Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A peek at what I've been doing.....and 6 random, quirky things about me!

Here's what I've been up to this week....


new dresses....in the making


I'm using a stitchette pattern from Wee Wonderfuls to do a little embroidery on a couple of pillowcase dresses for my girls. I really love the stitchette pattern set....the designs are just adorable and are just what I had in mind for these dresses. I hope to get them finished today, I've got my fingers crossed!

And, a sweet blogging friend, Lynn, at A Mother's Journal has tagged me for a meme about 6 random, quirky things that I can think to reveal about myself. So, here goes...
  • I like to put just a tiny bit of dressing on my salad, then cut it up into tiny little pieces, all lightly coated with the dressing before I eat it....
  • I hate traffic, the mall, crowds, and shopping. I'm such an introvert at heart and I do love peace and quiet, a slow pace, and internet shopping. I just wish I could buy groceries online ;-)
  • When I sit down, I always bend up my left leg and sit on my left foot....always.
  • I get a little, a lot out of control when I eat bread and/or sugar....it turns me into a monster...I try to avoid it at all costs!
  • I love scary movies....not gory movies, but good psychological thrillers and just good old horror movies. Also, anything by Steven King or M. Night Shyamalan...... The Shining, The Sixth Sense, The Grudge, The Village, Vacancy, The Messengers, you know the kind!
  • I love waking up very early in the morning for the peace and quiet, although I wouldn't say that I'm a "morning person." I don't like to talk, to be bothered, or even to "think" right after I wake up, LOL! I just like to be left alone for at least 20 minutes while I drink my first cup of coffee and check my email :)

So, there you have it, 6 of the most random, weird, quirky things I can stand to tell ;-)

Now, it's your turn! I'm going to tag....Tami at Joyful Noise, Randi at I Have to Say, Carrie at Pinemeadow Chronicles, Jessica at Turkey Cookies, Kate at Homeschooling in the Garden State, Bethany at Happy to be Called Mommy, and anyone else who wants to play along! No pressure, girls, only if you find a spare moment and want to join in!


Here are the rules:

Link back to the person who tagged you
List the rules on your blog
Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of your own
Tag 6 bloggers to complete the meme.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Step into the Shine....

step into the shine.......



"The sun's gonna shine and the rain's gonna fall, and in the end you might get burnt or wet, but that's life. So, dance in the puddles and bathe in the sun, and at the end of the day, smile. Everything is gonna be alright." ~unknown



If you try hard enough, you can find the shine in anything :) All this shine is courtesy of Tropical Storm Fay. After a long, dark, rainy, windy, weekend and a flooded yard....Shine was a little hard to find, that is until I looked down :)




SPC: Shine: Week 4
see more interpretations of Shine here: www.selfportraitchallenge.net

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A few lazy days and a new pincushion :)

Last weekend as I sat around watching the rain showers and feeling terribly lazy, I found a tutorial for this awesome patchwork pincushion and had to make one. I like the size of it....it's not too small nor too big, but it easily holds plenty of pins for whatever job I'm doing.


patchwork....front side


The patchwork on the front is from a few red scraps that I couldn't bear to toss and the back is solid coordinating floral. After about an hour, I had a new pincushion in just the right size. This was definitely an easy, stress relieving craft to do while stuck inside during the rainy part of summer. I just love how it came out and the color combo is my favorite....love that red ;)

solid floral side

I also went around the seam of the pincushion with my first attempt at the embroidered chain stitch....it took a bit to get the idea to take form, but when I was nearly finished, it started to shape into what I had pictured. A few more rounds of practice and I'll have it down ;)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

SPC: Shine: Week 3

Shine




People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross




See more interpretations of Shine here....www.selfportraitchallenge.net

Monday, August 18, 2008

My new favorite tutorial!

twirly skirt


Oh, how I enjoyed this tutorial and the way the skirt turned out :) It was just a joy to put together....a true stress reliever. I think I could make one a day just for the quiet meditation of it! Anyway, I found a really sweet pink button down blouse for Emma on sale at the store last week and instantly thought of this tutorial that I've never taken time to try. I picked up some fabric to go with the blouse and decided to give it a go. Besides, I had just made Claire's new dress and couldn't leave my other sweetheart out...she had to have something new of her very own, too!

I read over the tutorial instructions and got started. I cut everything out, and realized that this was going to be a really fun skirt to sew! Within only an hour or so, I ended up with a super cute skirt that my girl loves! I love all the possibilities for coordinating fabrics, the ease in making some for holidays, and the fact that it's inexpensive and doesn't take a ton of fabric. Besides, you can't go wrong with being able to sit down on Saturday night to make it and then be able to wear it to church on Sunday morning ;) I can't wait to make a few more of these.....they're just perfect!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The time is upon us.......

It's that time of year again.....


“Educating a child is a natural process. Home schooling is nothing more than an extension of parenting.” ~Sue Maakestad



So, it's that time of year again for us. This is the big week.....and I'm really trying to get in gear! We took the whole summer off this year and I have to say that we have thoroughly enjoyed it.....every minute of it! But, taking that much time away from the rhythm of daily homeschool life makes it harder to get back into the groove :) We eased back into some of the books yesterday, made some plans, jotted down some notes, made a shopping list, organized the notebooks, the school area, the drawer full of pencils, pens, glue, index cards, flash cards, went through our huge box of crayons and markers, organized our drawing paper and reading books.......So, it seems we're ready to get down to business this morning :)


And, since I've already been bombarded with questions this week from everyone we run into, here is a little humor for getting into that homeschool gear ;)

Top 10 Things NOT to say when asked "What?! No school today?"

10. Well normally yes, but this time of year I need help with the planting and plowing.

9. Goodness, no!!! I graduated 18 years ago, but thanks for the compliment!

8. No, we homeschool. We're just out to pick up a bag of pork rinds and some Mountain Dew, then we gotta hurry home to catch our soaps.

7. What?! Where did you guys come from?! Oh my gosh! I thought I told you kids to stay at school! I'm sorry. This happens all the time. (sigh)

6. There isn't? Why, you'd think we would have seen more kids out then, don't you?

5. We're on a field trip studying human nature's intrusive and assumptive tactics of displaying ignorance and implied superiority. Thanks for the peek!

4. On our planet we have different methods of education. (Shhh! No, I didn't give it away... keep your antennae down!)

3. Oh my goodness! I thought that today was Saturday...come on kids, hurry!

2. Noooooope. Me 'n Bubba jes' learns 'em at home. Werks reel good!

And the number one answer we should NEVER give to the question: "What? No school today?"

1. "What? No Bingo today?"


You must check out the other Homeschool humor at Knowledge House, like these.....
Why Public Schooling Is "Better" Than Homeschooling, You Must Be A Home Educator If......., A Homeschool Mom's Non-Resolutions, etc.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Shine: SPC: Week 2


"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."



shining thoughts.......






see more interpretations of shine here: www. selfportraitchallenge.net