Looks like a pile of junk here... Wish I had these neatly piled, but this is the pile on the couch after I tried everything on for my husband... LOL :)) It's a big pile. Got lots of good stuff. And I was gone ALL DAY. So, I'm tired. Click through to flickr if you want details on what all of this is. [if you're interested in that sort of thing}
Monday, July 30, 2007
I could only eat a sliver, but at least I got to use my tray. (this was after he at them, I put them in bags so he could quickly grab them to go with his lunches this week.)
Sunday, July 29, 2007
...this morning, I made these!!! New curtains for my kitchen window. I had been shopping for curtains for months and haven't found anything that, A) went with the starbucks green color that we painted our kitchen, B) went with the decor of the rest of the house, and C) was not cheesy-run-of-the-mill-kitchen-curtainy-themed-patterns. So, I found a line a target that I liked. I bought the placemats, and LOVED the pattern.... (I even included the pattern in my inspiration grid for the CMP prompt from Episode 44. They were just placemats though, and I was not able to find a pattern that I liked that was similar... nor did I ever find any curtains. SO, I had the bright idea to buy the matching cloth napkins and MAKE my own curtains! It was super-duper easy, since cloth napkins are already hemmed all the way around! I bought four napkins, sewed two together for one side, two together for the other side.... and pressed them. Then, I folded down the tops, careful to measure so that each side would be equal, and I sewed a spot for the curtain rod, leaving a little fabric at the top for the ruffle. Took me MAYBE 30-mins... and that's because I had a silly 17 month old "helping". But, they look lovely, and I am proud! :)
Saturday, July 28, 2007
My day ended in excitement, though! MANY things happened at the close of my day! First, I checked the mail... and look!
My French Toast Girl print came in!!!
I was so excited to see it that I sat right there in the car next to the mailbox and opened it. And I admired it, and I touched it, and I (almost) drooled on it. LOL! I LOVE it and I CAN'T WAIT to get it framed and HUNG!
Then, I went out and bought Camden a potty! LOL! Read more about that (if you are interested...)here. (It is kinda funny!) LOL! :)
So... a simple day turned into an awesome day, with a simple piece of mail and a potty! :)
Oh, and I need to mention that I picked up some AMAZING fabrics that I plan to use for some projects. So stay tuned here and at Etsy.
Middle of the Day - Daily Starbucks Trips!
Me, a venti sugar free vanilla nonfat latte, hot if in the morning, iced if it gets too hot.
Camden, a tall sugar free vanilla iced whole milk. He loves them.
Yep, I'll miss stopping in before naptime each day. :)
Friday, July 27, 2007
Family Recipe Talk:
*Julia Child and "The Way To Cook"
*Food evokes childhood memories
*Meals as a symbol of sharing, and caring
*Collecting, recording and passing on family recipes
*Fattening Family Recipes & Dieting / Ideas on how to make it work.
*SASE's-- and collecting HANDWRITTEN family recipes
*Scrapbooking family recipes
*Nicole's girls and their "cooking nights"
*Cooking with Camden
Rachel Ray-- all!
Paula Deen-- all!
Adriana Trigiani - "Cooking with My Sisters: 100-years of family recipes.."
FOOD - Deirdre Flint
RECIPE - Ben Willmott
1. We will rock you contest!
2. Family recipe swap!
Today. Seriously. Camden was eating chips, and figured out if you lick them, they stick. So, he began licking and sticking them-- on his FOREHEAD! ...and then laughing in that silly-crazy little boy laugh. Yep. Number 8 of what I'll miss-- is these everyday funny moments, that only come from spending BOOCOODLE Amounts of time together.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I interrupt the top ten reasons I'll miss summer to admit that today I CHEATED on my "diet"... (it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle, right ladies?) but anyway, I cheated today. Started at Starbucks and ended with a burger... and there was an ice cream in there somewhere too. But, oh well. Tomorrow is a new day, right!?
Tomorrow, (the new day), I will be podcasting, cleaning, and preparing for a fun-loving weekend. Maybe drawing and knitting, too. Also, pondering a very special quilt -- no, make that TWO very special quilts that I plan to make. One for me, one for someone special.
That's all folks.
Watching the birds at the park with Camden.
Cam: BIRD!!! (saying and signing)
Me: Yes, honey that's a bird.
Cam: BIRRRRRRRRRRD!!!! (saying loudly, signing quickly)
Me: You are right!
Cam: BIRDDDDDDDDD! (saying LOUDER, signing directly in front of my face, almost poking my eye out.)
Me: Yes, a bird.
...(and you know how this continues).....
until it gets too hot.
Yep, that's number nine, folks.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Camden went down for a nap. Only took an hour nap, and woke up.
Cam: "Wahhhhhhhh" "Maaaamaaaaa!" "Wahhhhhhhhh"!
Me: Wanna come lay down with mama?
Cam: (Big head nod)
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
another fabric book cover... this time, Cherries! I'm having fun with these words... and I have sooo many more!!! The ideas just keep coming.... but I'm not always finding the time... but this evening, I did. I sold my first item at Etsy, and that inspired me to make ONE more item... (to replace the item sold).. and so, the Cherry book cover was born. It came out REALLY cute. I kinda want to keep it. But, I won't. I guess I could always make myself another! So... Cherry will be at Etsy tomorrow. :)
On the mind lately: Quilting, fabric, stitching, Christmas Gifts to make, and, my podcast.
Monday, July 23, 2007
..are done! ...and are in my Etsy shop (view link to the right!) A solution to my problem: I'm a used book person. I hate the sight of ugly covers, but I love the prices! ...so! I made a pretty paperback book cover -- Amy Butler fabric, ribbon embellishment, fully lined, with a handle for carrying. Would you like one? Visit my new ETSY Shop!
Friday, July 20, 2007
*Shout-Outs to listeners who have submitted lists and ideas.
*A Low-Fat Recipe: Blueberry Yogurt Parfait(and as "donkey" from Shrek says "everybody likes parfait!")
*Journal Confessions and glimpses
*A Halfway There Contest: "We Will Rock You"
*ideas, discussions, and everything else a mom would want to hear!
Awesome Podsafe Music:
It's You by Adrienne Pierce
So... I aquired all of the tools necessary in order to carve stamps. I set to work, thinking I could do it, easy. It wasn't easy, but it was fun! (If you know anything about stamping, you know my "J" came out backwards when stamped.) LOL! Lots of mistakes but fun anyway.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Halfway There: Episode 6- Summertime Is Family Time!
*My sister is back!
*Weight Loss Talk
*Been there, done that
*A Jergens Lotion Mistake...
*Treadmill Trax- A Playlist from Me to You!
*Floor Sample by Julia Cameron- A Creative Memoir
*Great Podsafe Music from the Podsafe Music Network!
-Halfway There by Katy Pfaffl (intro and outro)
-There is the Sun (from the album Stray) by Derek James
-Just What I Needed by Jan Linder-Koda (dedicated to all my Mommy friends!)
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Lots of you wanted to see the bathroom-re-do. Here's a glimpse of the color. My husband did all of this for me... we are calling it mermaid green ... LOL . notice a special ATC in frame that found it's perfect home.
All of the bathroom accessories are silver and white. -- and I've even went for that hotel-look- of all white towels :)
So, I have episode 6 of halfway there recorded... however, the program that I use to upload it is telling me that it's in the wrong format. So, I haven't been able to publish it yet. But... if the benadryl allows my little one to sleep a little, (longer), then hopefully today. I'll post the show notes once it's there so you'll know.
Other than that, I'm just trying to survive my day.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
We passed this place on the way home from the family reunion this weekend. In light of my dad being called Granddaddy now (and loving diet coke), we had to stop and take a photo. Also, his dad, MY Granddaddy, just recently passed away, so this was a cool place to see along the way.
So, family reunion this weekend. My dad was the host. Since his dad had just recently passed away, we had recently cleaned out the old house that he grew up in. During the process, we uncovered lots of gems-- including my great grandmother's old journals, old love letters between my great grandmother and great grandfather, and other ephemera from their past. My aunt read aloud from the love letters and my mom read aloud from the journals. Her favorite entry was one about my dad-- September 14, (not remembering the year at this moment, but in the 60's)-- it reads: "Mescal gave birth to her fourth son today. His name is Jon Leslie. We had hoped it would be a girl." -- (mescal is my grandma, jon leslie is my dad)... too cool huh?
...and so during the reunion the letters, the journals, and old photos were passed around. People oohed and aahed, and laughed and cried and said "remember when", and "would you believe". It was amazing.
And it proved that what I'm doing in my visual journal, scrapbook, and through photography MATTERS. That someday they will be found, and passed around, and read, and oohed and aahed over, and THEY will make people laugh and cry and say "remember when" and "would you believe". ...and for this, I will continue, with all my energy, to devote time to these important things. Because if I learned anything at this one reunion, it's not how good Aunt Mabel's apple pie is -- it's how important keeping records of our lives is.
(in spite of the reunion, the diet is status quo. I did what I could, and I didn't cheat. Not even for Aunt Mabel's apple pie.)
I fretted over what to do, and decided to expand the prompt a little more and just use "dream" -- although this little child fairy could appear in a "midsummer night's dream", I suppose.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I have come to the realization that I can no longer use the excuse "I just had a baby". My "baby" is practically a little boy-- walking, talking, eating solid foods, having conversations, etc. So, my little excuse for this extra weight I'm carrying around just is not working anymore.
Sunday I had a discussion with my husband. He told me to do whatever makes me happy. I told him that it would be much EASIER to do this if I had something to work toward... not just weight loss, but weight loss PRIZES. We discussed my reasoning behind this.... because I could easily lose a few pounds and feel good and want to stop there. --when my ultimate goal has always been to continue, I never really have... So... this (hopefully) will help me get there.
So... wanna know what I get?
Well, let's talk numbers without disclosing REAL numbers. First, I'm about 5'4. I gained a whopping 60 pounds while pregnant, and have only lost about 20 of those pounds. However, when I got pregnant, I was probably about 10-20 pounds overweight-- (the books all say I should weigh between 115 and 140)... what a range!
So... I'd probably be ok just losing 30 pounds... but I'd like to try and lose all of the weight that I gained while pregnant plus an additional 20. (which is why I need some more incentive...!!!!!)
For the first 10 pounds, I get:
For the next 10 pounds, I get:
For the next 10 pounds, I get:
(now, on to the good stuff... because I ultimately could stop here and be fine... but my deep wish is to continue...)... so I will...
and for the next ten pounds, I get:
new bedroom furniture, something I've wanted for a LONG time!!!!!
and for the next ten pounds, I get:
...and for the final ten pounds, I get:
...So... sounds like a deal to me! ...and I think having a prize every ten pounds will really help. Especially the prizes for the last thirty pounds, which is really tough! :)
(Oh, for those of you wondering how I am doing it, I joined weight watchers!)
Monday, July 09, 2007
*Recap of my Fort Lauderdale Trip, complete with talk about my drive with Grandma, a bathing suit situation, SAFE problems, and the many joys of traveling with a 16-month old.
*New Give-Aways-- Lucky Sevens Package! Write me at SunnyNole@gmail.com with the assignment for yours!!!
-Liberty Jones by The Shakes (first selection)
-What You're Wishing For by Adrienne Pierce (second selection)
-Halfway There by Katy Pfaffl (intro and breaks)
(Keep listening to the end for a treat-- we sent this "missing you" message to Grandmommy and Granddaddy after our trip was over.)
*added later............. so yes, I was in a hurry when posting this show and didn't listen to it all the way through.............. there is a long pause before the song "liberty jones" plays, so you'll have to ffwd. SORRY!!!!!!!!!
Friday, July 06, 2007
2 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. baking powder
Zest of 1 lemon (very very finely shredded)
2 oz. butter
1 egg yolk (reserve the white)
1/2 C. heavy cream
Place the flour, sugar, baking powder and lemon zest in a large bowl.
Cut the butter into this mix until it disappears. Use a pastry knife for this or your fingers. Stir together the egg, egg yolk and cream. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and pour in the liquids. Stir with a fork until it all clumps together in the middle of the bowl.
Turn out onto a floured board and knead a few times. Add some flour if it's too sticky. Form the dough into 2 rounds, about 1 inch high and 4 inches in diameter. Cut across into 4 wedges.
Place the scones on a baking sheet, preferably lined with baking parchment. Brush with the reserved egg white, and sprinkle with some sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, until done.
Watch the bottoms. If they start to brown, turn your oven down to 350.
(I liked the crust of this one better-- the blueberry scones were not brushed with egg white so didn't have a crispy crust-- I'm pretty sure that you CAN brush them with egg white to give them that crispy crust!!)
2 tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
3/4 c. butter
1 lg. egg
1 1/2 c. half & half
1 1/2 c. blueberries
1 tbsp. sugar
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Grease large baking sheet. In large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Blend in butter with pastry blender until pastry is coarse and crumbly. Separate egg. Place egg whites in cup. Beat egg yolks with fork. Stir in half & half. Add mixture to dry ingredients and mix until mixture forms a soft dough.
Turn dough unto lightly floured surface and knead gently 5 or 6 times. Gently knead blueberries. Divide dough in half. Roll each half of dough into 7 inch circle. Cut into 4 wedges each. Place scones 1 inch apart on greased baking sheet. Pierce with tines of fork. Brush with reserved egg white. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
*adapted from two scone recipes, P. Deen and Cooks.com
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Since I've posted......... and this is why-- we are in Fort Lauderdale visiting my mom and dad-- and hanging out by the pool, enjoying the South Florida weather, etc. I haven't been drawing-- but I HAVE been knitting. I have been working on a green scarf from a simple pattern that I made up in my head. I ended up pulling out the artyarns wavy scarf that I made because the pattern was too much for me while "chatting"... too many change-ups with the knit and purl and I had to concentrate too hard... so I made up my own: co30, row1 k, row 2 k, row3 k, row4, k3, (k3, p3)* repeat until last 3 sts, k3 - repeat row 4 until scarf is 'as long as you want it' and then k the last 3 rows. EASY as PIE! ............. and speaking of pie, we've been eating apple pie, cherry cheesecake pie, and all sorts of PIES. :)