Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pre-Christmas Christmasing

Well, make no mistake, I've been busy... not as busy as last year, but busy nonetheless. However, of course I can't show you with what! So that'll have to wait another couple weeks. In the meantime I've got some goodies to show.

Each year my friends Tracy and Evan have their Kwanzmusannukah non-denominational holiday celebration. This year, after having just moved into a new house and with Tracy going back and forth from Maryland to Broadway, the party was had in Baltimore on Christmas Street.

We went to dinner at Rocket of Venus! A groovy little dive hippy-dippy diner place.

The highlight of which was their Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, dipped in pancake batter and deep fried, served with vanilla icecream and caramel sauce. Literally, it disappeared in less than a minute. It was UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING.

Then we took a stroll down Christmas Street to check out the lights and the artists.

So in other news, we got the roof finished just in time for the winter and Bryan put this lovely stone-face on the chimney. We are addicted to making fires in the fireplace!

Here's our tree and the fireplace in action.

I put up my tiny silver tree along with just a few of my favorite Christmas decorations and doodads this year instead of everything. Just on this table, it's like my little shrine.
(Please note the Tiujana Christmas album on the left - ALL mariachi style Christmas music - AWESOME.)

My nephews came and spent the day last Saturday while Tito Robert helped Bryan put gutters up. We made a gingerbread village! ...sort of. Daniel REALLY enjoyed being the icing guy.

And Jaime was such a great help as always. He made the church, the hardest one to make, and kept his cool while the thing kept falling apart as they always do before the icing hardens.


More to come soon!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Nine Lives

That whole story of cats having nine lives is true. My oldest kitty Mona recently gave us the impression she was on her way out. We had taken her to the vet because of excessive peeing and water drinking, and took her back home with drugs. Shortly thereafter she was not moving around much, eating or drinking water and we were sure she was dying. So I went out and got her some Breyers, her favorite brand of ice cream and gave her some each day. I alerted my loved ones that she wasn't doing well and probably wouldn't be with us for long. I carried her around in a basket with me, gave her milk and ice cream, carried her to the potty a couple times a day.... she's my BFF, of course I'll do these things. She purred and loved me up and napped a lot. Seemed happy and sleepy.

Then, Sunday morning, Bryan and I heard meowing at the top of the basement stairs. We both sat up in bed and looked at eachother inquisitively. I got up, and low and behold, there was Mona, at the top of the stairs.

Hungry and thirsty.

She had gotten up in the night, taken herself to the potty and then decided she was ready to eat. She walked up the stairs on her own and asked for what she wanted. Since then, she's been eating morning and night, drinking water, walking around.

So there Mr. Reaper! I'm sure that her time is shorter than it was before, but for now, we are all living. And next weekend, we will all make a pile in front of a fire in the new fireplace together. Good thing everyone gets along... mostly.

The other kids: Jack, Scout and Emmie

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Last Day to sign up for the ornament exchange!

Silver Bella!

Well, Mom headed out today for Omaha to attend the Silver Bella, a 3 day workshop environment where the best of the best in crafting all get together and create, socialize and share.

I must say, I am jealous. I declined back in the spring when Mom brought it up because of lack of funds, and when I wavered, the availability sold out quicker than I could make up my mind. Fortunately, Mom and her friend Betty were among the last few to get a spot. I won't make the same mistake again.

I totally can't WAIT to see what Mom brings home, hear all about who she meets, and most of all, become infected by her inspiration just in time for Christmas!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Comment link fixed :)

Had some issues with comment posting, but I think I have them all fixed. Feel free to let me know if you experience any issues navigating after all my updates! Thanks, Robyn.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Nothing Could Be Better Than This

I'm sorry, but this fills me with such happiness I can't stand it.

She's SO flirting. I love it. He's even got the gang signs out.

They made mashed potatoes.

Snoop Dogg and Martha. What could be better?

I also should point out that I love Whatever, Martha with her daughter Alexis and friend Jennifer. If you get a chance, make some time for an episode.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Weddings, weddings and more weddings

Looks like the wedding calendar is dying down a little bit. I seem to have just gone through the whirlwind in my life where everyone and their mother is getting married! I just had my third wedding anniversary and over the past 3 years, I have been to or participated in at least 15 weddings! Amazing. The world is full of love. :)

Most recently, one of my closest friends from high school got married and asked me to make her wedding invitations. What an honor! Fortunately, she was probably the most laid back bride I have ever seen. We found a design online that she liked and I set out to create it on my own from base materials. She chose a variety of colors and pretty much gave me free reign. She said "Make it fall-y."

First I took a 12x12 square sheet of cardstock and cut two 5 inch strips and discarded the 2 inch strip remaining. Then I did some careful measure and scoring of the seams that would be folded and glued the two pieces together. Once I got a rhythm going, I was able to pump them out.

Then I got all the wording of the invitation and RSVP laid out and printed it on a variety of textured light colored cardstock.

This is my idea of a great craft day layout:

(Kindly note the horror film and kitty punishment spray bottle.)

I glued the colored center square in the middle and used a bone folder on all my pre-scored seams. Then I glued the invitation itself in the center and was ready for the whole thing to come together. So once I got ready to glue up the edges, I got a system going again with paperclips and things holding the seams as they dried.

As those dried, I got going on the RSVP cards. I found the cutest stamp and some small cards that met the mailing size requirements (VERY IMPORTANT). I could have sent her a bunch of RSVP cards that were too small to mail! That would have been bad. So I found the smallest I could that would be ok to mail and then cut just the cards down to fit the pocket in front and hit them all with the tree stamp. Inside we glued the RSVP replies and voila!

The final step was punching out the leaves that got glued randomly on the inside.

When she put them all together, she dripped sealing wax on the fold and stamped it with the wedding bells and we were all done!


I love it. So did she thank goodness. :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


The night Kara and Deanna visited, I took this picture above. It really kind of weirdly embodies fall. Note the gorgeous tulips Deanna brought, acorn squash Bryan was getting ready to cook with, and the small bottle of "Ass in Hell" our absolute favorite hot sauce. No, we do not mess around.

My mom left this gift here for Kara, with one of her signature homemade cards on top.

Inside was this gorgeous cottage silhouette that my mother cut by hand and framed in this super cute wooden frame that actually totally matches Kara and Dave's house.

Then it was my turn to give gifts. I made these for Kara because of how much she loves Halloween. The pattern is found in my current favorite amigurumi book Creepy Cute Crochet. These are the skeleton bride and groom and naturally, their names are Kara and Dave. haha!

She loved them. See doesn't the bride look just like her?! heehee

A couple weeks before their visit, I finished my new curtains for the living room. I found this fabric which completely matches my style, color scheme and new plan for the living room. Bryan is replacing the roof, and before that, he demolished the chimney and put in a real live woodburning fireplace! So my plan has been to meld both foyer and living room area into a great room of sorts. I have had issues with color in the past and now I'm trying to be a grown up and take it down a notch, so I painted everything a nice warm buttercream and left one of the orange walls orange. The couches are red and there are leaves and trees everywhere, so the color of this fabric was perfect. I ordered just enough to sew hems around the edges and used the previously hanging silk sheers for an underlay and just cut it to the same length. It now serves as a backing of sorts. I ordered the curtain rings that have clips so you don't have to slide the curtain on the rod or anything and I absolutely adore them.

I think Bryan likes them too. :)

And while I'm playing show and tell, check out this pillow my mother made from felted sweaters! It's Scout, my white kitty.

Mom goes to yardsales and tagsales and all kinds of places and keeps those eyes peeled for wool sweaters. Then she brings them home and washes them and they become felt! Then it's no holes barred. How cute is this thing? I love it and it matches the room and my style perfectly too.

And last but not least, my goofy Halloween craft was this pumpkin diorama. I took a craft pumpkin from Michael's and cut the front out with an exacto knife and then just went nuts with glitter and stuff. It really came out very girlie... not very scary... but I guess that's ok. It was just for fun. I used the little clothespin doll witch trick-or-treater my mother made for me a couple years ago and glued her in there and then went nuts with glitter and flowers. I guess she's trick-or-treating in the flowers.

And then I added a creepy cat head... it's kinda Cheshire Cattish.

I think it's cute! Sometimes a holiday craft is solely about the color and glitter. Ha! But now my little witch has a home and I have yet ANOTHER thing to take out this time of year.

So now it's November and autumn is full force! My roof is almost finished and I can almost smell the fire burning in the fireplace. Tonight, November 3rd, a commercial came on for a countdown to the Family Channels 25 Days of Christmas or something and I rolled my eyes and thought "it's so early why do they do this all the time?" and then I thought about Christmas, and then I started to get teared up. BECAUSE I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! and I'm CRAZY!!!! hahahahha. Bryan laughed and I rolled my eyes at myself.

But the truth is.... the holiday season has only just begun. And I love it. Happy Fall Y'all!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Raising the Roof!

I know I was going to add more Halloween stuff, but it must be interrupted so I can link my photos from Facebook showing the roof replacement project that Bryan is currently working on. He and his crew demolished our roof on Monday and today (Thursday) the new trusses were delivered. Hopefully clicking here will take you to the album of photos.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Halloween Queen

I totally love it when my friends and family are inspired and make things and send me pictures. My BFF Kara just came for a visit and I told her about my pumpkin diorama that I was going to make at Mom's the next day and showed off some of my glitter. I have the mixed pack of Martha's super fine glitters that just makes everyone drooooool.
Kara is the Halloween QUEEN. She is all about it. Collects Spookytown, has a massive party, dresses up, the works! Here's when she was Carrie one year at her party.

So she just sent me an email and said she'd been highly inspired during our visit and went to Michael's to get the goods for a project. Glitter skulls! These will be a perfect addition to her Halloween spread.

I never get enough of glitter, but at Halloween, it seems to be everywhere. On my face, on my husband's face... on the dog. I love when there is glitter on the dog.

I wish I had the video of her Spookytown layout this year... I'll see if I can get a copy and post it. It's amazing! I'm jealous.

My next post will have more on Kara's visit including the amigurumis I made for her Halloween spread, the wedding gift my mother made for her, and Deanna's tulips.