Friday, February 27, 2009

Cool pic of my dad in the church choir

Gates-4th Methodist Episcopal (now Gates-4th UMC) Children's choir, circa 1950. My dad is at the far right on the bottom row, back when he was a tenor.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Attempts at Mardi Gras art w/ the boys

I'm sure it's obvious which mask I made and which ones were the boys'. The small mask is actually part of a bag of bland ceramic masks I found for 50 cents at the thrift this past summer. There are a whole bunch of mini ones too, and I had hoped to do something more interesting with them, but unfortunately a few health concerns had my mind occupied much of the week. All is well for now, though. Nate's contribution was his lovely green and purple painting. We also feasted Sunday on pancakes for breakfast, jambalaya for lunch ( my own, and it was good!) and lamb and cous cous for supper. Partially because of Lent coming, and mainly because Ken has been working so hard that I felt like making Sunday into a party for him and the boys. And me! Today I hope we finish the donuts in the kitchen because Zack and I will be observing Lent by giving up sweets, and Ken is giving up fancy coffee.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Making lemonade out of dead roses

Proflowers isn't what it once was, and my roses were looking pretty well done for. So I took the opportunity to photograph these flowers and play with my mac functionality! I (heart) iLife!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day was fun

First I made this tasty red velvet cake for the lads. Now, it look really kind of cool in the pic, right? Actually it was a tad bit dry, and I didn't have enough icing really, so all the crumbs got mixed in with the white icing in a cool way. Per a convo I was having w/ a friend from high school recently, I have a lot of desire to bake cakes for my family events, but absolutely no talent for decorating them whatsoever. (though people usually love to eat the cakes that I bake, they endure my creative ways to decorate without any skills. Someday I will follow Amanda's lead and take a darn class!) I ought to post a whole blog of the ugly cakes I have made; that would be a hoot!

Zack has yet to eat any form of dessert without getting it all over himself, his clothing, and the general area around him. Usually I make white cakes for this reason.

My little knave, wearing his brother's king of hearts crown that he absconded with.

The boy's spent the evening with their Oma, while the parents went for dinner to Oscar's. It was all dressed up with loads of pink and red flowers, and I kicked off my meal with a perfectly blended Cosmo. We then headed for a bookstore and some coffee and just to hang out with each other. For today's almanac: on this day seven years ago, I said "yes" and it has made all the difference!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Opened my swap gift!!!

Photo taken this morning: proof that I waited a week and a half to open this!

First of all, my partner Jen wrapped each little gift by sewing them in several layers of tissue paper, then packaging them in a nice plastic scrapbook paper keeper, something I really really really needed actually.

This is probably my favorite: heaps of stickers, and the little pink guy was made by Jen; she is into felting.

She also gave me this decorative heart and this picture frame. Take a close look in the frames: she pulled pics off my blog and set them in b/w. I laughed out loud because I gave her a photo brag book with a pic of her family on the cover!

She did this really cute scrapbook layout in purple!!!

My goodies for Jen, wrapped up and ready to post (two weeks ago)

Before wrapping: a group of felts bunched like flowers (this is a nice trick for baby showers: you make a little bouquet out of onesies) a photo book I altered with some trim, a doily and a milinery flower, the pink packet is full of felt hears, a vintage valentine hanky I found, never used, embroidery flosses, and the thing I like best of all, the heart. It is a restored tin heart that was salvaged from a tin ceiling in a house that was being demolished. Of course I found it on Etsy , from Cottage in the Sun. The coolest part is the heart came from a house in San Antonio, and my partner is from Texas, so that was neat. I also found the hearts on Etsy from Eclectic Meadow . I am really impressed by all the cool offerings on Etsy and really glad to support small businesses in that way.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I really like Valentine's Day

Of course it's true what they say about the green ones!

The boys helped me replace the snowflake decorations with little hearts. It was a beautiful 40 degree day today so we headed for the park.

A few little crafts I made: a trinket box, a heart pillow ornament, and two Victorian candy thingies. I will probably fill the cones with some little candies for the boys. (Husband shook his head and said, you do realize we have boys, right?)

I wanted some way to display my vintage valentines, so I used this other frame I had on hand.

I have arranged all kinds of goodies that I've been working on.

The boys' artwork is hung on the fridge/gallery.

Tomorrow we go on our big date out while the kiddos go to Oma's. Ken sent me the full classic husband's Valentine's gift of chocolates, a dozen roses and a teddy bear! And tonight I baked a red velvet cake to share with the boys since we will be gone tomorrow. Later I will make their valentines. Every year I make valentines for Ken and the kids and will have them by their breakfast plates in the morning. Most likely we'll have a sweet, like pancakes. I hope everyone has a sweet valentine's day!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A valentine project

I made this little valentine's decor piece yesterday. It's just some leftover scrap paper that I cut into hearts, then added buttons, trim and glitter.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Just saw this rainbow from my back window

Big windy storm tonight; this only lasted for a few minutes but the pictures don't do it justice.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentine's crafting and the need for studio space

The boys were bored this morning so I pulled out these cardboard letters I had painted white and stashed away for just such an occasion. We then did splatter painting with pink and red acrylic paint, getting more on us than on our kisses and hugs!

Some of my pink projects as well as a few past thrifted finds, like the pretty boxes. I also found a set of three really ugly heart shaped nesting boxes, so this week I am going to paint and/or decoupage them. Also this week I did another luminary candle, a heart pillow and a valentine with a heart window.

Evidence that I really need to rethink my space. The beautiful dining room I put together is again unrecognizable. I just like working in there because I can keep a good eye on the boys. In the upstairs office I was too disconnected from the family which surprisingly depleted my creativity.

Crafts from today: I painted the little box and added one of my cool bird stickers from Paper Thread . When I am done coating it, I will add some ribbon. The boys made their valentine cards for Oma, who is kind enough to have them over next Saturday night while the parents go for the romantic dinner. We also got all the school valentines signed and assembled, and I made a few more cards as well.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Vintage Valentines

This is my little collection of 1920's and 30's Valentines. I love the figures on them, the delicacy of the paper they are printed on, and the fact that usually they have a sweet little message on the back, usually written in pencil, so you can see who the original giver and recipient were.

This one is my favorite

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My Valentine Swap gift came!!!

I swear, I am not going to open it up until Valentine's day. I promise. Really. I remind myself that every time I've walked by it today; that would be thirty times, lol, but my buddy and I agreed that in order to savor it, we are waiting until the 14th!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Today is 50 years since the day the music died

For those unfamiliar with Richie Valens, the Big Bopper and Buddy Holly, you can read about them on here.

So much of my childhood was filled with my parents' music, that I can't help but feel a bit blue when I think about that fateful airplane trip in 1959. It used to seem like that was way before my time, but really it was not actually that much before my birth. Decades feel a lot shorter after you have completed a few.

Fruit Rollups Giveaway!

Check out this blog, Stretching a Buck, and in addition to getting great tips (like how to get free photo printing online) read the directions for how to get a free Fruit Roll Ups Gift pack. And while you're their, read through all her articles. She saved me like $90 today between groceries and photos.

Monday, February 2, 2009

My pink inspiration board

The top is what I used to make my new banner! I am loving February already!