2 moms + 2 states + 2 jobs = 2 little time

Monday, June 28, 2010

Good Job Dad!!

 I thought I would show off Jason's recent project. I had intended to post this for Father's Day, but time got away from me. Seems to happen a lot lately.

I am lucky to be married to a great handyman who is somewhat of a perfectionist. At times this can be frustrating because I am an instant gratification girl and he is a measure twice cut once guy.

Anyway, here are some BEFORE photos.

Try to ignore the our crazy kids and focus on the sidewalk.

We live in an old farmhouse, that came with an old sidewalk.
Now for the AFTER.

Didn't he do a great job? We plan on putting a stone wall and patio where the grass is on the bottom half of the picture. Jason will do all of it himself, so it may take some time.
If it looks as nice as the sidewalk, (I know it will) it will be worth the wait.

Happy Landscaping!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Subtract one and add two...

..projects to my  list.
I finished one item this weekend, and gained two more. I made a baby gown for Casey. If I was smart, I would have finished something with an earlier deadline. Casey is not due until September and I have several things that I need to make before the end of July. Oh well, I was inspired by this Beetles T-shirt I found on clearance, and I had to go with the inspiration.
Casey loves the Beetles and requested some gowns for the baby. I think she will love this.

Now Casey, I am only posting this because you know I could never have saved it for September. Keeping surprises is something I am not so good at.
Here is another pic, I love the striped sleeves. I cannot wait to see this on the baby.
I will cross that off my list and add the curtains for my grandma and dress requested by my aunt (for her granddaughter). Sleep is so overrated.

The kiddos and I went to our family reunion today. Here are a few photos I had to share.
Unfortunately for the little ones, it rained. Miss Louisa (my cousin Laura's daughter) was so sweet playing in the puddles, until...
my kiddos gave her a lesson on puddle play.
I think her laughter was worth getting her new (handmade by Laura) dress all wet.
Louisa soon got the hang of it.
A little rain isn't going to ruin our party!!
Happy Splashing!

Picking Some Summer Fun!

It seem like my list of things to sew keeps getting longer, and all I want to do is enjoy the sunshine and summer with the kiddos. I have decided that I am going to write my list down, and hopefully seeing it on paper will help me get motivated to finish all the projects in my head.
Here is my to do list

Baby gift for Casey-she is due in September (plenty of time left)
Birthday  gifts for Caitlyn-July (still got time)
Baby gift for Baby Gia and Birthday gifts for Dax and Petra -coming to visit in July
Dresses for Jersee and Jayla -their mom gave me fabric and asked me to come up with something (starting this tomorrow)
Fix zipper on Jenny's bag - should have done this already
Baby gift for  Reid- born on Friday (luckily he lives in Arizona-got a little time) Congrats Andrea-Love you!

Believe it or not, when I see it in writing, it does not seem so bad. Very doable if I focus- oh yeah, that's the hardest part.

I almost forgot the biggest project is Maria's Princess Extravaganza coming up in July. Looks like I may have some long nights ahead of me, because I refuse to miss out on moments like ...


We went to our cousin's quarry and the girls picked me some of these wildflowers.
They matched my summer tablecloth perfectly and were the perfect size for my hanging jars.
I love this tablecloth, I stumbled across it a garage sale last year. It is actually meant for a round table, but I don't care.
I usually have candles in the jars, the flowers are a nice change. And yes, I do have a tree branch hanging from my ceiling.
The kiddos and I also picked some of ..
these yummy mulberries. We all ended up with..
these. It was worth it.

Happy Picking!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I'm Back, Too!

Wow, it feels like forever since I've joined y'all on the blog. I'd like to thank Rhiannon for staying so motivated and sharing so many of her goings on lately. She's been keeping this blog rolling, for sure!

Well, what the heck have I been up to these past weeks?

Packing and moving.

Then packing some more.
More packing.

After that I did some moving and a bit more cleaning.

It was just a move across town but good grief was it so much work. Work that isn't exactly done yet. See, there's one huge hurdle left to tackle.

This hot mess will one day be my craft room/office. I'm so excited to have an entire room devoted to housing my craft supplies, one that has a door on it that can hide the messes... er... I mean, projects in progress. But right now it is hiding all the things I ran out of energy to deal with. Hopefully over the next few weeks I'll be able to share some progress on this project so I can get back to the fun of crafting again. My poor sewing machine has been neglected for so long.

One of the first places to set up during a move, the most important room in the house in my opinion, is the kitchen. Am I right? I think it gives everyone comfort during such a long transition period and it's nice to have some bit of normalcy to go along with a big change. Especially with a toddler in the house. It certainly isn't easy or always practical to keep up with homecooked meals during a move so we focused on making things that are fun and easy to prepare. With summer (unofficially) in full swing here in Georgia, we made one of our favorites recently. Pink Lemonade! I found this recipe on Joy the Baker's site last year.

Aiden squeezes the lemons while I process the raspberries.

Wowie zowie is it ever yummy.

Do yourself a favor and make some. It is especially delicious when sipped on the back porch on these hot summer nights.

Well, it's good to finally have internet again and to be back in touch with my virtual world. This is going to be a great summer, I can't wait to share it with you all.



Anyone want to share their favorite summer recipes?

Friday, June 11, 2010

I'm Back!!!

Sorry everyone, we have been too busy enjoying our summer. Doing things like...


I have managed to fit in a little sewing. Of course it involves another dress for Maria. I have made almost all of her summer wardrobe, and  have stuck to using recycled fabric and clothing.
I was inspired by Dana's Warhol Dress for this one. I actually drafted my own pattern from a Gap dress given to Maria by a friend. I really liked the cut of the neckline. I guess I am not the only one. Dana has also made a pattern for this.
Anyway, here is my version.

My friend Shannon got this maternity shirt at one of our local thrift stores on bag day. That is when they give you a brown paper bag and let you fill it for $1.00. So I guess you could say this dress cost Shannon about 10 cents. Hey Shannon- I owe you 10cents.

Here is the finished dress.
I love the way it fit. Maria wore it the other day, and my friends are already asking for one for their kiddos. Looks like I will be making a few more of these. 
I hope you all are enjoying the start of your summer as much as we are. Here a couple more fun pics from ours. Sorry I can't help it.

A slug found in the garden.
A turtle found at our friends lake.
And 2 cuties found in my garage.

Oh yeah, I have already picked up Poison Ivy. One of the joys of living in the country.
Happy Itching!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Windy City Wrap Up

Finally, the rest of our Chicago visit, in pictures.
Fun in the water,
in the rickshaw,

(Yes, that is my brother in the driver's seat. See what a degree in oil painting gets you. Just kidding Vinnie-Love YOU!)
at the zoo,

at the Lily Pond,
(this is hidden behind the zoo-like a secret garden)

the dogs,
(both kinds)
and of course more fun in the pool.
Sort of .
Now I just need to take all this great inspiration and go create.

Happy Creating!