Saturday, February 25, 2012

Free patterns!

Well, I got to VA last night to visit family while my husband has a class here for work.... So I thought I would do a short, but sweet pattern sale! All day Sunday, buy one pattern get one FREE!!!! Just purchase one of the patterns and let me know via Etsy conversation or Paypal note what you would like your free pattern to be!

 Happy crafting!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!
Hope you just smiled!

We had fun dipping strawberries in chocolate... until I burned my finger! We also made some cake mix cookies with Valentine's M&M's. YUM!

Messy Faces

Days filled with cleaning tables, highchairs, floors and faces are so much fun. :)
 Cheetos face
 Pizza face
 Baby food face
 Spaghetti face (my favorite)

Somewhere in the messiness I find real happiness! Messy faces and messy hands mean that my kids are well fed, and it means that my daughter is learning more and more and becoming Miss Independent.

Here is a picture of a Striped Tunic Dress that I made my daughter! I LOVE IT! I have bought 6 patterns from Mon Petit Violin now... I just love her designs. She also has a Facebook and a blog.

I myself am still working on writing some new patterns. I'm having my loafers tested, I still need to write up the Panda, and I just published the puppy hat.

Happy crafting! & Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

{heart} day

Ta-da! I made something I found on Pinterest! I love the idea of the deck of cards; the one where you write something you love on each card and title it "52 Reasons I Love You." Well, that would be a good idea had I started a few months ago. I like this idea; that way I can try to find something every day to write on the board. Every day, I can look for a way to compliment my husband. Every day, I can look for a small detail to be grateful about. Every day, I can remember one of the reasons I love him.

I put the frame in our bathroom, because he gets up really early every day for work. I figured that if I can go in there after he goes to sleep, or if my daughter wakes up before him, I can slip in there and leave him a little something to see when he's getting ready for work. Plus, there is plenty of space on our counter... I left the marker beside it. I'm not getting my hopes up, because he is a MAN, but I would love to find a note myself. ;)

Update: I woke up to "You are my best friend." Words can't even describe how special it made me feel. That is my first written note from my husband since Mother's Day. He doesn't say sweet things very often, but when he does, boy it's memorable. :) [He is more about showing me how he feels rather than saying things... Don't want ya to think he's mean! lol]

I also broke out my Cricut, finally. I got it Black Friday, but it was my Christmas present, so I have officially had it for almost two months and hadn't used it yet. I only have two scrapbooking albums that I am still traditionally scrapping in (the rest are digital). I'll be using my Cricut for those two albums, but I also love all the banners I see on Facebook and Pinterest and wanted to make some of my own. Here's the sole Valentine decoration in our house:

I didn't want to put tape on the walls or use a thumb tack so I just tied the ribbon around the posts. Works for me!

The next banner I'll be making will be for my daughter's FIRST birthday!! I already have most of the paper... I can't wait to get started on it!!


Have you made anything lately that you found on Pinterest?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Overdue Snow Post

We were heading to a birthday party on a Saturday afternoon when it started snowing down south where we were heading. I never watch the news so I didn't even know snow was in the forecast. It wasn't very cold at our house so it was a total surprise after thirty minutes when we were suddenly driving through flurries. We got home and it had started snowing just a little bit at our house. The next morning, when we woke up to this:

I thought it was just going to be a one day thing. I bundled the kids up and rushed them outside to play in what I figured would be the only snowfall of the year.

It was my daughter's first experience with snow. She wasn't afraid of it, but she wasn't very interested in picking it up. She just relaxed and watched us play. My son and I built a pint size snowman with the little bit of snow that we had in our small front yard.

I had no idea it was going to snow for a week. Washington doesn't salt roads much, so some roads were pretty bad. Plus, with a hill going up into our neighborhood and no four wheel drive, we were a tad bit confined to our house. My husband didn't have to work the entire week, and on Thursday we lost power and electricity. Luckily we were only without power for a few hours Thursday night and then again for a few hours on Friday morning. I guess the snowstorm interfered with satellites or something because we lacked internet for a couple of days. Almost 300,000 people were without power and here's why:

The ice on the power lines was that thick or worse. They were sagging to the ground from the weight of the ice, and tree branches were snapping off and falling on powerlines due to the heavy snow. A friend of ours with two children and a deployed husband was without power from Thursday to Sunday so she came out and stayed with us. We were lucky to get our power back so quickly.

I really can't complain about the few hours we were without it. My house smelled of an array of Yankee candle fragrances. The kids went to bed early. My husband and I had some nice, quiet, alone time and played a competitve game of Scrabble. He's been beating me lately, and I don't like it.

We have a gas fireplace so we didn't get cold. The main problem we faced with no electricity was that our water didn't work. I jokingly told my husband that he and our son would be using the bathroom outside in the port-a-john that is set up for the construction workers building up the neighborhood. ;)

We may have been stuck indoors for a few days, but we had a beautiful view to enjoy. When I first came to Washington, I was mesmorized by the beautiful evergreens. I just love the way the branches swoop upwards at the ends. They're beauty is magnified when they're covered in snow under a light blue, somewhat foggy sky.

Friday morning we had to dig our way out of here to go help our friend and her kids dig their way out of their house to come stay with us. She had no fireplace, so no source of heat whatsoever, and I was worrying myself to death about her kids being too cold. The sides of my car were literally sheets of ice. It was actually fun digging and peeling away.

The only downside of "Snowmageddon," as I heard it was being called on news stations on the east coast, was that my little lady got her first cold. However, there was even some joy to be had in that. My husband and I took advantage of some serious snuggle time with Miss Independent.

It was nice.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pizza Rolls

I saw a picture on Pinterest of pizza filled crescent rolls and decided to try them out. I didn't click on the link or anything, I just winged it. It just so happened to turn out DELICIOUS! Aside from being fabulously tasty, my son got to do most of the assembling. It was fun for him, and we got in some nice QT.

 The ingredients. Simple, right?

 First step. We put 4 pepperonis in each crescent roll.

 Second step. I used 3 string cheeses for all 8 rolls. We peeled them to make sure they'd melt.

Next: roll them up.

Then, enjoy!

 My 10 1/2 month old ate an entire one and she didn't waste any time!

My son loved them, too! The stringy cheese was fun!