Saturday, December 20, 2014

100 Happy Days Makes it to #50

#40 - #44... Love me some happy smiles


#45 - #49 .....  A walk thru the Christmas lights with the family. At the end was a place for pictures.  You would think I was the "Santa you have to take a picture with" because there was a lot of kicking and screaming going on. 


My 100 Happy Days Challenge only made it to #50 Happy Days. 


Though I didn't meet my challenge, there is a little glimpse of happiness in everyday. We just have to look for it. And take that picture!!! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Stuff

There's nothing sweeter than having  some impromptu Christmas events to share together like Christmas qtrees, snowmen, reindeer, and Christmas lights.

My last babysitting date awas trying to get "perfected" pictures 'round the Christmas tree.

I tried and tried for just one face front picture . It didn't happen.  


Little sisters don't cooperate either.  People say I'm asking for too much.

The Toyland Christmas pageant was a huge success. All contestants bringing new toys and food to share with those less fortunate and having fun at a Christmas pageant. 

Queen in the 0/11 months, most beautiful, best personality, and fashion winner went to Brynlee.


I saw this coming.  And my fashion winning reindeer outfit makes me feel goooood.


And the little princess Snowlady did fantastic. But it's hard being 26 months old and competing with 34 month olds is difficult. But getting 1st alternate in the 2-3 year division was an accomplishment.  


The most sparkly snowman ever. 


Ten days till Christmas.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Why Projects? And Project #26

This blog didn't set out to be a sewing or craft blog. But this year has really been a lot about sewing or crafting. I set out on a brain storm to do a project every week. Thus, why some titles of posts have Project #  in them. 

I have now completed project #26 in week 49 of the year. So I'm short about 26 projects if I had done a project a week per my selfie challenge. But, in my defense, I've only blogged 26 projects. There were probably 26 more projects that I did that did not make it on the blog.  Like house projects, cooking projects, exercise projects, gardening projects. 

Project #26 is my last sewing project for the year. Unless I am so bored that I find something to sew. 

No. 26 is a version I'm not quite sure of
Just yet. First it was meant to be a reindeer theme.  Then as it went along reindeer didn't seem to fit it. 

So it's left up to the mom. Her decision. Reindeer?


 Or reindeer not? 


Though I'm positive the little red boots are the ones to go with on either. The  white boots can wait for another time. 

It's a five piece ensemble including hair bow, dress, bloomers, leggings, and boots. 

And the reindeer is kinda getting my vote now. 

I have to show you the completed Snowman outfit or rather Snowlady,  (I posted it a few posts back without the accessories).  I'm biased maybe, but how stinking cute! 


Eight piece ensemble includes top, skirt, separate underneath petti skirt, scarf, hat, mittens, boots, and fur topped socks. And if you count the 5 snowflakes on the boots, skirt front and back, and on the hat I will say it's a complete outfit.  

I amaze myself sometimes. And wonder how did I do that!


And Santa Baby is now complete also with top, shorts, hat, boots, and fur topped socks. 


To all this I add my Santa Letter:

Dear Santa. 
Please bring me my very own fine fabric store filled with bolts and bolts of awesome fabric and spools and spools and yards and yards of trims, ribbons, lace, and threads. And if not this, then bring joy and peace to the world. 

Gin




Friday, December 5, 2014

Santa Baby Project # 25


Furry. Red. And Blingy.  That's how a little Santa Baby will look on stage in a few weeks. 


I ran out of the faux fur trim so I ordered some more and as soon as it arrives, hopefully by Monday, I'm going to add the fur trim around the shorts hem. And then add the black boots and mittens. 

And then some little Santa Baby will be all set for a pageant or a Christmas party. 


Santa's on his way. Twenty days till Christmas. I should get busy with my tree instead of sewing. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sneak Peak Project # 24

Snowmen, Santas, Candy Canes, Rudolph. That's what's coming to life in my sewing room.

I have a sneak peak of a Snowman outfit to show you. I can describe it in three words. White. Furry. Sparkly. 


A sparkly black hat is in the making. And so is a red sequin shiny scarf. Black mittens and black boots will also be added. 

Can't wait for it to all come together. 

The Santa suite is basically finished. Just waiting for a certain something to arrive in the mail to add to it. Then I can show. 

The Rudolph vision is making its way to becoming a reality. And the Candy Cane one is making it's second debut. It's one I made last year but never worn. 

Twenty days till Christmas! 



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Proof

The Walker Pine Tree Festival Pageant proved winning isn't everything. Walker being my hometown with the pageant taking place on stage in the auditorium at the high school I attended brought back memories. I got to talk to alot of school friends who were there with their grandchildren. A lot of "oohh-ing" and "ahhh-ing" going on. Some were even on the festival board and in charge of things. 

Brooklyn was a reigning queen from last years pageant so she got to perform her Royal duties.  

All reigning queens participated in a fashion show from a Grand Opening of a new mall opening near town. 

Brooklyn modeling one of the fashion outfits. 



Reigning Queens also on stage to crown the new Queens. 

It would have been sweet if Brooklyn could have crowned her baby sister. But Brynlee didnt place. It's ok :(.   

This time last year at the pageant Queen Brooklyn was the big baby being held on the far right with the blue jean dress with the pink petti slip and boots. 



And this year she is a little bigger than her last picture as the 2013 Queen performing her Royalty duties. 



Pageants are just another sport. You do your best. You go in for the win.  And sometimes it's not all about the win.  It's about friends and about learning something new about yourself and seeing a new you. And this time seeing how far Brooklyn has come in a year. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Off Stage

I'm still obsessed with all things pageantry. I like the prep and the before and after. I'm like can't get enough.

A fancy little dress up benefit pageant with LA Wildlife & Fisheries. There were lots and lots of cuties. 

Brooklyn got best fashion in the 2-3 year olds. She was the youngest at just made 2years old lined up with 3 almost 4 year olds. Though no crown she held her own. 


Capturing a few outside after shots. 


At the benefit Wildlife, Brynlee was great for a 5 month old with all the other babies    up to 11 months. 

She was crowned Princess, next to Queen. Wanted Queen of course, but Princess is the next best thing. 


Another recent pageant, LA Little Miss, crowned both with Division Supreme.  This was a long day with beauty dress, outfit of choice, and Wizard of Oz theme wear.   

What could be more fun than a Cinderella  Local Preliminary? Why, winning of course.  And that's what they did.

Brooklyn still the youngest in the 2-3 age group managed to pull Cinderella Beauty as her placement next to the overall winner.  It's a big win. 

Brynlee claimed Cinderella Infant Overall Winner.  

Two Little Cinderellas. One crying. One with silly faces. 


Sorry to bore you with my obsession. But it's all in enjoyment that we do pageants. And when "we" go home with Crowns, banners, and trophies it's just like every other sport out there.  You just want to win!



Sunday, November 30, 2014

# 38 - # 40 Happies

38. Even little ones take selfies. They can do practically anything you can.


39. Baby all dressed up waiting for winter pictures. 


40. Now that we've taken care of Thanksgiving Dinner, Tidings of comfort and joy is upon us. 


Loving all the Holidays. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

We Gathered Together

I like the hymn that goes:

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

This song of praise was originally written in 1597 to celebrate a Dutch victory.

OUR Thanksgiving began at our house in the wilderness with some of my sisters and most of my children's families with the table set and the blessing said we lined up and filled our plates. 


My name place cards were my favorite. And my glittery faux autumn leaves as my napkin rings ran a close second as my favorite, too. I always make name place cards so as we add new family members and guests every one feels welcome and there is no question or choosing were one might suppose to be seated. I like my ideas.

After the food feast, the ladies took up the activity of photo shootings. Who doesn't like to keep the memories alive in pictures. The guys were setting up to go on an evening deer hunt and show and tell with their guns and their latest hunting stories.

This was the next to the oldest and youngest on Thanksgiving Day. They made for a good pair.


I took way too long and way too many pictures of these 3. I just wanted that perfect smile and perfect look. But I was informed that does not exist.  So here's the no smile picture.


Here's the no more pictures picture.


Some of the turkeys of the day.


There were some play time in between.


It was a beautiful day.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Halloween-y

Although most people are all about Thanksgiving now, I am still on the Halloween page. So hear goes my Halloween story. 

Wish I had tons of trick or treaters to vist me on Halloween nite. But there was none. We live too far out and too far off the road. That's been the story of all my Halloweens. I still put out jack o'lanterns on the porch and a bowl of candy on the kitchen bar.

Soooo, instead,  it's a 40 year wedding anniversary day together.

Forty years ago Halloween was not in the picture.

We eloped without the thought of Halloween. What were we thinking? It must have been the right choice 'cause we're still counting.

Then for years after, our anniversaries were spent trick or treating with our little ones till they outgrew us taking them. Of course they didn't outgrow Halloween fun. They just didn't need us along for their fun...... 

This year it was spent reminiscing over the past 40 years. You know, like the good stuff, the bad stuff, and the really ugly stuff. But all put in a pot and stirred up together makes for a good witch's brew.

A little shopping and a nice dinner out topped off the day.

And then I waited for Halloween pictures of my little ones all dressed up and out trick or treating. There were 2 black cats  and a BamBam Flintstone.

There you have it. No trick or treaters in any form or fashion. No door to door ghouls and goblins. No pictures of those who did. Just a nice day out on the town.

A post without pictures just can't be.  So I'm throwing in a random picture of what I do best. A selfie with a favorite little guy.