Sunday, December 12, 2010

Where have I been after promising to make updates?!?!

Ok, ok, it has been over a month... no excuses... but I'll try very heard to make them up anyway.
I have been busy.
Busy? You may ask? Too busy to make a five minute post once in a while when you spend ten minutes on Farmville everyday?
I lose.


Any who, I directed a Christmas play a week ago. That was not only time consuming, but I think I lost ten years off of my life from it. In the end, the kids did great, but we had set back after set back. The worst was that one of the characters hurt his ankle while walking from the back room to the stage. Yeah. It was re-casted thirty seconds before this poor guy had to perform it. I felt bad for him because he had memorized all of his lines, BUT because of taking on a new part, he had to hold pages of notes anyway.

I tried to make the play special by creating a stage. Heh. I wish I had some pictures. I took two ten foot ladders, covered them with butcher paper and connected them with a rope with six curtains hanging off of it. It was a mix of cool and lame. I also procured (which was a process in itself) dry ice to make a fog effect for the dream of St. Simeon. However, I accidently put it in too soon so it gushed out of the curtain and died prematurely. AT LEAST IT WAS A COOL THOUGHT!

The moral of the story is that I will probably never direct a play again. (I probably will.)

Aside from that, I have been busy working and taking care of Katherine as usual. She has been acting weird when eating. She started some solids (i.e. a jar of apples and 2 oz. of prune juice). Since about the time that I put her on a schedule for them she has been SUPER picky about nursing. She cries after a few minutes, for a few seconds, then goes back to eating. Tonight she screamed like I was trying to kill her when I was nursing. The end result was that I put her to bed and when she got up later she was absolutely fine. Any ideas? She has been working on a tooth for about a month now. It is starting to show a little (like maybe a few molecules) more. I thought it was maybe gas, but I really have no idea. When she nurses in the early morning or after her bedtime she is basically fine and only cries a little, if at all. Oh, if it helps, she is almost six months.

Today, Matt and I missed church. It was the first time since I was having preterm labor ages ago. Matt was sick and had a headache and I had a headache (my headaches have been getting super bad and since I can only take two measly Tylenol, is isn't so great). It was pretty depressing because I had been really looking forward to doing a lot of stuff today. There was a Christmas celebration in a nearby town that we were going to attend. Matt was going to sing with the Choir for it, while I had plans to hang out in the local coffee shop all day. After that we were going to get our Christmas tree and put it up. HOWEVER, we both felt so terrible we slept (me)/watched TV (Matt)for most of the day. Katherine was rather fussy, so we took turns.

THANKFULLY I am feeling much better now. So, hopefully we will put up the tree tomorrow.

Have a good one!

Friday, November 5, 2010

The life of a bum [me.]

So, I was so sick today. I had a killer headache and was super nauseous. THANK GOD Katherine was very well behaved during the morning and played by herself so I could sleep longer. [Before you think I am a horrible mother, she was either in her crib or right next to me- no neglect! She is too little to do anything anyway.] After the morning progressed and the misery continued I took a Tylenol and, WOW, I SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT EARLIER.

I was still sick, but could take it [sort of.] SO Matt came home from class, went to the store and got me junk health food. Coke, Reses, Kit-Kats, Andes, salt and vinigar chips, and, yes. pickles. Don't ever underestimate the power of pickles. The vinegar is very soothing. I not only learned it from being pregnant for Katherine but I also read an article on it. Why pickle juice is awesome.

So, for the rest of the night I either slept ate tons of the before mentioned food and/or basically wasted time on the internet. I shopped and *gasp* bows head in shame* played Farmville. I didn't really have the spirit to work. I am still trying to get myself to do it, but it isn't coming easy. Grading papers just does not sound like the activity of the moment. I will have to pay for it by working Saturday though

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Not so glorious

So I read the blogs of several highly accomplished mothers. I am not one of them. Sure, sure, my posts give the impression that I do extra projects. It is even true. BUT, my gosh, most nights I am trying to avoid serving vegetables out of a can... or still in the can.

I work from home for an online college. It is only 20 hours per week, but somehow it seems so life consuming. At any rate, between that, Katherine (I just started cloth diapers yesterday), cleaning and cooking it is pretty crazy. I am always scouring the internet for quick meal ideas or other time saving tips.

Yes, it is true.

Ok, ok, it doesn't happen that often. This was taken Katherine was still a newborn.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Birth announcement/ thinking of you cards tutorial

I was given a hand/footprint picture set for my daughter. It occurred to me that I could turn it into a lovely project for family members who live far away (My husband and I moved to a different state so he could attend seminary).
Since it was the day Katherine turned three months, it seemed perfect.
After making the picture the kit was intended for, I used some left over blank greeting cards. It actually wasn't that messy, though there was a reason that I ended up using her foot instead of her hand. I imagine that when she is older a hand could be easier.


 After that, I printed wallet sized photos.

 I glued them on with photo safe scrapbook glue. To put a border around the edge, I used white ribbon. If you ever try this it would be better to use a colored ribbon (like pink) so there isn't so much white space.
I liked it, but wanted to add color and draw attention away from possible fraying.

I used a paint marker to add a border. I would recommend experimenting with extra ribbon.  

Here are a couple of the finished cards. Yes, the picture is dark because I procrastinated taking it for almost three weeks. I decided to finally do it tonight so I could finish this post. I left my camera in the car, so I used my cell phone, thus the poor quality. At any rate, I also used a thick dark pen to write her name on the top of each card.

I already sent them to her grandparents and (though they are obligated to) liked them very much.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A quilt

I decided to get back into sewing by making a quilt. I chose a simple design so that I would not want to kill myself. It has been quite a while since I embarked on a decent sewing project. I believe the last was a period dress from the 1700's that I did as a history independent study.
 Yes, yes, I know cotton is not a normally accepted fabric for a dress during this time period. However, I justified it (I didn't have the money for something better anyway) that cotton was worn by the wealthy. So, if I ever go to a reenactment, I am going to have to be stinking rich. haha
 The skirt is a separate piece.

It required a great deal of research, a set of stays, chemise and a lot of hand sewing. I guess I needed a break after that.

So, getting back to business, I decided to make a quilt. I had wanted to make something for our niece, so I decided this was perfect.
                                                         I picked out shades of green.


 OH MY GOSH. I thought the math would kill me. I decided to use 6.5 inch squares. I used a solid color for half, then rotated with the prints.
 After a long time of cutting (myself included) with the rotary, the pieces were finished- well mostly. I needed 18 colored and 18 solid.I also needed enough solid for a border. Part of this was because I underestimated the amount of fabric I would need. I used about 1.25 yards of solid, 1.5 yards of flannel backing, and three fabric quarters. I didn't bother with batting because I wanted it to be lightweight.
 It was the first time I had used my sewing machine. It was a gift from my parents for our wedding.

 I sewed around the border with green stitching. You can't see it on the front, but the light backing shows it very well.
I tied it off with green embroidery thread. The whole process took probably 4-5 hours.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A great find from a junk shop

I was very pleased to find this lovely regency portrait at a junk shop today. The trim is a little damaged, but it still looks great. It even has a quilted fabric matte. I got it for a whopping $3.00.
There is a note on the back that titles this piece "Banquet of Flowers" which is odd because there are no flowers in this portrait. It is also noted as being a product of the artist Nicolas Verendael from the Flemish School. I do not know if this is accurate. Either way, I love it.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Requiem

Alas, people keep stealing the flowers in front of our house. The heartbreaking thing is when I find them on the sidewalk a few feet away. Sometimes I am able to rescue them by putting them in water. Well, "sometimes" means once.

Any who, here is a tribute to the front of my house. I slaved over it all while being pregnant. I have to confess though, it got rather weedy/grassy after Katherine was born.


 This was much earlier this year.


 Part of it.


 Ah, my glorious hydrangeas. These are the ones that are often stolen.


 All of those morning glories are from two vines. The have even more blooms now.


 Early spring, again. I poorly positioned the poppies so that the rain water from the roof pretty much killed them.


I planted several Iris bulbs. I had only tried bulbs once years ago and did it wrong. I was very happy with these. They were super cheap.

Overall, I have been very happy to have a place for planting. I grew up in the country with endless space for gardening. I missed it a lot from living in the city. Now that we are in town, at least I have something. I have glorious plans for the back lawn, next summer. I was too pregnant to capture it this spring and too busy with the baby this summer. Also, I thought it was filled with Poison Ivy, though it turned out to be the harmless Boston Ivy (I think... I'll find out).

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Today.

So, today was pretty busy. Katherine was quite the needy child today. She only wanted to nap for an hour after being up for an hour. It was kind of crazy. Any who, she is sleeping now (after a super long fussy section) so all is well. She is sually very well behaved. I am not sure what went wrong today.

I watched the last Harry Potter with some friends; it was pretty awesome. I can't wait for the new movie. I read the books last year; they were gripping.

I took Katherine out on the porch for a few minutes today. I think she liked it. I would like to take her outside more often, but since we live in town and currently have no back yard to speak of, it is not very common. The rail by the porch steps is covered in Morning Glories. It is lovely. I planted a lot of seeds, but only two made it. The vine is so huge, I can only imagine what it would have been like if the others came up as well.

I just got my pattern from Sense and Sensibility today. It is pretty awesome. I am trying to think of a way to modify it enough so that it still has the same basic look, but is modern enough so I can wear it without feeling like I should be in a movie. HOWEVER I would just about sacrifice my teeth to be able to wear dresses like that all of the time. I always lament over the fact that beautiful dressing had to stop a mere 100ish years before I was born. For shame.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Firsts

Well, I decided to move from Wordpess to here. This site is easier to use. I am still trying to get everything set up. I am kind of going nuts trying to figure out how to create a header, haha.

Coming soon!
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