Monday, July 30, 2007

Everyone has an exciting story to tell.

Yes. Everyone! Even you!
I sometimes don't believe that about myself - well, I suppose I would believe it if it said "everyone has a story to tell." But an exciting one?
My day to day life doesn't always feel exciting. The truth is that most days it feels boring, ordinary, mundane, and the same old thing. As a matter of fact I was joking last week that if I had a twitter account, it would be pretty boring for other people to read. That it might look something like this:
9:30 wake up (yes, I know that it really late for the rest of the free world)
9:40 get breakfast for the childre
9:50 doze off on the couch
9:57 get woken up by loud noise
10:00 yell at children
10:15 feel guilty for yelling at children so read them all a story
10:22 yell at children for not sitting and listening to the story I wanted to read for them
10:30 change a diaper
10:35 take out trash
10: 40 start load of laundry - yell at children during this time
10:52 sit down to read
10:53 children interrupt me.
10:58 turn on tv for kids to attempt to get some uninterrupted reading time
11:03 yell at kids for messing with tv volume

blah ... blah. .. blah ....

Not very exciting hey?

No, an exciting life would be full of world travels, meeting important people, writing things that change people's lives, researching solutions to world problems, all the while maintaining a clean house, cooking healthy and well-balanced meals for the family, and a lot less yelling and TV!

That might not be your picture of an exciting life, but really, I think most people are like me - they don't think their life is all that exciting. And maybe that's half the battle. Maybe we need to decide that what we are doing is exciting. I need to think that staying home with the kids is exciting! I get to teach them and see a lot of great moments. I get hugs and kisses. I talk to the neighbors and their children. I teach my kids lots of great things and I get to have exciting conversations! I get to be married to a man who loves me so much! Who treats me like a princess! Who is an awesome father! I have parents who care about me and siblings who want to hang out with me! I have lots of fun hobbies I can do! I know how to read and get to read often! I live in a country, that although isn't perfect, gives me lots of opportunities to pursue education, career goals, family goals, and other things! I have had some hardships that I have overcome an have helped to shape the me I am today!

But maybe doing it over and over takes that excitement away and makes me think things are ho-hum, boring and blah-ish. And maybe that it what I need to change. My mindset and believe that I am living an exciting life.

Because really, I might not be jet-setting and meeting with heads of states or curing cancer, but I am a part of a really awesome family (even if we aren't like the Cleavers). And maybe the little things I do (trying to be more environmental friendly) won't win me a Nobel prize, but maybe it might make a difference. And I get to have a lot of fun (even if it's on a budget). And I do get to pursue my hobbies in life (even if I only get to do it a few minutes here and there). And that is exciting for sure!

So, what is your exciting story?
And no, you can not say your story isn't exciting ... because it is =) I promise ... so share it with me. Please?

The Motherhood ....

Just stumbled across this site today ... and it looks fun ... so go look around and join if you like it!

The MotherHood

From their site:
A year and a half ago, in a coffee shop in Hershey, PA, we decided to build this website. At the time, it felt like our lives had been leading up to that moment and we had to take this next step.
A couple of thoughts carried the day -
1 That the most authentic, caring, smart, funny, moving, inspiring voices on the web belonged to the mothers;
2 That mothers needed a safe place online to find good conversation and useful information, to have fun and build strong connections;
3 And with all that, mothers could make things a little better, in their own lives, in their communities and in their world...our world...a little at a time, day by day.
Also on our mind was the impact that blogging had had on us. Every day, on the mom blogs and elsewhere, women were cutting to the chase and talking about, and taking action on, what mattered most to them. There, women were forging real, supportive, productive relationships, and were making a difference, for themselves, for their loved ones, for each other.
Our conversation back in that Hershey coffee shop was just the beginning of an epiphany - that the potential of this medium for mothers is limited only by our collective imaginations. And applying the best of the latest technology could open up whole new worlds for us all.
We asked ourselves -- what if we built a big, beautiful tent where mothers can find, share and talk about all the interesting, hilarious, intriguing, inspiring, mobilizing, good stuff on the web, and, more importantly, find each other?
And, with that, the heart and soul of The MotherHood was born.
It's 18 months later and our belief in mothers is only more firmly cemented. We know - without a doubt - that a stronger connection between mothers will make the world a better place.
We hope you feel right a home, and we're really glad you're here.
July 2007

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Please read ....

We've had a fun week playing, but I'd like to pass on an important note. I have copied and pasted the following straight from WhyMom over at Toddler Planet. She is a mother of 2 gorgeous boys who are almost 4 and 8 months old. But recently, she was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Although her story is sad, when you read over there you will feel her strength coming through the posts. She is a woman on a mission - aside from getting healed herself - she is on a mission to spread the word about Inflammatory Breast Cancer since sadly most people are not educated about it.

Without, further ado, here are her words for you to read:

We hear a lot about breast cancer these days. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and there are millions living with it in the U.S. today alone. But did you know that there is more than one type of breast cancer?
I didn’t. I thought that breast cancer was all the same. I figured that if I did my monthly breast self-exams, and found no lump, I’d be fine.
Oops. It turns out that you don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer. Six weeks ago, I went to my OB/GYN because my breast felt funny. It was red, hot, inflamed, and the skin looked…funny. But there was no lump, so I wasn’t worried. I should have been. After a round of antibiotics didn’t clear up the inflammation, my doctor sent me to a breast specialist and did a skin punch biopsy. That test showed that I have inflammatory breast cancer, a very aggressive cancer that can be deadly.
Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as mastitis because many doctors have never seen it before and consider it rare. “Rare” or not, there are over 100,000 women in the U.S. with this cancer right now; only half will survive five years. Please call your OB/GYN if you experience several of the following symptoms in your breast, or any unusual changes: redness, rapid increase in size of one breast, persistent itching of breast or nipple, thickening of breast tissue, stabbing pain, soreness, swelling under the arm, dimpling or ridging (for example, when you take your bra off, the bra marks stay – for a while), flattening or retracting of the nipple, or a texture that looks or feels like an orange (called peau d’orange). Ask if your GYN is familiar with inflammatory breast cancer, and tell her that you’re concerned and want to come in to rule it out.
There is more than one kind of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer out there, and early detection is critical. It’s not usually detected by mammogram. It does not usually present with a lump. It may be overlooked with all of the changes that our breasts undergo during the years when we’re pregnant and/or nursing our little ones. It’s important not to miss this one.
Inflammatory breast cancer is detected by women and their doctors who notice a change in one of their breasts. If you notice a change, call your doctor today. Tell her about it. Tell her that you have a friend with this disease, and it’s trying to kill her. Now you know what I wish I had known before six weeks ago.
You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer.

Friday, July 27, 2007


I won! I won!
I never win anything ... well, hardly ever. This might in fact by about the third time I have ever won something in my life! And I'm so very excited!!

I won a beautiful quilt from Corrie at Tyler's Triumph! It's gorgeous ... you can see it here. I already know where I am going to put it. I am so excited!

A huge thank you to Corrie for her kindness and generosity! =)

WOW! I just found out that I won something else. I just can not even believe it! Courtesy of Susie from SusiePie, I won a FREE BLOGGER DESIGN from BLUEBIRD BLOGS.
Wow! I can't even believe it. This is so amazing. Wow. Holy cow! This is so awesome. Really.
Thank you so much Susie! A big thank you for your kindness and generosity as well.

The winners are!

All the winners have been picked! Yeah!

:::Drum roll please::::

The child's apron is going to Under The Willow!!

The tee-shirt is going to Dolly of From My Cherry Heart!

The dress is going to Christine of La Luna Nueva!

The market bag is going to Janne of Janne's Jabberwocky! We'll find out soon if she's going to pick the cream or blue for her bag! =)

The final winner - the person who can pick whatever they want from my store Emmagail Creations is Qtpies7!
Congrats!!! And I'm pretty sure those bonus entries helped her out LOL!

Thank you to everyone who has visited this week! Please come back again soon and congratulations to all the winners! =)

Not going to Blogher?

Well, never fear ... lots of us are staying home this weekend!
So Damselfly, came up with a great idea to open up a chat room for those of us who will not be there.
Go visit her over here to get the chat room link and maybe we can "talk" =)

Week Wrap-Up

Well everyone, what a week this has been!
I can not tell you how much all the great comments I have received have been - especially the ones where you tell me how much you like my stuff (and also my friend's stuff!).
When I first signed up I wondered if maybe 100 people would sign up for my give aways - how blown away am I to see that there are over 200 for the apron, and over 100 for the dress and tee shirt! Wow! I just can't even believe it!
Thank you everyone who stopped by for the contests. I do hope that you might think about coming back to these parts once I have nothing to bribe give away to you! LOL!

I have a confession to make though - last week I was thinking of closing down my etsy store. I love to make stuff, but well, wasn't getting a lot of buyers (well, if you don't count Jill who bought almost half of what I've already sold LOL) Of course my darling dh reminded me that I wasn't advertising in a whole lot of places which is true but didn't make me feel any better. Anyway, the feedback from everyone was extra special because instead of closing my shop up, I am actually making more items for it LOL! So, quick, go run and buy something! No, I'm kidding, you don't have to run and buy something. It was just enough to hear that people liked what I made and actually wanted to win it! No really, it was - I know it probably sounds an awful lot like "it was just enough to be nominated" and really, does anyone believe it when an actor/actress says that? I usually don't LOL! But this time, I mean it. So thanks =)

Also, a huge thank you to Shannon of Rocks in My Dryer for coming up with this extremely fabulous idea to begin with! Of course, a round of applause to blogless Sarah for her donation of that adorable dress on Wednesday. And thanks to all of you again for stopping by and joining in on the fun! I don't know about all of you, but I had a fabulous week! =)

Final Giveaway!


I think we've had a great week of give-aways around here this week! I know I have had lots of fun. Today, is our final give away. It's kind of sad actually but I hope you like ...

::::drum roll:::::

You can pick one thing from my etsy store Emmagail Creations. Whichever item you want. Really. It's true.

And since I plan on adding a whole host of things over there during the course of the next week (okay, so we're talking 2 more t-shirt designs and about 4 aprons) I will give you a month to decide to spend it. Because right now, inventory is a bit low. But hey, if you have a favorite today, you can pick that right away.

To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment.

Want a bonus entry? Put a link on your blog that links folks back to this contest. There isn't even a full 24 hours to sign up! So we need to spread the love quickly!

Want another bonus entry? And for this, I'll count it double ... put a link on your blog to my etsy store! Because really, it's what is allowing me to do all these give-aways this week. So, yeah, I would like a bit of linky love my friends!

That means, you could theoretically have FOUR chances to win this here give-away. I'm so excited about this one folks, so I hope that you will enter. But don't forget to leave the link in my comments so that I know you deserve some bonus entries!

So go look at my store, pick a favorite (or two or three), go tell all your friends about it, and you have until 10:00 pm on Friday July 27.

And don't forget about my other give-aways:
* child's apron
* tee shirt
* gorgeous dress (courtesy of SJ Creations)
* market bag
(leave comments at the individual posts to be entered into the drawing)

And also, if you too own an etsy store, go visit my All About Etsy post to get your name listed!

And if you are liking the apron I gave away on day one, here is a sneak peek of a few aprons in progress right now:

I'm pumping them out as fast as I can - so hopefully they will be listed soon!

Some final notes,
I can only ship to the US or APO addresses. I apologize to all those who do not fall inside those areas :-(
If you pick something customized, please give me about a week to finish it after we have finalized plans. Your patience is greatly appreciated

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Blogging Tips Meme

I've been tagged! Lisa over at Books. List. Life has tagged me for the blogging tips meme.

My list came with some good tips already ... I really had to think to add something!

-Start Copy-

It’s very simple. When this is passed on to you, copy the whole thing, skim the list and put a * star beside those that you like. (Check out especially the * starred ones.)

Add the next number (1. 2. 3. 4. 5., etc.) and write your own blogging tip for other bloggers. Try to make your tip general.

After that, tag 10 other people. Link love some friends!

Just think - if 10 people start this and the 10 people pass it on to another 10 people, you have 100 links already!

1. Look, read, and learn. ***

2. Be EXCELLENT to each other. ***

3. Don’t let money change ya! *

4. Always reply to your comments. ******

5. Link liberally — it keeps you and your friends afloat in the Sea of Technorati. **

6. Don’t give up - persistence is fertile. **

7. Give link credit where credit is due. ****

8. Pictures say a thousand words and can usually add to any post. ***

9. Visit all the bloggers that leave comments for you - it's nice to know who is reading! ***

10. Thrown in something humorous occasionally, to keep things fun. *

11. When picking the URL for your blog, think short and easy. You'll be typing it a million times. *

12. Leave comments on other blogs. Know how much you like to get them? Yeah, other people feel the same way!

-End Copy-

Now I have to tag 10 people. Hmmm ... I might be stretching here, but I am tagging people who have commented over here before!
1. Jill at Charming & Delightful
2. Sheepish Annie
3. Knitting Novice at String and Stitches
4. Amanda at Crunchy Christian Mom
5. Ribbon Rock Star
6. Kim at Sew Little Time
7. Damselfly at Growing a Life
8. Kim at Hind's Feet

Okay, 10 will just have to do for now!

Give Aways Day 4!


Well, the Mister Linky over at Rocks in My Dryer may be closed, but over here, we're still playing along!!

And today, on day 4 have I got something I think is pretty neat ... I mentioned earlier I was starting my first market bag and today I finished it!

It was a fast, fun project that is wonderful! In the picture above, there are 3 apples and 2 oranges, which hardly took up any room at all! I can't wait to go to our local farm stand and use this instead of a plastic grocery bag =)

Anyway, I had so much fun making it, and would love to see less plastic bags used, that my dear visitors, I'm going to make one and give one away to one luck winner!

Here is another shot of it hanging and inside are too large skeins of yarn ....

One creamy white and one blue skein ...

If you win, you can decide if you want it in the creamy color or the blue color! I'm all about letting people have choices you know! (Of course, you'll have to give me a week or so to make it before I can ship it so please be patient with me!!) But I would love to give this away to one lucky winner.

Here's the deal, just leave a comment on this post (making sure there is a link back to a blog or e-mail address) by FRIDAY, JULY 27 at 6:00 pm. That should give people enough time to come over and sign up!

If you haven't already, visit my other give-aways:
* a child's apron
* a cute tee-shirt
* a gorgeous little girls dress* one item from my store (Emmagail Creations!)

Also, if you have an etsy store, please go here and log it in. I'm trying to create a list of etsy store for people to use to shop with =)

Don't forget to come back on Friday for our last day of give aways to see what the final give away will be! =)

Other notes:
I'm sorry, but I'm only shipping to the US or to an APO address. I know, it means I'm leaving out a bunch of nice people but the cost of shipping and all that jazz!

Also, a shameless self-promo here, please go and visit my etsy store Emmagail Creations. I'm hard at work over here making some lovely aprons to list over there. So feel free to go over there and browse around =)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

All About Etsy ...

After looking at so many of the great give-aways yesterday offered through The Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway, I realized there are a ton of great Etsy shops out there! And frankly, I don't know about so many of these great places!
I've also learned that despite there being so many great Etsy stores, there are still plenty of people who don't know what Etsy is!

I like to think of Etsy as an on-line craft show! I go to them occassionally - local churches and schools tend to hold them. And you walk around and you get to see lots of goodies made by the people sitting at each table! And there might be 4 jewelry sellers there, but that's okay, because each person is selling unique items that they have made themselves! And there is usually someone selling tie-dye clothes, and usually a few blanket sellers, and several sellers of nice hair things. Then there are the woodworkers, who sell from simple little signs to hang on your walls, to big peices that you would set in your yard. It's common to also see people selling their photography and other forms of art work.

I love going to craft fairs. It's nice to walk around, have so many things to pick from, and I like to support the people who are there - instead of always buying from the big companies (which don't get me wrong, I love my Target dearly, but it is nice to not shop from the big stores or the big companies too!)

Anyway, to me Etsy is like a big on-line craft fair! Things sold on Etsy are handmade by the person(s) selling them to you. Each seller has his/her own store that you can order from. And the variety of things you can buy - photographs, clothes, jewelry, lotions, soaps, cards, hair accessories, home decor, baby items, art work ... well the list goes on and on! It is so much fun to go there and browse and shop! Once you set up an account, you can start picking favorite sellers and favorite items, which is SO much fun. The best part for me? That you can get really great items and support someone who is so talented! People like me, who stay at home but are looking for a way to bring in a little extra. Or someone who's full-time job is working at an office, but their passion is really making these fun little cards so they do it on the side! Well, you can find a whole host of different stories for the sellers on Etsy! It is such fun =)

I'm thinking, since I'm getting a lot of traffic around these parts (thanks to Shannon!) that it would be fun, if you have an Etsy shop, leave the link here! I'm hoping this works because I've done a Mister Linky before! Anyway, like I said, leave a link here to your store. If you want to leave a description of your store, feel free to add it in the comments section! And hey, tell all your etsy friends to come and leave a link too! I know I will have fun looking through everyone's stores and hopefully others will have fun too!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Dog Days of Summer Day 3


Well, so far we have
1 child's apron
1 customizable tee shirt
and a knit market bag
one free item from my store!

But the fun does not end there my dear friends! Oh no, it doesn't! And this give away, I can not take credit for. My darling friend Sarah (who is sadly blogless) has offered up this lovely red dress

Isn't it lovely? Seriously, if I had a girl in this size, I would have told her to let me buy the dress instead of giving it away! Here is her description, straight from her website SJ Creations ..

This A-line dress is prefect for summer and she'll be cute as a bug. Or put a long sleeved shirt under it and some tights and your little girl can wear it until she grows right out of it.
The length stops right about mid-knee and has buttons on the shoulders to make getting dressed a little easier.
This is 100% cotton material, it can be machined washed in cold water and dry low. I did pre-wash the material prior to making it.
I can make it in sizes 24monthes, 2T and 3T.
Please allow a week after ordering to give me time to make it.

If you have any questions please ask!

All I ask, is please, please, go and visit her etsy store. Then leave us a comment and let us know if you would be interested in winning this lovely dress. And look around her store and see all the other wonderful things she has over there! Trust me, her work is absolutely gorgeous =)

Want a bonus entry? Put a link to this give-away in your blog! Then leave a link back to that post in the comments section here - then we'll enter you in the drawing two times! Let's spread some linky love for Sarah!

Please, enter by Friday, July 27 at noon! [Yes, I have extended the time]
Due to shipping costs, we are only shipping in the US or to APO addresses
PLEASE leave an e-mail address if your comment isn't linked to your blog, otherwise if your name is picked, how can we find you?! LOL

And as always, go visit Rocks in My Dryer to see all the other fun prizes that you can win! You won't be sorry - there are so many great giveaways to see!! =)

Don't forget to visit my other give-aways! And come back tomorrow to see what fun things I will have then =)

P.S. Have an Etsy store? I've set up a special post just to list all the etsy stores - so go and put your website in here!

Dog Days of Summer Day 2


Today, I will be giving away one free t-shirt to one lucky winner!
Here are some designs for you to look at ... but we can change the shirt to say what you need it to say (i.e. swapping brother for sister, changing names, etc)



going to be a big brother


So leave a comment here before 10 am on Friday, July 27 .. and don't forget, you can get all of these shirts over at my etsy store: Emmagail Creations
And please, make sure there is a way for me to contact you ... some people haven't left links, e-mails, blogs, for me to find them with!

And if you haven't already, be sure to visit my other give away: a cute apron!
And also go sign up to win this adorable little dress! And don't miss a chance to win this lovely market bag! The final drawing will be for one item from my store - you get to pick it!

And don't forget to visit Rocks in My Dryer to see all the other fun give aways!! =)

Because of shipping costs, I can only ship to the US or to APO addresses. I'm so sorry :-(
Please note, the winner only gets one shirt! Since there are multiple pictures, I just want to make sure that is clear!

P.S. Have an Etsy store? I've set up a special post just to list all the etsy stores - so go and put your website address in here

Monday, July 23, 2007

Joining in for the fun ...


Rocks in My Dryer is hosting something quite fun! It's the

Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway!
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

And I don't want to miss out on this fun. So here is what I am offering to give away to you, my dear readers:
One child-sized apron embroidered with "Mom's Helping Hands" made by, yours truly!


This lovely apron is fabulous if I do say so myself - reversible, pockets on both sides, and extremely cute! It is a favorite among my girls here at home - both my girls have their own and they love them!

Here's the deal. Just leave me a comment by 10 am on Friday, July 27 (and make sure that I have some way to e-mail you) and on Friday I will, with the help of my three lovely helping hands, draw a winner from those who have dropped a note! And feel free to leave a note on your blog about all the fun going on this week - even if you aren't giving anything away ... help spread the word around =)
And please, make sure there is a way for me to contact you ... some people haven't left links, e-mails, blogs, for me to find them with!

The best part, there will be tons of give-aways this week! So go visit Rocks in My Dryer to see who else is giving away fun things!

And please, come back again, because if all goes well, there might be two give-aways by the time Friday rolls around!
For Day 2: A customized tee shirt! Quick and go enter here!
For Day 3: The most adorable dress ever! Go here to enter!
For Day 4: A wonderful knit market bag! Go here to enter!
For Day 5: One item (you pick) from my store! Go here!

I also want to add, you don't have a blog you say? That's okay! Feel free to leave a comment anyway! You can still enter and maybe get something fun!!

And now, for your viewing pleasure, a few more pics of the apron:



And one last note, don't forget to check out my etsy store Emmagail Creations for some more of my handmade items!

Because of shipping costs, I can only ship to the US and to APO addresses. I'm so sorry :-(

Have a great day! =)

P.S. Have an Etsy store? I've set up a special post just to list all the etsy stores - so go and put your website address in here

Sunday, July 22, 2007


Today I made something very yummy!
Can you guess what it is ....


I'll give you a hint ...


I made strawberry jam for the first time ever. No one every told me that it would taste this good when it's made at home! Okay, that was a lie, people told me, I just didn't understand until I tasted it today! I had to eat some on a nice piece of toast while it was still warm! LOL! So good!
A store near me has their strawberries on sale for 99 cents a pound. That is a great price around here frankly. I think tomorrow (hoping the sale is still on) I am going back to buy lots and lots of strawberries to make some for the freezer. Just typing it is making me hungry LOL!

In addition to that, I have started a new knitting project


What I hope will become one of quite a few market bags! This is knitting up so quickly and it's a fun project. I can't wait to go shopping with this! =)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

It is finished.

Tonight, at around 5:30 pm, I finished the latest and final Harry Potter book.
I won't say much about it quite yet, maybe another time.
I will say, I do not regret buying it and I do not regret spending a lot of time today reading it.

Oh, if you've read it to, what do you think of it?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Harry Potter!

Way back here I had showed you a Harry Potter scarf I was working on for my oldest. I am proud to say, it is finished! Woo-hoo ...

(*I'd like to add, that since I cast on for it about a year ago - well maybe 9 months - I am counting this for my UFO Challenge for the month of July! LOL)

But that is not all I have been busy working on my dear readers ... first I started with a yellow tie, some red fabric and a wonderful product called wonder under. I would like to add here, the tie was a whole 1.49 from Good Will

What I ended up with was a nice Griffindor tie - is it perfect? No way! But I wasn't going for perfection ... I was going for something close to it that wasn't going to cost more than a few dollars!

In addition to a tie, one needs a school robe to wear. In this case, I made one black one and one red one ....

When combined, I get this:

Now, I would like to interject that I am so proud of this robe because I changed the pattern - not a lot, but I changed it. I've never strayed from the pattern before and it was quite liberating and I'm glad to know that I could and it turned out almost like I had planned for it to turn out! Woo-hoo!!

When everything is put together ... I end up with ...

Yes, I do realize the scarf is missing, however, a friend has decided to join us last minute and so she will be wearing the lovely scarf tonight so that she can have something fun to wear as well.
Personally I can't wait to get my hands on that book and forsee the party tonight being a fun time!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Some sewing ...

This is what I worked on last weekend ... we needed it for Sunday. Thankfully I finished it about, oh, 2 hours before she needed to wear it! She was in a parade and they wanted her in a costume. Although this is not the first year we have been in it, it completely snuck up on me. And to top it off, the costume she wore last Halloween was gone and ruined. So, last week, I whipped this puppy up for her. And guess what she has to be this Halloween? Yep! This costume.
It's the Little Mermaid pattern from simplicity I think. Well, You might not have guessed that looking at her! It should have a mermaid patch on the front, but as it's not Halloween, the store didn't have any in stock. Maybe before Halloween I can grab one and sew it on for her!

Monday, July 16, 2007

More Books!

I've done a lot of reading lately ...
I have a few to recommend to you ...

Friday Night Knitting Club

I think even if you are not a knitter you will enjoy this story. The struggles of life, the coming together of women to knit together, but then connect with each other. The story of how we can help each other through rough times, how we all make mistakes and seek forgiveness and love and happiness and how each of us have to find that on our own unique path. Let's say it was an emotional book for me as well. I actually did cry during the reading of it. Great great great book!

19 Minutes
Another fiction book that also tugged at my heart strings. It's the (fictional) story of a school shooting and what happens in the aftermath - the trial of the boy and also a classmate who was there that day (but not hurt). A great book IMO. It made me think and it made me wonder. It also made me feel for the mothers - all the grief and anger and the struggles to deal with it in the best way they knew how for their children. Great book. Highly recommend it.

Velvet Elvis
A non-fiction book written by a pastor. It is in fact about religion. I love his honesty. It feels like a conversation. A few years ago, I would not have appreciated this book at all. But he was so vulnerable and open in this book - talking about doubt and questions and all sorts of things that are currently swirling around in my head. It was nice to read that even pastors have doubt. And it was nice that he was so open and honest and reading his thoughts ... as much as I hate to say it, but most of the few (or probably more accurate very few) books about religion I have read have been so much about being so sure of it all and how the reader can have it all too! And then it makes me feel like I'm failing and must be approaching religion wrong. I like this approach much better. And I think he had a lot of good things to say. I haven't returned it to the library yet, so if I get a chance I'll try to tease you with a few good quotes!

Here are two, although I think I could have picked a lot more ... but both meant a lot to me:

And saying yes to that invitation doesn't mean we have to have it all figured out. This is an important thing to remember: I can jump and still have questions and doubts. I often meet people who are waiting to follow God until they have all their questions answered. They will be waiting for a long time, because if we knew everything, we'd be ... God. So the invitation to jump is an invitation to follow Jesus with all of our doubts and questions right there with us.

And this one ... this is the one I'm trying to do...
I meet so many people who have superwhatever rattling around in their head. They have this person they are convinced they are supposed to be, and their superwhatever is killing them. They have this image they picked up over the years of how htey are supposed to look and act and work and play and talk, and it's like a voice that never stops shouting in their ear.
And the only way to not be killed by it is to shoot it first.
Yes, that is what I meant to write.
You have to kill your superwhatever.
And you have to do it right now.
Because your superwhatever will rob you of today and tomorrow and the next day until you take it out back and end its life.

Great book, and no, I am not just saying it because she mentions chocolate in it! I read it quickly. I think it's supposed to be read much slower and requires more thought process from the reader. I did think briefly over each question. However, with it being a library book and me not have the luxury of much time with it, I don't think I gave the book the justice it deserves. I'd love to have a copy of my own to have and read through and really have some thought time with it.

You and I are under a lot of pressure to stay busy and be productive. So much that it may be tempting to buy into the Wonder Woman/Martyr Mom mentality that says, 'Real Woman Don't Need Sleep.' I really hate to admit this, but sometimes I actually feel guilty about sleeping in, catching forty winks, or telling my kids to put themselves to bed because I'm turning in early.
If you feel the same way, don't.
Sleep is an amazing gift from our Creator. It's during sleep that our bodies heal and even our brains rebalance. When we sleep well we think more clearly, age slower, weigh less, avoid more disease and live longer.
For someone struggling to sleep each and every night, this hit me hard. And made me think. And made me crave change in my sleep habits ...

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Four Things ..

Since I have zero craft things to show you right now, I am going to play a little meme.
CDPJ from Charming and Delightful tagged me for this one ....

Four Things About Meme

Cashier for my parents
Cashier at The Children's Place (and yes, I think I did spend more on clothes for my dd than I made!)
Clerk at a bank

My Life
Steel Magnolias
The Sound of Music
Anne of Green Gables (the first and second but not the third so much)

Sugarland, TX
a town in IL
the town right next to that one in IL
another town in IL

Pigs in a blanket
Fettuccine Alfredo
Anything with chocolate

Well, I'd like to be home, but with everyone else gone!
On a beach in the Caribbean
In bed reading
On a girls night out

Four people I tag for this meme:
Well, okay, I don't have 4 people to tag for this meme!
Truly, I'm not sure there are 4 regular readers here (mostly because I don't update much) but if you read this and want to play consider yourself tagged!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Flowers ...

So the other day I showed you half of what I was making this week. Well, now here is the rest of what I was working on ...

First of all my "flower garden." This was by far my favorites to make! Although, they were a bit time consuming. I only bought one mold. I wish now I had bought two of them ... would have certainly sped things up a LOT! But they were fun to make, and knowing that I needed a cute way to display them, I bought the little flower pot and added the greenery. I personally, think it looks fabulous!

Along with all those lovely flowers I had to make some more chocolate ... so here are all the little ones ... okay, really, not all of them, not even half of them! LOL!
Yeah, I made a lot too many, but thankfully some took extras home and I will be sharing with other people I know! Cause goodness knows, I certainly do NOT need to eat any of the leftovers ROFL!

So here is a close up so you can see all the cute baby shapes! Loved them =) Awww. And yes, my uterus is aching thinking of all these little tiny baby things. And no, I will not be having any more children ... but I tell you what, things like baby showers and making cute baby things really really really really make my heart ache for one more!

Now, how yummy does this look? Chocolate covered strawberries! YUM! Yum! Yummy!!! This was my first time doing some chocolate covered strawberries. Not too bad, not too bad at all.

Anyway, the sewing and the chocolate making took up much of my week. It was fun, although I need to start planning things with more time (well, the chocolate I couldn't have done much more in advance). I just got an invitation to another shower in a month, so I have to figure out what to make that momma-to-be and get going on it! LOL! And, now I really have to add more items to my store as the website address got passed out to a few more people today!!