Friday, February 22, 2008

A Little Happy in the Mail!

Look what arrived in my mail yesterday! I've been wanting one of these little Poppet pouches by Fambee ever since I first laid eyes on them. It wasn't easy to pick either, because there are so many different patterns to choose from. I chose this one, because it's red, and it matches my ipod! The quality is absolutely top-notch. I wish someone was having a birthday soon, so I could buy them one for a gift.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Latest Creations

Months ago I bought this totally fabulous black and red fabric featuring vintage style aprons on it. Finally, this weekend I managed to turn it into a couple of handbags. One is already listed in my Etsy Shop. The other will be listed shortly after I finish its handsewn flower! Isn't it wonderful? It's going to be hard for me to let this one go!

I recently found another amazing line of fabric prints. I had to hold myself back from buying every single print. I ended up choosing these three.I'm really thinking that I'm going to buy more of that first print with the strolling ladies so I can make myself a skirt. Even Mr. Kay commented on these Asian-inspired fabrics, and he never gets too excited about my purses!

Slowly, but surely, I'm working on filling my shop back up! It was getting a bit bare. I also added my first keyhole scarf to the She Made It! shop. I made these for all of my sisters-in-law for Christmas and loved how they turned out. Here's one modeled by me:

Not my best photo ever, but you get the idea!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Good Things About This Weekend

I had a really good weekend! Here's what made it great!
  • It was 3 days long thanks to President's Day on Monday.
  • Girl Scout Cookies were delivered on Saturday. I'm eating Lemonades at work today!
  • Lunch with Lil' Kay at Wendy's on Saturday - We were talking about what rhymes with "box", like rocks, socks, fox, and .... SPATULA! Give him a break! He's 4!
  • Lots of sewing accomplished! I will be adding stuff to my shop soon.
  • My little brother turned 23 yesterday. We celebrated on Sunday night with chicken noodles, mashed potatoes, fried bread and ice cream cake. This is the first birthday he has been home for in two years, thanks to his tour in Iraq with the National Guard.
  • Watched my favorite movie Reality Bites for the 100th time! I just never get tired of that movie. It's been a while since I've watched it. I still laugh at the funny parts and get choked up over the emotional parts!
  • Finished reading Eclipse by Stephenie Meyers. Now I have to wait until this summer when the 4th book is released.

That's a lot of happy for one three-day weekend! I'll be posting some pictures later of the sewing projects I completed. Today, I'm battling a sore throat, headache and stuffy nose. Aren't you glad you don't have to be near me in real life? I'm a little whiney when I'm sick!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Chocolate & Hotdogs do not mix!

As a special Valentine's Day treat, we had a little family fondue party. Lil' Kay was pretty excited about it, but the excitement didn't last long. I had cut up a hotdog so he could dip them in the cheese fondue. Unfortunately, he dipped the first piece in the chocolate fondue and stuck it in his mouth. Apparently, that is not a good flavor combo, as he had to spit it out! He wouldn't have anything to do with the fondue for the rest of the meal. But, he did enjoy poking his hotdogs with the fondue sticks and dipping them in ketchup!

I made a simple chocolate fondue by melting milk chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave and adding 1/2 teaspoon of almond flavoring. It tasted wonderful! Especially with bananas! I got the cheese fondue recipe from Kraft foods. I used the variation with the Italian seasoning. It was pretty good, too! We had garlic bread and toasted ravioli to dip in that. It was a fun little Valentine's Day. We didn't really do anything else special, but Lil' Kay was excited about our "feast"!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

This is one of my favorite days, even though we don't do much to celebrate. This morning, I gave Lil' Kay his Valentine - a Matchbox snake attack playset (festive, dontha think?) and a big Reese's chocolate peanut butter heart. I didn't get anything for Mr. Kay. Sounds terrible, doesn't it? Cards are wasted on him, and we'll be going on our annual weekend getaway at the end of the month, so I figured that's enough. Now, if a big bouquet of flowers shows up at my desk today, I might have to run to the store...

Last night, I was super-busy making cupcakes and cookies. I made red velvet cupcakes for Lil' Kay's daycare class. You know, because preschoolers need more red food coloring in their diet. I made no-bake cookies to bring to work. Because working moms need more chocolate in their diet.

Tonight we are having fondue for dinner. I'm making a pot of chocolate fondue and a pot of cheese fondue. It should be fun! Hopefully, I'll remember to take some pictures of that!

What are your plans for the big day?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Free Stickers!

Hey, who doesn't love free stickers? Moopf over on Etsy is giving away sets of free stickers. Here are the details. And, while you're asking for free stuff, be sure to check out the Moopf shop on Etsy. Totally fun artwork like these stickers which I really want to buy for Lil' Kay! He is way into sea animals!

Wouldn't they make a fun addition to his Easter basket? I think I'll hurry over and snag a set!

Monday, February 11, 2008


I accomplished next to nothing this weekend. No laundry, no dishes, no sewing. I did read this book though.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Absolutely amazing book. I am not a fan of scary books or vampire stories, but this one. Oh. My. Goodness. I started reading and could not put it down. When they are not killing people and drinking their blood, vampires are really damn sexy. I started reading on Friday night and finished at 11:00 on Saturday night. I would have been done sooner, but I took a break to take Lil' Kay to see the Veggie Tales movie and went grocery shopping. Today, over my lunch hour, I raced to the local book store to buy the second book in the series, New Moon. I started reading and am now gazing longingly at it lying under my desk. Can't wait to get back to it!

Sounds like the Round Robin Fabric Swap is moving ahead. The box has been to Canada and is now on its way back to Texas and will make its round of the United States participants.

I really hope to get some sewing done tonight. After I wash dishes, cook dinner, start laundry and tear myself away from New Moon...

Friday, February 1, 2008

Mr Kay Gets Crafty

My husband really is an artist. He even has the expensive, private, liberal arts college degree to prove it. Most of the paintings in our house were done by him, and one of his large sculptures dominates our living room. Mr. Kay (as I will call him for the purposes of this blog) is also a graphic designer, private airplane pilot and World War I history buff.
Over the past couple of years, he has built a small collection of antique war helmets and has been looking for ways to display them. I suggested foam heads. Lo and behold, a couple large boxes of white foam heads showed up on our front porch. In order to play down the stark whiteness of the heads, Mr. Kay decided to alter them a bit. He broke out the cheesecloth, Elmer's glue and acrylic paint to alter these guys. Our son, Lil' Kay, named the first one "Fred the Head". I think they look great with their muted colors and texture. I suggested that he open his own "head shop".
The only creepy thing is that they are all lined up around our office, and everytime I sit at the computer, I feel like I'm being watched.