Saturday, July 21, 2012

Jam and magnets...and a really handsome helper!

 I made jam for the very first time! My family went blackberry picking last Sunday and I went back again this Thursday with our playgroup to snag a couple more quarts.  The sugarless blackberry jam turned out the best (so far), but the strawberry mint is SUPER tasty!  Sully helped me mash berries. He liked to be the Smasher!

 Gosh...he's getting so big!

Earlier this week I bought a package of magnets and today I finally got around to making them cute :)  This wooden tool puzzle was missing a piece or two, so I hot glued some magnets to the back and voila!  Repurposed toys are just like new toys!

These bottle cap magnets are for the adults ;)  I actually sell them in sets of 5 for $3.

And, last, but not least, here is an update on my 100 Days of Thankfulness: 
Day 68: I am thankful that I got to experience Matthew 18:20 tonight.
Day 69: I am thankful for silence.
Day 70: I am thankful that MY HUSBAND IS ON HIS WAY HOME!
Day 71: I am thankful for fun, inexpensive family time.
Day 72: I am thankful for productive "domestic" days around the house.
Day 73: I am thankful that my jam set up well.
Day 74: I am thankful that God "hems me in".
Day 75: I am thankful that my hubby and I got to go on a date tonite. (& I'm thankful for a REALLY awesome babysitter!)
Day 76: I am thankful for the weekend.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Birthday Dress

I've never called myself a seamstress, but a very sweet little girl is turning 4 soon, and I was asked to make her a birthday dress.  Here it is:

Here's a close-up of the shirt part:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Growth Chart-ish

A while back, I found this piece of planed wood at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Lexington.  It was $5, and I knew it was perfect for a growth chart for the boys; I had to have it!  Here it is, all painted up and finished.  I measured it so that it will sit on top of the baseboard and still be accurate.  I can't wait to hang it in the hall between the boys' rooms, and I'm even more excited about measuring them for the first time!

Here is an update on my 100 Days of Thankfulness:
Day 51: I am thankful for time to be creative.
Day 52: I am thankful that my little brother is such a great uncle.
Day 53: I am thankful that God works out everything for the good of those who love Him.
Day 54: I am thankful for veggies from our garden.
Day 55: I am thankful for air conditioning.
Day 56: I am thankful that Nate and Emily got married (& that I got to look pretty for a nite bc of it)!
Day 57: I am thankful for a reeeaaalllly long nap today.
Day 58: I am thankful for my really awesome support system.
Day 59: I am thankful for Harmon's sweet disposition.
Day 60: I am thankful for all the people who have fought for my and my family's freedom.
Day 61: I am thankful that my boys already have a strong bond of brotherhood.
Day 62: I am thankful for small decisions that lead to great changes.
Day 63: I am thankful that God gave me Chris as my parenting partner.
Day 64: I am thankful that 2 years ago, today, God gave Chris and I our first-born son.
Day 65: I am thankful for forgiveness.
Day 66: I am thankful for the talents God gave my mom and dad and how they use those talents to bless others (and me :)).
Day 67: I am thankful for brand new teeny tiny babies and their sweet smelling heads.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Check it!

Went to the Lexington Rescue Mission Bazaar's One Year Bash Saturday and this little gem made TOPS in Lex:

It's a photo of the lovely Natalie hanging an Osito Mini Canning Jar Lantern!  If you're in/near Lexington, The Bazaar is an awesome place to get local items that help an amazing mission! :)

That's all for now. :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

I'm a rebel...I don't use patterns!

Today was a lovely day for sure! First, I woke up to this little guy, wearing this little gem on his head, saying "Hat? Hat." This is his cheese face :P

We scooted into "town" so I could pop into Target, Old Navy and Joann.  I got Purex Crystals to add to my homemade laundry detergent...glorious! I definitely recommend that little addition!  I got some flippy floppys from ON, and I got the fabric for the skirt of this little number at Joann. Yup, I made a dress during nap time (blowing on nails and polishing them on my shoulder). This is where I mention that I did not use a pattern ;)  I also used a lil' left-over dress fabric to snazz up my flip flops...tie, wrap, knot, complete.

After a bath with GLOW STICKS, Sully moved my arm off of Harmon so he could snuggle him...sweetness defined right..wait for it.. here...

Once Little Bit was in bed, I cut up lots and lots of fruit and separated it into 3 tupperware containers to go into the freezer for breakfast smoothies. When I was elbow deep in fruit juices, Sully thought it would be funny to pull on my shorts. Heaven forbid I keep a straight face when begging my almost 2 year old (2!) to please stop pulling my shorts down!  He walked away for a moment and I thought I was in the clear, but then...BAM! He pantsed me.  The little sucker pantsed me.  In the middle of the kitchen with my hands covered in fruit.  Good thing we value a sense of humor in this house!

To end the day, hubby and I demo'ed the hall bathroom!  WOO HOO for a mama who is a contractor and has extra tile to fix up our bathroom!  A little vacuuming tomorrow, and we are ready for tile, a new (non demon-possessed) toilet, and a frame around the mirror to fancy it up a little.  

PHEW! What a day! 

These two were from yesterday, but they are too sweet not to share :)