There is really no other holiday that can top you.
Christmas is great. Easter is nice. The 4th of July is fun.
But you, Halloween, are just impossibly awesome.
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Till next year…
October 31, 2013
October 12, 2013
1. If only Harry’s feet were in this picture, it would be perfect. I think we’ll be recreating this to have printed and hang up in Baby Churro’s room | 2. I don’t know that I’ll ever get over the beauty of autumn in Washington | 3. Sunset through the trees, just off my front porch. | 4. Nailing a Butter Chicken recipe. Nom | 5. A Ballerina Beauty almost ready for mailing out to a special little girl | 6. Our family as superheros, by Kaleb | 7. This guy | 8. And that one too
more happy lists HERE
September 24, 2013
While out on one of my nearly hour-long Jo-ann’s Crafts shopping trips some months back, I ran across at pattern for the cutest dolls. At the time, we hadn’t yet found out we were having a little girl so I figured I’d pick up the pattern and make dolls for all the little girls in my life to fulfill that need for cute, flowery, girly stuff.
Dork that I am, I came up with names and personalities for the dolls and I’ve already got visions of doll sized pillows and blankets and companions to be given as gifts in the future to go along with the dolls. Who knows, after more practice, I may start making these to sell in my shop.
Each of the dolls has been made with quilters cotton fabric, cotton embroidery thread, felt, and stuffed with hypo-allergenic fiberfill. I made sure to not include any buttons or snaps in order to make them baby and toddler friendly.
Anabel – she likes to spin around in her twirly dress and spends her time picking dandelions and making wishes. She likes corn dogs with mustard and would like a puppy one day.
One of my closest friends had a baby girl this summer, and while this is in almost no way a baby gift, I figured it would be something she could use once she was a little older and toddling around.
Phoebe Rose – she likes to ride her tricycle and eats strawberry popsicles daily. Her favorite thing in the world is to lay on the grass and watch the clouds cross the sky.
My niece just turned two years old and I only ever want to buy dolls and books for her, so making a doll wasn’t too far out of the realm of normal.
I finally got around (after weeks/months of them sitting on the bed in the spare bedroom) to mailing them off and I can’t wait until they arrive at their destinations.
And because I’m a procrastinator, I’ve got another one (that was supposed to be a summer birthday gift for another cute little girl) in the works right now. As soon as that one is done and put together, I’ll share.
*Question: Which types of eyes do you prefer on dolls? Open or closed? Take a look at Anabel and Phoebe Rose and let me know. I’m having trouble deciding.
September 19, 2013
Last weekend, we took the boys apple picking. Because apples are good. And picking our own farm fresh produce has turned into our newest, most favorite activity in the world.
What more can you ask for with rowdy boys.
I’m going to go off on a bit of a tangent here…I sit back and watch the boys and wonder if their sister is going to be into all of the messy things that have been such a big part of our lives these years. Running, rolling, yelling, fighting, monster trucks, light sabers. Or will she be the kind of girl who likes to play tea parties with her stuffed bears, while wearing frilly socks and and hats and gloves? Things that make you go hmmm. </tangent>
But this post is about apples so lets get back to that.
It took us all of twenty minutes to fill up our bags. We dragged our apples up to the register for weighing and found out we’d picked almost THIRTY pounds of apples. Good thing that they happen to be a favorite in our house. Otherwise, I’d be worried.
Needless to say, I am on the hunt for recipes that will help me use them all up. So if you’ve got any suggestions I welcome them.
I’ve got these recipes on standby and as soon as I have a chance to do more peeling and coring, I’ll get going on all of them.
We’re planning on going back out to the farm later on in autumn to do our pumpkin picking and to get some of those absolutely to die for apple fritter donuts that we had last year. I’m already drooling just thinking about them.
September 9, 2013
Kaleb started third grade in a new school last week.
And of course he rocked it. He told me the night before school started that his first order of business was to walk up to the kids at his bus stop and make at least one new friend before getting to school.
When he stepped off the bus that afternoon, he had a huge smile on his face. He said he had an awesome day. Loves his teacher, made a bunch of friends and ate a “really good” lunch.
All the important things for any eight year old, right?