Monday, December 22, 2014

Gingerbread houses, never again shall we meet

 I let the kids make the gingerbread houses yesterday.

It's no secret that I DESPISE this activity. It's frustrating, it's messy, it's a waste of money! It was okay when it was just Jack and you could just set one in front of him and let him go, but supervising the chaos and trying to put the houses together makes me crazy.

Yesterday I declared this was OUR LAST TIME EVER DOING THIS! If the kids want to gorge on candy we can just gorge on candy and watch a movie!
 Sammi methodically placed every single tiny ball where she wanted it.
 Jack made a hot mess.
 Grant ate his weight in choking hazards.

I even tried hot gluing the buggers together and that was a nightmare too.
So no more! I set myself free from this nonsense.
If only I could set myself free from the cookies we need for Santa, the house that needs cleaning, the mountain of laundry that needs to be put away, the groceries that need to be bought, the presents that need to be wrapped and the meal that needs to be planned.
Bah humbug. :-)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Flea Market Sunday, out with a bang

This was probably the last flea market of 2014 for me.  Maybe. Possibly. I cannot commit to that statement right now though, LOL.

I was only finding a few small things here and there and then I turned the corner!  If I had another $50 to spare there are two other things that would've come home with me too, but it's just way too close to Christmas for that nonsense.

So, what jumped into my bag?
Vintage purple yardage.
A very sweet 1930s quilt top. I am like the home for wayward quilts at this point.
I didn't take a photo of one, but I love how she appliqued a diamond into the empty squares.

A bow tie, or snowball, quilt top.
These really do make super curtains, you should try it.

And then there is this beauty.

This is everything I love about quilting - how your color choices and pattern choices and fabric placement can totally change a quilt.
This is the courthouse steps (or log cabin) pattern and her use of the dots instead of a solid just makes me swoony.
Plus her choice to use all one fabric instead of mixing it up in a more scrappy fashion.

Goodness, I love this quilt. It feels like a really modern interpretation, no?

Dave was teasing me after I bought this about how I have "personal pickers". I asked this dealer last week to bring me some quilts and this week he did. :-) I spend quite a bit of time cultivating relationships at the flea and it does pay off.

I could not resist the charm of these cherry trims.
I think I am sick of Christmas stuff already. There was a load of it out there, but not much I needed to own. One of the dealers told me in November that people only buy Christmas in November because by the time they have all their stuff out in December they realize how much they have. This makes total sense to me and seems to ring true for me as a buyer. 

This church is BIG, much bigger than my others. Those little santas are in wood sleighs with pipe cleaner Santas. They were unusual enough to come home. The round mica Santa in the back? Well, enough said there, right?

These were also unusual enough to come home. They are carnival glow in the dark ornaments.
I picked up a big Ziploc grab bag full of old paper items thinking there might be some things to sell in there.  There were things to sell, but I had no idea how many things there were to keep in there too!
I have already sorted them into my ephemera binder to keep them together.  Lots of dennison seals. And that baby bracelet package tie on! So cute!

Loads of bridge tally cards.  Good news, I am set for the heart to heart swap for years now. LOL
Hard to find Halloween and Thanksgiving things.

Those Halloween seals are in there except the skulls, but my camera battery died on me.

In case that was the last flea of the year, it was a good finish.

I am off to let the children make their gingerbread houses. This is my least favorite activity every year. Lord, give me strength.

P.S. The holiday is rapidly bearing down and lots of folks will drift off for a  week or so. I will open the Valentine swap next Sunday, December 28th I think, and close the sign up on Jan 5th or whenever we are full. I am going to run it through Etsy I think, as long as I can sort out if that is allowed. That way you can enter your shipping info and pay your shipping fees via paypal.  An added bonus is that when the spots are full the listing will close itself, so there will be no questioning and counting of heads.  If you are interested try liking Makin' Projiks on facebook or etsy to give you the soonest heads up.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mica bird tinsel tree

I tried really hard to find some daylight to take this photo. As you can tell I resorted to moving the furniture and stuff. But listen, there is NO SUNLIGHT for us this winter. I saw an article on facebook yesterday that said we have had NINETEEN hours of sun since Dec 3rd in Kansas City. We are not KC, but I am sure the number for St Louis is not that far from that.

And then, despite taking 14 photos, all but this really bad one are blurry!

Bah humbug!

I have been trying for MANY years to collect enough mica birds to fill a tree. I am not even close. I am always outbid on Ebay. I looked ALL OVER the flea market the past few weeks and no birds. Nada. My obsession started with Laurie's tree. This year I decided it was time to finally buy a tree to put them on. Sadly, I didn't realize two things - 1) it was darn hard to find a spindley silver tree and 2)hmm, yea, it looks sad.
It really lives up here, not on my floor. :-)

Dave gave me the tree for our wedding anniversary. Now I SURELY need some of those bride and groom birds to hang on it, right?

Btw, after searching the internet for HOURS the tree I finally settled on was the Dept 56 Snowbabies Dream Tree. It's retired (of course) but there are still a few kicking around in case you must have one too. :-)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Egg carton bells with the kids

I have one more little Christmas tree to show you, but Jack is down hard with a virus (negative flu test though), so I am running like a chicken these last two days!

On Monday the little kids and I made some Christmas bells out of an egg carton.  I feel like I had another idea of something to make with them, but I have forgotten it already. (And I was at the craft store last night darn it!)

One of Sammi's bells.
And one of Ginty's bells.

Maybe we should break out the gingerbread houses today since we are all home and it's snowing a bit!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The vintage glass ornament tree, aka the family jewels

Every year I try for an hour to get a really decent photo of my Christmas tree. I am starting to think I need an actual photographer to pull it off! LOL

Here are way more photos than anyone ever needs of our tree. I wish I had straightened out the curtains before I went through this exercise though!

The best photo is actually the one where the camera was busy focusing on the kids! They were playing batman, but according to Samantha Batman needed his hair fixed before he could go get the joker.

She also informed me yesterday that she is three, but soon she will be 4 and then she will be 87 and she cannot wait to be 87!

Both  my father and Jackson are sighing about the number of ornaments on the tree. My father asked if  was trying to win some sort of competition. Jackson says "mom! There are already like 150 ornaments on that tree, what are you doing?"

Given the current cost of these ornaments on the open market, it's not really a joke anymore that these are the family jewels.
And so far the only near disaster was when Jack was vacuuming and somehow waved the vacuum wand IN THE TREE and sucked an ornament into the tube! I ran across the room screaming and trying to shut off the vacuum! Thank goodness it was too big to fit in the tube. And it was a purple one too! (Purple are so hard to find.)
Although yesterday I dared to eat a piece of toast and Grant started taking all the light bulbs out of the light strands on the other tree. He came in holding a handful of light bulbs. Oy.
Never a dull moment with this clan.

Honestly, I love this tree so much.

If I had any free time this year I would just sit and stare. :-)

Ho ho ho!