Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Now, just as a little insight to what a goob I can be......although the picture looks as if I am ready to entertain, truth be told I was sick as a dog yesterday so I had on no make-up, my hair up in a bun, and yoga pants on under the dress. Thank goodness for editing!
Monday, November 24, 2008
If you have emailed me and have not heard back, please let me know! I have been a little cut off from the cyberworld and I did not mean to ignore you!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Then we carved our pumpkins, Jonas designed and cut out the scarecrow one in front all by himself I miss cute costumes, the older boys just want to be scary and strange
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Why does this feel so much like a glimpse into the future?
On another note, today was Chase's Halloween party at school. He is the scary looking Joker, I was overruled on that costume which I guess is bond to happen when there are 5 boys against one me in the house right now. The party was a whirlwind. I made homemade goo with the kids while my friend Kelli and I chased the two toddlers around!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Now, here is my newest creation shipping out for the the Sweets for the Sweet Apron Swap. My partner loves country chic, french country so I had to go with a shabby chic patchwork version of Morgan Moore's Ruffled Apron. I hope she loves it as much as I do! Now, I am just awaiting my Holiday Apron Swap Partner so I can start a formal apron.....
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'
In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I have been busy having fun making samples for my "Embellishing with Fabric Flowers" class and I thought I'd share a few with you. I just LOVE yo-yo flowers, they are so versatile. I usually make pins and hair clips out of them so I thought I'd challenge myself and step up my game a little. Here are some of the results:
I made this with a larger circle (about 7 inches) using fabric from Heather Bailey's Pop Garden collection. I love his pillow so much I am considering making a matching quilt....maybe even a yo-yo quilt.
This was definitely one of those projects that left me wishing I had a little girl to put them in! I simply used fabric from Sandi Henderson's Ginger Blossom and Farmers Market collections to add a few yo-yo flowers. Then I threw in some rick-rack I had on hand, added the ruffles and a matching belt and voila! Not bad for a $9.99 pair of jeans.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
I pretty much cook the same year round but then I thought of yummy cider. So here is a great recipe from Paula Dean:
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks, plus additional sticks to use at stirrers
1 tablespoon whole cloves
8 cups cranberry juice
6 cups apple juice
Put the sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves in the basket of a large coffee percolator. Put the juices in the bottom of the percolator. Let the mixture perk as if making coffee. Serve with cinnamon stick stirrers, if desired.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Fast forward to 1:57 am this morning. I awoke to a strange almost barking sound on the baby monitor. Now if one baby wakes up, the other will wake up so I jumped up too quick (head rush)and opened the door, stepped out to the hall and.... into a huge puddle of puppy pee. Oops, I forgot to take the puppies out one last time and I must have slept through them scratching at my door. Back on track, get baby making strange noises before the other starts crying. As I get to the stairs the strange almost barking sound has become a louder real barking sound. The baby gate was left open and I realize that Chewey (the hyper puppy) is in the babies room. Oh crud. Cooper HATES loud noises and our new foster son does not like the puppies yet......this is not good.
Chewey and I pass each other on the stairs. Cooper is crying so I run into the room and grab him just as the new little guy starts crying. One bullet dodged. I walk to my bedroom making sure to dodge the pee puddle in the dark, no such luck....gross! I wake up my husband, who has the amazing ability to sleep through these things or at least effectively pretend he is, and hand off Cooper. I put Chewey outside as a "time out" (which mostly upsets her sister Sugar) and move on to cleaning up the pee puddle..... and my feet.
Now, one thing about Cooper is that once he is up, he is up. So he proceeded to play in our bed until 4 am. Since my husband was working upstairs until late last night making him the last one down and the culprit who left the gate open that started this whole fiasco, I decided I was justified to roll the other way and sleep through Cooper's 2 hour play time session. It won't win me the wife of the year award but there is always next year :o)
Friday, October 10, 2008
Enter, the Pancake Puff. I remember Chase coming to us as a toddler excited about the commercial he had seen for these saying we really needed to have this! Since that day, every time the infomercial came on, I have been attacked with begging, pleading boys desperate for the Pancake Puff. My little chef Jonas, was so amazed he could make his famous omelets in there and all the amazing possibilities he would go on to list for me. I have never bent on this one. NO WAY!
I thought I made it clear this was never going to join my pots and pans drawer then guess what arrived for the boys yesterday, much to my shagrin........
So who got to make chocolate chip pancake puffs this morning? Thanks a bunch Nana, the kids love it and I, well, I will find a way to get you back :o)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Before having my youngest, Cooper, I was at my smallest and fittest since high school. I went to the gym three to five days a week and had a personal trainer. After my third child (and gladly surrendering my career as a Compliance Paralegal) I just have never been able to make the same time and hiring a trainer is no longer a luxury we can afford. So what was a girl to do?
I turned to NutriSystem which I realize is not that cheap but I would have spent more replacing my wardrobe and my self esteem would have remained in ruins. Well, 2 months and 18 pounds later I am happy to report that I am back in a majority of my old clothes although (truth be told) some of them I no longer care for or have anywhere to wear them to!
I wanted to share some great non-NutriSystem favorites that I have discovered.
1. Trader Joes Bambino Pizza Formagio. A lot of the Nutrisystem diet is about portion control. So this pizza is a small main course but the calories are right and the taste is delicious! Serve it with a salad, non fat dressing and vegetables and it is a great dinner that doesn't taste diet at all!
2. PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter. I know, I know....sounds strange but it is really good and you can not beat the calorie count, even reduced fat peanut butter at the store is 190 calories (110 fat cal.) per serving while PB2 is 53.2 (16.8 fat cal.) for the same serving size. It is made with high quality peanuts that are slow-roasted and pressed to remove the oil. Once mixed with water, PB2 has the same consistency as full fat peanut butter with all of the natural roasted peanut flavor but with nearly 85% less fat calories. You will go through a jar quicker then regular peanut butter so don't stress about the minimum. I love it spread on a wheat waffle, topped with sliced banana. What is cool too is that you can mix it directly with jelly for instant PB & J!
3. Weight Watchers ice cream and bars. We get these by the cart full at Vons. I keep waiting for the press conference to come out where they say just kidding.....these aren't diet. They are soooo much better then the Skinny Cow desserts, you won't feel like you are missing out on anything!
4. Ron and Franks Hot Chocolate with Splenda. Last year I gave up caffeinated drinks which was hard for a longtime coffee addict. Three cups of black coffee and a triple shot non fat latte were my morning staples. So giving up my replacement, hot cocoa, was an issue. Luckily I heard about this 20 calorie cocoa which is a great substitute. The only flavor I could do without is the dark hot chocolate (tastes a little burnt) but the rest are wonderful!!
5. Butter Buds. These are great for cooking with and pouring over cooked vegetables! My kids love it on the corn on the cob!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This apron was based on the Cherry Bistro pattern in A is Apron's. I didn't use the actual pattern since it was easy to figure out by eye. It took me under an hour to whip up using these great new fabric's from Amy Butlers new Daisy Chain line. I also lined the panel with white chenille in order for it to be used as a dish towel. I hope whoever receives it is able to feel a small amount of comfort during this difficult time!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I knew instantly what my big rocks were.....my husband, my kids, my faith, and giving to others. And I knew that when looking at my day to day life, most of my jar was actually full of my work and there wasn't much room for the things that matter most. But this was a tough reality to face since as moms, we really want to be able to do it all. I knew in my heart what the answer was, but it has taken me some time to face it.
I have decided to stop sewing for my Etsy store which was a very hard thing to do. I am very proud of my work and I love sewing and creating for others but it had gotten to a point where that is how I spent most of my day and I never got to make anything for my own family or myself. The daily tasks with my kids had become a rush and I wasn't getting the time to enjoy being with them much less did I have time to take them fun places or just play together. Now we are getting ready to foster another baby and I knew I had to make a change.
I will still be creating, swapping, blogging and running my main store http://cberrybaby.com/ . Part of this decision includes selling my patterns (much earlier then I expected), the first of which is the Reversible Crayon Apron Pattern which has been great for me and hopefully will be as successful for others! My loyal Etsy customers, you can always feel free to convo me for a special request. I know quite a few of you had new outfits in mind and items for the upcoming holidays!
As Benjamin Franklin said, "If we take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves."
Friday, September 19, 2008
My apronista friend, Val, is hosting her first swap Hot Drinks for Hot Mama's. I just love hot cocoa and apple cider and now that summer is nearing an end, doesn't that just sound so cozy??? Sign up is through the 25th so head on over. I have already purchased all the fabric and trim, this theme was really inspiring!!
Here is a sneak peek at what I chose:
1. *Create an apron (half or full) for your partner. There are loads of fun fabrics out there with tea pots, mugs, drink glasses, coffee beans, tea cups, etc. on them. If you can't find the right fabric, you could applique, embroider, etc. Add at least one embellishment.*if you cannot sew but want to play along, you may purchase an apron from one of the crafty people on etsy. No store bought aprons please, they are not considered hand crafted.
2. Choose 3 'little somethings' they will like to go along with the apron. Be creative, this isn't about how much money you can spend. It is about sending someone a little package with a few surprises. Some ideas include: fun cocktail napkins, recipe variations of their favorite hot drink, a kitchen/tea towel, singles of hot cocoa, tea or coffee, a bookmark or gently used novel you know they'll like, a fun hot pad in the shape of a cup or mug....etc.
3. Wrap everything in tissue with a simple ribbon before mailing.
Check out their blog for hints, you may make a new friend!Deadline to sign up: Sep. 25th. I will email everyone their partners within a day or 2 after closing.Deadline to ship packages: Oct. 25th. Feel free to mail earlier though :-)Please, if you do not have the time or interest to commit to this swap, do not join.Also, if you do not mail out on time or if you flake, you will not be allowed to play again.This is my first swap so I am opening it to active bloggers who live in the USA only.
If you would like to play, please email email@example.com with the following information:
1. Your name
2. Your address
3. Your email address
4. Your blog address
5. Your apron size
6. Your favorite hot beverage* (let us know if you need decaf or not)
7. Your favorite color
8. Your least favorite color
*don't forget all those other hot drinks like Espresso,Irish Coffee, Apple Cider, Cappucino, Spiced Hot Rum, etc
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I have always loved the rick rack apron from the A is for Apron Book but it always remained on my "to do list" but now I can mark it off!The package came packed full of goodies such as a Mediterranean Cookbook, Godiva Chocolates, honey, a tote and a recipe for Baklava. Thanks so much Amy!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
|You Are Argentina|
You are introspective yet outgoing. You are modern yet traditional.
You are warm and honest. Your life is petty much an open book.
You are a hard worker, and you don't mind putting in long hours. And then you'll go party til dawn!
hmmmm.....I am not too sure how to take the first line but I do know the feeling!!!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Anyways, two LOVELY blogging friends have given me awards. The first I will give out today and I am so embarrassed that it took me so long to do this, hopefully you will forgive me Shawnee!!! Shawnee is a fellow Apronista, teaches sewing class and is the host behind my favorite swap, the Flirty Apron Swap . I don't know how she does it all but her blog is fun to read and she puts all of us other apron makers to shame with her great designs!!!!
Okay, so here are the rules of the Brillante Award:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you’ve nominated
And the winners are......
Suzanne from Bella Boutique Creations. What can I say about Suzanne? Not only is she the most talented bag designer I have met, she makes me laugh on a regular basis and has become my rock star East Coast friend. Maybe this award will motivate her to blog A LOT more...hint...hint.....nudge...nudge......
Amy from Sassy Pink Boutique. A fellow boutique owner with yummy inedible treats for babies and winner of the 2008 Designer Chick Contest! Amy is as sweet as her creations and is full of creative fury!
Judith from My Life With Five Blessings. Talk about a woman with her priorities straight and the wonderful perspective on life. I enjoy hearing her updates about her beautiful family and she has the exact number of kids that I want to have one day.....did anyone hear that large gasp my husband just made?
Tiff from Three Peas In a Pod. Now I know I still owe you one Tiff, but I couldn't do this blog award without listing my very first blogging friend!! Tiffanie has all kinds of great tips, funny stories, recipes AND pictures of her children who have some of the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen! She also is a contributor writer on Sew For Less with a hilarious outlook on being a newbie embroiderer!
Lorri and Brooke from Z Daisy . I often think Lorri and I were separated at birth although she may not be flattered by that. Not only are these sisters the designers and inventors behind the great Z Daisy products like the Binkie Bungee but they are mom's who love to sew, create and share!
Kelsey at My Sweet Life. Okay, all you need to do is go on over and read a post and you'll understand. I always laugh at her funny recaps this one is my all time favorite...I think I laughed so hard I almost cried!
And last, but not least, Carrie over at Three-Girl Circus. It may be that her motherhood experience with three girls is so opposite from my world with three boys that it draws me in or it could be that the fun pictures of her kids having such fun always brings a smile to my face. Whatever it is, it is just a light fun blog to follow!