Friday, October 31, 2008

A Happy Halloween Birthday

Since last night was trick or treat for us, today is all about getting ready for my son's 3rd birthday party! His birthday is today, but like so many families we celebrate it on a convenient day for the family.

The invitations have been sent
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The inside of the invites:
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Originally I was just going to do cupcakes:
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But as usual, I got carried away with this idea of a pumpkin patch cake. I didn't have a scarecrow, so I made one myself w/ popsicle sticks and scrap fabric and a lot of hot glue!
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Here is my fall table
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For food we're doing brats and kraut for the grownups, dogs and beans for the kiddoes, plus munchies of pretzels and cheese, and apple slices and caramel dip. Oh, and we've got the treats for the guests all ready: a good way to make a lot of last night's candy disappear!
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I can't wait! He's turning 3, and we got him two gifts: one is a moon landing t-shirt, the other is a shuttle set w/ astronaut action figures. Hopefully he will love it!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloweens Past

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I was thinking yesterday about how Halloween wasn't a big deal to me before the kids, but in retrospect I think I always loved dressing up! Unfortunately, before there were kids, there wasn't much picture taking going on, lol. Anyway, here is a retrospective of five years of Halloweens in our family!

Zack's first Halloween: he was a very unhappy little monster. The basic problem was we dressed him for typical cold October weather here in Central Ohio, and it was maybe 68 degrees that night:
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His second Halloween went a little smoother. He was a happy little elephant, but only made it to a few houses before getting bored.
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Third Halloween he decided at the last minute that he wanted to be a fireman. So feeling very tired and very pregnant, I took him to three stores to find the perfect costume:
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Alas, I did not get to see it on him for Halloween, because I was busy doing other things:
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Our Nate came at about 9am, October 31st!

Nate's first birthday was a fun costume party:
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Me and my sis
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My brother in law is very into Halloween:
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The boys in their costumes; Nate had to be a pumpkin cause I always called him my little Halloween punkin!
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The 4th Halloween for Zack was when he started getting really creative. He wanted to be Mike Rowe, from Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs." So as a family we collaborated and put this costume together:
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Nate was a cowboy
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He enjoyed a birthday pie---his favorite thing
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Hope you all have a spooky good time this Halloween! I know we will!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Crafting with the boys

I love a fall day when you don't have anything particular to do. Zack and I painted together this morning after breakfast. I took the opportunity to design our jam labels (okay I get that we only have two jars, but next year, oh man, next year we are really going to get into canning!!!)

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Zack's masterpiece

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Since I was near the fridge I took a pic of this little "Very Hungry Caterpillar" Zack and I made last year. We made them in all different colors for our family for Christmas gifts. It's easy to do: you just need craft sticks, pom poms, glue, goo goo eyes, and a small piece of pipe cleaner for the antennae.

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Nate occaisionally takes up a brush, but it is more, hmmm, representational?

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We took the boys to the park this morning, and I collected some leaves to do a project together:

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They are napping now, but I am totally enjoying this weekend with my family.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Jammin!!!

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Have Concord grapes, will jam. All I can say is yum, that was totally worth it! Now I want to can everything!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Provisions

I was nipped by the thriftstore bug, so after unloading my offspring to their respective schools the other morning I made way for the closest one. Usually I don't find much, but this time I was lucky.

I found some frames and things for crafts:

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I am using the Victorian valentine border I found to make myself a pencil holder can (copying from a lot of the nifty blogs I've been looking at lately!)

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I also completely lucked out with this find: a velvet blouse and skirt---separate pieces but both coordinated and both my size! All for under $5! Perfect for my girls' night out to the ritzy BoMA trip this week. http://www.barofmodernart.com/mn.asp

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And lastly, I have been pacing around all fall looking for some good local honey. I think I was a bear in a past life, and now I am trying to find some honey and hibernate. A local farmer usually has a limited supply, and when their honey sign went up last week I nearly had an accident because I slammed on my brakes to pull off the road! (As you can see, the first jar is half consumed, so I may need to go out again and find more.)

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Along the topic of what in the old days was called "putting up your pantry for winter" I think I am going to go ahead and try a little jamming with the rest of those grapes we got. Wish me luck!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Wedding Flowers---I guess I'm in business.

Okay I listed this set on Ebay today. Taking a random shot in the dark that someone will see it and fall in love and just buy it as is! As I get more experience, I will start doing custom florals. Ideally though I would like to do weddings for local brides.

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If you know someone who falls in love with this and is getting married, tell them to Check my ebay flowers here!