This is the first birdie block of my birdie quilt. This was made by a fine woman in Thailand. Such a sweet lady and such a cool block! I'm getting thrilled to see all of the others. :)
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I can't believe you're graduating on Saturday from mine and dad's alma mater. And you chose the same major as I did, following in my footsteps. It makes me feel so proud to see your love for English Education. And you know from my experience that you'll never be "rich", but you'll be so loved and so rewarded in other ways, that it won't matter!
Do you remember when you were in kindergarten and I was in 5th grade at Central Avenue Elementary? I would walk you to class every day because you needed me to be there. To make sure you made it okay. Because you may have forgotten where your class was on day 2, 15, 78, or 120. You would promise each day that you would do it by yourself, then as we pulled in to school, in your little Minnie mouse voice, you'd ask me to PLEASE take you, and I would. I even had to explain to Mr. Edder that my sister was quiet needy and needed me to walk her to class each day, and excuse ME if I'm late. And he did. What I found even funnier is that you couldn't find YOUR class each morning without my "help", but you could certainly find MINE at the end of the day, because the younger grades were always dismissed first. You would make a bee line for the 5th grade wing and you'd hang out by Mr. Edder's door, waiting on me to emerge.
It was no surprise that when you went to college I would have to show you around campus and walk you to your classes as well. It was with a sense of pride and independence that I "showed you the ropes". And living together for that first year was certainly an experience. You learned all too well the art of turning a light off when you were done in your room. Looking back, I realize now that you were being stubborn because you had left your momma back in Fort Lauderdale, only to come live with your "other momma" here in Tally. And that's NOT what you wanted- you wanted a 'roommate' and 'friend'. But, I, was Just. Too. Motherly. It wasn't until I moved out and left you plateless and without a can opener that you had to start figuring things out on your own. In hindsight, I think it was the best thing for ya, perhaps not the best thing for me though...hahaha!
I love you, Leslie! I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. I'm so proud to share an alma mater (and major!) with you. I'm even more happy that we are not only sisters, but great friends.
Welcome to the "real world". :)
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Okay, here's the quick recipe for the dough- it's just one that I found online- nothing special, but I liked this one because you don't have to leave the dough to rise for an hour - you can use it immediately. (And it was actually very good- pizza parlor quality good!)
Easy Peasy Pizza Dough
1 small package of Active Dry Yeast (About 1tbsp.)
1 cup of warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. vegetable oil (or any other kind of oil) - I used EVOO
2 1/2 cups Bread Flour
Dissolve yeast in cup of warm water. Add sugar, salt, oil and flour, stir until sticky. Flour your surface, toss the dough ball onto it and knead it for 10 minutes. *This is where you should involve your children!*
This is Camden having fun kneading the dough. He had so much fun, I'm sure we exceeded the 10-minute kneading directions, because at this point, I washed up the dishes that I had used to mix it to give him a little more time with the dough.
Once the dough is kneaded, roll it out. (I don't have a rolling pin so I just used a glass because that's what my mom always did... hehehe!)... Place it into a pizza pan, *or a cookie sheet*, (I didn't have a pizza pan either, so we just used a cookie sheet, it was a square pizza but it didn't taste any different! Rolling pin and pizza pan are on my kitchen list of "things needed"... :)
Then top your pizza with whatever you'd like to top it with! We used sauce, cheese and pepperoni.
My little boy who was so proud of his pizza. He put on the cheese and pepperonis for me! Before we put it in the oven he said "this is gonna be soooooooooo goooood!" He's such an optimistic little guy isn't he? Either that or he really has faith in his mama's cookin'!
And you know what? He was right! It was Soooooooo Gooooooooooood! I'm thinking next time we'll top it with veggies galore! We were both very proud of our pizza. That's Amore!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
This is the first block in my Orange Creamsicle quilt. I have a stack of orange fabrics in my studio right now and coupled with white trim, they are going to make a very cute baby quilt- and I'm just excited about the name itself.... this will be for a friend of my husbands who just did us a very huge favor- his wife is expecting and this gift will be mailed to them as an unexpected thank you, from us.
Once again my son is hiding his face. He's becoming uber uncooperative with the photos lately! At any rate, these are our roly poly habitats. The boys had a lot of fun gathering the materials to make them and even more fun observing them!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
They are such sweethearts together when they are both excited about something! We headed up the street to my sisters to play in Camden's kiddie pool that is over there (they have the yard space) and when Gee and Granddaddy come to visit he uses it there. :)
Friday, April 17, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
We hung sheers up on our beach patio and totally have been enjoying the peaceful feeling in that room lately. Of course, this was Joe's idea- and I've just been (secretly) calling him Ty lately... because he totally thinks he's a decorator... in a very metro way. ;)
My packages for SC3 are in the mail and I'm super excited about my bird quilt. These are just a few samples of the fabrics that I sent, (that I used for a fabric pillow earlier in the year)...
And I heard from metrosupial designs today who said that she too was planning a bird quilt, and so, we have planned a little bird quilt fabric swap, which will be amazing!