Monthly Archives: April 2010

cherry apron

I had a special request to make a vintage apron. If anyone remembers, awhile ago I had an order for 9 of these.

I asked my friend what her kitchen looked like (being the OCD human being I am, everything has to match in my mind). She says, “Coca-Cola red.” Well, when I think red and vintage, I think cherries. I looked and looked for real cherry vintage fabric, but couldn’t find any…not even online.

So, this is what I came up with.

This shows the inside of the apron. I used a sheer fabric with a floral pattern that lets the cherries come through and embelished the pocket with a big red button. I like it. It is really fun and cheery…I might make one for me.

I hope you like it Beth!



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rag doll

My husband and kids went out of town

I am home alone…for three days

I had so much homework and and other things to do I just couldn’t go with them.

The first night they were gone I couldn’t sleep. The last time I looked at the clock it was FOUR in the morning (I am NEVER up that late)

Earlier on Monday, I talked to my friend and found out her daughter was really sick. When I finally fell asleep, I dreamt I made her a boo-boo doll. So, that is what I did on Tuesday. I had no idea how to make one, but I drew out a pattern and started creating her. It took me three times until I got her body made…whew!

This is how she turned out.

I like her. I am going to make one for Jessie too. I might try to make hers bigger. This one is only the size of my hand…perfect for holding or carrying around. She can easily fit into any bag.

I think she will make my friends daughter smile…and that is what it is all about.


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Happy Birthday Logan!

Logan turned FOUR years old on Sunday!

He is such a big boy.

I can’t believe how big he has grown since we met him. Angie and I were watching the kids play and we are amazed at how fast time goes by.

He had his birthday party at a skating rink. It was fun. The kids skated and played and exhausted their energy. I think it was a perfect place.

The people at the rink take all the birthday kids and have them sit on a platform and pull it around the arena with a giant roller skate…while they play a “Happy Birthday” song.  It is really cute. Logan was the only one who smiled the whole time.

Then it was time for blowing out the candles.

Then time for LIMBO!

Couples skating…it was so cute  how Jess and Logan held hands…later Connor joined in.

These two are BEST BUDS. I love it.

The “kid crew” at the end of the party. Sammy left early, so he isn’t there, but Logan had all his favorite people at his party and I think it was a hit! I don’t think he stopped smiling…even though he was exhausted by the end.


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4 year olds

I can’t believe my kids are four years old.

Sometimes I forget.

Jessie put on Drew’s hat. She is such a daddy’s girl. She is such a tomboy. She is such a princess.

I love her…so much.

Jessie and Connor asked me if they could build a tent…outside.

Two problems: we don’t own a tent and if we did, we live on a hill.

So, I pulled out some old curtains, 2×4’s, and tacks and made them a tent. It was special and fun and they LOVED it. We had a tea party picnic.

After our picnic we put the sprinkler out because it was quite hot outside. I have noticed as my kids  have grown older, they have also gotten braver. Their new activity that makes me hold my breath is taking their trikes to the top of the hill, lifting their feet, and riding them down the hill at full speed until they are stopped by the neighbors tree (THANKS KEVIN, FOR BEING SUCH A GREAT NEIGHBOR!) They have tons of fun…and I have to admit, I have fun watching them.

Riding the bikes through the sprinkler was so much more fun than just running around. Can you tell?

They took a break to warm up a little and painted some pictures. They get better every time. I love watching their artistic abilities grow. It amazes me daily…especially when they draw me pictures free handed. I love it…such special, permanent memories.

I knew they wouldn’t stay little forever and I look forward to every new thing they do. Such BIG blessings and I treasure every moment.


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happy birthday Kristi!

Is it already Friday? This week has gone by in a haze (thanks to the overdose of pollen and my suddenly active allergies).

My family had a great opportunity to meet some WONDERFUL people. I am so glad we made it to your birthday party Kristi. We had so much fun and enjoyed everybody there.

After Kristi blew out her candles she sat on the floor, holding the cake, and let all the kids dip their little fingers in the frosting. This is just an example of how relaxed, fun, and HAPPY she is all the time. I loved it. I would have screamed if little fingers were all over my cake. I love that about you, Kristi. You are amazing!

and so is your family.

Frank, it was a joy to finally meet you. Drew and I look forward to hanging out again in the future.

The kids loved the pool. They loved the play area. They LOVE your family.

Happy HAPPY birthday Kristi!

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St. Charles Scottish Festival

My friend Linda invited the kids and me to go up to St. Charles for their Scottish festival. The weather was beautiful, the company was great, and the event was a lot of fun. The kids really enjoyed themselves playing games and seeing all the kilts, dogs, sheep, and goodies.

Thank you Linda, for a great day!

The kids had a chance to do an obstacle course that entailed knocking over stuffed animals and targets with a spear. They loved it. After they were done, they were knighted. Connor became “Sir Connor the Fierce” and Jessie became “Lady Jessie the Fair.” It was so cute. A crowd stood around and cheered for them every time they knocked something down. They felt really good.

These guys were great! They played traditional celtic songs and had the crowd pumped up. We didnt’ stay too long because Connor thought it was too loud and it was getting really hot.

There were tents and shops set up throughout the grounds with celtic merchandise and trinkets. I love how colors and different plaid patterns represent seperate clans.

Then Linda took the kids to the play area. There were bouncy slides and houses and little carnival booths. They threw darts and picked ducks from a pool, but the one Drew appreciated the most was the cork gun. They shot little corks at cups to win thier prizes. They are naturals. Dad was so proud.

Then Linda treated us to some ice cream at the local ice cream parlor. It was yummy.

The ice cream was a perfect ending to our trip. We were all exhausted, but I really enjoyed spending time with you, Linda, and the kids are still talking about our trip to St. Charles.

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week of happy

Easter morning…

We made GIANT cupcakes and boy were they YUMMY!

Then later, it rained.

The great thing about SPRING…warm rain!

The kids  had a blast playing in the rain.

I am so glad it is spring.

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