Wednesday, November 5, 2014


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. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This Counting Thing # 33 -37

It's October. With just 2 months left in the year. And I'm wayyyyyy behind on counting my Happy Days. The first of the year I started 100 Happy Days. I'll have all 100 up and running before the year is out.

Happy Day # 33 is next. Happy can be synonymous with Thankful. Thankful that this little one got all well after a 3 day stay in the hospital for an unknown diagnosis after high fever for 4 days. Her little arm stuck and an IV the whole time she was in. Thankful to report she is well as can be.

Happy Halloween Day # 34 is almost here. Always a fun Happy Night. I did carve a few pumpkins. By night they look scary. By day they are a sight to see, all crooked and wonky. But they are real. I've been known to use electric pumpkins all lined in a row. Which, by the way, they are ready and waiting if I need them at the last minute.

Day # 35 was spent happily with these two. Check out their blogs -- Peggy and Bobbie

A lunch Day #36 with these 3. 

Day # 37 is Me. 

Next I have to catch up on my Project counts. I challenged myself 1 project a week at the start of this year. I'm probably not going to beat the challenge with 52 projects. But pretty close I hope.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pre Halloween Dress-Up

Here's a look at a Halloween themed pageant we did. I had already made a few outfits just because I love to sew.
If you remember, from a few post back, they are an owl and a skull theme. 

A few modifications were made to the skull set:
* The pink bow on the front of the skirt was removed and a black bow added to back center
* black fish net wrist gloves with the one finger loop was also an added accessory. 

Look Whoooo was the owl. A baby owl with lots of baby down feathers. Not the scary schreeching black Halloween owl. But a super cute baby owl. 

And so cute that she was crowned Baby Grand Supreme! 

The skull look was just as cute. A skull with black heart eyes and a pink bow on the skull cannot be scary. This picture was after the stage event and changing for the next event. I could kick myself for not getting a complete picture with the boots showing and the black fish net wrist gloves with the finger loop. It was soooo cute.

Looking like a skull punk rocker, this outfit placed her Queen of the 2-3 year old division.  It's hard for a just turned 2 year old to compete with a almost turning 3 year old. So she did good.

Waiting to see what all 3 of the little ones look like in their trick or treat Halloween costumes on Friday. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Still Birthday Partying

Still birthday partying with the fam for October birthdays. After a 2 year olds Minnie party a few weeks before, we included all October birthdays and anniversaries for one more party.

While waiting for a table at the restaurant, the birthday guy and little birthday girl took a picture. 

The shared birthday cake even included the football game win.

One of my sisters joined us for birthday cake. She was bombarded with babies.

October has more to come.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bam Bam Project #23

I'm getting caught up in October's Fall festivities.  

It only took a few hours to help sew a Halloween costume for Cohen. Between me, Julie and Cohen it came out great. 

Julie's choice of costume and she had the fabric ready and waiting when I brought a sewing machine and sewing supplies to sew.

Cohen was a super measurer with a pull and release tape measure that wound itself up when the button was pushed. He also took the garment fitting process really well. 

And it was sewn up in no time. Just have to add the bone to the waist and there's a fat plastic baseball bat, too. 

He'll be the cutest thing on the street Trick Or Treating with his little neighbor being Pebbles. And the parents dressing up as Barney/Betty and Fred/Wilma. 

Can't wait for Halloween!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Fall and Project #22

October 1 and the fun is just beginning. There's festivals, fairs, and birthdays. And sewing is included.  I don't spend every spare moment in my sewing room, tho I do enjoy it.

I came across a super cute fabric by accident. I was actually scouting around for some Halloween fabric of blacks and oranges but super unique, one of a kind design. 
Pink and black skull print. I took the skull as a Halloween theme. Although, it's probably a punk music rock theme. But super cute with black heart eyes and pink bows on the skull. 

And I turned it into this.

A full circle fish line hem skirt with a separate black sparkly organza petit skirt underneath.

The top has a V-accent on top edge and bottom edge trimed with the black sparkly organza in a ruffle effect around.

It will be paired with black boots with pink ruffle boot cuffs.  

I like it.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Happy Birthday to a Two Year Old

We have 2 year olds all over the place. Cohen had his two year old party 2 months ago and Brooklyn just turned 2.

Her party was all about her and Minnie Mouse. Everything from a Minnie cake, Minnie cookies, Minnie dress, and a few Minnie inspired birthday presents. 

A Mickey Mouse Park jumping house was a main attraction. Way big enough for kids and adults. Brooklyn looks so tiny posing in front of the jump house. 

Everyone took a turn jumping with the birthday girl. 

If you've ever been in a jump house as an adult, it takes a few minutes to actually believe you can really jump and bounce around. It was fun. 

Jumping with the birthday girl. 

Adults jumped in the Mickey jump house. 

And tried the swing house out. 

We stopped the playing and headed for the cake and food and some cold drink. The weather was beautiful and we worked up an appetite with all the jumping and swinging. We had to bribe the children to go watch Brooklyn blow out her candles and open gifts. And to eat. 

Happy Birthday to you!!

See the Minnie banner thru the window? 
 I like how Minnie's silhouette shows inside, too.
Showing just a hint of the party theme from outside to inside. 

Cake cut. Food served. Gifts opened. And back out to jump made for a birthday filled day. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tin Man Sparkly Project #21

Something sparkly has been going on.
Silver and glitter and shine can only mean one thing. 


It's a pageant theme wear for Wizard of Oz. 
It's my version of a girly Tin Man.using hallogram sequin fabric for the multi layer skirt. The top layer is a bubble effect where there is no hem line, it is just folded up to the waist band to give it the bubble look. The second skirt layer has the tulle gathered ruffle on the hem line. The top with sparkle silver tulle as a ruffle and Tin Man'sshiny red heart across the front has snap closure on back and tulle straps. Matching arm bands for the Tin Man, too..

 Shorts under neath from shiny silver stretch spandex fabric and boots from the same complete the head to toe Tin Man. The boots will stretch fit over shoes and the top is really straight tho it is crooked in the picture. 

Tin Man from head to toe all sparkly and blingy.

Another sewing blogger over at Sews n Bows also made a girly Tin Man about the same time I did and we didn't even know it. Check out her cute Tin Man, too! Tell her I sent you.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Can you say OMG ! (Project # 20)

Oh My Gosh! Maybe it's just me but is this just so cute?

It's an owl Halloween OOC for a Halloween pageant. Think of a baby owl with soft little feathers on its body and arms (wings) and little feet (claws). . Pink and purple. Fuzzy and sparkly. 

A rhinstone owl applique on the bodice so you can't miss the idea that it's an owl. Just so you know, it's really a purple. Not the blue that the camera portrays it to  be.

The bottoms with multi layers of purple and pink glittery ribbon and pink and white baby feathers. that will look so cute on a baby's bottom.

A bow and feathers on the headband and on the ankles and arm bands with feathers that will float around with movement of the arms and legs and head and will fit the cutest little three month old ever!

It's rather cute in person. So a Happy Whoo-Whoo Halloween to you.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Restaurant Review

We stopped in a restaurant in the Capitol City that was once a well-known establishment. In my younger days it was the place we as youth went after church services and then in my younger married life we went there when we dated and then with our kids. My reason for choosing it, this particular time, was the Hot Fudge Cake that I craved when I saw the Shoney's sign.

We came to the conclusion it was a mistake to patronize this establishment, as the clues kept piling up.

Clue #1
     Not one, but three waitresses came to our table.

Clue #2
     The waitress wrote our order on a napkin from her pocket.

Clue #3
     There was no lettuce on the salad bar. Even after asking a waitress if they could put some out. We never saw any. Therefore, no salad with our entree, which came with a salad.

Clue #4
      The cutlery was all bent. Especially the fork tines. Could these be the original cutlery from the inception of this location since it was obvious there had been no remodel to the building or sign ever?. It's just as I remembered all the locations from way back when.

Clue #5
      The side of onion rings I had ordered was never served. When I asked the waitress to be sure and remove it from our ticket, she promptly said she didn't turn the onion rings in on the order.

As we waited for our food, we made the decision we would pay with cash, not the debit card. We weren't sure this was a bonafide restaurant establishment what with all the strange things going on. Maybe there was some illegal goings on and the restaurant part was just a cover. We were really unsure why the heck we were still sitting there. The day was beginning to all come together for we had just spent the morning at a gun show on a tax free weekend. Get it?

We did:
1) order me a  Hot Fudge Cake, which was absolutely delicious, just as I remembered.
2) tip the young waitress. Hopefully she learned a few things with us.
3) vowed to just savor my Shoney's memories and not re-vive or re-live them.

Moral to the this post:
     This is the year 2014. Not the 1980's.