Friday, November 27, 2009

Time for Me

I finished up the Nutcracker costumes, they turned out great.  I can't wait to see them onstage.  Miss Mae and The Boy are going to be in the show, an angel and a baby mouse.  They are totally excited.  Muffin and Miss Mae were in a photo shoot for the Nutcracker Tea a couple of years ago.  They keep using the photo in their posters, It's sooo cute.

On another note -
I recently found What a great website. I decided to try out Bonnie’s scrap users system... I love it! I don’t have nearly as many scraps, but it is nice to have things organized and easily accessible.

Bonnie started a mystery quilt today. I’ve never done a mystery quilt, usually they require buying certain amount of yardage of particular fabrics. Since my fabric budget is usually nonexistent, buying fabric is out of the question. This quilt is called “Carolina Christmas” and it’s scrappy! She suggests using a single print of one color, to tie the whole thing together. I happened to have a bit of birthday money burning a hole in my pocket, so I bought 2 yards of a nice dark chocolate brown.

Since I don’t need to buy anything, I thought I’d give it a spin. She’s using scraps of red, green, neutral with a single gold print. I opted not to use gold but brown. The first step was listed late last night, and since I was up, (avoiding homework and folding laundry) I started it.

I worked on the units today, while my kiddos had a "movie day."  Tonight, I finished step 1.

Now I have to wait until for the next clue.  I guess I could clean up my mess....


Friday, September 25, 2009


19 costumes, 1 month. Doable but daunting.

I’ve committed to building 12 Baby Mice, 7 Party Boys and 1 Fritz for EBC's The Nutcracker. No patterns, but I do have the old costumes to use as templates. So far I’ve layed out one of the Mice and traced out pattern pieces for the front, back and sleeve. Next step is to cut out one and build it, to test my pattern.

Totally had plans to do that this afternoon while the kiddos were entertaining each other after school. Really I did. Cleaned off the table, laid out the fabric and started tracing.

Then I remembered that the kids hadn’t eaten lunch yet. So, everything got swept off the table so they could eat without touching the fabric. Now I have a pile of gray microsuede fabric and pattern pieces smunched up on my ironing board. 

I could be doing it right now, while The Boy and Miss Mae are at Tap Class and Muffin is enjoying time with no siblings. Instead I’m sitting here writing. I promise I’ll do it after all the kiddos are safely in bed and nowhere near the pattern pieces and fabric.

Really, I will...really.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The beginning

First, a bit about myself and my family; I’m a stay-at-home mom of three fabulous kiddos.  A mis-nomer because I'm rarely home.  My life pretty much revolves around them and their activities, with little time for anything else.

Miss Mae is the oldest at 7, she will be in 2nd grade this fall. Next comes The Boy, who is 5 and starting kindergarten. Last, but certainly not least is Muffin, who is 3 and will begin preschool next month. On top of all this add my wonderful niece Monster, who I watch while her mom (my sis) works. Monster and The Boy are about 9 months apart and have spent most of their lives together. I’ve been told my teachers that they act like twins or siblings when they’re together. They will most likely be in the same kindergarten class.

I love to sew. I recently began building costumes for a local ballet academy, and I am having a blast doing it. My kids love it when I make them clothes. I also love to crazy quilt with silks and fancy fabrics. I recently joined Block Lotto, to expand my piecing skills.  I also have a couple of etsy stores where I list some of my craft supplies, finished products and roses that I grow.

On top of all this I’m attempting to finish my bachelors degree at Oregon State University through their online program.

It’s a crazy chaotic life, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.