Thursday, December 31, 2009

Most Memorable Moments of 2009

What do all forms of media cover the last day of 2009? The most memorable moments! I decided I was going to do my own.

The first thing that I want to mention is how starting this blog has opened up so many doors for me. It has kept me thinking and not stuck in a daily rut. It allowed me to explore and grow and accomplish things I never considered. I met some wonderful bloggers and even grew closer to friends I already knew, that have their own blog. When you balance the purpose of a blog, it's quite useful and fun!

OK, now for my most memorable moments...............

Losing My Middle Son At the Mall
Mommy heart attack moment.

My Fruit Saga
I will never forget my sons going to bed with their hands up in the air.

Our 9 Yr Anniversary
My dear friends Mirela & Kat, bought us Spa Packages & set up dinner reservations for my husband & I. To top it off, they babysat the kids. Great friends! Such a treat for us.

Little Owen
Who didn't fall in love with this sweet little boy that my friend V at Bumble Beans posted about. We pray that he continues to do well in 2010 and that the naughty cancer stays away.

My Month of Depression
If you ask my best friends about this, they will clearly remember it too, because it was one of the most unusual phases I have gone through, and they were there to bail me out. Thanks husband for being there and putting up with that too.

Reaching $1000 "Cookies for Kids Cancer" Goal
Soooo much work, so many sleepless nights, but it was all well worth it. Especially when you know who benefits from it.

The Wilton Cake Decorating Class
Met so many wonderful moms and had a night out to myself doing what I love, decorating cakes.

My Sons Stealing Gum
I know it's a serious topic, but this makes me laugh just thinking about it. You just need to read the story to know why!

A Great Easter With A Great Bunch

Mother's Day With Grandma

Ethan Turning 6
His party at the Aquarium was so much fun and so easy!

My Daughter's Christening
.....and the tornado that hit Denver that weekend......but the best part was having all of our family members and friends in one place. And a surprise visit from Monica.

The Mohawks

Southern Utah & Loa Trip

Trip to Oregon
Beautiful City

My Uncle's Passing

Adopting A New Cat
Little rascal

Zip lining

My Son's 4th Birthday

Finishing My First Quilt

Birth of My Nieces

My Daughter's First Birthday
.........and her first steps

Wedding In Austin

Dave Ramsey Seminar
Changed our finances for life

Going To See Wicked & Girls Only

My Best Friend Moving To Texas

Christmas With My Family
Thank you grandparents for making it special

I never realized how much has really occurred this year, both sad and happy. Thank you for sharing this year with me and I wish ALL OF YOU............

A HAPPY 2010!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Three Things......

Before the New Year arrives, there are 3 items that need attention without question!

1) A New Calendar
Mark all birthdays, school events, trips planned, etc.

2) Refresh Address Book
I go through my planner and replace old pages with new ones. Remove contacts that I no longer keep in touch with and add new friends that I have made.

3) Files
Put away paperwork in a marked box for the current year and create new folders for the upcoming year. In the process, I also create an IRS Folder of items that can be claimed. My filing system is what gives me sanity and control of documents coming into our home.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Name Wall Hangings & Appliqued Onesies

For my daughter's Christening, my friend made Kate a name plaque that is hanging up in her room. I loved it so much, that I had the need to make something that special for someone in my life. Hence, Gia & Maya, my nieces.

Gia's room is the same ladybug theme as my daughter's, which made it easy for me to pre-plan.

I purchased my supplies, where else? Michaels! They need to sponsor me with all the plugs I have been giving them this Season. The cost for the wooden supplies was $8. The paint $4 and I already had the necessary brushes.

Paint one item at a time with your solids first, dry for 2 hrs before adding all the details. Look at your inspiration, and lay out your road map before beginning.

Maya is in Arizona, and she has lots of pinks and purples in her room. I used the butterfly as my guide for the colors and patterns.

Now that I was done with the Wall hangings, it was time for my next project. Appliqued Onesies. G for Gia!

I found this cute batik pattern at the Great American Quilt store in Denver. I adored the XOXO and felt it portrayed how I feel about my precious 3 month old niece.

Batiks need to soak in hot water several times, to ensure the dye has completely run its course. The red took me 10 soaks, while the pink took only 5. You will know it is done when the hot water is clear and the fabric no longer.................

.........leaves the water looking like this. Would hate to have the onesie turn that color. It is imperative to soak the fabric FIRST!

This paper, better known as WonderUnder, makes appliqueing a cinch. Simply trace your image onto the smooth side of the paper, iron onto wrong side of the fabric and follow the instructions indicated. The paper acts as an adhesive for the fabric. Iron onto the tee/onesie and stitch. I used the a blanket stitch on my G!

You can purchase WonderUnder at quilt stores or Joanna Fabrics.

The day would not be complete without a Holiday Treat. This year I made Paula Deen's Peanut Butter Cheese Fudge.

All I can say is, "It's real yummy ya'll."

A must try and it will definitely impress your friends who are used to the traditional chocolate fudge.

Don't forget to stop by the Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hot Cocoa & Chai Tea Gifts

I don't know about you, but I won't turn down a hot cup of hot cocoa or Chai. I made a blend of both to give away as ONE GIFT!

Filled a jar with the Chai Tea Mix and printed out a recipe card using Smilebox. You will notice the corner picture of my 1 year old doing a face plant in the snow.

The cocoa mix was placed into a cellophane bag, and packed inside an over sized mug from Cost Plus World Market ($2.50 each) that says "Good Morning" on it.

I tried both just to make sure they were good before giving them away, and oh so comforting and smooth.

Here is the Chai Tea Mix recipe from Christmas With Southern Living 2007.

2 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1 cup French vanilla flavored powdered nondairy creamer

Combine spices and tea in a food processor or blender. Blend 1-2 minutes until mixture is a fine powder. Pour into a large bowl. Add sugar to processor or blender and process until superfine about 30 seconds. Add sugar to bowl of spices. Stir in milf powder and creamers, blend well. Spoon mix into gift jars.

To serve, 2 heaping Tbsps. Chai mix into a mug of hot milk or boiling water.

Hot Cocoa Mixture

4 cups of nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup of powdered nondairy creamer
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of Hershey's unsweetened cocoa

Blend all ingredients well and spoon into containers.

To serve, 5 tbsps. of Cocoa mix into a mug of hot milk or boiling water.

Also, check out the never disappointing ideas and giveaway at The Shabby Chic Cottage on Transformation Thursday.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Onesie Update

I apologize for the late update. I have been sick and did not accomplish much. I finally finished them last night. Here are three examples of what you can do with a plain onesie and some frills.

I purchased the ruffles for $1.64/yd at Walmart.

Measured, cut, and then sewed it on to the pre-existing seams on the ruffle and onesie. Added some cute lavender buttons and there you have it.......make sure you sew the buttons on really, really well, to prevent them from falling off and posing as a choking hazard to the infant.

My holiday onesie, I showed a preview of it in my last post, and wanted to show you the final product once the sleeves were sewed on. It can be dressed up with a red skirt for Christmas and you would have a semi-formal outfit for you little one.

This was simple. Sew on a basic stitch around the neckline and sleeves with pink thread and add a cute floral button. Done, but it takes the monotony out of a white onesie with no embellishments.

So many more projects to finish and so little time. Christmas is right around the corner, hope I can get it all done........must keep up on my Vitamin C!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Festive Onesies

I have lots of little ones for Christmas this year, especially little girls. I wanted to create my own Onesie for all of them with a Festive Feel. I love cranberry, what can I say? Emerald silk trimmings did not talk to me.

I purchased a set of 4 long sleeved Onesies from Babies R Us for $10. The trimmings from Walmart cost $1.27 for the flowers (set of 6) and $1.64/yard for the ruffle. I was delighted with my choices and was anxious to finish them once the kids fell asleep tonight.

I sewed on the flowers while the kids played during the day. My husband came home and now it was time to sit at the machine and complete my project, so I can blog about it.

Oooooops, no white thread..............are you kidding me? Isn't that a staple of everyone's sewing kit? It is but tonight I had no luck.......................... need to come back and see the finished product. I will be sewing the ruffles to the sleeves. I have various colors for various looks. White satin, pink satin, embroidered ruffle, etc., so you must come back.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fudgy Goodness

I only know a handful of people that do not like sugar.....
so your odds are quite good for a friend or family member or neighbor,diving into a sweet treat made by you this Christmas.
Today, I chose my indulgent Pecan & Marshmallow Fudge.

One trick I have learned about baking is........ cut down on your sugar input. We tend to put so much sugar that we are unable to taste anything else. Whichever recipe you decide to use for your fudge, cut out at least 1/4 cup of the sugar mentioned.

I promise you will relish the results.

Divide the layers of fudge with parchment paper, so that it does not stick together.

I purchased this darling container at Michaels for $1.99.
I really enjoy containers with "peek-a-boo windows".

It creates anticipation, especially if the treat inside is intriquing.

While I was putting together the treat, my little Kate was enjoying the few inches of powdered snow we got today.

She ate some snow and fudge too......great day for her.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sentimental Ornaments

Link up with The Shabby Chick Cottage for other fantastic ideas.

My grandparents are both spending their Christmas in Heaven this year, but I wanted to make something to celebrate their memory. I decided to design an ornament with their photograph and give them as a gift to my father and his siblings.

I scanned the black & white photo into my computer First.

Second, I uploaded the photograph onto to have some fun with it. I used the blush feature in order to add some color to my grandmother's dress & my grandfather's belt.

Third, I saved my work and printed the image on normal paper with 4 x 6 dimensions to shrink it.

I traced the shape of the ornament onto the image. Cut it out and sealed it with Modge Podge onto the ornament. I did the same with the cranberry tissue paper and sealed it to the back of the ornament. I finished it with acrylic paint on the sides and front.

Easy as pie, I swear! And it will make a lasting impression on those family members you just don't know what to get this Holiday Season.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Crocheted Scarves

The first thing I decided to make are scarves!
Everyone could use a warm scarf around their neck for the winter.
This year is supposed to be a hard winter too,
so I thought it would be a real practical gift for the kids and adults alike.

I took one class where I learned the Basic Crochet. The single, the double, and the treble. The first scarf is a Wool-Ease yarn (at Michaels), using a 9mm needle and Double Crochet throughout. Added some fringes at the end! $13 total cost
and it can double as a blanket, I made it so long and thick.

The green scarf is for my oldest son, Ethan.
He picked out his yarn and is so excited to get it as a gift for Christmas. I used a 6 mm needle and single crochet. Cost $8. Not done with it yet, and I was considering sewing on a cool patch when finished.

The third scarf (on the right) is for my 2 year old niece in NY.
I used a multicolored yarn with a 6 mm needle. I began with 16 chains (needs to be multiples of 4), and for Row 2, you Sc in the first 2 sc, chain 3, and sc in the next sc, chain 3 and so on until the scarf is complete. Cost $2.99.

Overall, it took me approximately 3-4 hours per scarf and I cannot wait to wrap them.

It feels so good to make a gift for a loved one,
that is made with attention to detail and from the heart.

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