Monday, August 31, 2009
I finished the first figure for my gift for Noodlebug last night. I have discovered that I am a VERY slow hand-sewer. So, Mary is finished! She isn't perfect but she was made with love and I guess that is the important thing.
By the way, here is another great idea for a simple handmade gift. Noodlebug is a little young for it yet but I'm thinking it might make a great birthday gift. It's a bed board by Maya*Made for those times when your little one is confined to bed. Such a great idea!!!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
EmersonMade makes these absolutely beautiful one-of-a-kind, handmade lovelies. I snapped this one up immediately. They are listing new items all this week and I am jumping up and down with impatience while waiting for Friday's creation to arrive. Go see for yourself!!!
(photo borrowed from and owned by EmersonMade)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Hooray! Joli Paquet will soon be returning will all sorts of Halloween-Themed goodies. I can hardly wait!
In the meantime, I started Noodlebug's Christmas present last night. It is a good thing I am starting now because it is very slow-going. I'll keep you posted on my progress!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
My week of being a single mom is almost over! Hubby returns from his trip on Saturday night. Hooray! I'm a little behind in my posting but I will have some fun things to share with you soon. I got my swap package from the Favorite Things Swap which is just wonderful and Noodlebug and I found something at the local thrift store to share with you. I'm hoping to get photos up this weekend. In the meantime, hope you are all having a lovely day!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Some of you may be familiar with Athleta. It is a women's athletic apparel catalog that is owned by the Gap. Athleta happens to be based in my little town and they have an incredible warehouse sale every year. I have been the last couple of years and it can be a truly overwhelming experience. Women run through the doors as they open and start grabbing everything in sight. Clothes are flying and women are stripping down right in the aisles to try things on. Not for the faint of heart!!! I have gotten incredible deals, though. This year, I was lucky enough to be hired to work the sale. I got to shop before the general public and got a (temporary) generous Gap discount. Noodlebug is now all stocked up on Fall clothing!
I was given the Friday morning shift which is when the sale opens to the public. Women started lining up at 5am. (the sale opened at 9am) I worked the checkout area. It was truly a sight to see as the doors opened and 1400 women ran into the building. I have never been happier that I got to shop the sale early!!!
I tend to get overwhelmed at these sales so I didn't do a very good job shopping. Still, I walked away with three pairs of shoes, two sweaters and a winter coat. I looked up the shoes and they are all currently selling at places like REI for $100 each. I got them for $20. Score!
Now, I have to settle into my week and get my Favorite Things Swap package mailed off. And I think it's time for a new knitting project. After all, the holidays are right around the corner!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The Pottery Barn version is $99 which is a bit out of my price range. Luckily, I have run across several DIY tutorials for canopies lately. This one from Country Living magazine uses an embroidery hoop:
I saw a similar canopy in a parenting magazine recently that used a hula hoop.
By the way, if you haven't picked up a copy of Country Living magazine lately, you are missing out!!! They have redesigned and I found myself marking almost every page in the last few issues.
**UPDATED 8/20/12*** I love FAMILY FUN magazine so much!!! They always have the best ideas. Go here for a no-sew reading nook canopy. Can't wait to try and make this one!!!
Monday, August 3, 2009
We went to the county fair last Friday and had a great time. The weather was perfect and the funnel cakes were hot! The fair had a dinosaur theme this year which was great for Noodlebug. They gave him a little "passport" that you used to collect stamps throughout the fair and then redeemed for a little plastic dinosaur. Being the goal-oriented person that I am, I dutifully gathered all the stamps to the amusement of my family members. To be honest, Noodlebug was more impressed with the food than the plastic dinosaur.
I especially enjoyed seeing all of the crafts and handiwork that people had submitted to the fair. My co-worker's five-year-old son put together a Lego boat and won a First Place ribbon! So cute! It made me look forward to the day when Noodlebug can submit something to the Fair.
Now, for the downside...
I am a notorious rule-follower. To the point of ridiculousness. I always follow speed limits. I read signage to make sure I am following the rules. I cue up in lines and wait my turn and never carry more than 10 items into the express lane at the grocery store. My rule-following is a little neurotic I admit but I figure there are reasons for rules.
At our county fair, they have horse-racing. I bought my family reserved seats in the grandstand because my mom has never seen a horse race before. There are A LOT of stairs to get into the grandstand and we had a one-year-old and a stroller. When we walked into the stadium, the man selling racing forms told us to head around the corner and take the elevator since we had a stroller. We dutifully followed his directions and headed to the elevator. A woman was sitting on chair next to the elevator and said, "Are you handicapped?" Well, obviously none of us were. I told her we had been instructed by the gentleman up front to come to the elevator. She yelled at me, "Well, I'm in charge here and you can't use this elevator. You guys are probably the type to park in handicapped spaces too, huh? You think the rules don't apply to you!!!" I was shocked, embarrassed and hurt. People were walking by staring at us as this horrible woman was yelling. As someone who always tries to do the right thing, I was extremely offended. It was just so unnecessary!!! We skulked around the corner and my husband carried Noodlebug up the stairs while I folded up the stroller and schlepped it up. I have to admit that I let the experience ruin the race for me. I was in such a bad mood afterward. I'm still debating if I should complain about this person. What do you think?