Monday, September 15, 2014


I thrifted all of these a few weeks ago while I was on my weekly "clothe the children entirely from Goodwill" mission. A lucky day!

They have been sitting on the counter for 2 weeks because I couldn't remember where I put the small blow molds at Halloween.


That's right, I couldn't remember where I put that collection.

Last night I remembered in the  bath, so they are put away now.

This morning when I went to collect Ginty from the crib he was saying "Mama! I Ginty! Mama! I Ginty!"  When I looked over at him he was pointing to the letter "G" I had sewn onto that quilt for him.

Insert me with very wide eyes here.

It's getting harder every day to deny that there is a chance that lightening has struck twice. (Why only the boys? Strange.)

We have transmission problems with one of the vans so I am spending today waiting for that big money hammer to fall. I mentioned this on facebook but this year has felt very much like that episode of Roseanne where the electric is shut off and she says "well, Middle class was fun." LOL

Cross your fingers for $500 repair and not a $5000 repair.

Oh my.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Flea market Sunday

I fell in ABSOLUTE love with a quilt I could not afford at the flea market this morning. A serious drag that is.  I have noticed that the local prices on everything are starting to go back up.  Including food, which is crazy high. I went to the grocery store (well, really 4 darn grocery stores) on Friday and chicken tenders were $25! Quinoa at Costco was $18! Oy vey.

I was already feeling the burn of my empty pockets before I had to leave the quilt behind (it was a $10 difference she and I "discussed" for a long time, but she would not budge and my wallet cannot budge right now either).  The empty pocket syndrome means I have been working, working all week - etsy, ebay, craigslist. For a stay at home mom I sure spend a lot of time working right now!

Sammi and I did manage to pick up a few things at a garage sale yesterday. It was the strangest garage sale actually. Two twenty something guys with a 15 month old baby girl and a 2 month old baby girl selling a trailer full of vintage stuff.  They were super cute with their girls and I wished had been there earlier in the morning. (The craigslist ad didn't look that promising, but I suspect I was wrong in that judgment.)

This is a candle holder right  now. I am not sure if its a made in India deal or what, but its interesting and it was cheap enough. I think it wants to be repurposed somehow so I can enjoy the star instead of sitting flat on a surface - but how?
An old bride and groom. These are so hard to find and I was leaving when I spotted them. His head needs a little glue.
I am not gonna lie - I am completely in LOVE with these old gold frame etched mirrors right now. I have no clue where to put this odd size yet.
Hi camera.
They feel very Paris apartment to me.

Some day the children will be a little older and I can change some things up in the house like I am dying to do!

Back to bedtimes and birthday party crafting with me for now...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Vintage wizard of Oz quilt, The Yellow Brick Road - Finished on a Friday

Remember when I grabbed this quilt?
 I thought I would sell it because the Wizard of Oz blocks were sweet. It was tied with acrylic yarn and set in some of the toughest green poly/cotton fabric EVER. (What a nightmare to rip apart.)
Here are those blocks now:
I call it The Yellow Brick Road now. When I went to choose fabrics I SWEAR I was looking for reds But not a single red spoke to me. It turned out perfectly though, and the green speaks to the Emerald City.
I have used the Riley Blake Zoo Dwellers Pattern with some modifications (mainly because the Oz blocks measure 7.5 by 7.5 inches).
All of the printed fabrics are DS Quilts fabrics from Joann.

All of the sweet blocks from the original:

The yellow sashing is a yellow I have had in the stash since Jack was little.
The binding was a big debate. In fact, no one on facebook choose this binding (also DS quilts), but I REALLY wanted a touch of red for Dorothy's Ruby Slippers somewhere.
The quilting was the biggest problem this time. I could not decide on a quilting pattern. I thought I was done quilting at least three times but it felt like it just needed more and more and more quilting. So I just kept going until I felt done.
There is even a yellow brick road on the back!
I love this quilt so much.
It's even better than I had dreamed when it called to me from the back of the van.

Also I am becoming a TOTAL quilting junkie. I am again already dreaming of the next one.

What am I going to do with them all?  Oy. :-)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

All leg

I was sitting here thinking about cutting fabric for my quilt binding.

And what I need to make for Grant's birthday party which is a only a little over a week away.

And that maybe I am sick again because I have a whopping headache again and that tell tale burning post nasal drip.

Then I looked over and noticed that this one is all long skinny legs at the moment. And that her feet are suddenly getting so long too.

She doesn't know yet what an amazing little miracle she is, but I haven't forgotten. 

Some day I will tell her she was a fighter from the minute her heart start beating.

For now I will just soak up another costume change and long, skinny legs.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Flea Market Sunday

I was TOTALLY off my game at the flea  market this morning. We are STILL sick and I was up so much last night because of the nagging cough. (My girlfriend sent me a CNN link that says we have some kind of wicked respiratory virus in Missouri right now that is unprecedented in the number of hospitalizations! Our own ped said he had never seen anything like it himself this week. Sigh.)
 I was half dazed wandering around out there wishing I was just lying in my bed. I wouldn't have gone but today was a twice a year sale, and I didn't want to miss it.
What I didn't buy was a GORGEOUS bed like this that was only $30!  I am surely going to regret that one for the rest of my life (along with a $25 quilt I once left behind). We have beds for everyone and beds for more in the basement, but I honestly think my style is trying to change to more rustic country. This would have been just lovely with a quilt at the foot. Oy. Damn sickness.
What I did buy:
 A flower hook. I looked all over hoping for more, but no luck.
 I think I might already have this tablecloth? The roses are purple. If I do it will go to the shop. (Speaking of that shop, I have been listing new inventory and I am testing free shipping on a few items.)
 The guy I bought these from didn't know what they were.
But I do! They are best coasters EVER made.
 This pic is blurry, sorry. It's a tied, summer weight baby quilt.


 So I was busy crying a bit in my cheerios because the lady in front of me bought a few quilts for the whopping price of $10/each. I somehow hadn't noticed them (very unlikely), I think because I was busy thinking I was about to die. Then I noticed she left one behind and it was a bow tie!

Last week I was fondly a lovely bow tie because I don't think I have one in that pattern yet, but it was $85.
 Machine quilted, but in very lovely condition, and also $10. Ahem.

 I also picked up a brand new, very sparkly, purple Skechers "pack ack" for Sammi.
And a fun rocket costume for the littles that Jack keeps squeezing himself into.

All in all more wins than losses, even if I was about to die. :-)

Friday, September 05, 2014

I know it was time, but

It's Friday and Grant turns two in 21 days, so we went for our first haircut.
(That man in the back is not crying, I have no clue why he was making that face.)

And now I am all verklempt at his beautiful orange hair and his blue eyes and his big boyness.
Oh dear.

Sniff. (Also stupid eczema has made a little return there on his cheek.)

A 2 year old Jack, somehow I never thought twice about cutting his hair. Le sigh.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

In other kid news

I went to the store TWICE yesterday trying to get medicine that would  make me think I was going to live. On the second attempt I grabbed some Nyquil in desperation. I don't think I have taken that stuff in 12 years. The good news I slept last night (with only half a dose) and my arthritis, which has been in total OVERDRIVE from my immune system gone awry, has settled down. I think we might live today. The bad news is the crap is STILL in my darn ear. It makes everything SO LOUD. Even Grant, who has tubes, said yesterday in Walmart that it was "so loud mama".

It did not help that I cannot seem to make my husband understand that despite having taken every drug known to man my head was hurting SO BAD and the children are JUST SO LOUD and please could I just have a moment of quiet to get my wits about me? I had to pull the car over three times on the way to the orthodontist because Sam would not stop the crying nonsense and I could not even think to drive. Oy.

What else are the kids up to?
Grant has given into the costume mania. Except he will not wear pants with a costume. Ever. This should make Halloween interesting. 

I buy them every interesting costume I see at yard sales that are affordable - they make for easy playtime. Last week's additions were a turtle and an owl.

Jack is getting headgear - how archaic right?  His bands went on yesterday. His teeth are killing him today. He seems to be adjusting okay to fifth grade. We have had a few moments of why on earth won't you just turn this homework IN already? (I think his attention is focused on sorting out a new social group instead.) He goes to fifth grade camp for a week soon and I know he is looking forward to that. A whole week away from us!

Grant has started building train tracks and playing lots of choo choo.  He is also recognizing letters. The other day word world was on and he started yelling "look mama! E! E! E!" I am just going to admit right now that I was first impressed and second scared. I actually thought, oh dear, what if he is actually SMARTER than Jack? I mean that possibility had never crossed my mind. I am getting ready for his SECOND birthday in two weeks. I mean two? Really? Man, time flies. He is FINALLY starting to show a teeny bit of interest in things like dressing himself. (Jack never cared about that stuff either.)

Sammi girl is completely, utterly, totally THREE right now. Refusing to dress, get in the car, get out of the car, clean up anything, eat anything, stop screaming, use the potty or cooperate in ANY WAY. She is obsessed with having "sleep overs" with Jack, aka sleeping in his room, which I allow them to do on the weekends.  This morning when I said the kids were pigs at the counter she said "I am not a pig, he is the pig, I am the sister."  She has also declared this week that she ought to just be allowed to go shirtless like her father. And that Grant should "stop touching my mudder's beautiful hair!"  She is finally picking up some letter recognition steam herself and can identify the entire alphabet. Her counting is still sort of all over the place once she gets past 6 (5,6, 11, 19, 16, 25).

The two of them are still fighting like two pigs in a blanket. Grant has a huge bite mark on his leg (ENOUGH BITING ALREADY SAMANTHA!), Grant is still pulling hair like a mad beast and we are still spending every day working on nice words instead of nasty words like "hate".

When they were weighed and measured at the ped's office on Tuesday Grant was 2'11 and 32 lbs and she was 3'1 and 31 lbs. Heh.

With that I am off to try and clean something. There is pizza ALL OVER that white couch. Such is life when mommy is dying. :-)