Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fun times to be had

Well, I have Bronchitis. At least I am the only one sick right now! Gah, I would go crazy if we all were sick. Matt has been helping out with the babies so I have been able to rest. I haven't been this sick for about two years.

Just after Valentine's Day this Orchid was on sale at Wegmans for about $12. I was pretty excited as I have wanted one for about two years. I think two years is a common theme here.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

More skirts: A pre-Etsy sale!

I made more skirts for the shop. Again, I am posting poorly lighted preliminary pictures because I have to do a real photo shoot somehow conjure up passable pictures. I usually do this by going outside, but it is super cold and icy and I am super sick.

This post is serving as a pre-Etsy sale. If you are interested, these are available for $18.00 each until posted on my shop. (Then they will be $20). Shipping is $3.00. If you are interested, email me.

This skirt has a creamy gauze lace over a tan lining topped off with a thick black elastic waistband.  Two skirts, both size small.
Another upcycled shirt! White and pink flowers on a black background. Very stretchy fabric- probably spandex.  Size small.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

For the crafter who has everything

Isn't there a special someone who seems to have all of the latest in crafting? A serger, yards of chevron fabric, chalkboard paint galore, hundreds of mason jars, that printer thing -a-ma-jig that prints cool stuff.

Well, there's a new fad in town...

Source: amazon.com via Rebekah on Pinterest

And yes, this is a real book. You can get it for about ten dollars.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Delicious pizza dough

Whenever I make pizza, I ALWAYS use this recipe. My mom used it while I was growing up and we both modified it (we separately made the same changes... we MUST be related <3 ).

1 Tbs. yeast
1 C. warm water
3 C. flour
1 Tbs. sugar
1 1/2 Tsp. salt
1/4 C. Olive oil

Mix and knead for five minutes. Let it rise for 20-30 minutes. I place it on the stove-top while the oven is preheating as the heat helps the dough to raise more quickly.

Bake at 450 for about 12 minutes. (This part is tricky as my current oven is whacked so I can never rely on cooking times. I just wait for it to be golden brown and cooked in the middle. I also turn the heat down.)

This is supposed to make two pizzas but I always use it for one with a thick hearty crust. The sugar and olive oil give it a unique flavor.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Skirts in my Etsy shop!

I finally was able to freeze to death go out side and take proper pictures of my new skirts. They are now available in my Etsy shop for 20.00 each.

It was still pretty cold. I took these pictures so quickly!

My trusty $10.00 mannequin with a tiny waist. I always have to clip things behind it to keep them on!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What's coming up...

I made four skirts today. Three are my size and one is for Katherine. Gasp. I have decided to put them on Etsy. It might be really hard though because I want to keep one. It even matches what I made for Katherine! *slaps wrist*

Today was a dreary day complete with a snow storm. It was also getting late when I finished, so I decided to take the official pictures later.

I got this fabric for $1 a yard!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The craziest last few days.

Wow. A lot has happened in the past week. Daniel's RSV nearly had him hospitalized twice.The day that he started getting better, Katherine woke up sick. It was the craziest thing. She went to bed seeming fine and literally woke up with pneumonia and was in minor respiratory stress. I took her to the pediatricians' office (not knowing how bad it was- it actually didn't seem that bad) and before noon, she was admitted to the hospital.

It was hard to see her so sick. She was whimpering and withdrawn. By the end of the day after having so many people touch her and do unpleasant things, she started to shake when we changed her diaper. It was heart wrenching. That night was hard. Though Daniel was allowed to be in her room through the day so I could continue nursing both of them, at night I was home with him. Matt stayed with her then. Katherine had to sleep in an oxygen tent that night. When I left her she was crying a lot. It was so difficult to leave. I am glad I did though, because Matt was able to calm her down better than what she would have done with me.

The next day she was much better. My mother had come the day before to help. It was super helpful, too. Today, Katherine was discharged, so we are all home now. I am so thankful it was a short stay. Praise God!

In the midst of it all, another weird thing happened. The first and worst day of her sickness my blog started getting thousands of hits. I am not joking. The shirt to skirt pattern that was published started pushing traffic like crazy. I know it wasn't a bug or webcrawler because I know where the sources were from. The attention is petering off now, but still more action that it has ever previously experienced. So that was nice, right?! I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw my stats.

Poor baby!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Daniel has RSV. I have to say, I really have lucked out with Katherine. I can't remember ever staying up most of the night with her while she was sick. Now I know what it is like. The poor little guy is feeling just miserable. He was almost admitted to the hospital twice today by his pediatrician. Thank God, he is now sleeping peacefully and is breathing very well. Lets hope pray it continues! 

Before getting sick.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fun with photo editing

Do any of you use the shareware photo editing program: Paint.net? At first I though it was some version of Microsoft Paint, but it is a whole lot better. It isn't as good as some professional programs, but has a lot to offer- especially since it is free. I am a complete novice, bit I thought I would show a before and after.

Here is the original. I wish that I had better lighting, but I didn't feel like waiting until midday when light is the best in our house. I wanted to eat it for breakfast.

This is what I got after cropping, adding glow and changing the illumination via the curves function.

Do any of you have special techniques to share? I would always love some new tips! Remember- I'm a super novice. Photos are always such a challenge to me. I love the crisp photos on Pinterest. At first I thought it was my camera. I still think that it has a lot to do with it, but I have seen other pictures taken with my model (a 10 mp Canon Power Shot) that come out great. I still would like a cheap SLR to come my way, but until then...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Vintage/Antique book edition #2

Since my last vintage book post, I got some more out of storage. We finally have room for nearly all of our books on real shelves. Since some of the covers and illustrations are pretty and unique, I thought I would share them.

"Through the Looking Glass and What Alice found There."
Lewis Carol. A.L. Burt: New York. N.d.

"Lad of Sunnybank." Albert Payson Terhune. Grosset and Dunlap: New York 1929

This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. I am pretty sure Lad could rival Lassie.

"The Little Lame Prince." Miss Mullock. Harper & Brothers Publishers: New York N.d.

"D'Ri and I." Irving Bacheller. Grosset and Dunlap: New York. 1901
Perhaps, since I am running out of old book covers, I should start photographing more of the beautiful illustrations. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Green grass in February

When I reflect on this past winter I wonder, what happened to it? Did it ever happen? Sure we had snow- but it was almost nothing. Our winter has been a hybrid of never-ending-fall/early spring. As you can see in this picture, there is green grass.

By the way, I skipped out on the challenge all week. This is the last day of it: Wear something that scares you. Well, I bought these tights months ago and have never worn them because though I think they are cool, they also kind of freak me out.

Top: Burlington Coat Factory
Cami: Forever 21 (?)
Skirt: J Crew
Tights: Modcloth
Flats: Burlington Coat Factory

”Momma pleated poppy

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Facebook Like!

I have been skeptical of doing this, but I finally decided to. I have a Facebook page. Click "like" to earn MY UNDYING LOVE.

House blessing

As Orthodox Christians, we follow the tradition of blessing our homes every January at Theophany. Since several of us live near each other we did three homes at once. When a house is blessed we also pray for everyone who lives there or ever visits. I find it a great way of remembering that we should dedicate every part of our lives to God.
While going through the homes we sang this hymn:
When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.

After that, we had some dessert and tea at our house. I got to use my vintage tea set. A friend and I baked a ton so we had a scone bar, fake Oreos and double chocolate banana walnut bread. I went to town with my new food processor- it made it all so. much. easier.

Shirt to skirt pattern published!

I got a happy email this morning. My shirt to skirt pattern was published at All Free Sewing today.

 I'm pretty excited about it.

I was feeling rather ill yesterday and did not participate in the challenge. I will have to do double time to make up for it!
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