I really like doing custom orders. It’s fun for me to give people a chance to pick out and create something that they feel really comes from them, not the department store. And this one was extra special for me because it was to be a gift for my niece Katie.
She and her husband Victor are having their first baby! Yes it’s a boy.
My sister-in-law asked me to make a gift for them and I thought of this Dick and Jane fabric right off. It reminds me of her and seems like something from her own childhood that she would want to pass on to our new baby nephew.
The blanket is soft flannel with vintage chenille and the tie fabric is perfect! Doesn’t that plaid just rock it as a tie :D I am also working on another special order that I will be done with tomorrow. I’ll show you that one too if you like!
And with this sewing project done and posted it means that I have completed my Sew 5 Challenge! Thanks Creative Maven for keeping me busy and on task!
I wanted to show you my last few pics of my girl’s birthday party. And p.s. if you read this entire post there will be a surprise at the end!
My neighbor showed me a neat trick for making these fruit bouquets. Insert a wedge of iceberg lettuce in the pot. These were fun to make. I wish I had bought more pineapple, and the strawberries also had blueberries on the skewers that helped them from slipping down the stick. The kids loved it and of course they ate it all!
I also made these huge tissue paper flowers. They hung from the ceiling over the counter where I had the food out. My husband thought that I bought them, what a kook :)
Remember the theme of her party was dogs. So I ordered this simple cake with a dog bone on it. The plastic dogs we already had and had been through the dishwasher. I was going to put them nicely around the perimeter of the cake, but when the girls saw what I was up to, they decided to assist me!
And here is was I made for each little girl to take home with her. A little scottie dog. My girl even helped me add the stuffing. It was so sweet for me to get to make them with her. She named her dog “Frisbee”! Gotta love it.
And here is your surprise… I made an extra little dog for you!! Yes, you can be the proud owner of your very own frisbee dog. Just leave a comment for a chance to win. This giveaway will end on Sunday night. Thanks and pass it on!
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My 3 are all back to school now. I am still wondering how to fill my days! I used to laugh when people would ask me that. I thought I would sew from sun up til sun down. At least until 2:30 any way.
It has been 5 days. I am still trying to find my balance. I wonder what is to become of me?
Then I remember that the thrift shops are open. I can go to them and shop for the things I love and need. Not having to worry about what my kids love and want and have to have.
My back seat still feels empty. But now I have room for my junk!
My boy loves wolves. I have no idea how this came about or why. But he just does.
Which is really great. I love it when they have a passion about something.
And this is what the wolf thing is, an intense love of all things wolf.
He even draws them. He was sitting at the dinner table last night after he had finished eating and was doing a new sketch.
I thought he needed some more wolf inspiration. More wolf art to keep his imagination going.
So here I am sharing some of my etsy favs with you.
What is your favorite animal?
This is a story about my 8 year old boy… He is cuckoo!
“When can I get a phone?” him
“When you’re 20! You don’t need a phone!” me
“What if I get lost and stuck in a tree?” him
“Don’t wander off by yourself.” me
“Or if I get lost in the jungle and had to live with a homeless person?” him
When he said that I had to write it all down, while driving in the car. Just to share it with you! I love my boy and his fantastic imagination. His powers of persuasion though, needs a little work.
My beauty turned 8 years old on December 18th and I finally have a photo to show you.
He is almost as big as his 11 year old brother, and weighs about 10 pounds more. I look at him and can’t believe he was born only 8 years ago. This wonderful cake was provided by his Gram. I love the hamburger cake! Especially made with fries.
And here are my 3 crazy kids! This was taken on Christmas eve after we went to the 7 p.m. church service. The guitar was a birthday present. I think his music lessons will have to start soon!
Please meet my father-in-law, Eldridge Trott. He has been staying with us since early December. He lives 3 hours north of us kind of remotely. So Grandfather will be staying with us for another month. Maybe longer. We’re trying to talk him into moving here with us or with his daughter.
And his dog Sweetie. She lives up to her name and is much loved!
Every year at Christmas time we (I mean my husband) go into the garage and pull out our boxed up Christmas tree. But this year is a little different, and I love it!
My 88 year old father-in-law is staying with us for most of the month. He lives in a remote mountain area of California. So last weekend when my husband and kids drove the 4 hours to get him they of course stayed the night.
Then the next day the got a license to cut down a tree in the Plumas County National Forest. It was even in the snow. They cut it down and tied it to the top of our van. And had the best time ever! All for $10.00. Not bad for making memories.
At first I thought it was a little bit on the Charlie Brown side. But once we cut off a few low branches and got all of the ornaments on. It filled in nicely. The paper chain was left over from the early years with our kids when I filled our tree with just paper decorations. It has faded a bit, but I love the homey touches to our homey tree!
It looks nothing like my Macy’s trees! And I think that’s a good thing.
So I guess that I was the last mom in Lincoln to have taken her kids to Disneyland. That’s what it sounded like to me weeks before we left on our trip. I honestly didn’t understand all of the hype and excitement. What was the big deal. Isn’t it just another amusement park?
Now I get it. And now I am already saving money up for my next trip. I want to visit every Disney location. Euro Disney, Tokyo Disney, Disneyworld. Any place else?
My girl went right up to Mickey, and Pooh Bear, and Eyeore, and Tigger. I was so surprised. Her shyness was gone for the moment when she saw those character’s that she is so familiar with. And quickly went to each of them for a hello and a hug.
Grandfather made this trip possible for us. He is 88 and swears this is his last trip away from home. He had just come to Anaheim from the Grand Canyon. He has really been all over the world and I’m sure that if he can get on the train, he will be out the door again soon!
Once my kids got their ears, I told them that they had to wear them to get on all of the rides. They didn’t pick up on the fact that I wasn’t wearing any myself. And the night we went out to IHOP, I told them that they would get a free glass of water for wearing their ears too. I know, I’m bad. But aren’t they so cute!
Thanks to all of my friends and family for all of the Disney help. Especially Gram who watched my Q when I was gone. And thank you to Beth and Grandfather for making the trip with us that much more fun to share it with you!
My girl turned 5 yesterday! Happy Birthday beauty :)
And my boy turned 11 this month too! We have 3 birthday’s in August. Aren’t kids just great. :)
You know I think I am still recovering from my husband’s birthday party that we held in our home over two weeks ago! There are still birthday cards on the counter, and thank you cards to write. Plus a ton of beer and wine left unopened!
All of my new serving pieces that I had to have, are all put away. That was a big challenge for me. I don’t have a lot of kitchen space. So, I got to clean out my cabinets. Which I think feels like I’ve lost weight. I wish that actually worked!
The prep for the party was filled with days of running around town. My sisters were staying at my house so that made everything a lot easier. I relied on their opinion for everything! Even lipstick. Which we all know is a big decision to make on one’s own.
The kids put up with our shopping at the mall. See’s Candies doesn’t hurt either! We got a lot of great decorating ideas at Pottery Barn.
We went to Gram’s Ranch. While the boys climbed in the trees,
the girls were busy cutting olive branches that we were to use in all of the floral arrangements.
Isn’t it beautiful? My wonderful and talented neighbor Ralph made these beautiful arrangements for each table. The flowers were the perfect finishing touch!
And here we are all in the midst of the party. Can you tell we are related? That is my husband Jeff in the right corner of the pic. We were having such a good time, that I didn’t take any other pictures. I do have one of a friend climbing the fence, but I’m holding onto that one!
Thank you to my dear friends and family who were such a large part in making the evening a success! I had such a great night. And most importantly, Jeff had a great time celebrating 50! I love you babe.