Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Welcome Spring

Someone's FB page was welcoming spring with shots of beautiful blooms from her garden. 

It had me wandering outside to see what was showing up in my garden. I found blooming azaleas, iris', bridal wreaths.  And angel trumpets and hydrangeas sporting fresh green leaves amongst brown stems. Natures cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Just like our celebration of Easter. 

The biggest and most profound find was the wisteria along the front wood fence along the street. 


Years ago we stole, scavengered, helped ourselves to wild wisteria growing along the edge of a little country road with no traffic or houses in site.  Little new plants were sticking up everywhere under the huge overgrown wisteria vines. They were rooted very shallow and made pulling them up extremely easy. So we helped ourselves, brought them home and planted them.  


Voila! They embrace our fence with a  lovely shade of purple and have a sweet fragrance that I can smell everyday when walking down to check the mail. 

Only thing, the blooms are soon gone and then a thick green leafy vine takes over with the little velvet bean pods hanging everywhere.  




Saturday, March 28, 2015

Plan B

If it's not going as planned, do you have a Plan B? 

Or, never mind, I'll do it myself plan? 

I had to take the reigns myself this week and go to Plan B. 
 
I had taken the easy road (I planned) and ordered this cute little dress on Etsy for $23. Great price, cute outfit for an Easter theme pageant, and the seller promised It would be delivered on Friday. It would be a no stress pageant preparation day. 



Being in full pageant-getting-ready mode on Friday, the mail man came and went. No package.  The UPS guy never showed so no package. 

By 6pm I knew I had to make this happen. The pageant was the next day. And all parties involved expected and wanted this outfit. 

My fabric/trim stash had everything I needed.  And socks were on hand from a clearance purchase I had made earlier. Just because I knew one day I would need them in a rush.  

After cutting, sewing, appliquéing, and embellishment, and admiring my 5 hour rush job, I'm so thrilled of the outcome. 

 
The chick appliqué was made from a template printed from the computer. The chick appliquéd on, and tiny yellow and pink stones emblished around, is just perfect. 


A bow and boot toppers made it even cuter. 

So plan B was a success.  


Perfect fit and looks just like the Etsy one except the color. 


So Etsy, I don't need ya. I'll do it without you if I have too.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Back at it

Life kinda stop sometimes. Lazy, un-eventful, boring days, it seems. But in reality life is happening. You just have to find the fun. 

So this is me lately:

Loving when I'm on baby sitting duty.


They are so good. 



The two bigs are terrific two and a half year olds. 


Look...the same pose. Then and Now.  
One taken a year ago. The other taken just recently. 


And the little one. Good as gold. Never fusses. Always goes with the flow. 


Love my life.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tis the Season ...

. . . for King Cake, that is. If you are at my house at any given day during the Mardi Gras season you will be eating King Cake morning, noon, and night every single day.  


With the baby and all things purple, green, and gold. Everything from fleur de lis', beads, masks, and parades and balls. 

It's a good thing the season doesn't last long.  


Gin

Monday, February 9, 2015

A little entertainment for you

A day of fun with valentines, Cupids, and hearts everywhere started February off with a bang at a local fun pageant.  

This 2 year old was full of spunk and was cuter than ever on stage in her Valentine wear. 


She did everything on her own and even more that took us by surprise . No coaxing this day.  


She was the best in her group. 


Waves, kisses, and judges eye contact was perfect. 


She kept us entertained.


She was sooooo good. She was crowned 2 year Division Queen.  And was the 3 highest score in 0-6 years old. Just missing the top 2 supreme titles. 


The outfit I made fit her sassy-ness perfectly.  It makes me want to sew and sew and sew. 

And baby sister held her own.  She didn't place Queen. She didn't smile enough. But her outfit got high judge ratings and remarks.  


So, I'll be sewing up a storm with all the visions I have in my brain for pageants, pageants, pageants.  

gin







Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hello Kitty and Projects # 2, 3, & 4

Hello to the multi-million Kitty fictional character. I found some oh so cute Hello Kitty fabric in etsy. 



It's one of a kind. One in pink. One in red. A very small portion of each with hearts and a Valentine in an envelope held by Hello Kitty. It's probably the last of its existence in the universe and it's in my stash. But not for long, because here's my Project #2 for the year.  

Did I mention I love, love, love the price! 

I put together 4 different fabrics to make ruffles and bows for a Valentine pageant. 
There are velveteen, sheer glitter hearts print, the little kitty sheer, and marabou trim.


I'm picky, picky about matchy, matchy. So I also found these oh so cute heart Helllo Kitty tights. Perfect match.  


I'm looking for best fashion winner and winning Queen in the baby group . 

Then, hello! There's this for the runway for valentines. 


The cute fancy top is my favorite. Can be worn with or without the jacket. 


Betting on a win, too, in the sassy 2 year old division. 




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Coldest Night of the Winter

On this coldest night of this winter I spot a little deer in the road.  He/she does not dart across the road as the car comes near like all deer do and you slam on your brakes cause you know you are both going to run into each other.  Or when there are several darting across the road in a line formation, one right behind the other, and you luckily barely missed colliding.


This was a little lone deer who was stopped looking around probably for his/her mama who had probably already darted across ahead of her little one. I stopped to watch and make sure he/she got safely across before another vehicle came upon him/her. 


As I inched along he/she walked parallel to the road until I tooted my horn in sequence. That did the trick and he quickly darted across and jumped into the forest. 

I just hope his/her mama waited for her little one to find her. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Little Projects (#1)

Yes, there will be weekly projects in 2015. If you recall I posted 26 projects in 2014.

My first project of the year was with these little helpers.  I was babysitting all day with them and added a little project time in our day.  



Take 3 little ones, times 1 project, plus happy little fingers that were uncontrollable, equals a special little keepsake handprint.  

I found the kits on the after Christmas clearance shelf at 90% off. It's an actual form of polymer clay that you turn into a handprint.  


1) Knead the polymer clay, form into a ball and roll out on aluminum foil.  It actually included a little rolling pin in each kit.

2) A circular plastic ring was included to form the clay nice and round. 

3) After ump-teen times of making handprints in the clay, we finally settled for almost perfect prints.  

4) A small perfect hole made in the center top to put a ribbon for hanging. 

5) And my addition of glitter glue to paint each hand print came out so pretty.

6) 48 hours to cure and harden.

No pictures taken during the process because it was 3 against 1. Me being the 1. Needless to say I didn't have enough hands to take pictures. 

I sent their projects home with each one.
And many years from now I can tell them the story of this project. 

On a side note, I still have my very own similar handprint from when I was a little one.  

Gin

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

I love everyday of the year. Everyday is a day in itself - whether good or bad. And today is no different. 

Tonight is 
1⃣ A reflection of the past and a celebration of a new year. 

2⃣ The year is ending and there's another chance to do things right.

3⃣ Now get yourself geared up and make 2015 your year!

Happy New Year!

 






Tuesday, December 30, 2014

You're Not Alone

Christmas was not about the perfect presents. I didn't have the perfectly decorated house. And I do not have the perfect family. We are quiet dysfunctional in our own special way.

I came across a blog and it put me on my knees. I have to share it with you. Please take time to read it.