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Wife, Mother, Mimi, lover of all things creative... sewing, embroidery, painting, collage... God and family are the most important things in my life.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Down on the Farm
































What kid doesn't love animals?  Ours would rather feed animals than do just about anything.  So on this beautiful, howbeit, muggy day, they enjoyed a trip to the farm.  Armed with apple slices we took a little hike.  Scooter was determined that the horses would prefer acorns, and Sweet Cheeks wanted to eat the fruit herself.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Glorious Sky and a Funny Link






What an amazing show God put on in the sky this weekend.  I was riding down the road and the clouds and sun were playing a glorious game of hide and seek!  Yes, I am that crazy woman who almost ran you off the road taking pictures of the sky while driving.  Sorry, but I wanted to capture it all.  I didn't, it didn't at all capture the beauty of what I saw, but yes, I had to show you the photos anyway. 


Now if you sew and want a really good laugh check this out!  

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sewing Again


I have been looking at this wonderful Joel Dewberry fabric and trying to decide which color to order. It comes in several different color combinations. I finally decided to order two different colors and I found a great price on it from So Fun Fabrics.  I received my fabric super fast, only two days after I placed the order.  Immediately after receiving the fabric I started kicking myself.  I only ordered 1 yard of each color.  Of course I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  So, I started flipping through books, patterns, internet pages, and finally decided it might work in the bodice of this dress.  This is Simplicity pattern 3833.  It was relatively simple, that is if you're not as mistake proned as I am.  I still have enough left to make a purse, I think. 

Pack Rat, Diaper Bag, and More Babylove























I finally got a picture of the diaper bag I made uploaded, and of course I had to throw in a couple of pics of the new baby and 
Sweet Cheeks, his ever present shadow.  I sincerely think she kisses him 400 times a day, so sweet!























I've been spending a lot of time at my daughter's house lately, trying to be a little help with the new baby, the girls and the house.  She is so much more organized than I am.  I am such a pack rat!  It is so much easier to keep a house clean when every cabinet, dresser, closet, is not filled to the brim with things I no longer need, use, or even want.  So I'm on a ten day mission (baby steps) to get rid of ten things a day for ten days, after that we'll see I may keep going.  This is day three, and so far I've mainly weeded out clothing.  I'm excited.  This could be freeing, I'm not sure though.  In the past when I have finally let go and gotten rid of things I mysteriously needed that precise item the next week.  Such are the thoughts of a pack rat!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Morning Baby Love



Nothing quite as sweet as baby kisses in the morning!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fall and Sewing


Autumn is my favorite time of year, although where I live it usually only last a few days.  Summer often blazes right on through September and October and there have been many years that I have worn shorts on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Maybe that has something to do with my love of fall, you know, the rarity of it and all.  However, there are subtle changes in the way the light falls at different times of day and  soft fog lays on the ground in the morning  signaling a change is on its way. 

 I get very sentimental during this time of year.  I also find I am more content during this season than any other.  









Since there isn't a big temperature change here, there really is no need to change our style of clothing.  Shockingly many of us still walk around in flip-flops, and even wear white and linen after Labor Day.  Of Course we
 all want a little something new in our wardrobes and will jump at any chance to add a garment or two.  So in the spirit of fall, I made a couple of fall colored skirts, this is one of them. 

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cool Doll House Project






Okay if you have kids, hey even if you don't, you've got to check out this cool project I found on Amy Hanson's blog, Sweet Sweet Life. It looks like so much fun, and I know the kids will love it! She has a very nice tutorial, on the project here









 I may not be able to wait on the kids, I may have to make my own, you know, just to test it out and see if I think they can swing it (okay, and maybe so I can do one just the way I want.)  Aren't those Charlie and Lola dolls adorable?  She has another house in the tutorial with dolls that are based on the Borrowers.  You really need to check her blog out, there are lots of wonderful things there!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Child Filled Days

























Sorry for the lapse in blogging.  I've been busy with g-kids.  
















Our daughter-in-law is expecting and I was blessed to get to keep her two little sweethearts one afternoon so she could get some rest.  Those early months of pregnancy can be rough!









































Our new little guy is so good, but as his mom is recovering she can't pick up Sweet Cheeks' and that little rascal is into everything, so I've been going over there to help her out. Just look at those beautiful blue eyes...so innocent... well innocent looking anyway.








It has been a child filled week, but what fun we have had!  











I must confess I am very tired, and I certainly know why God gives babies to young people as a general rule.  


This ole' body has a hard time keeping up. 



 I thought I would share just a few pictures from our week.  The one of me was taken by the five year old.  Can you tell?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

New Kid in Town & We're All in Love!
























As you can see baby Dinosaur  has finally arrived, and we can't keep our hands or lips off of him.   Sweet Cheeks especially, just can't stop kissing the little sweet face! 


 Angel Eyes told me, "Sweet Cheeks and Scooter thinks he just a live baby doll, but I know he's real!"  So far they all seem to be adjusting well.  Scooter just lights up when she holds him.  

I am surely feeling very blessed these days.  What a miracle life is.  I have to quote  Charles Dickens here:  "I love little children, and it is not a slight thing when they, who are fresh from God, love us."


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Someone's in the Kitchen with...













Angel Eyes came home with me for a little while this afternoon while the other two girls took a nap.  I asked her what she wanted to do and of course her answer as always was, "Let's make something!"  This time she wanted to cook cookies, but not just any cookies, she wanted cut out cookies.  I  usually only make these cookies at Christmas and Valentine's Day, but since I had all of the ingredients on hand we hopped right to it.  

Angel Eyes wanted to wear an apron, but not a kid apron, she wanted to wear one of mine.  She picked one out and  got right to work, that is right after an impromptu performance of A WHOLE NEW WORLD. 



 She loved rolling out the dough, and wanted to use as many cookie cutters and measuring spoons as she could.  We ended up with Christmas trees, reindeer, snowmen, candy canes, gingerbread men, hearts, sheriff's stars, pigs, a freehanded smiley face and rainbow, and rabbits.  

We had to quickly get her dressed for church since her mom was on the way to pick her up.  Don't ask me why she was wearing sunglasses to bake cookies indoors while it was raining outdoors.  When I told her she looked like she was from Hollywood, she said, "Mimi, I'm just a little kid, but I might go there one day when I'm grown up."  Then she informed me that she would probably grow up in September.  I told her it is September, and she said she meant September of next year.  



When her mom and sister arrived Scooter wanted to try her hand with the icing and sprinkles too.  It was such a nice way to spend a rainy afternoon.  Just the kind of things I always hoped I would get to do with my grandkids!