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

Friday, July 30, 2010

Where has the week gone?

Wow, it's Friday already. I am feeling like our blog name is so true this week. I have so many great blog post running through my mind (almost too many), and having a hard time getting them posted. So I apologize for the long post, filled with lots of pictures.
Here is what we have been up to.

We went to visit family in St. Louis last weekend.
They took us to a great park by their house. It had this great fountain for the kids to play in.

They had so much fun, we went both days we were there.

If you ever make a trip to St.Louis, you have to visit the City Museum. It is amazing. They have salvaged items from the city to build a giant playhouse for kid and adults.

We had so much fun, but it was a little crowded. I promised my Blue M&M that I would take him out of school on a weekday and go back. Shh! Don't tell his teacher.

I will also go more prepared. I will not wear a skirt and will definitely wear tennis shoes.
We also stopped by the zoo. The zoo is located in a  gorgeous park and is free!! Score.

Blue M&M got to feed the sting rays. It was pretty cooool!

And of course all good times come to an end.
I stayed with my great hostess and tour guide Laura. She is a fellow sewer, so we had to stop by the fabric store and make some goodies while the kids  her daughter slept.
I made this dress for Maria, I wanted to get some better pictures, but she was not in the mood.

I used the basic pillowcase dress pattern and just added the waistband. I used the same technique Dana used on her  shirt dress.

O.K here are some other things we've done this week.
We had to say good bye to my brother Donnie. Boo hoo!

We picked vegetables from the garden. Now what to do with it all?

We made Joy's peanut butter and jelly cookies. Yummy!!

We did some babysitting for this little guy.

So my not so new year's resolution is to post more that once a week and photograph more before and afters of my refashions. We will see how that works out.

Happy Weekend!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Another trip to Missouri

Last weekend we went to Missouri for my Brother-in-law's wedding.
Notice how focused my kiddos are.

This weekend we are going back to Missouri to visit my cousin Laura. She also has a love for sewing and crafting. Check out what she made Maria for her birthday.

She did a great job and I am in love with this fabric.
So back on the road, talk to you all Monday!

Happy Traveling!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Random stuff

Here is some random stuff  from our summer!!
Warning- this post could be filled with many pictures-read on at your own risk.

First of all, great minds think alike. We also took a trip to pick blueberries.

No, that is not my bus. Although I think it would be fun to drive.
I loved the buckets all stacked and ready to fill.

All smiles and excited at the beginning of the day.
Picked blueberries for oh, let say about 20minutes and...
they were ready to go back to the car.

I did get them to stay in the field long enough to pick 30lbs of berries. That includes my mom's buckets.
We froze some, but we have already eaten about half of what we picked. Yummy!!!

Here are a couple of projects I didn't get a chance to post earlier.
A patriotic LBB dress, that I have not been able to find since I took these pictures.

It was meant to be worn on the 4th of July, but we lost it. I'm sure it will turn up. Probably in January, when it will be too small and out of season.

This outfit did get worn on the 4th. I made this for my friend Niki's daughter. She picked up the flower print at an antique shop. I think it used to be a tablecloth. I also made a dress to match for her younger daughter. Hopefully I will get some pics of them wearing their outfits.

Finally, on the way to the blueberry patch, we passed this.

These are all sculptures made from recycled objects.
The artist, Jack, was in his workshop and was more than happy to show us around when we stopped  to take photos.

He even let Marcus help with his current project, a dolphin made from metal shavings. He gets them from a local factory.

He said that he occasionally sells a sculpture, but that is not why he does it. He just love creating art from what would otherwise be forgotten.
The kids had a great time getting up close and trying to figure out what the art had been in a previous life.

It was all very inspiring.

Happy Recycling!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

This Weekend

We picked blueberries

Made orange scones

And played around at the park

Hope you all had a great weekend, too!



Congrats to Rhiannon for making Dana's summer, 3TIMES over!!!


Why can't I get my photos as big as Rhi's? I must be doing something wrong but it's not obvious what it is. Ugh!

Friday, July 16, 2010

8 and Beautiful

My good friend's daughter is turning 8 on monday. I recently took some pictures for her birthday.

Isn't she gorgeous? She is in a supermodel phase, can't you tell?
I upcycled a tanktop, belt and t-shirt to make her this bag and hair clip.
I think I turned out pretty cute.

We are off to Missouri for my brother-in-law's wedding. Talk to you all Monday.
Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Busy Weekend

Miss M turned 4 on Saturday. I cannot believe it has been 4 years already. Too bad she acts like she is 12. I guess that is what happens when you try to keep up with an older brother.
Here are the start of her birthday photos. I have been busy editing lots of pics and trying to put together a video. I will post more when they are done.
M wanted a "princess" party. I am not a fan of cartoon character parties, so I went for more of an elegant party (fit for a princess). We used real plates and cups with different ribbons on each handle.
I got these gorgeous flowers at the farmer's market that morning for .10 cents a stem. I hung them from the trees above the tables with tulle.

I made up some felt crowns and had stickers for the girls to decorate with.
                                                                Every princess need a crown.

There was hopscotch.

And cute girly dresses.

Of course even cuter girls.

I think every one's favorite part of the party was digging all the treasures out of the sand.
I don't know who had more fun the kid at the party or me planning it. I am such a sucker for a party.

After M's party, we had my brother Vinnie's official graduation party at my parents house.
Here are a few pics from that.

No party is complete without live music. I don't know what we are going to do when my brother Donnie moves to California. We will miss his great voice. (don't worry Donnie, that's not the only thing we will miss)

Everyone obviously had a good time. That's my brother Vinnie, third from the left, next to him is my cousin Jesse, then my brother Donnie and my cousin John on the far right. Vinnie, Jesse and John all graduated college this year. It was a celebration for all three.

Happy Celebrating!!