Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween rambles

Happy Halloween to you! BOO! LOL!
I just adore Halloween. It's never been an evil holiday to me. It's always been about the fun of dressing up, and the CANDY, and the kiddie spirit of it all. Holidays (and any situation really) are what you make them, ya know? ANYWAY! :)
We have a fun evening planned. All 3 kiddos are jazzed about dressing up and trick or treating. We live in a semi-secluded small neighborhood, so the kids can go door to door with ease and safety. Garrett is attending his first Halloween party just 3 doors down at his friend's house. And we will enjoy family time sitting in our driveway, handing out candy to the kids and watching all the neighborhood festivities.

Miss Amelia went for a 2 month old checkup yesterday. Poor pumpkin had to get 3 shots. :( But she weighed in at 10 lbs and 23" tall! She's had a LOT of fussiness and unhappiness lately. I feared it was reflux or something similar, but the DR thinks it's colic. (joy!) So we'll ride it out the best we can. Right now though...she's sleeping IN HER BED and has been doing so for almost 3 hours now! This is HUGE news. She's been refusing to sleep lying down for weeks now. She does all her sleeping in her swing. I hope it's not a fluke. Hopefully she can relearn to sleep lying down soon.

I found a new use for alcohol ink today! I diluted some color in a little rubbing alcohol, and used it to dye the white elastic straps on Lydia's butterfly fairy wings. Now they will blend better with her cute purple costume. :)

Well, I'm out of here for now. I want a cuppa coffee before Amelia wakes up. I'm looking forward to much super shock tonite! I hope you enjoy the holiday and all it's sugariness, too! ;)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dead guy in resin

For a first attempt at a new idea I'm quite pleased! It went way better than my attempts at encasing clay in resin a couple years ago. :) It's not quite worthy of this many photos...but my new camera is so easy to shoot macro I can't help but share.

The clay bezel was a tedious pita to make, but I like it!

I epoxy'd on the bail and covered the back. Couldn't resist the mica powders.

The pendant is fairly small. Isn't the iridescent purple glitter pretty?! In person it sparkles like crazy. Love that! The skull is much smaller than the beads I sell on etsy. His eyes were a pita too...but I like them! :) The tiny star beads were a last minute addition. Are they too much?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

ADD attack

There is a reason why I've never mastered any one art or craft or...anything. I have the attention span of a gnat and the overwhelming desire to try it ALL. :)

Right now Amelia is napping and the big girls are happily playing. Am I taking advantage of this time to scamper off to the happy table? Oh hell no. I'm surfing Etsy and googling for examples of the things I want to LEARN to make. I don't have the supplies or the tools or the basic knowledge required...but I have a list! LOL!

First, I need a sewing machine so I can make Amelia a dozen pair of cute little Mary Janes like these. And adorable little dresses/shirts for all the girls like this one. Oh! And a fabulous new diaper bag that I'll customize just like I want it.

Then there's all the hair accessories I want to make for the girls. I'll use that sewing machine for perfect fitting headbands for Amelia. Some sort of soft, stretchy material that will stay put but not bite into her soft little noggin like elastic bands. Then I need to hit the felt department so I can make cute stuff for hair clip decorations that will interchange on the headbands OR clip into the big girls' hair.

All of which (except the hair clips) are ridiculous b/c I suck at the sewing machine! The curtains I made for the Oklahoma house...OY! They were so bad. I know practice makes perfect but holy cow...they were/are terrible.

Oh! And papier mache...I want to learn it too. I think the first and only time I papier mached was a George Washington bust in 2nd grade. :) I've got several ideas for folk art home decor items that would be better suited for papier mache (vs. polymer clay). So I'm reading up on the various recipes and techniques available. Of course I'll read and bookmark and read and bookmark for weeks, but never actually try to make anything. Did I mention I'm afraid of failure?

Oh! And resin! I bought a package of resin mix a long time ago, to use with a BOH idea I had. (and never finished...go figure!) If the resin is still good I want to try some resin jewelry. I don't have any molds, so I'll use it in polymer clay. I have a couple ideas to try.

Now I just need to find the motivation to get up off my arse and DO something. I have spent the last few weeks sitting on the couch surfing and watching tv. I don't even obsessively clean the house anymore! My laziness has reached a new high. I need the tv and internet to die, b/c I don't have the willpower. Help! Someone call our cable provider and tell them to cut me off!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Ok, I warned you

New camera = spamming you with kid pics. :) Miss Emily and her mini-me, Amelia.

Monday, October 06, 2008

I almost forgot

I love my Daddy
Originally uploaded by ~ChristieToo
I put 4 new Amelia pics on my *other* flickr account. Click on the picture to check out her cuteness! :)

She's growing and thriving and intermittently happy. LOL! She's started smiling at familiar faces (and not in that gas relief sort of way). Poor girl has terrible baby pimples, but other than that she's perfectly healthy and well...just perfect! :)

Amelia's milk cow has had problems of excess milk production, which has created gas/reflux/spit up pains for Amelia and physical pain for the cow. However! With the help of Google and the Le Leche website we are taking steps to correct the problem and make life easier. Thank goodness for the baby swing!! B/c of the gas issues, she wants to stay upright at all times. So she does most of her sleeping in the swing.

Speak of the sweetheart...I hear her waking now. Amelia update over for now. :)

Bday highlights

Mr. Garrett turned 10 in grand fashion. He spent the weekend in Ft. Worth with family and attended the Texas State Fair. From what I hear he made the most of it with wild rides, good junk food, games, animal races and exhibits that included a 1,200+ lb. pig! They made it back home just in time for his b-day party. (His 2nd party mind you...his Aunt Charlie threw him one the previous evening as well!)

It was really fun! He hit the mother load on gifts, receiving a new bike, a BB gun, lots of Star Wars goodies he wanted, and many other cool toys. A neighbor friend let us borrow their big bouncy castle. The kids had fun popping balloons with darts, Garrett's bow & arrow, and maybe even his soft air pellet gun (I didn't witness that one). Then they moved to the empty field beside our house to try out his new BB gun. (I even had fun shooting it after the party was over!) And finally they got to attack the pinata that had been stuffed FULL of candies and party favors. It was so heavy it broke off the hanger. And then broke off at the feet twice after Aaron retied it! LOL! Their last act of fun was busting into the living room and showering all of us with LOTS of silly string. It was really quite funny, but Emily (who hates to get dirty) wasn't amused in the least. :)

It was a great 10th bday party for sure. Garrett had lots of friends and family here to celebrate with him. Here are a few picture highlights.