Friday, July 29, 2011

Our wild and crazy life…

This summer has been one of the busiest that I can remember in my considerable history. And it ain’t over yet. This weekend we have our second annual french-fry festival…that will also be my daughter’s 18th birthday. You heard me she is EIGHTEEN!!! How did that happen? My middle child turns 15 five days after that, and three days after that I turn 40!  So three birthdays within 8 days…the french-fry festival will cover all of us, but mainly Abby. Cause I really don’t feel like celebrating 40…ya, woo-hoo! Your life is half over…woo hoo!! Blegh! My thirties have been insanely awesome…and from what I hear the 40’s are even better – I am looking forward to that part. I do enjoy having “older” kids now…my husband and I have a lot more freedom to date again. I expect that our 40’s will bring more travel…when the kids are just a little bit older. That I look forward to. However…I could do without the age spots and wrinkles. The gray hair has plagued almost since I turned thirty, so you’d think I was used to it by now…but I’m not. Gravity has not been kind either…sigh. I just want this birthday of mine over with so I can forget about it. For the past few years when people ask how old I am and I tell them they’ve said “Oooo, you’re almost 40!” It will be nice to have that behind me and not something to look forward to.

In the crafty news, I’ve been playing with my score board…

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Yeah…I don’t know what I’ll do with them either…maybe make a few cards or something…\

Happy Crafting!!

PS: If you haven’t heard from me about the french-fry festival…this is your official invitation! Call me for times, or stop by some time Sunday afternoon. Have a great weekend!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Button Bracelet…

Here is another project we are going to make at a Bazaar craft night…


Button bracelets! I love how jingly they are and somehow cheerful. I’m sure there are a bazillion tutorials out there, but if you want to make one and run into trouble email me…I’m always glad to help!

In other news, I acquired one of these this weekend – A Martha Stewart Scoring Board -

Scoring Score Board and Envelope Tool Martha Stewart Crafts EK Success

I can’t wait to play with it…

Happy Crafting!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Wool Softies


A very, very, VERY nice woman who is on the Bazaar committee with me gave me a book at our last meeting! This one!!!

Stash Books-Countryside Softies

It was so hard to pick what to make first…but I had to make a couple of the adorable owls right away. The little mouse is a work-in-progress for my son. I think that little guy is worth three (?) of his current stuffed animals…don’t you? I sewed everything by hand. Just a simple backstitch to make the body. I thought the book was very easy to understand, and the pictures are gorgeous! Have a great weekend- Yay…crafting!!!

Happy Crafting!!

Monday, July 18, 2011


We held a three day Girl Scout yard sale here…in the rain…and the heat…with very few customers. Bummer.

I got a raging summer cold…during the garage sale…in the heat…and the rain…with a fever thrown in for a little extra fun. Bummer.

I have about six loads of laundry to do today and some really dirty floors to deal with. Bummer.

There is a heat advisory in our area for the next few days. Bummer.

My nephew had to have some pretty major surgery and I couldn’t be there. Bummer.

My nephew is doing GREAT! Yippee!!!

I have central air-conditioning! YIPPEE!!

I’m on my third load of laundry! YIPPEE!!

My fever is gone and my cold is getting better! Yippee!!!

I have leftovers for supper! YIPPEE!!!

I went to the library and we had a quick craft-session, with nothing planned, so we just had fun! Yippee!!!


Bookmarks for the library to sell.

Now, maybe, just maybe I can make something…tomorrow! YIPPEE!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011


(Too much to do!) We had a lovely weekend! I took the kids swimming on Friday. We (as a family) took my parents, sister and her husband and two of her children, and a friend on a launch on Mille Lacs lake on Saturday evening. No pictures. I need my mom and sister to email the pictures they took to me (hint hint!) I still can’t believe we got my nephew, who is afraid of kittens and puppies, to eat a leach! When I say “we” I don’t mean me! Sunday we took the kids to a minor league ball game…


It was a beautiful, sunny 90 degree day! We found shade and sat there. Or I would have died. Or fried!


If I stare at my older son too long he says “Take a picture, it’ll last longer”. So when I try to get a picture, this is what I get! He’s going to regret this some day…what a brat.


My little guy has no problem mugging for the camera! I think it’s funny that you can see me taking the picture (and my hubbie) in the reflection of his sunglasses, and the ball field! If I would have realized this we could have played around with the camera a little more!


And, my newest obsession, BRAIDING! I know, I know, I’m a little ADHD with crafting…but it is always so much fun to learn new skills!!!! I have big plans for braids…now I just need the time! We have a full week ahead of us. I babysit Monday through Friday with an extra baby all day on Wednesday. And, we are having our Girl Scouts garage sale at my house Thursday through Saturday! AND I have a couple meetings thrown in just to keep me on my toes. Anyone want to come and help? Mom?!

Happy Crafting!!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Quilled Cards…


I quilled these cards for the library’s store…


I got the patterns from


(Yes, this card is different from the top one…)

In other news, I don’t think I’ve been this busy in a long, long, long time! Just when I think I can’t possibly handle anything else…something else comes along. smile. The good news is that I’m eating less and moving more! Clothes are starting to fit better!!

We are busy little bees raising money for our Girl Scout trip to Houston. We bagged groceries over the 4th of July weekend and paid off $256.00 more into each of our accounts. Now Abby only owes $138.00 and I owe $399.00. I think we are actually going to be able to pay everything up with our fundraisers!

Then we were in the parade on the 4th of July. Can’t remember seeing us? Let me refresh your memory…we were the float that had the crazy, sweating, yelling woman running beside it. She was yelling at her husband (at the top of her lungs) to SLOW DOWN!!! She was racing bags of ice cold water to the Girl Scouts and racing empty bags back to the float to be refilled and she lost her mind…more than once. She knows people on the parade route could hear her…but she didn’t care, she yelled again. That blasted float was going too fast!!! Did her husband think she had wheels instead of feet? I think at one time he told her to jump on her broom, that then she could keep up just fine…I think she should be locked up for a nice long rest…

Full disclosure: That “crazy woman” was, sadly, me…my reputation in this town will never be the same…Oh – and my husband never said anything out loud about a broom – his eyes said it…we’ve been married a long time…I know what his eyes are saying…

Happy Crafting!!