here, and I have sewn bead dangles on one of them.

They are very cute in person. Just a teeny bit of sparkle. I have very little pink in my bead collection. I haven't bought beads in years. And I didn't start liking pink until after Emily was born. So I really scrounged for ANY pink beads. The fabric was $1.00 a yard. I'm not spending money on beads. It's thrifty decorating at my house. :)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Polymer Clay Pumpkin Projects


Hello, Country Pumpkin!
Originally uploaded by CraftyGoat
Do you need a last minute Halloween gift for a teacher? Are you looking for a Fall project to do with your kids? Maybe you need some extra goodies to adorn your table runner?

My fellow guild member (and President), Angela, has three different pumpkin projects on her blog. I can't link to all the pictures, so why don't you pop on over to her blog and check them out!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

More kid pics

Aren't you excited?! :)
I seem to have momentarily gotten over my issue of sharing public pictures of the kids online. It's a wishy washy thing for me. I used to share myself and my family freely online. (I've been blogging since Garrett was a wee baby.) But that was before psycho ex's, divorce, adoption, etc. I still want my online friends to have access to some personal stuff, but I also want to protect my kiddos from the weirdos. So.....with all that rambling off my chest...I'll share some pics from yesterday.

The girls were fresh out of bed. Bed head, juice cups and all. They had decided to sit on the hearth and have their juice with the scarecrows. I tried to capture the kodak moments, but a perfect shot never happened. So I made a little animation of all the cute not-quite shots. :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Xmas shopping

Woohoo! I just bought my 1st xmas gift! Actually, I can probably consider my shopping for Aaron DONE now. LOL! We usually buy each other a gift, if we even buy that many. We prefer to spend the xmas money on the kids and parents.
This morning I happened to be flipping channels with Lydia while waiting for Emily to wake up and saw these DVD storage cases on QVC. I promptly ran downstairs to do a quick comparison surf and decided to buy 2 of them. We have about 200 movies so it will store them and give us a teeny bit of room to grow. Plus we're going to downsize to a smaller tv/entertainment armoire soon, so these will be GREAT!

Monday, October 22, 2007

My cute kids

Today they are annoying the hell out of me, but they are still cute. :) I had a coupon for some free prints at MyPhotoAlbum so I uploaded a few pics and placed my order. While the pics are online I thought I'd share the cuteness.

Most of them are from this past weekend. Saturday we went to the zoo with my Mom, so I got some decent shots of the kids in front of nice green bamboo. Then yesterday (before the super chilly wet weather arrived) we walked downtown to a hay maze. It made a great backdrop for pictures, but I only got one good pic of Lydia. I wish she had been smiling more. She has great dimples! I also wish it didn't cost so much to get professional studio pics made. And that it wasn't such a HUGE hassle to get everyone pressed, dressed, primped, to the studio and HAPPY at the same time. Oh hell, while I'm wishing I'll wish I was a better photographer then I could take my own fabulous studio quality pics! LOL!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Tarnish is bad

Do you read the Art Bead Scene blog? If you don't, you should. Collaborative blogs are cool! Anyway, one of the writers, Virginia Miska has shared a great tip for removing tarnish from your jewelry in a non-toxic way.

On the topic of tarnish, I have a little tip to add. Keep your sterling silver things in an airtight container. Long ago when I sold at craft shows, I would keep all my carded jewelry in Rubbermaid containers. The jewelry only came out during the show and went promptly back into the box if it didn't sell. I still have some of that jewelry, in the same containers and it's as shiny as 5 years ago. No joke!
The airtight containers are not glamorous, but it sure beats the hassle of cleaning jewelry!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Missing my clay

Well...a little. Between my normal daily duties and the never ending to-do house list, I'm usually too mentally tired to feel creative. Most everything is unpacked. Except for a couple boxes of misc. items. And my craft room. My craft room is all boxes and mess. So far I've been in there twice to unpack it and I quickly got frustrated and left. Now I'm determined to get all my curtain sewing finished before I unpack the clay. I really don't enjoy sewing, and I'm trying to make clay time my reward for finishing the job. So far I've made four 7+ foot long panel curtains for downstairs, and four of NINE curtains for Emily's room. *insert big eye roll here* NINE windows in one little room?? That's just crazy. Then I'll make 2 more for Lydia's room, adjust Garrett's 2 existing curtains to fit his windows, and buy 12 more yards of fabric for 2 more large living room curtains. Woo-freakin-hoo.

Aaaaanyway...moving along. We've met 3 households of neighbors so far. All very nice people. The lady across the street even brought us homemade cookies and a candle! WOW! I wish I had a video camera. I'd love to go for a walk and take you on a tour of our neighborhood! Hell, I'd love to take you on a tour of our house! LOL! Oh well. Maybe Santa will bring me a video camera for xmas. :)

Since I'm not claying yet, I'll share some family pics with you and then be off on my way. Here is Garrett on his 9th bday. He wanted this little cupcake lizard cake and sparkle candles. I couldn't resist such a simple bday request.
Garrett's 9th
Same evening, here is my Mom with Emily and Lydia. The kids call her Gammy.
Gammy & her girls
And finally, here is Lydia the fearless.
Lydia
This was in the garage of our old house. We were storing a friend's Harley for a few days. I thought she looked cute motoring around the big bike. :)

Friday, October 05, 2007

Cool basement finds

Last nite we ventured into the basement after the kids were in bed. It started with discussing the wonderful ornate door knob on the kitchen/basement door.

There are several of them in the house, but they are disguised with layers of white paint. :(
Then we went down the stairs looking at the cool original wallpaper. Once in the basement I mentioned that I liked the woodwork on the door that divides the two basement rooms. The door has always been open, but last nite Aaron decided to peek at the other side. He had to fight with the rusty old hinges, but look at what we found!

Isn't that a neat old door?! And it's been in a basement! Even neater still, we had already decided on a sage green color for the outside of the house. And tossing around ideas for accent colors. Creams, charcoal, other greens. Now we're going to take this door out, clean it, and try to match the colors for our outside colors. It's a sign. LOL!

We also found some basement tenants. These slimy slugs were hanging out in the far back area of the basement.

Their "territory" was all shiny with slug trails. They made me smile. I kind of like slugs. Their wall was adjacent to a retaining wall. I've never been in a basement this big before. It's fascinating. There are several 5 foot retaining walls with plain old earth behind them! We can totally bury the bodies of our daughters' future boyfriends down there. :) I took several flash pics of the dark creepy areas between the "earth" and the ceilings above it. I was expecting to find interesting things in my downloaded pics. Not so. Just dirt and cobwebs. Oh well. I guess in this case boring is good.
Ok, I'll stop rambling on about our basement. I'm guessing it's not as fascinating to you as it is to me. :)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

We made it!

Hello from our new house!
The cable guy doesn't come until tomorrow but I lucked into an unsecured wireless signal from a neighboring house. :) So I'm checking emails and wanted to pop in here and say HI!

We moved in Saturday. Today is Aaron's first day back at work. Tomorrow is Garrett's 9th birthday! Busy busy busy! I have lots of boring details to share, but they will have to wait. I need to be moving along. I can't believe how much STUFF there is to do. It's totally overwhelming. I have a whole new appreciation for the term "move in ready". :)