Monday, November 29, 2010

Santa Visit

Noodlebug is 2 1/2 and people warned me that he would probably be afraid of Santa this year.  He actually did really well. He was a little nervous about the whole thing and didn't want to sit in Santa's lap. He WOULD sit in my lap, however.  He asked Santa for a Slinky Dog. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giving Thanks and Opting Out

I've been thinking about what I am going to tell Noodlebug about the first Thanksgiving.  I have thought about what it must have been like for the Pilgrims. They arrived here searching for religious freedom and found a lot of challenges and hardships.  Without the help of the Native Americans, they probably wouldn't have survived their first year.  So, when they sat down to that first Thanksgiving meal and looked back at the difficult times they had been through and the friends they had made, I'm sure their hearts were filled with gratitude and praise. 2010 has been a horrible year for so many people I care about. Jobs have been lost, marriages have crumbled, loved ones have passed away, financial hardship is everywhere. 

In the midst of these reflections, I have been taking in all the Black Friday ads that are everywhere. Now, I love a good deal.  I get a ridiculous thrill from seeing how much I have saved by using coupons.  But I am sickened when I think about the lengths people go to for Black Friday discounts.  What does it say about us that we go directly from the Thanksgiving table to waiting in line at 4am for deeply discounted flat-screen television?  I have heard stories on the radio of people pushing and shoving, stealing items out of other people's carts and resorting to truly disgusting tactics to get a good deal.  One poor man was even trampled to death last year because of this game of getting a good deal on things we don't even need.  I am opting out of Black Friday.  I will be cherishing the day off by spending some quality time with my family.  We're going to see the Nutcracker movie and spend some time outdoors together.

2010 has been an annus horribilis full of challenges and sadness.  When I look back, I realize that what got me and others through it was the support of the people in our lives.  Like the Pilgrims, I'll be sitting at my Thanksgiving table thinking of the friends who supported me over the past year and helped me to survive. And I'll be counting my many many blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my blogger and internet friends!  I am thankful for you and I wish you every happiness in the coming year.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I'm Still Here!!! (Handmade Holidays Part Two)

I am 3/4 of the way done with Noodlebug's scarf.  I have the fabric all ready for the pillowcases and I attempted my first set of slippers last night.  (Disaster)  This has been a crazy week but I am looking forward to some quality time off with my family next week.

While I struggle with my current handmade holiday projects, find some new ones at Sew Mama Sew's Handmade Holidays Extravaganza!

They have some WONDERFUL project ideas. I'm already eyeing the firewood tote for my husband.  Stop me before I craft again!!!

Oh, and if you aren't overloaded with creative ideas yet, there are some really creative ideas for Neighbor gifts over at How Does She? I especially like the battery idea for families with children.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

HANDMADE HOLIDAYS (the countdown begins!!!)

I LOVE to receive handmade gifts. They always feel so heartfelt and genuine.  I, however, do not always GIVE handmade gifts.  I am going to make a real effort to do so this holiday season for a variety reasons. I have a bunch of ideas and now I just have to find the time to get started.

If you are in my friend gift-giving circle, please read no further. (this means you Kim and Gary)

No peeking....

Okay, now that they are gone we can get down to business.

For the children of my friends, I plan on making hooded towels using the DIY Dish tutorial.

For the parents of those children, I plan on making photo ornaments using this Little Bit Funky tutorial.

(photo borrowed from and owned by LITTLE BIT FUNKY)

For my girlfriends, I am thinking of doing a set of pillowcases in a holiday print using either this Little Bit Funky tutorial or this one from Dana Made It.

(photo borrowed from and owned by LITTLE BIT FUNKY)

Of course, I love making things for my girlfriends so I am going to attemp to make some slippers using this pattern.  I haven't tried it yet so it all depends on how difficult they are to make.

(photo borrowed from and owned by WINTER PEACH)

For Noodlebug, I am currently knitting a scarf.  I am about halfway through and hope to be done in about a week.  I am using this adorable pattern and it is going well so far.

Also, I am going to make the ABC Learning Toy from Amy Powers' Autumn edition of INSPIRED IDEAS.  I figure it will be a good way for Noodlebug to practice his letters. (see page 35 for a peek)

I have the materials for everything. Now, I just need a little time and energy to get it done.

What will you be making for gifts this holiday season?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Cat in the Hat

So, Noodlebug was the Cat in the Hat for Halloween.  His father and I were Thing 1 and Thing 2.  I have no pictures of us as a family. I'm hoping a friend was able to get a few good ones so you can see us in all of our glory. In the meantime, here are two mediocre photos of Noodlebug's costume. 

(a bedraggled Thing 1 and Thing 2)

(Noodlebug with his friend Kiera holding popcorn balls!)

And here is the Jack Skellington pumpkin that we carved. Noodlebug loves "Nightmare Before Christmas" and I told him I would make him a Jack pumpkin. I didn't even use a pattern!

Now, we have to take down all our Halloween decorations and start planning for Thanksgiving!!!

I'm the Luckiest Woman in the World

(Halloween photos coming soon.....)